Submitted by Craig Hawkins, CxA from McKinstry Co. on why he attends NCBC almost every year…
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You’re going to another NCBC? Why?I have been asked this question several times by my fellow CxA’s in the past few months. And my answer is…………
Truth is; I have several reasons for going. You see, I have been to 13 of the past 19 NCBCs and each has been a unique experience. Admittedly, some have been more interesting than others and some have been in locations that were not exactly at the top of my list of places to go see (or in many cases, return to). But for me, the positive benefits far outweigh the detractions. Those positive benefits include:
When I attend the NCBCs, I get a sense of being a part of a vibrant, growing industry. Many of us in this industry work alone or within small companies and we sometimes get to the point where we feel like we are fighting the world alone. I owned and operated my commissioning company for 15 years with no employees and going to the NCBC’s gave me a chance to feel like there was an entire industry of people with like minds and similar situations.
The speakers and industry booths provide a quality source of information about new, cutting-edge technologies within our industry, the latest trends in the marketplace, updates on pending legislation changes related to commissioning and case studies that can be used in marketing. Some of the sessions have been “roundtables” or panel discussions where hot topics are discussed. These lively debates have proven to be not only interesting but extremely informative with several ideas and positions being presented and discussed. No other Cx industry forum allows for this type of in-person interactions in a group setting.
What better place, than at the NCBC, can one go to meet fellow industry members from all over the globe? Forget “what better place”……..this is the only place! The NCBC is the only conference dedicated to commissioning that is open for anyone to attend. I met people at my first NCBC (back in 1994) that I am still in contact with today. I met my former business partner at an NCBC and we went on to operate a successful commissioning partnership for several years. I have met someone new at every NCBC I have attended.
So why do I continue to attend the NCBCs? Because they offer great value, they help grow and showcase MY industry, and I enjoy them. But remember- NCBC is like anything else in that you get out of it whatever you put in. So if you do go (and I hope you do) don’t just go and sit in the back of the rooms, go and participate! Join in on the open discussions, meet new people, talk and listen to those around you at the dinners and lunches. I challenge each and every one of you reading this to go to the NCBC and walk up to someone you don’t know, have never met, and introduce yourself. Get to know your fellow industry partners. Come to the NCBC and listen, learn, and support your industry. Come to the NCBC and enjoy yourself.