2018 Annual Meeting Report: A Dynamic Gathering of Industry Leaders in Palm Beach

As it does every year, the 2018 TMA Annual Meeting brought together a most impressive group of industry leaders and influencers, who gained new connections and information to help them advance their businesses. Attendees praised the event, held in Palm Beach October 13-17, for its unmatched networking and high-level conversations supported by a leadership-focused program developed by the TMA Education Committee.

“The 2018 Annual Meeting lived up yet again to its billing as a gathering of the best of the best in our industry,” said TMA President Ivan Spector. “As we had expected, our event attracted the most engaged and committed people, enabling them to have conversations at a level above any other industry event and to take away information that will help them advance their businesses. I was gratified to see so many new members, first timers, and younger folk in Palm Beach, as well as our long-time stalwarts. You could really feel the dynamism of our association!”

IMG_0918.jpgTMA members at the Annual Meeting shared their enthusiasm for their organization by participating in the ongoing “TMA. That’s My Association” campaign. See more photos from the campaign here.

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Keynote speaker David Horsager, author and CEO of “The Trust Edge,” set the tone for the meeting by sharing with attendees how trust, or the lack of it, can affect the success of their businesses.

Attendees engaged with each other in committee meetings, the general membership meeting, shared meal functions, theme events, special tours, and education sessions. “With the landscape and technology in our industry changing faster than ever it is important for us as members to gather together to identify and work towards solutions for our industries future,” said Wayne E. “Trey” Alter III, president and CEO, Dynamark Security Centers. “TMA has always been at the forefront of this and I can think of no better venue than our annual meeting.”

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One of the buzziest sessions was “Valuations Evolve in the 2018 Market—Understanding How Today’s New Technology Players Impacts Your Place in the Alarm Industry” featuring a powerhouse panel moderated by John E. Mack III, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Imperial Capital. Pictured from L to R: John Robuck, Head of Security Finance and Managing Director, Capital One; Henry Edmonds, President, the Edmonds Group, LLC; Michael Barnes, Principal, Barnes Associates Inc.

“As a first-time attendee, the highlight for me was the networking,” said Cathy Rempel, president, American Security Integrator. “I have had the opportunity to attend other industry and non-industry conferences and this one, by far, stood out for the ability to spend real time with colleagues to connect and get to know each other. It was an all-around wonderful event and great use of time!”

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TMA staff and leaders welcomed “NextGen” members with a special reception.

“It’s rare to meet so many accomplished visionaries and entrepreneurs and innovators all in one location,” said John Romanowich, President and CEO, Sightlogix. “I felt so welcomed here and had so many high level conversations — I really didn’t expect that at the first meeting I attended, and I just had a tremendous experience.”

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The TMA Annual Meeting provided the unique opportunity to meet and engage with leaders from the AHJ organizations from the USA and Canada. Pictured from L to R: Mark Light (IAFC), Dan Eggleston (IAFC), Bill Moore (CACP), Rick Stanek (NSA), Leon Frederick (Nlets), Steve Correll (Nlets), Stan Martin (SIAC), Ivan Spector (TMA), Rob Baxter (TMA – sponsor); Paul Cell (IACP), Harlin McEwen (IACP), Jay Hauhn (TMA), Larry Folsom (sponsor), Joey Rao-Russell (TMA PSLC).

Related: Bud Wulforst Honored with Stanley Lott Award; Shane Clary and Rick Simpson Receive President’s Awards for NFPA-72 Efforts

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The TMA Board of Directors, October 2018 (L to R): Bob Bitton, Lou Fiore, Don Young, Joey Rao-Russell, Shannon Woodman, Nigel Spinks, Dan Jackman, Bob Bonifas, David Carter, Ralph Sevinor, Alan Gillmore IV, Ivan Spector, Brandon Niles, Jay Hauhn, Morgan Hertel, Rick Sheets, Kevin Stone, Chet Donati, Stanley Oppenheim, Ed Bonifas, Graham Westphal, Ben Dickens, Steve Butkovich

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TMA Executive Director Jay Hauhn retired following the Annual Meeting, after leading the association for 3-1/2 years. TMA created a special tribute video featuring members and colleagues to thank Hauhn for his service and contributions. It was shown at the General Membership Meeting.

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Mark your calendar now for the 2019 TMA Annual Meeting. Join your colleagues October 12-18 in Napa Valley, CA to “Take Maximum Advantage” of your TMA membership connections!

For more photos and details from the 2018 Annual Meeting, read “TMA Sees Opportunities, Sun on Horizon at Palm Beach Meeting” from SSI.

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TMA Staff at the 2018 Annual Meeting (L to R): Vice President of Meetings John McDonald, Member Services Coordinator Malory Todd, Vice President of Membership and Programs Celia Besore, Executive Director and CEO Jay Hauhn, Vice President of Education and Training Julie Webber, Vice President of Marketing and Communications Elizabeth Lasko.

Photos by Brandon Freedman,  Joey Rao-Russell, Elizabeth Lasko.

“TMA. That’s My Association” Connects Members at the Annual Meeting

TMA members at the 2018 Annual Meeting shared their enthusiasm for their organization by participating in the ongoing “TMA. That’s My Association” campaign, which was launched earlier this year at ESX. What’s your favorite T-M-A slogan? Got an idea for one to add? Contact communications@tma.us.

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Photos by Elizabeth Lasko.

 

TMA Virtual Product Review (VPR) Series: JCI’s PowerG (12/19/18)

Security professionals need to address an ever-evolving and rapidly changing list of threats to systems that are designed to keep our homes and businesses secure. Typical systems and devices installed in spaces may address the obvious, but do they really protect from the vulnerabilities that are behind the scenes? Without having an end-to-end solution that protects each signal sent and received, you may as well leave your door unopened. Find out how to get protection in this 15-minute Virtual Product Review.

