Maria Malice is another individual that was honored at Leadership Summit last week. Government Relations Chair Lynn Comer presented Maria with the inaugural Chairman's Recognition award during the Government Relations committee meeting. This award honors Maria for successfully leading a three-year effort by AzAA to get a licensing bill passed in Arizona.
Maria received a congratulatory letter from ESA President John Knox and Lynn Comer that stated:
"ESA’s Government Relations Committee is dedicated to monitoring government policies that have an impact on association members, their businesses and the electronic security industry. Its role is not only to monitor and assess federal legislation, but also to be an advocate for effective state legislation and for the public good.
This year, the committee has initiated an annual Chairman’s Recognition award which acknowledges an ESA member who has made a significant impact in state legislative advocacy during the previous year. We are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s inaugural award is Maria Malice, president of the Arizona Alarm Association.
As a dedicated member of the Government Relations Committee, Maria is an integral participant in assessing legislative matters that are reviewed in committee. But she achieved a major breakthrough victory in 2012 through passage of a licensing law in the state of Arizona.
For three years, Maria spearheaded an effort by the Arizona chapter to enact a fair and equitable licensing law. After facing two years of resistance at a number of levels, Maria did not retreat, but instead pushed forward on behalf of the Chapter, its members and the industry. Those efforts culminated last year with passage of a law which was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on May 11, 2012.
Maria dedicated countless hours meeting with legislators, alarm companies and related industries to secure their support and create legislation that would be responsible to the industry and safeguard the public. Paul Brooke, Board of Director for the Arizona Chapter, acknowledges that "It was Maria's integrity, personal commitment and leadership that was responsible for the success of this legislation being passed.”
On behalf of the Government Relations Committee, it is our honor to highlight Maria’s absolute dedication and success with the first annual Chairman's Recognition award. We congratulate her, with gratitude for her service to ESA and to the industry."