10 Things I Am Most Excited About for ISC West

Expo, events and education are just three of the reasons SSI Editor-in-Chief/Associate Publisher Scott Goldfine eagerly anticipates the annual Vegas trek.

ISC West in Las Vegas is just around the corner, and so I thought I would share the top 10 things associated with the industry’s biggest show that I am personally looking forward to the most. Be sure to look elsewhere on securitysales.com for lots more of my “top” ISC West lists.

1. SAMMYs/Industry Hall of Fame gala (Tuesday, 4:30 pm, Venetian)
This isn’t just because it is SSI‘s affair and I host, it is a truly fun and unique gathering, and this year is the SAMMYs’ 20th anniversary and the program will include the first Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards.

2. Expo! Expo! Expo!
Around 1,000 vendors showing off their wares in the year’s largest domestic spotlight of the latest and greatest security products and technologies, allowing hands-on demos.

3. Visiting With Media Partners
Allows me the chance to see many if not most of those leading suppliers that support SSI‘s efforts to deliver the industry’s finest dealer/integrator trade publication.

4. SSI Editorial Board Meeting
The publication’s annual gathering of its esteemed board to discusses critical issues, trends and opportunities that ensure editorial leadership, credibility and value.

5. Networking Opportunities
Just about everyone who is someone in the electronic security industry makes an appearance at ISC West, and so it’s a fantastic forum to meet and reconnect colleagues. I especially relish being able to get feedback directly from readers.

6. Educational Sessions
If you judiciously pick and choose there are several valuable training and informational presentations to be experienced at the show, but arrive early as Tuesday’s slate may be the best.

7. Special Presentations
Although there is not a standard opening keynote this year, there are a couple talks I recommend at the conference’s conclusion: Keynote: Responding to Ferguson (4/16, 3-4) and Learn From Law Enforcement How Verified Alarms Lead to Priority Response (4/16, 4-6 pm)

8. Social Affairs
Literally dozens of vendor-provided mixers, dinners and parties are always on tap during the show week, some of which offer quality entertainment as well.

9. Face Time With Team
Many members of the SSI team and associated publications work remotely, including myself, and so events like ISC West are welcome opportunities to spend time together.

10. Mirage Buffet Feast
An annual tradition for the SSI team for a number of years has been celebrating the conclusion of another ISC West by hitting the amazing Mirage buffet.

What are your favorite things about ISC West?

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About the Author


Scott Goldfine is the marketing director for Elite Interactive Solutions. He is the former editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He can be reached at sgoldfine@eliteisi.com.

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