Bill Bozeman is president and CEO of PSA, the world’s largest system integrator cooperative, owned by the most progressive security and audio-visual integrators throughout North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in security, fire, life safety and pro audio-visual installations.
Bozeman has nearly 40 years of experience in the security systems integration business and with a successful track record in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. He has served as president of Delta Audio-Visual Security, president of Dictograph Alarm Systems Inc. and vice president of strategic alliances for Pinkerton Systems Integration. Throughout his career, Bozeman has directed sophisticated electronic security projects for corporate America, the U.S. government, and private institutions.
Bozeman attended Louisiana State University and graduated from the University of New Orleans. He also qualified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security.
Bozeman is a member of the Security Integration Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes those individuals whose distinguished careers have helped shape the electronic security industry. He was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Security Executives and received the Paul Marcus award, presented to individuals that provide consistent leadership and direction to the PSA Security Network. In 2013, Bozeman received the George Lippert memorial award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the Security Industry Association (SIA).
Bozeman currently serves on the board of directors for PSA, Security Specifiers, Northland Controls and also serves on various industry advisory boards.
Rob Simopoulos has been in the security industry for more than 20 years, helping organizations large and small improve their security posture. He began his career in Toronto, Ontario, and after the sale of his first business, he moved to the United States and settled in Maine.
Today, he is co-founder of Defendify, an all-in-one cybersecurity platform that makes cybersecurity possible for small business. He also created a program to help integrators add cybersecurity services to their existing portfolio of offerings.
His past experience as the President of Advance Technology and Co-founder of Sonitrol of South Central Ontario, led to him being named a Security System News’ “20 under 40” winner from the integrator class of 2015.
Within the security industry, Pierre Bourgeix spent 18 years as a global security consultant and innovator, at such industry leaders as ADT, HySecurity, Wallace International, Tyco, and SecureState. Currently, he is the President of ESICONVERGENT LLC, a company dedicated to converged assessments and sourcing for the security industry, as well as Enterprise Consulting Manager for Boon Edam.
He has had years of experience within the physical and cyber security arena and has been involved in developing security governance programs and has been integral in the design of enterprise security systems. His primary expertise is Physical, Cyber Security Governance and he is an SME in video security analytics and integration.
Bourgeix’s path has taken him into the physical security barrier industry, gate control, electronic security, managed services security and finally the cybersecurity arena. He has worked on projects throughout the Middle East and Asia, and has spoken at many conferences such as ISC, manufacturer events, and association meetings globally.
As one of the thought leaders in convergence of IT, OT, and Physical Security, he presently is involved in creating security standards for the testing of products, systems, and solutions. He also is in the process of developing a model that will explain the Physical Security Kill chain, which will lead to the need for proper predictive analytics across IT, OT, and Physical Security. Pierre has developed a Converged Security Gap Assessment that can assist companies in developing a proper risk rating across IT, OT, and Physical Security. He speaks fluently in English, French, and Arabic.
Josh Cummings has more than 15 years of security technology experience with expertise rooted in solutions, core, infrastructure and technical integration/applications. At VTI he leads a national organization of Security Design Engineers who serve to ensure client investments function according to performance expectation.
Additionally, he serves more than 240 colleagues with training programs for a full suite of manufacturer technologies, is called upon by the sales organization to ensure technical acumen is applied towards major client projects, and is the bridge between the logical, cyber, and physical arena at VTI.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at the SecureSet Cyber Academy—the country’s first cyber university—and is requested to share his first-hand expertise on industry panels like Cloud+. Cummings sits on PSA’s Cyber Security Committee, and he recently received his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification as well. He lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife Sunnie, and two daughters. he enjoys playing guitar, serving his community, and watching his daughters play sports.
Clifford Dice founded an accounting software consulting company in 1985 where he designed computerized accounting solutions for over a dozen industries. In 1992, Dice created a software company, DICE Corporation, and shifted his focus to automated software solutions specifically designed for the security and monitoring industry. He was instrumental in the creation of a suite of software products including secure web-based solutions to manage monitoring, customer relationship systems, iPBX, audio, video, PSIM, sales, inventory, services, and accounting.
