The Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA) announced a new location for its 22nd annual convention. Severe storm damage from Hurricane Ike along the Texas coast forced the TBFAA to relocate the convention from hard-hit Galveston, Texas to Dallas/Fort Worth.

      “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who must rebuild their lives and businesses in Galveston,” said Chris Russell, president of the TBFAA. “We have appreciated the area and people so much that we have returned to Galveston for many of our recent annual gatherings.”

Rather than cancel the convention, the TBFAA chose to relocate to the Wyndham Dallas/Fort Worth Airport North Hotel and Convention Center, October 23 to 25. The hotel will honor room rates quoted for the Galveston convention and will accommodate all members and vendors. More information can be found at

      “We are grateful the Wyndham is able to help us keep all our plans intact, and we simply changed the address to a convenient central Texas location,” said Russell.

Jim Cogswell, False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA) president and Chris Russell, TBFAA president will host a forum called “False Alarm Reduction Workshop.” 

      “We expect many attendees,” said Russell, “since many cities are facing difficult and different issues with false alarms. FARA brings a police and municipality perspective that helps TBFAA members understand the policy changes that could affect the industry.”

      Also participating at the convention will be representatives of the National Electronic Security Alliance. NESA will hold its regularly scheduled national board of directors meeting at the convention. Also, Rex Adams will be honored as the TBFAA Man of the Year. Rex has served the alarm industry for more than 20 years as TBFAA president, North Texas Alarm Association president and, most currently, as NESA president.

      Along with a multitude of workshops good for CE credits, the convention will also feature a President’s Reception, TBFAA awards dinner, the TBFAA trade show with more than 40 vendors, and a Casino Night. 

      Registration information can be found at the TBFAA web site,