Jay Slaughterbeck is the managing partner of Strategic Security Solutions (S3) Inc., a premier systems integration firm headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. Slaughterbeck has nearly two decades of experience in the industry and has been instrumental in the company’s growth in hosted access control and managed security services. He co-founded Strategic Security Solutions, a subsidiary of Strategic Connections, in July 2011 with the goal of creating a customer experience that exceeds expectations.
Brad Aikin has been with Allegion/Ingersoll Rand for over 16 years and involved in the safety and security industry for more than half that time, focusing on business strategy, electronic locking platforms, software and hardware. He is responsible for leveraging the company's global portfolio to expand on customer satisfaction. He is known for his expertise in electronic solutions and utilizing them to improve business productivity. Aikin has been featured in several security publications for his valuable insights.
Prior to Allegion's spinoff from Ingersoll Rand, Aikin served as portfolio manager, marketing specialist and various other management roles with the organization.
He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic with degrees in Engineering and Business, and later went on to receive his MBA from Indiana University in Business Administration.
Ed Bacco brings more than 30 years of Security Management, Physical Security and Project Management experience to his role as Aronson Security Group's (ASG) Chief Security Officer and leader of the Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG). eSRG delivers Security Risk Management Services (SRMS) to the risk, resilience and security market.
Prior to joining the ASG team, Bacco was the global head of corporate security for Amazon.com where he was responsible for leading and expanding the corporate security and safety programs at more than 105 locations in over 29 countries. Prior to moving to the corporate world, he was the Director of the National Transportation Security Operation Center where he coordinated the security at over 440 airports, seaports, rail lines, pipelines and public transportation hubs. Bacco received the first ever U.S. Navy Award of Excellence for Physical Security. He also holds numerous patents, both in the U.S. and in Europe for physical security devices.
Patrick Barry is the CEO and Co-Founder of BluBØX Security Inc. and serves on its Board of Directors. Patrick oversees the corporate direction and strategic vision of BluBØX. His passion is developing innovative products and marketing them through the channel.
Before starting BluBØX, Barry served as President of G4S Technology Software Solutions, LLC for 3 years (formerly Touchcom). Prior to that, he spent 15 years as Co-Owner and Senior Vice President of Sales & Engineering for Touchcom, a leading supplier of innovative security systems to commercial real estate, corporate facilities and financial institutions. There, Barry built, launched and managed the first cloud-based security platform for the physical security marketplace. He held a variety of management, operations, engineering, sales, and marketing roles that led to a successful sale of the company to G4S Technology in 2008. Patrick studied Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University and Union College in New York.
Ray Bernard is a security consultant and author who has provided pivotal direction and advice in the security industry and the security profession for over 27 years. Bernard is President and Principal Consultant of Ray Bernard Consulting Services (www.go-rbcs.com), a group of highly expert corporate, physical and IT security consultants with outstanding track records in their fields of expertise. He has led many noteworthy security projects for international airports, nuclear disarmament facilities, sports stadiums, water districts, manufacturing plants and multiple-tower high-rise facilities.
Bernard is also the Convergence Editor for Security Technology Executive magazine (formerly Security Technology & Design), for which he writes the monthly "Convergence Q&A" column as well as a highly regarded series of articles about the Convergence of Physical Security and IT. He was named one of security’s Top 10 Movers and Shakers of 2006 by Security Technology & Design magazine.
Bernard is a Physical Security Professional (PSP), a designation awarded by ASIS International, of which he is an active member. Bernard sits on the educational committees both the Physical Security Council and the IT Security Council. He is also Board-certified in Homeland Security (CHS-III) by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI).
Bernard has recently authored the book, Security Technology Convergence Insights, published by Elsevier and available on Amazon and elsewhere. He is a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Security Management, Second Edition (2007), covering the topics "The Convergence of Physical Security and IT", "Access Control Levels", and "Authentication, Authorization and Cryptography."
He is also a subject matter faculty member of the Security Executive Council.
