SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award

Recognizing Individuals for Leadership of a SIA Committee

About the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award

The SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award is presented to the individual who, in his or her leadership of an SIA committee, has demonstrated excellence in leading SIA committees and advancing member objectives. The Committee Chair of the Year Award is presented at The Advance, SIA's annual membership meeting held during ISC West.

Matt Feenan headshot2021 SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award Recipient: Matt Feenan

SIA has selected Matt Feenan as the 2021 recipient of the SIA Committee Chair of the Year Award. Feenan – who serves as marketing specialist, product and solutions marketing at Axis Communications – is the immediate past chair of the SIA RISE Committee. Feenan joined the SIA RISE Committee in 2018 and served as chair in 2019 and 2020; in this time, the SIA RISE community grew from just over 300 to more than 760 young security industry professionals and had a number of noteworthy accomplishments.

During Feenan’s tenure as chair, SIA RISE launched several new education programs and initiatives, including the RISE Microlearning Series and SIA’s new Talent, Inclusion, Mentorship & Education (TIME) mentorship program. During this time, SIA RISE also built on existing initiatives like the AcceleRISE conference for tomorrow’s security leaders and the SIA RISE Scholarship program. Additionally, Feenan and the RISE Committee worked together to establish the new Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, provided input on SIA’s Security Cornerstones Learning Series and fostered community among young industry professionals by offering virtual networking and learning opportunities.

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Previous Committee Chairs of Year

  • 2020: Kathleen Carroll
  • 2019: Chris Grniet
  • 2018: James Marcella
  • 2017: John Steele
  • 2016: Peter Michael
  • 2015: Richard Brent
  • 2013: John Hunepohl
  • 2012: Frank Gastonyi