Sam Fiske, general manager and chief operating officer for Franklin, N.C.-based Smoky Mountain Systems, was honored with the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Sara E. Jackson Award during the 2014 ESA Leadership Summit in Orlando, Fla. The award is named in honor of ESA’s president from 1950-51.

In presenting the award, ESA President John Knox said he selected Fiske for his ability to get things done at all levels.

“Leadership is Sam’s strong suit,” Knox said. “He knows how to talk to people. He’s good at providing direction for the Membership Committee, but he also works behind the scenes. Sam does a great job at holding people accountable, and he always does it with respect. Everything he does is with the association’s best interests in mind.” 

Fiske started in the security business more than 17 years ago as marketing director at Smoky Mountain Systems. He has filled numerous roles at ESA since becoming a member shortly after joining the company, serving on a wide range of task forces and advisory committees. He also has been active in the North Carolina Electronic Security Association (NCESA), serving as treasurer for the past seven years.