Announcing the Winners of the 2023 Security Technician of the Year Awards

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DALLAS, Texas –  The Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) has proudly announced the winners of the inaugural Security Technician of the Year Awards. This new initiative underscores the indispensable role that security technicians play within the industry.

Security technicians form the backbone of the security industry. These essential employees are on the front lines, ensuring the meticulous design, installation, and maintenance of vital security systems that protect our communities. Their dedication and expertise ensure that our workplaces, homes and nation remain secure.

Recognizing these unsung heroes is not just an acknowledgment of their tireless work but also a testament to how pivotal they are in shaping the industry’s future. The accolade serves to bolster their professional growth, gain customer recognition and inspire others to strive for excellence in their roles.

“The security industry relies on technicians for much of the work that we do, and FAST is proud to recognize the tremendous talent in the industry with these awards. These 10 Security Technicians of the Year consistently go above and beyond every day, and we are proud to share the great work that they do with the entire security industry,” said FAST Executive Director Aiden O’Brien.

The 2023 Security Technician of the Year awardees are:

  • Robert Rigdon, project lead technician, Aktelecom LLC
  • Stephen Grossi, senior technician, Security Systems Unlimited
  • Burl Howard, lead technician, Priority One Security
  • Justin McCormack, installation technician, Security Pros
  • Joshua Devan, field service technician, Stealth Monitoring
  • Dustin Fields, lead technician, Indiana Alarm
  • Raffaello Lance, security system integrator, EMD LLC
  • Robert Johnson, installation technician II, Everon
  • Daniel Strickfaden, service technician I, Everon
  • Trayer Rende, managed services integration technician, M3T Corporation

“Having been deeply involved in the formation of the Security Technician of the Year Awards, I know the profound impact technicians have on our industry. Their dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment deserve more than just our acknowledgment—they deserve our admiration. This award puts technicians in the spotlight and gives them the recognition they so rightly deserve,” stated John Nemerofsky, Chief Operating Officer, SAGE Integration and Vice Chair of the FAST Board of Directors.

Learn more about the award winners here. 

These 10 individuals have shown an unparalleled commitment to their profession, setting benchmarks in customer service, technological expertise and leadership. FAST applauds their contributions and looks forward to the positive ripple effects their recognition will bring to the broader industry.

To further honor their achievements, we hope you will join us at an awards ceremony at ISC East in New York City. The ceremony will be held on the Bridge Stage from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. This event provides an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to come together, network and celebrate the very best among us.

FAST encourages industry members to keep an eye out for the 2024 Security Technician of the Year Award call for nominations. The 2024 awards will be presented at the ESX Electronic Security Expo (June 3-6, 2024). This initiative is an integral part of FAST’s ongoing commitment to celebrate and uplift talent within the security industry.

Congratulations to all our winners! For media inquiries and further details, please contact Aiden O’Brien at

About FAST

FAST is a 501(c)(3) organization created by ESA and SIA to promote careers in the physical security technology industry. FAST is dedicated to connecting talent with careers in the security industry. Through a partnership of the industry’s leading associations, ESA and SIA, FAST brings awareness to the career advancement opportunities within the fast-paced technology industry that serves to keep people, places and property safe. FAST relies on the support of the industry to bring programs such as the Technician of the Year, please consider a donation so we can continue to grow recognition and talent pipeline programs.

About ESA

Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association in the United States representing the electronic security and life safety industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. Together, ESA member companies employ more than 500,000 industry professionals and serve more than 34 million residential and commercial clients.

About SIA

SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,400 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 the premier 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 GovSummit, 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.