ESPA Names Executive Director The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) has named Jeff Gardner as its first executive director.By RS Staff Published: January 21, 2016 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA) has named Jeff Gardner as its first executive director. Gardner takes the position after nine years on staff at CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association), directing both technical training and industry certification. “Due to the huge demand for technicians in the electronic systems industry, ESPA has been expanding fast, in the number of certifications as well as academic partners. The time is right for the program to have full-time professional leadership to ensure that the growth continues,” said Chuck Wilson, ESPA chairman and NSCA executive director. Gardner’s responsibilities include managing the certification process and supporting resources, bringing on schools as authorized training partners, raising awareness of the EST career path among students, and gaining additional support among other industry stakeholders. “I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Gardner. “Finding qualified people is the number one challenge facing systems integrators today, and ESPA can play a key role in addressing that problem.” SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.