2019 Techsec Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Bill Bozeman
President and CEO
PSA Security

Bill Bozeman

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.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER DAY TWO:
Rob Simopoulos
Co-founder
Defendify

Rob Simopoulos

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.

Pierre Bourgeix
President
ESICONVERGENT LLC.

Pierre Bourgeix

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.

Joshua Cummings
Director, Engineering Services
VTI Security

Joshua Cummings

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
President and Chief Executive Officer
DICE Corporation

Clifford Dice

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
Senior Manager, Security Programs and Administration
MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Kevin Didden

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
Electronic Security Services Branch Chief
Pentagon Force Protection Agency

James Ell

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
CEO
Security Industry Association

Don Erickson

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.

Gretchen Gordon
President
Braveheart Sales Performance

Gretchen Gordon

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.

Rob Hile
General Manager
GC&E Systems Group

Rob Hile

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.

Colby Meshey
Deputy, Security Services
Pentagon Force Protection Agency

Colby Meshey

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 Miler
Regional Sales Manager
ISS – Intelligent Security Systems

Robert Miler

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.

Miller 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
Business Development Manager, Critical Infrastructure
Axis Communications Inc.

Joe Morgan

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
Senior Solutions Engineer for Critical Event Management
Everbridge

Greg Mummah

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 L. Richmond
President, Integrated Security Solutions and Technology
Allied Universal

Ty L. Richmond

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.

Samuel D. Trotman
Integrated Technology, Director
KLJ Inc.

Samuel D. Trotman

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.

Programmers

Paul Ragusa
Editor, Security Systems News
Editorial Director, TechSec, Cloud+

Paul Ragusa

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.

Spencer Ives
Managing Editor, Security Systems News

Spencer Ives

As managing editor, Spencer helps oversee Security Systems News' editorial content, online and in print, and the production of its monthly print publication. Specifically, he covers news in the monitoring and central station beat. He joined Security Systems News in November 2014. Spencer is a graduate of Western New England University where he earned a BA English Literature. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife.

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