Shaun Blair has been with Bold Technologies’ since 2007 and has 15 years of experience in the Alarm Automation industry. In 2015, he utilized his extensive hardware and software experience, combined with his industry experience, to design and develop the UL-Listed, Manitou Cloud Services platform for Bold Technologies. Blair’s extensive technical knowledge, combined with his experience in leading, training, and managing teams has well-equipped him for his role as Director of SaaS.
He holds a master's degree in IT/Project Management, a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and has earned his Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) certification for SQL Server.
David Crawford is the President of Communication Service Solutions, better known as CSS, and has over 25 years experience in the Global Security Industry and previously worked with Sur-Gard/DSC/Tyco in development, marketing and sales of the virtual receiver platforms and communication products.
His extensive knowledge of the Central Station environment and its needs provided him the opportunity to create CSS in early 2006 and to grow CSS into the recognized leader in Telephony solutions and SecurVoice Call recording to the Security Industry.
Crawford originally hails from the United Kingdom, he resided in Canada for 25 years and became a Canadian citizen, he left Canada in 2006 and now resides in the United States.
Clifford Dice founded an accounting software consulting company in 1985 where he designed computerized accounting solutions for over a dozen industries. In 1992, Dice created a software company, DICE Corporation, and shifted his focus to automated software solutions specifically designed for the security and monitoring industry. Mr. Dice was instrumental in the creation of a suite of software products including secure web-based solutions to manage monitoring, customer relationship systems, iPBX, audio, video, PSIM, sales, inventory, services, and accounting.
In 2003, DICE Corporation introduced their cloud-based hosted data center solution. Since it’s implementation, over 250k subscribers and over 20 alarm centers have hosted in the cloud, which spans through the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean Islands. Mr. Dice also serves as an advisor to UL labs on new industry standards and was the first designer of an inter-agency communication system in Washington DC that became the ASAP to PSAP model for the alarm industry.
Paul DiPeso is the Executive Vice President of Feenics, serving as the head of operations of the Ottawa, Can., cloud-hosted security management solution provider. He has over 25 years of top management experience in physical security with leading industry corporations, including Honeywell, Tyco and Lenel.
Dean Drako founded Eagle Eye Networks in 2012, to lead it to be the first cloud-based video surveillance company to provide both cloud and on-premise recording. In 2015, Eagle Eye Networks was named to CSO Outlook's "10 promising cloud security providers".
Previously, as founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, Drako created the industry's first email security appliance in 2003 and subsequently grew the company to more than 140 products, 150,000 customers and approximately 1000 employees.
Drako is also the owner and Chairman of Brivo, a cloud access control company. He was previously the founder of Boldfish, a leading provider of enterprise messaging solutions that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2003. Dean was founder, President and CEO of Design Acceleration, Inc (DAI), a maker of superior design analysis and verification tools, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1998. He received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.
Goldman Sachs named Drako as one of the "100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2014."
In 2011, Larry Folsom Co-Founded I-View Now and is the President and CEO. I-View Now is a patented and award-winning cloud-based central station video and signal platform. I-View Now integrates cloud applications, security systems, video systems, and internet-connected devices into I-View Now's cloud platform, with the objective of having a consistent operator and end user experience. I-View Now serves customers in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and the EU. Folsom is the current President of Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response (PPVAR).
AJ Frazer has extensive product and business development experience with complex voice/video/data products and services. His career includes the launch of new cloud-based services in multiple industries ranging from remote telemetry gathering for mobile and stationary assets to physical security. His first cloud-based offering was launched in 1999 before "cloud" was even a buzzword, and with more than 17 years of launching cloud services, he has exceptional knowledge of the technical challenges and the customer adoption hurdles related to bringing these new technologies to market.
