ESX has revealed meet and greets, live music and more as part of its ESX Central Stage programming. Beginning June 20 at 1 p.m. and continuing throughout the Expo, the Central Stage will provide free entertainment and interactive events to attendees.

In the spirit of the Music City, ESX will host Kristen Merlin, country singer and finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” for a two hour performance, sponsored by Rapid Response Monitoring Services, on June 20 on the Central Stage. Merlin performed at last year’s event, and will return to provide a fun atmosphere on the expo floor once more.

The Innovation Award TechVision Challenge winners will be announced from the Central Stage on June 20 as well, following the meet and greet with Scott Stratten, president of Unmarketing and ESX Keynote Speaker.

On Thursday, boxed lunches will be available at noon, followed by a meet and greet with ESX general session speaker and New York Times Best Selling author Don Yaeger. An interactive activity and leadership presentation with former Special Forces Officer Terry Peters will conclude the Central Stage programming at 2 p.m.

The excitement of the Central Stage is yet another way that ESX encourages quality conversations at its event. The up-close and lively atmosphere is part of the passionate security experience, and is a unique factor that sets ESX apart from other shows.

A detailed schedule of Central Stage events can be found at

All of this programming is included in the show’s free, expo-only pass. Upgraded Premium Passes are available at $299 in advance of the show.