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CAA Honors Shane Clary with George A. Weinstock Award

Posted By Bob Ogle, Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CAA_ClaryShane Clary of Bay Alarm Co. was presented with the George A. Weinstock Award during the recent California Alarm Association (CAA) Winter Convention and Western States Security Conference in San Francisco.

The event was attended by more than 400 industry leaders, including 80 suppliers of products and services. Also among the highlights were a number of donations made by members of CAA to the Security Alarm Industry Coalition (SIAC), CAA Youth Scholarship Fund for Children of Police and Fire Service Personnel, CAA PAC Fund and to Stop Child Trafficking Now, a global initiative addressing this important social issue.

The program began with a series of workshops from Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distributors on IP Video; a report on consumer response to integrated home systems from Interlogix and; presentations on interactive products and applications form DSC and Honeywell; and a workshop on developing positive news coverage from SDM and Syncomm Management Group.

The CAA Business Management forum was moderated by Mitch Reitman of SIC Consulting and Tony Smith of Security Finance Associates, and brought together the leading professional service firms in finance, insurance, funding and business management..

Former San Francisco Mayor and California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown provided the welcome address to open the CAA General Session. CAA President John Hopper introduced reports on insurance, legislation from Sacramento advocates Mike Robson and Trent Smith, an ESA report from Mike Miller, and updates on the ISC West program, AIREF research and their annual golf tournament, and the CAA budget and financial report.

Ron Dalton of ADT, a founding member of the WBFAA UATC Board of Trustees who recently retired, was presented a CAA Life Membership from the CAA Board of Directors and members. Dalton was responsible for developing continuing education and state exam prep courses that were taken by more than 2,500 technicians in California.

The CAA Youth Scholarship Program received a boost from Orange County Alarm Association’s donation of $2,500 and the Greater Los Angeles Security Alarm Association’s donation of $11,000 to the reserve scholarship fund. The fund has allowed the program to increase its funding of award more than 30%.

Bay Alarm Company challenged the industry to support two important initiatives in California, the CAA PAC Fund and SIAC with a matching fund pledge. SIAC Executive Director Stan Martin was presented a check for $30,000 and attendees match a $10,000 challenge for the CAA PAC Fund.

Former Navy SEAL Team 6 member Clark Stuart, author of "From Battlefield to Boardroom,” provided a spellbinding and inspirational keynote address. He was joined by Robert Owens, who together with Stuart works with Stop Child Trafficking Now. The CAA and Interlogix presented a check for $7,500 to Stuart and Owens to support this important work.

The CAA Executive Symposium moderated by George De Marco featured John Mack of Imperial Capital, John Cannon of Alert Alarm of Hawaii and Doug Fikse of Legrand. Their presentations gave an assessment of the current business environment for the electronic security industry and defined paths to growth in the future.

The CAA Tribute Dinner included thanks to the companies who provided extraordinary support to the annual fundraiser, including the $25,000 Diamond Sponsorship from Interlogix. Industry icon Ron Spiller served as emcee and introduced the three people speaking on behalf of Shane Clary.

State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover emphasized the partnership between the agency and the industry, and the important role Clary has had in enhancing public safety in the state. Bruce Westphal, a past president and recipient of the George A. Weinstock Award, spoke of Clary’s capacity to memorize code and showed a video about life with Clary. His sister Janis provided insight into the personal side of Clary as only a younger sibling could do. Clary’s wide Susan, father Kent and brother-in-law Nick were on hand for the lifetime achievement award.

The convention concluded with an open panel, Industry Incorrect, moderated by Lessing Gold and featuring John Hopper, Tony Adler of MSK, and ESA Past President Bart Didden of USA Central Station.

More than 40 people attended the annual Gift & Gab Ladies Brunch held in memory of Judy Eisenstadt. The annual trip to the Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute in St. Helena was enjoyed by 32 guests.

The next CAA convention will be held May 3-5, 2012 at the Hilton Palm Springs. For more information, visit

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