The Security Industry Association (SIA), Alexandria, Va., the largest international trade association representing electronic and physical security product manufacturers, specifiers and service providers, presented the SIA Statesman Award to Rob Zivney, vice president of marketing, Hirsch Electronics, Santa Ana, Calif.

Zivney’s work on Personal Identity Verification (PIV)-related issues and recent congressional testimony, as well as his leadership role in SIA webinars and the SIA Government Summit led to the award, SIA said.

“Rob has been instrumental in support of SIA’s government relations programs and initiatives,” said Richard Chace, executive director, SIA. “His extraordinary leadership has positioned SIA to address the public policy challenges impacting the electronic physical security industry.”

The SIA Statesman Award was presented during SIA’s 2008 Government Summit in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Zivney’s continued efforts on behalf of the industry and SIA to educate and establish working relationships with the federal government and industry leaders.

Zivney has spent more than 30 years in the security and building controls industries with expertise in access control and intelligent building systems.

The award also recognizes and reinforces Hirsch Electronics’ commitment to the industry. Hirsch Electronics’ senior management, technologists and other professionals are active in many security-related associations and serve in leadership roles on many leading committees and councils.

“We believe that a strong, healthy security industry is critical to homeland security,” Zivney said. “The involvement of Hirsch’s leadership and expertise contributes to the industry’s strength and ultimately provides our clients with insight into evolving security standards, regulations, development, technologies and innovative applications.”

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