The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named Jim Black of Microsoft and Ryan Kaltenbaugh of LenelS2 as the 2023 recipients of the Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Each year the award recognizes SIA volunteers who have made tireless efforts to expand SIA’s programs and services. SIA will present Black and Kaltenbaugh with the award at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, which will be held March 28 during ISC West. 

Black, senior director, security architect at Microsoft, has served in a wide variety of volunteer capacities over the past 20 years, including most recently as vice chair of SIA’s Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board, serving on SIA’s Women in Security Forum Scholarship Program subcommittee, and participating as a charter mentor in SIA’s Talent Inclusion Mentorship Education (TIME) program. He served as an integral member of SIA’s Certification Committee, leading efforts for the group, for seven years. On March 29, he will be further advocating for diverse and inclusive mentoring as a panelist in SIA’s upcoming ISC West education session Unlocking the Power of Diverse & Inclusive Mentoring. 

“I am humbled to be included in the special list of recipients recognized with the volunteering award named after Sandy Jones. The opportunity to collaborate with and learn from the spectacularly talented individuals that make up the SIA professional staff and volunteer ecosystem has been one of the most special gifts I have experienced,” said Black. “Some of my most rewarding experiences have come from working on SIA initiatives, partnerships and the exceptional mentoring program.” 

Kaltenbaugh, senior vice president for sales in North America at LenelS2, is an active member of SIA and member of the SIA Board of Directors who serves as chair of SIA’s Member Engagement and Experience Committee, which creates and evaluates initiatives that increase member participation within SIA and guides the development of member engagement strategies. He developed the concept for National Security Technician Day, an initiative led by the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) and held annually on Jan. 23 to honor security technicians across the United States. He lends his federal security expertise to SIA as former chair of SIA’s Identity Working Group, a member of SIA’s Government Relations Committee and a regular speaker at events like SIA GovSummit. He is a strong supporter of SIA programs and a regular sponsor of association events. 

“I’m deeply honored by being selected as a Volunteer of the Year, especially named after an industry icon and volunteer leader, Sandy Jones. This is a bittersweet honor for me as I was raised by a hardworking and career-focused mother, who always instilled in me the importance of volunteerism and giving back. With that, I would like to dedicate this to all the women in my life, like Sandy, that made a difference,” said Kaltenbaugh. “Volunteerism is one the bedrocks of a healthy and thriving society, and each of us in this great industry has an awesome opportunity to get involved and make an impact — today.”