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June 23-26, 2014


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“It’s an excellent networking and learning event. If you are in the industry and serious about your company, you have to be here.

Steve Paley
President and CEO
Rapid Security Solutions

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Chuck Speck
Vice President
Bold Technologies

Q&A: Brandon Savage, Chairman of Young Security Professionals

Kelly Mello
I  April 02, 2014


brandon savageBrandon Savage, Senior VP of Customer Experience and Operations of My Alarm Center, also serves as the chairman of the Young Security Professionals (YSP), ESA's professional group made up of individuals between the ages of 25 and 45.

Members are managers or beyond in a company that designs, sells, installs and/or monitors electronic life safety, security and/or integrated systems — they are the future leaders in the electronic security industry.

YSP will host the ESA Eye-Opener Breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and a council meeting from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 at ESX.

We recently caught up with Savage to talk about ESA's YSP, trends involving the industry's young leaders, and his ESX mentors.

ESX: Why is it important to cultivate youth into security leadership roles?
There is a need to ensure that the "next generation" is prepared to step into leadership roles. This is particularly true with family-run businesses, where succession planning can be challenging and take a lot of thought and preparation.

With larger companies in the industry, there is pressure to make sure the company is in tune with growing/younger market segments, what they expect from the product and how they prefer to communicate – with social media, email and chat. Ensuring that you are cultivating these leaders and listening to their ideas can be critical in positioning your company for future growth and success.


ESX: What is ESA's Young Security Professionals doing to support this initiative?
YSP's mission is to help young security professionals network with their peers across the industry, develop leadership capabilities and business acumen and give back to the industry. It's also a great forum to help connect with peers from across the United States in social, educational and best practice forums. We have several physical events each year, such as the ESA Leadership Summit, YSP West and ESX, that allow members to meet face-to-face.

In addition, we have recently kicked off a monthly online networking webcast that is 100% dedicated to networking. No webinars, no speakers... just a chance for members to hop onto a web-chat from the convenience of their home or office and get to know some of their peers. This webcast takes place every second Friday of the month at 4 p.m. ET. Details can be found on the YSP Facebook page.


ESX: Do you see any trends in the industry that would impact the younger professionals?
There are a lot of trends in the industry right now... decreasing POTS usage, increasing cellular usage, increasing interactive feature sets, aggressive competition from telephone companies and larger technology spaces – such as Google and Nest – an increasing DIY market segment, the potential of more self-monitoring. The list goes on and on.

Younger professionals should have good insight into many of these issues, as they are more technology-focused. As they keep up-to-date with the industry and the larger security ecosphere, they can prove valuable resources to any company in our space.



ESX: Why should young people attend ESX?
Young people should attend ESX because it is the best venue for receiving industry-specific best-practice training. You'll be able to listen to the industry's best and brightest, network with peers to understand how they are dealing with the same challenges you are facing. It's also a good opportunity for key members of your team to step away from day-to-day operations and focus on overall strategy and goals. There is a perfect mix of education opportunities, product/vendor exposure and some Nashville fun!


ESX: What stories do you have about meeting a mentor and what it did for your personal and professional development?
Every year I've attended ESX, I've had the opportunity to meet and chat with industry legends. I've been amazed at how friendly and forthright many of them are, and how willing they have been to answer the phone throughout the year when I've had questions or needed advice or help. Specific individuals that have gone above and beyond in a mentoring role include Ralph Sevinor, George de Marco and Patrick Egan.

I've had the opportunity to meet and get to know many other leaders in the industry at ESX, including Joe Nuccio, Pam Petrow, Bruce Mungiguerra, Mike Miller, John Jennings, Chet Donati and Jamie Haenggi, amongst many others. I look forward to getting to know more people this year!

Register your team now for Deluxe Passes and get access to not only this breakfast, but the entire educational program, networking line up of social events and the most focused expo floor in the industry.


Kelly Mello is a writer for AE Ventures, managers of the Electronic Security Expo.





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