NBFAA Announces 2007 Leadership Award Winners

The winners of the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association’s (NBFAA) 2007 Leadership Awards were revealed recently during the association’s annual luncheon.

In opening remarks, NBFAA President George P. Gunning, USA Alarms, Monrovia, Calif., commended all those in attendance.

“Your sacrifice of personal time, your hard work and your financial support are critical to our success,” said Gunning said. “Without you, this organization wouldn’t be possible, so it’s difficult to really show the extent of our appreciation. These annual awards are one way that we can recognize the contributions of our volunteers -- and our paid staff that support us.”

The following individuals and associations were announced as the 2007 winners:

  • Chapter of the Year: Tennessee Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA).
  • Chapter President of the Year: Jon Sargent, California Alarm Association (CAA).
  • Chapter Executive Director of the Year: Beverly Lynch, New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NJBFAA).
  • Chapter Newsletter of the Year: The Mirror, CAA.
  • NTS Instructor of the Year: LJ Lynes, Stanley Security Solutions (Tennessee).
  • NTS Training Coordinator of the Year: Woody Woodham, Honeywell Security and Custom Electronics (Alabama and Mississippi).

Tennessee was honored for its outstanding retention and recruitment figures and for consistently supporting NBFAA programs such as the Youth Scholarship Program and the National Training School. Just since January 2007, TBFAA has held 30 NTS courses, certified 673 students and hosted six continuing educations courses across the state. In addition, the chapter held training classes at their convention for more than 300 students. The chapter’s retention and growth figures were outstanding, and their Government Relations program is one of the most active and successful in the association.

Jon Sargent was recognized as the 2007 Chapter President of the Year for his strong support of the industry and his tireless efforts in support of alarm reduction campaigns throughout the state, and for his leadership in dealing with the chapter’s many regional associations. In his second year as CAA president, he has faced the strongest attack on police response in any state; he met this challenge head on and has, in almost every case, turned the tide. In more than one nomination write-up Sargent was also praised for his community service record, in particular his active support of the Sea Scouts program in the Bay Area.

Executive Director of the Year, Beverly Lynch of New Jersey was recognized for her outstanding government relations efforts in 2007. In two incidences, she was able to have alarm companies exempted from onerous state legislation; and in two other cases, she was able to lobby for the defeat of bills that would have adversely impacted members.

The Mirror, the CAA’s chapter newsletter, was recognized as the 2007 Chapter Newsletter of the Year. The Mirror represents not only CAA, but other chapters as well, giving it extensive reach and coverage. The extensive use of member photographs, combined with informative articles and support of NBFAA programs, was outstanding.

LJ Lynes was honored as this year’s NTS Instructor of the Year for his assistance in conducting NTS classes in Tennessee. According to his nomination, “His dedication to this industry, teaching NTS courses and his hours upon hours of volunteer work with NTS establishes LJ as a person deserving this recognition”

The NTS Training Coordinator of the Year award was presented to Woody Woodham for his efforts in coordinating classes in Alabama and Mississippi. Active in the security industry for more than 27 years, Woodham has served as an NBFAA NTS instructor for 14 years. Woodham serves as a board member on both the Alabama and Mississippi state association boards and according to his nomination, “this dual capacity provides benefits to both associations as he is able to share successes, opportunities and how to overcome hurdles regarding issues that affect the security industry in these neighboring states.”

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