Electronic Security Assn. Plans Florida Chapter, Event

Electronic Security Association to form a Florida chapter competing with the Alarm Association of Florida. It also announces plans to hold Florida show in Orlando from 2013-15.

Jason Knott · March 23, 2012

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) has announced plans to launch a new chartered chapter entitled the ESA of Florida. The chapter will compete with the 600-member-plus Alarm Association of Florida (AAF), which has been an unaffiliated state association since it broke ties with the national association years ago.

The dispute has lingered for many years over the original creation of educational materials used by the ESA (then the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association), as well as the share of membership dues taken by the national association. Other state chapters had made similar moves in the 1990s, only to eventually return as a chapter of the ESA. The national association has been unrepresented in Florida for many years.

ESA made the announcement at EHX in Orlando, noting that the new association would include a focus on the “top challenge of the electronic life safety and security industry in Florida—stimulating demand in the commercial, institutional, industrial, residential and governmental markets.”

To that end, ESA of Florida plans to offer a sustained program of media relations, online promotions and face-to-face networking events to generate inquiries for members and inform the public.

ESA of Florida will provide technical and business education via the National Training School (NTS) and will offer courses to help members achieve their Florida licenses and renewals. Other services proposed by the new association will include new technologies, including hosted and managed services, video and access control, mobile app integration, and home and building control integration. The association plans to create alliances for members with IT VARs and systems integrators, custom A/V, integrators, builders and architects.

ESA of Florida Convention
The ESA of Florida Convention was also announced. It will be a co-located event in Orlando from 2013-15 with the ESA Leadership Summit. a task force has been formed under ESA Treasurer David Koenig to seek out Florida members.

“Florida is the fourth most populous state in America and home to hundreds of high-quality electronic security integration and monitoring companies, including more than 60 ESA member companies,” says Dom D’Ascoli, president of the ESA. “We look forward to dynamic and sustained growth through the programs and initiatives of ESA’s newest chapter.”

For its part, the AAF has been in existence since 1970. The group offers a full slate of training courses, both live and online, designed to help security dealers earn and maintain their licenses. The association also has a member-finder service on its website to help generate leads.

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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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