2016 NCAC Annual Meeting
September 16-18 - Chicago, IL

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Hotel Information

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

Group rate rooms for the NCAC Annual Meeting are now sold out.

Annual Meeting Schedule

Friday, September 16

1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Shure Pre-Conference Tour
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception - Reconnect with your industry peers and get ready for more fun to come!

Saturday, September 17

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Exhibition of Industry Partners (Floorplan)
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Northwestern University Tour (Details Below)
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Seven Lions

Sunday, September 18

7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Greenway Group Seminar - Financial Fitness and Growth - Fundamentals of Ownership Transition

(Details Below)

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Annual Meeting/Lunch

IAC Acoustics/Sound Seal invites all NCAC Annual Meeting attendees to RSVP for a post-meeting tour. RSVPs are required by September 2. Full details and RSVP link here:

Shure, Inc. Pre-Conference Tour
Shure, Inc. invites you to tour their facility in Niles, IL, a 15 minute ride from O’Hare. Shure bought and occupied a 7-story glass building, designed by Helmut Jahn, in 2003 and immediately began making it their own. They worked with Krueck + Sexton Architects to design the Technical Center, including facilities for R&D, measurements, and prototyping of new products, ably assisted by Kirkegaard Associates, led by Senior Consultant Scott Pfeiffer. The technical center, opened in 2005, also includes a full studio facility design by Russ Berger Design Group. In 2008, Krueck + Sexton, Threshold Acoustics, and Waveguide completed a 160-seat S.N. Shure Theatre for corporate presentation and performances by endorser artists. In 2016, the Great Hall opened as an exhibit of Shure's amazing history in microphone industry. Transportation to Shure will not be provided by NCAC, but it is a short taxi ride from O’Hare (Address: 5800 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714). Make your way to the facility between 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CDT, for a tour starting at 2:30 p.m. NCAC will provide transportation back to the hotel after the tour.

About the Northwestern University Tour
The campus tour at Northwestern will involve stops throughout the music building and the audiology clinic to see these spaces and technologies in use.

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
Fully commissioned and opened for use in the fall of 2015, the Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts added a much-needed performance facility with a stunning view of the city. From the University website:

"The design features a limestone base supporting an exterior that is primarily glass — taking maximum advantage of the site’s lakefront location and views of the Chicago skyline. The building integrates completely with the existing Regenstein Hall of Music, with two connections between the buildings on each of Regenstein’s three levels.

The building’s main entrance opens onto a soaring glass atrium, with lounge and reception areas offering views of the lake and downtown Chicago. In addition, the atrium serves as the lobby for the 400-seat Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall. Kirkegaard Associates — the world-renowned acoustical design firm whose president, Lawrence Kirkegaard, designed the acoustics for Pick-Staiger Concert Hall — assisted in designing the Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall’s interior, which features a glass wall offering stunning views of the Chicago skyline.

The Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater, a 150-seat black box theater, will provide an integral, flexible space for opera rehearsals as well as an intimate venue for small one-act operas and other performances by students and faculty. Also on the building’s first floor is the 120-seat David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room, as well as several classrooms, all with exterior windows."

Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning
The new Center for Audiology contains an Audio Environment Simulation room, which allows new hearing aid or cochlear implant users to experience a variety of auditory environments to learn about the challenges they will face in the real world, and practice/train on skills listening with their new devices. It also will allow modeling of environments and provide a laboratory for research of controlled environments to establish benefits of optimizing acoustic environments in the process of improving education and an understanding of how our surroundings impact our ability to learn, interact, or otherwise contribute to the world around us.

About the Seminar
The Greenway Group, founding partners of the Design Intelligence, the Journal of the Design Futures Council. The on-going research regarding "How Firms Succeed", and the practices of successful design firms provide the Greenway Group with a unique perspective on firm value, techniques for firm transition, and the steps owners and potential owners can take to prepare themselves and one another for the expectations involved in executing a successful transition.

This workshop will provide exploration of the unique nature of acoustics firms and how to make the right first steps to explore the options for transition of the reputation of firms and firm leadership to future generations of practitioners that will carry on the legacy and experience of their founders.

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