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Mr. Skipper began his tradeshow career in 1988 by producing on-site technology expositions at federal agencies and military bases throughout the United States. He helped pioneer the concept of bringing technology exhibits directly to the federal agencies and military bases and the events played a key role in transforming the government’s process of procuring technology products and services. John played a leading role in the innovation of no-cost contracts for government event planning services resulting in a landmark 2007 ruling from the Government Accountability Office (GAO-B-308968).
Mr. Skipper, along with his brother James, co-founded National Conference Services, Inc. (NCSI) in 1997 to capitalize on their entrepreneurial skills in running trade shows, conferences, and special events. Headquartered in Columbia, Md., NCSI operates internationally and has scaled to more than 55 employees and produces more than 100 technology events annually for the federal government, DOD and intelligence community. Under his leadership, NCSI has achieved extraordinary success and has played a key role in ensuring America’s national security. Since its inception, NCSI has produced nearly 2,000 successful federal government events including on-site technology expos, industry outreach events, training workshops, and conferences. At the same time, John has hired, trained and mentored nearly 350 aspiring professional event planners.
Mr. Skipper resides in Burtonsville, Md. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in marketing. He and his wife Laurie met at Virginia Tech and are current members of the Ut Prosim Society. John is active with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and received the IAEE Outstanding Achievement in Industry Leadership Award for 2009. John is also active with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and various philanthropic organizations including the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund (VTAF) where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Military Bowl – the national capital region’s college football bowl game. John also coaches his son’s youth baseball team.