About Jeff Kindig and NSCA’s eXcellence in Business Operations Conference (XBO)
Jeff Kindig was a part of the NSCA family -- former director of workforce development and a creative force behind Ignite. Throughout his career, Jeff demonstrated selflessness and generosity. He was passionate about the talented young students and professionals he sought to bring into the industry through the Ignite program that he helped pioneer.

XBO Experience and Next Gen Purpose
Educating people about our industry and getting their feet in the door is only part of the talent battle Jeff was fighting. There’s a leadership gap in too many companies in our industry. The eXcellence in Business Operations (XBO) Experience, which incorporates NSCA Next Gen Academy training content, is an event designed to eliminate barriers that prevent those young professionals from rising to leadership roles. Integration professionals that see themselves as next-generation leaders and rising stars within their companies should attend XBO.

About the NSCA Education Foundation
The mission of the NSCA Education Foundation is to advance educational opportunities by providing scholarships and supporting education and research to assist existing professionals and those pursuing careers within the commercial electronic systems integration industry. The foundation is committed to the growth of the industry by providing access to the best education and latest techniques available. The NSCA Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, promotes and engages current and future electronic systems integrators in educational experiences to enhance the growth, professionalism and business skills needed.

Thank you for applying for the Jeff M. Kindig Future Leaders Scholarship through the NSCA Education Foundation. The XBO Conference will bring a new focus to ongoing and emerging trends, as well as educate newer professionals about the industry’s best practices and most proven methods. Powered by NSCA’s Next Gen Academy curriculum with support from NSCA’s tried-and-true business insights, XBO is the perfect way to prepare new leaders for the generational shift underway now.
  • Currently employed by an industry-recognized commercial electronic systems integration company.
  • Must be recommended by the owner or president of the company.
  • Must provide at least one letter of recommendation. If owner of the company, only one letter is required. If not the owner of the company, two letters must be provided; one letter must be provided by current manager and the other from a colleague.
  • XBO Experience is designed for integration professionals that are on a course toward leadership but not yet in a leadership position. The application should demonstrate the candidates upward career trajectory
Application Process
  • The application must be filled out completely to be considered for an award.
  • Include letter(s) of recommendation(s) via email on company letterhead.
  • All incomplete applications will be returned unprocessed; there are no exceptions for late or incomplete applications.
  • Applications must be received by September 1, 2024.

Selection Process

Awards will be given on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. A judging panel composed of the NSCA Education Foundation Board will select award recipients based upon the following: presentation of application, work experience and strength of letters of recommendation. Applications and supporting documentation become property of the NCSA Education Foundation and will not be returned to the applicant.

Award Procedures
  • Applicants will be notified of their award status no later than October 1, 2024.
  • Awards are distributed once an acknowledgment or thank-you letter has been received from the recipient.
  • Award will cover the registration fee to attend NSCA’s 20204 XBO in Atlanta, GA from November 12-13, 2024. Travel and accommodations expenses will be the responsibility of the award winner.

Send completed application and supporting documents:

NSCA Education Foundation
3950 River Ridge Drive NE, Suite B
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Attn: Laura Janssen
OR by email to ljanssen@nsca.org