Frazer's role with Agent Vi frequently brings him in close contact with end users exploring video analytics to increase their security profile. This effort led to the realization of the need for a new level of analytics performance and the unique benefits that a cloud-based service can offer. In addition to his daily sales management role, Frazer is now actively educating and promoting the benefits of Agent Vi's new analytics cloud offering, which delivers a level of ease of setup and low false alarms unseen before in the physical security industry. Agent Vi, founded in 2003, offers industry-leading analytics that address a wide range of user applications ranging from detection to forensic search to business intelligence. Frazer holds Bachelor's Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
Craig Gunderson, President and CEO of Oxford Networks, has over 30 years of marketing, sales, and operations management experience in the telecommunications industry.
Prior to joining Oxford Networks in January of 2003, he was employed as Minnesota State Vice President for Frontier/Citizens Communications where he was responsible for all facets of providing telecommunications services to 280,000 access lines in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Gunderson holds an MBA degree with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Georgia Southern University, and a BA in Economics from Dickinson College. He and his wife Carolyn have three daughters and reside in Falmouth, Maine.
Denis Hébert joined Feenics Inc. as President and Equity Partner August 1, 2016, with a focus on bringing the company’s cloud-hosted solutions to the systems integration and value-added reseller communities.
Hébert is currently Chairman of the Board of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and has an extensive and distinguished career in security, including 12 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of HID Global Corp., as well as Executive Vice President for ASSA ABLOY. He previously spent 17 years with Honeywell, having held executive positions in Canada, France and the U.S.
John Hudson is the Regional Director leading Sales, Installation, Service and Operations for the West Region. He brings 20 years of global sales and executive management experience to Tyco. In his most recent roles he led the Texas area and ran Complex Services for the West region. Prior to those positions Hudson has held various leadership roles including Regional Director of National Accounts, General Manager and a series of sales and sales leadership positions.
He has been with Tyco Integrated Security for 20 years and earned President's Club Awards on numerous occasions, Circle of Excellence awards and in 2015 his team was awarded the CEO Zero Harm Award for the Americas.
A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, he has also attended executive education programs at U.T.S.A.
Hudson resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Jennifer and their three children.
Sascha Kylau, Vice President Central Station for OneTel Security, has 18 years of experience in the security field specializing in communication technologies. Sascha started as an engineer with Sur-Gard and held various positions including sales engineer, global product manager and global sales manager. Sascha joined OneTel Security, a services company that builds custom voice and data services for the central station market as well as M2M solutions and Cyber Security.
He is a seasoned public speaker on such topics as central station receivers, VoIP, IP Technology and telecommunications. Sascha is keenly involved in the security industry and participates as an active member of AICC (Alarm Industry Communications Committee), CSAA (Central Station Alarm Association) and chairs the CSAA Technology Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering.
Based in the Los Angeles office, John Mack joined Imperial Capital in 2008 as part of the firm’s acquisition of USBX Advisory Inc., an investment-banking firm founded by Mack focused on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to USBX, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Protection One, Inc. (NASDAQ: PONE), then the nation's second largest provider of life safety and property monitoring services. Mack earned a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Matthew Narowski has been a member of the Bold Technologies team since June of 2005; as Director of Product Care, he manages the Development and Quality Assurance teams. Prior to joining Bold Technologies, Narowski spent nearly a decade with an automation software company as well as co-owned and operated a dealer central station in Edmonton, AB. With over 25 years of experience with computer technology and 18 plus years in the alarm and security industry, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the industry. His notable contributions include software development, enterprise information system design and implementation, and troubleshooting of software and hardware products.
Jeffrey S. Nunberg is the Founder, President and CEO of Integrated Security Systems also known as ISS with offices and team members from Miami to Maine and throughout Texas. He has over 35 years of experience as a design build systems integrator with a strong emphasis on leveraging technology, and is a team builder whose customer-centric focus has helped and guided ISS to grow into a national systems provider.
Mr. Nunberg is married and together with his wife they have one daughter and two dogs. He is also an avid cyclist and involved in many civic and charitable organizations.
