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LifeSafety Power Co-Founder Joe Holland Steps Back From Full-Time Role

The industry veteran will enter semi-retirement and take a position on the company’s board of directors. Holland is credited as a prominent technical voice and co-inventor at the company.

MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Joe Holland, a co-founder and former vice president of engineering for LifeSafety Power, has taken a position on the company’s board of directors and will operate in a reduced role.

Holland orchestrated and signed the original incorporation papers of the start-up LifeSafety Power in 2009. He was a leading architect of the company’s flagship network-based intelligent FlexPower Power Management product family.

Holland worked closely with installing security contractors and OEM partners to increase FlexPower’s value and capability with new and innovative product lines such as LSP’s Unified Power Systems combining access and power in one wall mount or rackmount enclosure; Helix redundant power management systems for mission critical applications; Gemini UL-listed access and power rackmount solutions; and ProWire Unified Power access power management systems.

In a career that has spanned decades, Holland is credited with helping create an entirely new category for power — from static hardware to intelligent networked solutions capable of collecting critical data on the health of the security infrastructure, according to an announcement.

He has been a prominent technical voice and co-inventor at LifeSafety Power, bringing the culmination of more than 45 years of engineering, marketing and management experience to the company’s product design projects. His industry participation includes speaking engagements at major events and trade shows. He is also a featured presenter on ProPower TV YouTube channel, offering online training and education to the security and systems integration community.

“It’s been my joy and passion to have played such an integral role at LifeSafety Power and to have worked with such outstanding and dedicated team members. I’m proud of having molded the power supply industry into what it is today,” Holland says.

Holland’s credentials include high-level design and engineering positions in well-known industry companies. As chief engineer of Fire Control Instruments from 1976 to 1979 he planned and oversaw the development of all FC-72 products. He co-founded AlarmSaf in 1979, and as vice president of engineering directed product development and manufacturing throughout his 30-year tenure.

At AlarmSaf, his technical achievements mounted and included the development of several industry firsts including: the notification appliance circuit (NAC) booster for fire signaling; rackmount chassis for power supply equipment; a buss-based power distribution architecture; and the industry conversion to off line switching power supplies.

He is a long-time member of both NFPA and IEEE and a 35-year contributing instructor of CEU-accredited course work in the area of access and security power management. He defined the direction of innovation at LifeSafety Power and has been responsible for taking the concept of networked power and managed services to the forefront of the systems integration industry, forging an important new product category.

“Joe Holland has been a guiding force in the development and direction of our products and certainly helped shape what our company is today,” says Larry Ye, president and CEO. “We have evolved into the networked power solution innovator for the security and life safety industries, under his deep expertise and direction. Joe will continue to be an important part of LifeSafety Power, even in a less obvious role.”

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