Pamela J. Petrow
SNGTM takes a broad look the latest research, and commercial and industrial market trends in the security industry The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the agenda for Securing New Ground® (SNGTM), the security industry’s top executive conference, scheduled for Oct. 28-29, 2015, at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The SNGTM 2015 This executive forum takes a comprehensive look at the state of the security industry, the latest research, and commercial and industrial market trends impacting business strategies. Over a day-and-a-half of sessions tailored for suppliers, integrators and practitioners, conferees will experience a focused, unbiased event where game-changing information is exchanged, and business gets done. “In the last several years of SNGTM, we have mapped incredible change in the security industry to the benefit of our members and conferees,” said V. John Stroia, Chief Operating Officer of The Will-Burt Company and SIA Chairman. “I’ve seen firsthand how businesses have been bought and sold and lucrative new deals have been made because of contacts initiated at the SNGTM conference. It is the best place for security industry executives to make things happen.” Some of the top presenters confirmed to date include influential suppliers, integrators and practitioners in the security industry: Suppliers Steven Van Till, President & CEO, Brivo Systems Thanasis Molokotos, President & CEO, ASSA ABLOY Americas Division Ron Virden, President & General Manager, Lenel, Supra and Onity Integrators and dealers Tim Whall, Chairman & CEO, Protection 1 Jason Oakley, President, North American Video, Inc. Pamela Petrow, President & CEO, Vector Security Inc. Practitioners Bonnie Michelman, Director of Police, Security and Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital Brian Allen, Chief Security Officer, Time Warner Dave Cullinane, Founder, TruSTAR Technology LLC New SNGTM opportunities For the first time, SIA is teaming up with the Global Security Risk Management Alliance (GSRMA) to expand SNGTM opportunities for security practitioners. A half-day practitioners’ session will provide a plain English translation of IT security concepts and actions so any physical security leader can effectively engage in a discussion of cyber security. “As cofounder and president of GSRMA, I have alerted my fellow security practitioners to beware of the blurring distinctions between traditional and logical security. As we work toward an umbrella Enterprise Security Risk Management framework, SNGTM is an excellent venue for practitioners to identify the challenges of a unified security alignment side-by-side with suppliers and security integrators,” said Ray O'Hara, CPP, Executive Vice President of AS Solution. The security sector is evolving at a rapid pace, and SNGTM is essential to properly evaluate new partnerships and key factors that will influence the decisions and investments visitors make in the future.
Petrow began her career at Vector Security in 1982, and was appointed senior vice president of the Central Stations and Information Services Group in 1997 Pamela J. Petrow, chief executive officer (CEO) of Vector Security Inc., Warrendale, Pa., has been appointed President of CSAA International, the industry’s leading, 65-year-old central station monitoring organisation. Petrow is the first woman in the organisation’s history to hold this top leadership position. Petrow has served as CSAA First Vice President since October 2013 and was slated to become CSAA President in October 2015. She assumed the presidency early following the change in roles for former President Jay Hauhn, who resigned that position in March to become CSAA’s executive director. Her appointment, voted unanimously by the CSAA Board of Directors, will run through October 2017. In an exclusive interview with SourceSecurity.com, Petrow unveiled her vision of the central station of the future, balancing career endeavours, and other priorities as she takes the helm of one of the oldest professional organisations in the security alarm industry. Regarding her vision for the future of monitoring, Petrow honed in on current and emerging interactive services. Elevating the stature of monitoring “I think central stations have the opportunity to be the hub of connected devices,” she says. “They can receive and respond to anything capable of communicating. With automation we can filter and respond to priorities, and we can continue to be the intelligent eyes, ears and voice of our customer for anything they want to monitor, track or respond to. The opportunity is huge with everything from healthcare to manufacturing automation and the need for someone/someplace to analyse and react appropriately.” "They (central stations) can receive and respond to anything capable of communicating. With automation we can filter and respond to priorities, and we can continue to be the intelligent eyes, ears and voice of our customer for anything they want to monitor, track or respond to", says Pamela J. Petrow - President of CSAA Petrow says CSAA has an opportunity to elevate its stature as a leading voice in providing trends and technology awareness to members through educational programs, conferences and greater interaction with associate members. (CSAA not only has central station monitoring company members, but other levels of membership, including associates, who are from manufacturing and distribution segments of the industry.) “New players have been entering our space, and we anticipate many will seek companies to partner with for monitoring and field services,” Petrow says. “We want to make sure our members understand the opportunities that exist in terms of new services, products and relationships that can add incremental value or transform their organisations.” Background and History Petrow has been leading Vector Security, ranked among the oldest, continually running installation and central station monitoring companies in the industry, since October 2010, when she was appointed president and CEO. She began her career at Vector Security in 1982, and was appointed senior vice president of the Central Stations and Information Services Group in 1997. In 2004 she was promoted to executive vice president, and in 2008, chief operating officer. In October of 2010, Petrow was named president and CEO of Vector Security. Petrow has been extremely actively in the Electronic Security Association, Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and CSAA. She is involved with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials – International (APCO), and received its President’s Award in 2009 for outstanding contributions to the electronic transmission of signals between central stations and 911 dispatch centres. In 2014, she was presented with an Ernst and Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia program. In addition, she also received a Woman of the Year award by the Women’s Security Council. With her professional plate full, Petrow shared the secret to balancing a challenging career with her new, top-level association leadership position. “The secret is to surround yourself with great people and empower them to make decisions,” says Petrow. “Having Jay Hauhn in the Executive Director position for CSAA is a huge win for the association and for myself as president. He understands the challenges and opportunities that exist for the industry and will really be key to our future success. With his leadership, the team at CSAA will flourish and the members will benefit.”