Nashville road trip has team appeal

Organizers say ESX promises education, inspiration, success
Sunday, June 1, 2008

NASHVILLE--In what’s being billed as “the premier training event for security integration and monitoring companies,” ESX, the Electronic Security Expo, will take place here June 25 through 27.

That promotion “speaks to the idea of what we’re really focused on-training,” said John Galante, president of AE Ventures, a subsidiary of EH Events, which is producing the event for the CSAA and NBFAA, who own the event. “There will be 56 [75 minute] seminars broken into tracks … it’s designed to appeal to the team.” Galante said organizers hope security installation and monitoring companies will bring the management team as well as a lead technician and lead operator. “We’ll have a critical mass of courses for each profile.”

Bringing a group from the office tends to be more valuable, he said. “That way you can test the information that you gather against the information others gather. There’s a greater sense of obligation, and there’s something about a road trip that builds camaraderie.”

If you haven’t registered yet for the training, there’s a deal available, “a pass for all three days of training seminars for $395--it’s a cost-effective way to do it,” said Georgia Calaway, spokeswoman for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association. “It works out to $33 per session,” she said. You must register by May 31 to get that pricing, however.

“There will be more than 150 exhibiting companies occupying 22,000 net square feet of space,” said Galante. “The projected total attendance is 3,500, 750 exhibition personnel and 2,750 visitors.”

The exposition will take place during the last two days of the conference, June 26 and 27. The expo will feature four special-interest pavilions: the ESX Consulting and Business Services Pavilion; the Tennessee Burglar & Fire Alarm Association Reps and Distributors Pavilion; the IP-based Security Pavilion; and the CEPro Pavilion.

There’s more: The CSAA, NBFAA and TBFAA have a full roster of association events; Security Systems News editor Sam Pfeifle is moderating luncheon forums where you can hear from the industry’s younger-than-40 “Rising Stars” on Thursday and from kids taking over businesses from their parents as the “Next Generation” on Friday; there’s also a “Mystery Keynote Address” and two special security tours.

Don’t forget to put these party events on your calendar, either: The Thursday Night “Big Bash” with country music star Marty Stuart; skeet shooting with the TBFAA; and a “Club Crawl” organized by the TBFAA.

For more information and to register, visit