Supervisor Project Development
David Avedikian began his career at Southwest Airlines at age 22 as a way to feed his snowboarding habit. Since Texas doesn't yield a whole lot of snow, it made places that do a little more accessible. He began his adventure on the internal tech support lines and quickly worked his way to technical project manager. He has spent the last eight years as supervisor of project development in the Corporate Facilities Security Department. David and his wife of 15 years have two boys, 11 and 8. In his time away from Southwest, he still loves to snowboard (as well as play any other sport) and he is a core member of the ComedySportz Dallas improv troupe. He also is active in a preteen ministry partner for fifth- and sixth-graders.
Senior Director, Consultants, A&Es
Dr. Bob Banerjee is Senior Director, Consultants, A&Es, NICE Systems Security Division. In this position, Banerjee develops programs and initiatives to educate, train and support NICE's extensive network of security system integrators and dealers, and provide thought leadership for NICE's security industry outreach efforts. Banerjee has more than a decade of high tech and security industry experience, having also held senior marketing and global product management positions at Bosch Security Systems, Intuitive Systems, OneSource Information Services, Axeda Systems and Nortel Networks. A recognized expert in various security solutions, including PSIM and IP Video, "Dr Bob" is a frequent speaker at security industry conferences. He has also published numerous articles in online security industry media and trade magazines on a wide range of security topics. He holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the Advanced Research Center at the University of Bristol, England.
Co-founder and President
Richard Beard is co-founder and President of KapLogic Corporation. Over the past 12 years he has gained extensive experience with intelligent integration software in the electronic security industry. KapLogic's flagship product, Aegis PSIM Intelligent Integration Software, has been installed in most verticals. We have a different technical approach to PSIM technology since KapLogic pre-dates PSIMs. They have been successful in creating PSIM software that is easy to install, easy to use, easy to maintain and cost effective.
Richard is actively involved with the KATA Foundation, where he serves as a volunteer board member. The KATA Foundation raises funds to find a cure for Fanconi anemia, a genetic blood disorder.
VP, Corporate Marketing and Strategic Initiatives
Bob Beliles is VP of Enterprise Marketing / Product Management for Tyco where he leads strategic Security, Fire and Safety solution initiatives. He is also a champion for Tyco's Internet of Things vision and its on-going delivery. As a voting member of Tyco's growth board, Bob fosters internal innovation, enabling Tyco's "intrapreneurs" to fuel Tyco's growth. Prior to Tyco, Bob has held a variety of leadership roles in security and networking, most recently at HP. As Identiv (Hirsch) VP of Business Development, Bob led its expansion into unified physical and logical access control and was part of two M&A exits. He also drove an investment in a cloud-based video surveillance software start-up and followed that investment with his own while handling all of its marketing activities. Bob co-founded Cisco's Internet of Things business unit, starting with two physical security (video surveillance) acquisitions. He also led marketing and product line management for two distinct flagship switch and router product lines. He holds four IoT networked security patents.
VP Technology, Electronic Security
Jeremy Brecher is responsible for Diebold Enterprise Security's US Operations and Information Technology Group. With over 12 years of experience, Jeremy has successfully managed numerous large-scale system conversions and new deployments for Fortune 500 companies. Diebold Enterprise's Network Services & Technology team is a key differentiator and is recognized throughout the industry as a leader in providing enterprise integrated security solutions in corporate IP environments.
Jeremy holds a bachelor's degree from Queens College, City University of New York.
Benjamin M. Butchko
President and CEO
Benjamin M. Butchko, CPP, is President and CEO of Butchko, Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive security engineering consulting services. He brings his experience as a senior security engineer to the petrochemical, industrial, medical, corporate, and science research industries. He provides national and international clients security risk analyses, CPTED, threat assessments, project master planning, system design, commissioning and operations integration, and building project support. He is a regular presenter on security assessment, strategic planning, design, and deployment and served as President of the ASIS International Physical Security Council and is active in the Energy Security Council.
