FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: December 2018

‘‘He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.’’ From “THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” by Clement Clarke Moore, American educator, poet, [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: December 2018 2018-11-27T17:48:50+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: October 2018

‘Firemen are going to get killed. When they join the department, they face that fact. When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: October 2018 2018-09-25T14:15:41+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: September 2018

‘The school security issue will be solved when you reach the intersection of ‘Security Street’ and ‘Fire Lane’. Good luck with that.’ The Author In a previous column I described the sickening feeling incurred the day of the Parkland High School shooting. It happened nine miles from our office. The article also outlined the fire [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: September 2018 2018-08-28T14:20:54+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 2018

“Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable.” Dianne Ackerman, American Poet Consider that this column is written about six weeks before you will read it. The reason this is important in relation to the topic is that this story is about hurricanes and they can occur anytime; [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 2018 2018-07-23T14:04:54+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: July 2018

“Fire is never a gentle master”.  (Proverb quote) July is national grilling month. In deference to our good friends in the fire response business, we wanted to note that for the purposes of this article. Even though it may be obvious to you and me as we prepare for celebrations in the outdoors, in all [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: July 2018 2018-06-27T10:59:38+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: June 2018

  Dear Alarm Contractors, Industry Colleagues, Partners, Friends and Family… Please allow us this personal observation for the month. We feel it necessary to communicate withall of you because of the unusual circumstances. As you are aware, my wife of over 48 years, Linda passed away peacefully May 6, 2018. I have commented on her [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: June 2018 2018-06-19T10:10:07+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: May 2018

Valentine’s Day this year, was a busy schedule. After the usual office duties, with several errands to run I climbed in the truck about 3:00 PM. Approaching the traffic light outside the office the din of the radio was interrupted. The announcer stated they had reports of gun fire at a Parkland High School, exactly [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: May 2018 2018-05-02T10:02:40+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: April 2018

“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” Napolean Hill, American Author – 1883-1970 April kicks our organization into high gear preparing for and administering our annual state business conference in May. There are [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: April 2018 2018-03-26T10:48:13+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: March 2018

“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade…” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged Notwithstanding the quote from Atlas Shrugged, the Alarm Association of Florida proceeds annually to establish a business conference and product exposition for our members and even those reluctant non-members in the industry. Perhaps we should not judge our fellow [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: March 2018 2018-02-26T14:06:13+00:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: February 2018

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile” Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist 1879-1955 While I could not agree more with Mr. Einstein’s quote, I also believe there is an important personal addendum that ties in with this valuable observation. It is extremely important that one also live a life devoted to providing important [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: February 2018 2018-03-07T14:47:02+00:00