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SIA Honors Night
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​If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Alain Taylor at​.​​ or 301-804-4711.​

2014 Lippert Award Recipient, Gordon Hope

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.


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Ray Coulombe

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.


Formerly, 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.



Ray O'Hara

​​​This year also ​SIA will present the 2nd annual SIA Insightful Practitioner Award, which is presented to a security practitioner who demonstrates leaders​hip 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.​ 

Paul Mecurio​

Your emcee for the night will be Paul Mecurio. Paul Mecurio is an Emmy and Peabody A​ward-winner for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has appeared in his own Comedy Central Special, starred in his own series on HBO and appeared on dozens of television programs. While working on Wall Street, he was honing a second career writing and performing comedy and was hired by Jay Leno to write jokes for The Tonight Show. With Leno's encouragement, Paul left Wall Street in 1995 and started his career as a stand-up comedian.​​

Registration is closed for the 2015 Honors Night.

​If you have questions or would like more information,
please contact Alain Taylor at​ or 202-747-4184​​


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1 Seat $225 $299
Table of 8
$1,650 $1,999
For additional information about SIA Honors Night, please contact Alain Taylor.​