TMA Members Contribute Over $5k to Local Florida Charity

TMA members donated over $5,000 to local Marco Island charity – My Daily Bread – on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd. Funds were raised in conjunction with TMA’s 2022 Annual Meeting, which took place at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, October 30-November 2.

The donation combines individual donations, as we well as donations of prize funds from the Halloween Costume Contest and the raffle.

Our Daily Bread Executive Director Amanda Nelson accepted the donation from TMA president Morgan Hertel and CEO Celia T. Besore during the meeting general session.

The charity provides weekend groceries for students and families in the Marco Island community. The need for food has increased significantly within recent weeks as a result of Hurricane Ian.

Halloween Comes to Marco Island!

Be prepared for a spooktacular night on Monday, October 31st when Halloween comes to Marco Island with TMA’s most fun theme night event – Full Moon Black Sea. Enjoy cocktails with fellow attendees followed by a vast Gulf Coast Food Festival Buffet, all in a festive Halloween setting on Palm’s Beach.

Once the sun has set, the full moon has risen and the sea has turned black as ink, the party will move indoors for drinks, desserts and coffee in a haunted setting where the ghosts of Marco Island’s past will party among you on this All Hallows’ Eve.  Enjoy a drink and let the spirits move you as you dance to the sounds of the high-energy, 8-piece, Brett Foreman Band, who have become a household name at venues throughout the state of Florida. This is sure to be a fun and memorable experience that will be the talk of the Tuesday morning breakfasts.

Don’t forget a costume!  Reveal your creative inner self. Will your costume be: fun, daring, spooky, historic, evil, or out-of-this-world?

Two $100 gift certificates will be awarded to the best costumed attendees as chosen by a secret panel of peer judges.

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SimpliSafe®, Inc. Chief Architect to Keynote TMA’s 2022 OPSTech

TMA is pleased to announce Rob Raisch, Chief Architect, Monitoring Integration, SimpliSafe, Inc., will deliver the keynote address for the Technology track of TMA’s 2022 OPSTech on Thurs., September 15th at 9:00AM ET. He will discuss emerging trends in the market including general best practices and some of the work SimpliSafe has been doing in the area.

“The primary goal of TMA’s OPSTech meeting is to provide frontline monitoring center professionals with proven and actionable information, insights, and strategies, to take their monitoring centers to new levels of efficiency and effectiveness,” stated TMA President Morgan Hertel. “There is no question that SimpliSafe has demonstrated remarkable innovation and introduced a whole new model for home security protection. I am confident Mr. Raisch’s comments will both inspire and empower our attendees to rethink their approach to business and leverage new market opportunities.”

Go to for detailed meeting information, including program agenda, hotel reservations, and registration. The early-bird registration discount has been extended to Aug. 15th for TMA members-only.

Renowned Futurist to Keynote TMA’s 2022 Annual Meeting

The Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce acclaimed global futurist, speaker, and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will deliver the keynote address at its 2022 Annual Meeting on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 11:00AM ET. The meeting will take place in-person at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, October 29-November 2, 2022.

“As business leaders, what could be more valuable than to have access to the insights of someone who can see into the future? How much more effective and productive could our organizations be? What could we achieve?” asked TMA President Morgan Hertel. “While Jack will share with his insights on leading innovation trends, he will more importantly convey the significant role that both our mind and our heart play in transforming our businesses in preparation for greater success. I am confident that Jack will inspire, energize, and enlighten our meeting attendees like no other.”

Uldrich is highly regarded as a keynote speaker. His authoritative speeches on future trends; emerging technologies; innovation, change emerging technologies, change management; and leadership are filled with knowledge, insight, and creativity. He provides provocative new perspectives on competitive advantage, change management, and transformational leadership. He calls to light the advantages of being creative and using the powers of individual imagination.

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Congratulate TMA’s Virtual OPSTech Game Winners

Join in congratulating the winners of TMA’s 2021 Virtual OPSTech games!