Don Childers is COO of Security Central. He began working at Security Central in May of 1992. Childers is also the current President NCESA (North Carolina Electronic Security Association) and holds a North Carolina Limited Electrical Contractors license. Childers is NICET Level IV certified, and a member of the NFPA. He was honored to receive the 2010 ESA/NTS Instructor of the Year and serves as the Education Chair of the ESX Program Advisory Committee. Childers also serves as the Chair of ESA's ISP group, on the ESA Education Committee as well as on the ESA Standards Fire/Life Safety Committee, and the IQ Board of Directors.
Founder and Managing Director
Ray Coulombe is the founder and Managing Director of SecuritySpecifiers.com. He has extensive experience with start-up and early stage growth companies, including his own consulting firm, Gilwell Technology Services. Formerly, Ray was COO and co-founder of SyPixx Networks, acquired in 2006 by Cisco, and was responsible for providing critical transition assistance into Cisco's Physical Security Business Unit. Ray also played a significant role in the development of several other early-stage companies in the security industry including IFS and Fiber Options. He sits on the PSA Security Network Advisory Board and writes and lectures extensively in the industry. He has additional past experience with 3M, Emerson Electric Company, and the United States Air Force. Ray is actively involved with community organizations such as the American Red Cross, where he serves as a member of the Connecticut Regional Chapter Board of Directors and participates in its Executive and Leadership Committees. He holds a BSEE from Cornell University, a Masters degree in Management from MIT and a Master's degree Information Technology Master's degree Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
CEO and Founder
Eagle Eye Networks
Dean Drako founded Eagle Eye Networks in 2012, leading it to be the first cloud-based video surveillance company to provide both cloud and on-premise recording. Dean was previously founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, where he created the industry's first email security appliance in 2003 and subsequently grew the company to more than 140 products, 150,000 customers and approximately 1000 employees. Dean was also the founder of Boldfish, a leading provider of enterprise messaging solutions that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2003. Dean was founder, President and CEO of Design Acceleration, Inc (DAI), a maker of superior design analysis and verification tools, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1998. Dean received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds 27 patents.
CEO, ACRE, LLC
Managing Director, Vanderbilt International
Joseph Grillo is a 30-year veteran of the electronic security and identification industries with a track record of successfully growing, restructuring and acquiring businesses.
Joe began his career in the 1980s working at security and fire alarm manufacturing and systems integration companies, including Kidde Automated Systems, NCS and Security Specialists.
In 1993, Joe was appointed National Sales Manager for HID Corporation. He participated in the management buyout of HID from Hughes Aircraft/General Motors in 1995. From 1995 to 2001, Joe became Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, COO and eventually President as HID grew from a $15M card and reader company to the dominant $100M industry leader. He successfully led the effort to sell the company to Assa Abloy, AB in 2001.
At Assa Abloy, Joe led the Identification Technology Group and completed more than a dozen acquisitions, primarily in Europe. In 2005, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the parent company and appointed as President of its global technology division, including HID, Hospitality and Besam Automatic Doors. In that role, he successfully managed the $700M division with 3,000 employees in 29 countries.
Joe Grillo retired from Assa Abloy in 2007. In 2008, he was recruited by the Board of Directors to run, restructure and eventually sell the assets of Digital Angel Corporation.
In 2012, Joe and his former colleague Will West formed ACRE, LLC as a platform to initiate acquisitions in the electronic security industry, with a special focus on access control. They successfully acquired the Schlage SMS business from Ingersoll Rand in September 2012 and then completed the acquisition of Mercury Security in May 2013.
Joe graduated from University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. He served as President and Board Member of the Security Industry Association (SIA) from 1998-2007.
Jeff Hale is an MBA student at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business; he will be graduating with a marketing emphasis in May 2015. Along with his New Product Consulting duties for HID Global, Mr. Hale has also been working as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Economics.
