Tom Frericks Jr., John Stiernberg and Drunk Unkles Getting Awards at NSCA BLC 2018

Tom Frericks Jr., John Stiernberg and the Drunk Unkles will be recognized at the 20th annual NSCA Business & Leadership Conference (BLC) in Dallas Feb. 28.

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Tom Frericks Jr., John Stiernberg and Drunk Unkles Getting Awards at NSCA BLC 2018

NSCA's Volunteer of the Year Award for 2018 is being given, individually and collectively, to the musicians and technical crew that make up the Drunk Unkles.

The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) today announced its industry leader awards for 2018, all of which will be presented to the honorees at the 2018 NSCA Business & Leadership Conference in Irving, Texas on Feb. 28.

This year, in addition to naming a Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award winner, NSCA will recognize winners for the NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.

Tom Frericks Jr., who served on the NSCA board of directors for 11 years, is the recipient of the 2018 Per Haugen Lifetime Achievement Award. Frericks joined Copp Integrated Systems in Dayton, Ohio, in 1976, purchasing Copp in 1983 as its second owner.

“Tom contributed so much of his time to serving on the NSCA board,” says NSCA Executive Director Chuck Wilson.

“He attended dozens of board meetings and industry events on our behalf, and even helped organize events and assisted with office technology and planning in the early days.”

The late John Stiernberg is the recipient of the 2018 NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award.

The late John Stiernberg is the recipient of the 2018 NSCA Education Foundation Founders Award.

As cofounder of Stiernberg Consulting—a long-time NSCA partner—in 1993, he and his wife, Jeanne, quickly established themselves as leading consultants and researchers for the integration industry. Stiernberg lost his battle with cancer in November 2017.

“John was a major industry contributor to the NSCA community and industry for many years,” says Wilson. “He will be remembered for his role as an educator and consultant, and for his keen insight into the systems integration industry.”

The Volunteer of the Year Award for 2018 is being given, individually and collectively, to the musicians and technical crew that make up the industry-famous Drunk Unkles. Steve Emspak, Marc Hochlerin, Mike Sinclair, Lisa Wenger, John Cardone, Mike Phillips and Felix Robinson have rocked for more than a decade to raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation.

“This talented group has helped the NSCA Education Foundation raise more than $1 million to put toward scholarships and tuition/training assistance,” says Wilson. “The contributions of The Drunk Unkles have helped launch the careers of more than 2,000 systems installers and technicians.”