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.

 

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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.

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“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.

 

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.”

AvantGuard’s Justin Bailey Joins TMA Board of Directors

JBaileyTMA is pleased to announce that Justin Bailey, President and COO of AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, is newly-appointed to the TMA Board of Directors as a representative of the Contract Monitoring classification.

Bailey began his career building technology solutions for some of the world’s largest companies. Technology consulting introduced him to the monitoring industry, and he has been a full time member of the constantly growing team at AvantGuard for the last eight years. He is passionate about success and innovation as well as leadership and growth.

“I’m excited to join the TMA board, after having served on committees for a number of years,” said Bailey. “I see the pace of change increasing from within the industry as well as from disruptors, and know we need to evolve more quickly as an industry to remain relevant.  I look forward to working with the other TMA board members to that end.”

AvantGuard is one of the nation’s largest wholesale monitoring providers and offers security, fire, PERS, mPERS, and IoT monitoring services. AvantGuard also offers cloud monitoring services including hybrid monitoring solutions. With offices in Utah and Idaho, AvantGuard is committed to providing great service through people and technology. Under his leadership, the company naturally has strength in technology and innovation, and those things are critical underpinnings to AvantGuard’s desire to ensure everyone they serve knows they “[are] In Good Company.”

 

 

TMA Committee Co-Chair Ron Rothman Joins SightLogix Board of Directors

ron-rothman-headshotTMA Marketing/Communications Committee Co-Chair Ron Rothman, formerly Honeywell Security Global President and a TMA board member, has joined SightLogix’s board of directors. Sightlogix, a new TMA associate member, makes smart thermal camera systems that protect some of the world’s most important sites, including assets in the energy, transportation, chemical, utility, communications, government and defense industries – as well as private, independent businesses around the world

Rothman will help guide SightLogix growth initiatives, drawing on his longstanding record of building and transforming security businesses. “Ron is a visionary leader with unparalleled success in the security industry,” said John Romanowich, SightLogix president and CEO. “His deep knowledge and long history of accomplishments make him an ideal advisor, and I am thrilled to welcome Ron to our team.”

Rothman brings over thirty years of security leadership to SightLogix, rising from inside sales to president of the Honeywell Security Group & ADI Distribution (2010 to 2015), a global $3 Billion strategic business unit within Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions.

“SightLogix has a reputation for offering one of the most reliable and innovative solutions for outdoor security,” said Rothman. “I look forward to working with the Board and SightLogix management to help them align strategy, technology, and operations to accelerate our growth.”

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Sightlogix CEO John Romanowich addresses the TMA members at the Annual Meeting as part of the  associate members’ Lightning Round presentation.

 

UL Update: Close Before You Doze

by Steve Schmit, Program Manager, UL LLC

UL is honored to count TMA as a partner in our mission to create safe living and working environments for people. We work together most directly through our Certificate Service Program, which delivers the benefits of standards compliant alarm service to communities and businesses. At the same time in communities where UL Fire Alarm Certificates are required, your UL Certification gives you access to a unique and valuable market.

Educating the community and those responsible for ensuring public safety is key to creating these kinds of markets. We see many opportunities to work together on community education in order to advance both of our mutual public safety and business objectives.

In that spirit, this month we highlight UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s “Close Before You Doze” campaign, our most recent public safety outreach program. The campaign package includes:

  • A critical safety message about contemporary home fires
  • A video that dramatically illustrates the effects of closed vs open bedroom doors in home fires
  • A toolbox of community & first responder resources

While UL’s outreach has touched a wide audience (8.5 million video views to date), there is still much work to do. We invite you, as partners in our mission, to consider bringing it to public safety officials in your markets. Alternatively, we would be delighted to talk about how you might use these materials in your own organization’s public service messaging. Either way, there is an opportunity to leverage the UL public safety message and brand to create a positive environment for discussion of UL Certificated alarm service.

Why “Close Before You Doze”?

  • 25 years ago, occupants typically had 17 minutes to evacuate a home after a smoke detector annunciation.
  • Today, typical safe egress time is about 3 minutes, due to the much higher use of synthetics in furnishings, floors, and fixtures.
  • Research tests show that simply closing a bedroom door can significantly extend the survivability time for people in the room.

Test results are clear and the message is simple. However, communicating with the public, in ways that inspire behavior changes, can be a challenge. To help, UL established a dedicated website to serve as a resource clearinghouse. Visit closeyourdoor.org to explore. Be sure to check the First Responders section as well. You could be the one that brings a turnkey public safety campaign to your market’s public safety partners.

About UL FSRIUL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Working in partnership with the fire service, research departments, and agencies, UL FSRI executes firefighter research and makes the results widely available to the global fire community.