Foundation for Advancing Security Talent Names Aiden O’Brien Executive Director

O’Brien will lead FAST in its efforts to connect security pros with new opportunities in the electronic security and life safety industry.

Foundation for Advancing Security Talent Names Aiden O’Brien Executive Director

Aiden O'Brien is the new executive director of the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST).

DALLAS – The Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) has named Aiden O’Brien to serve as its first executive director.

Created in 2020 through a partnership of Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA), FAST “connects passionate, innovative professionals with new opportunities in electronic security and life safety,” according to the foundation announcement.

O’Brien will lead FAST’s efforts to “promote an innovative and essential industry to the next generation of security leaders,” the announcement says.

“I am very excited to start this new challenge as the executive director of FAST,” says O’Brien in the FAST announcement. “The security industry is an innovative, high-tech field, and I look forward to helping FAST solve the industry’s workforce challenges by bringing awareness to the engaging, meaningful career opportunities available in security, ranging from technician roles to cybersecurity, sales, operations and more.”

Why FAST Hired Aiden O’Brien As Executive Director

O’Brien is an experienced association and government affairs professional who previously served as director of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Foundation, with the mission of reducing accident and fatality rates in the tree care industry by improving access to training and technology.

In his role at TCIA as the advocacy and standards manager, he worked to build a grassroots advocacy program for the industry and managed an American National Standards Institute-accredited standards committee. O’Brien, who is based in New Hampshire, graduated from the University of New Hampshire.

“Aiden brings a wealth of experience from the organizations he has worked for in the past that will certainly benefit the Foundation,” said ESA CEO Merlin Guilbeau in the announcement. “As an advocate for FAST, Aiden will help us navigate the challenges of preparing a foundation for future growth and engagement with the electronic security industry.

“SIA is thrilled to have Aiden O’Brien join FAST as its executive director, spearheading FAST’s initiatives to bring awareness to the fast-paced security technology industry and the many exciting, fulfilling career advancement opportunities it offers,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson in the announcement.

“Aiden’s successful background in engaging with association members in support of foundations, liaising with boards of directors, developing new programs and events, communicating effectively with teams, securing private and government grants and managing committees will help him serve as an impactful leader with FAST,” he said.

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