Two Dedicated Alarm Industry Leaders Receive SIAC’s 2012 William Moody Award
Frisco, Texas (June 6, 2012) – Two alarm industry veterans have been honored for their dedication, service and contribution to the industry and the customers it protects with SIAC’s 2012 William N. Moody Award. Mel Mahler, Chairman and CEO for ADS Security in Nashville, Tennessee, and Maria Malice, Vice President Special Projects at COPS Monitoring in Scottsdale, Arizona, will receive the award on June 26, 2012 at the ESX Electronic Security EXPO Icebreaker Luncheon in Nashville.
“Mel and Maria are two people who have made a real difference in our industry,” said Stan Martin, Executive Director of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC). “Both have been successful in demanding jobs while at the same time dedicating an incredible amount of time and effort to successfully tackle challenges that impact the entire industry and the millions of people it protects.”
As Chairman and CEO of ADS Security, Mahler has built one of the nation’s largest and most successful security companies. He was a charter board member of SIAC and presently serves as SIAC’s Co-Chairman and Treasurer overseeing its day-to-day operations, raising money and promoting SIAC within the industry. He has engaged heavily representing the alarm trade at national, state and local law enforcement events to help build a stronger relationship between the industry and law enforcement.
“SIAC’s success in building bridges to law enforcement, creating new standards for equipment and encouraging best practices in alarm monitoring and regulations would not have been possible without Mel’s dedication,” said Martin. “We are pleased to add the Moody Award to the many awards Mel has received for his leadership.”
As President of the Arizona Alarm Association, Maria Malice successfully battled some of the most serious issues the alarm industry has faced in recent years. Maria worked tirelessly in Avondale, Arizona to reverse the city’s plan to charge alarm companies for false alarms. Despite organization opposition from several local alarm dealers, she led a successful effort working with the Tucson Police to update the city’s alarm ordinance. She also helped overcome opposition and win passage of a state licensing law for alarm dealers allowing them to operate with one state-wide license.
“No one has faced more challenges in a single year than Maria Malice,” said Jon Sargent, ADT Industry/Law Enforcement Liaison. “Opponents constantly tried to undermine her efforts on behalf of the Arizona Alarm Association,” said Sargent. “Maria rallied the troops, fought back with facts and traveled to numerous meetings to help elected officials understand the issues.”
About the William N. Moody Award
The William N. Moody Award was established in 2004 to recognize those who embody Bill’s dedication to alarm management issues. The award honors individuals who reflect the SSI (Security Sales and Integration Magazine) Hall of Fame inductee including integrity, fairness and perseverance in the face of adversity.
SIAC is comprised of four major North American security associations--Canadian Security Association (CANASA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), and the Electronic Security Association (ESA)--representing one voice for the alarm industry on alarm management issues. SIAC’s primary charter is to significantly reduce calls for service while strengthening the lines of communication with law enforcement professionals and end users. For more information, contact www.SIACinc.org.