OPSTech 2021 Virtual Game Prize Winners

Virtual Registration Bag Contest

1st Prize – $75 Amazon Gift Card

Austin Mayo; Vigilante Security

2nd Prize – $50 Amazon Gift Card

Wanda Griffith; The Protection Bureau

3rd Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card

Bob Finocchioli; Evolon


Photo Contest

1st Prize – $75 Amazon Gift Card

Wanda Griffith; The Protection Bureau

 2nd Prize – $50 Amazon Gift Card

James Marcella; Axis

3rd Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card

Kim Schremp; CenterPoint Technologies


Leaderboard Contest

1st Prize – $100 Amazon Gift Card

Austin Mayo; Vigilante Security

2nd Prize – $75 Amazon Gift Card

Wanda Griffith; The Protection Bureau

3rd Prize – $50 Amazon Gift Card

Kim Schremp; CenterPoint Technologies

Principal Manager, Microsoft Azure Vision AI to Keynote The Monitoring Association’s 2021 Virtual OPSTech

The keynote for The Monitoring Association’s (TMA) 2021 Virtual OPSTech is Mr. Rouzbeh Aminpour, Microsoft Azure Artificial Intelligence Platform’s Computer Vision Business & Strategy Principal Manager. Aminpour will share how Azure’s Cognitive Services are enabling users to deliver breakthrough experiences through the use of industry-leading Vision AI models. Top-of-mind topics such as industry trends, use of edge and cloud infrastructures, enterprise grade and scalable model development, and responsible AI development will be the focus of his comments. TMA’s OPSTech is set to take place virtually November 30th-December 3, 2021; Aminpour is scheduled to speak on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:15 AM ET, and will kick-off the Technology track.

“In our business, the experience that our products and services provide for our customers – commercial and residential – is everything,” stated TMA President Morgan Hertel. “Today’s leading-edge technologies, such as AI, give security integrators and monitoring services companies the ability to deliver new, higher levels of comfort, convenience, and security. For our industry to compete successfully, service providers need to gain a strong understanding of AI and other technologies that are quickly emerging and gaining consumer interest. I’m excited to hear Mr. Aminpour’s unique perspective into AI’s potential impact on our industry.”

Aminpour is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine – The Paul Merage School of Business. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2017, he served as a senior product manager at Amazon.

TMA Members May Attend Annual Meeting for FREE

The Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce that through the generosity of its meeting sponsors, TMA members may now register to attend its upcoming 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting for FREE. Nonmembers may also register at a reduced rate of $450 for the three-day education and networking meeting. The virtual meeting will take place Tuesday, October 12th-Thursday, October 14th.

The 2021 meeting sponsors are:

  • Platinum –; Johnson Controls; MAS; and Resideo
  • Gold – ADI; ADT; and UL
  • Silver – Altronix; CIBC; DMP; and Salesforce
  • Bronze – Bosch, OneTel; and TRG Associates, Inc.

“TMA has been overwhelmed by the magnanimous generosity of our meeting sponsors who opted to support our 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting,” remarked TMA Executive Director Celia T. Besore. “Their financial support has made it possible for us to extend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to all TMA members to take part in this meeting. We are so grateful to our sponsors for making it possible for so many monitoring center professionals to acquire valuable new knowledge and to network with some of the industry’s leading authorities firsthand.”

TMA Transitions 2021 Annual Meeting to Virtual Format

TMA has, in consideration of our attendees’ health and well-being, made the decision to transition its in-person 2021 Annual Meeting to a virtual format. Originally set to take place in Maui, HI from Sat., Oct. 9th-Wed., Oct. 14th, the virtual meeting will take place Mon., Oct. 12th-Wed., Oct. 14th. The latest event information, including updated registration options, can be found on the TMA website at

“While the decision to cancel our face-to-face meeting was a difficult one to make for several reasons, the increasing cases of Covid and the impact of the Delta Variant coupled with a reduction in the potential number of available hospital beds and emerging international travel restrictions, left us with little-to-no alternatives,” remarked TMA President Don Young. “We could not consciously place our members, guests, or their families in a position that may potentially compromise their health.”

TMA Education Committee Co-Chair John Brady stated, “We have an outstanding program set to deliver and a slate of interesting and compelling speakers who are prepared to address this year’s meeting attendees virtually. We are also fortunate to have a platform that provides for a high level of interaction between speakers and attendees. We’re anticipating a great meeting!”

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