Please join us:
Wednesday December 19th at 1:00pm ET.
Speaker: Neil Evans, Sr. Product Manager, Johnson Controls, Tyco Security Solutions

Register online.

TMA Virtual Product Reviews are webinars inspired by the popular two-minute “lighting round sessions” we offer at TMA Annual Meetings, where our Sponsors and Associate Members have an opportunity to speak about their products. The Virtual Product Review expands the lightning round concept into a 15-minute virtual live product review from a current TMA advertiser, in which attendees can learn more about a new/improved product or service and ask questions.

The Monitoring Association Appoints Two New Directors

The Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Illeny Maaza to the position of Director, Membership and Programs and Ms. Leigh A. McGuire to the position of Director of Marketing and Communications. Both association management professionals joined TMA, an internationally recognized non-profit trade association that represents professional monitoring companies, in December 2018.

“Illeny and Leigh each bring a unique scope of knowledge, experience, and talents to their new roles within TMA,” stated Celia Besore, MBA, CAE, executive director, TMA, adding, “As TMA looks to build upon its firm foundation of excellence across the security industry, these two new additions to our team of professionals position the organization to advance its strategic goals in the core areas of membership, education, advocacy, and standards.”

Maaza comes to TMA from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) where she served as Business Analyst and Member Group Liaison. Prior to ATA, she held the positions of Director of Certification & Systems Integration at Idealliance and Manager of Customer Solutions at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Mazza brings a wealth of experience and expertise in project management, membership, and customer service to her new position in TMA.

McGuire’s career in the security industry began at ADEMCO (now Honeywell) on New York’s Long Island. After a short tenure in the company’s advertising and commercial marketing division, she relocated to Virginia where she joined the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) in 2000 and, later, ASIS International in 2008—serving both security industry organizations in various marketing communications, public relations, and event management roles. McGuire’s expansive skill set coupled with her security industry tenure and network open distinct and valuable new growth opportunities for TMA and its member companies worldwide.

Simpson, Clary Recognized for NFPA-72 Efforts

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At the 2018 TMA Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Vector Security’s Rick Simpson, left, and Bay Alarm’s Shane Clary, right, pictured with TMA President Ivan Spector, were honored with TMA President’s Awards for their efforts on the NFPA-72 initiative earlier this year. “Shane and Rick did an incredible job on the Industry’s behalf,” said Spector. “There is no one who knows the codes like Rick, and no one who can give the kind of presentation [to the NFPA Standards Council] that Shane did. I was truly honored and humbled to have shared the moments with them both.”

Read the latest on the NFPA-72 initiative. 

TMA Honors Bud Wulforst with Stanley Lott Award

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Bud and Laurie Wulforst with the Lott Award, October 2018. Photo by Ralph Sevinor.

TMA Past President Bud Wulforst was announced as a new recipient of the association’s highest honor, the Stanley C. Lott Memorial Award for Exemplary Service, at the 2018 Annual Meeting. This award was created to honor the memory of Lott, renowned for his efforts to lead and financially support the Association through difficult times.

Wulforst, with more than half-a-century in the electronic security industry, built and sold five companies, most recently selling Nevada-based A-1 Security to Stanley Convergent Security Solutions. He has been devoted to the industry and its causes, helping many colleagues improve their operations and profitability, and assisted some in selling their businesses. Over the years he has been associated with more than a dozen industry-focused organizations, remaining an active member of the TMA board of directors since his presidency.

Sons Howard Wulforst and Leif Wulforst accepted the award on Wulforst’s behalf. “I finally finished the race,” said Wulforst with a smile. “When my sons told me I had received the award, I was dumbfounded – almost speechless. It’s a wonderful honor.

“I knew Stan Lott well,” he continued. “He was really a mentor to me; he encouraged me to join the association back in the late 80s, and explained how things worked – it was very helpful! It’s truly an honor to join the others who have received this award named for Stan.”

“It was indeed an honor to present Bud with the Lott Award in Palm Beach this year,” said TMA President Ivan Spector. “Bud leads with a quiet and determined leadership style – always very low key and spot on with his advice and comments. He is very insightful, always helpful and never says no to assisting on various projects. He is one of the reasons why TMA is so successful — both in the past and in mentoring new Industry leaders of the future.”

Register Now! TMA Virtual Product Review Series: Umbo Light A.I. Video

Got 15 minutes? Register for TMA’s next Virtual Product Review (VPR) on “Improving Operator Efficiency with A.I.” on December 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET.

False alerts from weather, animals, and other triggers have direct effects on how profitable your central station can be. But the tools widely available for minimizing these nuisance false alerts are lacking.

Umbo Light is a powerful security video A.I. service that helps monitoring scale. With 98% accuracy in seeing humans and human behaviors, this solution ignores car headlights, animals, weather and more to send only true, accurate alerts to your operators.

This 15-minute webinar demonstrates using actual video clips and demos, the power of Light’s A.I. technology, already being used by leading stations with direct impact to the bottom line.

Register now.

TMA Virtual Product Reviews are webinars inspired by the popular two-minute “lighting round sessions” we offer at TMA Annual Meetings, where our Sponsors and Associate Members have an opportunity to speak about their products. The Virtual Product Review expands the lightning round concept into a 15-minute virtual live product review from a current TMA advertiser, in which attendees can learn more about a new/improved product or service and ask questions.

Did you miss our previous VPRs? Catch them at TMA Product Reviews.

Save the dates for our next scheduled VPRs:
• December 19 @ 1:00 pm ET – Johnson Controls/Tyco Security Products
• January 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm ET – Bold Perennial Cash Flow