“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 and biblical scholar 1779-1863

 Oh boy. Another year in the file. It seems as if we just turn around from planning the assignments for the coming year and the next thing we know is that it’s the end of the year.

2017 will definitely go down as a watershed year in the history of the AAF. For all the happenings from the previous year, all that could be positive for this year came to be. We have a tremendous Board of Directors supporting our members. We have numerous committees monitoring those vexing dealer problems at the ‘heavy lifting’ level and we have wrapped up another successful year in education and training that keeps raising the standard.

This year the AAF along with Merrill Insurance produced perhaps the best “A” rated liability insurance program in the country for alarm dealers and is underwritten by Lloyds. The coverages are pinpoint designed for this industry and better any other program out there for the premiums paid. Also as an AAF member your premiums are discounted to save you big money.

Our convention committee is planning an outstanding agenda for May 23-24, 2018; our training committee is putting the finishing touches on our new course formats and ID offerings; our legislative committee is facing once again several current industry issues that threaten your alarm and low voltage work; the alarm management committee is planning the next round of meetings with Police Chiefs in the state; AND membership and finance, are all tackling an assortment of major issues affecting the Florida alarm industry. Fortunately, as alarm and low voltage contractors you have a viable and active staff to represent you in Florida. No one else represents you at the state level.

You (the AAF) are represented in meetings around the state of Florida an average of 7 out of every 10 days somewhere on some issue that affects you and your business. From law enforcement, public safety fire, legislative and training, to education, ordinances and alarm reduction your association is both involved and committed to engaging in the best and most complete solutions for the problems of our day.

Your member dues and private donations guarantee you input and representation not only by paid staff, but also by your peers who volunteer their time and effort for the betterment of the industry in general and the State of Florida in particular. You can’t get any better than that. We are still the largest independent state alarm association in the United States. You can be proud to be a member of this association both for what it represents and all that it does.

You the members have made 2017 one of the best. Let us keep the momentum and seize the day for the coming year. ‘Give a whistle’ and ‘let’s fly’ through 2018 as the poem indicates with a ‘happy’ year to come. Have the greatest of Holidays, the Merriest of Christmases, the Happiest of Chanukahs and the best New Year possible.

Bob Neely

Executive Director

Alarm Association of Florida