ADT Executive Don Young Begins Role as TMA President
Young, an SSI Industry Hall of Fame inductee, becomes TMA’s 35th president. He replaces the association’s outgoing president, Ivan Spector.
MCLEAN, Va. – The Monitoring Association (TMA) announces Don Young, CIO and executive vice president of operations at ADT, officially began his two-year term as the association’s president, following the conclusion of TMA’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Napa Valley on Thursday.
Young, an SSI Industry Hall of Fame inductee, recently served a two-year term as vice president on the Executive Committee leading up to his presidency. He succeeds Ivan Spector, proprietor of Sentinel Alarm in Montreal. Spector will serve an additional two-year term as Immediate Past President on the the association’s Executive Committee.
“It is a distinct honor to serve as TMA’s president,” states Young, “In some ways, I feel as though I’ve been preparing for this role for 30 years. As our industry faces new and rapidly emerging technologies, it is more important than ever to leverage the collective knowledge, expertise, and strength of TMA and its member companies to convey the importance of professional monitoring to consumers and first responders.”
He continues, “It is also vital that we take an active leadership role in the development of new industry standards to provide a framework by which our businesses can most effectively protect life, property, and data for our customers.”
Young brings a broad spectrum of knowledge, experience and expertise spanning both business and technology to his new TMA leadership position. Since joining ADT in 2016, his primary areas of responsibility have encompassed information technology and operations. Young first entered the alarm industry in 1988 after serving four years in the United States Air Force.
“As I begin this new part of my journey with TMA, I want to first and foremost recognize our outgoing President Ivan Spector for his strong and strategic leadership over the last two years,” Young says. “His contributions to the organization, its members, and the industry at large are quite substantial.”
Young credits Spector for many accomplishments, such as his work to further the adoption of the association’s ASAP-to-PSAP program; advocate on behalf of members to NFPA; and, to establish TMA as the issuer of FirstNet certification are most notable.
“On behalf of a very grateful professional community, I express our deep appreciation to Ivan for his remarkable service,” Young says.
Celia T. Besore, executive director, TMA, says of Young’s appointment, “We are delighted to welcome Don to this pivotal leadership role within TMA. Having worked closely with him for the last year, I recognize and embrace his passion for excellence. His wealth of industry knowledge and experience is a great asset to TMA and will be an integral part of our growth and success over the next two years.”
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