SSI Hall of Fame: 25 Dynamic People Who Shaped the Industry Since 1979

DAVID MCDONALD

Current Status: President, Pelco, Clovis, Calif.

Career Highlights
– Spent several years in corporate world
– In 1987, with several colleagues, acquired Pelco
– For next 15 years, helped Pelco grow thirty-fold
– Pelco became world’s largest video security equipment manufacturer
– Pelco’s products have been installed in 1 million locations worldwide

Why He’s on The List
– Elevated customer service standards, with guaranteed on-time delivery; 24-hour technical assistance; one-day turnaround on service repairs; one day
replacement parts service; and 100-percent guarantee
– Pressured competitors into higher performance standards
– Regime also known for treating employees well and philanthropic pursuits

Comments & Reaction: “I feel very honored. At the same time, I believe this recognition belongs to the entire Pelco team.We have an exceptional
group of 1,500 people who are motivated every day to be the best in the world at what they do. I believe Pelco will always be thought of as an organization
with a heart and soul — dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others.”

PETER MICHEL

Current Status: President/CEO, NEP Broadcasting LLC, Pittsburgh

Career Highlights
– Served as naval officer and federal gov’t exec
– Was VP of Penn Central Corp.
– Helped create Penn Central Technical Security Co., an anti-terrorism physical security entity
– Named president and CEO of Brink’s Home Security in 1988
– Left Brink’s in 2002, when he was named chairman of Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Homeland Security Advisory Council

Why He’s on This List
– Guided Brink’s from 66,000 customers, 22 markets and $26 million in revenues to 700,000 customers, 100 markets and $258 million
– Helped Brink’s post 13 consecutive years of record profits
– One of first to introduce mass marketing, among few to do it successfully
– Recognized champion of false alarm reduction
– Proponent of traditional physical security evolving into comprehensive lifesafety and anti-terrorism solutions

Comments & Reaction: “I believe in the industry’s mission of protecting people and facilities against a wide range of threats. I care about the people in the industry; I admire their dedication to what is both a business and a calling. It’s a great honor to be included in this distinguished listing.”

DANTE MONTEVERDE

Current Status: President/CEO, Emergency 24, Chicago

Career Highlights
– Started out as alarm installer with Chicago Fire & Burglary
– Began working for himself and developed patented tapedialer in 1967
– Started Alarmtronics Inc., which later changed name to Emergency 24 (EM24)
– In late 1960s, led team of programmers and engineers in writing first software program for alarm monitoring
– In 1972, EM24 stopped competing with third-party monitoring customers and ceased installation activities
– EM24 targeted alarm dealers nationwide in marketing computerized alarm monitoring

Why He’s on The List
– Led EM24 to number of industry “firsts”
– Developed interactive software to enable communications between central station and dealers’ operations
– Established redundant central station operation
– Provided additional security services for dealers, such as LifeCard program
– Used the Internet as primary means of data transfer and communications with dealers and subscribers
– Came up with idea of nationwide, third-party central station operation employing computerized monitoring systems

Comments & Reaction: “It is a great honor to be recognized as a key industry figure. In 1970, I knew the computerized, third-party central station would be beneficial for dealers and subscribers alike.The third-party business has played an integral role in shaping the alarm industry.”

WADE MOOSE

Current Status: Owner, Elk Products Inc.,The Systems Depot Inc., Hildebran, N.C.

Career Highlights
– Started in CCTV business in 1968, selling cameras to banks
– In 1971, founded Cataba Valley Security Systems, sold it in 1975
– Developed central station using 27MHz transmitters
– Sold design to ADT
– In 1973, founded Moose Products Manufacturing
– Sold in 1987 to Aritech, later bought by Sentrol, then Interlogix, then GE
– Returned in 1995 as manufacturer of a small siren
– Founded Elk Products, which makes 150 products today
– Also founded The Systems Depot, a wholesale distributor

Why He’s on the List
– In 1983, introduced Z 1100 control panel, which became ADT’s standard for more than a decade and sold millions worldwide
– Created products with superior power supplies, solid microprocessor controls, easy programming and plug-in components
– Produced one of first really loud sirens, comparable to a police car
– Built own rechargeable batteries and more

Comments & Reaction: “The stuff we sold was bulletproof and had the lowest return percentage on the market. I have been doing this for 35 years
and I have had a great run and have loved every minute of it.”

JOHN MOSS

Current Status: President, S2 Security Corp., Wellesley, Mass.

Career Highlights
– Started as software developer out of college
– In 1982, decided to write access control system with real database and graphics
– That program became Software House’s first CCURE product
– Became CEO of Software House, a supplier of integrated physical security management systems
– Software House later became unit of Tyco
– Recently co-founded S2 Security Corp.

Why He’s on the List
– More than 15 years’ experience in security industry and 10 years leading development of enterprise software products
– Responsible for making off-the-shelf integrated security systems
– Systems had capabilities previously available only for much more money to companies that had need but not budget
– Developed midrange and high end of integrated systems market

Comments & Reaction:“My hope is our current company, S2 Security Corp., will be just as innovative as we were at Software House in the early
days, and that I’ll be remembered for putting integrated security on local and wide area networks. I’m pleased to be recognized, but more pleased to
have been able to contribute to the growth of the industry as a whole.”

