ESX-make the dates: June 14-18

Pittsburgh in June is the center of the universe for security integrators and central station companies attending the ESX Show at the David Lawrence Convention Center, because it's all about you and what you need to succeed.

Slated for June 14 through 18, this is the third year for the event, which combines smashing social, educational and networking activities from the two leading industry organizations, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA).

Yes, the show floor is 20 percent larger, but the real crux of the show is that it's designed for you-systems integrators and monitoring companies. The communications landscape of the industry is changing and many of the educational sessions will address this topic as well as business management, central station operations, recurring monthly revenue, installation management, technology and more. There's even a CEDIA mini-track and Young Security Professionals mini track of sessions.

Hosted by Vector Security and Guardian Protection Services, this year's ESX Show is the event to meet with your peers for not only training and education, but just plain fun. The ESX show has that air of casualness-wrapped around some of the most hard-hitting conference topics attendees need to grow their business and leverage technology for the future.

"ESX has been consciously designed to offer something for individuals at all levels of the organization-owners/managers, technical, central station, sales and finance," said Pamela Petrow, chief operating officer (COO) of Vector Security Inc. in Pittsburgh, All-Star co-host of the event along with Guardian. "The focus is on having day-to-day practitioners sharing their experiences in these specific areas, which brings real-world knowledge instead of generic presentations," she said. "The variety of programming allows individuals at all levels of a company to participate and take away something to improve themselves, their department and their company."

Get it all at one show, one location

Petrow continued that ESX is a cost-effective show because it combines focused training blocks, a tradeshow that is not overwhelming and industry meetings for both CSAA and ESA. "The cost of attendance can be paid for by attending one session and gaining knowledge such as how to increase the effectiveness of your accounts receivable program or the correct pricing formula for installations, or legal knowledge that prevents a lawsuit," she added. "Each program has information that can add to your bottom line through improving your people, processes, metrics, or service offerings. You need to be there now more than ever to face challenging competitive forces and industry hurdles."

Outgoing ESA President Mike Miller, who is the vice president of Moon Security Services Inc. in Pasco, Wash., said the educational tracks are designed for integrators to help grow their business. "As an organization, we have to bring value to our members and we have a great set of educational sessions at the show to do just that," he said. "I'm excited about ESX and we have been working hard to bring true value to the show."

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2011 ESX

Save the dates of June 13 through 17 for next year's ESX show. The event will be held in Charlotte, N.C. in 2011, it was announced recently.

Preliminary plans are to capitalize on Charlotte's local strengths and include educational focuses on banking/financial institutions and high-end residential vertical markets. ESX will also reach out to executives and security leaders at Charlotte's business titans Duke Energy, Lowe's Home Improvement, Bank of America and Time Warner Cable for presentations in its general sessions and seminar programs. For more information on exhibiting or attending ESX 2011, contact ESX at 877-628-9558 or