ESX returns to its roots in 2012, 2013

Born in Nashville four years ago, the show is coming home
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Popular demand is bringing the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) back here to the city where it started four years ago—for 2012 and 2013.

Ralph Sevinor, chairman of the board of ESX, which is owned and sponsored by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA), said the board listened to exhibitors and attendees in returning the educational and networking event for security integration and monitoring companies to Nashville.

“We listened to our members,” Sevinor told Security Systems News. He said the feedback was that they liked Nashville as a venue and also “they wanted to have some type of consistency.”

George De Marco, ESX chairman, said, “Everybody loves going to Nashville…It’s the music capital of the world.”

Not only does the city appeal as a destination, but it is conveniently located for attendees around the county, according to ESX.

Also, it soon will get a new Music City Center, which is currently under construction and is where ESX 2013 will be held from June 17-21.

ESX, which Sevinor said stands out because it is owned and sponsored by two industry associations, started in Nashville in 2008.

It was held in Baltimore in 2009, in Pittsburgh in 2010, and it was in Charlotte, N.C. last month.

The number of attendees and exhibitors this year is up over last year, and De Marco predicted that ESX 2012 will attract even more. “Based on my gut feeling, I would say it’s going to be a great year,” he said.

ESX 2012 will be at the Nashville Convention Center, June 25-29.

“Nashville is a great convention city and headed even higher on this list among event organizers with the construction of the Music City Center,” John Galante, president of ESX event producer, AE Ventures, said in a statement announcing the show’s return to Nashville.

He cited the music scene and the “eclectic, fun, unique and interesting” restaurants, clubs and other attractions in the city among reasons to hold the show there. Also, he said, “We love the compact city center area where ESX will be held—so much to do within walking distance on streets that are safe and clean. ”