[Video] 50th Anniversary: The Early History of SIA

SIA 50th Anniversary Les Gold and Sandy Jones

Longtime SIA champions Les Gold and Sandy Jones walk us back through the years.

Wondering about the early days of SIA? We were, too, so we sat down with longtime SIA volunteers and board members Les Gold (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP) and Sandy Jones (Sandy Jones and Company) to hear about significant milestones in SIA’s 50-year history.

They share memories on SIA’s founding, how the association merged two separate associations serving equipment manufacturers and distributors and then shifted to represent the entire security industry and how and why SIA moved from California to Washington, D.C., to better represent this industry to policymakers.


Thank you, Les and Sandy, for sharing the SIA story and helping the association celebrate its 50th anniversary! And if you’re now inspired to get involved with SIA, visit our volunteer page to find a fit for yourself and get more engaged. As Les says, “one and one equals three” – you get even more out of SIA the more you get involved!