Chris Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in sales leadership, with a focus on security integrators, security manufacturers, and managed service providers. He started Vector Firm in 2010 as a provider of outsourced sales leadership. However, he quickly learned that the value of his services were in the strategies, processes, and tools that he created. Within a year, he shifted the focus to one of sales and sales management consulting, training, and professional speaking. Vector Firm has worked over 70 clients since 2010, on projects ranging from two-day strategic sales planning sessions to multi-year retained engagements.
Before starting Vector Firm, Peterson spent seven years as a vice president of sales and marketing on a national and global scale. It was during these years that he tailored and refined his sales leadership strategies into real processes and tools that resonated with sales professionals. In the last few years, he has become well known throughout the security industry and has been part of the successful growth of dozens of the industry’s top performing companies.
Peterson is a graduate from the University of Florida, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Scott Schmidt is the Vice President of Technology at ASG. Scott's key role is to ensure that the technology solutions his team applies to ASG clients add value to the business as well as mitigate their risk. Because of his team’s strong IT architecture, network and database skill sets, he helps security create a bridge to their CIO’s team, ensuring the security stack is seen as mission critical and, therefore, adaptable, scalable, and sustainable over time.
Schmidt's team leads and directs all Advanced Integration Services (AIS) including but not limited to Physical Access Control, Video Management Systems, Platform and Application Integration, SOC (Security Operations Center) Design and Delivery and Enterprise Architecture. AIS conducts technology assessment practices that determine the architecture of complex security solutions. His team is also responsible for leading the benchmarking of emerging technologies. This directs ASG consulting practices in the recommendation of appropriate solutions. Clients are assured of quality solutions that are aligned with their organizational needs and meet evolving cyber security requirements.
Schmidt has over 30 years of security and IT experience holding several technical and management positions in the security & IT industry.
Rodney Thayer works with a security and embedded systems consulting firm based in Northern California. He is a network security practitioner specializing in physical security systems. His "convergence engineering" practice focuses on evaluation, specification, and successful deployment of network-attached physical security systems.
Thayer has a background in software development specializing in network protocols and cryptography. He has written, lectured, hacked, and developed standards around networking, cryptography, and embedded systems. He has decades of experience in the computer business and has a variety of clients including large end users, manufacturers, designers, and integrators.
Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliance Manager, Americas, for Milestone Systems, brings more than 30 years of high technology product and business development experience in networking and video management solutions. He is responsible for recruiting, engaging and developing new Milestone Solution Partners in the Americas. Previously he held senior management positions at Intel, Cisco, 3Com Corp and Hewlett Packard. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and Business from San Jose State University in the U.S.
Ron Worman is the founder and managing director of The Sage Group. He has been intimately involved with consultants, integrators, technology vendors and security executives in developing new models of value creation for the risk, resilience and security industry. Sage is also the producer of The Great Conversation in Security, an executive leadership forum and community that focuses on leading innovation and change in the industry.
Joe Young is the Director of Cloud Monitoring Services for G4S. He oversees technology, strategy and innovation for the G4S Secure Integration managed services division, which is backed by a UL listed, CSAA five diamond monitoring center located in Burlington, MA.
Prior to joining G4S, Young spent two years as Senior Manager of Technical Services and Solutions at OfficeMax. There, he built the IT Managed Services organization and strategy. He was responsible for developing the product services portfolio and built a high performance pre-sales engineering team that assumed the role of “trusted advisor” to IT clients, delivering a full lifecycle management of IT assets.
Young started his career at Tyco Integrated Security where he had the opportunity to take on multiple roles. Over the course of 13 years, he worked his way to an IP systems manager by designing complex IP solutions. He concluded his tenure at Tyco as a subject matter expert for their Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) offering.
As editor, Paul helps oversee editorial content and works on developing a rapport with industry leaders to report and write on industry news. He focuses on writing stories important to installers, integrators, manufacturers and distributors. Paul joined the company in March 2016, having previously worked for nearly 20 years as a writer and editor on several monthly B2B magazines based in New York. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Manhattanville College, N.Y., and a master's degree in English/Writing from Hofstra University, N.Y. Paul lives in Maine with his wife and son.