About

PPVAR was established to educate all electronic security stakeholders on the value of video to verify alarm activity during the dispatch process and ultimately reduce false alarms and increase apprehension rates for burglar alarm customers.

We have built an organization comprised of members from Law Enforcement, the Insurance Industry and the Electronic Security Industry to fairly represent all interests in the battle against property crime to provide the most reliable and cost effective alarm response to the end user. Although we remain committed to traditional alarm response methods as a deterrent to crime, we consider video verification to be a significant enhancement and one that deserves a higher priority response by all first responders. Our goal is to collaborate with all members involved in the alarm response process and share best practices, ideas and the information necessary to maximize the effectiveness of all resources necessary to protect our valued customers' life and property. 

Chief Steve Dye of Grand Prairie PD speaks on the benefits of video alarms for public safety


Paul Fitzgerald, President of the National  Sheriffs' Association, speaks on priority response

PPVAR Board of Directors

 

David Bejarano  Chula Vista PD - Chief of Police

Police Chief David Bejarano of Chula Vista, Calif., recently implemented a new security alarm ordinance for his city that builds on both false alarm reduction tools to filter nuisance alarms and the incentive of priority response for verified alarms. The new ordinance mandates that central stations use enhanced call verification (ECV) and imposes fines that escalate to $500 for the third false alarm. In addition, verified response can be mandated for any site that has four false alarms in a one-year period. On the "incentive" side, Bejarano, who serves as first vice president of the California Police Chiefs Association, has elevated verified alarms to a priority 1 response instead of the typical priority 3 for traditional alarm systems. Verified alarms for Chula Vista mean alarms that video, audio or a person onsite has verified that an actual crime may be occurring or has occurred. More effective policing and a safer community is the goal. "We did a three-year study from July 2009 to June 2012. During this time we had 8,094 residential alarms and made one arrest, and we had 9,604 commercial alarms and made six arrests,"


Paul Fitzgerald  Sheriff, Story County, Iowa

Paul Fitzgerald has a 35-year background in public safety and has been extensively involved in federal public safety communications initiatives. He was elected Story County Sheriff in 1992 after serving for 15 years on the Waterloo Police Department. Sheriff Fitzgerald also served as President of the National Sheriffs' Association in 2012 and has been deeply involved in the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST), the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), and the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council. Sheriff Fitzgerald has a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University and an undergraduate degree from Wartburg College. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.


Fredrick P. Lohmann  National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) - Director of Field Operations

Fred Lohmann serves as the Director of Field Operations, Southwest Region of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The Southwest Region encompasses Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. He supervises a staff of special agents and support personnel assigned to investigate criminal conspiracies involving insurance fraud, vehicle, cargo, and heavy equipment thefts. Mr. Lohmann began a career in law enforcement as a military policeman in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a law enforcement officer for 20 years with state and municipal law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and Texas. Mr. Lohmann joined the National Insurance Crime Bureau in 2005. He has over 20 years of experience conducting complex investigations into suspected property casualty and commercial insurance fraud and vehicle theft. Mr. Lohmann is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in criminal justice. He graduated with honors from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol 40th Academy and is a court-recognized expert in motor vehicle accident reconstruction. He is a certified insurance fraud investigator, fraud claim law specialist, associate in insurance services, and holds a certificate in general insurance from the Insurance Institute of America. He is a licensed multiline claims adjuster in Texas. Mr. Lohmann holds a Master Peace Office license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education and is a commissioned Special Ranger with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Mr. Lohmann is a TCLEOSE-certified instructor and NRA-certified firearms instructor and range safety officer. He is a graduate of both the Northwestern University and U.S. Department of Transportation accident investigation basic and advanced courses.


Chief Anthony Canale (Ret.)  Verisk Crime Analytics - General Manager

As general manager, Anthony Canale has overall responsibility for the CargoNet business unit. Areas of responsibility include; accounts, marketing, personnel, operations and sales. Anthony has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Having began his career in 1979 as a Police Officer, Anthony worked his way up through the ranks holding the offices of Detective, Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief. Prior to joining CargoNet, Anthony served as Chief of the Medford Township, NJ Police Department. During his 21 year tenure at MTPD, Anthony also worked closely with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a member of various organized crime and narcotics taskforces. Anthony has been honored by many organizations, most notably; U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Secret Service, and the South Jersey Fraternal Order of Police. Anthony earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and graduated in the 195th Class for the F.B.I. National Academy.


Rob Baxter  Radius Security - President

Robert received his professional electrical engineering status in 1982 at UBC. His early career includes construction project management including construction of BC Women's Hospital & Health Center, still the largest maternity hospital in Canada. He joined the family fire and security business, Vancouver Fire Prevention, in 1983 and became President of the company in 1986. Rob has had the opportunity to design and install unique fire suppression solutions ranging from IT facilities to submarines. The company is the largest fire inspection business in Western Canada. The business expanded into security in 1982 and operates under the name Radius Security. They built their central station in 2010 and, in addition to traditional intrusion systems, Rob designed their remote guarding solutions based on video analytics to eliminate static guards for clients such as construction sites and car dealerships. Rob believes in video and related technologies to solve the problems of non-response and false alarms with traditional alarm systems. Radius Security is on a trajectory where monitoring revenue from video-based systems will surpass traditional monitoring by 2015. The company has 120 employees.


