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Life Safety Alliance Members

Members

FOUNDING MEMBERS

Tom Connaughton, The Connaughton Group

Steve Doyle, International Meeting Network, Inc.

Darryl Engle, Intertek

Carol Enman, Enman Strategic Business Initiatives

Albert Janjigian, Expedeum

Becky Lane, LaneWorks

Kirk MacDowell, MacGuard Security Advisors, Inc.

Jack O'Brien, International Consulting Services (deceased)

Michael Slossar, Ring Protect, Inc.

Peter Raymond, P Raymond, Inc.

THE BOARD

George Bish

George Bish

Ring Protect Inc.

Director, Codes & Standard Compliance

704-784-4776

georgbis@amazon.com

BOARD MEMBER

CO-MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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George Bish’s interest in technology stems from his early involvement with computer science class and the A/V club in high school. He continued this journey in the U.S. Navy as an Electronics Technician, and transitioned to a bench repair then installations in the A/V industry. George’s introduction to the world of security and life safety came when he was working as a Nurse Call system designer and installer. After learning that they needed a way to ensure that residents did not exit the building George designed an access control system using Radio Shark parts. It was so successful that the owner began selling the system. He later took a position with Rollins Protective Services in 1989 where he officially embarked on his Life Safety journey.

Since then George has held positions with Brinks Home Security, Entergy Security, ADT, The System Depot, SWS LLC, and MasTec AT. He has his NICET Level IV in Fire Alarm Systems and is a Senior Instructor with ESA’s National Training School. George is now the Director, Codes & Standard Compliance for Ring Protect Inc (an Amazon Company) providing strategic direction to ensure that the company is compliant with all regulatory requirements related to Security & Life Safety.

George has dedicated his career to promoting the advancement of the Security, Fire, and Life Safety industry. He began working at the state level with NCBFAA and progressed to the National Level serving on NFPA 70, 72, and 730/731 as well as various ESA, TMA, and SIA committees. George has received many industry awards for his stewardship, but the two he is most proud of are the Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award by ESA in 2015 and the SBCA President’s Award in 2016.

Julio Macrae

Julio Fumagalli Macrae

IRIS - Instituto Rector De La Industria De La Seguridad

President

juliom@lifesafetyalliance.org

 

PAST PRESIDENT

BOARD MEMBER

EDUCATION CHAIR

IRIS
Instituto Rector De La Industria De La Seguridad

Julio Fumagalli Macrae’s wide ranging experience in the Security & Life Safety industry and strong team approach inspires his drive for exceptional performance. He has led several inter-cultural teams located across the United States, Canada, Argentina and South America with a style and vision that considers both global, regional, and local issues.

His current work for IRIS, the Instituto Rector de la Industria de la Seguridad, includes many government projects. Among these, Julio led a redesign of the Security Officer's Training Program for the city of Buenos Aires, in addition to strategic planning to address crime in the most vulnerable neighborhoods of Argentina for the National Security Ministry.

Since 2008, Julio has also led several efforts for Risk Management and Security Consultants in Buenos Aires. Among his many accomplishments, he successfully directed Crisis Management Training programs for NOKIA Telecommunication's top management.

Prior to this, Julio worked for BASE 365 (Buenos Aires Security Systems and Emergency) conducting risk identification and assessment. There he also had oversight of the design, installation, maintenance, and monitoring functions for security, safety, and industrial devices. Julio also has several years of experience in EHS management, where he conducted many audits and implemented system improvements for top international companies like Union Carbide and Sherwin-Williams as part of the Arthur D. Little Consortium & AICC Consulting.

Julio is the past president of the Global Life Safety Alliance, and current Board Member and Education Chair. His previous non-profit work included leading groups for ASIS International and CEMARA (Central Station Monitoring Association of Argentine Republic).

 

 

Michael Gips

Michael Gips

Global Insights in Professional Security (GIPS)

Managing Principal

mike@gipsinsight.com

 

PRESIDENT

BOARD MEMBER

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Michael Gips, JD, CPP, CSyP, CAE, is a security professional, attorney, writer, and business executive. He is principal of Global Insights in Professional Security, where he consults for multinational corporations, security providers, academic institutions, utilities, law firms, nonprofits, healthcare organizations, and other businesses and agencies. Previously he served as both the Chief Security Officer and Chief Global Knowledge and Learning Officer for ASIS International, where he oversaw Learning, Content, Certification, Standards & Guidelines, Production, Enterprise Security Risk Management, and other departments. He developed the CSO Roundtable, an organization that includes hundreds of the most senior security executives at the biggest corporations around the world, as a membership group within ASIS. He also served as editor and publisher of Security Management, where he authored hundreds of articles.


