It has been three years since Ron Walters official retirement from SIAC. Since then he has continued to support SIAC by representing us on various standards committees. He leaves behind a legacy of service and dedication to our industry.
Ron, along with four other security industry leaders – Keith Baird, Dale Eller, Bob Harris and Jim McMullen – were recently announced as inductees into Security Sales and Integration’s (SSI) security industry Hall of Fame. We could not be prouder of all five of these leaders. Over many years, each has distinguished themselves on multiple fronts, including SIAC’s mission of improving alarm management practices. SIAC is better for their contributions. And, indeed, the security industry is better because of their leadership.
Near and dear to us is Ron Walters for his work on false alarm issues. Beginning as a regional coordinator of the Model States program, in 1996-1997 he worked with 30+ Florida law enforcement agencies in landmark study of false alarms. He went on to become a field director for AIREF and Coordinated Alarm Reduction Effort (CARE), and eventually director of SIAC. His work with us included 20+ years of alarm management advocacy and law enforcement relationship building — an invaluable asset to the profession. His contributions spanned dealer training, writing educational material, authoring dozens of issue-solving articles, addressing city councils and engaging law enforcement. For a much more full write-up of his accomplishments and the other four talented inductees, please access SSI’s story here.
The other four inductees:
Keith Baird, Senior Director of Sales, National Accounts, Resideo
Dale Eller, Owner, ITZ Solutions
Bob Harris, Deceased (2020), Managing Director and Founder, The Attrition Busters
Jim McMullen, President and COO, COPS Monitoring
Ron was additionally recognized by SSI for his half-century of distinguished service and unique contributions to the mission of safety and security through a three-phased career in law enforcement, the alarm business and national trade groups. From 1968-1979, he worked for the Miami (Fla.) Police Department, receiving commendations and merits for exemplary service. Ron also served as president /CEO of Secure America, delivering alarm and security systems, services and monitoring to commercial and residential clients throughout Miami area.
He made SIAC better. He made those around him better. And, fundamentally, he moved the security industry forward in a positive direction. Ron cared about delivering high quality results on time. He never wavered on this, and never disappointed. Though he has now “fully retired,” we remain in close touch with Ron, and his insightful advice still emerges to impact issues we face.
SIAC also wants to thank SSI for continuing to shine the spotlight on all of these talented individuals for their contributions to our industry. SSI deserves a Hall of Fame nod in its own right for their service.