When all was said and done, ISC East 2015, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), announced an 8 percent increase in attendance and a sold-out showroom floor with more than 210 exhibitors (claiming more than 50 of them as new); 18 SIA Education@ISC education classes on topics relevant to the security industry such as wearable cameras, campus security and smart home; and a large Featured Product Showcase at the Javits Center in New York. According to Senior Vice President of ISC Events Ed Several, the show floor was 3,000 sq. ft. bigger than last year’s show.
To help the long conference days go a bit smoother, OneRoof, Ganz Security, Connectwise and ZKAccess sponsored the official ISC East Golf Simulator, challenging attendees to take a break and test their swing. Former Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder, Darryl Strawberry, was also in attendance, signing autographs in Rapid Response’s booth. ISC and Genetec joined in on the fun by inviting everyone to crack the tap at a networking reception, before heading to SIA Honors night at The Current at Chelsea Piers to celebrate the past year of accomplishments within the industry.
It was with pride and great respect that SIA honored the late Frank De Fina with the 2015 George R. Lippert Memorial Award at honors night, recognizing his long-term service to SIA and the security industry as a whole while demonstrating integrity, leadership and diplomacy in all industry dealings. Frank De Fina Jr., De Fina’s son, accepted the award on behalf of his father.
Other awards at honors night included the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award, given to Ray Coulombe, founder and managing director of SecuritySpecifiers and RepsforSecurity, who accepted the award on “behalf of the dozens of people who contributed to the submission and subsequent approval of our recommendations” for the overhaul of Construction Specification Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat Division 28; and the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award, given to Ray O’Hara, CPP, executive vice president, international services and consulting and investigations, AS Solution.
Concluding honors night was Alan Forman, president and CEO of Altronix and advisory board member of Mission 500, who highlighted some milestones since this organization launched in 2007 to serve children and communities in crisis, including the sponsorship of 1,000 children, in addition to more than 50 individual child sponsors. Forman encouraged everyone in attendance to participate in the new Show Orange initiative by wearing orange on any Friday, taking a selfie and sending it to Mission 500 to be posted in their Facebook gallery. Also, to show extra support on social media, use the #ShowOrange hashtag.
Altogether, ISC East 2015 enabled integrators and dealers to leave with new-found knowledge of the security industry along with products and other solutions to assist their customers.