ESA Leadership Summit Hits Tampa in February

The Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Annual Leadership Summit will hit Tampa, FL, this coming February. If you read this blog regularly, you should attend and participate in the learning sessions. SIAC staff regularly attend the Summit, and every year we’ve not only gained valuable learning experiences, but we have also consistently expanded our range of contacts.

What impresses us repeatedly about what ESA and their staff do is how the stay on top of trends in our industry. They don’t rest. Instead, they actively seek out the new issues and what’s affecting our businesses. They then look for speakers and presenters who are highly qualified to address those issues, and build sessions around them.

It’s not an easy task, but ESA has shown year after year it is up to the task. Add to the electronic security industry focus the fact that the Summit has a “leadership” theme, and you’ll find many ways to not only grow your business, but ways to help you and your company stand out in your local community.


Most security integrators are smaller businesses, often family-operated. The Leadership Summit provides a great forum for those types of businesses to learn new tactics and techniques in highly focused three days. We recommend you sign up if you haven’t done so already.


It can be hard to find time for the right training or business building sessions that work for smaller companies. ESA’s Leadership Summit is a great way to get the best benefits for your company, regardless of size.

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Stan Martin Reappointed to NSA Outreach Committee

SIAC’s own Stan Martin has been reappointed to the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) Outreach Committee, which includes crime prevention and alarm subgroups. Stan has served on this committee for eleven years. SIAC is proud to partner with NSA and serve on committees to help further progress on alarm management improvements, as well as develop new techniques for the security industry and law enforcement to work collaboratively on solutions.


Committee work takes time and patience for successful results. Because of the time it takes, it can be hard to see the accomplishments of these committees. But when we do, they’ve occurred because agreement has been reached that includes buy-in from multiple partners. That means the changes stand a much stronger chance of succeeding over time. They are defensible. For example, we have seen NSA resolutions supporting 2-call confirmation, CP-01 and the latest Priority Dispatch/Verification.

Appointments are made for one-year terms. NSA President Greg Champagne recently announced his 2016-2017 term appointments. Stan will be in attendance to serve on the committee at several key sessions. They include NSA’s Winter Legislative and Technology Conference, February 4-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.; and NSA’s Annual Education and Technology Expo, June 23-28, 2017 in Reno, NV.

By representing the electronic security industry to the NSA, we keep communication channels open to leadership while continuing to reduce unnecessary alarm activations. We also increase our industry’s visibility, commitment and support with law enforcement officials, essential to meeting our core mission.

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The SIAC Team Game

Many of you who read our blog know our SIAC team personally. Others do not. Because so many of our accomplishments flow from the work of our talented staff, I’d like to run down our team for those of you who may not know us or who don’t know some of our players.


Glen Mowrey is our law enforcement star. He travels the country and works relentlessly to meet with police and sheriff departments to establish sound ordinances as well as state alarm management committees with members of the security industry.

Jon Sargent is a key western contact for SIAC, heavily servicing California, Nevada and Arizona. He attends industry sessions and provides timely and critical information to both law enforcement and industry forums. His knowledge of our industry is vast and strategic. Chuck Brobeck helps Jon with our California law enforcement connections.

Ron Walters moved to California from Florida this past year and though he does attend some local alarm association meetings, his more prevalent duties include rewriting alarm ordinances to make them more effective for all parties. He also tirelessly writes articles for industry and state publications to explain the work we do. Ron is our ordinance expert – he reviews and analyzes proposed documents from various agencies, proposed language adjustments to comply with best practices while removing onerous provisions.  He is our primary contact and liaison for ESA, their chapters and members.

Steve Keefer fills a similar role to Glen, handling law enforcement connections in the Western part of the U.S. He attends meetings, provides information, writes alarm ordinances and ensures the security industry perspective is heard.
Tom Sweeney handles law enforcement relations for SIAC in the Northeast U.S. His insights and expertise help build strong relationships and gives our industry better opportunities to establish effective alarm management procedures.

Bob Pence is the newest member of the team, retired from the FBI. He works primarily in Colorado where he has strong relationships with law enforcement officials statewide. He also assists with his network of national contacts.

These men get it done. If you need us, we’ll be there to help. You can reach our contact information on the SIAC web site. I couldn’t be prouder of their contributions and accomplishments. We’ve made tremendous progress improving alarm management practices and relations with law enforcement officials across North America. That’s a direct testament to their talent, drive and dedication. If you see them out and about at industry functions, please give them a show of thanks!

Stan Martin

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IACP Meeting Attendance Exceeds Expectations

The recent IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) meeting in San Diego exceeded attendance expectations. SIAC was there in full force, and SIAC staff met, visited with or saw the IACP President Terrence Cunningham, executive director, several past presidents and most of the Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC). A huge part of our success improving alarm management practices rests on relationships with these and other law enforcement officials.


