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2013 EDMSSA Spring Meeting

EDMSSA Spring Conference and Vendor Expo

From April 17 through 19, 2013, the Eastern Division MSS Association (EDMSSA) held its spring meeting at the Westin Annapolis. One of the largest meetings held recently by the EDMSSA, the conference and vendor expo attracted over 200 people, including representatives from Motorola Solutions, 67 representatives from 42 member shops and 21 Vendors. The General Session on Thursday April 18, 2013 was preceded on Wednesday April 17, 2013 by the Motorola Solutions Service Town Hall.

As has been the focus for the last several years, the EDMSSA also sponsored several technical training sessions to assist our members with complying with Motorola Solutions Service Partner qualifications. Included this year, were certification classes for Certified Electronics Technician with the USMSS endorsement (CET, CET-USMSS), R56 tower construction and grounding standards, and the Motorola Solutions MR Project Academy. There were a total of 50 students attending, 13 students for the CET/USMSS training, 13 students for the R56 training and 24 students for the PM Academy.

At the Motorola Solutions Service Town Hall, EDMSSA President, Pat Hughes, provided an overview of the EDMSSA activities and presented the “Technician of the Year Award to Andrew Johns from Hankey’s Radio in Frederick, MD. The award recognizes the achievement of one of the technicians working for a member shop that supports the overall level of technical achievement and excellence. The award consists of a Certificate, wall plaque, an expense paid attendance at the EDMSSA conference and a check for $1,000.00. Following Pat’s presentation, Paul Manders reviewed the activities of the Service Partner Advisory Council.

The Motorola Solutions Service Team made a huge commitment to this meeting and presented the new Service Provider Requirements emphasizing the importance of technical certifications and a great amount of important information that affects the way we do business with Motorola Solutions.

Presenters included David Cheh, Larry Escalona, David Confalonieri, Mark Billesbach, Susan Storma, Jennifer Chin and (not pictured) Bob Gruber, Jay Baskette, Don Graham, Patricia Carroll and Paul Radman.

Several Shop anniversaries were recognized including M&W Communications(20), Regional Communications(20), Communications Electronics of Virginia(20), Teltronic(50), 2-Way Communications Service(60) and Gately Communication Company(60).

Motorola Solutions Services Organization sponsored the traditional evening reception and cocktail party on April 17, 2013.

The spring meeting General Session, held on April 18, 2013 was introduced by Dave Robison. Bill Dow opened the meeting with a presentation of USMSS activities. The rest of the session featured two keynote presentations, a presentation by Mark Crosby on current regulatory issues affecting our members and a series of short presentations from each of our many vendors.

The morning keynote presentation, by Mr. Steve Beck, author of “Leave Your Funk at the Door” focused on “Work-Life Balance” and learning how to structure your life to improve your attitude, mood and performance, both personally and professionally.

The afternoon keynote presentation by Mr. Ty Howard, a.k.a. Untie the Knots , an internationally respected authority on self-development and business development was titled “Untie the Knots: Improving Habits, Choices, People, Relationships, Performance and Results” and addressed the countless challenges, obstacles, issues and toxic habits found in most organizations and people today.

Our after-meeting dinner event featured Frederick Taylor a.k.a. Squire Frederick, the Town Crier of the City of Annapolis with a proclamation announcing our meeting and presenting anecdotes from the history of City of Annapolis.

We were also entertained by Comedian, Mime and Magician Jack Julius and his wife Tonya in an extremely fascinating production of unexpected and delightful magical twists and turns.

Finally, the EDMSSA held its business meeting on April 19, 2013 where we discussed possible locations for our next meeting and ways in which we may continue to improve the Spring meeting experience for the attending members.