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Senior Analyst, Security & Building Technologies
IHS Markit

Jimmy Dearing

Jim Dearing is an IHS Markit senior analyst specializing in security and building technologies. He is currently the lead analyst globally for the IHS Markit Access Control Intelligence Service; he also manages the alarm and monitoring research team. During his many years in the industry he has authored reports on a wide range of security technologies and industries; examples include electronic access control, identity management software, intrusion, consumer-grade video surveillance, residential security and the smart home.

Dearing has a large amount of analytical experience coming from an economics and finance background with previous experience as a private equity analyst specializing in commodity markets, risk management and arbitrage trading. He holds an MSc Economics from the University of Warwick and a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Leicester.

He is currently located at the IHS Markit headquarters in London.

Firestorm Solutions, LLC

Hart Brown

As the EVP/COO of Firestorm Solutions, Hart Brown leads the development and growth of key practices along with managing the acquisitions and integration strategy. He has 20 years experience in both the public and private sector regarding insurance, risk management, crisis management, security and cyber-incident protection.

Brown has provided services in 50 countries, to special events such at the World Cup to the largest insured event in Canada to one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history. Prior to joining HUB, Brown was responsible for organizational resilience and specialty consulting practices with a top 10 global insurance brokerage firm, where he supported more than 100 critical events each year.

Hart is an internationally recognized thought leader and has been featured in more than 20 magazines, newspapers and journals and regularly delivers keynote presentations. He is a member of the ASIS Crisis Management & Business Continuity Council, Chief Security Officer (CSO) Center for Leadership and Development, Domestic Security Advisory Council, Overseas Security Advisory Council, FBI-Infragard, DHS Fusion Center and the Loss Prevention Foundation.

Peter Boriskin
Vice President of Commercial Product Management
ASSA ABLOY Americas.

Peter Boriskin

Peter Boriskin has 20 years experience working with security technology, and most of that in the enterprise security marketplace.

In his previous roles, he was the Product Management Leader for UTC Fire & Security in their Lenel business and the Vice President of Product Management for Tyco International's Access Control and Video Systems division.

Prior to joining Tyco, Boriskin founded a networking company where he was owner and President. He has held certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, and EMC, and has been extensively trained in network security, threat assessment, and incident management. Peter is a member of a number of industry forums and working groups and was part of the founding team for the Open Security Exchange. He is also an active member of ASIS International, and has given presentations and instructional seminars for ASIS and other security organizations.

Boriskin is a highly respected expert in physical security, video management and access control. He has been quoted in numerous industry publications and has authored thought provoking articles on physical security. Additionally, he has guest lectured at Bridgewater State University and has presented at numerous industry panel events such as ASIS, ISC, TechSec, Gov Sec and Secure World.

He holds a BA from Brandeis University and currently lives in the Boston area.

Pierre Bourgeix

Pierre Bourgeix

Within the security industry, Bourgeix spent 17 years as a global security consultant and innovator, at such industry leaders as ADT, HySecurity, Wallace International, Tyco, and SecureState. Currently, he is the President of ESICONVERGENT LLC, a company dedicated to converged assessments and sourcing for the security industry.

He has had years of experience within the physical and cyber security arena and has been involved in developing security governance programs and has been integral in the design of enterprise security systems. His primary expertise is Physical, Cyber Security Governance and he is an SME in video security analytics and integration.

Bourgeix’s path has taken him into the physical security barrier industry, gate control, electronic security, managed services security and finally the cybersecurity arena. He has worked on projects throughout the Middle East and Asia, and has spoken at many conferences such as ISC, manufacturer events, and association meetings globally.

As one of the thought leaders in convergence of IT, OT, and Physical Security, he presently is involved in creating security standards for the testing of products, systems, and solutions. He also is in the process of developing a model that will explain the Physical Security Kill chain, which will lead to the need for proper predictive analytics across IT, OT, and Physical Security. Pierre has developed a Converged Security Gap Assessment that can assist companies in developing a proper risk rating across IT, OT, and Physical Security. He speaks fluently in English, French, and Arabic.

