NECA BICSI Summit 2022

NECA and BICSI are combining forces to bring you the first joint NECA • BICSI Summit 2022. Join us May 23-25 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX as subject matter experts address the needs of the low-voltage and technology communities.  

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  • Power over Ethernet
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • Distributed Antenna Systems
  • FTTX
  • And more...

This Summit is geared toward; Owner/Operators, Construction Superintendents, Project Managers, Safety Managers, Division Managers – this Summit is for YOU! Registration is now open.

Registration Attendance Cost: $695.00 (Early-bird), $745 after April 19, 2022.  

CECs:  Eight (8) BICSI CECs will be assigned for attending the Summit, but does not qualify for a conference credit toward recertification.

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities: We have limited booth space and sponsorship opportunities, ACT now and get in front of this unique audience of decision makers - Click here for additional information.  Sign up for booth space now - Click here 

Hotel Information:  A special rate of USD 239.00 Average nightly rate has been contracted at the:

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. 

23808 Resort Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78261

Upon registration, you will receive a link to book your hotel room at the discounted rate.

Nestled amid 600 acres of oak-covered hills, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is a luxury haven in a stunning landscape. Find your respite in upscale accommodations with expansive floor plans, plush furnishings, premium amenities and breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country. Thrill the family with our River Bluff Water Experience, a nine-acre water park featuring a 1,100-foot lazy river. Explore the area's most popular attractions, including wineries, SeaWorld, Shops at La Cantera, Natural Bridge Caverns and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Celebrate and succeed in 268,000 square feet of sophisticated event space, featuring outdoor pavilions and elegant ballrooms. After a full day of business or sightseeing, savor delectable fare at our six resort restaurants or rejuvenate your well-being at our luxury spa. An inspiring destination with something for everyone, our San Antonio resort offers quiet luxury amid the beautiful Texas Hill Country.


Event Agenda

Monday, May 23


1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Opening General Session

Opening Keynote

  • Daniel Burrus — Leading Futurist Speakers on Global Trends and Disruptive Innovation

Daniel Burrus is considered one of the world’s leading futurist speakers on global trends and disruptive innovation. He has established a worldwide reputation for this exceptional record of predicting the future of technology driven change and its direct impact on the business world.

3:30 – 4 p.m. Break
4 – 5 p.m.  Breakout Sessions

“The Future is Now: Technology That Will Drive Smart Buildings, Infrastructure, and Cities”

  • Josh Bone – ELECTRI International

The global smart building market is projected to grow from $67.60 billion in 2021 to $265.37 billion in 2028 at a compound annual growth rate of 21.6%. What’s more, these smart buildings are more than just a temporary aberration. They are the present and future of facilities management as new innovations continually advance what’s possible. This session will discuss new interconnected systems and platforms that are presenting new opportunities to electrical contractors. We will highlight a few of these cutting-edge systems that are focused on optimizing performance for smart buildings, infrastructure, and cities.


“Best Practices for the Design and Construction of Power over Ethernet (PoE) Intelligent Buildings”

  • Tyler Andrews – PoE Texas – Austin, Texas, USA
  • Luis Suau – Sinclair Digital LLC – Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • Joseph Herbst – PoE Texas – Austin, Texas, USA

Top design professionals and subject matter experts with experience in designing and constructing Power over Ethernet (PoE) intelligent buildings share their best practices and lessons learned. This session will include quantifying the value proposition; defining scope, roles and responsibilities through design, construction, and operations; presenting system architecture options; and strategizing how to take advantage of PoE automation for LEED and wellness standards. Participants will gain crucial skills and knowledge essential to delivering better intelligent buildings for developers and owners.

Topic: | Power over Ethernet |


“Fires, Natural Disasters, and Active Shootings: Looking at In-Building Systems Through a Public Safety Lens”

  • Dennis Burns – Advanced RF Technologies, Inc. – Mahwah, New Jersey, USA

Fires, natural disasters, active shooters and so many other emergency situations require fast action from first responders, but how can building owners empower these responders to effectively connect with one another? This session will look at the scope of public safety through the lens of communication, touching on DAS and updated public safety code requirements, such as NFPA 1225, IFC 2021, and UL-2524. See how ICT professionals can implement these technologies to provide seamless connectivity required during emergency situations.

