Security Industry Icon Sandra Jones Announces Retirement

Jones is an inductee to the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, has been honored with PSA Security Network’s Marcus Award and SIA’s President’s and Lippert Awards.

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — Sandra Jones, founder of Sandra Jones and Co. (SJ&Co), announced her retirement Friday after 45 years in the security industry, including serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of Security Sales and Integration and director of the Security Industry Association (SIA) for 39 years.

Jones co-founded and produced the Securing New Ground executive conference and created the International Security Conference (ISC) New Product Showcase (NPS) awards program.

Among her many industry accolades, Jones is an inductee to the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, has been honored with PSA Security Network’s Marcus Award and SIA’s President’s and Lippert Awards.

Scott Goldfine, SSI’s associate publisher and editor-in-chief, had this to say about his long-time association with Jones:

“I had the good fortune of connecting with Sandy Jones early on in my 21-year security industry career. Her deep knowledge, keen insights, fresh ideas and unwavering support were instrumental in helping me establish myself and achieve success in this industry. Always approachable and forthcoming, she has personally been a valued friend and industry-wide a pillar of tenacity and advocacy. I will miss collaborating with Sandy and seeing her at all the industry events, but wholeheartedly wish her an enjoyable retirement. She certainly deserves it.”

Fifteen years after founding one of the industry’s first wholesale distribution companies, Jones founded SJ&Co, which became a trusted security industry resource and consulting firm. Charles Durant, who joined SJ&Co in 2014, will take over the practice as managing director.

Durant, former president of the GE Security & Life Safety Group and a SIA board member, has been involved in the security industry for 30 years. He has refocused SJ&Co on mergers & acquisitions  advisory services (both sell-side and buy-side), valuations and exit planning.

“Choosing someone to run the company took careful consideration and it raised the bar when my reputation and name were at stake. After working with SJ&Co clients for the past five years, it became clear he was the right person to lead SJ&Co going forward,” Jones states in the announcement.

Bill Bozeman, CEO of PSA Security Network, states he has never hesitated to refer PSA members to SJ&Co for guidance and advice.

“When we needed assistance with acquisitions of USAV and CI Edge, my first call was to Sandy Jones.  The involvement of Sandy’s associate Charles Durant, in structuring and negotiating aspects of the deal was invaluable,” Bozeman says. “Acquiring a business requires knowledge and skill sets that differ greatly from my day job of leading PSA Security Network. Consequently, when dealing with the opportunity to acquire USAV and CI Edge I knew we had to call in outside help. I can whole-heartedly tell you that it was worth the investment.”

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