Promoting the Growth and Professionalism of the Electronic Security Industry
The California Alarm Association develops and manages programs to benefit members and to promote the growth of professionalism in the electronic security industry throughout the state of California. Membership dues provide the foundation for funding these programs, but we rely on the financial support of individuals and companies to expand existing programs and launch new initiatives. These non-dues revenues are critical for the protection of the industry in which we all make our livelihood, and to preserve our ability to enhance public safety in our communities.
CAA Youth Scholarship Program
In conjunction with the ESA/Youth Scholarship Program, CAA offers $25,000 in scholarships to children of active duty law enforcement and fire service personnel. Funded by the 11 Regional Chapters of the CAA, the program is a successful outreach to more than 3,000 public safety agencies and high schools in California.
CAA PAC Fund
The CAA utilizes membership dues and proceeds from the CAA Tribute Award Program to retain a full time legislative advocate in Sacramento to represent our industry to legislators and regulators and to promote public safety through effective alarm management. The CAA PAC Fund is supported by companies making additional financial contributions to allow us to promote our message and strengthen our voice in the political arena.
WBFAA Apprenticeship & Training Committee
This joint effort with California Automatic Fire Alarm Association has established a state-approved apprenticeship program for Fire/Life Safety Technicians. The two-year effort relied on volunteer leadership and funding for development costs from companies and associations.
CAA Legal Fund
The CAA membership dues allow us to retain ongoing legal counsel to guide the Association and address the issues facing our industry. As special circumstances arise, there is a need for additional financial support for legal services and public affairs counsel. Whether it is anti-business regulations or policies that will have a negative impact on public safety, the CAA Legal Fund allows the association to be a positive advocate for our members and the industry.
Mark Schubert Memorial Award Fund
The Mark Schubert Memorial Award Fund recognizes the contributions of Associate Members in the ten Regional Chapters of the CAA. The inaugural award in 2002 was presented to Dave Keays of CSSS for his contributions and leadership with the Orange County Alarm Association. The CAA Mark Schubert Memorial Award was established to honor the memory of Mark Schubert who was active in the industry for 20 years with National Alarm Computer Center. Mark was an advocate of the CAA and the regional associations and promoted membership and participation on the local and state level. Each year the Regional Presidents nominate a finalist for the CAA Mark Schubert Award to recognize their support for association programs and activities. The CAA President selects a recipient, and the award includes a $500 grant sponsored by ISC West which the recipient can designate to any industry program or association.
Past recipients are:
|2015||Larry St. John||Eclipse Marketing & Insurance|
|2013||Michael Kallio||Mace CS (In memoriam)|
|2012||Rick Gombar||Rick Gombar Insurance Services|
|2010||Charles Schwager||BPDS CPA|
|2009||Mitch Reitman||SIC Consulting|
|2008||Tim Sproul||TMS Total Monitoring Services|
|2007||Michelle Johnson||Tri-Ed Distribution|
|2006||Stan Hellman||Professional Sales Representatives|
|2005||Harvey Eisenstadt||Bosch Security Systems|
|2004||Sharon Elder||National Monitoring Center|
The CAA Summer and Winter Conventions bring together the industry and the leadership of the Associations to develop programs, promote professional development and serve as a networking and educational forum. The costs, only partially covered by registration fees, are offset with additional sponsorships from Associate and Regular Members. 2015 CAA Palm Springs Convention
CAA Tribute Dinner
The only fundraising event for the CAA held annually in conjunction with the CAA Winter Convention and the setting for the presentation of the George A. Weinstock Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service to the Industry. The funds raised allow the CAA to launch new initiatives and address more effectively issues that challenge the industry.
