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22 Feb The 2017 ESA Leadership Summit Delivered on All Fronts!

ESA Announces Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year, Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award Recipient  & Leadership Award Winners

Irving, Texas (February 22, 2017) – Security professionals from across the country convened in Tampa, FL to “Link, Learn and Lead” at the 2017 ESA Leadership Summit. The Summit was held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel February 12 through February 15. Over 250 security professionals met to discuss business, learn from industry experts and make valuable connections to help their businesses grow.

The 2017 Leadership Summit was buzzing with exciting developments and activity, including the recognition of several industry icons for their contributions to the industry. The announcement of the Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year took place at the Summit. ESA Secretary Jon Sargent was named the 2016 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year during the Tuesday Interactive Session, graciously sponsored by Interlogix. The official presentation will be held at ESX during the Opening Celebration at the Country Music Hall of Fame in June.

This year, President of Select Security, Steve Firestone was named the Sara E. Jackson Award recipient, sponsored by Honeywell. Mr. Firestone was honored for his dedication to ESA and volunteer leadership as the Chairman of the ESA Executive Management Professionals Group. In this role, Mr. Firestone has dedicated hundreds of hours to ESA’s workforce development, public relations and research efforts.

Security professionals spent 3 days learning from high caliber speakers at various seminars, general and interactive sessions. Respected experts shared knowledge on a wide range of topics of vital importance to the electronic security industry. Topics included burglary victim adaptations, what keeps security integration companies up at night, leading for employee engagement, how to get a grip on your business, building positive relationships, managing uninsurable risks and so much more. The 2017 event also brought new interactive capabilities that connected the audience with speakers on the stage to address their question live.

Early survey results are showing:

  • 97% of attendees agree, “I was motivated and inspired by my experience at the Summit”
  • 94% of attendees agree, “I received information and advice that will help me grow/improve my business.”
  • 85% of the respondents said they will be definitely be at next year’s Summit.
  • 94% of attendees agree, “I made valuable business contacts with peers.”


“The beauty of the ESA Leadership Summit is its ability to combine valuable and timely topics, with outstanding presenters who are able to make it relevant to me and my organization, and a network of like-minded peers to discuss what was learned. There were a ton of ‘to-dos’ and takeaways from the Leadership Summit that will help in the coming year, but the most valuable lesson was learning from other industry leaders, and being able to share with them too,” said Joseph Mitton with Select Security.

ESA also announced their Leadership Award winners. The Kentucky Electronic Security Association went home with the coveted Chapter of the Year Award. This award recognizes chapters for the services provided to members, its communications, public relations, government relations and training efforts.

President of the Electronic Security Association of Washington, Jamie Vos, took home the Chapter President of the Year award.

ESA President Angela White presented Mr. Vos with the award and stated, “The President of the Year takes the initiative to get things done and consistently supports the goals of ESA.” White added this about Vos, “A hard working volunteer who has not only dedicated his time as President of ESA of Washington but has also played a very active role with ESA by serving on our Finance Committee, participating in our Mentorship Program and as an engaged participant at many ESA events.”

Gary Schefler, Executive Director of the New Mexico Electronic Security Association, won the Executive Director of the Year award.

The ESA/NTS Instructor of the Year award, given in honor of Paul F. Baran, was awarded to Tommy Lewis.

Communication efforts were recognized as well.  The Kentucky Electronic Security Association’s e-newsletter received Chapter Newsletter of the Year, and the Wisconsin Electronic Security Association received the Chapter Website of the Year award.

40 sponsors including ESA’s Executive Strategic Partners: Interlogix, Honeywell, Axis Communications, Telguard, Tri-Ed by Anixter, Security America RRG and Altronix brought representatives to share their valuable experience and proficiency with attendees eager to learn about their products and services.

The speed networking event, sponsored by Altronix and Security America RRG, and Diamond Event at Top Golf, sponsored by Interlogix, were buzzing with new introductions between attendees and sponsors as well as peers reconnecting. In addition to the networking events, Summit attendees connected with sponsors and one another through the online registration and appointment setting tool that provided the ability to schedule meetings in advance to make the most of every moment at the Summit. Registrants confirmed 482 appointments with one another through the registration platform. In addition to the confirmed appointments, dozens of impromptu meetings took place throughout the event.

The 2018 ESA Leadership Summit will take place February 11-14 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA. For more information and to view the photo gallery and highlight video please visit www.ESA-



Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at

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