Edwina Reynolds to Receive Inaugural SIA Progress Award

The award will be presented to Reynolds during SIA Honors Night on Nov. 14 in New York City, held each year concurrently with ISC East.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Edwina (Eddie) Reynolds, president and CEO of Iluminar, is the 2018 recipient of the inaugural SIA Progress Award, an honor presented by SIA’s Women in Security Forum celebrating individuals who pave the way to success for women in the security industry.

The award will be presented to Reynolds during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in New York City.

SIA’s Progress Award recognizes SIA members who have shown excellence in their advancement of opportunities and success for women in the security industry.

Each year’s recipient will be determined based on their contributions to advancing women in the industry, promotion of women’s professional growth through mentorship and/or sponsorship, recognitions and awards for related activities and demonstration of the highest levels of professionalism and integrity in the security industry.

“I am truly humbled to be the first recipient of the SIA Progress Award, and I want to thank SIA for this incredible honor,” says Reynolds. “I have been working in the security industry for over 25 years, and while challenges still exist, the industry has made a lot of progress, and I am committed to continuing to advocate for more equality and more diversity across the field. As influencers, leaders and companies across the security industry have a greater focus on the advancement of women, I believe we can truly empower women to be leaders and agents of change in their respective fields and shift the narrative in our industry.”

The founder and CEO of multiple established CCTV lighting companies, Reynolds began her security career as an account executive for U.K. integrator Chubb Fire & Security in the mid-1990s and went on to work for Pinkerton Security, Rainbow CCTV and Sony.

From 2005 to 2008, Reynolds was the U.S. partner for a U.K.-based CCTV lighting company, and she founded Iluminar in 2009. Reynolds has led Iluminar to develop award-winning solutions and be the lighting solution partner for several market leaders.

In 2018, she was appointed to the SIA Executive Council, where she works with other security leaders to launch initiatives that support the growth and advancement of the security industry at large.

“SIA is proud to present Eddie Reynolds with the first-ever SIA Progress Award for serving as a longtime advocate and role model for women in the security industry,” said Don Erickson, SIA’s CEO. “Mentorship and thought leadership are critical to helping women grow in this field, and we applaud Eddie for her dedicated involvement in the industry and contributing her expert insight, knowledge and advice.”

SIA’s Women in Security Forum is designed to support the participation of women in the security industry. Through programs like the Progress Award, thought leadership opportunities, professional development offerings and networking events, the forum engages both men and women who share this goal.

Make sure to check out SSI‘s “SECURE Perspectives,” a monthly column in collaboration with SIA and the Women in Security Forum, which profiles women in the security industry.

SIA Honors Night — held each year concurrently with ISC East — features a gala dinner reception, an awards ceremony recognizing industry leaders and engaging entertainment. Along with presenting the inaugural Progress Award, SIA will also honor industry leaders at Honors Night 2018 with the George R. Lippert Memorial Award, Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award, the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award and the Women in Biometrics Award co-founded by SIA and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors FindBiometrics, IDEMIA and SIA’s Women in Security Forum.

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