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BETWEEN US PROS by Scott Goldfine
SSI Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2024:
Celebrating Our Industry's Very Best
ONE OF MY PROUDEST security industry accomplishments
during my tenure as Security Sales & Integration's editor-inchief
was establishing the SSI Industry Hall of Fame in 2004.
I had spent several years in the business by that time. It had
become apparent to me that, for an industry as vital as electronic
security (including fi re and life safety) - where its practitioners
not only safeguard assets but also deploy systems that protect
people from harm and literally save lives - there was no program
or institution in place to preserve the important accomplishments
and legacies of the most prominent leaders and innovators
behind that noble mission.
Humbly Toiling
The fact that those men and women never did
it for the accolades or personal recognition,
humbly toiling in an industry whose solutions
are designed to inconspicuously perform in the
background, made them all the more deserving
of this type of recognition.
Through the years, it was among my most
enjoyable and fulfi lling experiences to lead the
nomination process, inform surprised candidates
of their selection, put together their lifetime
career histories for publication and be onstage for
their oſt en-emotional induction presentations in
front of their friends, colleagues and even family
members during ISC West in Las Vegas.
I came to know the shock and awe of that
each one. As such, I can wholeheartedly endorse their inclusion.
Indeed, I urge others to emulate their professionalism, dedication,
ethics and fellowship.
Jeff rey Zwirn, president of IDS Research and Development,
Inc.; Kirk MacDowell, president and CEO of MacGuard Security
Advisors, Inc.; and Kelly Bond, partner with Davis Mergers &
Acquisitions Group, are three of the most signifi cant people I was
fortunate enough to encounter early on in my security journey.
I teamed with Zwirn for many SSI articles, including 1999's
The Class
of 2024 is
especially
meaningful for
me because
I have been
directly
infl uenced,
inspired and/
or mentored
by each one.
experience fi rsthand when, in 2017, a group
of industry icons conspired with SSI's executive management to
surreptitiously elect me to the Hall of Fame.
I certainly never anticipated being chosen to be placed among that
hallowed group. That it happened less than a month aſt er my father
had passed away made it all the more poignant. But that is emblematic
of the level of impact and stature this program has achieved.
Honorees have traveled from around the globe to be present at the
ceremony, and celebratory aſt er-parties have not been uncommon.
The Preeminent Acknowledgement
Today, the SSI Industry Hall of Fame is the preeminent acknowledgement
of an individual's contributions to the essential, vast and
rewarding security endeavor. Membership has swelled to more than
125 people, all of whom have played a key role propelling forward the
best interests of the industry - and, thus, society as a whole.
The Class of 2024 is especially meaningful for me because
I have been directly infl uenced, inspired and/or mentored by
high-profi le George Revelle murder case. MacDowell was
integral to a 2001 cover story I did on Post
Alarm's Crystal Cathedral security system.
Bond started in the industry the same year that
I did, and she has helped keep me abreast of
business and M&A activity.
Coincidentally, it was also during my rookie
year that Andrew Lanning co-founded Hawaii's
Integrated Security Technologies, alongside his
equally distinguished wife, Christine. I got to
know him through the PSA Security Network,
and he taught me about the critical relationship
between cybersecurity and physical security.
We were both among the founding members
of the PSA Cybersecurity Committee and presented
at associated events. Later on, I oversaw
the couple's 2016 SSI cover story.
Impressive Security Command Center
Finally, I am not sure what year I fi rst met Aria
Kozak, founder and CEO of Elite Interactive Solutions. However,
it was in the very early 2000s that I visited an impressive security
command center that he was running in the San Fernando Valley
of California.
He was pushing the envelope for remote video monitoring to
mitigate crime more eff ectively than traditional burglar alarm
systems could. His aff able disposition, vision and passion for
the business leſt a lasting impression - so much so that I began
working for him last August!
Whereas past SSI Industry Hall of Fame classes typically
included retirees (or the deceased), all of the 2024 enshrinees'
conquests continue to unfold for what will ultimately be some of
the greatest security stories ever told. Congratulations to all! SSI
Elite Interactive Solutions' marketing director, SCOTT GOLDFINE, is
an SSI Industry Hall of Famer who spent 25 years as Security Sales &
Integration's editor-in-chief. He can be reached at sgoldfi ne@eliteisi.com.
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