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Donald Horn

SSI Hall Of Fame: 2010

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Current Status
President, The Horn Group LLC

Why He’s on the List

  • More than 40 years as a true CCTV business and technology pioneer
  • In 1967, founded Vicon Industries, an immensely important and influential CCTV products manufacturer
  • Inventions introduced to the CCTV industry included the pan/tilt mechanism, motorized zoom lens and spot filter
  • Instrumental in establishing CCTV as a cornerstone of the electronic security industry
  • Helped internationalize the industry by traveling abroad and teaching Japanese companies about CCTV Technology

Keys to Success
“Willingness to put in the time and effort, and staying with a plan and goals. The greatest challenges were to keep the whole thing in perspective and to weather the challenges that came down the road. Tried to work with others in overcoming challenges as well as involve those who were involved — at every level.”

Roots of a CCTV Innovator
“Vicon was clearly a company in response to the void in the CCTV industry. The CCTV business in 1967 had those who were there for the quick kill, or those who thought they were the only show in town. People resented this situation, so there was a sigh of relief when we entered the field. We made it our mission to create a company offering legitimate products for CCTV systems. Vicon quickly grew to a position of leadership in the industry.”

Most Memorable Moments
“Vicon had its first public offering in 1969, a small effort on the OTC market. That offering helped us expand the company, and soon we were involved worldwide. At one point, Vicon private labeled products for a major number of companies in Japan and elsewhere in the world. As a pioneer in CCTV products we traveled to the orient teaching others about the technology we had developed. We understood we were opening up our innovations, but our interest was in furthering the industry.”

How Things Have Changed
“The early days in the industry were heavily populated by quick-scheme operators with little or no apparent interest in the future of CCTV. Companies like Vicon brought stability and legitimate business to the industry. Today’s industry reflects strong, well-recognized business entities. So the most profound changes in CCTV have been the entry of serious players to the industry, the evolution in technology, particularly cameras, and computer capabilities. The consequences are obvious at every turn today. It is difficult to go anywhere without seeing CCTV.”

What People Might Not Know
Spent four years at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Reported to and served two years on a destroyer in the Mediterranean, and later numerous amphibious ships.

Reaction to Being Inducted
“After so many years of me putting in the hardest work I can produce, it was a pleasant surprise that others’ interest was there to express the thought. I really wanted the CCTV industry to grow and I never considered financial success my primary goal. I go to bed at night comfortable in that thought.”


Article Topics
Business Management · Video Surveillance · Systems Integration · Hall of Fame · Industry Awards · Security People · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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