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July 27, 2022 ESX

During ESX 2022, Steve Firestone, long-time industry professional and ESA volunteer, accepted ESA’s Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award — the association’s most prestigious honor. Here’s what he had to say…

[Full Video Of Speech Available Below]

I am shocked, overwhelmed, humbled beyond belief, because unlike the gentlemen and ladies behind me who have spent in almost every case their entire careers in this wonderful industry, I haven’t. And unlike I think all of them, I haven’t started my own security business. I happen to have stumbled into this industry a number of years ago. And to receive this kind of recognition and to be on the stage with these guys, I can tell you, is one of the absolute highlights of my career.

So I can’t thank this group enough for inviting me into the club. It’s really very humbling. Early in my career. I was very blessed to have had people that introduced me to the value of learning from others in other industries or in the same industry to get involved in volunteerism and to be afforded the opportunity now to do the same kinds of things is really pretty special to me.

In my time as a volunteer, the great majority has been as much fun as I’ve had in my career. But those of us who have been on the inside know, there are moments where sometimes as a volunteer, it feels like you’re in front of the Senate committee confirming a Chief Justice nominee — where you’re taking arrows. Because as volunteers, our charge as volunteers is to do the best thing for the industry, even if it’s not always the most popular thing. And I’m proud to be associated with the group of men and women who have done that throughout their time of volunteering in the industry. 

A couple of specific “thank you’s.” I will start with Pat Egan, who during my presidency at Select Security believed in the value of volunteerism. And I was able to give the amount of time that I gave to the association. So that’s the first thank you. 

The second thank you is to the management team that I worked with at Select Security. And some of them, I think, are in the room, but I’m not sure. I’m going to mention them by name so it actually goes on the record. Thanks to Roger, Steve, Alex, Joe, Bob, and Bob. Thank you! Hopefully, you’ll see this video at some point because I would not have been able to give the amount of time that I gave without their support.

And next, I’d like to thank those who have served on the executive committee with me over the years and in no particular order. And yes, I had to write them down because I don’t want to forget anyone.

And the first name that I’ll mention is the winner of the award yesterday, the Sarah Jackson Award. Dee Ann, Chris, Tim, Marshall, John, James, Steve — and, yes, he’s known as Bad Steve. I’m known as good Steve. Jamie and Angela, thank you. And a gentleman that couldn’t be here today, Dom. Thanks for being part of my indoctrination into volunteering in the industry. There’s some other industry friends that I think weren’t mentioned and I’ll name your first name so you know who you are. George, Kirk, Robert, John and Mark. Thanks a bunch for being there side-by-side with me through this. The second last group is the ESA leadership team and the professional staff who I have had the great pleasure of working with for quite a long time now. 

The ESA Leadership Team gets mentioned by name frequently. I’m going to mention them by name, but I also want to mention, and I think most of them are seated over there, I see them waving. Their names don’t get mentioned often and I’m now going to call them out by name. But first we’ll start with Merlin. Thanks a million. 

I can’t believe how good a friend you become. So Merlin, Jillian, and Michelle. You guys are phenomenal. You get kudos and credit, but the audience doesn’t really know how much you really deserve, so a million thanks. Tom and Chris, thanks a million. Jess and Kaleigh, Lexi, Sophia, Leshauna, Kyndal, Hannah, Daniela, Daniel, Pat, Amanda, Bethanay, Matt, Mashawnda, Vickie. I thank them for all they do. 

And the last two are the most important too. And they’re here. And it’s my wife Rebecca and daughter Jessica and my son-in-law Brian — who’s an attorney and can’t be here. It’s interesting. Jason Lutz and I were talking in the hallway about half an hour ago and we’re talking about when someone volunteers. 

Whether it’s in this association or another. It means that you’re making a choice to do something and give back to a group or an industry. And that’s a really commendable thing to do. But it also takes people at home who believe in you and support you through good times and bad times. And I’ve got the best. 

So…. Rebecca, Jess, Brian. I love you guys. Thanks for being an example of what a human being should be. I’m honored to be your husband and your dad and your father-in-law. So thank you. 

Scripture says that older people have a responsibility to make themselves available to impart wisdom and guidance and leadership based on their experience to younger people. 

