The Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) has named Ken Kocher of Force Security Solutions to serve on the FAST Board of Directors. Kocher will join the nine-member board of directors drawn from the membership of the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) in developing and refining FAST’s strategic plan and identifying the foundation’s annual goals.
“It is a true honor and a privilege to be able to participate on the board and as a member of FAST,” Kocher said. “I am excited to also work alongside the leadership of ESA and SIA as we work together to promote careers in the physical security technology industry – an industry that I am passionate about and have been a part of for a very long time.”
Kocher is the founder and president of Force Security Solutions, a managed security solution provider located in the Washington, D.C., area. The company provides proactive, high-tech, high-quality, integrated IP security products, installation and managed support service and monitoring for its commercial and government clients throughout the D.C. area and beyond.
Kocher is a retired police officer from Montgomery County, Md., who has over 40 years of combined experience in law enforcement, physical security and security consulting. Before starting Force Security, he also worked in retail security, as well as with Science Application International Corp. (SAIC), one of the largest government contractors, where he was responsible for providing security risk assessments, consulting and recommendations for electronic security technology to state and federal government agencies for some of the most secure facilities in the in the United States and the world.
“We are honored to have Ken Kocher join the FAST Board,” said Paul Hevesy, chair of the FAST Board of Directors. “His leadership, experience and knowledge in the security industry over the last 20+ years will be a tremendous asset to our board. We look forward to Ken’s input and guidance as we continue our mission to connect passionate and innovate professionals with new opportunities across the security and life safety industry.”
Kocher joins the existing board members in serving on the FAST Board of Directors:
Chair: Paul Hevesy
Vice Chair: Kerri Sutherland, human resources business partner, Axis Communications
Treasurer: Keith Baird, senior director of sales, Resideo
Secretary: Erin Mann, manager, Latch Canada
Neil Atha, president, Atronic Alarms
Michael Keen, vice president, commercial product and talent, ADT Commercial
Brendan McFall, East Coast operations manager, Northland Controls
Yaron Zussman, general manager, Magos America Inc.
FAST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting careers in the physical security technology and life safety industry. Created in 2020 through a partnership of ESA and SIA, the organization connects passionate, innovative professionals with new opportunities in electronic security and life safety.
The FAST website offers job seekers information about the security industry’s growth and unique position at the convergence of cutting-edge technology and a mission that matters, the types of roles available in the industry, what employers are looking for, leading certifications in physical security and cybersecurity and a jobs board featuring immediate opportunities in security technology and life safety.