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5 Security Stars Join Hall’s Galaxy of Greats

Selfless leaders of two of the most respected family run installation and monitoring companies, a legal crusader for the security industry and its businesses, a pioneering alarm company owner and co-founder of the principal trade association, and an executive unsurpassed in boosting national providers’ fortunes are elected to SSI’s Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement. Their stories elicit admiration, awe and inspiration.

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High achievers are typically too busy strategizing, accomplishing goals and planning their next moves to spend much time looking back, promoting themselves or fully realizing or appreciating the totality and significance of their endeavors. Instead it’s often their actions and results that tell the story and speak most loudly. And while that holds true for five particular individuals who have each performed at the peak of their abilities for decades, the security industry has spoken up for them to send them into the SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION Hall of Fame. In alphabetical order and matching the sequence of quotes on the opposite page from voting committee members, 2013’s Hall of Fame class is: Mike Duffy, John Jennings, Alan Pepper, Morris Weinstock and Tim Whall.

Founded in 2004 to represent the highest honor for extraordinary professionalism, conduct and achievement, each year SSI’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to those remarkable people who have had an unforgettable impact on the industry, continuously sustained over the duration of a long and illustrious career. Honorees are recognized in an official induction ceremony held during the SAMMY Awards on the eve of ISC West (April 9) at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.

With selections a little more homogeneous than in past years, four of the honorees are associated with the installing and monitoring sides of the electronic security business. The fifth is a law expert. In all cases, however, it is more about how each helped and cared about those around them and contributed to the industry than pursuing personal or bottom-line glory.

They are leaders who treated everyone like extended members of their family run companies (Duffy and Jennings); a former alarm company manager who used insider knowledge to protect the industry’s operators from legal threats and help them better safeguard customers (Pepper); the co-founder of a trailblazing company and the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, and whose family name is to this industry what Kennedy is to politics (Weinstock); and an officer of national providers who always put employees and customers first (Whall).

Nominated by past inductees and other luminaries, these five now join more than 60 others in the industry’s pantheon. The following profiles — much of them in the subjects’ own words — encapsulate how each one of them met challenges head-on and enriched themselves, those with whom they have associated, and the industry at large. SSI is delighted to officially welcome these pivotal and praiseworthy members of the security community into the Hall of Fame.

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Business Management · Alan Pepper · Cover Story · Hall of Fame · John Jennings · Mike Duffy · Morris Weinstock · 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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