John Yeoh is research director, Americas, for the Cloud Security Alliance, an organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. With more than 15 years of experience in research and technology, Yeoh has spent time as an analyst, researcher, and executive in academia and government, and is a technologist and published author with areas of expertise in cybersecurity, cloud computing, information security, and next generation technologies (IoT, Big Data, SecaaS, Quantum). His thought leadership has been presented in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, SC Magazine, USA Today, Information Week, and others, and he sits on numerous government and industry technology committees—with the FCC, NIST, ISO, and CSA, for example—in the development of cloud security standards, tools and solutions.
Drako Drako left Barracuda Networks in 2012 to found Eagle Eye Networks and 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 1,000 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. Drako 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."
Hilding Arrehed took the role of Vice President of Cloud Services in April 2016, where he is responsible for the physical access control Cloud Services operation within HID Global. Prior to that, Arrehed was Senior Director of Professional Services with HID Global and ActivIdentity, where he led global identity and access management professional services operations. He is CISSP certified with a background in science and information technology with more than 16 years of experience in the identity security industry.
Since 1999, Rebecca Bayne has been a search and recruitment professional, known for a thorough, targeted, and conscientious approach to the business and art of matching unique talent with exceptional organizations. To form BCSI, she acquired the Integration Recruitment Division she built and managed for twelve years within a leading industry firm, working with many of the well-recognized companies on the SDM 100 and Top Systems Integrator Reports. In addition to search and recruitment, she consults with her clients who seek to improve processes and the industry perception of their companies in order to build a competitive edge in securing the very best industry talent. Prior to the decision in 2001 to focus her business entirely in the Physical Security industry, her area of specialization was network infrastructure professionals in I.T.
Bayne has conducted searches for and worked with all levels of technical, operations, sales, management, and executive professionals. She also has a diverse business background and approximately 20 years' experience in consultative selling, business and talent promotion, software training/consulting, and construction management.
Paul Bodell is a technology start-up executive with more than 25 years' experience in the security industry. Prior to his current roll of President and CEO of VIZpin Smartphone Access Systems, he was the Chief Marketing Officer and one of the founders of IQinVision. He also held senior positions with Philips CCTV and HID/Sensor.
Bill Bozeman is president and CEO of PSA, the world’s largest system integrator cooperative, owned by the most progressive security and audio-visual integrators throughout North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in security, fire, life safety and pro audio-visual installations.
Bozeman has 37 years of experience in the security systems integration business and with a successful track record in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. He has served as president of Delta Audio-Visual Security, president of Dictograph Alarm Systems Inc. and vice president of strategic alliances for Pinkerton Systems Integration. Throughout his career, Bozeman has directed sophisticated electronic security projects for corporate America, the U.S. government, and private institutions.
Bozeman attended Louisiana State University and graduated from the University of New Orleans. He also qualified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security.
Bozeman is a member of the Security Integration Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes those individuals whose distinguished careers have helped shape the electronic security industry. He was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Security Executives and received the Paul Marcus award, presented to individuals that provide consistent leadership and direction to the PSA Security Network. In 2013, Bozeman received the George Lippert memorial award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the Security Industry Association (SIA).
Bozeman currently serves on the board of directors for PSA, Security Specifiers, Northland Controls and also serves on various industry advisory boards.
Jeremy Brecher is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and member of the Securitas North America Division Management Team. As CTO, his role focuses on customer-facing technologies across all business lines in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including cloud-based customer portals, data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. He leads the development of the next generation cloud, security as a service (SaaS) and managed customer services for Securitas.
Brecher started his career in the electronic security industry in 1995 with ACI, a top tier regional systems integration company which was acquired by Diebold, Incorporated in 2004. He held multiple leadership roles in field operations and engineering with Diebold and served as Vice President, Technology, for Diebold Electronic Security. Securitas acquired Diebold's U.S. and Canadian Electronic Security business in 2015 and Brecher was appointed Senior Vice President Technology &Chief Information Officer of Securitas Electronic Security, Incorporated (SES). He was responsible for SES enterprise information technology operations, technology strategy and the development of managed services for SES customers. Brecher has 20+ years of senior technology management, infrastructure and networking experience in the security industry.
Brecher holds a bachelor's degree from Queens College in Queens, N.Y. He currently chairs the Security Industry Association Cloud, Mobility and IoT Subcommittee and is a past member of advisory boards for TechSec Solutions and the Connected Security Expo.
Joshua Cummings is a leading expert in technology solutions and integration, leading Enterprise Design and Engineering Services teams nationwide. With more than 10 years of industry experience, rooted in a core background and certified in security infrastructure and technical applications. Cummings develops, supports and heads up manufacturer and technology training for all VTI Colleagues in the latest and state-of-the-art security technologies. As a trusted expert in the technology environment, Cummings also adds his time and knowledge in security integration and consulting on behalf of VTI Trusted Business Partnerships and across the industry.
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.
