NSCA this week announced its honorees for its 2019 Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award, NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award and Volunteer of the Year Award, bestowing the prizes on three names that are familiar to most in the pro AV space.
The association will celebrate the accomplishments of the winners during the 2019 NSCA Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa, Fla., starting Feb. 27.
Mark Dundas—who served on the NSCA board of directors for 11 years, including his role as treasurer and president—is the recipient of the 2019 Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shortly after he joined the Board of Directors, Dundas launched NSCA’s first accounting system. He also founded the NSCA Education Foundation and served on its board of directors until 2007.
Dundas’ industry journey began in 1975, when he worked for 10 years for Industrial Communication Co. He founded United Communication Technology Inc. in 1984
“From the very start, Mark knew the industry’s future would involve integrating electronic systems,” says NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson in a press release announcing this year’s slate of winners.
“His ideas and experiences shaped many of the processes that NSCA still follows today.”
In 1988, Dundas founded Tech Works after spending nights and weekends engineering technology solutions when customer requests called for specialized systems.
He still runs the company, which specializes in simplified audio and healthcare solutions for hospitals, clinics, and detention facilities.
Janice Sandri is the recipient of the 2019 NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award. A founding member of FSR, a women-owned manufacturer of solutions for the AV, education, hospitality, government, and houses of worship markets, Sandri has been “instrumental in growing the company to 100+ employees and implementing green manufacturing processes,” according to the NSCA release.
Sandri has served as mayor of Little Falls, N.J., sat on the city council, served as the fire and police commissioner, and was the Little Falls Board of Health president.
She serves on the board of Kindness Shared Happiness Squared, a charity that helps children in need, as well.
“Jan has been a major industry contributor for many years,” says Wilson. “She is an inspiration to professionals at all stages of their careers, as well as to women who are forging their own paths in the systems integration world today.”
The 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award is being given to Guy Grace, director of security and emergency planning for Littleton Public Schools and Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) K-12 chairman. Grace was instrumental in forming PASS, which developed the Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools (currently in its fourth iteration).