Jump, jive and wail — the Hollywood glamour of the 1940s and swing dancing — were themes of the seventh annual SDM 100 Gala, held June 28 in Nashville. The Gala is SDM’s annual black-tie event held to recognize the success of the largest security companies in the industry, as ranked on the SDM 100.

The evening began with an elegant reception, featuring a 1940s favorite cocktail — the whiskey sour. Guests posed for pictures beside 1940s movie posters such as Casablanca or Adam’s Rib.

Just before dinner was served, representatives from about 40 SDM 100 companies posed for a group photo. SDM’s publisher, Mark McCourt, welcomed everyone and then treated guests to a specially created video of movie clips, dubbed over to represent SDM 100 executives as 1940s movie actors. (To view the video, visit www.sdmmag.com/video.) SDM’s regional sales manager, Chris Ward, acknowledged the Gala sponsors (see list below) and editor, Laura Stepanek, recognized SDM 100 executives.

Following dinner, guests were invited to the dance floor for swing dance instructions. They then passed the remainder of this elegant evening by dancing to 1940s music performed by Gwen Hughes and the Continental Orchestra, and chatting with friends and associates. (Note: More Gala photos are presented at www.SDMmag.com/media.)


SDM 100 Gala Sponsors

•          ADI

•          Axis Communications

•          Bold Technologies

•          Central Station Alarm Association

•          DICE Corp.

•          Honeywell

•          Interlogix

•          Micro Key Solutions

•          Monitronics

•          SageQuest

•          Security America Risk Retention Group

•          SedonaOffice

•          Samsung

•          Speco Technologies

•          Tri-Ed / Northern Video

•          Videofied – RSI Video Technologies