In 2003, DICE Corporation introduced their cloud-based hosted data center solution. Since it’s implementation, over 250k subscribers and over 20 alarm centers have hosted in the cloud, which spans through the United States, Canada, Guam and the Caribbean Islands. Dice also serves as an advisor to UL labs on new industry standards and was the first designer of an inter-agency communication system in Washington DC that became the ASAP to PSAP model for the alarm industry.
Kevin Didden a physical security professional with an extensive background in project management, system integration, program management and security infrastructure design/engineering.
As the Senior Manager of Security Programs and Administration for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges & Tunnels, he is responsible for my agency’s overall security project management (routine and capital), management of security programs, and overseeing the agency Security Sensitive Information initiative.
His experience in managing high-stress and emergency oriented situations is not just relegated to his professional career, but his volunteer one as well. Since 2005, he has been an active volunteer interior structural firefighter with the North Bellmore Fire Department, and has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), HAZMAT Operations Technician and Technical Rescue Team Technician. In addition, he has been a fire line officer for eight of those years including two terms as Captain. His experiences and training in these roles has given him insight into the management of critical incidents and complex scenarios involving diverse resources.
Didden started his career in the security industry in 2006 as a Systems Analyst for Universal Security Systems, where he spent his days programming and terminating access control panels, building and programming DVRs, as well as performing field troubleshooting and trainings. Within a few years, he was the manager of the department, leading a team of analysts and building technical projects. He also has experience as Project Engineer and then Senior System Engineer for a different integrator named Delex-Fairfax.
Didden’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science as well as a Master of Science (M.S.) in Management of Information Technology. Both of these degrees, as well as a minor in Psychology, were attained from Polytechnic University, which is now the Tandon Engineering School of New York University. More recently, he attained his Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) certification and is preparing to take his Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification exam.
James Ell is currently serving as Pentagon Force Protection Agency Electronic Security Systems Branch Chief. In this role he is responsible for access control, intrusion detection, perimeter, video, PSIM, and tenant/visitor management systems for the Pentagon and 30 other DoD facilities throughout the National Capital Region.
Prior to this position he accrued broad expertise in budgets and contracting, emergency management/response, weapons of mass destruction, and emergency medical services.
He has a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Don Erickson was appointed CEO of the Security Industry Association on Nov. 1, 2011. He previously served as SIA director of government relations from 2006 to 2011.
As CEO, Erickson leads implementation of SIA’s Board Strategic Framework and oversees SIA’s collaboration with industry and vertical market associations and organizations. He is responsible for management of SIA’s operations and programs including marketing, government relations, education and standards initiatives and serves as the organization’s primary liaison to ISC Events.
Prior to joining SIA, Erickson served as manager of legislative affairs for Alcatel and legislative director for the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). He spent six years on the senior legislative staff of U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, where he facilitated the enactment of legislation pertaining to criminal justice, telecommunications and technology policy.
Erickson has served as a member of several boards including The Catholic University of America Alumni Association, Mission 500, the National Capital Region Security Forum, and the IAHSS Foundation. He was selected as a Top CEO by CEO Update magazine in 2013 and recently named by Security magazine as “One of the Most Influential People in Security” in 2018.
Michael Gips, CPP, CSyP, CAE, is the Chief Global Knowledge and Learning Officer at ASIS International, responsible for editorial services, production, education, certification, standards and guidelines, and information services. He is also the staff lead to the CSO Center for Leadership & Development (formerly the CSO Roundtable).
As an editor for ASIS’s Security Management magazine from 1994 to 2007, he wrote hundreds of articles and columns on virtually every topic in security. He has won more than a dozen awards for his writing.
In 2007 he developed and ran the CSO Roundtable, growing it to 370 members. In 2013, Gips returned to the publishing division at ASIS as vice president, leading a staff of 14. He was promoted to his current position in early 2016, for which he is responsible for security duties including business impact analysis, crisis management, and travel risk management. He has also held interim leadership roles in marketing and membership.
