The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected James Marcella, director, industry associations, Axis Communications Inc., as 2017 SIA Committee Chair of the Year for his work with the SIA Education Committee.

With this award, SIA honors Marcella for his work in strengthening education programming for the security industry through SIA Education. SIA Chairman Denis Hébert will present the 2017 Committee Chair of the Year Award to Marcella at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, scheduled to occur on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, during ISC West in Las Vegas.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized for my work with SIA,” said Marcella. “SIA serves as a keystone for the security industry, connecting many different companies together in a common cause. It serves as a powerful platform for promulgating the latest industry education, whether to share news of regulations and best practices or to update professionals on the latest developments in state-of-the-art technology. I look forward to continuing to guide SIA course offerings as the association’s education committee chair.”

Scott Dunn, senior director, business development solutions and services, ‎Axis Communications, said, “James takes every opportunity to educate our current and new team members on the mission and values of SIA and the importance of being involved in moving our industry forward to meet the challenges we face. He is a great internal teacher as well. He instructs us on our work with SIA and how to maximize the efforts with various other committees to bring value to SIA and its members. He has made us all better in that work.”

SIA CEO Don Erickson said, “I very much appreciate the time James has put into leading the education committee and working with SIA. I recognize there are many different places he could spend his time with associations and the fact that he has made so many important contributions to help educate the industry in this role is greatly appreciated.”

The contributions Marcella has made as SIA education committee chair include:

  • co-creating the curriculum for the systems technology associate in applied science degree in; security systems and technologies, and serving as the main instructor;
  • leading the update of the Security Project Management Common Body of Knowledge Guidebook;
  • serving as a member of the ISC Education Conference advisory board;
  • assisting with the development of Securing New Ground executive conference program content;
  • championing the Certified Security Project Manager certification; and
  • promoting SIA across the security industry.

Hébert will present SIA award recipients, including the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award, Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Award and SIA Chairman’s Award, at The Advance, held during ISC West in Rooms 505/506 of the Sands Expo in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Find more info and register at