Mr. Hale currently lives in Hermosa Beach, Calif. with his actress girlfriend and their fluffy white dog. He spends most of his free time shaping and riding surfboards, but manages to find time for golfing and producing web-based television shows.
Vice President of Operations
Rapid Response Monitoring Services
Morgan Hertel is the Vice President of Operations at Rapid Response Monitoring, based in Syracuse, N.Y. Previously, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of Mace CSSS.
Director Strategic Accounts
SureView Systems, Inc.
Rob Hile serves as Director of Strategic Accounts for SureView Systems, focusing on enterprise-class market opportunities, and building relationships with key integration firms, consultants and A&E firms. Recognized as a leading voice in the industry, Hile will apply his more than 25 years of security industry experience, encompassing sales and business leadership to further position SureView Systems as a market leader in the delivery of total situational awareness software solutions. Hile's executive career has involved working for both private and public entities, including several Fortune 500 Global companies. He previously held the title of Chief Executive Officer for Integrated Fire & Security Solutions Inc. Formerly, Hile served as Senior Director, Enterprise Fire and Security Solutions at Siemens Industry Inc., where he led the security division within the Building Technologies group, providing customized solutions for intelligent response and business continuity for global and national accounts. Over the course of his career, he has also held senior-level positions with G4S, Convergint Technologies, GVI Security Solutions and TAC. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and currently serves on the Security Industry Association educational advisory board.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Jennings is the COO for QuickPass, a gated community software that was originally created by Safeguard Security. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and technological developments while strategically managing growth opportunities. Before transitioning to the software side of the business, Ms. Jennings was responsible for residential sales. She thoroughly enjoys working alongside her father, John Jennings.
Global Investigations & Intelligence Manager
Brian Katz graduated from the University of Miami in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in criminology. He worked for a government contractor until 2004 when he joined the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service as a special agent.
He served as an agent in the New York Field Office from 2004 to 2006. In that role, he conducted passport fraud investigations and performed protective security for U.S. and foreign diplomats domestically and throughout Europe, including protecting the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Brian then became assistant regional security officer at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, responsible for various security portfolios ranging from high threat protection in the West Bank and Gaza to management of the local guard force, physical security support for the construction project of the new consulate, investigations and supporting then-U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice during her frequent trips to Israel and the West Bank.
Following that position, he went to Diplomatic Security HQ in Rosslyn, Va., where he worked in the Office of Counterintelligence until he joined Google in January 2011.
He is currently the Global Investigations & Intelligence Manager, leading a team that investigates and analyzes wide-ranging issues that affect the safety, security and integrity of each Googler's work environment as well as the company's buildings, information and operations worldwide. Brian's team manages threats and supports the Google business through Google's 24x7 global security operations center.
Kelly S. Klatt
Director of Safety & Security
Loews Hotels' Universal Orlando
Kelly S. Klatt, CPP is a former Los Angeles Police Officer having spent 15 years in various challenging assignments. With his focus being on Shopping Center Security Management, Klatt entered private industry in 1990 by joining The Hahn Company, a shopping center management firm and was a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He then spent five years with the City of San Diego as the Chief of Convention Center Police and as a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers. There his responsibilities included security at all City of San Diego public assembly facilities and parking. During which time he was in charge of security at city venues for the 1996 Republican National Convention and the 1998 Super Bowl XXXII. He was recruited in 1999 to join Loews Hotels, in Orlando to design and manage their extensive security programs. In 2004 Klatt assisted the Hellenic National Police in Athens, Greece with Emergency Operations Center functionality and training in preparation for the XXVIII Olympics.
Currently, Klatt operates the Center for Security Solutions, Inc. and is also the Area Director of Safety & Security for Loews Hotels' five-property resort campus in partnership with Universal Orlando theme parks. There he is responsible for safety and security planning, technology, investigations, personnel, policies and procedures. Additionally through C4SSi, he has been the primary Security Consultant for Lockheed Martin's "New Security Initiatives" program and Tavistock Group's "Albany" development in the Bahamas. There he designed Albany's community security and fire response programs as well as their security command center and gatehouse operations.
