The highly anticipated event of the year for the security industry is finally here! The Electronic Security Expo is open and is bringing together security professionals from all over the country. It attracts the biggest, best, and most progressive installing and monitoring companies in the world to meet with exhibiting electronic security equipment vendors and industry providers.
Each year, ESX is proof that it is possible to offer a show floor large enough to spotlight an incredibly wide range of security products and services, yet manageable enough to tour at a leisurely pace and drill deeply into any category. No end users. No chaotic crowds. This is a tailored educational event designed to help you grow your business. Here are some highlights of the many thing’s security pros have been up to so far and what is in store!
Day 1 – Tuesday
The Electronic Security Association, the owner of the event, jumpstarted the events at ESX with several meetings including the Board of Directors, Government Relations, and the Standard & Life Safety Committees to discuss industry trends and more. Thanks to everyone who attended the ESA Annual Meeting and supported our award winners for excellence in the industry, the installation of our newest Board members, and the induction of our new Chairman, John Loud, President of Loud Security in Atlanta.
After the meetings attendees jumped into ESX’s New Executive Leadership Workshops. With workforce shortages, supply chain delays, technology platforms rapidly being upgraded, and consumer demands ever-changing. ESX teamed up with Executive Education at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business to develop 4 hours of executive leadership education that will provide breakthrough insights and advanced skills on change leadership and people management – two of the toughest areas for integrator companies.
ESX finished Day 1 of the event right! There is no better way to take in Fort Worth than with live music, local beer and spirits, and a mix of local flavors as we celebrated the launch of ESX 2022! The Opening Celebration was a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with other attendees and catch up with old industry friends in a more casual, laidback environment.
Day 2 – Wednesday
The OpenXChange Breakfast is where we talked about the newest-of-the new; technologies, services, and go-to market strategies and the changing competitive landscape that will influence the direction of our industry. This year, the lively panel discussion focused on drones and robots and what is likely to happen and how it will impact our businesses and industry. This discussion was led by Alex Pachicov, CEO of Sunflower Labs and Stacy Stephens, EVP & Chief Client Officer of Knightscope, Inc.
ESX’s expo floor provides access to multiple exhibitors in varying industries such as Fire Detection, Access Control, Smart Home Building, Video Surveillance IT/Networking and so much more! Wednesday also offered 10 incredible educational sessions from speakers with years of real-world experience, as well as free technical training to exhibitors and sponsors. Throughout the day, attendees were able to walk around the expo floor, observing the latest technology from exhibitors in the industry. The innovation awards were also presented in recognition of the most outstanding products that drive the electronic security and life safety industry forward.
There also was the keynote luncheon on the main stage featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Ivan Joseph. Just steps away from the expo floor, this plated luncheon will include programming to help build success, self-confidence, and grit amongst your leadership team. Self-confidence and inspiring self-confidence to meet and achieve goals is a skill.
After a day on the expo floor attendees visited the local Fort Worth nightlife at the ESX Pub Crawl! Security pros shared experiences, caught up with friends and made new ones in a casual atmosphere. ESX is unique in that it offers opportunities where work meets play and industry friendships are formed.
Day 3 – Thursday
The education sessions continued through Thursday. They focused on growing recurring revenue, contracts, drones, data, reducing false alarms, social media marketing and more.
Attendees were able to connect with lunch on the expo floor while continuing to make connections with peers in the industry. This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase each product and service. Thursday also featured a general session by Tony Birdwell who discussed Lessons for a Life Well Lived.
The Weinstock Celebration will be held this Thursday evening and wrap up the second day of ESX. The Morris F Weinstock Celebration commemorates the accomplishments of a security professional whose lifetime achievements have made a significant impact on the industry.
Last Day – Friday
Opening the last day of the Expo is the SIAC Breakfast awards ceremony where the Youth Scholarship award will be announced. The ceremony will be kicked off by Dr. Joseph Kuhns who presented new data that debunks long-standing industry myths about alarm system dispatches and false alarm rates.
With classes like 7 Practical Ways to Become a Better Boss, and Monitoring Innovation in Action, Friday is filled with education-packed sessions that have been designed to help electronic security pros move their business forward towards efficiency and productivity. The expo will wrap up earlier in the day.
So far ESX 2022 is one for the books! Make sure to save the date for ESX 2023 hosted in Louisville, Kentucky June 5-8! It is bound to be another incredible experience at the Electronic Security Expo.