CAA GEORGE A. WEINSTOCK AWARD
Lifetime Achievement Award
George Weinstock entered the security industry in 1955 when he joined the family’s Morse Signal Devices of California, where he served as President from 1970 to 1981. He was concurrently President of Morse Signal Devices of Cleveland and partner and director of Ans-R-Tel Answering Service /Broadway Le Mesa Answering Services of San Diego. He sold that business to partner Robert Berlin in 1983 and established American Home Security. He was President, Director and CEO of American Home Security from 1984 until 1993 when he sold the company to Protection One where he served as Executive Vice President. George participated in our organizations from the moment he entered the industry. His role model was his father Morris, who the industry has honored with the presentation by the ESA of the Morris F. Weinstock Award since 1970 to honor the Person of the Year. George chaired his first NBFAA committee in 1969, and was elected President of the national organization in 1973. In 1976, he was elected President of the Western Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, the organization that preceded the CAA. Over the years, he has served as Director, Chair or other leadership position in an array of organizations that serve the industry. George served on the California Alarm Association Board of Directors as Large Company Representative, and was the founding Chair of the CAA Newsletter Committee that produces THE MIRROR. The California Alarm Association presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1999 CAA Winter Convention and announced the establishment of the George A. Weinstock Award as the highest honor to be bestowed by the Association.
GEORGE A. WEINSTOCK AWARD
|2014||Ron Lander||Ultra Safe|
|2012||Patty Hartman||Burgarello Alarms|
|2011||Shane Clary||Bay Alarm Company|
|2010||Jon Sargent||ADT Security Services|
|2009||George De Marco||ESX-WBFAA|
|2008||Tony Smith||Security Finance Associates|
|2007||Alan Pepper||Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, LLP|
|2006||Frank Burke||USA Alarm Systems, Inc.|
|2005||Rod Uffindell||Denalect Alarm Co.|
|2004||Lessing Gold||Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP|
|2003||Roger Westphal||Bay Alarm Company|
|2003||Bruce Westphal||Bay Alarm Company|
|2002||George Gunning||USA Alarm Systems|
|2001||Harvey Eisenstadt||Bosch Security Systems|
|2000||Ron Spiller||Security Industry Association|
Electronic Security Association (ESA) http://www.esaweb.org (888) 447-1689 Fax: (214) 260-5979 National Training School (NTS) (866) 636-1687 California Automatic Fire Alarm Association (CAFAA) http://www.cafaa.com firstname.lastname@example.org WBFAA UATC Apprenticeship Program http://www.wbfaa.net
Alarm Response Information
Security Industry Trade Magazines
Security Magazine http://www.securitymagazine.com
Security Distributing & Marketing http://www.sdmmag.com
Security Systems News http://www.securitysystemsnews.com
Security Director News http://www.securitydirectornews.com
Security Products http://www.secprodonline.com
Security Sales & Integration http://www.securitysales.com
Campus Safety http://www.campussafetymagazine.com
GSN: Government Security News http://www.gsnmagazine.com
CAA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program began in 1996 and was created to promote goodwill between the electronic systems industry as part of our ongoing partnership with police and fire officials. The program provides cash scholarship awards to their deserving sons or daughters who are attending a college or university. The CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program has provided more than $400,000 to students attending higher education institutions across our country. The ESA and Chartered State Associations participate in the scholarship program throughout the United States. The first place winner of each state’s program is automatically considered for the national ESA Youth Scholarship Program awards.
2015 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Dear Applicant: The 2015 CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program offers $25,000 in funds to children of active duty law enforcement and fire service personnel in the State of California who are graduating from high school in 2015. There are 11 regional awards, one statewide award, and four national awards. The awards are made possible with the support of the CAA Members & Regional Chapters. This program rewards students who have excelled academically and are active in community service and extracurricular activities at their school. The members of the California Alarm Association (CAA) provide products and services that enhance public safety in every community in the state. We share a common mission with public safety officials to improve the quality of life for every citizen in California. One of the unique aspects of our scholarship program is the requirement for each applicant to submit an essay about how their parent or guardian helps secure their community. This essay is judged on grammar and content and reinforces the important role that law enforcement and fire service personnel play in our community. I encourage you to apply for this scholarship and wish you the very best in your academic endeavors. Sincerely, Cathy Rempel, President California Alarm Association