Frank De Fina,
2015 Lippert Award Recipient
Frank De Fina, formerly of Hikvision, Sightlogix, Samsung and Panasonic, has been named the 2015 posthumous recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. The award, which was first presented by the Security Industry Association (SIA) in 1989, recognizes outstanding contributions to SIA and the security industry.
Members of the committee chose Mr. De Fina unanimously when selecting this year's award recipient.
Mr. De Fina was devoted to helping others, which was reflected in his work with SIA. A security systems technology program that he and SIA developed for New Jersey's Mercer County Community College provides educational opportunities and job training for young people pursuing careers in the security industry. The two-year program fortifies the growing security industry by increasing the number of skilled professionals in the field.
SIA also will present the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award at SIA Honors Night. SIA will honor one of its members for his contributions to increasing collaboration between SIA and vertical market organizations—Ray Coulombe, Founder and Managing Director of SecuritySpecifiers.
Mr. Coulombe was chief operating officer and co-founder of SyPixx Networks, which was acquired in 2006 by Cisco, and he has played a significant role in the development of numerous other early-stage companies in the industry.
In addition to initiating the effort through SIA to update CSI’s MasterFormat Electronic Safety and Security Division (Division 28), Mr. Coulombe founded and chaired SIA’s Standards Subcommittee on Simple Network Management Protocol and served as a member of the Body of Knowledge committee for SIA’s Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) program.
This year also SIA will present the 2nd annual SIA Insightful Practitioner Award, which is presented to a security practitioner who demonstrates leadership and excellence in promoting the implementation of innovative security solutions through education, advocacy and teamwork with the industry and other stakeholders. We are proud to present this award to Ray O'Hara, Executive Vice President, AS Solution.
Mr. O'Hara has made numerous contributions to the security industry and to SIA, and he went above and beyond the call of duty this year by teaming up SIA with the Global Security Risk Management Alliance (GSRMA) to provide support to security practitioners at the
SIA Securing New Ground executive conference.