SIA Announces RISE Scholarship Winners

SIA RISE Program

SIA Awards Scholarship Funds to 10 Rising Young Professionals with SIA RISE

Silver Spring, Md.—Ten young professionals employed at SIA member companies were awarded funds from a pool of $30,000 in scholarships, the Security Industry Association (SIA) announced today.

The 10 individuals successfully applied for the scholarships under the SIA RISE program, a networking group that fosters the careers of young professionals in the security industry. The inaugural SIA RISE scholarship provided these 10 SIA members with awards to support their professional development goals and to expand their professional knowledge in the areas of human resources, information technology, marketing/sales, project management, security engineering and risk management.

“I am inspired by the next generation professionals who applied for scholarships,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “They displayed their ambitions and creativity in applying for the SIA RISE Scholarship, and they are proven assets to their companies. SIA looks forward to continuing to support the careers of these winners and other young professionals in the security industry for many years to come.”

The 10 winners, sorted alphabetically by company, include:

  • Anvesh Gangadharan – Allegion
  • Erica McBride-Rapp – Allegion
  • William Waterton – Aronson Security Group
  • Derek Berndt – Axis Communications
  • Don Morron – Brivo
  • Ben Shaffer – G4S Secure Integration
  • Matthew Elder – Hikvision USA
  • Bradley Zartman – Integrated Security Technologies
  • David Fortune – Northland Controls
  • Esteban Pastor – ZKAccess LLC

If you’re a young professional seeking networking opportunities within SIA member companies, please contact Bryan Miller, SIA manager of operations, at to get involved.

For more information on SIA RISE, join a free SIA Webinar on the program on Jan. 9 by visiting or visit the webpage for the SIA RISE group.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with more than 800 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.