Industry Pillar Mel Mahler Passes

The security industry lost a great man with the passing of Mel Mahler. A great friend and colleague not only to so many in our industry, but also here at SIAC. He was a personal friend, and a pillar on issues important to us here at SIAC.

Mel served as a leader on alarm management issues, and we could always count on his support, advice and professional insights on issues of concern to us. His voice was one of reason, and experience. We knew we could count on Mel to speak wisely, act strategically and throw everything he had into getting something done. We can’t count the amount of times he would take on an issue, and go get it done by bringing others to table to support the effort. We will miss him. We wish god’s blessing on Mel and his family.


Mel had passed of complications of a severe stroke July 21. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ADS Security, and was the Vice-Chairman/Treasurer and board member of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, board member of the Central Station Alarm Association, member of the Board of Advisors for American Alarm, member of the Board of Habitec and also Gilmore Security.

Mel was recognized with countless awards such as 2004 Security Dealer Industry Icon of the Year, 2005 Security Sales and Integration (SSI) Entrepreneur of the Year, 2005 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year, Middle Tennessee’s Better Business Bureau 2007 Ambassador of the Year finalist, 2008 First Alert Professional Medal of Honor, 2009 SSI Hall of Fame, and the 2010 Stanley C. Lott Award.

Donations can be made in Mel’s name to:


Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

Vanderbilt gift and donor services.

3322 West End Ave. Suite 900.

Nashville TN. 37203

As a founding board member of SIAC, Mel was incredibly dedicated, passionate and the strongest possible advocate for SIAC and this industry.


Mel positively touched so many people in his travels.  Please help in notifying the people who should be alerted and would want to know.

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