DALLAS, Texas – The Foundation for Advancing Security Talent (FAST) has appointed John Nemerofsky as the most recent member of the FAST Board of Directors. Nemerofsky is the current chief operating officer at SAGE Integration and former president of both Stanley Security Systems (SST) and CGL Technologies. He has extensive experience in various roles within the security industry. During his time with SST, Nemerofsky spearheaded a variety of turnaround initiatives, company changes and significant sales and market growth, scaling the company’s yearly revenue up to $140 million.
Nemerofsky has been actively involved as a volunteer with FAST, particularly on efforts to shape FAST’s forthcoming wage and compensation study, and he played an instrumental role as an advisor in the Security Industry Association’s (SIA’s) 2018 wage study, helping to provide early data to the industry on compensation for employees at integration companies. He will join the SIA Board of Directors in March 2023. In joining the FAST Board of Directors, Nemerofsky will assume the role of outgoing FAST board member Keith Baird in representing the Electronic Security Association (ESA) on the FAST board.
“With over 30 years of industry experience and a passion for mentoring security professionals and serving the security integrator community, John Nemerofsky is the ideal individual to represent ESA on the FAST Board of Directors,” said ESA Chairman John Loud.
In addition to his work at SAGE, Nemerofsky is the founder of TSS International, a highly influential staffing and recruiting agency. Through this agency, he helps his clients develop incentivizing programs and business strategies as well as improve company cultures to bring in qualified candidates. Additionally, he has also served as chair for the Commission on Chapters for ASIS International and on the Security Xchange Board of Directors. He has spent countless years dedicating time to recruiting and training personnel in the areas of sales, service, management, installation teams and engineering.
FAST thanks outgoing board member and initiative supporter Keith Baird for his service on the FAST Board of Directors. Baird recently retired from the security industry following a long and successful career that included holding executive sales roles with companies including Blue Grass Electronics (1985) and serving as western vice president (VP) for ADEMCO (2001), national accounts VP (2004) senior VP (2012) for Honeywell (2004) and, most recently, national accounts VP with Resideo. He was inducted into the Security Sales and Integration Industry Hall of Fame in 2021, and his additional industry accolades include being named a California Alarm Association (CAA) Mark Schubert Memorial Award finalist (2004 and 2015) and the CAA Mid-California Alarm/Silicon Valley Alarm Member of the Year (2004)). Nemerofsky will fill Baird’s position on the FAST Board of Directors and provide leadership that will drive developments for the annual FAST Golf Classic.
“It has been a pleasure working with the Foundation for Advancing Security Talent,” said Baird. “Leading the organization’s primary fundraising initiative – the FAST Golf Tournament – has been such a fulfilling way to see the industry come together in support of this vital organization. FAST, its mission and this industry will always remain dear to my heart. Our golf tournament is in good hands with John Nemerofsky – his leadership and expertise will certainly be great assets. I look forward to hearing about the exciting developments of the organizations in my retirement.”
“I am very passionate about the work we do as an industry – and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to give back,” said Nemerofsky. “FAST’s very worthy mission – connecting passionate, innovative professionals with new opportunities in the electronic security and life safety industry – is one that speaks to a core struggle we all share. I’m looking forward to the work we can do together to make a difference in this area.”
FAST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting careers in the physical security technology and life safety industry. Created in 2020 through a partnership of ESA and SIA – the industry’s leading associations – FAST connects passionate, innovative professionals with new opportunities in electronic security and life safety. The foundation brings awareness to the career advancement opportunities within the fast-paced technology industry that serves to keep people, places and property safe.
The FAST website offers job seekers information about the security industry’s growth and unique position at the convergence of cutting-edge technology and a mission that matters, the types of roles available in the industry, what employers are looking for, leading certifications in physical security and cybersecurity and a jobs board featuring immediate opportunities in security technology and life safety. The FAST Jobs Board allows job seekers to search by keyword, job title and location and features thousands of jobs from over 800 companies. The jobs board continues to grow in 2023 and has become the go-to destination for hiring and finding job opportunities in the security industry.
FAST’s key efforts include outreach to schools, colleges and universities to increase awareness of the exciting and rewarding careers available in security; research on the industry’s workforce development needs and possible solutions; and continuing education resources to help those already in the industry stay current with rapidly emerging and evolving technologies.
FAST’s school and outreach programs, research and resources are funded by individual and organizational donations. Learn how you can donate to FAST here.
FAST is a 501(c)(3) organization created by ESA and SIA to promote careers in the physical security technology industry. FAST is dedicated to connecting passionate, innovative professionals with new opportunities in the electronic security and life safety industry. Through a partnership of the industry’s leading associations, ESA and SIA, FAST brings awareness to the career advancement opportunities within the fast-paced technology industry that serves to keep people, places and property safe.
Established in 1948, ESA is the largest trade association in the United States representing the electronic security and life safety industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. Together, ESA member companies employ more than 500,000 industry professionals and serve more than 34 million residential and commercial clients.
SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,200 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels, creating open industry standards that enable integration, advancing industry professionalism through education and training, opening global market opportunities and collaborating with other like-minded organizations. As the premier sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities. SIA also enhances the position of its members in the security marketplace through SIA GovSummit, which brings together private industry with government decision makers, and Securing New Ground, the security industry’s top executive conference for peer-to-peer networking.