To more effectively represent the needs of NSCA (National Systems Contractors Association) members nationwide, NSCA has established a Washington D.C. presence and hired a David P. Johnson as director of industry/government relations. Johnson was formerly director of government affairs for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA).

"A Washington D.C. presence will be a tremendous help to NSCA and our members," said Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director. "So many of our industry partners, like the Department of Labor and other government agencies are obviously based in and around D.C. No longer will it take us two days of time to attend what is often a two-hour meeting. We will be more effective at serving as the collective voice of our members."

Johnson will be responsible for managing NSCA's federal and state lobbying activities and coordinate such efforts with NSCA members, allied associations and other industry groups. "Dave comes to NSCA highly regarded and we are very excited to add such a dynamic personality to our staff," Wilson said. "This new position will also prove highly valuable to the members of NSCA." His starting tasks, according to Wilson, include building a government relations liaison network state-by-state and refining the NSCA position statements. Further, he will work at the state level on creating model legislation that creates a more equitable business environment for NSCA members. And in the states where license are or will be required, Johnson's efforts will focus on establishing a board of peers rather than individuals unfamiliar with systems work.

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