Launched in the third quarter of 2012, the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Executive Management Professionals (EMP) group saw more than a 40 percent increase in membership during the first quarter of 2013. The group currently has 135 members but continues to add new members almost every week. EMP is a community for individuals who are responsible for the strategic and financial leadership of electronic security integration and monitoring companies.

“The motivating factor for joining is the information and networking that is provided,” said Dee Ann Harn, EMP chair and CEO of RFI Enterprises Inc. “The group tackles issues such as company valuation, financing, business model development, mergers and acquisitions — you name it. If a leader has to deal with it, we talk about it and share ideas.”

Joining the EMP group is free for ESA members who are in strategic and financial leadership roles within their companies. “The EMP group has a very strong membership base of extremely knowledgeable leaders. Because of that, we want to support them with information and tools to help them run their businesses efficiently and help them develop valuable peer relationships with one another,” said Michael Pope, EMP vice-chair and president of Safety Technologies Inc. “We publish a quarterly newsletter and provide seminars focusing on executive leadership to help build skills and exchange ideas.”

The members last met at the 2013 ESA Leadership Summit where they outlined their goals for 2013, and discussed quarterly webinar topics, unique research and content for the quarterly e-newsletter, Executive Management Insights. The Q2 newsletter will cover change management and constructing agreements for full valuation.

Visit to submit inquiries and interest in joining. The EMPs are sponsored by Linear and Monitronics.