The schedule and speaker line-up for the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) 2019 Leadership Summit – the strategically efficient event for leadership teams within the electronic security and life safety industry – has been announced. The event will be held in Austin, TX from Jan 28-31, and will feature a variety of education and networking opportunities. On the main stage and in classroom sessions, the industry’s leaders will engage with speakers whose expertise comes from sales, marketing, leadership and military backgrounds. This eclectic line-up is intended to expose leaders to insights and best practices from outside the industry bubble and increase their effectiveness in all aspects of their businesses. Learn best practices through practical sessions Attendees will experience breakout sessions, where they can take a closer look at key topics“To drive the efforts of an operation, there must be a strong team at the helm — guiding the strategic vision. They must quell complications between employees and departments and motivate and maximise the diverse strengths of individuals. “When we skip out on this time to develop and bond with our leadership team as a unit — not just catching up on production updates, but on our vision, and the impact our interactions have on our people — we make a big mistake,” says ESA CEO, Merlin Guilbeau. “We are keenly focused on packing the most valuable experience into 3 days to ensure leadership teams are energised, motivated, educated and revamped for the new year. Guests will learn best practices through practical, inspirational sessions including ‘How Great Managers Retain Employees’, ‘Mission Critical: The Leader’s Performance Review’ and ‘Guiding the Customer Journey’. Attendees will also experience breakout sessions, where they can take a closer look at key topics and discuss their questions and ideas in depth. Robust networking platform In addition to education, attendees will have ample opportunities to network at meals, scheduled one-on-one meeting times, social events and a speed networking event. These opportunities will allow executives to connect and share best practices, form friendships and find new offerings for their customers. This year the event will introduce a new, robust networking platform to link executives with each other This year the event will introduce a new, robust networking platform to link executives with each other and event sponsors on topics of interest to make for more meaningful and strategic interactions at the Summit. All of this will take place in the unique city of Austin, TX, known for its live music, food trucks and commitment to ‘Keep Austin Weird’. The Diamond Event will be held at Spin, a recently opened ping pong social club, where attendees can get competitive or cheer their friends on in a lively atmosphere with music, drinks and food. Excellent growth opportunity “Leadership Summit is an opportunity to share with friends that you’ve had from years past, make new friends, meet new colleagues and share some of the things that you’ve been doing with your business,” says Roger Parks, executive director of business development at Select Security. “If you’re considering attending the Leadership Summit, stop considering. The time you invest in your people and your business will be returned back to you thousand-fold.” All C-suite and upper-management professionals in the electronic security and life safety industry are invited to attend, regardless of ESA membership status. Interlogix is the sponsor of the 2019 Diamond Event and main stage featured content. Main stage presentations and breakout educational sessions are also sponsored by Axis Communications, NAPCO Security Technologies and Telguard.
ESA is proud to recognise the distinguished group of companies supporting the industry in 2018 through its Executive Strategic Partners program. Executive Strategic Partners program This program allows us to partner with key manufacturers and service providers that are looking to make a significant impact on the industry" “This program allows us to partner with key manufacturers and service providers that are looking to make a significant impact on the industry,” says Merlin Guilbeau, CEO of ESA. “There are key factors we look for in our strategic partners: They must deliver a quality, reputable product that allows our members to better run and grow their businesses. Each one of these players not only check that box, but they also make a significant impact on the installation, integration and monitoring channel — by investing in the association to support vital programming.” As a non-profit organisation, ESA invests in and constantly seeks new ways to benefit the association’s members and the industry. The Executive Strategic Partners program is one way for vendor companies to give back and demonstrate their alignment with ESA’s core values by supporting its efforts to move the industry forward. Interlogix, diamond level sponsor for ESA Leading the way as the exclusive 2018 Diamond Level sponsor is Interlogix. “Interlogix is proud to be a long-standing sponsor of ESA’s Executive Strategic Partners program. As a Diamond sponsor of this initiative, we are committed to investing in the evolution and growth of the security industry,” said Warren Hill, Vice President of Partner Solutions, Interlogix. Honeywell, platinum level sponsor for ESA From education to advocacy programs, the ESA is helping to