2016 Physical Security Industry Influencers: VOTE NOW!


Scroll down and read about the 2016 Security.World Industry Influencers then vote for who you believe influences our industry the most.

Who do you believe has great insight into the physical security and video surveillance markets that their advice needs to be followed?

Who do you make sure you check out as a conference speaker, or follow closely on twitter, or read all their blogs?

Below is a list of nominations submitted during July. Vote now and Security.World will accept and count the votes our community submits for the industry leaders and market influencers.

Who do you vote for?

Voting Ends August 31th, 2016. Get your friends to vote as well.

Security.World will take the top 12 vote recipients and create a featured article about that person and share with the community why they influence the market.

<h3>Voting for 2016 is now closed.</h3>


Fredrik Nilsson
Axis Communications
Fredrik Nilsson is the general manager for Axis Communications with responsibility for the company’s operations in North America since 2003. During that time, he has helped the company increase the revenue more than tenfold and has been instrumental in leading the industry shift from analog closed circuit television to network video.

Scott Schafer
Arecont Vision
Scott Schafer has been a force in the security industry for many years. Prior to his very visible role at Arecont Vision as EVP of Sales and Marketing, Scott held a similar role for several years with Pelco. Scott has led the introduction of industry-leading technologies and products at both of those companies over the past two decades. He has also served many years on the Security Industry Association Board of Directors, and received the SIA Chairman’s Award in 2015. He is well known to audiences – including those that don’t buy Arecont Vision products – through his many conference presentation and panels, by his editorial contributions in magazine and news sites world wide, and by his dedication to driving the security industry overall to new heights.

Matt Tengwall
Matt Tengwall is the Vice President and General Manager of Security and Cyber Solutions for Banking and Retail Markets within Verint Systems. Prior to this role, Tengwall served as the Vice President of Sales in the North America market for Verint. Over the course of his career, Tengwall has built strategic partnerships and alliances, and has extensive knowledge in solution selling, sales and business development and product management. No stranger to the security industry market, Tengwall has been featured in numerous publications, such as SecurityInfoWatch and SDM Magazine. Tengwall is skilled in the area of public speaking and has spoken at numerous events and on various panels. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations, advertising and applied communication from Towson University.

Kevin Wine
Kevin Wine is the Vice President of Marketing for Verint Video and Situation Intelligence. In his current role, Wine is responsible for developing and executing global marketing and communications programs including demand generation, brand awareness and thought leadership, sales support services, standards and processes, organizational management and development, strategic planning, change management, and related budgets/metrics. Wine works alongside senior executives and global corporate marketing on initiatives in the marketing and business development domains. Wine has worked in the security industry for more than 20 years and has extensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of go-to-market strategy and tactical marketing, business and organization development, funnel automation, commercial marketing, product management and positioning, pricing, company messaging and branding, communications, enterprise accounts, multi-national sales, government sales, channel management, complex OEM and end customer contract negotiations, customer loyalty, professional services, demand generation, and sales support services. A proven leader in the executive space, Wine has led marketing operations at numerous organizations for technology-based companies including RedCloud Security, ICx Technologies, Lenel and Edicon. As the Vice President of Marketing and Co-creator of Lenel, Wine developed and managed technical support, professional services, and training organizations in the beginning years of the company and drove teams to close numerous marquee accounts such as Fidelity Investments, IBM-Cisco, and Port Authority NY/NJ. Today, Wine is a frequent speaker at industry events, is recognized as a leading voice in the security industry and currently serves on the Security Industry Association educational advisory board.

Brandon Reich
Brandon Reich is the Senior Director of Surveillance Solutions for Pivot3. He is a frequent speaker and influencer on trends related to video surveillance, IT innovations, video and data storage, mobility, the Internet of Things and Big Data. He came to Pivot3 in 2014 from Honeywell Security Group, where he led the Product Marketing and Global Strategy functions for the commercial and enterprise technology business unit. Prior to Honeywell, he spent 10 years leading a security consulting and engineering firm where he advised some of the world’s largest organizations in security technology strategy and deployment. He started his career as an ASIC design engineer for Nortel Networks and GE, and has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Louisville.

Per Björkdahl
Per Björkdahl is the current Chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee, which is responsible for ONVIF’s overall strategy. As the head of ONVIF’s Steering Committee, Per is involved with ONVIF’s conformance initiatives and represents the member-driven organization as a speaker at trade shows and other technology events and to the industry at large. He is, in many cases, the voice and face of ONVIF, championing open standards through collaboration and ongoing dialogue with representatives from other standards organizations and manufacturing leaders, and with systems integrators and end users. Per’s professional career includes a lifelong commitment to technical convergence. He has worked in the physical security industry for more than 25 years and was an early supporter of IP technology adoption within the industry. Per is currently Axis Communications’ Director of Business Development, a position he has held for more than 16 years. With Axis Communications, Per advocates the acceptance of communications standards in the building automation industry, which he has also done for companies like TAC (now part of Schneider Electric).

