NSCA, InfoComm to Consolidate Trade Shows


InfoComm International and NSCA have announced a cooperative effort to consolidate the leading industry events for both the professional AV and electronics systems industry. As part of this consolidation, the 2008 NSCA Systems Integration Expo will now become part of InfoComm’s annual tradeshow in Las Vegas on June 18-20, 2008. NSCA will also transfer its ownership interest in Integrated Systems Europe to the remaining partners, as per a separate operating agreement.  

According to Chuck Wilson, executive director of NSCA, “This is simply a huge deal for our industry and one we have been discussing for at least 10 years. It’s exciting to finally be able to say yes to the hundreds of shared exhibitors and attendees of both trade shows who have been asking for us to do this."

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As part of further event consolidation, InfoComm will discontinue its Executive Business Conference and become a primary sponsor of the 2008 NSCA Business Conference. The 2007 NSCA Fall Business Conference will be held as scheduled October 21-23 at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, Calif.

“InfoComm is thrilled to be part of this joint venture," says InfoComm Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D. "We have collectively set aside our competition in order to promote what is in the interest of exhibitors and attendees—and that’s value. With InfoComm incorporating the NSCA Systems Integration Expo into its robust trade show, it is a win-win deal for everyone.”    

Additionally, a new event, NSCA TechWeek, sponsored by InfoComm, will be launched next year. This event will be exclusive to professional AV channel and electronic systems professionals, and will feature education programs from NSCA University and the InfoComm Academy, as well as tabletop exhibits and manufacturer training.

Both associations will remain separate and staffing is not expected to be impacted.

For more information, visit www.infocomm.org and www.nsca.org. Also, be sure to check out Mix Executive Editor George Petersen's blog on this development in Mix's AudioBites at http://blog.mixonline.com/audiobites/.