George De Marco Receives Sara E. Jackson Award
Versatile industry veteran recognized for outstanding leadership
Irving, Texas (June 18, 2013) — As chair of the Electronic Security Expo (ESX), there usually isn’t much that happens at the annual event that George De Marco isn’t aware of well beforehand. But De Marco got quite a surprise Tuesday night when he received the 2013 Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award from the Electronic Security Association (ESA).
The award, which is named in honor of ESA’s president from 1950-51, was presented during ESA’s Summer Conference at ESX in Nashville, Tenn., as part of their ESA Celebrates award ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. Sponsored by Honeywell, ESA’s exclusive Platinum Executive Strategic Partner, the award is selected by ESA’s president to recognize an association volunteer who has exhibited exceptional leadership skills on an ESA committee, task force or board.
When ESA President John Knox chose De Marco, he recognized not only his impact on ESA but on the entire industry.
"George is a leader in every situation, advising, counseling, contributing and working wherever he’s needed,” Knox told attendees. "His knowledge, experience, intelligent leadership and inclusive style make him the ‘go-to’ guy.”
As ESX Chairman, De Marco has become the face of the security industry’s fastest growing event and is involved in virtually every aspect. In addition, he works behind the scenes at other events, including ESA’s Leadership Summit, and is also the chair of ESA’s Executive Strategic Partner program.
De Marco has been active in the security industry since he founded The Greater Alarm Company in Irvine, Calif. in 1981. He sold the company in 2004 and since then has been a consultant and a trusted voice for the industry. He serves as a moderator or participant for industry panels on a regular basis, and also acts as an industry spokesman for media representatives on a wide range of issues.
His firm, DECO Ventures, helps companies achieve operational and market excellence by implementing business practices that encourage corporate growth.
The Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award is just the latest recognition of his dedication and passion. He has received a number of other accolades, including the 2007 ESA President’s Award and the 2009 California Alarm Association (CAA) George A. Weinstock Lifetime Achievement Award.
Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at www.ESAweb.org.
Owned, directed and sponsored by industry leading trade associations, ESA and CSAA, ESX is the education and networking event for security integration and monitoring companies. ESX offers the highest quality and most comprehensive seminar program, the most interesting and enjoyable networking events and the most focused exposition in the industry. ESX attracts the biggest, best and most progressive installing and monitoring companies in the world to meet with hundreds of exhibiting electronic security equipment vendors and industry service providers. For more information, visit www.ESXweb.com.