Jumbi Edulbehram is currently the Regional President – Americas for Oncam, a maker of 360-degree cameras and software. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and business development activities in the Americas. Prior to Oncam, Edulbehram served as the Director of Business Development for the security division of Samsung Techwin, where he was responsible for managing strategic partnerships with technology partners, consultants/A&Es, and large national integrators. His team was also responsible for developing new business in industry segments such as retail, government and transportation.
Prior to Samsung Techwin, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Next Level Security Systems, a physical security company focused on developing a new breed of networked security solutions. Before Next Level, Edulbehram was Director of Business Development at Axis Communications, where he was responsible for partnership programs, industry segments as well as the Axis’ Video Hosting System. Prior to Axis, he was Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at IntelliVid, a provider of unique intelligent video analysis software for the retail market; IntelliVid was acquired by Tyco/ADT in 2008.
Edulbehram has also worked as a management consultant at BCG and as a chip design engineer at Intel Corp. Edulbehram is passionate about providing integrated, intelligent networked solutions to the physical security market and frequently shares his expertise on security education panels throughout the country.
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.
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).
Jeffrey Frye is a pioneer in converged data networking and a leader in marketing network and mobile capabilities. Frye’s first career in television broadcasting earned him the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. His expertise in computer-assisted research brought him to Avid Technology where he led the adoption of private IP networks by NBC, ABC and CNN to distribute video and editorial content and to automate production facilities. As a technical marketer for Cisco Systems he guided clients like American Express and Wells Fargo Banks to combine data, voice and web based customer interactions in their global contact centers. As chief sales and marketing officer for the startup company LPM and later Interface, Frye completes the efficiencies and cost savings of blending cyber and physical security on software-defined networks for clients including YUM Brands, Michael’s Craft Stores, Family Dollar and Dollar General.
Joseph Grillo is CEO, ACRE LLC, and Managing Director, Vanderbilt International GmbH. A 30-year veteran of the electronic security and identification industries, he has a track record of successfully growing, restructuring and acquiring businesses. Grillo began his career in the 1980s, and he has worked with a long list of successful companies including HID, Assa Abloy, and now Vanderbilt International.
From 2001 to 2007 Grillo was promoted several times at Assa Abloy, eventually running its $750M Global Technology Division which included HID, the Hospitality business and Besam Automatic Doors; he retired from the company in 2007. Grillo graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He served as President and Board Member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) from 1998-2007.
As the Law Enforcement Liaison for the City of Houston’s Public Safety Office Jack Hanagriff works closely with law enforcement, first responders and emergency service personnel, as well as Homeland Security staff, to provide a strong security infrastructure for the city of Houston. Hanagriff was an integral part of helping the city secure the Super Bowl earlier this year. Working through partnerships with vendors and other government offices, the city of Houston was able create a system of more than 40 cameras that allowed public safety personnel to view live video feeds from any location by using a cloud-based hosting platform.
As Director of Product Management for Alarm.com, Abe Kinney oversees the development of a range of Alarm.com’s products and solutions, including energy management, home automation, partner integrations and Growth and Productivity Services. Abe has been with Alarm.com for 5 years and brings deep experience in mobile devices and delivering software as a service (SaaS) from positions at Accenture, Sprint Nextel and Parature. Abe received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The Cooper Union.
As the General Manager for the Professional Channel at Nest, Gene LaNois leads all business and partnerships with professional trades around the world. He began his career as the owner of an HVACR contracting business and brings more than two decades of experience in sales, distribution and installation to his current role. Prior to joining Nest, Gene served as an integral member and leader for teams at Honeywell, Carrier Enterprise, and Watsco.
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.
As Director of Marketing & Strategy at Johnson Controls, Michael J. Mann’s responsibilities cover Building Wide Systems Integration for Complex Markets, involving the integration of building, business and specialty systems. Since joining the company in 2008 as Director of Global Marketing and Strategy for the security and fire business, Mann has held various marketing and solution development leadership roles at Johnson Controls. Under his security & fire tenure, the company rolled out a global sales strategy to accelerate profitable growth across all Johnson Controls geographies.
Mann has 30-plus years of management consulting, marketing and strategic business development experience for global Fortune 500 firms including Rockwell Automation, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has a Bachelor’s of Science, Finance degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
David Nemmers is President/CEO of Midstate Security Company, a nationally recognized top 50 security integrator company. He purchased the company in June of 2007 where he built and executed a strategy that has produced exceptional results for both the customer base and the organization with 10 consecutive years of growth.
In 2015, Nemmers expanded his relationship with the Huizenga Group, a private equity firm, putting in place the final piece of his strategic growth plan. Together they have participated in the acquisition of security integrators across multiple sectors and states.
Prior to purchasing Midstate Security Company, Nemmers held executive roles with Turnstone (a division of Steelcase), Gill Industries, Porter Hills Village, S2 Yachts, Advanced Packaging, and Great Lakes Computer. He started his career at the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young. A graduate of Aquinas College, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Information Technology in 1984.
