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Leo Guthart Receives SIAC’s Moody Award at ESX

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Leo Guthart Receives SIAC’s Moody Award at ESX

Frisco, Texas (June 19, 2017) – Leo Guthart a veteran of over 35 years in the security industry has been recognized for his leadership and contribution to the industry with the William N. Moody Award.  Started in 2004 by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), the Moody award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates a passion for advancing positive alarm management and best industry practices.

"The false alarm problem is very, very important to this industry," said Guthart. “The whole economic basis of our industry revolves around monitoring. If the police won't respond because there are too many false alarms, it weakens the industry. SAIC is sponsored by all the major industry associations, including the Canadian Security Association, TMA (formerly CSAA), ESA and SIA. It is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical group that is focused solely on solving this problem."

“Anytime we have needed help he stepped forward with his time and resources,” said Stan Martin, SIAC Executive Director. “During the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC) fight where the very existence of our industry was threatened Leo came to Washington D.C. and delivered an incredibly powerful message to members of congress that resonated in the halls of the Capital for years. The industry was victorious against all odds.

“Leo had recognized for a long time that alarm management and law enforcement relationships were critical to the long-term viability of our industry,” said Martin. “He stepped forward, again and offered his time and resources to help form SIAC in 2002 and then graciously agreed to chair the board of directors, no pay, no perks, no glory... just the dedication to an industry he loves and he has been doing that same work for SIAC for 15 consecutive years!”

Guthart began his career in 1964 at Ademco and left the security industry after Ademco (Pittway Corporation) was sold to Honeywell. He stayed on with Honeywell long enough to help with the transition. In August 2000 he founded the Topspin companies comprise a venture capital and buyout group.

About the William N. Moody Award   
The William N. Moody Award was established in 2004 by the SIAC Board of Directors to recognize those who embody Bill’s dedication to alarm management issues. The award honors individuals who reflect attributes that include integrity, fairness and perseverance in the face of adversity. 

About SIAC
SIAC represents one voice for the electronic security industry on alarm management issues –communicating solutions and enhancing relationships with law enforcement.  SIAC is comprised of four major North American security associations--Canadian Security Association (CANASA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), and the Electronic Security Association (ESA). For more information, go to ,, or follow us on


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