First night at Honeywell's First Alert Professionals conference

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11/13/2008
The first night of the First Alert conference is always a casual buffet dinner with music. Normally it's outside, but apparently they were forecasting thunderstorms tonight in Orlando. It was a very nice event, and since this is my fourth FAP conference, and I've been reporting on this group for a while, some of the faces are very familiar. The folks from Georgia, whom I sat with while I was eating, didn't seem to mind being inside. I sat next to Chris Nisinger, who was there with five others, including president and owner Judy Randle from Central Monitoring of Albany, Ga. They get the warm weather all the time though. It was those of us from New England who wanted to be outside. I was talking to one of my FAP favorites, the folks from HB Alarm in Cranston,R.I. , John Bourque, his wife, Nancy, daughter Andrea, nephew Mike Bourque, and Helder Silveira, a very interesting sales guy, who John hired, in part, for his language skiils. He's tri-lingual in Portuguese, Spanish & English. I'm looking forward to attending an educational session on Saturday, led by one of the Bourques, about dealing with AHJs, something HB is well acquainted with. Here's John and Leo Guthart at the Ademco/Honeywell Museum opening last spring. And speaking of nice families, have I got some news for you. You know Bob Ryan, sales & marketing guru extraordinaire for ASG? Here he is: Feel like you're seeing double? There are more double-Ryans on the way. I saw Bob and his wife Angele tonight and learned that they're expecting--twins--late spring. Bob and Angele said it's not a huge surprise. Bob has an identical twin, and Angele has twins in her family as well. Congratulations Bob and Angele!