Security Industry Luminaries Recognized at SIA Honors Night

SIA Honors included the Lippert Ward, the Jay Hauhn Award, and the Insightful Practitioner Award along with Women in Biometrics Awards

New York, NY — On Thursday night, the Security Industry Association (SIA) recognized outstanding leaders in the security industry during SIA Honors Night at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

“In 2016, the Security Industry Association saw remarkable, sustained contributions to the security industry from an impressive set of industry leaders,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “We are richer for the efforts of leaders like Fredrik Nilsson, Tim Eckersley, and Dr. Lou Marciani, and I congratulate them again on their achievements and thank them for participating in an outstanding evening at SIA Honors Night.”

Chief among the honorees was Fredrik Nilsson, Vice President, Americas, Axis Communications Inc., who received the security industry’s highest honor, the 2016 George R. Lippert Memorial Award.

Mr. Nilsson actively supports many security industry initiatives. He formerly served on the SIA Board of Directors and the SIA Executive Committee, and he has continued to be a strong contributor to SIA education initiatives. Mr. Nilsson also is a past chairman of Mission 500, a charitable organization backed by the security industry and dedicated to helping children and communities in crisis. The SIA Lippert Award Committee, composed of previous recipients of the Lippert Award, chose Mr. Nilsson from a field of nominees.

The Lippert Award, founded in 1989, is named in honor of George R. Lippert, who dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the security industry and SIA. When evaluating candidates nominated for the award, the SIA Lippert Award Committee considered their long-term service to SIA and the security industry, the impact of their efforts on behalf of SIA and the industry, and their integrity, leadership, and diplomacy as demonstrated in industry dealings.

SIA also recognized Tim Eckersley, Senior Vice President and President of the Americas, Allegion, with the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award.

Eckersley has been a consistent advocate for SIA’s school security initiatives, including the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) and the efforts of SIA Government Relations to secure federal legislation and funding for K-12 school security enhancements.

The Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award is named in honor of Jay Hauhn. As previous SIA Chairman of the Board, Hauhn demonstrated a steadfast commitment to fostering collaboration among industry trade associations and advancing the interests of their collective memberships and the entire security industry. The Hauhn Award is presented each year to an individual with an SIA member company who has taken a specific action(s) to foster collaboration between SIA and industry/practitioner organizations consistent with SIA’s overall strategic priorities.

SIA also saluted Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2016 recipient of its SIA Insightful Practitioner Award.

The SIA Insightful Practitioner Award 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.

Dr. Marciani provides great insight into addressing the issues constituting potential and actual threats and risks to the ongoing security and safety of spectators at sporting events and venues.

Finally, SIA and SecureIDNews (a publication of AVISIAN) recognized recipients of the 2016 Women in Biometrics Awards. The awards were launched to recognize innovative women dedicated to creating a more secure world by guiding the crucial biometric technology market. This year’s awardees included leaders in public and private sector organizations setting high standards for their capable use of biometrics:

  • JoAnn Buscaglia, Research Chemist, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit,
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Tovah LaDier, Managing Director, International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA)
  • Elham Tabassi, Electronics Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Teresa Wu, Director of Strategic Marketing and Government Relations, MorphoTrak

SIA Honors Night partners include ISC Events and Mission 500, which raised $32,000 in donations at Thursday’s SIA Honors Night event.

About the Security Industry Association (SIA)

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 700 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities, and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA Government Summit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers and Securing New Ground®, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.