Security Industry Veteran Pat Comunale to Receive 2018 George R. Lippert Memorial Award

Pat Comunale

Former Security Industry Association Board Member Recognized With High Honor for Service and Leadership in the Industry

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected Pat Comunale, a longtime contributor to the security industry and former president of global security solutions at Anixter, as the 2018 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award, an honor presented annually to a distinguished individual for long-term, selfless service to the security industry and to SIA. The award will be presented to Comunale during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in New York City.

Comunale – a retired security industry veteran and former member of the SIA Board of Directors – is the former CEO and president for Tri-Ed Distribution, an Anixter company. He has over 25 years of extensive experience in the security industry and has held senior-level leadership roles in both manufacturing and distribution.

“I’m extremely honored to be receiving this year’s Lippert Award,” said Comunale. “As I look at past winners, I feel privileged to be in their company.”

In their award submissions, nominators praised Comunale for his active participation in the security industry at both the local and national levels, his strong personal industry relationships and dedication to helping his colleagues and staff grow. In his time on SIA’s board, Comunale guided SIA in its general policy activity and served on the Membership and Marketing Committee.

“SIA is pleased to honor Pat Comunale for his many valuable contributions to the security industry through his work at ADI, Tri-Ed and Anixter. He actively promoted technology and vendor-to-distributor partnerships. Pat’s leadership with systems integrators and dealers of all sizes aided their ability to build strong businesses that delivered important security solutions to end users globally,” said SIA Chairman of the Board Scott Schafer. “Beyond his own organizations, Pat has always been passionate about the success of the security industry as a whole. His involvement as an active partner and SIA Board of Directors member helped us be a catalyst for growth within the industry.”

In 2005, Comunale was part of the management team that acquired Tri-Ed from Tyco. Over the next five years, under Mr. Comunale’s successful leadership as chief operating officer (COO), Tri-Ed experienced double-digit growth, acquired multiple regional distributors and opened over 20 new locations. Tri-Ed merged with Northern Video Systems in 2010, and Comunale took on the role of president and COO. He was named Tri-Ed’s president and CEO in 2012. In 2015, he was inducted into Security Sales & Integration’s Industry Hall of Fame.

The Lippert Award is named in honor of George R. Lippert, who dedicated more than 20 years of his life to SIA and the security industry. When evaluating candidates for this award, SIA’s committee considers nominees’ long-term service to SIA and the security industry, the impact of their efforts on behalf of SIA and the industry and the integrity, leadership and diplomacy displayed in their industry dealings.

SIA Honors Night – held each year concurrently with ISC East, New York City’s biggest security products trade show – features a gala dinner reception, an awards ceremony recognizing industry leaders and engaging entertainment. Along with presenting the Lippert Award, SIA will also honor industry leaders at Honors Night 2018 with the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award, the SIA Insightful Practitioner Award, the inaugural Progress Award sponsored by SIA’s Women in Security Forum and the Women in Biometrics Award co-founded by SIA and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors FindBiometrics, IDEMIA and SIA’s Women in Security Forum. Learn more about Honors Night and how you can attend – and register to attend ISC East.

About SIA

SIA ( is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with nearly 900 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 collaborating 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.