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.

You may also view ads placed by members in the fall issue of the TMA Dispatch.

If you would like to add your appreciation, please email communications@tma.us.

 

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, bginn@tma.us

 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.

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 – Alarm.com; 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 https://tma.us/events/tma-2021-annual-meeting/.

“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!”

Go to https://tma.us/events/tma-2021-annual-meeting/ to view event information.

The Monitoring Association Launches Newly-designed Learning Management System

The Monitoring Association’s (TMA) is pleased to announce the launch of its newly-designed learning management system, known as the TMA Learning Center or TLC. TMATraining.org features a dynamic, expanded training catalog and includes a topic-based index with full shopping cart capability and training management options through our popular training manager portal. The Continuing Education menu allows students to find courses recognized for CEUs by various state licensing boards.

TMA Vice President for Education and Training Julie N. Webber stated, “We are excited to introduce our members and other monitoring center professionals to this easy to navigate updated resource for industry-specific education and training. The timing of TLC is important with the launch of our recent operator recertification requirement. Those engaged with any area of professional monitoring should tour the site to learn more about the full portfolio of online training TMA has to offer. Our focus as a trade association is to provide high-quality training for monitoring professionals.”

TMA partnered with The CMOOR Group (CMOOR), owners and operators of SecurityCEU.com, to upgrade and redesign the education portal.

TMA Executive Director Honored for Association Leadership and Professional Contributions

The American Society Association Executives (ASAE) recently announced that TMA Executive Director Celia Besore was selected to join with nine other Association executives ASAE’s 2021 Class of Fellows.

The Fellows program bestows an honorary recognition upon exceptional association leaders making noteworthy and sustained contributions of leadership to their organizations, ASAE and the association management profession.

Celia joins 273 association industry professionals who have received this designation since the program’s inception in 1986.

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations.

Please join in congratulating Celia on this momentous honor.

UL President and CEO to Keynote The Monitoring Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting

The opening keynote for The Monitoring Association’s (TMA) 2021 Annual Meeting is Ms. Jennifer F. Scanlon, president and CEO, UL Inc. In her session, Collaboration—Our Force Multiplier for Forging a Profitable Future, Ms. Scanlon will address the megatrends that are reshaping the alarm and monitoring industry. The venue for this year’s Annual Meeting is the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Set for October 9-13, 2021, Ms. Scanlon is scheduled to speak on Monday, October 11, 2021 at 10:15AM/HST.

“UL has long been a trusted partner of TMA,” remarked TMA President Don Young. “Working in close collaboration with one another for many decades, our organizations have worked to develop key guidelines and standards for the monitoring industry. Likewise, we have jointly addressed critical issues facing providers of monitoring and life safety equipment and services. Most recently, we worked hand-in-hand to address the needs and challenges of monitoring centers at the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic. I am very pleased and honored to have Ms. Scanlon as our 2021 keynote speaker.”

Prior to UL, Scanlon was president and CEO of USG Corporation, where she also served as chief information officer (CIO). She led the company through a major international expansion, digital transformation, and sustainable evolution, enhancing its ability to meet customer needs.

Scanlon’s deep commitment to science, technology, engineering and math shape her approach to innovation. She is a fierce advocate for STEM education and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. In addition to her role at UL, Scanlon is a member of the board of Norfolk Southern Corporation, chair of the Commercial Club of Chicago and vice chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Go to https://tma.us/events/tma-2021-annual-meeting/ to view the full meeting agenda, to register, and to make rooming reservations. The early-bird registration deadline is September 10, 2021.

TMA Overflow Extension Room Block at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

A recent pace report shows that TMA has sold 141% of our contracted room block at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua for our 2021 TMA Annual Meeting and that figure has now held steady for two weeks. Since the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has only limited rooms remaining over our meeting dates, and they are fully sold out on the final night of our meeting and for several nights after that, TMA has reached out to see what alternative properties might be available for those wishing to extend their stay in Hawaii. We have found that several other nearby properties are sold out or are near sold out status.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa has agreed to provide us with a limited block of rooms for the nights of Wednesday, October 13, Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15. Rates may be available for 3 days pre and post subject to availability. Only 28 total room nights have been secured in our Letter of Agreement.

The rate for these limited run-of-house rooms will be $709/night.  A Daily Resort Fee of $40.00/night plus 14.16% tax per day will also be charged.  The resort fee and taxes are distinct and separate charges from the room rate of $709/night. All guests reserving under the TMA/Westin room block will be responsible for full payment of these charges and any other expenses incurred at the property.

A deposit equal to two (2) night’s is required to hold each guest’s reservations. Deposits are refundable if notice is received by the hotel at least seven (7) days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.

Reservations for all guests must be received on or before Monday, August 16, 2021, (the cut-off date). After the cut-off date the resort will release all rooms for sale to the general public and at the resorts discretion will accept reservations at the TMA rate on a space and rate available basis.

The Westin Maui Resort and Spa is roughly 6 miles from the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua.

The Monitoring Association (TMA) will not be responsible for any charges incurred by its members/non-members at The Westin Maui.

Reservations in the TMA Overflow block at The Westin Maui Resort and Spa can be booked using the following link:

https://book.passkey.com/go/monitoringassocwestinmaui

New Standards Subcommittee Will Address NFPA 730 and 731

NFPA 730 – Guide for Premises Security and NFPA 731 – Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems are two documents of interest to TMA and its membership.

 

TMA has created a sub-committee within the Standards Committee to monitor and influence these documents. Rick Sheets, who has been involved with these NFPA documents since 2005 and is a current sitting member of the Technical Committees, will lead this effort as the Chairman of the TMA NFPA 730/731 Subcommittee.

 

If you would like to take part in assisting TMA by volunteering to be on the TMA NFPA 730/731 Subcommittee, please contact Bryan Ginn at bginn@tma.us. If you have any questions about NFPA 730/731, please contact Rick Sheets at Rs8486@att.com or 940-390-6989.

 

We will schedule a meeting once the TMA committee members are onboard to begin reviewing the current public comments and discuss TMA’s position and any comments TMA should submit on behalf of our membership.

 

Below is the NFPA schedule for the documents:


Next Edition: 2023


Revision Cycle: Fall 2022

 

First Draft

• Public Input Closing Date: January 6, 2021

• First Draft Report Posting Date: October 27, 2021

 

Second Draft

• Public Comment Closing Date: January 5, 2022

• Second Draft Report Posting Date: October 5, 2022

 

Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)

• NITMAM Closing Date: November 2, 2022

• NITMAM Posting Date: December 14, 2022

Pasco County FL ECC is the 90th To Go Live with ASAP Service

The Pasco County FL Emergency Services 9-1-1 Communications Center is the 90th ECC in the United States and the 10th ECC in the state of Florida to implement the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). Pasco County went live on Tuesday, June 13th and Wednesday, June 14th with Vector Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Securitas, Affiliated Monitoring, AT&T Digital Life, Tyco (Johnson Controls), Security Central, Protection One, National Monitoring Center, Vivint, Stanley Security, Guardian Protection, Alert 360 and ADS Security. Brinks Home Security and ADT will be brought online at a later date.

Jody Kenyon, Technical Support Manager added “Pasco County Emergency Services 9-1-1 is continually and consistently looking for ways to increase efficiencies and reduce call-processing times. ASAP delivers a method to help us achieve these goals by providing a service that improves efficiencies in the processing