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Why You Should Be There: Five Benefits of Day on Capitol Hill

Posted By Bob Ogle, Monday, March 3, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The nuts and bolts of ESA’s annual Day on Capitol Hill are well known: Delegates from around the country meet with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss issues of critical importance to the electronic security industry. All it takes is a willingness to speak out – and a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

But as an attendee, what’s in it for you? Here is some insight from colleagues who have been part of the event in previous years:

  1. Establish political contacts that will benefit you long after the event is over.

    David Fisch, CEO of Security Engineering Associates: “What I’ve gotten out of it over the years is continuity of meeting with people who represent us and our businesses. By getting to know these people, we can get our message out with clarity and efficiency. That’s what we need in order to get our issues before Congress and ultimately passed into law.”

  2. Protect the future of the electronic security industry.

    Marshall Marinace, ESA vice president/president-elect:  “Your participation is one of the most important things you can do for your industry and your business, because that’s where the decisions are made that are going to impact tomorrow.”

    Daniel Gelinas, government liaison, Rapid Response Monitoring: “If we don’t do this – if we don’t jump in and shape the industry – somebody else will.”

  3. Learn more about important issues that will affect your business for years to come.

    Robert Lintz, director of acquisitions for ASG: “If you’re committed to this industry, you have to know the whole picture. If you’re here just to make a few bucks, sell out and walk away, then all this other stuff is irrelevant. But if you believe in your job and enjoy being around the other aspects of the business, it’s well worth the time to go to Day on Capitol Hill.”

  4. Show support for government relations advocacy, which is one of your most important member benefits.

    Dom D’Ascoli, ESA immediate past president: “Government relations is an essential part of your membership. It initiates new legislation at the federal level to positively impact the industry by improving consumer safety and generating new business opportunities. Through monitoring and reporting, it gives advance warning about onerous legislation affecting the industry on federal and state levels. It gives us representation before Congress and in allied coalitions, providing advocacy for the industry in areas of legislation, regulation and policy.”

  5. Take advantage of a unique experience.

    David Donovan, district manager at Honeywell Security:  “Whether you agree with their politics or not, whether you consider yourself right, left, red, or blue, it’s not every day you get to talk one-on-one with the very people who can push through legislation that might bring about much-needed change to our industry. To have been given the opportunity to represent my state and my industry was an honor.”

Click here to join your industry peers at Day on Capitol Hill!

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