Leading the Industry in a Proactive Effort to Increase Diversity

In 2018, the security industry made meaningful strides in the effort to grow its diversity. The Security Industry (SIA) stood at the forefront of these activities with a number of exciting new initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion. This annual report details the most substantial of these accomplishments and how SIA and its members and partners collaborated to advance the security industry through conferences, thought leadership, award programs and more – all while SIA grew its membership by record numbers.

Letter from the Chairman


Dear SIA members and industry colleagues,

In 2018, SIA strengthened its efforts to support the security industry through a robust workforce development effort and initiatives to foster a diverse industry. Through programs like SIA’s Women in Security Forum, the introduction of a free academic memberships for students and partnerships to develop tomorrow's leaders, SIA is leading the charge in promoting a growing, inclusive security industry.

Scott Schafer
Chairman, SIA Board of Directors
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Fostering a Diverse Industry

Diversity in the workforce is critical for many reasons, and recent research from McKinsey and Company makes it increasingly clear that companies with more ethnic, gender and cultural diversity perform better financially. SIA noted the importance of inclusiveness in the industry in its 2019 Megatrends report and has taken major steps toward advancing diversity and growing the talent pipeline over the last year.

SIA is committed to leading the security industry toward gender parity and bringing more women to the field. On March 8, 2018 – International Women’s Day – SIA announced the establishment of the Women in Security Forum, a group for both women and men that offers programs, professional development opportunities and networking events that support the participation of women in the security industry.
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2018 was another exciting year in SIA standards, as the flagship standards activity, SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP), took another leap in development, making the jobs of security systems integrators and security practitioners easier. With the number of access control suppliers implementing SIA’s OSDP protocol reaching a critical mass, the focus of the OSDP Working Group shifted towards improving the utility of the specification and providing guidance for the security teams that are using it.

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Education &

At ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, SIA Education delivered 88 sessions at the Sands Convention Center April 10-12. The final conference evaluation scores show a .25-point increase in the average session rating (85.08 in 2018 vs. 84.83 in 2017) and a 4.38-point increase in the average speaker rating (88.05 in 2018 vs. 83.67 in 2017).

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Government Relations

SIA's government relations team improved conditions for security companies with significant legislative wins in 2018. Enactment of the STOP School Violence Act in 2018 revives federal grant assistance specifically for school security improvements, fulfilling a top policy priority. SIA also advocated on issues including airport security, unmanned aerial system (UAS) and counter-UAS authorities, public spaces and vehicular attacks.

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Industry Relations

In 2018, SIA's industry relations team expanded its efforts to build partnerships and provide resources that enable more informed and effective deployments of security equipment. The Data Privacy Advisory Board, in its first full year of existence, produced materials to help the security industry better understand the critical compliance and customer service issues related to the handling of data.

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In 2018, SIA corporate membership increased 13 percent over 2017. A full 97 percent of members would recommend SIA to industry colleagues, according to SIA’s 2018 Member Satisfaction Survey.



Throughout the year, SIA continued a successful string of networking events under the banner of SIAThere!

SIA hosted SIAThere! cocktail receptions and networking opportunities in cities around the United States, providing security professionals with the chance to network and learn more about SIA. Attendees of SIAThere! events do not have to be member of SIA, which sponsors the happy hours for the benefit of the security industry.

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   Industry Partners

IAHSS FoundationNational Capital Region Security Forum  safe and sound schools logoSecure Schools Alliance
    Security Today

New Product Showcase


IPConfigure took top honors in 2018, with its Orchid Core VMS Axis Camera Application Platform winning Best New Product.

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The balance sheet and statement of activities shown in the SIA Annual Report have been audited and are accurate depictions of the financial position of the Security Industry Association as of Dec. 31, 2018. The information that follows illustrates the major categories of revenues and expenses related to SIA's activities. The association's operations for fiscal year 2018 conformed to the Strategic Plan approved by the SIA Board of Directors and revealed another strong year end with revenues over expenses.

Audited by Tate & Tryon, CPAs.


2018 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Chairman:
    Scott Schafer
    SMS Advisors
  • Vice Chairman:
    Dan Moceri
    Convergint Technologies,LLC
  • Secretary:
    Pierre Trapanese
    Northland Control Systems Inc.
  • Treasurer:
    Rich Cillessen
    Siemens Industry
  • Immediate Past Chairman:
    Denis Hébert
    Feenics Inc.


