ESX Day 2 (for me): ‘CSAA is in really good shape’
It’s been a busy day so far at ESX, and it’s not over yet. Going through notes both typed and recorded can be a time-consuming process… It takes a lot of love and devotion for the industry to get these posts and stories out. What I wouldn’t do for security!
Anyway, I hit a few of the seminars today, attended the Icebreaker Luncheon, met with some industry folks and attended the CSAA General Membership meeting, which I found very interesting.
CSAA treasurer Daniel Demers with Montreal-based Reliance Protectron Security Services (I wrote about those guys last year), proudly announced that CSAA has been going gangbusters lately. “We’re very excited because it looks like this is going to be another really good year. CSAA is in really good shape … Look at the contributions. It’s really impressive. Growing dues and growing meetings,” Demers said. “We’re going to be over $700,000 for this year for the dues.”
CSAA president Ed Bonifas appealed to those in attendance to donate or loan classic pieces of security industry equipment to CSAA’s new industry museum which will be set to open next month–assuming there are pieces in residence to put on display.
Bonifas also officially announced the approval of ETL-listing as sufficient for an alarm company to join CSAA. I spoke with ETL’s national sales manager, Life Safety & Security Commercial & Electrical Jeff Baum and director, Life Safety and Security Services Global Commercial & Electrical Tom Connaughton later in the day. I covered some of ETL’s struggle for recognition earlier in the year.
CSAA EVP Steve Doyle talked a little bit about the CAD-to-CAD program Pam Petrow and others have been tirelessly working on. He mentioned that CSAA was forming three committees to help with the wide launch of the program. One committee, which Steve characterized as a Public Outreach Committee would be responsible for spreading the word about what the program was and what the recently established nationally recognized standard was for. If you missed out on any of SSN’s coverage, you can check out my writings on the subject here, here, and here.
SIAC executive director Stan Martin gave an industry/municipality relations update, noting in particular some tough goings on down in Arizona. “We’ve got about 10 municipalities down there who are thinking about going to verified response, but we’ve been working really hard and we’re sure they’ll all fall in line.” Martin said of the troubles I documented down in the Greater Phoenix area.
Lou Fiore delivered a standards committee update, in which he announced a video verification standard draft was in progress, an audio verification standard draft had been completed, a PERS response standard and video dispatch standard committees had been started. I wrote about MAMA’s Spring Meeting a short time ago and highlighted that one of their accomplishments had been the formation of a standards committee. Fiore said that CSAA hoped the two committees could focus their efforts and work together.
Then it was off to my sit down with Jeff and Tom from ETL. That was a very interesting talk, into which I’ll further delve in a separate post or story.
Then it was time for the CSAA 60th Anniversary Gala and the Weinstock Awards, which were cool. I was tweeting like a madman the whole time, so check those tweets out. James Orvis of Security Solutions won the coveted Weinstock Person of the Year Award. He seemed truly amazed, humbled and grateful. “Wow. ‘I’m shocked’ is a bit of understatement,” Orvis said. “I accept this on behalf of my family as well. Thank you.”
I got to hang out with Melissa Courville from DICE and CSAA’s Celia Besore for a while, which was cool since it’s the first time I’ve met her, despite calling her ad nauseam for just about everything since my first day here and my first blog post almost two years ago.
Overall a very satisfying and busy day. Tomorrow looks a little less busy and I’m anxious to walk the floor. We’ll see what happens.