ESA Appoints Steve Firestone, Jamie Vos to Board of Directors

Firestone was named the Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year at ESX this year while Vos recently served as ESA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.

DALLAS — The Electronic Security Association (ESA) announces it recently installed Jamie Vos, president of Security Solutions Northwest and Steve Firestone, CEO of Firestone Strategies Group, on its new Board of Directors during its annual meeting at ESX.

The purpose of a director on the ESA Board is to work collectively as a team to provide good governance of ESA affairs and to set the direction to optimize the growth and performance of the organization. Each Board Member has a responsibility for ensuring strategies and policies are developed, discussed and implemented that will enable the organization to achieve its mission and vision.

Firestone has been involved with ESA for nearly a decade, serving now as a board member and executive committee member. During his tenure, he helped create the strategic planning and organizational alignment methodology format for ESA, the reorganization and launch of the Executive Management Professionals Group (EMP), and the work that has been done in making ESX the premier source of education and training at a trade show available in the industry, according to the association.

This year at ESX, Firestone was awarded ESA’s Weinstock Person of the Year for his impact on the association and service to the industry. ESA says his litany of association work and volunteerism is long and illustrious.

The Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year award is an honor recognizing the lifetime achievement and service to the industry of a dedicated individual. See his acceptance speech from the 2022 Electronic Security Expo Main Stage below.

When asked why he’s so passionate about ESA and the industry, Firestone says, “The obvious answer is that the security industry and our industry’s association is one that protects lives, properties and businesses. And we can put our heads on our pillows every night knowing that what we do every day has a significant impact on each of these. But beyond that, the more that an ESA member gets involved in the association, the more they will get back from learning from others who are faced with the same challenges and opportunities that they are.”

John Loud, LOUD Security president and integrator chairman of the ESA Board, comments, “It’s such an honor to have the opportunity to appoint Steve to this critical role on the ESA Board. I believe it’s important that we continue to leverage the expertise Steve brings to the table. He has shown such great leadership throughout the many years he has committed to serving ESA in the past — and I’m so very grateful to have the honor to serve with him in the years ahead.”

Vos is the president of Security Solutions Northwest and served as ESA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors for the last two years. ESA says his understanding the value of togetherness is what led him to become involved in the association some 16 years ago.

ESA adds that Vos’ devotion to the electronic security and life-safety industry has been evident through his years of volunteering, giving back to the industry, and most recently, working to ensure ESA is on a path of sustainability. In addition to his responsibilities as Chairman, he also played an active role with ESA subsidiaries, the Electronic Security Expo and Security America Reassurance Group.

When asked about his hopes of impacting the association through his new role as its Immediate Past Chairman, Vos says, “I’m delighted to continue to serve the industry in the capacity I’m called to. As a board member, I take pride in being a strategic voice as to where we as an association can be the most valuable to our members and the industry at large. As a committee member, I will fight for the best resources to accomplish the tasks which we are directed to, to the very fullest of my ability.”

“I continue to be humbled,” Vos adds. “For the leader of a little company in the small town of Bellingham, Wash., to be considered for such a vital role within the association — it is nothing but humbling. I am honored to be trusted by my peers and the professional staff of ESA. It is rare in this life to get the opportunity to serve, earn a living — and have some fun along the way. How could I not be passionate about this!”

The ESA Board of Directors comprises of:

  • Integrator Chairman John Loud 2022-2024
  • Integrator Director Kevin Stone 2022-2024
  • Integrator Director Rick Seymour 2022-2024
  • Integrator Director Melissa Brinkman 2021-2023
  • Integrator Director Jeremy Bates 2021-2023
  • National Company Director Doug Bassett 2022-2024
  • Associate Member Director Jason Lutz 2021-2023
  • Competency Director Steve Firestone 2022-2023
  • Competency Director Michael Barnes 2022-2023
  • Immediate Past Chairman Director Jamie Vos 2022-2024

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