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IESA Stages Successful Vendor Showcase, Legislative Dinner

Posted By Bob Ogle, Friday, December 7, 2012

The Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA) held a state legislative dinner along with its annual meeting and vendor showcase on Nov. 14, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill. The vendor showcase drew 42 exhibitors, and the event attracted more than 100 alarm contractors.

IESA Executive Director Kevin Lehan was pleased with the turnout of the event, which was attended by a number of ESA leaders and staff members, including Executive Director and CEO Merlin Guilbeau, Treasurer David Koenig, Vice President Roy Pollack and Member Services Representative/Retention Tami Cook. Security America Risk Retention Group (SARRG) President Michael Keegan was a speaker, along with Guilbeau and Koenig.

"We had a number of industry leaders at the event, and we were very excited to have ESA people coming in from all over the country,” Lehan said. "Their support was a great sign to the attendees and our members that Illinois is on the national radar. Without their support, the event wouldn’t have been nearly as successful.”

Koenig spoke to attendees about ESA’s legislative efforts at the national level, including the federal background check legislation currently winding its way through Congress, while IESA lobbyist Dick Lockhart addressed such state-oriented issues as upcoming efforts towards rewriting licensure legislation, which occurs every 10 years in Illinois. Lehan talked about politics on the local level, including municipalities that are attempting to charge registration fees despite the industry’s "home rule” exemption, which specifies that it will be regulated at the state level only.

"The provision of home rule is essential for alarm dealers,” Lehan said. "They may have customers in a number of communities, and if they have to pay a fee to each individual community they deal with, that’s going to have a tremendously negative effect.” IESA is fighting back by contacting the municipalities with a letter developed with the assistance of IESA’s legal counsel, Edward Williams, advising them of the home rule exemption.

The event was sponsored by ESA and SARRG, along with Interlogix, ESA’s Diamond Executive Strategic Partner; Honeywell, ESA’s Platinum Executive Strategic Partner; and Gold ESPs Telguard and Tri-Ed/Northern Video.

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