ESX is different from all other industry conferences and shows because it’s owned by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and Electronic Security Association (ESA). The revenue generated by the conference will remain within the industry to be used for programming, education, legislative activities and public relations to benefit your company.
June 25, 2012 - The Electronic Security Expo (ESX), the only event owned and operated by the security industry's largest associations, the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and Electronic Security Association (ESA), kicks off this week in Nashville, TN.
Events will take place at the Nashville Convention Center and Renaissance Nashville Hotel beginning today and running until Friday, June 29.
"This year's ESX provides more education, networking events and partnership opportunities than ever before," says George De Marco, ESX Chair. "The dynamic industry changes are here to stay, fueled by innovated product advancements, customer centric cloud-based services, and the re-emergence of cable and telecom companies. Attendees will learn about the best products, services and practices the industry has to offer, helping them to compete at a higher level and grow their businesses."
ESX starts off with a day of association meetings, all held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, which is connected to the Nashville Convention Center.
Meetings scheduled for Monday include:
The ESA Professional Groups Kickoff Reception, sponsored by the ESA's Young Security Professionals (YSPs), will end the day Monday, as they network at the Whiskey Bent Saloon beginning at 7:00 PM.
Tuesday, June 26
Activities on Tuesday begin starting at 8:00 AM with association meetings, which run until around lunchtime.
At 9:00 AM, the ESA Eye-Opener Breakfast, sponsored by the YSPs and presented by Security Systems News (SSN), will feature a panel discussion moderated by Martha Entwistle, Editor, Security Systems News and featuring a group of SSN's 20 Under 40 professionals and their mentors.
The ESX Industry IceBreaker Luncheon, sponsored by Security Sales & Integration, begins at 12:00 PM, and features Marianna Perry, M.S., CPP, who has been Director of the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville, a general manager of one of the region's largest private security companies and is a trooper and detective with the Kentucky State Police. The luncheon will also present the winners of 2011 SIAC PDQ and Moody Awards, as well as the ESA Youth Scholarship and CSAA Marketing Marvel Awards.
The first day of the ESX Conference and Education program begins at 1:45 PM, featuring more than 75 of the industry's top minds sharing their expertise and experiences. The NexTech Mini-Track of seminars, which focuses on generating recurring monthly revenue (RMR) from technologies like IT, home and building automation and distributed audio/video and sponsored by SDM, takes place this afternoon.
All-Star Host Company ADS Security will lead a Backstage Central Station Tour from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM for registered attendees, sponsored by Honeywell. ADS Security operates the only UL-listed, CSAA Five Diamond Central Station monitoring operation in Middle Tennessee. Each Central Station Operator at ADS has earned the Five Diamond Central Station Certificate, the highest training certification available in the industry.
Tuesday will conclude with the ESA Weinstock and Jackson Awards Celebration, honoring ESA's top volunteer leader and a lifetime contributor. Mix and mingle with the who's who of security over delicious hors d'oeuvres and drinks, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Renaissance.
Wednesday, June 27
CSAA will kick off Wednesday at 8:00 AM with their Central Station Excellence Awards Breakfast, which recognize the most innovative, highest performing central stations and outstanding managers and operators. Awards are given for Central Station of the Year, Central Station Manager of the Year and Central Station Operator of the Year.
The Conference and Education program continues, including a number of free Exhibitor Offered Trainings available to attendees. The Central Station Technology Mini-Track, sponsored by Bold Technologies, takes place today, with two seminars focused on the impact of new tech on the central station.
At 11:45 AM, the ESX Keynote Luncheon featuring Kix Brooks of legendary duo Brooks and Dunn and sponsored by Security America Risk Retention Group takes place at the Renaissance. Brooks is no stranger to business problem solving and creative thinking. The successful country music icon and businessman plans to address the security industry with his secrets to success.
After the Keynote concludes, the Exhibit Hall will open at 1:00 PM, with the most focused show floor in the industry empowering quality conversations between the attendees and exhibitors. Nearly 200 companies are exhibiting at ESX this year - check out this entire list of who you'll see.
New to ESX this year is the Mobile App Meet-Up, where vendors will provide exclusive demonstrations of their mobile and tablet applications to a dedicated audience. The Meet-Up will take place at Booth #729 on the Show Floor. After the Meet-Up, attendees will vote on the app that they think will make the biggest difference on their bottom line, and a winner will be named.
Beginning at 5:00 PM on the Show Floor, CSAA will hold its New Member Reception at Booth #801, ESA will hold its Member Reception at Booth #901, and the inaugural ESX Happy Hour will offer drinks, light food and live music while attendees and exhibitors network and connect.
The annual ESX Crawl, sponsored by Goldleaf Data, will begin at 7:30 PM at Rippy's Smokin' Bar and Grill and head throughout Nashville's Lower Broadway, including stops at Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge, The Stage on Broadway and Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities - you never know what country singer you'll see on Lower Broadway!
Thursday, June 28
The morning starts with the ESX Rise & Shine Breakfast - Trends in Mergers, Acquisitions & Valuation, from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM in the Renaissance. This breakfast, sponsored by Alarm Capital Alliance, will explore the market’s landscape of emerging RMR streams, making solid connections to business appraisals in order to help you create a well-defined and highly profitable acquisition plan.
The Exhibit Hall will open from 9:00 AM until 12:30 AM, while association meetings continue in the morning for both CSAA and ESA committees.
At 12:30 pm, the ESA Industry Luncheon and Annual Meeting will feature presenter Kristen Simmons as she discusses the importance of the customer experience. The Luncheon, sponsored by Interlogix, will also include important updates on ESA activities, programs, plans and the installation of the association's leadership figures.
On Thursday afternoon, the Conference and Education program continues, along with association meetings.
The seventh annual SDM 100 Gala celebrates the industry's top companies on Thursday evening, beginning at 6:00 PM and running until 11:00 PM at the Renaissance. With a 1940's theme, timeless entertainment will be provided by Gwen Hughes and the Continental Orchestra. Additionally, professional swing dancers will perform and teach dance steps of the era. Get ready to Jump, Jive and Wail at this incredible event!
Friday, June 29
ESA will hold its Board of Directors meeting from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM at the Renaissance on Friday morning, officially ending the amazing week of events at ESX.
ESX attendees can get the latest news and information by accessing ESX Mobile on their smartphone or Web-connected tablet by heading to http://m.esxweb.com. They can also activate Mobile News Alerts by texting ESX12 to 96362 to get updates on the latest happenings at the show and exhibitors to stop by and visit.
It's not too late to register for ESX! You can register onsite at the Nashville Convention Center or head to www.esxweb.com/register and choose the Deluxe Pass.