During his close to 25 years with ASIS, Gips has presented at dozens of conferences around the world on behalf of the Society and other organizations. He has represented ASIS on television, on the radio, in Podcasts, in Webinars, and in other media formats.
Gips has a B.A. in history and Spanish from Tufts University, and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. In the security arena, he holds ASIS’s Certified Protection Professional designation and the Chartered Security Professional designation bestowed by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. He also has multiple certificates in security and business subjects.
In the association arena, he is vice chair of the Executive Management Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives and holds ASAE’s Certified Association Executive designation.
Gretchen Gordon is an award-winning sales and sales leadership expert who specializes in solving sales problems for clients. She is President of Braveheart Sales Performance, which is dedicated to transforming sales teams. Gretchen has a special focus in the security and systems integrator sectors, having been both a lender to the industry and a former PERS business owner.
She is a highly regarded speaker at conferences and events including ISC East and West, Barnes Buchanan Conference, ESX, ESA Leadership Summit, and the Sonitrol National Dealers Association, among others. She has conducted various webcasts and events on behalf of Security Systems News and she contributes sales articles to a variety of publications focused on effective sales leadership. She is a published author of several eBooks and a Top 50 rated Sales Management Blog, and in 2017 was recognized as a Top 50 Sales Influencer.
Merlin Guilbeau has 30 years of experience in the electronic security industry. In 2002, he transitioned from company owner and volunteer leader to an association executive when he became executive director and CEO of the Electronic Security Association (ESA). Guilbeau provides strategic direction to ESA and its subsidiaries and has helped solidify the association’s position as the voice for the industry. Guilbeau also lends his experience by serving on the UL Security Council and on the board of directors of several industry organizations. In 2012 he graduated from the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, the nation’s premier non-profit professional development program.
Dan Gundry has worked with Vistacom for more than 15 years and now leads its Control Room Team, a business unit working with Mission Critical agencies and partners integrating technologies into Security Operations Centers, Traffic Management Centers, EOCs, NOCs, Command and Control Rooms, War Rooms, Data Centers, and similar spaces.
Gundry is an experienced professional in mission-critical environments. His understanding of command center operations, the decision-making chain, ergonomics and human factors, and the practicality of crisis management allow Dan to help clients improve their responsiveness and communications. Furthermore, Dan’s background in both construction management and technology provides a unique perspective and is a tremendous asset to Vistacom’s high-profile and mission-critical projects in risk management, proactive communication, and ensuring a positive project outcome for our clients.
James E. Henry (Jim) is currently Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for Securitas Electronic Security, Inc (SES). He joined SES via the acquisition of the Public Safety and Security division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions in June 2018. From December 2010 through June 2018 Jim was Executive Vice President (EVP) for Kratos Public Safety & Security Solutions, Inc. (Kratos PSS), a division of Kratos Security and Defense Solutions (KTOS).
Henry’s title of EVP for Kratos PSS was assumed on Dec. 15, 2010 via the acquisition of Henry Bros. Electronics, Inc. (HBE) by Kratos PSS. From November 2001 through December 15, 2010, he was Chairman and CEO of HBE, headquartered first in Saddle Brook, N.J., and then in Fair Lawn, N.J. HBE was sold to a public company in 1986, reacquired by a team led by Henry in 1989, and grown as a private company until Henry took it public in November of 2001.
HBE was originally founded as an electronic repair shop in Paramus, N.J. in 1950 by John (Jim’s father), Hartford and Raymond Henry (the three “Henry Brothers”). Under the ownership of the “Henry Brothers” from 1950 to 1986, HBE grew to have three divisions: Security Systems Integration, Land/Mobile Radio Systems, and Consumer Electronics Sales/Service. Jim Henry joined HBE as an Applications Engineer in June of 1978 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Rob Hile serves as General Manager, GC&E Systems Group, where he operates and manages the Tampa, Florida branch and oversees sales and operations across central and southern Florida. Hile’s duties include sales, operations, P&L management, strategic vendor relations and the Florida growth and expansion strategy as aligned with GC&E's corporate initiatives.
