Dan Budinoff, Bob McVeigh Receive Weinstock and Jackson Awards
ESA Honors Industry Leaders During 2012 Summer Conference at ESX
Irving, Texas (June 27, 2012) — The Electronic Security Association (ESA) presented the Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award to Dan Budinoff, president and owner of Security Specialists in Stamford, Conn., at the association’s 2012 Summer Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Weinstock Award recognizes outstanding individual achievement and continued efforts on behalf of the association.
Also honored during the conference was Bob McVeigh, vice president and general manager of Security Solutions Inc. in Norwalk, Conn., who received ESA’s Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award recognizing outstanding leadership by an ESA committee chairperson. McVeigh has chaired ESA’s Industry Affairs committee since January 2008.
2011 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year: Dan Budinoff
Dan Budinoff’s dedication to the security industry, his distinguished performance for the advancement of the industry, his leadership roles on both the national and state level, his work on committees, his influence in the development of ESA’s National Training School (NTS), and his tireless support of the association has led to his selection as this year’s Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year.
Budinoff has been involved with ESA for more than 35 years. Early on, he recognized the need for an industry training program and was instrumental in the founding and formation of NTS, serving as an instructor while working to develop the framework of NTS. In 1987, he won the Professional Alarm Technician of the Year award.
Taking a leadership role in association activities resulted in a well-deserved 2004 Sara E. Jackson award for his committee leadership including member of the Education and Training Committee (1987-2002), vice chair of the NTS Committee (1993-2003), and chair of the Election Committee (2001-2004).
Before there were ESA chartered chapters, Dan served as the 1988 Region 2 vice president. He has served on the national board of directors and has held officer positions in both the Connecticut and New York alarm associations. In 2012, he was appointed to the Security America Risk Retention Group (SARRG) board of directors as a Class C representative.
"Dan has certainly paid his dues to our industry. His work on our behalf has made a true difference in the security industry,” said John Jennings, 1991 Morris F. Weinstock Award winner. "I have been honored to have known Dan all of these years and I am certain that those that know him feel exactly the same way.”
The Weinstock award was first presented in 1970, initiated by the family of Morris F. Weinstock to honor the lifetime work of the ESA co-founder and past president. The award is graciously sponsored by Interlogix, ESA’s exclusive Diamond Executive Strategic Partner.
2012 Sara E. Jackson Award: Bob McVeigh
The Sara E. Jackson Award – named in honor of ESA’s president from 1950-51 – goes annually to a committee chairperson who displays outstanding leadership, but Bob McVeigh’s role as a leader at ESA extends far beyond his position as chair of the Industry Affairs committee. He also serves as a knowledgeable industry spokesperson on a wide range of topics, and consistently provides insight not only to colleagues, but also to media representatives seeking to make sense of the latest industry news.
During more than 20 years in the industry, McVeigh’s career has covered everything from sales operations and marketing to full responsibility for operations. His volunteer work extends beyond ESA; for example, from 2008 to 2010, he served as president of the Connecticut Alarm and Systems Integrators Association (CASIA), which earned Chartered Chapter of the Year under his leadership in 2008.
"ESA is truly fortunate to have Bob McVeigh as a committee chairman, and as one of our most active and influential volunteers,” said ESA President Dom D’Ascoli. "He’s knowledgeable, he’s reliable, he cares about the association, and he stands for everything you could ask for from a volunteer at any level. Bob’s willing to give the most of his time and effort, and that makes ESA stronger as a whole.”
The Sara E. Jackson Award is graciously sponsored by Honeywell, ESA’s exclusive Platinum Executive Strategic Partner.
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.