FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 2017

C. Fields, a lifetime agnostic, was discovered reading a Bible on his deathbed. "I'm looking for a loop-hole," he explained. - William Claude Dunkenfield 1880-1946, American Comedian and Actor, (W.C. Fields).   Most days are ‘routine’ in that they contain similar subject matter within the industry.. I say ‘routine’ with tongue in cheek because there [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 20172017-12-06T17:50:24-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: July 2017

“I can’t afford to put one of these trucks on my Visa Card!” – E4 Rick Guinn, Company A, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry, 53rd Infantry Brigade On a spectacularly brilliant February day in 1971, the Florida Army National Guard Company A in Hollywood, Florida was set to conduct field training west of their armory location. [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: July 20172017-06-26T14:09:10-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: June 2017

“Next morning we sent for the burglar-alarm man and he came up and explained that the reason the alarm did not 'go off' was that no part of the house but the first floor was attached to the alarm.” ~ Mark Twain – American Humorist 1835-1910, “The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm”   If you [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: June 20172017-05-31T14:28:16-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: May 2017

“Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.” Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit  This month’s message includes an easy to read cross reference chart above which I guarantee most Florida [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: May 20172017-12-06T17:50:25-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: April 2017

From Ken Kirschenbaum Newsletter March 28, 2017 Will you get stuck for workers comp for your sub? If you use subcontractors you need to be very careful with the workers comp issue, but that's not all. You are likely to be audited yearly by your workers comp carrier and it will be checking to make [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: April 20172017-03-28T13:30:05-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: March 2017

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR… So when does my alarm license number need to appear in Florida advertising  The 2016 Florida Statutes Title XXXII REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS Chapter 489 CONTRACTING View Entire Chapter 489.521 Business organizations; qualifying agents.—   7 (b) The registration or certification number of a contractor shall be stated in each offer of [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: March 20172017-12-06T17:50:25-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: February 2017

FLORIDA STATUTES for Electrical and Alarm Contractors regarding the hiring of employees Title XXXII REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS Chapter 489 CONTRACTING View Entire Chapter “489.503 Exemptions.— (b) The legislative intent of this subsection is to place equal responsibility on the unlicensed business and its employees for the protection of the consumers in contracting transactions. For the [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: February 20172017-12-06T17:50:35-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: January 2017

FLORIDA STATUTES for Electrical and Alarm Contractors   Title XXXII REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS Chapter 489 CONTRACTING View Entire Chapter 489.505 Definitions.—As used in this part:   (2) “Alarm system contractor” means a person whose business includes the execution of contracts requiring the ability, experience, science, knowledge, and skill to lay out, fabricate, install, maintain, alter, [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: January 20172017-12-06T17:50:35-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: December 2016

“HUMBUG!” So stated by one Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dicken’s Novella ‘A Christmas Carol’/December 19, 1843 As we approach the holiday season again this year we experience reminders of past holidays. Music, decorations, meals and religious celebrations bring forth those cherished remembrances. There are common themes centered on family, friends, churches and synagogues. I [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: December 20162017-12-06T17:50:35-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: November 2016

Members Interim Activities Report  November, 2016 MISSION: The Alarm Association of Florida was founded with a mission to promote education and training within the alarm and low voltage industries and establish preeminent professional ethics and standards. It was begun in an effort to establish statewide licensing. Beginning in 1979, and after nine years of lobbying [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: November 20162017-12-06T17:50:35-05:00