Topic: | Wireless & DAS |

5 – 7 p.m. Opening Reception & Trade Show

Tuesday, May 24


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast
9 – 10 a.m.  Breakout Sessions

“Evolving Opportunities in the Electrical Industry: Why Start Doing Integrations”

  • Ron Clarkson – Rosendin Electric

The supply of the low voltage technology systems market is expected to double in 2022 in the building market alone. Opportunities abound for contractors to get in to this marketplace. This session will discuss the trends driving the low voltage market, their impacts, and  the opportunities these trends provide the electrical contractor to help contractors decide if they should get into the integration business.


“The Real Impact of High-Power PoE on Your IP Network”

  • Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM, CSI – Superior Essex – York, Pennsylvania, USA

Do you know what impact high-power PoE and Fault-Managed Power (Digital Electricity) will have on your IP network? The networks of the past were not designed for the high-powered power distribution of the future. Lighting systems using PoE technology are growing in popularity and bringing efficiency to smart buildings. With IoT, more systems and devices will use PoE and Fault-Managed Power , resulting in cabling being exposed to higher temperatures for long periods of time. This session will identify the potential risks that exist and what can be done to eliminate them.

Topic: | Power over Ethernet |

10 - 10:30 a.m. Break

“Analytics: Discovering a World of Possibilities”

  • Geoffrey Bauer, ESS – Axis Communications – Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA

Powerful, proactive, and smart surveillance solutions that incorporate video and audio analytics are taking modern security systems to the next level. The ability to recognize and analyze specific physical activities and sounds to trigger alerts is impacting not just the safety and security of business today, but also contributing to improved business efficiencies, customer service, sales, profits and more. With the practicality of analytics expanding at a furious pace, there seems to be a disconnect between the feature/function of an analytic to the design and performance objectives for the client. In this session we will discuss how to leverage current technology with modern analytics. We will also discuss specific examples of applications that ICT professionals can use to solve real-world challenges for their clients.

Topic: | Video Surveillance/Emerging Technologies |

10 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

“Evolving Opportunities in the Electrical Industry: How to Start Doing Integrations”

  • Ron Clarkson – Rosendin Electric

“New Cabling Standards for the Buildings of Today and Tomorrow”

  • Frank Straka – Panduit Corporation – Tinley Park, Illinois, USA

The pandemic has accelerated changes within commercial buildings which, in turn, is changing where and how cabling is installed. Yesterday people were running cables to outlets on a wall. Today cables are being run to new locations such as security cameras and wireless access points. Tomorrow cables will be running to even more equipment such as Building Automation Systems (BAS), intelligent lighting and sensors. Standardization is critical for the adoption of both the cabling and the changing technologies. This session will address the new and upcoming standards designed to accommodate these trends.

Topic: | Building Automation Systems |


“Field Personnel to Project Managers”

  • Christopher Hobbs, OSP, RCDD, RTPM, DCDC, CT – BICSI, Tampa, Florida, USA

Are you looking to turn your best field personnel into successful project managers for your organization? In this session we will give business leaders and potential project managers an understanding of expectations and the necessary training and skills needed to transition field personal into project management roles.

Topic: | Project Management |

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Trade Show
1:30 – 3 p.m. Afternoon General Session

Afternoon Keynote

  • Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey, USMC (Ret.) – NECA – Washington, D.C., USA
3 – 4 p.m. Break & Trade Show
4 – 5 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

“Grow Your Integration Business”

  • David Eckell – Graybar

Technology is advancing at an increasing rate which is blurring the lines between IT and OT within businesses and organizations. Building owners are increasingly looking for contractors that can support them through this shift in technology. A traditional electrical contractor can incur significant costs and uncertainty when attempting to diversify into networking and communications technologies, so it is important to focus on solutions that you can immediately begin to sell without needing to spend significant time and resources on hiring and training. Join a panel of industry experts and electrical contractors as they discuss market trends, technology challenges, and a roadmap for successfully diversifying your business. 