Mike is also a senior advisor for Cardinal Point Strategies, a senior advisor for the Network Contagion Research Institute, and a Partner in the Knowledgebase of Insider Threats. He also serves on the
advisory boards of several organizations that provide technology and services in government security, executive protection, violence prevention, and emergency geolocation.


Mike has received many commendations, including Outstanding U.S. Security Consultant (OSPAs, 2021), most influential security thought leader (IFSEC, 2022), and one of the most influential people in security (Security magazine, 2019). He has received more than a dozen awards for his writing, most recently for his monthly leadership column in Security magazine.

 

On the volunteer side, heads the security committee for a large house of worship and serves on Chabad's advisory board. He was on the committees that updated ASIS’s CSO standard and developed ASIS’s ESRM guideline. He also mentors many young professionals.

Peter Raymond

Peter Raymond

P Raymond, Inc.

Owner

609.915.1719

pfraymond@aol.com

 

BOARD MEMBER

ADVISORY

P Raymond, Inc.

Peter has been in the security industry for 40 years.

Starting his career in the security space working with Wells-Fargo Security. Peter was tasked with evaluating the operations of prospective acquisitions, where he was a key member in completing these projects. Wells Fargo became the second largest security company in the industry, growing from four branches to fifty-eight locations throughout the U.S., including owning a manufacturer of fire products, before the organization was sold.

Peter moved on to be the President, of Security Protective Services, a regional alarm company, for a decade before selling this company.

 

Given Peter’s expertise in all aspects of management, he moved on to consulting with American companies, expanding their operations in the U.S., and other countries around the globe. For twenty-nine years, Peter has been consulting in the U.S, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia, as an international expert on the processes and procedure to start and manage company expansions throughout the globe.

Peter delivers services to large national and international manufactures, suppliers, alarm companies, security design companies, and monitoring services platforms.

Mitch Reitman

Mitch Reitman

Reitman Consulting Group, Inc.

Managing Principal

817.698.9999

mreitman@reitman.us

 

BOARD MEMBER

ADVISORY

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Reitman Consulting provides financial consulting, valuation, general accounting services, transactional services, tax compliance, and tax representation services to security alarm companies in twenty-three states, Mexico, Canada and the EEC.  Mr. Reitman is a frequent lecturer to Alarm Industry trade groups and associations and was selected as the Person of the Year 2019 by the Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, received the Mark Schubert Associate of the Year Award from the California Alarm Association, and was  to the Electronic Security Industry Hall of Fame in 2017. 

 

Mr. Reitman has twenty-four years in the Security Alarm industry. Prior to forming Reitman Consulting, he was Vice President of Acquisitions for Select Security, and Director of Acquisitions and Business Development for Protection One Alarm Monitoring, where he participated in more than $400 million of alarm account transactions.

 

He began his career at Coopers and Lybrand, Certified Public Accountants where he was an audit manager with the Emerging Business Practice Group.

Either he or Reitman Consulting Group. are members of the AICPA, Central Station Alarm Association (consultant member), Electronic Security Association, Security Industry Association (SIA), The Monitoring Association (TMA), California Alarm Association, Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, Arizona Burglar and Fire Alarm Association,  Nevada Security Association, Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of Michigan, Southern California Alarm Association, Global Security Alliance, and many others.

Patrick Straw

Patrick Straw

Canadian Security Association (CANASA)

Executive Director

905.513.0622, ext. 222

pstraw@canasa.org

 

BOARD MEMBER

ADVISORY

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Established in 1977 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the security industry.

Established in 1977, the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the security industry. We protect and promote the interests of our members and the safety of all Canadians through education, advocacy, and leadership.

We are a recognized voice of the security industry in Canada and have a growing membership of more than 1000 member organizations in 10 Regions across the country representing all segments of the industry.

We support our members through a comprehensive network of services, including:

  • high quality security education;

  • leading industry trade shows;

  • government relations and advocacy work;

  • marketing and communications; and

  • the latest industry information and news

Mission

To create and maintain a professional environment for our members with the tools and standards to enhance the SAFETY and SECURITY of all Canadians.


Vision

CANASA is the recognized voice of security in Canada.

George Strom

George Strom

Intertek

Business Development Director of IOT

978.635.8614

george.strom@intertek.com

 

VICE PRESIDENT

BOARD MEMBER

ADVISORY

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George Strom is Business Development Director of IOT at Intertek, a FTSE 100 Company.  George has worked with medical device manufacturers around the world to help them meet all of their assurance, testing, inspection, and certification needs.   George’s 20+ years in the Quality Assurance & Safety arena bring insight into the unique challenges of launching a product in today’s Connected World. Prior to Intertek, George worked in Sales and Marketing within the Computer & Office Automation Industry.  He is a proud alumnus of U-Mass Lowell and lives in the Greater Boston area.

