Hope you attended the NJESA 2018 Annual Symposium, the premier show in the northeast. Whether you shared in the excitement or not, here is a recap. You’ll also find a link to photo.
Our three-day Symposium held on March 14-16, at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, featured training, education and trade exhibits, as well as networking, raffles and social events with over 700 individuals on the trade show floor.
The Pool Reception
We opened the Symposium with a reception at the pool with an attendance of more than 250 people and an open bar. During the reception, outgoing president Jerry Duffy thanked the entire NJESA board and gave each one a token of thanks. Jerry noted the association’s strong membership base and support of the annual event. “One of the key strengths for NJESA is the input and involvement of our board and membership in our activities.”
Thursday and Friday featured full days of CEU classes filling eight different classrooms and 34 courses. Attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 14 NJ Approved CEU credits with courses that included Wireless Network Design Considerations; Video Surveillance and Access Control in the Cloud; Fire Safety; Mass Notification/Emergency Communication Systems;Understanding Your Alarm Contracts; Access Control – Code Requirements; Advanced Biometric Access Control Training; and Selling Your Alarm Company-Buying Another Alarm Company.
The trade show floor was filled with almost 100 exhibitors including COPS Monitoring, DMP, Vivotek, Napco, Affiliated Central, Honeywell and Hikvision.
The Friday Luncheon
Friday afternoon featured a formal lunch. Our Executive Director Christine Higgins thanked outgoing president, Jerry Duffy for his dedication and passion for the industry and the association. Ken Gould of Ken Gould Consulting had the honor of speaking about Mission 500. He shared how the organization works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children living in severe poverty across the United States. Not only did Ken raise money, but many at the dinner were moved to speak with him how they could help and become involved
Several awards were given out during the luncheon. Bill Ackerman of Ackerman Services accepted the award for Dealer of the Year and Dan Lajoie of Honeywell accepted the award for Associate Member of the Year. The Public Safety Award went the Linden Police Department. In addition, three Marines in full uniform came to the podium, presented the association with a public service award and thanked us for collecting for Toys for Tots during their annual holiday party.
During the luncheon, the entire board, consisting of both new and current members, was sworn in by attorney Michael Revness including Christine Marzano, our new president and Ken Gould, the president-elect.
Testimonials and Praise
Attendees were unanimous in their praise for the Symposium. John P. McClellan, the owner of Blue Knight Security Systems, LLC said, “I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Symposium. As usual, it was well organized and well run. The CEU course selections and content are improving constantly. I am already looking forward to next year’s Symposium.”
Joseph Cioffi, III, vice president of Bergen Protective Systems added, “It was a fantastic Symposium!” While Mark Withers of ABE Alarm Service stated, “It was really nice! Good location, excellent food, rooms and trade show…”
In addition to the great comments, the association added 30 new members and collected for the important PAC fund.
Thanks to Our Sponsors
Sponsors for this year’s Symposium included Promo Sponsor, COPS Monitoring; Badge Sponsor, Security America Risk Retention Group; Lanyard Sponsor, eDistsecurity Distributing; and Break Sponsor, Kurtz & Revness.
“The larger number of attendees and positive feedback clearly indicates that we’ve struck a chord with our exhibits and training, making the NJESA Annual Symposiuem an ideal format for this professional gathering,” said Christine Marzano.
“The NJESA Annual Symposium has been the biggest and most successful show we have had. The feedback we get from attendees and exhibitors is extremely important to us, as it helps keep us in touch with their needs as we plan future symposiums and other events,” added Christine Higgins.
We’ll already preparing the 2019 Annual Symposium. It’s set for March 6-8, 2019 and again to be held at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. We’ll update you with more information on the website and in our newsletters as we go along.
Thanks to all the registrants and exhibitors for attending our event.
Thanks to Our Sponsors