Obituary: Former SIA CEO Richard Chace, 49, Dies

Richard Chace, who ran the Security Industry Association (SIA) for 11 years from 2001-2011, dies in China.

Obituary: Former SIA CEO Richard Chace, 49, Dies
Richard Chace, 49, who was instrumental in expanding the Security Industry Association internationally, died suddenly in China.
Jason Knott · October 3, 2017

Richard Walden (Mayo III) Chace, 49, former long-time CEO of the Security Industry Association (SIA), succumbed to a sudden fatal illness on September 23, 2017 in Shenzhen, China, where he has resided for the past 5 years. Chace is survived by his wife, Linda Joy Lattavo, and his two children, Jordyn Zoe Chace (21) and Ryan Isaac Chace (19) of Potomac, Md.

Chace was born on January 3, 1968 in Fall River, Massachusetts, as the only child of Linda Dee Chace and Richard Walden Mayo Jr.  His paternal grandfather, Richard Walden Mayo, was a retired Brigadier General and winner of the bronze medal in the Modern Pentathlon at the 1932 Summer Olympics. His grandfather on his maternal side, Fenner Albert Chace Jr., studied at Harvard University and was “one of the most influential carcinologists of the 20th century,” before becoming a curator at the United States National Museum until his honorary retirement.

Having graduated from The American University, Washington, D.C. with a bachelor’s degree in literature, Chace was happiest getting his hands dirty and enjoyed a long stint as a landscape architect. Chace carried on this passion by leaving his signature designs on every house he called home.

He began working at the Security Industry Association (SIA) as the director of communications, Marketing, Government Affairs & Research and after several years he was mentored by Ron Spiller and served as CEO of the 750-member, $6.8M international trade association for the next 11 years.  In conjunction with his work at SIA he became CEO/Founder of The Ashlar Foundation, a startup non-profit foundation dedicated to issuing startup funding grants to organizations to promote and build security and life safety programs for the greater good.

In 2012 Chace moved to Shenzhen to develop and chair the Global Security Industry Alliance (GSIA) with funding from Jincai Yang. GSIA, consisting of security industry associations from countries around the world, works to define and promote a global security business agenda.

"As many people know, Chace had an immense heart that he opened to everyone he met, including animals," says his wife Linda. "At one point  we had four Landseer Newfoundlands, seven assorted cats and eventually rescued an ox named Kobe that lived with us in Shenzhen.  Chace’s love of animals moved him to rescue and find homes for many stray dogs in the area, and he eventually opened '4 Paws Bakery,' making all natural ingredient dog treats. Using his oldest dog, Mason, as his mascot, Chace helped educate the Chinese on animal rights and proper health care so they could enjoy a more symbiotic relationship with their pets."

Memorial fund contributions may be sent to the Philip Lattavo Family Foundation at P.O. Box 646, Massillon, Ohio 44648 along with remembrances and condolences.

  About the Author

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

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