Save the Date for NBS [re]ocon 2016

For all of those who cannot attend NEOCON in Chicago or INFOCOMM in Las Vegas this year, we are excited to rewind, recreate and review the best of this year’s shows in our Troy showroom.

Experience the latest in corporate, education and healthcare environments as we provide the forum for 2016’s most innovative manufacturers, services and products. In addition, we’ll also be celebrating our 40 year partnership with Steelcase with retro exhibits, raffle prizes, exciting and informative speakers, the return of the photobooth and a networking reception featuring live music and signature cocktails. It’s going to be our biggest [re]ocon to date!

We are very excited about this event. So save the date.

web.shinolawatchThanks to the generosity of our vendor partners and sponsors, there will be no charge for attending this dynamic event. Special thanks to the Allor Group, who donated a Shinola Watch for our grand prize drawing (details on how to enter will be provided at the event).

NBS and our partners will be holding a raffle of donated items and gift cards. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Habitat for Humanity to help them build homes, build communities, build hope and build the opportunity for families to help themselves. Please be prepared to give.

We are very excited about this event. So save the date, spread the word and register early. We look forward to seeing you for an outstanding day.

Count Me In!

To RSVP for the [re]ocon 2016 and/or to make your reservation for the Seminars/Speakers, please complete and submit the following form.

11:00 AM

Registration & Vendor Exhibits Open
at NBS

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch at NBS

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Keynote Speaker

Smash the Box

presented by
Chad Willett, Speaker/Author/Creative Expert
at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham (next door to NBS)

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

CEU Presentation

Engagement & the Global Workplace

presented by
Bill Heisler, Steelcase Applied Research + Consulting
at Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham (next door to NBS)
Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Dinner Reception
at NBS
Mix, Mingle & Music

Smash the Box

Presented by: Chad Willett, Speaker/Author/Creative Expert
SmashTheBox_featureSMASH THE BOX on the concept of “this is the way things have always been done” by creating a culture of innovation.  A culture of innovation says “Yes And”, shifts the focus from “me” to “us”, suspends judgment, and allows all participants to be a part of the creative process.  Smash the Box provides a blue print to not only “think outside the box” but “Smash it” by innovating, creating and transforming your daily creative practices.   


  • Culture of Innovation- Transform your meetings, discussions, and employee interaction by using the 4 techniques in “Smash the Box”
  • Creative Plan- Many companies have a business plan, few have a creative plan
  • Mental Prison- Dismantle the four walls of the mental prison: fear, perfection, judgment, and negativity
  • Smash the Box- Become an idea generator which is the “spark” to the creative process


Chad Willett

Speaker/Author/Creative Expert

Chad J. Willett (MA/BA/SAG/AFTRA) specializes in creativity and innovation by transforming cultures, re-defining creative leadership practices, and working and living in the moment. His book “Smash the Box” purposefully SMASHES the way books are written: pages are out of order, no table of contents, no page numbers etc.

After graduating with a theater degree, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a professional actor. Chad spent 7 years in Los Angeles as a professional actor (SAG/AFTRA Member) where he was featured in the hit films “She’s All That” with Freddy Prince Jr., “Halloween H2O,” with Jamie Lee Curtis and “Can’t Hardly Wait” with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

On the corporate side he has worked for three fortune 500 companies: Manpower, ITT Technical Institute and the Washington Post. As an entrepreneur he is the owner/ operator of Broadway2LA Acting Studio. Currently, he resides in Columbus, Ohio where he teaches classes at his acting studio.

Chad is a member of St. Mary’s Church in German Village, Ohio and the creator of “Make Faith Matter.” He has also been involved with “Big Brothers, Big Sisters”, and a reading literacy program for adults.


Engagement & the Global Workplace

Presented by: Bill Heisler, Steelcase Applied Research + Consulting

Designers – 0.1 CEU; Architects – 1 LU

Based on a Steelcase Global Report, Engagement & the Global Workplace takes a look at the relationship between employee engagement and the work environment.  It addresses one of the most serious issues facing leading organizations today:  Only 13 percent of workers are highly engaged.

The original study was conducted with 12,480 office workers in 17 countries and uncovered a correlation between employees’ attitudes about their workplace and their level of engagement.  Employees who are highly satisfied with the work environment are also the most highly engaged.  Conversely, those who are highly dissatisfied with their work environment are the most highly disengaged.

This presentation also provides a snapshot of the state of the office around the world.  The study’s findings, combined with decades of Steelcase workplace research, offer designers and organizations specific actions they can take to create a workplace that helps boost employee engagement.

Bill Heisler

Steelcase Applied Research + Consulting

Mr. Heisler has over 30 years of experience working with corporations in strategic workplace development, call center design, product design and workplace research. He is part of Steelcase ARC’s global team working with clients from around the globe and utilizes his expertise in working with clients to drive change in the workplace based on the organization’s business objectives. His experience includes helping organizations transition to new ways of working, creating innovative work environments through the process of workplace test pilots. Mr. Heisler’s current focus is directed on working with healthcare organizations to improve the work experience for clinicians and improve the experience for the patient and patient advocate.

Experience the latest in corporate, education and healthcare environments as we provide the forum for 2016’s most innovative manufacturers, services and products.