SIAC Bestows William N. Moody Award to Leo Guthart at ESX

Started in 2004 by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, the Moody award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates a passion for advancing positive alarm management and best industry practices.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leo Guthart, with more than 35 years of service in the security industry, received the William N. Moody Award at a special presentation during Electronic Security Expo (ESX) 2018.

Started in 2004 by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), the Moody award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates a passion for advancing positive alarm management and best industry practices. The award is intended to honor individuals who reflect attributes that include integrity, fairness and perseverance in the face of adversity.

“The false alarm problem is very, very important to this industry,” Guthart, an SSI Industry Hall of Fame inductee, states in an announcement. “The whole economic basis of our industry revolves around monitoring. If the police won’t respond because there are too many false alarms, it weakens the industry. SIAC is sponsored by all the major industry associations, including the Canadian Security Association, The Monitoring Association [TMA, formerly CSAA], ESA and SIA. It is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical group that is focused solely on solving this problem.”

Guthart began his career in 1964 at Ademco and left the security industry after Ademco (Pittway Corp.) was sold to Honeywell. He stayed on with Honeywell long enough to help with the transition. In August 2000 he founded the Topspin companies, comprising a venture capital and buyout group.

“Anytime we have needed help he stepped forward with his time and resources,” says Stan Martin, SIAC Executive Director. “During the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC) fight where the very existence of our industry was threatened Leo came to Washington D.C. and delivered an incredibly powerful message to members of congress that resonated in the halls of the Capital for years. The industry was victorious against all odds.”

Guthart long recognized that alarm management and law enforcement relationships were critical to the long-term viability of the security industry, Martin continues. “He stepped forward, again and offered his time and resources to help form SIAC in 2002 and then graciously agreed to chair the board of directors, no pay, no perks, no glory …  just the dedication to an industry he loves and he has been doing that same work for SIAC for 15 consecutive years!”

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