Clayton Brown
Co-Founder, VP of Business Development

Clayton Brown

As a co-founder and visionary for RECONASENSE, Clayton Brown is helping the next-generation of security practitioners solve issues regarding data interoperability, sensor fusion and artificial intelligence. Since graduating from Southern Methodist University and discovering physical security's need for intelligent security management, Brown has been identifying technology & corporate partners to make his vision of proactive security a reality. As a member of the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board & LPRC Innovation Working Group, Clayton balances privacy concerns and the strategic value of new technologies to help practitioners achieve their current security objective while preparing for future ones.

Jake Cmarada
Business Development, Enterprise Sales Manager
Dahua Technology USA

Jake Cmarada

With more than 10 years of industry experience, Jake Cmarada has provided service to a number of manufacturers in the physical security space that have developed different mobile products and solutions. Working with major transportation authorities including MDOT, VDOT, and major airports and seaports has given him a firm understanding of the factors that drive the transportation market.

Having worked directly with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Orion Management, LLC, he brings experience and rapport to his position. Prior to joining Dahua Technology USA, Jake delivered a custom-built solution for senior level WMATA decision-makers, solving issues that had been in discussion for years. Additionally, a pilot was delivered by Orion after going to bid with the registered contractors.

A proven leader, Cmarada was also the Lead Consultant and Founder of IT Trestle, an organization that works with a physical security manufacturers, IT solutions firms, and niche software companies to help expand sales, manage projects, and consult in certain areas of business development and marketing. Past performances include working with domestic and overseas lobbyist groups to discuss International implementations for development projects, and achieving 8a Status and other SBD set aside certifications for clients.

Cmarada's wide array of professional skills and knowledge of the security and transportation industries make him a valuable asset to Dahua Technology USA.

Dennis Crowley
Sr. Vice President, Integrated Technology
Allied Universal Monitoring and Response Center

Dennis Crowley

Dennis Crowley is an accomplished Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience across the technology, services, and security industries, leveraging extensive hands-on expertise building and managing businesses from the ground up.

Crowley is a Founder of Apollo Security International and has served in numerous positions throughout his tenure, including General Counsel and President. After negotiating a successful sale to Allied Universal, he is currently Senior Vice President of the Integration Technology Group at the multi-billion-dollar global business. Crowley was responsible for overseeing the growth of Apollo from a small family business to a major player in the security industry. As a Senior Vice President at Allied Universal, he is responsible for leading the effort to create and develop product offerings for the company to launch state-of-the-art technologies including robots, AI, and situational intelligence/threat awareness tools in conjunction with existing technology to reimagine manned security guard services.

Dennis holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a CSS in Business Administration from Harvard University Extension School, and a JD, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of YPO, the Massachusetts Bar, the American Society of Industrial Security, and BOMA International.

Bob Dolan
Director of Technology for Security Solutions

Bob Dolan

Bob Dolan is the Director of Technology for Security Solutions at Anixter, a global distributor of Network & Security Solutions, Electrical & Electronic Solutions and Utility Power Solutions. He brings with him over 29 years of sales, management, and technical experience in the physical security industry.

After working with end-users and integrators for many years, Dolan earned his RCDD (Registered Communication Distribution Designer) certification from BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Standards International) in 2009 and his CPP (Certified Protection Professional) from ASIS in 2012. He is also an ONVIF Technical Services Committee Member.

Todd Graves
Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology

Todd Graves

Todd Graves is senior vice president, engineering and technology for Allegion. With more than 25 brands sold in almost 130 countries across the globe, Allegion specializes in security around the doorway and beyond: everything from residential and commercial locks, door closer and exit devices, steel doors and frames to access control and workforce productivity systems. Todd is responsible for driving both product and process innovation across Allegion’s global business.