Joey Rao-Russell  Sonitrol SNDA - President & CEO

Joey Rao-Russell has worked in the industry for 15 years working in all aspects of the business including operations, sales up to her current position as the President & CEO of Kimberlite Corporation the world’s largest independent Sonitrol Franchisee based in Fresno, California. Kimberlite has consistently been ranked in the SDM Top 100 companies and integrators for the last 15 years. Kimberlite operates an award winning central station specializing in audio and video verified security solutions for over 30 years. She is currently serving the PPVAR board on behalf of the Sonitrol National Dealers Association (SNDA). Joey is the current President of the SNDA. The SNDA is comprised of independent Sonitrol dealers who have been providing verified security solutions for 50 years. Our network has over 171,000 documented apprehensions since 1977 proving that verification increases arrests and decreases losses.


Chris BenVau  Protection 1 - Senior VP Enterprise Solutions

Christopher BenVau is Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, for Protection 1 Security Services. He is a 20-year industry veteran of the security industry, currently leading several channels for Protection 1 including the Enterprise Solutions Division. During his career BenVau has held a number of executive and management positions with Stanley, ADT, SecurityLink, and Honeywell. He currently serves as a board member for the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response and is a thought leader in physical and logical security.

 


Gordon Hope  Honeywell/AlarmNet - General Manager

Gordon Hope is currently the General Manager of the AlarmNet business at Honeywell. In this role he is responsible for the direction and oversight of the communication direction for products and services offered by Honeywell through the security channel.

Gordon is a past Chairman of SIA and currently a member of their Board of Directors and recently a member of PPVAR. Gordon represents SIA to the Central Station Alarm Association and is also Honeywell’s representative as an active early founding member of the AICC (Alarm Industry Communications Committee). The AICC, under the management of the CSAA, deals with any and all communication issues that could potentially impact our industry. He was involved with the early reach out from the AICC to the cable industry in 2002 as the deregulation and quickly changing technology drove challenges for the security industry. He remains active on all issues and changes in the cellular industry that impact security customers.

Gordon started his career in the security industry at Ademco in 1989 working his way through various marketing/business positions and was directly involved in on premise wireless products as well as control panels cutting across both residential and commercial applications. In his current role within AlarmNet he assists in coordinating and spearheading efforts for end to end solutions involving new service offerings that bring added convenience and control to security customers.  


Larry Folsom  Co-Founder and President of I-View Now

Larry Folsom has fifteen years of industry experience. Since 2010, he has owned American Video and Security out of Las Vegas, NV. With four acquisitions and strong organic growth, American Video and Security was selected by Security Dealer and Integrator magazines 2012, 2013, and 22014 Fast 50. Larry is the current President of the Nevada Security Association, on the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Nevada, and a member of the ESA Government Relations Committee.

Larry is the Co-Founder and President of I-View Now. I-View Now is an award winning central station video interface that uses its patented process to provide central stations with cloud based video verification and guard tour solutions.


Steve Walker  Stanley CSS - VP Customer Service

Steve Walker serves as the Vice President of Customer Service for Stanley Convergent Security Solutions and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in the Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. Steve began his career with Honeywell International in 1985 working 13 years in aerospace product development before transitioning to the Honeywell security monitoring business in 1998. Since that time, he has held leadership positions in both central station IT and operations and has followed the transition of the business from Honeywell ownership, to private equity, and again to Stanley Black & Decker in 2007. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response (PPVAR). 


Donald M. Young  Protection 1 - Chief Information Officer

Donald Young began his career in the alarm industry in 1988 after serving 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Computer Programmer Analyst with a Top Secret Clearance. He was first hired by Securitylink in November, 1988 as the Central Station Manager which led to positions in Operations and General Management and finally Corporate Director roles in Operations and Call Center Management. He then worked as Director of Call Center Operations for two years at SAI followed by his role as CIO and co-founder of Alarm Security Group (ASG) from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 he returned to Securitylink as CIO and after its purchase subsequently became VP of Information Technology for ADT where he was responsible for all Call Center Technology and Infrastructure support the next 3 years. In 2004 Donald co-founded HSM (Honeywell Security Monitoring) and became its CIO in charge of Call Center operations, Information Technology and Telecommunications. In 2007 upon a successful sale of HSM to Stanley Tools Donald accepted the position of CIO in charge of Global Information Technology and Call Center operations. In 2010 Donald accepted his current position as CIO of Protection1 in charge of all Call Center Operations, Information Technology and Telecommunications.


Keith Jentoft  Honeywell

Jentoft has spent more than 20 years introducing European technology to the U.S. market, growing multiple companies, including Videofied, from startup to over $100 million. With Honeywell, Jentoft is responsible for protecting indoor and outdoor assets using unique cordless/wireless video alarm systems. Jentoft is the founder of the PPVAR (Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response), and has been a leading advocate for using video-verified alarms to make arrests and build strong relationships between law enforcement, insurance companies, and the security industry. Jentoft is active in the National Sheriffs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.


Eric Pritchard  Kleinbard Bell & Brecker LLP - Partner

Eric Pritchard is a Philadelphia lawyer who has spent the past 20 years representing electronic security providers across the United States. A former litigator who began his career defending alarm companies in catastrophic loss cases, Eric now focuses on emerging technology in the industry -- everything from apps to video to web-based contracts. A veteran of hundreds of industry acquisitions, Eric represents buyers and sellers as legal counsel and broker. He advises clients on day-to-day business affairs, debt and equity financing, organizational issues and succession planning. He also serves on numerous industry committees, many as legal counsel. He currently co-chairs the legal affairs committee of the Central Station Alarm Association. Eric co-chairs the Electronic Security Group at Kleinbard LLC, a law firm active in the telecommunications, life safety and electronic security industries.