CHARLIE PIERCE

Current Status: President, LeapFrog Training & Consulting, Davenport, Iowa

Career Highlights
– Worked for Iowa-based security company from 1974-84, handling guard work, undercover investigations, access control, alarms, CCTV sales,  installation and field service
– In 1984, opened LRC Electronics Company (now LRC LLC) in basement of house
– Drove LRC to become largest independent service center for CCTV equipment in the U.S.
– In 1986, established LTC Training Center (now LeapFrog Training & Consulting)

Why He’s on the List
– Widely regarded as foremost authority of CCTV training
– In past 20 years, has spoken to thousands of security professionals around world
– Wrote three books, developed two certification training programs on VHS and DVD, developed full interactive educational support system on CD, and produced and gave several seminar programs

Comments & Reaction: “I am a self-trained, dyslexic, high-school dropout. I guess that I could have done worse! I want to be remembered as a regular guy that was trying to make a positive change in a sometimes negative world. I feel honored and humbled to be included on this list, and just a little bit old!”

STEVE ROTH

Current Status: CEO, Terk Technologies, Commack, N.Y.

Career Highlights
– Became involved in electronic security business in 1973 as financial analyst at Microwave Associates Inc., now MA/Com
– In 1977, joined Alarm Device Manufacturing Co., a division of Pittway Corp., as vice president of marketing
– For next 23-plus years, involved in most dynamic growth culture in the industry
– From 1985-2000, helped ADI become largest and most preferred distributor in North America

Why He’s on the List
– Changed face of security products distribution
– Provided convenient pick-up or next-day delivery
– Facilitated product availability via 109-branch North American network
– Supplied systems design expertise free of charge
– Offered extensive line of products for one-stop shopping
– Set up educational product symposiums and local shows
– Introduced Internet-based ordering and tracking

Comments & Reaction: “I feel honored to be selected. I have always felt personally gratified when I look back at my accomplishments at ADI. It is that much more gratifying that industry-knowledgeable people have recognized my contributions.”

DICK SOLOWAY

Current Status: President/CEO, NAPCO Security Systems Inc., Amityville,N.Y.

Career Highlights
– In junior high, built electronic circuits using first transistor
– In high school, began installing electronic garage door openers
– In late 1960s, began designing guitar amplifiers and sound effects boxes
– Developed first reliable alarm telephone dialer, with solenoid tape transport that never jammed
– Product evolved into MARK 5000 tape dialer
– When sales hit $500,000, NAPCO went public
– In the late 1980s, NAPCO acquired Alarm Lock
– Purchased Continental Instruments

Why He’s on the List
– Developed one of alarm industry’s first electronic sirens and outdoor siren boxes
– Then came line of NAPCO control panels, followed by digital dialers that used a chip for programming (PROM)
– Other noteworthy products included microprocessorbased control panels; hybrid alarm panels and wireless components; integration of electronic keypads into door locks; integrated alarms with access control; and much more

Comments & Reaction: “When you really enjoy what you’re doing, and the fruits of your labor truly serve to make the world a safer place for others, when one gets recognized by his peers, … I’ll just borrow a quote from Jackie Gleason and say with all due modesty, ‘How sweet it is!’”

ROGER SPEYER

Current Status: Director of marketing, Synergis Systems, Edmonds,Wash.

Career Highlights
– Started business career at United States Leasing Corp.
– Became president of Protec Management Systems
– In 1988, became president and CEO of PSA Security Network
– During 14 years with PSA, it grew at a compounded rate of more than 20 percent per year

Why He’s on the List
– Made PSA a catalyst to bring together industry groups, manufacturers, suppliers, integrators and trainers
– Organized PSA’s annual Technical Conference, a large private trade show and training seminar
– Focused on improving image, competence and performance of security industry
– Held positions in several associations, featured speaker at trade events and had several articles published

Comments & Reaction: “The entry of the largest multinational companies into the security industry will change the landscape, and bring much more sophistication to the industry. It will be more important than ever for the smaller integrators to band together or consolidate via mergers and acquisitions.
I am proud to be included on SSI’s list. It is a capstone on my career in the security industry.”

RON SPILLER

Current Status: Semi-retired, consultant

Career Highlights
– Began electronic security career in 1969 as GM of Bourns Security Systems
– Became VP and GM of Morse Products Manufacturing in 1974
– Morse acquired Varitech in the 1980s and later became Morse Security Group
– In 1992, Optex acquired Morse, Spiller became president of Optex-Morse USA
– In 1994, semi retired to consulting
– In 1995, became executive director of the Security Industry Association (SIA)

Why He’s on the List
– Renowned industry speaker and personality
– Active participant in SIA for 20 years
– Sat on boards of National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) and Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA)
– Negotiated sponsorship agreements between ISC Expos and the industry
– Founded Safety Awareness and Independence Through Security (SAINTS) foundation in late 1990s

Comments & Reaction: “I feel very honored. In the 25 years since Security Sales & Integration was introduced, I have had the privilege of meeting and
working with almost all of the other people on this list, and I have admired and been inspired by their vision and accomplishments.”

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Scott Goldfine is the marketing director for Elite Interactive Solutions. He is the former editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He can be reached at [email protected].

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