  • Richard Brent
    Louroe Electronics
  • Lynn de Séve
    GSA Schedules Inc.
  • Scott Dunn
    Axis Communications, Inc.
  • Janet Fenner
    ISS (Intelligent Security Systems)
  • Mike Foynes
  • Martin Huddart
  • Kirk MacDowell
    MacGuard Security Advisors
  • John E. Mack III
    Imperial Capital
  • Ken Mills
    Dell EMC
  • Tom Nakatani
    ADT Security
  • John Romanowich
    SightLogix Inc.
  • Nigel Spinks
    Johnson Controls


  • Herve Fages
  • Les Gold
    Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Gordon Hope
    Applied DNA Sciences
  • Sandra Jones
    Sandra Jones & Company
  • John Stroia
    Hamilton Safe



  • Don Erickson
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Rand Price
    Chief Operating Officer


  • Elli Voorhees
    Director of Education & Training
  • Katie Greatti
    Associate Director of Certification
  • Kelly Sims
    Manager of Education and Training


  • Jake Parker
    Director of Government Relations
  • Joey Hoellerer
    Senior Manager of Government Relations
  • Drake Jamali
    Manager of Government Relations


  • Ronald Hawkins
    Director of Industry Relations


  • Geoff Kohl
    Senior Director of Marketing
  • Byron Haugabook
    Digital Marketing & Web Manager
  • Kara Klein
    Manager of Communications
  • Kim Landgraf
    Manager of Design & Production
  • Sarah Schaffer
    Manager of Member Marketing & Engagement


  • Kevin Murphy
    Director of Member Services
  • Marc Benson
    Associate Director of Membership
  • John Coleman
    Manager of Member Services


  • Joe Gittens
    Director of Standards
  • Cameron Walker-Miller
    Associate Director of Standards and Technology



SIA is looking ahead to a number of exciting initiatives, programs and events in 2019 that will further its goal of fostering a more diverse, robust and inclusive security industry. Here are just some of the many ways in which your association is working in support of the security industry in the year ahead.

SIA Education@ISC will produce more than 85 education sessions for ISC West 2019 – April 9-12 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, and SIA is expecting to deliver 30+ education sessions at ISC East 2019, Nov. 20-21 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

SIA will build a web-based Center of Excellence providing a repository of education, training and best practices in the security industry. Members will be able to access on-demand training courses and e-learning modules, webinars, articles and other key resources to help you and your organization stay at the forefront of ever-changing market demands.

In 2019, SIA is embarking upon a series of “Good-Better-Best” guidance reports providing easy-to-follow best practices around the use of security technology. These guidance documents will be unique to specific vertical markets, starting with the growing healthcare security sector.

In spring/summer 2019, SIA will conduct a Security Industry Wage and Benefits Survey through a third-party research organization. The anonymously reported data will be the foundation for a report benchmarking compensation for common positions at manufacturers and systems integrators. The final report will be a new benefit for all SIA member companies.

SIA is planning to produce a series of three whitepapers analyzing trends and market drivers in key verticals. These reports will provide SIA members with insights into how they can develop and market products and services that most effectively meet the needs of end users.

SIA will host its annual GovSummit June 26-27 in Washington, D.C. This summit connecting government, security and technology will share insights into cutting-edge security issues and topics like security technology procurement strategies, evolving federal acquisition priorities and identity management and access control policies.

SIA, ISC Security Events and the PSA Security Network will host the second annual Cyber:Secured Forum in Dallas, Texas, July 29-31, to educate security businesses about the actions they can take to protect themselves, their data and their customers against cyber threats. Cyber:Secured Forum connects physical security and cybersecurity, assisting integrators and end users in navigating the complexities of today’s security environment.

SIA’s RISE community will host the first-ever AcceleRISE conference Aug. 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. AcceleRISE, a gathering of tomorrow’s security leaders, will ignite new thinking, strengthen leadership and sharpen business acumen in young security talent.

SIA will again produce strong programming with insights from security practitioners for Securing New Ground – the security industry’s executive conference – Oct. 29-30 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

SIA prides itself on its leadership in the effort to grow the talent pipeline, diversity and inclusiveness of the security industry. Collaboration between stakeholders has helped advance the industry through conferences, thought leadership, award programs, professional development and training offerings and more.

SIA membership continued to break records in 2018, as the association surpassed 900 members and continues to grow in 2019.

Make plans for our big conferences of 2019! ISC West is coming up in April in Las Vegas, and SIA GovSummit 2019 will be held in June in Washington, D.C., followed by Cyber: Secured Forum in Dallas this July. Then make plans for AcceleRISE Aug. 14-16 in Minneapolis and Securing New Ground in October and ISC East in November, both in New York City.

When you attend these conferences, you'll see inclusiveness in action as SIA works with government partners and other organizations to support the advancement, diversity and growth of the security industry.


Let us know how we can collaborate further with you.

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