Prior to his current role, he served as vice president of engineering for ClearEdge Power, a cutting-edge manufacturer of fuel cells for stationary applications, and as division vice president of Unmanned Aircraft Systems engineering at AAI Corporation, an operating unit of Textron.

Earlier, Graves held a variety of positions at the General Electric Company in an engineering leadership capacity, and he began his career as a U.S. Air Force officer working on turbine engine technologies and the global positioning system (GPS).

He received bachelors and masters degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Billy Langenstein
Director of Event Services
U.S. Bank Stadium

Billy Langenstein

Billy Langenstein is entering his second season with SMG at U.S. Bank Stadium as the Director of Event Services. He is specifically responsible for security, public safety and emergency preparedness, medical services, transportation, guest experience and event oversight. Working closely with the Minnesota Vikings, MSFA and the entire community, his goal is to deliver a safe, clean and family experience at each event.

Langenstein spent five seasons with the Washington Nationals as the Director of Event Operations. Prior to joining the Nationals, he worked as an Operations Assistant with Live Nation assisting with the event operations and production at many of their music venues.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Master’s degree in Sports Management from Georgetown University. He is an NCS4 Industry Leader Under 40 award winner and achieved the Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) certification. His commitment to the profession is vast, as he is the Vice Chair of the Stadium Committee for the IAVM, Faculty Member for the Academy of Venue Safety and Security, Professional Sport Facilities Advisory Committee for the NCS4, member of the Event Safety Alliance and a Master Trainer for Team Coalition.

His true passion is in the realm of professional development and leadership by taking continuing educational classes and sharing the knowledge with his colleagues and continuing to be a student in the industry.

Andrew Lanning
Integrated Security Technologies (IST)

Andrew Lanning

Andrew Lanning started his career in the computer and electronics field in 1982 beginning with COBOL, FORTRAN, and ASSEMBLER programming languages. He continued with electronic systems training as a missile technician in the United States Navy from 1985-1993, during which time he earned a combat-action ribbon for duties performed in the Persian Gulf.

Lanning joined the commercial security industry after the navy and in 1998 he founded Integrated Security Technologies (IST) with his wife Christine in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lanning sits on the BOD of the Hawaii Information, Communication and Technology Association (HICTA), the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Cybersecurity Committee, The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Cybersecurity Advisory Council, and he chairs the PSA Network Cyber Security Committee.

He is an active member of the FBI’s Infragard, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Rotary Club of Hickam Pearl Harbor. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii, and earned a Masters in Communications from Hawaii Pacific University in 2011. He enjoys hiking and water sports, and he completed his first Ironman in 2013.

Gary Larson

Gary Larson

Gary Larson is the President of AMT, Inc. and was one of its founders in 1997. Coming from the IT industry, he joined the security industry in 1990 as an entrepreneurial engineer and system architect. Larson’s focus has been to bring the advances of the IT industry and consumer electronics to commercial security applications. As an early adopter of IP security devices, he led AMT to create solutions used by OEMs to support individual customer’s solutions spanning continents, securing thousands of doors and millions of credentials.

With the emergence of the cloud, Larson and AMT’s focus have been to use the Security as a Service, or SaaS, model to address the vulnerability of users’ networks created by the security industry’s traditional “one and done” sales model, and to remove end user cost and complexity, freeing end users to focus on their core businesses. Larson’s recent focus has been to bring the experience brought by consumer mobile devices to commercial security.

Mike Lavway
Senior Manager, Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG)
Aronson Security Group (ASG)

Mike Lavway

Mike Lavway has been working in the security industry for more than 12 years. His broad experience includes retail loss prevention, investigations, executive protection, and emergency management. In addition to his civilian positions, Lavway is also a combat veteran with more than six years of active duty service as an officer in the United States Army.

