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NSCA Business Leadership Conference 2015

This week has become one of my favorites of the year. It was the week of the NSCA BLC (business leadership conference). If you,Aeove not heard of it or never been, here,Aeos a quick run down of what you missed.
Networking
To call this a networking only event would be unfair. However, one of the best things about this time together with other AV business leaders is the time the NSCA allows us to sit and talk. As in years past, the hotel in Tampa had fire pits for a number of us to gather around and simply chat. Deals were done, introductions made, and I even scored a place to take my kids hunting. This is where the young guns of the industry get to mix with the elder statesmen and learn from their experience. It is also a change for those who have been in it for a while to learn from the young ones.
Business Leadership
As the director of operations for Innovad and the leader of AVNation, this event gives me the change to assess how I am treating both teams. There were times during the sessions where I am writing notes furiously as my toes are getting stepped on. However, I am walking away from these three days with tools to make myself a better manager.
The NSCA Team
From Chuck Wilson on down, this team is a vital resource for the integrators in the audio visual space. They have reports and resources on salaries, the economy, and government actions that impact your business. Chuck even promised an hour of his time to each attendee during the month of March to go over some new tools the NSCA has for businesses.
When there are several conferences that encourage business leaders to become better in the AV business one may be lead to try and make comparisons. That would be unfair to all the conferences. The BLC is different than any other conference I have attended in the last year. Some are more technically focused while others look to speak directly to C-level executives. The BLC aims to gather both the business owners and their team members below them to build better systems and teams. There was one session about technology but the majority of the sessions were about dealing with people. If you have the time and resources to attend an event in February I would certainly suggest going to the NSCA BLC in 2016.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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