NBFAA leaves Maryland to set up shop in the Lone Star State

Monday, August 1, 2005

IRVING, Texas--The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association packed up its Silver Spring, Md., office to roll south to its new location here in late July.
The association considered relocating a few years ago, but felt this was the opportune moment to make the move.
In the Silver Spring, Md., facility, the association experienced high operational costs, while the facility's costs in Texas are approximately half of what they were in Maryland, said Scot Colby, president of the NBFAA.
A dozen NBFAA employees will be located at the new headquarters, while its National Training School and government relations programs will continue to work from the East Coast from offices in Pennsylvania and Washington.
With the move, the NBFAA is now centrally situated to its members, noted Colby.
"With the communication age, we didn't feel we had to be in the Washington area to accomplish our goals," Colby said.
Colby noted that in Washington it was difficult to maintain qualified personnel at the office.
"One of the problems is that we changed personnel quite a bit," he said, and according to Colby, the job pool in Irving, Texas, is plentiful.
The new location is a positive step for the association, noted Merlin Guilbeau, executive director of the NBFAA.
"The region's Central Standard Time zone provides flexibility in supporting and servicing our members," he said. "The savings on facility costs alone will translate into better programs and enhanced deliverables for our membership."
Currently, the association leased the building for a three-year term, but it would like to settle in Texas permanently.
"We don't plan on moving again," Colby said. "We would like to either purchase or build our own facility."