Klatt was designated a CPP, Board Certified in Security Management in 1993 by ASIS International. He is a certified CPTED practitioner by the National Institute of Crime Prevention, an OSHA certified Compliance Officer, as well as a Red Cross certified CPR and First Aid Instructor. Klatt is an active member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and was recently the Vice Chairman of the ASIS International Hospitality Entertainment and Tourism Security Council.
Director of Advanced IT Installation
Jim Lash is the Director of the Advanced IT Installation team for Diebold Enterprise Security. In this role, Jim is responsible for understanding the overall project design, architectural drawings and job specification details to ensure the success of a project by taking ownership of all IT functions and expectations. Also in this role, Jim oversees team members in the programming and advanced integration of required technology elements, as well as assisting in the field operations as a high level IT resource.
Previously, Jim served as the IT Client Services Supervisor for Fremont Investment & Loan where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and client side support for over 500 local users and desktops, remote locations including laptop users, Blackberry device support, and phone PBX administration.
Jim has an Associate's Degree in Business from Westchester Community College. Jim lives in Stamford, CT with his wife & three kids, and enjoys the outdoors, playing ice hockey & golf during his free time.
U.S. Director of Loss Prevention
Dollar Financial Group
Paul McGinley is the U.S. Director of Loss Prevention for Dollar Financial Group. He is responsible for all loss prevention and security initiatives for Dollar Financial's retail and corporate locations in the United States, supervising a team of regional LP managers and an analyst. He is a firm believer in combining modern analytical methodologies and up-to-date security technologies with traditional loss prevention and security techniques. Prior to his current role, Paul was a regional LP manager and managed security vendors and service providers for all U.S. locations. He started his career as an LP Technical Assistant with Dollar Financial Group in 2006. He has a bachelor's in political science from Dickinson College and a variety of professional certifications. He lives in Doylestown, Penn., with his wife, Julia, a clinical psychologist, and their dog Little Jerry Seinfeld.
Vice President Cloud Services
Christian has been with Genetec since 2002, and is currently the VP of cloud services. Over the past years, Christian built an organization to support Genetec's tremendous worldwide growth through Operations, Customer Service, Sales Engineering, Technical Support, Professional Services and IT teams.
Director, Security & Emergency Management
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Ralph Nerette is the manager of security for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He has more than 14 years of experience in the security industry; more than 10 years of which have been in security management. Formerly, Ralph held the position of security systems manager at Dana-Farber, applying his education in computer science and information technology in designing security systems, integrations and managing innovative operations center models. Currently, he manages a 50-member department responsible for patient safety, employee security, worker training in fire safety and workplace violence, maintaining regulatory compliance and establishing relationships with local law enforcement agencies are among his responsibilities.
He is also member of the American Society for Industrial Security international and International Association Healthcare Security and Safety.
Fredrik Nilsson is the general manager for Axis Communications with responsibility for the company's operations in North America since 2003. During that time, he has helped the company increase the revenue fivefold and has been instrumental in leading the industry shift from analog closed circuit television to network video.
Mr. Nilsson serves on the SIA (Security Industry Association) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is a trusted industry speaker and has spoken at more than 20 conferences, including Securing New Ground, ASIS Emerging Trends in Security, ISC West, ISC East, and Interop, and has been invited as a keynote speaker at security and surveillance tradeshows. Mr. Nilsson has appeared as an expert voice in top publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and the Washington Post, and has appeared on national television shows such as CNN Headline News, CNBC's "Wake Up Call" and the Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends." He has written articles for and has been quoted in many security industry publications, including Security Magazine, Security Management and Security Systems News. He is also a regular columnist for SecurityInfoWatch.com, and has authored a book, "Intelligent Network Video" published by CRC Press.