MEMBERS

Joy Curtiss

Joy Curtiss

Creative Segment

President

joyc@globallifesafetyalliance.org

creativesegment@gmail.com

 

MEMBER

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

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The Creative Segment is owned and operated by Joy Curtiss, a veteran marketer who has more than 18 years of experience in the security industry. She led marketing teams at several leading electronic security organizations that included CASI-RUSCO, GE Security, and United Technologies with her most recent role as Director of Strategic Marketing, Global Security Products.

Prior to working in the security business, Joy held positions in advertising, as well as creative services for a leading publisher and event management company.

 

Joy now offers her marketing expertise and services to small and mid-sized businesses looking to partner with an expert to help them accomplish their business goals.

 

A results-driven individual, Joy focuses on creating high-quality, innovative marketing solutions for her clients. While she can help solve marketing challenges across industries, she specializes in high-tech marketing for both B2B and B2C audiences. 

George De Marco

George De Marco

DECO Ventures LLC

Managing Partner

949.300.5006

gdemarco@decoventures.com

 

MEMBER

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George De Marco began his life-long entrepreneurial journey in 1981. Founder and CEO of Greater Alarm, George brought together a team of highly-motivated individuals that achieved nationwide recognition for growth, innovation and customer experience in the electronic security and life safety and custom electronics industry. After selling his company in 2004, George was asked to help kickstart the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in 2007, a conference focused on security and life safety industry, and continues to serve as its chairman.

In 2011, he began his consultancy journey, founding DECO Ventures LLC.  Today, his firm helps entrepreneurs and executives think differently about innovation, customer experience and growth. George received numerous business awards over the years for his volunteer service in the electronic security and life safety industry, including a life-time achievement award from the California Alarm Association, the Sara E. Jackson Award from the Electronic Security Association, and the Industry Hall of Fame from Security Sales & Integration magazine. 

A published author of industry articles, keynote speaker, and moderator, George continues his entrepreneurial journey and his life-long quest to keep learning from exceptional businesses and people.

Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

The Elm Consulting Group International LLC

Managing Director

203.645.6204

pdoyle@elmgroup.com

MEMBER

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Mr. Doyle is a Managing Director of The Elm Consulting Group International LLC. The Elm Consulting Group International LLC (ELM) is a specialized international management consultancy, focused on supporting their clients’ development and implementation of effective health, safety and environmental (HSE) management programs.  ELM provides a limited number of clients with expert technical advice on health, safety and environmental issues, including HSE management system development, assessment, and implementation.  In addition, ELM supports client HSE compliance and management system audit programs through participation as an audit team member or audit team leader. 

The scope of client services focuses support for client needs at both domestic and international locations. Working side-by-side with clients, ELM consultants assist large multi-national corporations and individual operations to deploy leading edge HSE systems and procedures. With offices in Connecticut, California, Kentucky, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Jakarta, and a long list of HSE consultants globally on which to draw, ELM is able to provide our clients with superior attention and support with local knowledge and awareness.

Mr. Doyle has over thirty years of international experience supporting clients’ development and implementation of effective HSE management programs.

Darryl Engel

Darryl Engel

Intertek

Business Development

224.213.4466

darryl.engel@intertek.com

 

MEMBER

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Intertek is an industry leader with more than 44,000 employees in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. We deliver Total Quality Assurance expertise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our industry-winning processes and customer-centric culture. Whether your business is local or global, we can help to ensure that your products meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. We hold extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements, and our knowledge of and expertise in overcoming regulatory, market, and supply chain hurdles is unrivalled.

Intertek can sharpen your competitive edge

  • With reliable testing and certification for faster regulatory approval

  • Through rapid, efficient entry to virtually any market in the world

  • With Total Quality Assurance across your supply chain

  • Through innovative leadership in meeting social accountability standards

  • By reducing cost and minimizing health, safety, and security risks

  • By becoming a TRUSTED BRAND

Carol Enman

Carol Enman

Enman Strategic Business Initiatives LLC

CEO

207.829.6047

carole@lifesafetyalliance.org

 

MEMBER

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Carol Enman, CEO of Enman Strategic Business Initiatives LLC, helped grow security companies. As an independent consultant, she helped turn around struggling organizations, improving customers’ go to market strategies, their internal processes, marketing, sales focus, and overall growth and profitability.

Carol has decades of experience expanding organizations, as well as a variety of security organizations in the US and overseas. She entered the industry to take the helm of Security Systems News, in its startup phase, developing it into the industry’s most respected and lucrative security publication, while creating its related products,
events, and websites.

She went on to become the Director of Business Development for Securitas Systems U.S. as they spun off from Securitas Guarding Group in Sweden, into a publicly traded billion-dollar international company. Working directly with the US president, the CTO in Sweden, sitting on the international marketing committee and other international branches around the globe.

