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Accolades for Outgoing TMA President Don Young

TMA President Don Young will complete his term on October 14, 2021 at the closing of the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. TMA members were asked to share their gratitude to Don. The following are comments that have been received.

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Words of Appreciation and Gratitude

From all of us here at Rapid Response, we extend a hearty thank you to Don Young for his service to the industry as the president of TMA.

Don, over your two years as TMA president, it’s been clear to us that you see leadership as a privilege and take it as a duty to serve to the best of your abilities. Your term spanned the most challenging years in the history of the Association, but throughout that time you provided clarity of direction. We feel that’s the mark of a true leader.

When you were inaugurated in October of 2019, no one could have guessed that more than three-quarters of your term would be during a global pandemic. You said at the time, “In some ways, I feel as though I’ve been preparing for this role for 30 years. As our industry faces new and rapidly emerging technologies, it is more important than ever to leverage the collective knowledge, expertise, and strength of TMA and its member companies…” Hindsight being what it is, your 30 years of experience was indeed valuable preparation for the rapid changes that were to come — even if they were not the changes anyone expected at the time. Just as valuable was your ability to leverage the knowledge, expertise, and strength of TMA and its member companies in these trying times.

Having your decades of industry experience at the helm was vital in a time that confidence in leadership has been more critical than ever, and the TMA had security in approaching the future of protecting life and property under your leadership. The industry is on a different trajectory now than it was in 2019, and we thank you for your leadership during that upheaval.


“Don I don’t know many people who could have shown the leadership and guidance that you did. You are owed a huge debt of gratitude by TMA members, supporters and staff on how you navigated the challenging times during your term.

Don’t forget you were TMA’s President for 2 years, but you are a Past President for life! To better times and stay well.”

~Ivan Spector, Alarme Sentinelle


“Don has offered leadership and thoughtful perspective, keeping the “good of the industry” as his core principal, during a very challenging period for all of us including TMA as an organization.”

~John Brady, TRG Associates, Inc.


“During these unprecedented COVID times, TMA flourished over the last two years because of Don’s participative leadership. He welcomes everyone’s opinions and encourages collaboration. While he might have the final say, he distributed the responsibility of making decisions to everyone. One thought sums him up, he’s a true gentlemen.”

~Lou Fiore, AICC


“Don has done an exceptional job leading TMA through these unprecedented couple of years.  From town hall meetings to standards development, he has driven the organization forward and created value add for the members.”

~Pam Petrow, President and CEO, Vector Security


“Don has been an exceptional custodian/steward of TMA throughout his tenure as TMA’s president. As members faced months of great uncertainty amidst the pandemic, Don’s capacity to lead, empower, and inspire was a true testament to his unwavering commitment to TMA. He assumed a very proactive, strategic posture as he readily assessed TMA’s resources and goals in light of the unprecedented business challenges facing TMA’s members of all types and sizes. His actions strengthened TMA’s foundation for future success. I am deeply grateful for the abundance of time, energy, and expert guidance that Don so generously dedicated to TMA.

~Celia T. Besore, Executive Director, TMA

TMA Welcomes 91st and 92nd ECC to its ASAP-to-PSAP Service

TMA is pleased to welcome two new Emergency Communications Centers (ECC) to its ASAP-to-PSAP service. With the addition of these, the service is being used by 92 centers across the United States.

To view a full listing of active or testing ECCs, active Alarm companies or monitoring centers, or to learn more about TMA’s ASAP-to-PSAP services, please visit our website.

TMA ASAP-to-PSAP Service Contact: Bryan Ginn,

 Beaumont, TX

The Beaumont TX Police Department 9-1-1 Operations Center became the 91st ECC in the United States and the 11th ECC in the state of Texas to implement the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). Beaumont went live on Tuesday, August 10th with Rapid Response Monitoring, Vector Security, Securitas, Security Central, Stanley Security, Guardian Protection, Affiliated Monitoring, AT&T Digital Life, Tyco (Johnson Controls), National Monitoring Center, Protection One, Brinks Home Security, Alert 360 and Vivint. ADT and United Central Control (UCC) will be brought online soon.

Chesterfield County, VA

The Chesterfield County VA Emergency Communications Center is the 92nd public safety communications center in the United States and the 18th agency in the state of Virginia to implement the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). Chesterfield County went live on Monday, September 13th with Vector Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Stanley Security, CPI, AT&T Digital Life, Guardian Protection, Protection One, Securitas, Tyco (Johnson Controls), Affiliated Monitoring, United Central Control, National Monitoring Center, Vivint, Richmond Alarm, Wegmans Security, Brinks Home Security and Security Central. ADT went live with Chesterfield County of on September 29th.

Tommy Tucker, Chesterfield’s Director of Emergency Communications, said they are excited to bring this advancement in service to the community. “Increasing our ability to assist in saving lives and protecting property by decreasing the amount of time it takes to respond to and subsequently dispatch in-progress alarm calls,” Tucker said.