“Road to Single-Mode: Direction for Choosing, Installing and Testing Single-Mode Fiber”

  • Adrian Young – Fluke Networks - Everett, Washington, USA
  • Jim Davis – Fluke Networks – Everett, Washington, USA

While the similarities between single-mode and multimode installation and testing are similar, there are important differences and considerations that should be known by even the most experienced network engineers. Some of these things include what’s driving single-mode adoption, duplex vs. MTP single-mode options, understanding insertion loss budgets, optimizing cable systems for density, cable, and end face testing tips, and troubleshooting OTDR. While there are some traditional thoughts around singlemode, however, there are some misconceptions. Are single-mode connections harder to keep clean? Is there a cost premium to single-mode transceivers? Are all single-mode applications duplex? What are the safety concerns with the higher-powered single-mode lasers? What are the ideal distances for singlemode? Do you need attenuators on shorter links? Does reflectance make single-mode harder to test? This session will identify how to put your next single-mode project on the right path.

Topic: | Optical Fiber/Meters & Testers |


"Industry Trends and the Digital Future of Sound Masking"

  • Shannon Geronimo – Biamp Systems – Beaverton, Oregon, USA
  • Todd Berger - Biamp Systems – Beaverton, Oregon, USA

Since its inception in the 1950s and 60s, sound masking technology has evolved to encompass the digital revolution. In this session we will explore the core science behind sound masking and the technologies now used to deliver the highest levels of speech privacy. Additionally, we will explore the functionality requirements of current customers and uncover trends in both architectures, which can affect the technology deployed and how leveraging standard IT networks can help to meet current client demands. During this session participants will learn about various approaches to sound masking system technologies. Participants will see what these trends in network-based sound masking systems mean for integrators to better prepare their organizations to discuss and deploy the next generation of sound masking systems with higher levels of customer satisfaction and profitability.

Topic: | Audiovisual |

5 – 7 p.m. Reception & Trade Show

Wednesday, May 25


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Breakout Sessions

“Right Sizing Services & Areas of Integration”

  • Skip Perley – Thompson Electric Company

You’ve decided to enter the low voltage market, but don’t know where to start. You’re in the low voltage mark et, but want to add technology systems integration to your services, but don’t know where to start or are overwhelmed with number of market areas and the required expertise to be competitive and meet client expectations. This panel of experienced technology integrators will discuss challenges, successes, and lessons-learned in right-sizing, or finding their sweet spot of services. 


“Remote Power Delivery: PoE vs. Powered Fiber – Understanding the Difference”

  • Jamey Calloway, RCDD – Optical Cable Corporation – Roanoke, Virginia, USA

The IEEE PoE standard supports power delivery of nearly 100 watts to network devices over 100 meters of 4-pair category cabling. As hybrid-powered fiber cabling is deployed deeper into the network, powered fiber is increasingly utilized to provide the capability to go beyond the 100-meter distance limitation of PoE. This session will identify the similarities and key differences between PoE and powered fiber solutions and how these solutions can co-exist and complement one another.

Topic: | Optical Fiber/FTTx |


“Grounding System Design and Testing for Critical Facilities”

  • Roy Whitten – Lyncole XIT Grounding – Torrance, California, USA

A ground system is critical for the protection, reliability and performance of sensitive electronic equipment. This session will describe what constitutes an NEC-compliant grounding system, and methods of testing, including clamp-on ground resistance meters and the 3-point fall of potential test, with details on factors that may invalidate a test. Also discussed will be grounding's relationship to surge suppression and lightning protection. We will also cover how to properly test and achieve valid results.

Topic: | Standards Compliance |

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. – Noon Closing General Session

Closing Keynote

  • Dr. Robert Spalding — Innovator and Accomplished National Security Policy Strategist


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