From TMA President Ivan Spector: Register Now for ESX 2018

Passionate security professionals will convene in Nashville this June for ESX 2018. TMA President Ivan Spector invites you to join us there — register before April 22 to take advantage of early bird rates! Find the latest ESX news here. 

For more information, including the program of education sessions, networking events, general sessions, and travel information, visit


“Leaders Must Build Trust During Change” is Keynote Message at 2018 Annual Meeting of The Monitoring Association

October 13-17 in Palm Beach is a “Can’t Miss” Event for Monitoring Industry Leaders; 2018 Plans Reflect Attendees’ Desire for a More Streamlined Schedule

The Monitoring Association announced the keynote speaker for its 2018 Annual Meeting (October 13-17 in Palm Beach, FL). David Horsager, CEO and best-selling author of “The Trust Edge,” will present Build Trust or Die Amidst Change:  How to Build Trust, Lead Others & Grow Revenue through Times of Transition.

“Change is constant–and the speed of business is faster than ever before,” says Horsager. “How do you build trust and keep things running smoothly during major business transitions or uncertain political climates? In this session, I’ll show leaders how times of change are the greatest opportunity to build trust and achieve business results in the face of uncertainty.”

Attendees will benefit from these key takeaways from Horsager’s presentation:

  • The single most important driver in communication during times of transition
  • How to accelerate decision making and keep momentum moving for those you lead
  • Why the “How” is more important than the “Why”

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, national bestselling author of “The Trust Edge,” inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™, and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Horsager has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security.

The 2018 TMA Annual Meeting will continue to build on the improvements and successes of the past years, presenting the strong education program and unparalleled networking only found at TMA’s annual event, along with the unique opportunity to interact with AHJ representatives. “We hope all TMA member companies will be represented in Palm Beach this year,” said TMA president Ivan Spector. “It’s always beneficial to see your fellow members in person and learn from the best of the best!”

This year, there is an adjustment to the traditional schedule. “Member feedback from recent years indicated that attendees want the Annual Meeting to be more streamlined,” continued Spector. “To that end, we are compressing two days of board and committee meetings into one. Committee members now do not need to arrive until early Sunday afternoon. However, we hope that if you can, you will come as early as Friday to take advantage of our spectacular location.”

Additional education sessions (October 15-17) at the Annual Meeting will focus on helping leaders address critical issues and challenges facing the monitoring industry, such as the millennial workforce, executive management, technology trends, and telecomm issues. The complete roster of speakers will be announced over the summer.

Rooms are available now at the 5-Star, 5-Diamond Eau Palm Beach Resort, located on the south end of Palm Beach Island, an 18-mile long Atlantic coast barrier island. For reservations call 855-388-0537 or use the TMA online portal. Registration will open in April. For more information, visit
Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change)

Saturday, October 13
Evening — Board and AHJ Dinner

Sunday, October 14
Morning — Board of Directors Breakfast and Meeting
Afternoon — Executive Committee Meeting, TMA Committee Meetings
Evening — Welcome Reception/Buffet

Monday, October 15
Morning — AHJ Representatives Breakfast, General Business Meeting/Keynote
Afternoon — AHJ Open Forum and Luncheon
Evening — Theme Night Reception/Buffet

Tuesday, October 16
Morning — General Session
Evening — Open

Wednesday, October 17
Morning — General Session
Evening — President’s Reception and Dinner/Dance

–March 26, 2018



New TMA President Ivan Spector Kicks Off Term at CANASA Event

TMA’s new president Ivan Spector began his term at the close to the 2017 TMA Annual Meeting on October 11. His first public address as president was the following week at the CANASA Monitoring Symposium — appropriately enough, as he is TMA’s first Canadian president.

Ivan Spector at CANASA October 2017

TMA President Ivan Spector speaks at the CANASA Monitoring Symposium. Photo courtesy of SP&T News.

The CANASA event focused on how the industry is reacting to the issues of self-monitoring and cybersecurity and the growing influence of companies like Amazon and Google on the home automation market.

Spector addressed the participants on topics including disrupters, 3rd party stations, and threats and new entrants.

Read the SP&T News report and view event photos. 


Ivan Spector is Voted President-Elect of The Monitoring Association

Membership Votes for New Officers at ESX 2017

Members of The Monitoring Association (TMA) chose their next president at the General Membership Meeting in Nashville on June 13: Ivan Spector, president of Montreal-based Sentinel Alarm Co. Sentinel has been in the security and critical monitoring business for more than 40 years and is a full-service, custom-designed ULC-listed and Five Diamond-designated monitoring station.

“I am very honored and humbled to serve in the position of President,” said Spector. “I look forward to continuing our successes and I thank all of our members for their support and participation.”

Ivan Spector Portrait May 2017 lowresIn addition to his ownership of Sentinel Alarm, Spector is a leader in advancing alarm management in both Canada and the United States. For CANASA, he has served on the Board of Directors, was national president, and chair of the Response Committee. In that role, he proved instrumental in driving many false dispatch reduction initiatives. He was a founding member and longtime board member of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC). Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of TMA.

Spector is a Superior Court of Canada-acknowledged and accepted expert witness. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal. He and his wife Jodi reside in Montreal and have four children.

In addition to the election of Spector, officer positions for the next two years were proposed and accepted by vote of the membership: Don Young, ADT; Morgan Hertel, Rapid Response; and Steve Butkovich, CPI will become vice presidents of the Association and Alan Gillmore IV, Gillmore Security, will become treasurer.

“Congratulations to Ivan and our other new officers,” said TMA President Pamela J. Petrow. “I have had the pleasure of working with all of them during my presidency, and know that the Association will be in very good hands under their leadership.”

These leadership changes become official at the conclusion of the TMA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale October 7-11.

In addition to voting on these leaders, members approved several proposed changes to the Association bylaws sections pertaining to officers and committees. The revised bylaws are posted online at

About The Monitoring Association
The Monitoring Association (TMA), formerly the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), is an internationally-recognized non-profit trade association that represents professional monitoring companies, including those listed by a TMA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, such as FM Global, Intertek/ETL or UL. Incorporated in 1950, TMA is legally entitled to represent its members before Congress and regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the industry. TMA’s mission is to advance the professional monitoring industry through education, advocacy, and public safety relationships. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lasko at TMA, 703-242-4670 x 16.