As a Loss Prevention Coordinator at Hannaford Bros. Supermarkets, he trained and qualified in each section of the $3B+ Corporation’s loss prevention department to include internal investigations, shoplifter apprehension, access control, and alarm monitoring for over 130 stores, corporate headquarters, and 2 distribution centers. During that time Mike was integral in the company’s development of their first enterprise level deployment of exception-based point-of-sale reporting system.

Lavway also has extensive corporate experience from his work at Procter and Gamble/Gillette in the Global Security Department. He coordinated worldwide loss investigations and developed systemic improvements from findings, conducted executive protection to include threat analysis and personnel protection, managed information security and brand protection, and facilitated employee safety and emergency response.

The majority of his career to this point was spent in the U.S. Army, transitioning to civilian employment at the rank of Captain after 6+ years of service. His time in the Army included a tour in Iraq in charge of a specialized counter-improvised explosive team charged with eliminating hazardous materials and disrupting terrorist networks. He spent his second tour in Kuwait and Jordan training Jordanian intelligence and operations officers to prepare them to deploy to Afghanistan. The remainder of his service focused on process development and implementation to achieve operational excellence.

Lavway came to ASG, a Security Risk Management Services (SRMS) firm, in 2013 and spent his first year as an estimator, gaining technical proficiency prior to transitioning to client manager for two of ASG’s largest clients. He is currently serving as the Senior Manager for ASG’s Enterprise Security Risk Group (eSRG), which provides CSO-level assessments, strategy and program development through the convergence of enterprise security risk management and technology. He is responsible for eSRG program management and reporting for the Chief Security Officer.

James Marcella
Director of Technical Services
Axis Communications, Inc.

James Marcella

As director of technical services for Axis Communications, James Marcella oversees technical support, industry associations for North American operations, and is responsible for business development of the K-12 and higher education market segment.

Marcella joined Axis in 1996 as a business development manager for the company’s North American Application Developer Partner program. He was responsible for finding best-of-breed software developers to create applications specifically for Axis’ network video products. He was instrumental in the development of the Axis Academy educational program and managed the educational services department until 2013.

Marcella has represented Axis at a number of high-profile events, including ISC West, ASIS and Campus Safety conferences. He often contributes and is quoted in security and IT industry publications.

Marcella is a member of the leadership team of the ASIS Physical Security Council and serves as the Chair of the Education Committee for the Security Industry Association (SIA). Currently, he is also an adjunct professor at Mercer Community College teaching a course on physical security technology for a program developed by the Security Industry Association.

Marcella is a board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP).

Mark McCourt
Head of Sales
Cobalt Robotics

Mark McCourt

In addition to recently joining Cobalt Robotics, Mark McCourt was appointed as the chairperson for the Security Industry Association's new Autonomous Security Robots Working Group.

An experienced leader and executive with a successful track record of setting vision for and commercializing security-as-a-service companies, McCourt's unique insights and understanding directly connects value propositions that resonate with economic decision-makers.

As a writer, frequent speaker and adviser, his thought leadership on aligning organizations with key market trends is highly regarded. His book, “The Predictive Revolution,” which was published in 2014, showed how leading organizations are leveraging technology, people and policies to create a predictive security posture.

Amanda O’Loughlin
Security Supervisor
Crane Currency

Amanda O’Loughlin

Amanda O’Loughlin is currently the Security Supervisor for Crane Currency’s Nashua, N.H. and Alpharetta, Ga. locations. Crane Currency is a global supplier of banknotes and a leader in security technology for the currency industry, playing an integral role in the design and manufacture of banknotes for more than 50 central banks. Prior to joining Crane Currency, she was the Assistant Manager of Public Safety at the Museum of Science, Boston.

O'Loughlin has worked in the physical security field for more than 10 years and is well versed in the areas of access control, video management, and crisis management. Additionally, she is very passionate about personal security and holds certifications in MOAB and R.A.D Systems methods of self-defense. During her tenure at the Museum, she was responsible for the IT integration and administration of all security systems, subsequently leading her to pursue certificates in Information Security and Computer Forensics. Amanda also holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University.

