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Tribute to John Mabry

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Monday, November 28, 2011

I wrote last week about the loss of industry icon, John Mabry, 74, who died Nov. 18 in a car crash.

I recently received a copy of his moving obituary, which recounts many of his numerous accomplishments, and also describes Mabry, a Florida resident, as “ a lovable curmudgeon” who will be “long remembered for his outgoing personality, wry wit, high integrity, patriotism and strong dedication to family and friends.”

The obit also recounts some of his trademark saying, known as “Mabryisms,” including “The slow buffalo drinks dirty water” and “It’s like spitballs against a battleship baby!”
 

Here is more from the summary of the life and career of this remarkable industry leader:

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., John joined the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Ranger, CV-61, as a commissioned officer. While stationed in San Francisco, he met his future wife, Sue Dougherty, about whom John commented, “…I found my heart in San Francisco.”

Upon leaving the U.S. Navy in 1962, John launched a groundbreaking car wash franchise that eventually sold for over 1,000 times his original investment. In 1969, John founded the American Alarm Company that he sold to Honeywell, Inc. in 1983 …

From 1983 until 1993, John served as Vice President of Honeywell’s Protection Services Division and later Vice President of Sales and Business Development within Honeywell’s $3.4 billion Home and Building Control business unit. John was instrumental in advancing Honeywell’s expansion strategies that placed Honeywell in the forefront of the North American security market.

John served as president of Security Network of America (SNA) from 1993 through 2000 where he increased SNA membership from 20 to more than 40 UL listed entities, nationwide. Today, SNA has more than 82 member companies in North America representing more than $390 million annual revenue.

In 2003, John joined the board of directors of Integrated Alarm Services Group (NASD: IASG), Albany, NY. John was elected chairman of the board in 2006 with a mandate to restructure corporate management. As chairman, John was instrumental in replacing management, aligning priorities and resolving multiple financial issues resulting in a substantial increase of IASG’s share value. Later, John presided over the successful sale of IASG, valued at $140 million, to Protection One in 2007.

Throughout his career, John sought to bring cohesion to the security alarm industry. In 1972, John was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA).  Later, John was elected CSAA president from 1981 through 1983.  Afterwards, John continued as an Honorary and ex officio Member of the CSAA Board.  Similarly, as a member of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (Now Electronic Security Association), John’s, peers named him to the NBFAA’s Board of Directors. Recognizing John’s vision and leadership, John became President of the NBFAA serving from 1984 through 1986.  As President, John founded the NBFAA’s National Training School and grew membership to nearly 3,000 members.

Recognizing his many contributions to the alarm industry, John received the Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award in 1983. The award acknowledged John’s leadership, outstanding achievements and his continued efforts on behalf of the alarm industry and the Electronic Security Association.

John received further recognition in 2004 when the Central Station Alarm Association presented the Stanley C. Lott Award to John. The Lott award is the CSAA’s most prestigious recognition of leadership and honored John’s exceptional contributions to and tireless support of the CSAA and its membership.

John actively served on several alarm company boards, including ADS Security, Nashville, TN; for 14 years; American Alarm and Communications, Arlington, MA for more than 10 years; and, the Board of Protectron, Inc., Montréal, Québec, Canada …

The obit says Mabry is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, four children and 13 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are preferred to either of the following:

The Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL  32256

The Tim Tebow Foundation
2220 County Road 210 West, Suite 108
Jacksonville, FL  32259

 

UL, Intertek announce support for ASAP

The testing labs find the program to speed the delivery of alarm notifications meets national standards
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11/22/2011

CAMAS, Wash. and FAIRFIELD, N.J.—The monitoring industry’s Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) got a big boost recently when Underwriters Laboratories and Intertek both announced that the new program meets the requirements of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72).

