C.O.P.S.’ Malice, AzAA big winners at ESA Leadership Summit Awards

Thursday, February 4, 2010

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Electronic Security Association held its annual Leadership Summit from Jan. 12-14 here. According to ESA, the annual meeting of security industry leaders was a success. A highlight of the event was the Leadership Summit Awards banquet, attended by over 200 industry professionals, according to ESA. The big winner of the evening was C.O.P.S. Monitoring VP of special projects Maria Malice who took or was connected with three honors.

AzAA president Malice, who last year was voted Person of the Year by the Public Safety Committee of the Arizona Alarm Association (AzAA) for the second year in a row, garnered awards for Newsletter of the Year for AzAA’s publication, InSecurity, Chapter of the Year for the AzAA, and Chapter President of the Year.

ESA president Mike Miller said the Leadership Summit Awards recognized those who made the industry better. “C.O.P.S. Monitoring and other associate members of ESA are all investing in their people to make them valuable members of the industry, and we need more of that,” Miller said. “Every year we look at the active people in the industry—at the leaders of the chapters. Maria has just done an excellent job. She has worked tirelessly at putting the team in Arizona together and growing the membership being really active. And we said due to all the work that she did at the state and national level that she really deserved these awards.”

Malice was gratified with the recognition but said there was still a lot of work to be done. “We’ve doubled our size. We’ve doubled attendance. It’s been really rewarding to watch membership grow and to see attendance at meetings increase. We went from ‘Arizona who?’ to The Arizona Chapter. And I owe a lot to C.O.P.S. for allowing me the time to do all this,” Malice said. “We don’t want to rest on our laurels … We’ve laid a lot of groundwork for legislation that we’ve introduced this year for statewide alarm licensing … We have a conference that we’re starting based off our annual Public Safety Days … There’ll also be classes for the alarm business owner. We have an attorney, we have an accountant, we have an HR person—educational material really geared toward helping the alarm company owner grow his business.”

Here is the full list of ESA Leadership Summit Award Winners:

Instructor of the Year: Don Childers (Security Central)

State Training Coordinator of the Year: John Yusza (Monitor Controls, Inc.)

Chapter Newsletter of the Year: InSecurity (published by the AzAA)

Executive Director of the Year: Gwen Clavelle (Executive Director of the Louisiana Life Safety and Security Association)

President of the Year: Maria Malice (C.O.P.S. Monitoring, AzAA)

Chapter of the Year: AzAA