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5 Security Industry Greats Join SSI Hall of Fame

Keith Ladd

Current Status: Founder and Former President, The Protection Bureau (deceased)

Why He’s on the List

  • A humanitarian who spent nearly 35 years running one of the industry’s most successful regional security systems integration and monitoring companies while always putting people and the industry first
  • Founded The Protection Bureau in the greater Philadelphia area working out of his garage and with a small bank loan in 1975; today it operates in 35 states with $15+ million in annual revenues
  • In 1978, he helped found the Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA), where he also served as president for several years
  • In 1980, began an 11-year run as editor of PBFAA’s The Bell Ringer monthly newsletter, which still publishes today
  • A visionary in recognizing the value of recurring revenue, in 1983 he started his own central station and began offering managed access in the late-1990s and video monitoring in the early 2000s
  • An avid sharer of best practices, he was very active in the PSA Security Network, ASIS and NSCA, and served on Security Sales & Integration‘s Editorial Advisory Board

For a more in depth look at Ladd’s contributions to the electronic security industry, click here.


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