According to Robbie Danko, marketing manager for LVC Companies Inc. (formerly Low Voltage Contractors), this year’s PSA TEC, held May 9-11 in Westminster, Colo., was the best she has seen yet. “My general impression was it was bigger than it has ever been. I met more new people this year than in previous years. The quantity and quality of people there was better than I have ever seen it.”
[TEC] is one of the most valuable events we have because it is a captured environment. It is a selected group of people, even though they may be competitors. Relationships where we help each other and learn from each other in a non-combative setting are very worthwhile. – Bert Bongard, president of LVC Companies Inc.
With over 100 exhibitors (16 percent of them new to the event), more than 100 sessions and a sold-out event spread over several hotels, PSA made the decision to move the event to a bigger venue next year, said Bill Bozeman, president and CEO of PSA Security Network. TEC 2018 will take place March 12-16, 2018 at the Downtown Denver Sheraton.
As usual, TEC officially opened with a Monday evening cocktail reception. One of the things integrators most enjoy about events like this is the networking opportunity, said Bert Bongard, president of LVC Companies Inc. “[TEC] is one of the most valuable events we have because it is a captured environment,” he said. “It is a selected group of people, even though they may be competitors. Relationships where we help each other and learn from each other in a non-combative setting are very worthwhile.”
This year’s keynote presentation followed on Tuesday morning and featured a topic PSA has been at the forefront of pushing out to the industry — cybersecurity. Matthew Rosenquist, cybersecurity strategist for Intel Corp., spoke on “Cybersecurity Risks and Recommendations — Where Your Focus Needs to Be.” Bozeman said he was pleased this year that cybersecurity is not only accepted by the industry and PSA members, but that they are also starting to see opportunities as well.