SIA Vertical Insights Symposium Series

Gain Insight Into Key Verticals

NEW! A Series of Virtual Events Focused on Top Vertical Markets, Designed to Bring Together Practitioners, Security Integrators, Solutions Providers, Consultants and Others Involved in Protecting Key Sectors.

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SIA Vertical Insights Symposiums

June 7, 2022, 1-4 p.m. EDT

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About the Event

This SIA Vertical Insights Symposium addresses the unique security challenges of the cannabis sector. Security industry leaders, practitioners and other stakeholders will address such topics as:

  • Financing the deployment of security systems when credit is unavailable
  • Navigating the variations in legal status and security regulations across the country
  • Securing businesses with large amounts of cash on hand
  • The impact of security devices on operations
  • And more!

This event provides an in-depth look at a fast-growing market.

Agenda (All Times EDT)

1:00 p.m.: Opening Comments

1:05 p.m.: Keynote Presentation

  • John Cohen, agent in charge, Marijuana Enforcement Division, Colorado Department of Revenue

In this session, John Cohen will share insights from the nation’s most mature cannabis market, examining how security threats have evolved and how cannabis businesses and their security industry partners can best address them.

1:35 p.m.: Security Solutions Panel

  • Niall Jenkins, consulting manager, Building Technologies Group, Omdia
  • Justin Wilmas, president, Netwatch North America
  • Robert Wood, director, global field application, Identiv

2:05 p.m.: End User Panel

  • Jennifer Duey, vice president of physical security, Jushi Holdings
  • Kevin Hill, national director of security, Trulieve
  • Moderator: Steve Surfaro, chair, SIA Public Safety Interest Group

2:40 p.m.: Break

2:50 p.m.: Risk Panel

  • Doug Esposito, renewable energy/construction and cannabis practice leader, Assured Partners; member, Risk Management and Insurance Committee, National Cannabis Industry Association
  • Matthew Johnson, vice president, risk services, QuadScore Insurance Services
  • Moderator: Bethany Moore, director of communications, National Cannabis Industry Association

3:25 p.m.: Keynote Presentation

  • Michael Sampson, partner, Leech Tishman

In this session, Michael Sampson will provide an overview of the various legal environments in which cannabis is grown, transported, stored and sold, sharing his expertise on state and federal laws and the risks and potential liabilities that can be faced by businesses in the sector, as well as firms that work with them.

3:55 p.m.: Closing Comments


SIA Vertical Insights Symposium Series