This industry could learn a little something from my mother, whose answer to any complaint I had as a kid was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go outside and run around, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll feel better.Ã¢â‚¬Â And if you were looking for something fun to do, her advice was: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go outside and run around.Ã¢â‚¬Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m reminded of this because of this notice from SIA that just popped into my inbox. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s about an ISC West event, a motorcycle/car ride to benefit education for first responders. Now, SIAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great organization and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m all behind any event that supports education. I can even imagine having fun riding a motorcycle through the Nevada mountains. That said, I would be so very happy if this industry could ever hold an outdoor event where people actually got some exercise. How about a road race? A walk? Some skiing? A hike through those beautiful Nevada mountains? Anyone? Just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell me that golf is exercise (an exercise in frustration maybe)
As managing editor, Tess helps oversee editorial content and works on developing a rapport with industry leaders to report and write on industry news, concentrating on the fire and residential beats. She focuses on writing stories important to installers, integrators, manufacturers and distributors. Before joining Security Systems News in September 2010, Tess was a newspaper reporter in Maine for more than two decades. Most of that time, she worked for The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and also was an occasional stringer for The New York Times. Tess has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s in linguistics from the University of Michigan. She lives in Maine with her husband and a demanding cat.