And younger people have a responsibility to listen and learn and gain from that experience that you only get through years of doing what you do.

Now, younger people have a responsibility to listen and do something with it, but they also have a responsibility to in turn give the enthusiasm and new ideas and different perspectives to older people. And it is not a coincidence that it is in scripture that we learn about that. 

But didn’t I just describe what an association is? Isn’t this what the people like us on this stage do? It is the responsibility of younger people to challenge us. I’m in this group to challenge us. And I am thrilled that the Electronic Security Association by its very nature is built around those tenants that we find in scripture. I think that is the coolest thing that there could possibly be. So again, thank you, gentlemen and ladies, for the honor. 

I appreciate this more than you can possibly know, because I know I don’t necessarily fit the perfect mold if there is one. And if there was one, then I guess we just broke it. So, thank you very much. 


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June 2, 2022 ESX

ESX’s Innovation Awards distinguish innovation and excellence in the industry — and identify the next-gen products and services that will offer significant opportunities for growth for integrator companies.

These products and services were selected by an independent panel of judges based on a specific set of criteria, including ingenuity, applicability, response to market need and more.

The 2022 ESX Innovation Awards Judging Panel, led by Mark Reimer of ADT, also included Michele Monheim, Customer Service Manager of Amherst Alarm, Inc., Rodger Reiswig, Fellow & VP Industry Relations, Global Fire Detection Products of Johnson Controls, and Eric Widner, General Manager of LOUD Security. ESX is grateful to these judges for lending their time and expertise to this important program that recognizes forward-thinking ideas within the security industry.

“We are proud to highlight next-gen products and services that create new opportunities for security professionals to offer their end users,” says George De Marco, ESX chairman. “In addition, these winners offer innovative solutions for companies looking to effectively grow their revenues, improve the customer experience and maximize their profits.”

 

ESX congratulates the forward thinking companies behind these 22 breakthrough technologies and services for 2022.

 

Access Control/ID Systems

Gate/Door Operators

Product: IQ Lockdown

Company: Johnson Controls

 

Electronic/Mechanical Locks

Product: Home Connect 620 Keypad Connected Smartlock

Company: Kwikset

 

Hosted / Managed Access Systems

Product: AirAccess®

Company: NAPCO Security Technologies

 

Readers / Keypads

Product: SPECTRE Nano

Company: STid

 

Cyber Security

Data Privacy Solutions

Product: uRISQ

Company: CSR Privacy Solutions

 

Dealer Services

Business Operations

Product: QuoteAnywhere and the Site Survey 3.0

Company: WeSuite, LLC

 

Fire Life/Safety

Controllers & Control Panels – Analog / Addressable / Conventional Systems

Product: FireLink XL 255 New 255Pt Addressable FACP powered by StarLink Cellular

Company: NAPCO Security Technologies

 

Cellular / Radio Communications

Product: StarLink Max Fire Cellular Communicator

Company: NAPCO Security Technologies

 

Installation/Service Tools

Systems Design/LifeCycle Maintenance – Commercial

Product: SiteOwl

Company: SiteOwl

 

Intrusion Systems

Controllers & Control Panels

Product: IQ Pro

Company: Johnson Controls

 

Mobile Apps for Consumers

App for Security / Life Safety Systems – Residential

Product: Alarm Verification Services

Company: Alula

 

Monitoring (Central Station)

Interactive Services for End User

Product: AG Chat

Company: AvantGuard Monitoring Centers

 

Dealer App

Product: AvantGuard MLS Reporting Tool

Company: AvantGuard Monitoring Centers

 

GPS / Mobile Tracking

Product: Security mPERS Umbrella

Company: Essence Security International Ltd.

 

Enhanced / Verified Monitoring

Product: Evolon Enterprise 2.0

Company: Evolon Technology, Inc.

 

Software

Product: On Demand Mobile Guard Services

Company: RSPNDR Inc.

