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Industry awards given at ESA Leadership Summit

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Two major security industry accolades—the Sara E. Jackson Memorial award and the Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year award—were given out at the Electronic Security Association’s Leadership Summit, Jan. 28-31, in Austin, Texas.

ESA President Chris Mosley presented Don Childers of Security Central with the Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award during the first Main Stage session at Leadership Summit. Childers gave a heartfelt speech thanking the many people he has worked with during his years in the industry. Click here to see the video of the presentation. This award is sponsored by Resideo.

Mosley also presented Angela White, immediate past president of ESA, with the 2019 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award. White thanked the people who nominated her and the past recipients of the award, as well as everyone who she has worked with along the way to give her this opportunity. Click here to see the video of the award presentation. This award is sponsored by Interlogix.

Each year, executives from the electronic security and life safety industry gather for the ESA Leadership Summit network with each other, learn keys to success from other industries, and develop their leadership skillset.

Jillian Bateman, ESA chief development officer, told Security Systems News, “We try to be a very, very efficient leadership event—one that is strategic about the interactions we foster.”
 
In addition to interactive sessions that delved into key industry topics and issues of the day, the summit also featured the ESA’s Rising Leaders Forum and an online networking portal to help facilitate beneficial meetings, which was fully launched for the first time this year.

“It’s able to help pair folks on interests,” Bateman said. “Whether an attendee wants to meet with another attendee on, maybe, some issues that they're having with technicians that they can brainstorm and talk through, or, if they want to meet a vendor on a new product that they have, they can do that as well.”

SMS Integration, formerly Smoky Mountain Systems, acquires first branch

Dom D’Ascoli assembles team of industry veterans, has plans to expand
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12/07/2015

FRANKLIN, N.C.—After being in business for 32 years, Smoky Mountain Systems has changed its name to SMS Integration and it acquired its first branch office in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Central station transformation

The IoT is pushing central monitoring stations to become more sophisticated. It requires significant investment in technology, development and staff to stay competitive
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07/15/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The Internet of Things culture, where everything is connected, is changing the way people interact and the way business is transacted.

ESX educational sessions announced

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02/02/2015

BALTIMORE—The Electronic Security Expo in January released information about educational sessions planned for ESX, which will be held here June 24 to 26. Topics will include big data, digital video, DIY, best practices in marketing and social media and others.

Monitoring everything

‘The Internet of Things’ brings opportunities for non-traditional monitoring
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08/04/2014

“The Internet of Things,” the ever-increasing number of devices that are connected to the Internet, may represent a new frontier in monitoring. As the number of connected products rises, so do the revenue and service opportunities for security dealers to monitor those devices.

Centrals get social

Social media on the rise for many reasons
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07/30/2014

Social media may not be a major revenue generator at this point, but third-party monitoring stations are making more use of popular social media sites to reinforce traditional sales and marketing efforts, according to a group of executives from five well known third-party monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News for this report.

Talking panels and keypads with Don Childers

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03/05/2014

STATESVILLE, N.C.—After a day of heavy lifting on the job as an electrical contractor, Don Childers, COO of Security Central, made the following remark to a coworker: “There has to be a better way to make a living than this.”

IQ announces board of directors

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02/11/2014

ERIE, Pa.—Members of the board of directors of IQ Certification were recently elected during the company’s annual meeting.