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History Timeline

November 5, 1980

First Board of Directors elected

June 21, 1981

First newsletter published

August 21, 1981

Articles of Incorporation issued

November 11, 1981

End of Charter Membership registration

November 12 & 13, 1981

Third Annual Symposium

April 26, 1982

Membership count is 174

June 21 & 22, 1982

First CBET review class

October 14, 1982

The first Symposium Pig Pickin’ – Symposium moves to the North Raleigh Hilton Hotel

October 20, 1983

By-Laws amended to divide the office of Secretary into Membership Secretary & Recording Secretary and to limit Board of Directors term of office to two consecutive two year terms.

March 15, 1984

NCBA contracts with Olson Management Group to manage the Symposium arrangements

July 19, 1984

Membership count reaches 300

January 31, 1985

Management contract awarded to Association Alternatives, Inc. NCBA establishes an affiliation with ASHE

January 1, 1986

Individual annual membership fee changes from $10 to $30

October 13, 1986

Gov. James Martin proclaims Inaugural North Carolina BMET Week

May 1, 1988

NCBA nominated for the AAMI Foundation Laufman / Greatbatch Award

February 5, 1990

Founding member and long time Board member, Eddy Whisnant passes away after an extended illness

July 1, 1991

Eddy Whisnant Scholarship established to grant scholarships to second year students within the North Carolina Community College System.

January 15, 1993

Introduction of the “Profile Spotlight” series of articles in the newsletter, which provide a description of the facilities and services provided by member institutions and vendors.

The inaugural article highlighted Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Physio Control Corporation.

January 15, 1993

Premier issue of the new newsletter format

February 16, 1993

The Norman “Red” Reeves Scholarship is established by Douglass Medical and Biomedical Equipment Rental & Sales

July 16, 1993

Membership fees and symposium registration fees increased. The last fee increase had been in 1986.

November 10, 1993

NCBA Annual Symposium moves to the North Raleigh Hilton Hotel.

November 1, 1995

Symposium moves to the Four Seasons Hotel in Greensboro, NC. After several years absence, the Pig Pickin’ returns

July 12, 1996

The Internet Task Force established

September 24, 1996

Hill-Rom agrees to endow the NCBA Professional of the Year Award for three years

January 10, 1997

Temporary NCBA internet web site established.Individual annual membership fee changes to $50. Symposium vendor registration fees increase to $400/$250.

October 3, 1997

First Hill-Rom Professional of the Year Award presented to Robert Gerber from N.C. Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

October 3, 1997

Both the Eddie Whisnant Scholarship and the Norman Reeves Scholarship presented to Lawrence Smith.

November 1, 1997

Permanent NCBA internet web site established at

October 29, 1999

5,000 education grants presented to Caldwell Community College and Stanly Community College for BMET Program development

By-Laws changed to clarify the responsibility differences between the Recording and Memberhsip Secretaries.

November 3, 1999

Web site name registered and a new web site established with Apollo Hosting

December 1999

Annual Symposium moves to the Pinehurst Hotel and Resort in the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina

June 2000

NCBA member David E. Francoeur, CBET awarded the AAMI Foundation BMET of the Year Award

July 2000

Spacelabs agrees to fund a Manager of the Year award for a five year period.

December 2000

The first Manager of the Year award presented to Erv Kelman of Moses Cone Hospital at the NCBA 22nd Annual Symposium

June 9, 2001

NCBA partners with AAMI to present the AAMI Annual Meeting and Expo in Baltimore, MD

June 2002

NCBA member Dennis R. Edwards, CBET awarded the AAMI Foundation BMET of the Year Award

December 1, 2003

PartsSource takes over the sponsorship of the Norman “Red” Reeves Scholarship

December 7, 2004

By-Laws amended to increase the Board of Directors to 12 positions

January 2005

Southeastern Biomedical Associates co-sponsors the Norman “Red” Reeves Scholarship with PartsSource

June 2005

NCBA is a Contributing Organization for the AAMI Meeting and Expo held in Tampa, FL

January 2006

Bill Yandell added as an Honorary Member

June 2006

NCBA is a Contributing Organization for the AAMI Meeting and Expo held in Washington, DC

November 2006

NCBA starts using PayPal to accept online credit card payments for membership renewals and Symposium registration

May 2007

NCBA is a Contributing Organization for the AAMI Meeting and Expo held in Boston, MA

NCBA member Glenn Scales awarded the AAMI Foundation BMET of the Year Award

December 2007

Glenn Scales presented with the NCBA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th Annual Symposium in Pinehurst, NC

January 2008

Global Medical Imaging takes over financial sponsorship of the NCBA Professional of the Year Award

March 2008

W. Glenn Scales Scholarship established by the NCBA. Aramark Healthcare to provide the initial $5,000 funding.

June 2008

NCBA member John Noblitt awarded the AAMI Foundation Educational Advancement Award

December 2008

NCBA member John Noblitt awarded the inaugural W. Glenn Scales Scholarship Award

January 2009

NCBA Board of Directors decides to move the annual Symposium and Expo to the Concord Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord, North Carolina. The event will continue to be scheduled for the first week in December

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