The ESA Leadership Summit will take place in Texas, from January 31 to February 3
The ESA Summit is offering registration for “Rising Leaders” to gain valuable
leadership skills and business tactics

Leadership Summit presented by the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Irving, Texas, has penned the slogan: “Link. Learn. Lead.” for its 2016 event. Scheduled for January 31 through February 3 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona, the ESA Leadership Summit is a testament to a quickly changing security landscape and the processes executives need to develop to lead their organisations more effectively.

Designed to encourage thought leadership and an exchange of ideas and strategies, the Leadership Summit features keynote speakers, interactive gatherings and networking sessions that encourage a free flow of ideas and new leadership concepts.

This year, the Leadership Summit also offers special registration for executives who want to send their “Rising Leaders” to gain valuable leadership skills as a reward for their hard work and dedication to the organisation. Rising leaders can attend with senior management to learn successful new business practices and tactics.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Richard P. Farrell, President of Tangent Knowledge Systems, a Chicago sales training company, and the author of the book, “Selling Has Nothing To Do with Selling.”
  • Robert Harris, CAE, who has helped thousands of associations and chambers of commerce in the U.S. in developing best practices to achieve their mission and goals.
  • Gene Marks, journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Inc. magazine, FOX Business, Entrepreneur.com and Philadelphia magazine.
  • Matthew H. Meade, co-chair of Buchanan’s Cybersecurity and Data Protection Group, where he provides advice regarding data security breaches, information and records management and other areas regarding privacy.
  • Avish Parashar, who uses his 20-plus years of experience performing, teaching and studying improvisation comedy to show organizations and individuals how to deal with the unexpected quickly, effectively and with a sense of humour.
  • Shelley Row, Shelley Row Associates LLC, who works with leaders, managers and organizations to improve professional decision making by identifying subtle personal behaviours that may hold individuals back.
  • Dennis Snow, whose customer service abilities were honed during 20 years of tenure with the Walt Disney World Company and is currently a full-time speaker, trainer and consultant.

The speaker schedule for the ESA Summit was designed to cover a range of leadership strategies for attendees
Guest speakers will cover a range of expertise, from
cyber security to public relations

In addition, the prestigious Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year will be announced in honour of outstanding achievement and effort on behalf of the association.

Speakers show how to lead

ESA Executive Committee Member Angela White, Vice President/President-elect and General Manager of Central 1 Security in Brookfield, Wisconsin, says guest speakers were strategically selected to engage all attendees, with expertise that ranges from business management and philosophy to cyber security, public relations and a diverse montage of topics. “There are so many facets of leadership that allow for growth both personally and professionally at the Leadership Summit. The speaker schedule was meticulously arranged to allow an attendee to participate in any or all of the presentations with ample time for networking,” White says.

Robert Few, Director, Time Warner Cable-IntelligentHome, Charlotte, North Carolina, who coins himself as a “zealous attendee” of the conference and is a member of the Young Security Professionals (YSP), National Company and Government Relations Committees of ESA,  says the Leadership Summit is a great forum for security companies to meet with existing vendors as well as new ones. There are also opportunities to network with other business owners to share, discover or further develop best practices and receive educational opportunities to either meet CEU requirements or simply learn how to be a stronger and more efficient leader. “I have told many colleagues that if you are going to attend one event, this is the one to go to,” Few says. “The only way you can possibly walk away without feeling empowered and confident about improving your business is if you sleep through it,” he says.


The conference offers the chance to network with other business owners to share, discover or further develop best practices and receive educational opportunities
The valuable networking opportunities at the Summit will allow attendees to
interact with their peers and share stories and experiences

Few says he is especially excited about YSP’s participation at Summit. “The YSP council will be launching the inaugural class of ESA’s Mentorship programme. This program will consist of 25 mentor/mentee pairs and will be announced and recognised during the Summit.”

New member finds fit with programme

Patrick Cusick, Vice President at IQ Life Safety Systems Inc., Waterford, Michigan, is a new ESA member, having attended his first summit last year. Cusick says the networking aspect of the conference alone was valuable, and the keynote speakers and workshops provided actionable takeaways to hone his leadership skills.

“Interacting with peers from around the country, sharing stories and experiences has influenced the decisions I make and will make as a leader of my organisation,” he says. “I am looking forward to reconnecting with the people I met last year and meeting new ones. ESA has done a tremendous job of getting speakers with vast experience in different fields. If you attend the presentations and participate in the workshops, you will definitely see a return on your investment.”

White adds that the Leadership Summit continues to evolve strategically to assist the security industry. “There has been an evolution since its inception. Early on, there was more of a concentration on Subject Matter Experts specific to our industry. In time there was recognition that regardless of the nature of the business, we all face the same challenges and celebrations. That acknowledgement has given the advisors more latitude in selecting speakers, which in turn has continually improved the content.”

Discount registration for the event ends December 31, 2015.

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