Christopher Peckham
Industry Consultant

Christopher Peckham

Christopher Peckham most recently served as the Senior Vice President, CTO and Special Projects at Kratos Public Safety & Security Solution, Inc. In his capacity as the CTO, he led efforts on complex projects and programs and was the primary driver of the technology efforts that maintain the company's innovation in emerging trends.

Peckham has served in a variety of technical leadership positions in information technology, operations, and network engineering during his career. He served as CIO of Henry Bros. Electronics at the time of its acquisition by Kratos. Previous to that, he was Director of Operations for SunGard Higher Education.

Peckham received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from Rutgers University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of NJ.

Steve Reinharz
President and CEO
Robotic Assistance Devices

Steve Reinharz

Steve Reinharz is the Founder and CEO of Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), where he oversees the development, sales and marketing, and strategic vision for the company.

Reinharz has more than 20 years of experience in various facets of the high-tech industry—as the founder of security integration firm Security Zone, Inc., and a strategic leader at global enterprises. Reinharz has extensive knowledge of a diverse portfolio of technologies, developing practical, effective solutions for end-user customers.

As CEO of RAD, Reinharz leverages his extensive knowledge and interest in robotics and artificial intelligence to design and develop robotic solutions that increase business efficiency and deliver cost savings. Reinharz is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and attended the University of Western Ontario, where he earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in political science and commercial studies.

Darnell Washington

Darnell Washington

Darnell Washington is an industry recognized expert with more than 30 years experience in the implementation of commercial security solutions for monitoring, identifying, and reporting on unauthorized activities in high risk enterprise computing environments.

As a seasoned professional, he has been involved in numerous high-level incidents involving Federal, State, financial and local law enforcement agencies, and regularly advises the security community at large on secure infrastructure design and PKI architecture, insider threat management, and information security assessment, where he is commonly referred to as a subject matter expert.

Joe Young
Senior Director of Cloud and Enterprise Solutions

Joe Young

In his current role at G4S, Joe Young is leading the company’s connected vision to integrate hardware, software, services, advanced analytics, robotics and security personnel in a unified offering. He also oversee the technology stack that resides in the company’s UL-listed Intelligent Security Operations Center, where the company delivers advanced managed services to some of its key clients.

Young also oversees the company’s enterprise solutions architect team, comprising “high performance sales engineers who understand solution selling and consulting for clients who look at solutions much differently than you see in the traditional integration space,” he said. “The team takes a risk based, data-driven approach to building an elastic security program for a client.”

Young started his career at Tyco Integrated Security where he had the opportunity to take on multiple roles. Over the course of 13 years, he has worked his way to an IP systems manager by designing complex IP solutions. He concluded his tenure at Tyco as a subject matter expert for their Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) offering. He also left the industry for a few years to manage a pre-sales engineering team for an IT MSP organization, where he was able “to take all of the best practices around Cyber, ITIL & ITSM that I learned from the IT side and make them a part of our offerings in the physical security space,” he said.


Paul Ragusa
Editor, Security Systems News
Editorial Director, TechSec, Cloud+

Paul Ragusa

As editor, Paul helps oversee editorial content and works on developing a rapport with industry leaders to report and write on industry news. He focuses on writing stories important to installers, integrators, manufacturers and distributors. Paul joined the company in March 2016, having previously worked for nearly 20 years as a writer and editor on several monthly B2B magazines based in New York. He has a bachelor's degree in English from Manhattanville College, N.Y., and a master's degree in English/Writing from Hofstra University, N.Y. Paul lives in Maine with his wife and son.

Spencer Ives
Managing Editor, Security Systems News

Spencer Ives

As managing editor, Spencer helps oversee Security Systems News' editorial content, online and in print, and the production of its monthly print publication. Specifically, he covers news in the monitoring and central station beat. He joined Security Systems News in November 2014. Spencer is a graduate of Western New England University where he earned a BA English Literature. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife.

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