Ken LaMarca
Leading OnSSI in a challenging VMS market is a sign of his leadership

Ian Johnson
Ian is an IP-camera visionary that more people need to be listening to

Bob Ehlers

Victoria Ferro
MKS (Micro Key Solutions)
Expert in the security alarm industry for providing alarm dealer and monitoring software for the largest customer base in the industry. Areas include accounting, service and monitoring software, mobile apps, cloud services. Won Women’s Security Council’s Woman of the Year in security in 2015.

Chuck Speck
MKS (Micro Key Solutions)
Chuck is Responsible for maximizing operational performance and business development while ensuring a productive, healthy work environment. Cultural leader, driving company beyond financial goals while heading customer-facing operations and working with executive leadership to determine future strategic initiatives and solution delivery.

Tom Cook
Hanwha Techwin
Tom Cook is the Vice President of Sales North America at Hanwha Techwin . Tom started in the security industry as a software design engineer and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Previously, he ran sales in North America for Vicon and Panasonic Video.

Karen Evans
With 30 years of experience, Ms. Evans is a seasoned veteran in the security industry leading sales teams regionally, nationally and internationally, developing strong business channel partners and spearheading the operations of the Sielox business. Karen presents at many conferences and in 2013 was awarded The Women’s Security Council (WSC) second annual Woman of the Year Award.
Ms. Evans and a group of outside investors acquired the Company on December 31st, 2010 through a management buy-out from Sielox Inc. Ms. Evans was the President & GM of the Sielox LLC access control division from January 2006 through December 2010 prior to the recent acquisition. Previously, she was the Sales Manager of the Access Control Products Group at Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKP) from June 2003 until January 2006. From 1991 to 2003, Ms. Evans was regional sales manager at Checkpoint. Sielox was a division of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. from 1986 to 2006 when the division was acquired. Ms. Evans is a graduate of Elizabethtown College in PA and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration. She is an active member of ASIS.

Fernando Pires
Morse Watchmans
Fernando Pires is the CEO of Morse Watchmans Incorporated. During his 33 years with the company, Fernando has helped countless businesses and organizations create a safer and more secure environment through outstanding key control and asset management solutions. Under his leadership, Morse Watchmans has steadily expanded its product offerings and reach, and today the company’s systems are found in a variety of industries and in dozens of countries worldwide.

Phil Aronson
Aronson Security Group
Phil Aronson is the CEO of Aronson Security Group. He is a second generation owner of a service provider that has evolved as the industry has evolved: from locks on doors tied to the construction industry, to electronic access control and IP video, to Security Risk Management Services (SRMS). He is known among his peers as an innovator. His ASG Path to Value was the first documented methodology for integration services. His leadership in a security leadership forum called “The Great Conversation” advanced the notion that security contributed value to the organization. His advancement of the Global Security Network taught consultants, integrators and manufacturers that the value of their contributions were stronger when they worked together for the client. And now with his leadership in the SRMS market, he is integrating risk assessments, program strategy and development and metrics with his organization’s deep subject matter expertise in security technology, creating innovations in the market that have not been seen before. All of this while sustaining double digit growth over a 15 year period.

Jeff Burgess
Jeff Burgess is the President and CEO of BCDVideo out of the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, IL. Jeff is a 36-year computer industry professional and member of the HP OEM Customer Advisory Board. He has led BCDVideo in building IP video servers since 2002.

John Chigos
PlateSmart Technologies
Founder and CEO of PlateSmart Technologies.

Wayne Arvidson
Quantum Corporation
A seasoned global marketing, product management, and business development executive, Wayne has over 25 years senior management experience in companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 firms and drives Quantum’s strategy in the surveillance and security market. He is an expert on best storage practices for video surveillance, and is helping to drive industry transformation from prosecution to prevention, and educating the market on the role storage can play at the foundation of a security infrastructure. Under Wayne’s leadership Quantum has pioneered a tiered approach to storage to manage the avalanche of data created by cutting edge surveillance technologies, and has forged new technology relationships with other industry innovators to create a better platform for surveillance and security. Wayne has been published in numerous industry publications including Law & Order, American City and County, Security Dealer and Integrator, CivSource, Security InfoWatch, Government Security News, and more. He is a regular speaker at industry events such as ISC East and ASIS. He also sits on the SIA Government Affairs Committee Working Group on Body-Worn Video Technology, which is charged with recommending best video surveillance practices to the Federal government.

Jumbi Edulbehram
Jumbi is the Regional President Americas for Oncam.