Security Industry Association Names New RISE Chairperson and Vice Chairman

Dakota Bierly and Esteban Pastor will guide the SIA RISE community in fostering the carrers of emerging security industry leaders.

SILVER SPRING, Md. –  The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named a new chairperson and vice chairman to lead SIA RISE, a community that “fosters the careers of young professionals and emerging leaders in the security industry,” according to the association announcement.

Dakota Bierly of Northland Controls – former SIA RISE vice chairperson – has assumed the role of chairperson of the RISE Steering Committee with Esteban Pastor of ZKTeco USA now serving as vice chairman.

In these new roles, Bierly and Pastor “will deliver educational content and networking opportunities to young professional employees and rising stars at SIA member companies, college students and recent graduates interested in the global security industry,” according to the SIA announcement.

More About the New RISE Leadership Team

Bierly is the sales and marketing manager at Northland Controls. Prior to joining the security industry, she worked as a client services coordinator at the Washington Redskins before beginning a role with a military nonprofit, Luke’s Wings, where she ultimately ended her tenure as the executive director.

Bierly joined Northland Controls in 2020 as the content marketing specialist, and in her current role, she is responsible for supporting the entire sales cycle with a focus on the growth of Northland’s managed services offering.

She has been honored as a SIA Women in Security Forum Power 100 honoree and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Outside of work, she has a passion for traveling the world and learning about new cultures.

“I am incredibly honored to be serving as this year’s SIA RISE chair,” says Bierly in the SIA announcement. “When I first joined RISE a little over three years ago, I had no idea the impact it would have on my career and I’m beyond excited to give back to a community that has given me so much.

“For young professionals or those new to our industry, I believe that there are three keys to success: knowledge, experience and a meaningful network. As we look to the year ahead, I feel particularly passionate about creating opportunities for our members to develop these three pillars so that they can speak louder and shine brighter than ever before,” she says.

Pastor – senior product manager at ZKTeco USA – plays a pivotal role in guiding cross-functional teams on a global scale. His responsibilities encompass the entire product development life cycle, from conceptualization to delivery, with a focus on strategically promoting cutting-edge access control hardware and software solutions.

Pastor began his journey as a technical support engineer, and over the past eight years, he has continued to expand his knowledge and garnered recognition within the industry, receiving accolades such as the SIA RISE Scholarship and the Denis Hébert Identity Management Scholarship. He has participated in events and panels such as ISC East and West, GSX, Peak IDV Live, Intersec and more.

“I’m excited about continuing our community’s growth and working with amazing leaders,” says Pastor in the SIA announcement. “I look forward to meeting new members and continuing to collaborate with the exceptional group of young professionals we have in RISE and especially our steering committee.

“I want to continue to help build the buzz and keep the positive momentum that’s been building up behind the program for the last few years and enhance visibility beyond the RISE community in our industry to demonstrate the value of active participation and encourage more engagement,” he says.

“SIA’s RISE community is a thriving community of inspiring young security leaders and newcomers that provides a wide array of opportunities for engagement, learning, development and connection in our industry,” says SIA CEO Don Erickson in the announcement. These important efforts would not be possible without the contributions of talented, committed volunteers.”

“We are proud to welcome Dakota and Esteban into their new roles and look forward to working together to grow the impact and reach of RISE and its programs and advance the next-generation security workforce,” he says.

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