Leadership Team

Meet the leadership team who helps shape the vision for ESPA:

Chuck Wilson, NSCA – Chairman, ESPA Board of Directors

“ESPA’s education and certification programs are the culmination of decades of growth and advancement in the electronic systems industries. There is perhaps no greater cause dedicated to the future of electronic systems technicians than bringing the different organizations together and working toward a common set of best practices and drawing new technical employees into our profession.” – Chuck Wilson, Chairman, ESPA Board of Directors; Executive Director, National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA)

At the helm of NSCA, much of Wilson’s time is spent assisting contractors with the challenges of today’s business environment. He often gives lectures and presentations at key industry events and has been published in numerous leading trade journals, including Sound & Communications, Sound & Video Contractor, Systems Contractor News, Archi-Tech and ProAV.

Wilson serves on the executive committee for Integrated Systems Events LLC, and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Construction Specification Institute. Wilson was the recipient of CSI’s Technical Commendation Award for his work on the MasterFormat™ Expansion Task Team. Wilson joined the NSCA staff as executive director in 1996. Prior to joining NSCA, Wilson was a partner at Communications Engineering Company, a successful low-voltage electronics contracting company.

Tabatha O’Connor, CEDIA – Chief Operating Officer

Tabatha has been with the association since 2002.  In those 14 years, she has led many departments, from membership, finance, and operations to human resources, and volunteer development. In her current COO role, Tabatha works closely with CEDIA staff and the volunteer board of directors on creating structures and processes to manage the association’s activities. Recently this has included the implementation of a new association management software, the global re-branding, and expanding the bank of CEDIA’s online resources.

Working together to build the industry and provide members the tools they need to grow is what has given Tabatha the greatest satisfaction in her time at CEDIA. This year, she was chosen by Dealerscope as one of their Powerful Women in Consumer Tech. Prior to CEDIA, Tabatha worked in association management within the construction and public service industry and has enjoyed 18+ years of association management experience.

Ellen Savage, Consumer Technology Association – Secretary, ESPA Board of Directors

Ellen Savage is Senior Director of Membership for the Consumer Technology Association. Ellen oversees membership activities, including recruitment, retention and engagement, for CTA’s over 2,200 member companies.

During her tenure at CTA, Ellen has managed several membership divisions, including Video, Vehicle Technology, TechHome and Wireless. Prior to joining CTA in 2006, Ellen was a wholesale account manager at Covad Communications, a broadband services provider, managing accounts for XO Communications and AOL. Before joining Covad, she was Manager of Association Services for the Association of Local Telecommunications Services. Ellen was recognized as one of Forty Under Forty by Dealerscope in 2011.

Ellen graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.A. in Mass Communications.

Jeff Gardner, ESPA – Executive Director of ESPA

Jeff Gardner serves as Executive Director of ESPA, leading its rapid growth in the academic channel, and building industry relationships. Prior to taking this position, he spent nine years on CEDIA’s professional staff, directing technical training and certification. His industry experience includes residential systems, recording studio design, and venue operations management. He holds credentials from CEDIA, InfoComm, CompTIA, ISF, and HAA.

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