Advanced Security Technologies announced the passing of one of its founding fathers and a 40-year industry veteran, Robert Ricucci Sr.

Bob came to California in 1975 from Michigan, where he played on the 1957 National Champion Football Team for Michigan State University, and then later professionally, with the Dallas Texans and Buffalo Bills. He entered the security industry in 1980 and had been involved since. Among many industry contributions, he pioneered several aspects of remote video monitoring, from 1982 up to today’s solutions, and has been one of the industry leaders in sales and applications for key accounts throughout California. In 1998, he joined PSI with his son, Bob Jr. The two were founding members of the AST team in July of 2005. He was instrumental in guiding AST’s growth to the company it is today.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, son, AST’s CEO Robert Jr, and his three daughters, Danielle, Gina and Andrea. He will be missed by industry professionals, his community and his church.