strengthen and advance the security industry" The ESP program’s sole 2018 Platinum Level sponsor is Honeywell. “As our business prepares to spin off from Honeywell into an independent security, smart home and distribution company, we’re excited about the future and the opportunity to deliver solutions our customers want through our unparalleled global network of 100,000 professional dealers,” said Alice DeBiasio, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Homes. “As a strategic partner with the ESA for more than 10 years, we appreciate the work they do to support our industry. From education to advocacy programs, the ESA is helping to strengthen and advance the security industry.” Axis and Telguard, gold level sponsors The 2018 Gold Level sponsors are Axis Communications and Telguard. “2018 marks our seventh year as a Gold Level Executive Strategic Partner with ESA. We are just as excited to show our support of ESA’s commitment to investing in the future of our industry today as we were back in 2011,” said Shawn Welsh, SVP, Product Line Management and Marketing, Telguard. “We’re proud to support ESA and help their members expand their business potential,” said Mike King, Hosted Video Manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “The complexities of protecting people, property and assets require security integrators to offer innovative and comprehensive solutions, from video surveillance to access control to managed services. We look forward to continued collaboration with ESA and supporting the industry’s advancement.” Altronix, Anixter and SARPG, silver level sponsors The 2018 Silver Level sponsors are Altronix, Anixter and Security America Risk Purchasing Group (SARPG) The 2018 Silver Level sponsors are Altronix, Anixter and Security America Risk Purchasing Group (SARPG). "We chose to partner with ESA for some of our marketing initiatives, because we know our investment will continue to support our industry into the future,” said Alan Forman, President, Altronix. “The association brings great value and professionalism to our industry and its members through fostering education, improving government relations and driving industry standards." “We understand that our insurance is designed specifically to fit the needs of this industry,” says Michael Keegan, president of SARPG. “As such, we always look for ways to support those dealers and integrators that comprise the industry — our executive strategic partnership with ESA is one way we accomplish this.” Talent acquisition in electronic security industry The significant financial investment of these companies helps further ESA initiatives to recruit new talent for the industry, provide legislative updates, conduct research and be the voice of the electronic security and life safety industry. In return for their financial support, Executive Strategic Partners gain access to various marketing opportunities and a platform for connecting with members, prospects and decision makers through ESA's extensive network of highly qualified installers, dealers and integrators.
alliantgroup announces that it has been named an associate member of the Electronic Security Association (ESA). Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association in the United States representing the electronic security and life safety 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. Federal and State Tax Incentives "ESA is pleased to welcome alliantgroup into our association," said Merlin Guilbeau, ESA Executive Director and CEO. "Their firm's tax consulting services are valuable to companies within our industry and offer our members the potential to explore growth opportunities as well as other strategic business development initiatives." As the largest association representing the electronic security and life safety industry, ESA members are often some of the best candidates for a number of federal and state tax incentives. Among the most valuable of these incentives is the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit - a federal, dollar-for-dollar tax credit that brings in an estimated $10 billion annually to U.S. businesses. Development of Security System Solutions ESA members are often among the absolute best candidates for the R&D Tax Credit" The R&D Tax Credit is designed to specifically reward companies for making technical enhancements to their products or processes - or in the case of many ESA members and other electronic security providers, the technical work and experimentation that is done to design, develop or integrate important electronic security and life systems. For common activities such as the development of security system solutions (be it through design engineering, mechanical fabrication or hardware and software integration) or the integration of smart devices into network applications, ESA members can receive substantial tax savings through the R&D Tax Credit. "It is an absolute honor to be joining a phenomenal organization such as ESA," said alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav. "The integration of multiple systems within a private, residential or public facility is traditionally a necessary practice in the development of a broader electronic security system, and as a result of such technical activities, ESA members are often among the absolute best candidates for the R&D Tax Credit. I look forward to introducing ESA members to this fantastic government-sponsored incentive."
