The Security Industry Association (SIA) today announced recognition of Ted Curtin of Repworks Inc. and Joel Schwartz of LCA Sales as SIA Sandy Jones Volunteers of the Year for 2017.

With the award, SIA recognizes Curtin and Schwartz for pioneering a new category of SIA membership with manufacturer’s representatives. Thanks to the efforts of Curtin and Schwartz, manufacturer’s reps are eligible to join SIA at a special associate’s membership rate.

SIA Chairman Denis Hébert will present the 2017 Sandy Jones Volunteer of the Year Awards to Curtin and Schwartz at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, scheduled to occur on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, during ISC West.

“With SIA’s leadership, manufacturers’ representatives now have a dedicated voice in the initiatives developed by the association to help reps grow professionally,” Curtin said. “Thanks to SIA for the opportunity and the recognition of the value of manufacturer reps within the security industry.”

Schwartz said, “SIA membership is important to security manufacturing companies and to the entire business channel, including manufacturers’ representatives — who are often the essential liaison with a manufacturer’s partners, integrators, service providers and practitioners. As a manufacturers’ representative, I’m pleased to help manufacturers and representatives achieve their goals, and to expand SIA’s membership to this vital part of the channel.”

SIA CEO Don Erickson said, “Ted Curtin and Joel Schwartz provide us with a perfect example of individuals ‘giving back’ to the industry. Thanks to their efforts, manufacturers’ representatives have a seat at the table, and manufacturer member companies are better equipped to take full advantage of everything SIA has to offer.”

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

The Advance is co-located with ISC West, produced by ISC Security Events. Security professionals can register to attend the ISC West trade show and conference, which runs April 10-13, at