Farewell to Celia and best of luck

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08/13/2010

CSAA\'s VP of marketing and programs Celia Besore will be missed as she moves on to the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).

CSAA's VP of marketing and programs Celia Besore will be missed as she moves on to the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).

I got a call from CSAA VP of marketing and programs Celia Besore this morning. She called to say goodbye.

I was like, “huh?” See, I didn’t get the latest issue of Signals (for some reason), dated Aug. 10, in which Celia’s future plans were revealed. Anyway, I assured Celia that had I known I’d've called her right away. Celia has been an invaluable source of information and help to me during the last two years. She’s pointed in the direction of leads, given me a heads up when things were going on… Heck, my first security industry blog post was about my first call to Celia on my first day. My predecessor, Leischen Stelter (now managing editor of SSN sister pub. Security Director News) told me to reach out to Celia soon and often, to rely on her. I did so and have always been thankful for the resource.

Besore said CSAA has not yet chosen a replacement. “I’m sure you’ll work closely with whoever takes my place,” she told me. “I’ve been working and getting everything I could finished up. I was not able to finish everything I wanted, but I did finish the directory [ACCENT], which was a monster. So at least that’s done. I also am putting the two new webinars online that we have coming up.”

In case you missed the announcement, here’s the skinny from the most recent issue of signals:

After 11 years of service to the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), Celia Trigo Besore is moving on to become the Executive Director & CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), a 1,200-member professional society, with chapters throughout the U. S.

Celia bid the industry farewell, letting us all know she enjoyed her tenure.

“I am honored to have served CSAA. I will greatly miss the wonderful people I met here—from co-workers, to Board members, committees and wiki workgroup members and all the other wonderful members with whom I was fortunate to work,” Celia said.

Other security industry association heavy hitters chimed in to bid Besore farewell. Vector COO Pam Petrow worked closely with Besore on many projects and in many capacities, including CSAA’s Marketing & Communications Committee.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Celia over the past several years and found her enthusiasm and commitment evident in every project she undertook. She has been a tremendous asset in many areas and I will miss her tenacity, organization and passion for excellence.”

CSAA EVP Steve Doyle lauded Celia’s dedication to keeping CSAA focused on new technology and on educating CSAA members.

“Celia has helped enormously to bring CSAA into the electronic age and developed our communications efforts to an exceptional degree. We will all miss not just a colleague, but a ‘family’ friend.”

CSAA president Ed Bonifas praised Besore’s willingness to help.

“Working with Celia is always a pleasure. I cannot recall ever asking for something from her that she did not accomplish with perfection. The list of her accomplishments is longer than this space would allow. CSAA will surely miss her enthusiasm. Abe Lincoln said `Whatever you are, be a good one.’ Celia has always been better than ‘good.’ Best of luck, madam Executive Director! Celia, we will miss you.”

Celia’s last day is today, Friday, August 13, 2010.

Best of luck in your new position at NAHN, Celia! Thank you for all your work.