"PBFAA has been the consummate diplomat in industry affairs," said Dale Eller, executive director and the owner of ITZ Solutions! as well as NBFAA's director of education and standards. (Dale's father [Ray Eller] was an original founder of the association). "While we haven't had some of the burning issues other associations had, we've always rallied around common causes and really made a difference," he said.
C COVER FOCUS By Deborah L. O’Mara PBFAA Members Bring the Best to ESX 27 years of industry advocacy S e eems like only yester- “PBFAA has been the consum- first to produce a comprehensive d day a group of indus- mate diplomat in industry affairs,” award-winning newsletter cover- t try icons the likes of said Dale Eller, executive director ing its five regions. t the late Ray Eller and and the owner of ITZ Solutions! as K Keith Ladd, as well as well as NBFAA’s director of educa- Education fi rst and foremost Patrick Egan and other important tion and standards. (Dale’s father Educating members continues advocates gathered in an informal Ray was an original founder of the to be a goal for PBFAA just as it setting to discuss the future of the association). “While we haven’t had was in its infancy, and ESX is the burglar and fire alarm industry. some of the burning issues other perfect place for members to get The year was 1982 and that think associations had, we’ve always ral- the training they need, continued tank morphed into the creation of lied around common causes and Eller, who added that more PBFAA the Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire really made a difference,” he said. members are beginning to embrace Alarm Association (PBFAA)—now Based in Erie, Pa., the organi- IT and networking concepts and one of the largest and most influen- zation has been quick to cham- as such education becomes even tial organizations in the industry. pion causes for the industry on a more paramount. “Right now, as It’s only befitting that an orga- national level, while at the same far as who is getting into IP and IT, nization with the track record of time racking up a fine list of its it seems smaller firms with one to PBFAA host this year’s ESX show own ‘firsts.’ For example, PBFAA five employees are not embracing in Baltimore. PBFAA has always was one of the first charter chapter it; while medium to larger compa- been one to rally support around members of the National Burglar nies we queried had the opposite industry causes and many state and Fire Alarm Association (NB- response—they are embracing the associations in advocacy of pro- FAA) and the first to hold National technology.” moting professional and the high- Training School Level I techni- Whether it’s the large national est level of business acumen. cian training; as well as one of the companies, one- and two-man 38 SECURITY DEALER & INTEGRATOR •
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