FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: October 2016

WORKERS COMPENSATION RATE INCREASE ALERT! We received notice today from our lobbyist Eric Prutsman that WC rates will increase an average of 14.5% across the state (see below). This may be a foregone conclusion except we can fight this increase through the legislature this coming session. We are THE ONLY TRADE ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING YOU [...]

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

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: September 2016

Florida Police Chiefs Association – Wall of Honor Recipients The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) presented three Wall of Honor awards August 3rd at the Association’s Summer Conference to recognize individuals who have contributed greatly to law enforcement in Florida and to FPCA. Recipients are recommended by current or past FPCA members and receive special [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: September 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 2016

CONGRATULATIONS JOSH WOLK! ALARM ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA MOST VALUABLE PERSON 2015 Josh Wolk (C) receives the MVP 2015 AAF award from President John Toscano (L) and Executive Director Bob Neely A current problem in our industry is how we recruit new personnel, “fresh faces” as it were to replace our aging security populace. This has [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: July 2016

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR… Each year at our annual conference, the Alarm Association of Florida is proud to honor individuals who labor within their specific professions. These men and women work tirelessly and often without acknowledgment. They serve both the public and public safety through honorable and commendable careers. For the year 2015 the Alarm [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: July 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: May/June 2016

An editorial on behalf of law enforcement for National Police Week 2016 – Sunday May 15, 2016 through Saturday May 21, 2016 ‘On July 20th 1974, he (Alvin Ford) suggested to George DeCosta that ‘they drive to Fort Lauderdale’ to “make some money”.’ Press Release from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Detective Travis Mandell, February [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: May/June 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: April 2016

“Now if there is one thing that we do worse than any other nation, it is try and manage somebody else’s affairs.” Will Rogers, American Actor & Humorist 1879-1935 A DISCUSSION REGARDING PRIORITY DISPATCH OF SECURITY ALARMS For many years the insurance industry has relied upon standards produced by nationally recognized independent testing laboratories in [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: April 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: March 2016

“Found my way downstairs and drank a cup, and looking up I noticed I was late.” ‘A Day In The Life – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Album’ Lennon-McCartney Lyrics June, 1967 The ensuing narrative is a personal message to AAF members, interested industry parties and even to those somewhat disinterested. It is intended [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: March 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: February 2016

“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” Mark Twain, American Author and Humorist (1835-1910) TWENTY YEARS LATER AND THEY STILL DON’T GET IT?!... We get frequent calls in the AAF office from alarm and electrical contractors covering [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: February 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: January 2016

‘Sow good services; sweet remembrances will grow them.’ Madame de Stael  French author (1766 - 1817)  I had occasion recently to travel by vehicle with some business associates to a meeting and the road trip lasted about four hours. The meeting we attended was not related to the security industry. However during the ride we [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: January 20162017-12-06T17:50:36-05:00

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 2015

WHERE SHOULD YOU SPEND YOUR HARD EARNED ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP MONEY? (Or how I LOVE the Alarm Association of Florida!) …An editorial by your AAF Executive Director, Bob Neely The Alarm Association of Florida, Inc. is the largest independent state alarm contractor trade association in the United States. Think about that. New York state has members, [...]

FROM THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: August 20152017-12-06T17:50:37-05:00