Recognized as a leading voice in the industry, Hile has more than 30 years of industry experience, encompassing sales and business leadership, as well as driving strategic market opportunities and further positioning companies as leaders in their respective target markets.
He is a frequent speaker at industry events and currently serves on the Security Industry Association educational advisory board.
Mike Lavway has been working in the security industry for more than 12 years. His broad experience includes retail loss prevention, investigations, executive protection, and emergency management. In addition to his civilian positions, Lavway is also a combat veteran with more than six years of active duty service as an officer in the United States Army.
As a Loss Prevention Coordinator at Hannaford Bros. Supermarkets, he trained and qualified in each section of the $3B+ Corporation’s loss prevention department to include internal investigations, shoplifter apprehension, access control, and alarm monitoring for over 130 stores, corporate headquarters, and 2 distribution centers. During that time Mike was integral in the company’s development of their first enterprise level deployment of exception-based point-of-sale reporting system.
Lavway also has extensive corporate experience from his work at Procter and Gamble/Gillette in the Global Security Department. He coordinated worldwide loss investigations and developed systemic improvements from findings, conducted executive protection to include threat analysis and personnel protection, managed information security and brand protection, and facilitated employee safety and emergency response.
The majority of his career to this point was spent in the U.S. Army, transitioning to civilian employment at the rank of Captain after 6+ years of service. His time in the Army included a tour in Iraq in charge of a specialized counter-improvised explosive team charged with eliminating hazardous materials and disrupting terrorist networks. He spent his second tour in Kuwait and Jordan training Jordanian intelligence and operations officers to prepare them to deploy to Afghanistan. The remainder of his service focused on process development and implementation to achieve operational excellence.
Lavway came to ASG, a Security Risk Management Services (SRMS) firm, in 2013 and spent his first year as an estimator, gaining technical proficiency prior to transitioning to client manager for two of ASG’s largest clients. He is currently serving as the Senior Manager for ASG’s Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG), which provides CSO-level assessments, strategy and program development through the convergence of enterprise security risk management and technology. He is responsible for eSRG program management and reporting for the Chief Security Officer.
Colby Meshey has 19 years’ experience working with security technology within the Department of Defense.
In his current role, he is responsible for operational and physical security across the Pentagon Reservation and over 30 Designated Leased Facilities throughout the National Capital Region (NCR). This includes project management, access control/intrusion detection, credentialing, operations and maintenance, security administration, and the screening of commercial mail across PFPA’s area of responsibility.
In previous roles, he led a massive multi-year effort to rebuild physical and electronic security across the Pentagon Reservation resulting in a dramatic improvement in access control compliance and resiliency. In addition, he led multiple efforts to modernize electronic security systems across the Reservation.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Security Management from The University of Phoenix and is a United States Air Force veteran.
Robert Millar entered into the professional security market in 2012, joining Mobotix as a Business Development Manager for the Southeast area of the United States, In this role, he fostered and maintained customer relationships by staying up-to-date with industry challenges and trends.
Millar joined Intelligent Security Systems (ISS) in the position of Southeastern Regional Sales Manager. In his current role, he drives and develops new relationships with A&Es and consultants regionally, and has responsibility for further developing sales opportunities in the education vertical nationally for ISS’ intelligent SecurOS VMS and native analytics.
Joe Morgan is the Business Development Manager for Critical Infrastructure at Axis Communications, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing strategies and building channel relationships to expand Axis’ presence in markets specific to Critical Infrastructure in North America.
Morgan has more than 32 years of experience building market share in the critical infrastructure industry. He has completed course work to become specialized in Optical Imaging and through previous experience and additional coursework has also become specialized in Optical Security.