Carol worked with Axis Communications as their director of Business Development for healthcare and education, before returning to publishing with Cygnus Publishing, helping them to reorganize their slumping Security Dealer magazine.

For six years she grew DICE Corp., after the owner returned from an extended hiatus. Expand the company’s annual profits by multiple millions of dollars. Establishing their hosted solutions offering, while promoting their telecom company, IPtelX sales.


Carol recently re-directed her career to being a certified career coach, while maintaining a vibrant activity in security communications.

Riley Fields

Riley Fields

Ring Protect

Licensing Manager

405.409.0778

fieriley@amazon.com

 

MEMBER

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Riley Fields is a Licensing and Compliance Manager for Ring Protect Inc. a division of Amazon with over 32 years experience in the security and life safety industry. He is NICET Level II certified in Fire Alarm Systems and holds Qualifying Agent licenses in 34 different states and municipalities. Riley is also an ESA National Training School Instructor, Texas Certified Instructor and Texas licensed Private Investigator. Riley sits on the NFPA ECS Committee as well as Chairperson of the Oklahoma Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and member of the Oklahoma City False Alarm Board. In his spare time Riley volunteers with The Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma and spends time with family and friends as well as his trusted canine companion Cam the American Bulldog. 

Becky Lane

Becky Lane

LaneWorks

President

703.898.7415

beckyl@lifesafetyalliance.org

MEMBER

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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Becky is President of LaneWorks, llc., a sales and project management company.

Years of sales experience in the electronic security association industry, as well as the printing, marketing, and communications industries.

Past Vice President of Membership and Programs for The Monitoring Association, TMA, (formerly the Central Station Monitoring Association). Becky not only grew the membership dues revenue, but helped develop the Contract Monitoring Council, expand the Proprietary Monitoring Council, and lead the creation of the International Outreach Forum. She also served as staff liaison for several programs, including the ASAP program.

Prior to her 10-year tenure with TMA, Becky was the top printing sales representative for S&S Graphics, a high-end technology advanced printing company. During her tenure with the company, the company experienced exceptional growth and recognition.  Her clients included a diverse mix of Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, government agencies as well as publishing, designers, and advertising groups.  

Skilled in project management, budgeting, operations management, business development and marketing. She holds certification from the ANSI Standards organization, certificates in project management, and Comptia marketing.  She also is CERT certified.

Becky is a big picture thinker and stays the course on a company’s mission and vision, no matter the size. Becky’s curiosity of new products and services adds to her skills on building valued relationships for her clients.
 

Kirk MacDowell

Kirk MacDowell

MacGuard Security Advisors, Inc.

President

503.744.0720

kirk.macdowell@macguard.com

 

MEMBER

CO-MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

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Business leader and 43-year security industry veteran, Kirk MacDowell is the founder and CEO of MacGuard Security Advisors. Bringing insight from his time at industry innovator Alarm.com, top Fortune 100 manufacturers General Electric and United Technologies, a top 50 SDM integrator, and his own electronic security firm, Kirk now offers guidance on how to innovate, transform, and compete in today’s ever-changing electronic security landscape.

 

Among the services MacGuard offers includes business strategies, strategic growth initiatives, builder development services, acquisition analysis, SWOT evaluation, and customer satisfaction surveys.
 

A sought-after industry speaker, Kirk also remains active in many associations serving on numerous industry and private company boards. He was the Past Board of Director of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and The Monitoring Association (TMA), past Chairman of AIREF (Alarm Industry Research & Education Foundation), and past president of the Los Angeles County Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (LABFAA). Kirk currently serves as the Chairman of the Security Industry Alarm Collation (SIAC), and Chair of ESA’s Leadership Identification and Nominating Committee (LINC).

Kirk was the winner of two prestigious awards in 2023 including the William N. Moody Award and the Sara E. Jackson Award for his unwavering service to the industry.

Michael Slossar

Michael Slossar

Ring Protect Inc.

Licensing Manager

856.261.5195

michaels@lifesafetyalliance.org

 

MEMBER

TREASURER

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Over 30 years’ experience in the Security Industry. 18 years with Vector Security Field Operations.

Licensing and Compliance Manager with DIRECTV. Stood Up DIRECTV/LifeShield creating a licensing and compliance program where none existed.

Worked with AT&T Digital Life assisting in transition from DIRECTV as well as Risk Management and Licensing.

Participated in the re-write and passing of Rules and Regulations in North Carolina, Delaware and Maryland Easing or eliminating licensing hurdles.

Holds multiple State Licenses in Low Voltage and Security.

Risk Manager at Ring/Amazon Licensing and Compliance.

Committee member NFPA 72 SIG-SSS.

NICET III Certified Fire Michael Slossar Sr., Manager Licensing.

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