TMA Past President Sevinor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

TMA Past President and longtime volunteer leader Ralph Sevinor, Wayne Alarms, received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from TMA Associate Member Resideo. Resideo is hosting its #CONNECT22 at the JW Marriott Beach Resort in Marco Island, FL.

Look for updates as additional details are available!

TMA Mourns the Passing of Daniel Demers

Shared by Patrice De Luca, Consultant

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of friend and business mentor Daniel Demers. He passed away Nov. 10th after an 18-month battle with sarcoma, an aggressive and relentless form of cancer. As always, he faced this final challenge with dignity and determination.

Daniel entered the electronic security industry in 1993 as Director of Finance for Protectron, a division of Videotron. He was promoted to President and CEO in 1997. During his 22 years at the helm of Protectron through four successive majority financial owners (Videotron, Wellspring Capital, Reliance Income Trust, Alinda), Daniel has grown a $10 million annual regional business into a $160 million Canadian national player with 400,000 subscribers to its monitoring services. In 2014, he led the sale of Protectron to ADT for $500 million USD. Throughout this journey, Daniel has consistently secured seamless financing to support the company’s growth and development. He also ensured that the investor-owners understood that high quality products and services were the foundation for sustainable growth.

A few years after the sale to ADT, Daniel also led the creation of GardaWorld Security System from 2017 to 2020.

Over the years, Daniel established himself as one of the leading figures in the North American security systems and monitoring industry, leading Protectron to the 15th position on this list and within a few months of the number one position in Canada before the sale to ADT. A self-taught entrepreneur, he has built a solid and fast growing organization. He has created a “Work Hard Play Hard” culture and a strong sense of belonging by always insisting on total integrity. He also built an extensive business network in Canada and the United States, which allowed the organization to share best practices with many of North America’s best-run companies.

Daniel will be missed as a father by his daughter and son, both in their twenties, as a spouse and as a brother. He will be missed by many as an influential business leader and mentor, and as a true and genuine friend to those who were fortunate enough to be closer to him.

Enter the 2023 TMA/SDM Excellence Awards Beginning Dec. 1

Looking for a way to differentiate your company and brand in today’s crowded and competitive landscape? Awards are one of the best ways to stand-out and convey your commitment to quality and to your customers. The Monitoring Association (TMA) and SDM magazine joined together nearly 20 years ago to establish the Excellence Awards. A combination of five awards is presented annually to recognize excellence demonstrated by monitoring centers and outstanding monitoring professionals. The winners are recognized in an SDM feature article.

The application period for the 2023 TMA Excellence Awards will open December 1, 2022. Applicants must be a member of TMA. The submission deadline will be January 6, 2023. The awards will be presented virtually in conjunction with TMA’s Mid-Year Meeting in April.

Go to https://tma.us/events/awards/excellence-awards/ for complete award details. If you have any questions, please contact communications@tma.us.

Town of Leesburg VA Police Department Goes Live with ASAP-to-PSAP

The Town of Leesburg VA Police Department Emergency Communications Center (ECC) is the 117th ECC in the United States and the 21st agency in the state of Virginia to implement the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP).

The Leesburg ECC went live on Thursday, November 3, 2022, with: Vector Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Stanley Security, Tyco (Johnson Controls), Brinks Home Security, Affiliated Monitoring, the National Monitoring Center, Securitas, Guardian Protection, Protection One, United Central Control, Security Central, Vivint, and ADT.

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.

MD ECC Goes Live with ASAP-to-PSAP

The Calvert County MD Public Safety Emergency Communications Center (ECC) is the 116th ECC in the United States and the 3rd agency in the state of Maryland to implement the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP).

The Calvert County ECC went live November 1st, 2022, with: Vector Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Johnson Controls (Tyco), Stanley Security, Securitas, Protection One, Security Central, Affiliated Monitoring, United Central Control, National Monitoring Center, Guardian Protection, Brinks Home Security, Vivint and ADT.

TMA President Recognizes UL Solutions’ Schmidt at AM22

TMA President Morgan Hertel recognized the outstanding contributions of UL Solution’s Steve Schmit on Nov. 1st at TMA’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Marco Island, FL. A plaque and gift were presented to Schmit during the AM session.

Schmit has worked closely with TMA on many key standards initiatives. Schmit played an instrumental role in the development of Work From Home guidelines and standards at the onset of the pandemic. He’s recently initiated a new certification inline with TMA’s proposed ANSI standard – AVS-01, which is expected to be released by year’s end.

Steve will be retiring from his position at UL Solutions in November 2022.

TRG Associates Releases 2021 Industry Annual Attrition Study

TRG Associates’ John Brady shared highlights from his Industry Annual Attrition Report in TMA’s 2022 Annual Meeting’s first session on Nov. 1st. He opened by stressing the importance of knowing why your customers are leaving.

In 2021, RMR for participating companies reached a record $784k with “moved” jumping to the second position in the ranking of reasons customers left.

John announced the December 2022 launch of a new series of quarterly webinars on attrition. Look for details coming soon!

View and download your copy of this year’s study at http://trgassociates.com/attritions/

If you’re interested in taking part in future studies, please contact TRG Associates.

Hertel and Butkovich Present 2022 TMA Awards

TMA President Morgan Hertel and TMA Vice President Steve Butkovich had the honor of presenting TMA’s 2022 awards on Monday, October 31, 2022 on the opening day of TMA’s 2022 Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort.

Steve presented the inaugural DEI Leadership Award to Kimberlite Corp. Joey Rao-Russell accepted the award. She encouraged other TMA members to engage in DEI initiatives – noting the value her company had drawn from such activities.

Morgan presented the following awards to TMA members for their outstanding contributions to TMA:

Mel Mahler Award was presented to:
Anita Owstrowksi, Vector Security
John Brady, TRG Associates

Stanley C. Lott Memorial Award was presented to:
David Carter
Don Young, ADT

Lastly, Morgan presented a special recognition award to Lou Fiore for his decades of service to TMA and AICC. In doing so, he also announced the establishment of a scholarship fund in his name.

Please join in congratulating all of our winners!

Fall issue of TMA Dispatch Now Available

The fall issue of TMA Dispatch is now available. TMA member Eastern Bank contributed this issue’s cover story on current industry financial trends. Read it to learn if it’s the right time to sell or invest. Other columns take on the latest in smart home systems; explore the technology behind real-time locating; and provide insights into using cameras as sensors.

Read it now:

  1. Download and print a PDF
  2. View online on any device

The deadline for our winter issue is November 15th. Send your news to communications@tma.us. Interested in submitting an article? Email communications@tma.us for details.