Member of the Month
Meet the NJELSA´s Member of the Month
Each month the NJELSA recognizes a special outstanding member of our association. Here are the criteria for becoming an NJELSA Member of the Month:
- Must be a member in good standing
- May be either a regular or associate member
- Cannot be a member of the board of directors
- Is a person that gives back to their company, industry and community
You may nominate yourself or another member. A special committee will choose the Member of the Month. For nominations, please contact Christine Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-695-4444. Now, meet our Members of the Month!
October 2020 Member of the Month: Mark Tigrath
September 2020 Member of the Month: Ed Keshecki
After a career with the NYPD, and following ownership of Staten Island-based alarm company, Gotham Alarm, for 20 years, Ed joined Statewide Fire Corp. in 2002 where he serves as Vice President for the organization. Ed is NICET Fire Alarm Level IV certified, and an authority figure on all aspects of the fire alarm industry.
In 2009, he chaired the NY Fire Alarm Association Central Station committee, served as President of the NY Fire Alarm Association from 2010-2011, and was honored in 2012 by the FDNY Bureau of Fire Prevention for “Commitment to Life Safety.” He is currently an active member of the NYFAA Board of Directors – Liaison to Metro Area AHJ’s, including the FDNY and the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s office. Other affiliations include the NJ Automatic Fire Alarm Association, SFPE Metro Society of Fire Protection Engineers NYC, NJ Electronic Security Association, NY Electronic Security Association and the Metropolitan Burglar Fire Alarm Association.
Married for 30 years, and the proud father of two daughters, Ed recently became a proud grandfather of a baby girl and enjoys boating and golfing in his spare time.
August 2020 Member of the Month: Scott Stellfox
For over 35 years, Scott Stellfox has been a dedicated member of the life safety industry. As a child, the hit TV show, “Emergency,” piqued his interest in the profession, and he never looked back! Today, he attributes his entrepreneurial spirit and desire to help people as the main driver for his success.
Since its humble beginnings in Verona, New Jersey, Scott has grown SMS Security Systems into a reputable and impressive operation, celebrating its 35th anniversary. Scott served as an EMT on the Verona Rescue Squad for over 15 years, acting as Squad Captain for three of those years. He has also served on the NJELSA Board as Vice President of the North Jersey Chapter. And, he has taught at the Essex County Police Academy and served as President of the Morris County Chapter of the business networking group, BNI. Scott is currently an active member of the Rotary Club of the Caldwells and volunteers as a firefighter and current President of the North Caldwell Fire Department.
Scott doesn’t know the meaning of the word, “complacency” as he continues to grow SMS Security Systems into a thriving security alarm company. He has successfully executed five business acquisitions over the past 30 years to expand its now broad capabilities. And, with an eye on the future and the planet, Scott has purchased several environmentally-friendly Ford Transit Connect trucks over the past year.
Scott has been a devoted member of the NJELSA, always willing to get involved. On most days, he is actively participating in his business’ day-to-day operations, but still finds time to help the industry, his community, and his friends.
July 2020 Member of the Month: John P. McClellan
John P. McClellan, co-founder of Blue Knight Security Systems, LLC, is a 1970 graduate of Essex Catholic High School, and a 1974 graduate of Bloomfield College with a BA in Biology. After college, John worked as a lab tech for 3 ½ years prior to becoming a police officer.
In 1978, John and a fellow officer established Blue Knight Security Systems, Both were hired on the same day by the Verona NJ Police Department, and both had worked as alarm installers prior. As soon as they completed their probationary officer status, they went into business. Inspired by the book, The Blue Knight by Joseph Wambaugh (a former LAPD officer), John found the perfect name for his alarm installation company.
John is married to his wife, Martha, and has three daughters and two granddaughters. John enjoys several hobbies, including fishing and trap shooting, and likes vacationing at the Jersey Shore. He is also very involved with volunteering at his church.
John is an active member of the NJELSA, who is always willing to roll up his sleeves and pitch in. He organizes the Association clay shoots, which funds the scholarship account, and volunteers to take photos at the Annual Symposium. John never looks for recognition; he genuinely wants to help. We can always count on John. As such, we are proud to honor John as Member of the Month for July 2020.
June 2020 Member of the Month: Erin Barsanti
Erin Barsanti is an Area Sales Manager for Brivo, based out of Conshohocken, PA. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Erin has spent the last 13 years studying and working in the physical security world. Erin has experience in both the integration and the manufacturing space.
Erin began her career at Johnson Controls after being selected for an Early Career and Talent Development program, where she worked in both the federal and commercial divisions. She later joined Brivo as a Strategic Account Executive for North America Training, one of Brivo’s largest clients. She was subsequently promoted to manage the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware region.
In addition to being part of multiple committees for Mission 500, she is involved with the Women in Security Forum and SIA RISE. Erin graduated on the Dean’s List from Penn State with a dual-degree in Advertising & Public Relations and Labor Studies & Employment Relations.
Erin Barsanti was selected as Member of the Month for June 2020 because she is a team player at Brivo and great supporter of the NJELSA. Erin has hosted several training events, and as a new member on several NJELSA committees, she is already making a difference. And, lastly, Erin has displayed an amazing dedication of time and effort to Mission 500.
May 2020 Member of the Month: Shawn Kane
Shawn Kane is General Manager of Tustin Security Solutions, LLC based out of Montgomeryville, PA. The company is literally a start up out of the ground in November of 2019.
Shawn is a US Navy Veteran and was a Semi Pro Football player for South Jersey Generals for five years. His previous 23 plus years were spent between his own company, Vector Security and JCI.
He is a NICET Certified, social media and marketing content provider, and Head Coach for his 6-yearold son’s football and baseball team. He resides in Doylestown, PA.
His charitable contributions include St. Jude, Mission 500, Covid-19 relief, Michael’s Miracle, Buckingham Food Drives, Vietnam Veterans of America and Central Bucks County Food Drive.
April 2020 Member of the Month: Marybeth Nolan
Meet Marybeth Nolan, our first NJELSA Member of the Month! She is from Trinity Security Services in Hainsport, NJ and always willing to help.
Marybeth was extremely helpful at the Annual Symposium as well as at all our Southern Regional Meetings. Plus, Marybeth made a very generous personal donation toMission 500. Congratulations Marybeth!