Prior to working for Axis, Mr. Nilsson served as a product manager for ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies.
A graduate of the Lund Institute of Technology, Mr. Nilsson holds a master's degree in electrical engineering, which he followed up with post-graduate studies in economics.
Senior VP, Chief Technology Officer and Special Projects
Kratos Public Safety and Security Solutions, Inc.
Christopher Peckham currently serves as Senior VP, Chief Technology Officer and Special Projects, of KRATOS|HBE, a division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, where he leads the team's efforts in complex projects and programs. In this role he is also the primary driver of the technology efforts taken on to maintain thought leadership in the company's industries with regard to the effects of major market trends such as "convergence."
Mr. Peckham has served in a variety of technical leadership positions in information technology, engineering, and operations during his career. Prior to the acquisition of HBE by Kratos in December 2010, he was the Chief Information Officer / Chief Security Officer of HBE beginning in September 2007. As CIO/CSO, he was responsible for leading the information, security and network engineering services for the Company. Mr. Peckham has also served in as the Director of Operations with Sungard Higher Education in Dobbs Ferry, NY, the VP of Engineering at SkipJam Corp, in Greenwich, CT, the Senior Vice President of Information Systems and Vice President of Network Engineering and Operations at Globix Corporation in New York, NY. He also has worked at Qwest Internet Solutions / Icon CMT in Weehawken, NJ, PFMC / Bell Technology Group, New York, NY, and New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ.
Mr. Peckham received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. He also received the M.B.A. with a concentration in Management & Global Business from Rutgers University.
Director of Loss Prevention
Brad Reeves is a 19-year veteran of the loss prevention community, having worked in many facets of the retail industry including high-end/upscale, discount and grocery. He started his career at the entry level and worked his way up, holding positions as store detective, supervisor, manager, and district and regional manager. Brad currently is the director of loss prevention for The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that operates several grocery chains on the East Coast from Connecticut to Maryland. He has won numerous awards for productivity and leadership from his employers throughout his career and has been recognized by several professional affiliations as well. Most recently, the New Jersey Food Council honored him for leadership and appointed him to its Leadership Development Group.
Manager, Technology Innovation, Strategic Innovation
Mark Robinton is the technology innovation manager for HID Global. In his role, Mr. Robinton is responsible for incubating new technologies and solutions including the use of near field communications (NFC). He has been active in the mobile industry for over a decade, leading projects ranging from secure elements to network applications with a focus on security. Prior to joining HID Global, Mr. Robinton was a senior development engineer at Mobile-Mind, based in Boston, Mass. Mr. Robinton received M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He also holds bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering.
Client Development Manager
Tech Systems, Inc.
Sharon Shaw is responsible for the development and delivery of training, resources and communications for Tech Systems, Inc. With over 5 years of experience in the Physical Security industry as an educational program designer, public speaker and marketer, one of Shaw's specialties is in managed security services. She participates as an Advisory Board member for PSA-TEC and SIA Education (ISC W and ISC E) in addition to serving on the board for TechSec Solutions.
VP of Asset Protection
Louis Vuitton, Americas
Jonathan Shimp joined Louis Vuitton North America as a Director-Loss Prevention in May 2008. In this role, he initiated the loss prevention program for the company and oversees all loss prevention, security and safety functions. Under his leadership, Jon's team has implemented a shrink reduction program and an awareness program to help minimize losses. His department is also responsible for all investigations for fraud/theft and to develop strategic state-of-the-art loss prevention technology and physical security initiatives for all stores, warehouses, workshops and offices. Prior to joining Louis Vuitton, Jon was the Director of Loss Prevention for the luxury brand Chanel with previous positions at Abercrombie and Fitch, Donna Karan International and Polo Ralph Lauren. Jon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware.
