Securing New Ground to Feature Residential and Commercial Tracks for Security Industry Suppliers and Practitioners

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Once again, the security industry's top executive conference, in New York City on Oct. 28-29, 2015, will feature dedicated programming for residential and commercial executives.

V. John Stroia

Attendees were eager to assess market conditions and network in forums designed to address their specific needs.

After a successful introduction of dedicated sessions for residential and commercial companies at Securing New Ground (SNG) 2014, the Security Industry Association (SIA) will again present specialized tracks for SNG 2015, scheduled for Oct. 28-29, 2015, at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.

These specialized tracks empower security companies in the residential space and security companies in the commercial space to get the most out of the conference during three sessions each that run parallel to each other during one afternoon of the conference.

“The sessions dedicated to residential companies received a very good reception last year,” said SIA Chairman V. John Stroia. “Attendees were eager to assess market conditions and network in forums designed to address their specific needs. Likewise, companies that participated in the commercial sessions also reported getting very high value from those discussions. Outside of the dedicated tracks, residential and commercial companies were able to network and share information during the rest of Securing New Ground.”

Residential track sessions include:

New Faces, New Places: Evolution in the Residential and Consumer Markets

  •     Moderator:

Gordon Hope, General Manager, AlarmNet at Honeywell

  •     Panelists:

Kevin Petersen, Senior Vice President, AT&T Digital Life Inc.
Letha McLaen, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
Dan Herscovici, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Xfinity Home at Comcast

Follow the Money: RMR, Valuations and Lending

  •     Moderator:

Les E. Gold, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

  •     Panelists:

Will Schmidt, Managing Director, Security Lending Group, CapitalSource
David A. Stang, Founder and President, Stang Capital
John Mack, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Imperial Capital

Market Leaders Perspective: How Established Companies Stay Nimble and Relevant

  •     Moderator:

Kirk McDowell, Vice President, Platform Sales,

  •     Panelists:

Pam Petrow, President and CEO, Vector Security Inc.
Timothy J. Whall, Chairman and CEO, Protection 1

Commercial track sessions include:

Battles, Breaches and Barriers: A Day in the Life of a Security Practitioner

  •     Presenter:

Bonnie S. Michelman, CPP, CHPA, Director of Police, Security and Outside Services, Massachusetts General Hospital

Examining the Success Metrics in Profitable Relationships Between Practitioners and Their Partners

  •     Moderator:

Raymond Dean, President, Access Systems Integration

  •     Practitioners:

Vonda Greene, Director, Facilities and Administration, Airbus Americas Inc.
John Turey, Senior Director, Enterprise Risk Management & Global Security, TE Connectivity

  •     Integrators:

Rich Cillessen, Vice President, Sales, Siemens
Hank Monaco, Vice President, Marketing, Tyco Integrated Security

  •     Manufacturers:

Tom Cook, Vice President, Sales, Samsung
Anshu Mehrotra, Vice President & General Manager, Mechanical Business, Allegion PLC

Leadership in a Changing Risk Environment

  •     Moderator:

Ray O'Hara, Executive Vice President, AS Solutions

  •     Panelists:

Brian Allen, Chief Security Officer, Time Warner Cable
Timothy L. Williams, Chief Security Officer and Director, Information Risk and Enterprise Security, Caterpillar Inc.
Vish Ganpati, Principal, Ayer Inc.

Early bird rates provide $200 off SNG registration for most attendees through Sept. 30. Practitioners specifically register for a special rate of only $300. Qualified members of the press can attend for free! Reporters should contact Mickey McCarter, SIA manager of communications, at to attend.

To register and see the rest of the conference agenda, visit

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