Beyond the IACP, we also caught up with Shanahan award recipients and State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) executive directors, presidents and members. Photos and other information can also be accessed on out Twitter and Facebook pages.

The PSLC meetings went well, with no major issues surfacing. The electronic security industry was well-represented, with several dealers in attendance. Overall, this was one of the best events in recent years, and we want to thank all who attended and helped continue to grow our collaboration with law enforcement.

The biggest testament to success of the event was the attendance at the industry reception. We estimated a crowd of 140, maybe more. The room was filled to capacity! Again, SIAC attends and sponsors these types of sessions to expand security industry relationships with law enforcement, so these large numbers are an excellent testament to officials from both sides coming together to learn from each  other and solve problems proactively.  Thank you to all.

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Thank You to John Stroia

SIAC thanks John Stroia for serving on our Board of Directors the past several years. As a representative for the Security Industry Association (SIA), John distinguished himself with his insights from the equipment and manufacturing side of the house, an important contribution to our program.

We are stronger as an association because of John’s leadership, insights and feedback. During his tenure as chairman of SIA, he was  a strong advocate for SIAC. Through his effort, many new players to our industry have learned about the work of SIAC and why we are worthy of their continued support.


Over the years, we have always been impressed with how John puts the security industry first. He looks out for others and supports high quality in products and services, while expecting the best from others. We are going to miss him.


John heads to Hamilton Safe Company as President. Most recently he served as Vice President of Sales Operations and Marketing for Giesecke and Devrient North America. He also spent a lengthy stint with Diebold. John is also is a board member and Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of SIA.


SIAC congratulates John on his new position and wishes him all the best.

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Moody Award Winner Glen Mowrey Exemplifies Leadership in Building Partnerships

Glen Mowrey exemplifies leadership in many ways. It’s a major reason SIAC selected him as the winner of the 2016 William Moody Award, given each year to a member of the security industry demonstrating leadership in alarm management solutions. With great passion, Glen’s mantra is about partnering. He brings law enforcement together with the electronic security industry to solve problems. He’s been successful over and over. That’s why we selected him for the award.


Glen’s successes didn’t come quickly or easily. They took time, with many months and often years put in working closely with different (and disparate) parties to forge successful relationships. His determination paid off repeatedly.


With 36 years in law enforcement (retiring as Deputy Chief of the Charlotte (NC) Police Department) and 12 years now with SIAC, Glen has worked both sides of the fence. He understands the demands and challenges facing law enforcement. And he recognizes and appreciates the value the security industry brings to the table. He merges these two backgrounds to help explain issues, devise coordinated solutions, and to open dialogues that might not have occurred without his input.


To cite but a few of Glen’s major accomplishment since donning his SIAC cap, we give you the following:

  • He created the concept of state Alarm Management Committees, bringing together law enforcement and security companies to work together on alarm management issues. To date, 15 committees have been established, providing progress and positive results.
  • He has worked withhundreds of agencies on alarm ordinances and management programs, sometimes helping those jurisdictions achieve 80 percent (or more) reductions in unnecessary alarm activations.
  • Glen was instrumental in helpingeducate law enforcement on the benefits and impact of Enhanced Call Verification (ECV), where two calls are placed to alarm customers before police are contacted. The procedure is widely credited with reducing calls for police response by up to 60 percent.

We could go on and on with Glen’s accomplishments and his awards. More importantly, Glen is someone you can count on, and someone who gets the job done. Those qualities define him. It’s why SIAC has made so much progress the past 15 years, and by extension why relationships are so much stronger today between law enforcement agencies and the security industry. When you have someone like Glen continuously traveling to national, state and local law enforcement meetings  year-round, alarm industry visibility and communication are going to improve. And there’s a lot to be said for making things better tomorrow than what they were today.
SIAC thanks Glen for his long-term tireless and effective contributions. The electronic security industry is fortunate to have him working on our behalf.

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ISC East Open for Registration

ISC East is open for registration. If you read this blog with any degree of regularity, then you’ve got a direct link to the security industry. That means you should consider attending ISC East this November in New York City. The dates are November 16-17.


Are you researching products for a new installation? Are you seeking new end-user clients? Are you looking to get educated on the newest technologies in the industry? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then ISC West is a good choice for your Fall conference.


Security dealers and installers, whether commercial or residential, will find training sessions to fit their needs. On the convention floor, you’ll find distributors and manufacturers displaying tools/supplies, wire/cable, video surveillance technology and more.


SIAC encourages you to attend. Yes, there are many conferences and conventions that cover the electronic security industry, and no company has a limitless budget. You must pick and choose wisely.  If the location is convenient to you, and your business is ready for some invigorating ideas, ISC East is a good choice.
We believe conferences like ISC East are also excellent venues to pick up new business ideas, network, and extend your client base. Put the programs to good use when you get back to your daily routine, and you’ll find your financial investment paying dividends.

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