VP of Engineering and Delivery
David Sime is the VP of Engineering and Delivery at CONTAVA. David oversees the system engineering group and Project Management Office at CONTAVA. He holds an MBA, and is a Professional Engineer with an appetite for technology. With a background in telecommunications and enterprise IT system integration, David has leveraged this expertise to build a team that can design and deploy security systems in the most complex environments.
Lake Norman Security Patrol
Brett Springall is CEO for Lake Norman Security Patrol, the parent company of Security Central, AlarmSouth, and Reliant Medical. In this role, Springall is responsible for strategy, culture and vision of the corporation's three brands. Previously Springall served as IT Director for Security Central, with a lengthy background in management, IT and engineering. Springall has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. Brett lives in Hickory, N.C. with his wife and three children, Springall has a keen interest in aviation and is pursuing his private pilot's certificate.
Steven Van Till
President and CEO
A co-founder of Brivo Systems, Steve served first as CTO and more recently as President and CEO, guiding the company from its initial vision of providing Web-based security services and products to its current position as the largest online access control system in the industry. An interactive systems architect, Steve helped launch Brivo after serving as Director of Internet Consulting for Sapient Corporation, where he lead Internet strategy engagements to support "dot com" startups and Fortune 500 new ventures. Prior to joining Sapient, Steve led Internet strategy development in the healthcare informatics industry for HCIA Inc. Steve also has over 10 years experience in wireless communications as Vice President of Software Development at Geostar Inc., the first commercial satellite-based vehicle tracking system in the US, and as Director of Systems Engineering at Communications Satellite Corporation, a global communications company, where he held product-line management positions for voice/data products.
Steve was honored in 2008 with his election to the Security Industry Association's Board of Directors. He has written widely in industry publications and has spoken at major industry gatherings including ISC West, ISC East, TechSec Solutions, GOVSEC, IP User Group events in the US and Europe, Security Canada Central, and others. Steve holds a bachelor's degree from Calvin College and was a Ph.D. candidate in physics at the University of Maryland.
Les P. Vernon
Vice President, Enterprise Solutions
Les Paul Vernon has more than 23 years' experience as an IT Security Professional. In his current role as Vice President of Enterprise Solutions for Protection 1, he is responsible for leading the sales, design, installation, and management of complex IP-based integrated technologies that range from pure IT managed services to security-centric solutions.
Prior to joining Protection 1, Vernon was Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Suntera Security, Inc., an IT-centric systems integration company that was acquired by Protection 1 in 2012. Under his leadership, the company grew into a multi-million dollar global support and customer-focused organization dedicated to implementing the latest in IT-based security technologies for leading Fortune 500 companies.
Vernon has also held roles with Alcon Laboratories, Inc., as its Global WAN/LAN Sr. Network Manager and Chief Information Assurance and Information Management Office for the United States Marine Corp. He holds a Master of Science Network Security degree from Capitol College and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas.
Senior Associate Director of Adminstrative Services
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jon Victorine is the senior associate director of administrative services at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He oversees the design, implementation, training and maintenance of security technologies, including electronic card access, video surveillance and intrusion/fire alarms. He also has operational oversight of other campus services such as the campus One Card, Student Pay for Print and parking administration. In 2012, Jon spearheaded the campus migration of 375 card readers from one system to another and 200 cameras from local DVR recording to a centralized and redundant recording system; the campus has since expanded to more than 700 card readers and more than 400 cameras. Jon currently is overseeing a project to install access control on the exterior doors of all 49 campus buildings to create an automated lock-down environment and extending that ability to classrooms and conference rooms.
Editor, Security Systems News
Executive Editor, Security Director News
Editorial Director, TechSec
Martha Entwistle joined Security Systems News in 2005. She served as managing editor for five years before becoming editor of Security Systems News and executive editor of Security Director News in September of 2010. In previous lives, Martha wrote for mainstream newspapers, and worked in state government and on political campaigns. She has a BA in political science and American literature from Middlebury. Martha lives in Maine with her husband and two children.
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