NBFAA Members Vote Down Name Change

LAS VEGAS — The members of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) did not reach a two-thirds consensus required to authorize a change to the name of the association.

Out of 569 votes, 362 voted to approve a name change while 207 voted against it — 13 votes shy of a two-thirds majority required by NBFAA’s by-laws.

The results of the vote were announced April 6 at the NBFAA Spring Conference in Las Vegas.

Had members approved the change, NBFAA would have changed its name to the Electronic Life Safety and Systems Association (ELSSA). The name change had been approved 31-1 by the NBFAA Board of Directors in a late January strategic summit at the association’s Irving, Texas, headquarters.

“As the vote indicated, a large percentage of our members voted for the name change, but since we didn’t reach the two-thirds majority, we’ll continue to use the NBFAA name,” says NBFAA Executive Director Merlin Guilbeau. “Our mission remains strong and focused.”

Association members were mailed the ballots in February.

Had it been approved, the ELSSA name would have been phased in slowly starting in early 2007.

 

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