Prior to joining Axis in 2017, Morgan held previous positions serving in a business development and sales capacity at FLIR Systems, Olympus Industrial and Everest/VIT where he helped deliver new technology to emerging markets. Morgan focuses on thermal imaging specifically to the petrochemical and oil and gas markets.
He has his CFATS certification and is an active member with ASIS. He holds a B.A. in education from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Greg Mummah started his career when UX was called “human factors,” working on Computer Aided Dispatch software for sale to state and local government. He designed the UX for one of the first graphical CAD systems on the market. He then spent many years working in the systems integration space, primarily integrating older technologies like mainframes with new technologies like web sites and mobile applications. Mummah served both corporate and public sector customers during this time, including a stint working with the New South Wales Police Force to modernize their records management processes and implement a new CAD system.
For the last five years he has worked exclusively with IDV Solutions and now Everbridge, engaging with customers to provide them with critical event management solutions for use in GSOCs and in support of field worker safety. He has had the opportunity to visit with, and contribute to, some of the most sophisticated GSOC environments in the corporate world.
Ty Richmond has led the security systems integration and technology business solutions for Allied Universal since 2013.
Prior to Allied Universal, Richmond was the Senior Vice President of Global Security at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he was responsible for the physical, personnel and operational security programs and services for the Theatrical, Television and Home Entertainment divisions. Prior to this post, he was Chief Operating Officer for Andrews International, where he served on the board and was an executive team member who helped grow the company into one of the largest private security and risk mitigation services firms in the U.S.
His 30-year corporate security background also includes executive, CSO, and other senior-level positions in myriad sectors such as energy, consumer products, transportation and logistics, and high-tech industries.
Richmond holds a Master’s Certificate of Business from Tulane University, and attended the University of Kentucky and The National Graduate School, where he earned a B.S. in Quality Management Systems. Additionally, he is board certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), as well as Six Sigma certified.
In 2013, Peter W. Rung founded NCODED Communications, a cybersecurity company based in Odessa, Fla. He is the architect of the company’s UltraSuite of Encryption and Privacy Tools, and chief business design and development of the UltraSuite data-in-transit cloaking system (UltraPad). He also works as the chief business development and implementer of the security framework for delivering secure phone calls and IM messages to several Other Government Agencies (OGA), and chief business development and implementer of the intrusion prevention framework to three letter agencies.
Rung previously held positions including Executive Vice President of International IT security at Swiss Bank Corporation, Executive Vice President at Perot Systems, Director at KPMG Peat Marwick, and Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories.
Samuel Trotman currently serves as the Director of Integrated Technology for KLJ, Inc. and is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida, having received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering as well as Masters degrees in both Civil Engineering and Computer Science. Samuel has more than a decade worth of experience in security system design and advanced technology system integration specializing in communication design (e.g. fiber optic networks, wireless networks, SCADA system, etc.) and comprehensive system solution design (e.g. Smart Cities framework, IoT implementations, consolidation of disparate software systems, etc.) implemented across various verticals. He has designed security system enhancements for international and regional airports throughout the State of Florida, various seaports across the country, as well as critical infrastructure and municipal facilities.
His area of expertise has focused on the design of large-scale fiber optic-based and wireless communications networks, video management and surveillance camera system design, electronic access control system integration and design, cross platform software system integration, and implementation of advanced technology systems solutions. Samuel has designed comprehensive security technology solutions that have included enterprise-level CCTV camera surveillance systems, Electronic Access Control System (EACS) solutions, Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) solutions, Announcement Control Systems, biometric technology integration, and more. He also has a background in software development, which includes development of web-based applications, Relational Database (RDBMS) applications, and Microsoft .NET applications.
As editor, Paul helps oversee editorial content and works on developing a rapport with industry leaders to report and write on industry news. He focuses on writing stories important to installers, integrators, manufacturers and distributors. Paul joined the company in March 2016, having previously worked for nearly 20 years as a writer and editor on several monthly B2B magazines based in New York. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Manhattanville College, N.Y., and a master's degree in English/Writing from Hofstra University, N.Y. Paul lives in Maine with his wife and son.