Kirk MacDowell Honored as ESA’s 2023 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year

MacDowell’s career and commitment to security industry excellence align with the legacy of industry legend Morris F. Weinstock.

DALLAS — The Electronic Security Association (ESA) recently named MacGuard Security Advisors president and 2024 SSI Industry Hall of Fame inductee Kirk MacDowell as the recipient of the 2023 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award, which was presented to him at ESX 2024.

This annual honor “recognizes individuals who exemplify extraordinary dedication and leadership in advancing the electronic security and life safety industry,” according to the ESA announcement.

MacDowell’s career and commitment to security industry excellence “align seamlessly with the legacy of Morris F. Weinstock, the award’s namesake and a pioneer in the security sector,” the announcement says.

“Through his visionary leadership and tireless advocacy, MacDowell has significantly contributed to the growth and prosperity of the industry, embodying the spirit of innovation and service that defines the Weinstock legacy,” according to the ESA announcement.

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“When Jamie Vos told me that I was this year’s recipient of the Morris F. Weinstock award, I was caught off guard, to say the least.” says MacDowell in the announcement. “The legacy of Mr. Weinstock is one of service, leadership and building a lasting well-established brand in the industry. I am humbled to be this year’s honoree.”

Merlin Guilbeau, CEO of ESA, agrees

“Kirk MacDowell’s career has produced a body of work deserving of this distinguished honor,” he says in the association announcement. “In business he exemplifies the values of honesty, integrity and work ethic portrayed by Morris Weinstock.

“And when giving back to the industry, he leads by example with humility and gratitude inspiring others to do the same. We are all fortunate he chose this industry to leave his mark,” says Guilbeau.

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