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FAST adds Ken Kocher to Board of Directors

FAST adds Ken Kocher to Board of Directors

DALLAS—The Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) has named Ken Kocher of Force Security Solutions to serve on its Board of Directors.

Kocher will join the nine-member board of directors drawn from the membership of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) in developing and refining FAST’s strategic plan and identifying the foundation’s annual goals.

“It is a true honor and a privilege to be able to participate on the board and as a member of FAST,” Kocher said. “I am excited to also work alongside the leadership of ESA and SIA as we work together to promote careers in the physical security technology industry – an industry that I am passionate about and have been a part of for a very long time.”

Kocher is the Founder and President of Force Security Solutions, a managed security solution provider located in the Washington, D.C., area. The company provides proactive, high-tech, high-quality, integrated IP security products, installation and managed support service and monitoring for its commercial and government clients throughout the D.C. area and beyond.

A retired police officer from Montgomery County, Md., Kocher has over 40 years of combined experience in law enforcement, physical security and security consulting. Before starting Force Security, he also worked in retail security, as well as with Science Application International Corp. (SAIC), one of the largest government contractors, where he was responsible for providing security risk assessments, consulting and recommendations for electronic security technology to state and federal government agencies for some of the most secure facilities in the United States and the world.

“We are honored to have Ken Kocher join the FAST Board,” added Paul Hevesy, chair of the FAST Board of Directors. “His leadership, experience and knowledge in the security industry over the last 20-plus years will be a tremendous asset to our board. We look forward to Ken’s input and guidance as we continue our mission to connect passionate and innovate professionals with new opportunities across the security and life safety industry.”

Kocher joins the existing board members in serving on the FAST Board of Directors:

  • Chair: Paul Hevesy
  • Vice Chair: Kerri Sutherland, human resources business partner, Axis Communications
  • Treasurer: Keith Baird, senior director of sales, Resideo
  • Secretary: Erin Mann, manager, Latch Canada
  • Neil Atha, president, Atronic Alarms
  • Michael Keen, vice president, commercial product and talent, ADT Commercial
  • Brendan McFall, East Coast operations manager, Northland Controls
  • Yaron Zussman, general manager, Magos America Inc.

FAST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting careers in the physical security technology and life safety industry. Created in 2020 through a partnership of ESA and SIA, FAST connects passionate, innovative professionals with new opportunities in electronic security and life safety. The foundation brings awareness to the career advancement opportunities within the fast-paced technology industry that serves to keep people, places and property safe.


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