Leadership Summit Continues Themes of Change, Growth
Attendees embrace co-hosted format for Leadership Summit, ESI Forum
Irving, Texas (Jan. 19, 2012) — The Electronic Security Association (ESA) emphasized dual themes of growth and change at its 2012 Leadership Summit, which took place from Jan. 9 through 12 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. All events – from an open house at ESA’s sparkling new headquarters to numerous educational and networking opportunities – stressed the association’s continued emergence as a growing, responsive force in the electronic life safety and security industry.
The annual event continued its innovative co-hosted format combining the summit with the Electronic Security Integrators Forum (ESI Forum). For the second year, the event featured a hosted guest option which gave decision makers from qualified ESA member companies, as well as ESA leadership, special insight into technology and business strategy in addition to quality contact time with key vendors and businesses.
The Leadership Summit provided a thoughtful mix of educational sessions, membership meetings and networking opportunities. The event’s first day started on a unique note with an open house at ESA’s new headquarters in Irving which drew more than 50 attendees – including local municipal government officials and members of the business community.
"We were pleased to give everyone a closer look at our new office, and also to preview our plans for the alarm industry gallery,” said Dom D’Ascoli, ESA president. "We have security industry photos and memorabilia that have been collected through the years that will be on display in the gallery. The open house gave everyone a chance to see the artistic depictions of the concept, and they were impressed with the designers’ vision for how the gallery will look when it’s completed.”
Committee meetings, the Board of Directors meeting and the Young Security Professionals meeting were also features of the summit. Educational seminars emphasized such topics as maximizing employee effectiveness, improving media communications, and the impact of alarm management committees in several states.
A major highlight was the Diamond Awards Dinner, which was co-hosted by Kirk MacDowell, residential business leader from Interlogix, ESA’s Diamond Executive Strategic Partner and the evening’s sponsor; and by Deborah O’Mara, editor-in-chief of Security Dealer & Integrator magazine. The awards showed remarkable geographic diversity, honoring Chartered Chapters in Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Leadership Award winners included: Chapter of the Year – Arizona Alarm Association; Chapter Executive Director of the Year – Kevin Lehan, Illinois Electronic Security Association; Chapter President of the Year – Chet Donati, Illinois Electronic Security Association; Newsletter of the Year – Contact Virginia, produced by the Electronic Security Association of Virginia; Website of the Year – Wisconsin Electronic Security Association; ESA/NTS Training Coordinator of the Year – Linda Ferguson, Utah Alarm Association; and Shelton Mangum of the Alabama Alarm Association, who received the NTS Instructor of the Year Award in Honor of Paul F. Baran.
Best Practices awards were presented during the ESI Forum’s roundtable session, sponsored by Telguard, an ESA Gold Executive Strategic Partner. The awards honor companies implementing business processes that have made a difference for the company or have set an example for the industry.
Winners of the Best Practices awards were: Financial, Legal and Human Capital Management – Mijac Alarm; New Technology Implementation – Inner Security Systems Inc.; Profit-Generating Strategies – Pro-Tech Systems; Production Management in the category of Design and Installation – Pinnacle Security; and Sales and Marketing Management – ASG Security.
"This year’s event was a successful continuation of themes that have taken shape over the past year, and even before last year’s conference,” D’Ascoli said. "We have re-developed our websites, moved to new headquarters, brought our National Training School (NTS) in-house, and now we’re going full-speed with the Member Services Department and National Apprenticeship Program. We’re always looking for ways to add value for our members, and this year’s Leadership Summit once again exceeded our expectations.”
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.