Industry 'visionary' killed in car crash

John Mabry was a CSAA board member and past president
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11/22/2011

YARMOUTH, Maine—Industry members are mourning the death of John Mabry, who died Friday in a head-on vehicle collision in Georgia while en route to visit family in that state. Mabry, Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) president from 1981-1983 and also a longtime ex-officio board member, is being remembered this week for his expertise and dedication to the industry, and for his warm personality.

Industry icon dies in vehicle collision

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Monday, November 21, 2011

I came to work this morning to a report of some sad news: John Mabry, a director and past president of the Central Station Alarm Association, died Friday, Nov. 18, in a car crash.

Mel Mahler of ADS Security, another CSAA past president and director, shared this message with Security Systems News:

“It is with deep regret and profound sadness that I share the passing of John W. Mabry.
 
While en route to visit his daughter yesterday afternoon, John was involved in a fatal head-on collision, according to the chief deputy of the Dublin, Ga. sheriff’s department. John was alone at the time of the accident.”
 
Here’s a synopsis from First Florida Capital Corporation, of which Mabry, a Florida resident, is listed as an affiliate partner, of some of his accomplishments in the industry.

“John W. Mabry, Jr. is past President of Security Network of America. Founded and built the American Alarm Company.  In 1983, Honeywell Inc. purchased American Alarm … John served as Vice President of Honeywell's Protection Services Division and later Vice President of the $3.4B Home and Building Control business unit … John serves on several alarm monitoring company boards, is past President of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and founded the NBFAA's National Training School. John is a director and past President of the Central Station Alarm Association.”

I'll continue to report on this story as we learn more.

New consumer credit score rules a ‘headache’

Federal regs require alarm companies to explain to consumers why they were turned down
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10/13/2011

VIENNA, Va.—Strict new federal regulations governing how companies inform consumers that their credit scores were used to reject them will result in higher labor costs and other problems for alarm companies, said a legal advisor to the Central Station Alarm Association, which is based here.
The new requirements took effect this summer, and are a part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a response to the economic recession. They essentially mean that security companies will have to spend more time and effort explaining to consumers why their poor credit ratings led to their being turned down as customers, said attorney John Prendergast, an advisor to the CSAA.

Natural disasters test concept for ASAP-to-the-PSAP program

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09/01/2011

PITTSBURGH—Vector Security CEO Pam Petrow said recent natural disasters on the East Coast have provided a proof of concept for CSAA's ASAP-to-the-PSAP program.

ESX returns to its roots in 2012, 2013

Born in Nashville four years ago, the show is coming home
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07/05/2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Popular demand is bringing the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) back here to the city where it started four years ago—for 2012 and 2013.
Ralph Sevinor, chairman of the board of ESX, which is owned and sponsored by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA), said the board listened to exhibitors and attendees in returning the educational and networking event for security integration and monitoring companies to Nashville.

CSAA, ESA recognize industry excellence at ESX 2011

Annual awards given out
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06/09/2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Two of the security industry's biggest national associations, the Central Station Alarm Association and the Electronic Security Association, held their annual awards ceremonies at this year's Electronic Security Expo here.

CSAA ready to press ahead with ASAP-to-the-PSAP program

New protocol looks to further industry/municipality cooperation
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06/02/2011

VIENNA, Va.—The Central Station Alarm Association is preparing to advance a next generation 911 communications program that benefits the security industry, emergency response centers (public safety answering points or PSAPs), and the public with a new protocol initiative.
CSAA is calling the initiative ASAP-to-the-PSAP. ASAP stands for Automated Secure Alarm Protocol and once fully functional will allow central stations to use the Monitoring Station to PSAP Data Exchange Program to deliver a data-slim link to bandwidth-rich multi-media content like video and audio to PSAPs and first responders.

Getting to know AHJ builds understanding

A CSAA-sponsored seminar provides tips on effective relationships with AHJ’s
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05/06/2011

VIENNA, Va.—Stopping by your AHJ’s office just to say “Hi” and chat could help increase understanding when it comes time to determine whether a fire alarm meets code.

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