 

Smart Home — Electronics/Control Systems/Networking

Energy Management Controls / Systems

Product: Smart Thermostat HD

Company: Alarm.com

 

IT/Networking

Product: IQ WiFi 6

Company: Johnson Controls

 

Home Automation / Home Control Systems

Product: PoolScout

Company: Deep Innovations

 

Specialty Products & Services

Power Supplies & Batteries

Product: Tango – PoE Driven Access Control Power Supply/Chargers

Company: Altronix

 

Command Center Technologies

Product: Vistacom SecureView™

Company: Vistacom Control Room Solutions

 

Video Surveillance

Video Analytics

Product: Business Activity Analytics and Pro Series Cameras

Company: Alarm.com

 


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April 28, 2022 ESX

The Innovation Awards gather some of the best and most promising products and services in the electronic security and life safety industry. Contestants compete in categories such as outdoor detection, drones, video analytics, cable and wiring accessories and so much more! Manufacturers and service providers serving the channel with innovative end user offerings and tools that help dealers, integrators and monitoring professional become more efficient and profitable are encouraged to apply. The benefits of entering as a a contestant for the ESX Innovation Awards includes getting exposure on the ESX site, a listing in the ESX Preview Magazine (a print and digital publication sent to over 20,000 electronic security professionals and n official Innovation Award Entrant tabletop sign for display at your ESX booth. Winners at the ESX Awards will be featured on our Security Nation Magazine and receive consideration to compete in ESX’s TechVision Challenge. Winners are also awarded a trophy, and announced in an official press release and recognized in the ESX Showcase on the Expo Floor. Some of the criteria in order to qualify include innovation, end-user experience, compliance with regulations, impact on company values and efficiencies. If you are interested in entering the Innovation Awards as an exhibitor/sponsor for ESX, enter now!

 


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July 2, 2021 ESX

ESX’s Innovation Awards distinguish innovation and excellence in the industry — and identify the next-gen products and services that will offer significant opportunities for growth for integrator companies.  

These products and services were selected by an independent panel of judges based on a specific set of criteria, including ingenuity, applicability, response to market need and more.  

The 2021 ESX Innovation Awards Judging Panel, led by Don Childers of Security Central, included Grady Medcalf, Comcast; Michele Monheim, Amherst Alarm, Inc.; and Rodger Reiswig, Johnson Controls. ESX is grateful to these judges for lending their time and expertise to this important program that recognizes forward-thinking ideas within the security industry.  

“We are proud to highlight next-gen products and services that create new opportunities for security professionals to offer their end users,” says George De Marco, ESX chairman. “In addition, these winners offer innovative solutions for companies looking to effectively grow their revenues, improve the customer experience and maximize their profits.” 

ESX congratulates the forward thinking companies behind these 13 breakthrough technologies for 2021 (winners listed in alphabetical order by category).  

 

Access Control  

Controllers – Stand-Alone of Networked or Appliance Based Systems  

Product: X1 Series  

Company: DMP  

 

Hosted/Managed Access Systems  

Product: Brivo Access  

Company: Brivo  

Entry Control  

Product: AXIS Camera Station Secure Entry  

Company: Axis Communications, Inc.  

 

Digital Health/Well-Being Systems  

PERS  

Product: Aloe Care Health Smart Hub  

Company: Aloe Care Health  

 

Fire/Life Safety  

Cellular/Radio Communications  

Product: MQ03-LTE-M-FIRE-AV  

Company: M2M Services  

 

Installation/Service Tools  

Residential — Systems Design/LifeCycle Maintenance  

Product: Alula Services Platform Optimization  

Company: Alula  

 

Intrusion Systems  

Controllers & Control Panels  

Product: 2GIG EDGE Security and Automation Panel  

Company: Nortek Control  

 

Notification Appliances — Motion/Contacts/Environmental  

Product: Integrated FogShield  

Company: Essence Group  

 

Monitoring Station  

Alarm Monitoring for End User  

Product: Instant Connect  

Company: Dynamark Monitoring, Inc.  

 

Smart Home — Electronics/Control Systems/Networking  

Internet of Things  

Product: Flex IO  

Company: Alarm.com  

 

IT/Networking  

Product: IQ WiFi  

Company: Johnson Controls  

 

Specialty Products & Services  

Other  

Product: IQ Water Valve  

Company: Johnson Controls  

 

Video Surveillance  

Video Analytics  

Product: Video Analytics Doorbell  

Company: Alarm.com