Gunning, CEO of USA Alarm Systems in Monrovia, Calif., was presented the award for demonstrated, proven dedication during his more than 23 years as a member of the industry. He has been an active member of local, state, and national trade associations throughout the years, holding a variety of leadership positions. He has spent many years helping to enhance the professional status of the industry through state licensing and ongoing training for industry professionals.
In his acceptance speech, Gunning confirmed his tremendous dedication to the industry and urged others to do the same. â€œBe proud of this industry and the work you do,â€ he exclaimed. â€œWe make a difference in this world, and we need to let everyone know that.â€
The family of the NBFAA co-founder and past president initiated the awardâ€™s creation to honor Weinstockâ€™s contributions to the industry.
The Sara E. Jackson Award is named in honor of the 1950-51 NBFAA president and is presented annually to an NBFAA committee chair that has displayed outstanding leadership.
This yearâ€™s Jackson Award winner, Budinoff, is president of Security Specialists of Greenwich, Conn., and has been a member of the electronic life safety, security, and systems industry for more than 25 years and has remained politically active within the industry in a variety of ways. He has served terms as an NBFAA vice president and president of the Connecticut Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, and was the founding president of the Westchester Regional Alarm Association. Budinoff has been a member of the NBFAA Education Committee and has headed the NBFAA Elections Committee since 2001. His political activeness also led him to participate in all of the Regional Bell Operating Company legislative blitzes in Washington, D.C.
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