Shane 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 Alarm.com; 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
The next CAA convention will be held May 3-5, 2012 at the
Hilton Palm Springs. For more information, visit www.caaonline.org.