Industry Mourns Loss of Long-Time CCTV Exec Frank DeFina

Security unexpectedly loses one of the industry’s most successful and popular figures.

Frank DeFina, one of the security industry’s best known and most highly respected video surveillance executives, reportedly has suddenly passed away.

A Sunday notice from Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Canada, read as follows: “It is with deep regret that I inform you that Frank De Fina passed away over the weekend. Each of us not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family members. Frank had several causes he deeply believed in and the company will be making contributions to those organizations. Should you desire to send condolences to Frank’s family, please send them to Alex Asnovich and they will be passed along to his family.”

DeFina had just joined Hikvision USA this past May as senior director of strategic sales. A year prior, citing personal reasons, DeFina unexpectedly left his position with Samsung Techwin America as vice president of sales and marketing, where he where he launched new reseller channels, led ambitious sales initiatives, and established strong partnerships with vendors for North American security business. Roughly two months later, the industry veteran then joined SIghtLogix as executive vice president of sales and marketing, the position he held until taking his final role with Hikvision.

A member of the executive board of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the International Biometrics Industry Association (IBIA), DeFina made a name for himself in the security technology industry when he served at Panasonic for 26 years, serving is several positions, such as president and COO.

The cause of his death and DeFina’s age were not immediately known. Security Sales & Integration stands with the entire security industry in mourning this tremendous loss, but also in saluting his great contributions. 

This just in: Viewing will be held on Friday July 31st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A.S. Cole Son & Company (Saul Funeral Homes)
22 N Main Street
Cranbury, NJ 08512
(609) 395-0770

Funeral Services (Catholic Mass) Saturday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.
Queenship of Mary Roman Catholic Church
16 Dey Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
(609) 799-7511

Frank DeFina’s widow Patty DeFina will soon provide information about his chosen charitable organization for those who would like to make a donation in his memory.

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Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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