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.
PPVAR Board of Directors
Chris Vinson Director of Public Safety for the Town of Highland Park
Chris Vinson is the Director of Public Safety for the Town of Highland Park. In this fully consolidated public safety department he serves as the Chief for emergency medical, fire, and police services in the Town.
Prior to employment by the Town, Chief Vinson was employed by the City of Dallas as a peace officer and served for a short time as a civilian employee of the Irving Police Department. Chief Vinson began his career with the Town of Highland Park in March of 1983. He received his first promotion in 1988 and has served in supervisory capacities in both the Operations and Criminal Investigations Divisions and as Fire Marshal for the Town of Highland Park. Chief Vinson received numerous commendations including twice being selected as the Supervisor of the Year for the Highland Park Department of Public Safety. Chief Vinson also received honors from the Park Cities Rotary Club, City of University Park, and the United States Secret Service for his outstanding work.
Chief Vinson holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from Dallas Baptist University, majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. He holds a Master Peace Officer and Advanced Structural Firefighter Certification. He is also licensed as a fire instructor, police instructor, and police firearms instructor. Chief Vinson has served as an Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 2008.
Chief Vinson serves as the Chair of the Alarm Committee of the Texas Police Chief’s Association and is member of the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response committee. Chief Vinson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a past President of FBI National Academy Associates of Texas.
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.
Donald M. Young Protection1 - 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.
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).
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.
Jeremy Bates General Manager of Sonitrol of Lexington, Inc. and Bates Security
Jeremy Bates is the general manager and, along with his family, owner of Sonitrol of Lexington and Bates Security in Lexington, Kentucky. Jeremy is currently serving on the PPVAR Board as the Sonitrol National Dealer’s Association’s (SNDA) representative. He is currently the Vice President and is the in-coming President of the SNDA Board. Jeremy has worked full time for over 19 years in the security industry with his career starting in sales up to his current position of general manager. The Bates family and their team have grown their company over the last several years to win such recognitions as being recognized as an SDM 100 dealer the last 6 years, the 2012 winner of the SAMMY’s Installer of the Year for Small to Mid-Size Companies and was most recently honored by the local chamber of commerce as the 2013 Small Business of the Year. Jeremy’s company has won several awards for top level performance in the Sonitrol network and he and his family have a deep history with Audio Detection and Verification.
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.
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.