Nemmers serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He believes in giving back to the community and has made this a key value of every company he has led. As past vice-president of the Caledonia Community School Board, serving four and a half years, he was instrumental in implementing a balanced budget and improving the overall district performance metrics.
He lives in Caledonia, Michigan along with his wife, Susan. They have two daughters and six years ago assumed guardianship of two nieces and a nephew. In his free time, Nemmers is an avid runner, completing numerous road races including ten marathons, one of which was across the Grand Canyon (including an ultra-marathon by accident because he lost count of the miles).
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.
Kevin Popejoy has more than 29 years of professional security management with 10 of those specifically in the integrated security industry providing security, life safety, and remote management services. He serves as Regional Vice President for Convergint Technologies, and his region consists of Austin, San Antonio/South Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Prior to working in the integrated security industry, Popejoy worked in law enforcement and executive protection security sector. He has a successful track record developing and managing businesses in emerging markets as well as turnaround organizational restructuring. His leadership style and coaching skills are known throughout the industry.
Brandon Reich is the Surveillance Business Leader at Pivot3. In this role he leads all product and go to market strategy for Pivot3's global video surveillance portfolio. Reich came to Pivot3 in 2014 from Honeywell Security Group, where he led the Product Marketing and Global Strategy functions for the commercial and enterprise technology business unit. Prior to Honeywell, he spent 10 years leading a security consulting and engineering firm advising large enterprise, critical infrastructure and institutional clients in all aspects of physical security planning and deployment. Reich started his career as an ASIC design engineer for Nortel Networks and General Electric, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with focus in Entrepreneurship, both from the University of Louisville. In 2016, Reich was named one of the Top 12 Influencers in the Physical Security and Video Surveillance industry by Security World.
Margaret Soularie is responsible for identifying, developing and sustaining the human potential of Aronson Security Group (ASG), a Security Risk Management Services (SRMS) provider. With a passionate belief in the hidden strengths of people who are waiting to be discovered, she strives to create the organizational strength that fosters the growth of ASG and the fulfillment of its vision and mission.
Additionally, she is responsible for guiding, coaching, and advising employees who are wanting and willing to advance their careers. Soularie started with ASG in 1994 and spent over 12 years with the company. In 2014, she rejoined the team with more than 20 years of experience. She has witnessed the growth and maturing of the HR profession and leverages her knowledge in helping to increase the performance and engagement of ASG employees.
With 30 years of security industry experience, Steve Surfaro is Axis Communications Industry Liaison, Chairman of the ASIS Security Applied Sciences Council and Chairman of the Public Safety Working Group for the Security Industry Association. He is also Standards Team Leader for the DHS S+T Video Quality in Public Safety Group. He is published in a wide range of security publications and delivers more than 100 industry-accredited sessions each year.
Surfaro is considered a subject matter expert in security sustainability, smart cities and buildings, cyber security attack trends, forensic video, data science and command center design. He also delivers an industry intelligence feed on Twitter (@stevesurf).
He recently served as Public Safety Solutions Designer on the Super Bowl LIVE! Event, a multi-day sports themed event in Downtown Houston that attracted more than 1 million fans, and included the NFL Experience, multiple concerts, sports studios and many attractions.
The City of Houston Police Department considered it so successful that the solutions used will be re-deployed for crime reduction, early warning and traffic management.
Surfaro is author of the Digital Video Handbook, a DHS S+T publication and the upcoming Tactical and Smart City Solutions Handbook, providing guidance for law enforcement, fire and other first responders. He is the recipient of the Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence from ASIS International. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City. He lives in Phoenix, is an avid photographer and periodically volunteers at local charter schools encouraging youth technology learning programs.
Pierre Trapanese has been the CEO and sole owner of Northland Controls since 2005. He has led the company from a small local integrator, to one of the premier global service providers in the industry, with offices in the Silicon Valley, Washington DC, London, Singapore, Shanghai and Bengaluru. Northland’s team of 250 people deliver and support systems installations, professional services and managed services in over 70 countries.
Trapanese has 30 years of international project and financial management experience in the physical security industry. He serves on the board of directors of the Security Industry Association (SIA), and holds an MBA from Stanford and a BS in Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Steve Van Till is the President and CEO of Brivo Inc., a leading worldwide provider of cloud-based access control and Software-as-a-Service solutions for physical security. He has previously served in a variety of senior management roles in high technology companies spanning Web development, healthcare, and satellite communications. A previous Board Member of the Security Industry Association (SIA), he also currently serves as Chairman of the SIA Standards Committee. He is a frequent author and speaker, as well as the inventor of numerous patents in the fields of physical security and identity management. Steve has been honored by Security Magazine as one of “The Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry.
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.
As managing editor, Spencer helps oversee Security Systems News' editorial content, online and in print, and the production of its monthly print publication. Specifically, he covers news in the monitoring and central station beat. He joined Security Systems News in November 2014. Spencer is a graduate of Western New England University where he earned a BA English Literature. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife.
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