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10th annual ESX solidifies a decade of success
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06/21/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—It’s a wrap on the 10th annual Electronic Security Expo (ESX), which took place here June 13-16. Connections were made. Ideas were shared. And quality conversations were had.

ESX announces 2017 innovation award winners

Award recognizes products and services driving the industry forward
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05/24/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Electronic Security Expo announced the winners (see list below) for its 2017 Innovation Awards, recognizing outstanding products and services that drive the electronic security and life safety industry forward.

ESX announces speaker for Public Safety Luncheon

Criminal defense attorney to look at role of digital forensics in the courtroom
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04/28/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ESX, which is at the Music City Center here June 13-16, announced the main stage speaker for its Public Safety Luncheon: Miles Brissette, a senior criminal trial attorney based in Fort Worth, Texas, who will look at how video surveillance evidence in the courtroom impacts criminal and civil cases.

ESX announces keynotes and exhibit space expansion

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ESX has made several announcements recently regarding its 2017 conference, to be held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., from June 13-16.

“Every year, planning a show like ESX is both challenging and rewarding. For 2017, it is more challenging than most,” ESX chairman George De Marco told Security Systems News via email. “Being our 10th anniversary of ESX, we want to make the attendee experience commensurate with celebrating this milestone.”

ESX looks for feedback from its attendees, De Marco said. "From this feedback, we learn the most important reasons why ESX matters to them, and continue to tweak ESX to fine tune the attendee experience. For 2017, the education will emphasize the practical and proven methods that improve operational and financial results. Some of them are basic, but even professional athletes are coached on fundamentals every year," he said. 

Bestselling author Dr. Robert Kriegel will be the ESX 2017 keynote speaker. His presentation, “Innovate or Else,” will focus on various strategies for addressing change, challenge and competition in the industry.

Kriegel will deliver five strategies for developing new opportunities, ESX wrote in its announcement. He will also discuss the four most common obstacles to innovation and how to overcome them, outlining how to prepare for change and challenging the status quo.

“Innovative ideas often come from places you haven’t looked before,” Kriegel said in a prepared statement. “One of the best sources is to look outside of your industry.”

Kriegel’s clients include AT&T, BP Chemical, Boeing, Comcast, Exxon Mobile, Kraft General Foods, Nike, and the U.S. Navy as well as others.

The keynote for this year’s luncheon will be author, speaker and aviator Carey Lohrenz, She is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy and was the first female aviator to fly an F-14 Tomcat.

“In a fast-paced environment, leading fearlessly is not easy, but it can be done,” Lohrenz said in a prepared statement. “The ability to work through fear kept me alive as I operated under dangerous conditions and in life-or-death situations on the flight deck.”

Lohrenz will speak from experience on the foundation for strong leadership, team motivation and how companies can elevate their business.

The ESX Keynote Luncheon is sponsored by Security America RRG. Security Systems News is the media sponsor of the luncheon.

In late March, ESX announced it added 30 new booths to the show floor. "Over 200 exhibiting and sponsoring companies will participate in ESX," ESX said.  

Qualcomm, ADT, August to talk trends at ESX

Panelists will assess the competitive landscape for the security industry
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05/04/2016

FORT WORTH, Texas—ESX on May 3 announced that speakers from Qualcomm, ADT and August will be the panelists for its OpenXchange Breakfast, which will take place here on June 8.

ESX 2016 announces Innovation Award winners

Ten finalists will compete in Texas for ‘best of show’ honors
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04/27/2016

FORT WORTH, Texas—The 25 Innovation Award winners (see full list below) were announced by ESX today, and 10 finalists will be chosen from that list to battle it out in the second annual ESX TechVision Challenge, an interactive competition held live at ESX 2016 in the Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas, on Tuesday, June 7.

‘Leadership is 24/7. It’s not a job, it’s a position’

Ret. Maj. Gen. James Champion delivers ESX Keynote
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07/01/2015

BALTIMORE—Leadership is of top importance in both military service and the business world, said retired U.S. Army Special Forces Officer Maj. Gen. James Champion during his opening keynote address at ESX, held here.

ESX 2015: IoT changing lives, industry

Panelist stress need to respond, adapt
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07/01/2015

BALTIMORE—Just as the smartphone has transformed the way people conduct their day-to-day lives, the Internet of Things will, too, said panelists at ESX 2015.

ESX starts TechVision Challenge for Innovation Award winners

‘Shark Tank’ of industry leaders to judge
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03/27/2015

BALTIMORE—The top 10 ESX Innovation Awards winners will compete in the new TechVision Challenge, what ESX Chair George De Marco describes as “a Shark Tank-style contest” at the show here June 23.

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