ESA Leadership Summit was held in May in Chandler, AZ during which over $1,400 was raised for NLEOMF The Electronic Security Association (ESA) announces that it has chosen the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as the primary recipient of this year’s ESA Gives Back charity. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) is dedicated to honouring and remembering the services and sacrifices of law enforcement officers in the United States. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Washington, DC, the NLEOMF has built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The NLEOMF is also the principal organiser of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a candlelight vigil at the Memorial on May 13th every year to honour all fallen officers. In addition, they maintain the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends & issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse. ESA fundraising campaign for NLEOMF More recently, the NLEOMF has launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which is adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through various exhibits, collections, research and education. “We will join with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund this year in support of their mission,” said ESA’s CEO & Executive Director, Merlin Guilbeau. ”The electronic security industry works side-by-side with law enforcement, knowing full well the sacrifices made by them and their families. We are proud to associate with and support this worthy cause.” ESA successfully kicked off their fundraising efforts by collecting over $1,400 for NLEOMF during the ESA Leadership Summit that was held last month in Chandler, AZ. NLEOMF will be participating at this year’s ESX in booth #1208 on the show floor in June 2016 in Fort Worth, TX.
loT will assist installers and integrators to position themselves as total solution providers and professional connectivity consultants to consumers The buzz over the Internet of Things (loT) isn’t likely to subside anytime soon, given recent developments over consumer adoption of network-connected technologies. According to the 2014 State of the Internet of Things Study from Accenture Interactive, 69 percent of consumers plan to buy an in-home device in the next five years. The study also confirms that by the end of 2015 about 13 percent of consumers will have an loT device, such as an in-home security camera or automated thermostat. It also points out that as of fall 2014 only about four percent of survey participants owned these categories of devices. Adding to the excitement is the January 27, 2015, Federal Trade Commission (FTC)-released report, “Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World,” which focuses on data and privacy concerns with the ongoing implementation of connected devices. According to the FTC, experts estimate that as of the end of this year there will be 25 billion connected devices, and by 2020, 50 billion. In the report the FTC defines IoT as “devices or sensors – other than computers, smartphones, or tablets – that connect, communicate or transmit information with or between each other through the Internet.” The growing popularity of these types of products prompted the study, and came on the heels of an FTC-hosted workshop on November 19, 2013 similarly titled: “The Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World.” The new report summarises the workshop and offers a number of recommendations for IoT device makers – steps for enhancing data security, implementing data minimisation and giving consumers choices about how information collected by such devices will be used. Connected solution provider The loT is good news for installers and integrators who embrace new technologies and want to position themselves as total solution providers and professional connectivity consultants to consumers. It’s another way the industry can differentiate itself in a crowded marketplace and add value to their businesses. And according to the Electronic Security Association (ESA), the products and technologies are perfectly in line with the security industry. “The IoT is here to stay, and our industry is already leveraging many of the applications such as interactive services that enable the monitoring and control of video, lighting, thermostats, water sensors and electronic locks to name a few,” says ESA Executive Director and CEO Merlin Guilbeau “The IoT is here to stay, and our industry is already leveraging many of the applications such as interactive services that enable the monitoring and control of video, lighting, thermostats, water sensors and electronic locks to name a few,” says ESA Executive Director and CEO Merlin Guilbeau. According to the 2014 ESA Member Profile Survey, 54 percent of the organisation’s members are already offering interactive services and “enjoying the increased RMR opportunities surrounding these applications,” he says. However, Guilbeau cautions that dealers must weigh which technologies might co-exist best with their current offerings. “With the rapid influx of products flooding the market, security companies need to consider carefully which products make sense to add to their businesses. Therefore, ESA recently released the ESA Product Selection Guide to help member companies walk through a methodical process to evaluate new products and services. Early adopters of these technologies will be poised for strong growth in the foreseeable future.” ESA President Marshall Marinace, president of Marshall Alarm Systems Inc. in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., says increased demand for lifestyle features benefits consumers and security companies. “This is a very exciting time for our industry as it evolves from installing and monitoring traditional security systems to integrating and monitoring complete technology solutions for residential consumers and commercial end users. Companies interested in diversifying their offering and boosting RMR have moved quickly to add additional IoT devices and services,” Marinace concludes.
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