People and Places, March 2014

IDN-CANADA Celebrates 80th Anniversary, Names New President

2014 marks IDN-Canada’s 80th Anniversary. Over the years, IDN-Canada has grown from a single location in Toronto to a national distributor with eight locations throughout Canada. It is because of our loyal and valued customers, as well as our devoted employees, that IDN-Canada has achieved this milestone.

IDN-Canada also announces the retirement of President Steve Dyson. Dyson had been leading IDN-Canada for over 30 years working as General Manager before moving into the role of President in the mid-1990s. Dyson joined IDN-Canada after a number of years as a sales representative for Dominion Lock.

Mark Johnston has succeeded Steve Dyson as president of IDN-Canada, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Johnston brings with him almost 20 years of experience with IDN, including roles as director of business development and general manager. Brent Logue has succeeded Johnston as director of business development.

IDN-Canada is part of the International Distribution Network (IDN), which provides security products, access control solutions, and related services to security professionals through its six regional business hubs and associated distribution centers located in North America. With a wholesale distribution network of more than 50 locations, IDN offers customers the strength and buying power of a national organization along with local product availability and personal, customized service. For more information, visit


New Instructors at Lockmasters Security Institute

Lockmasters Security Institute introduces two new instructors who have joined the LSI team, Ellis Gibbs and Brandon Powell.

First introduced to locksmithing in 1988 through Tom Gallian, Gibbs worked for the next nine years learning the safe and locksmith trade. He then started his own company in Smithfield, NC, as a safe technician and locksmith. In 1992 he received his XO-7 certification and began working on various military bases. Gibbs became a factory certified instructor for Kaba-Mas X-O8, X-O9,and X-10 locks. Along with safes and locks, Gibbs also worked with access control and CCTV. He has been a member of the Safe and Vault Technician Association since 1998.

As a Marine Corps veteran, Brandon Powell was first introduced to Lockmasters’ family through our school using his Post 9-11 VA benefits. Utilizing these new skills, he opened his own lock shop which currently serves the southern Kentucky Region. His shop specializes in lockouts, residential and commercial locking systems, safe work and restricted master keying. With 10 years of physical and information security experience, and a background of Contractor Special Security Officer and Facility Security Officer positions backing him, Powell offers his own unique diversity of hands on and knowledge based expertise in both the locksmith and government arenas.

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Tri-Ed Relaunches Web Site, Adds Location

TRI-ED Distribution announces the launch of its new, state-of-the-art web site, featuring a more contemporary design and user-friendly menus that allow visitors to easily navigate through each section. The updated pages at contain the latest information on TRI-ED's products, services, branches and training events.

Many new enhancements have also been made to improve the user-experience for all visitors.  TRI-ED’s Product Catalog is fully integrated with individual product lines and includes detailed product information from featured manufacturers. Configurator tools allow visitors to build systems quickly and efficiently. A new Branch Locator enables visitors to search by country/state/province and individual branch pages now feature a map and all upcoming events. The site also details the many advantages of partnering with TRI-ED, including the Great Expectations Rewards Program and IP-EZ Programming Service that pre-configures IP cameras for trouble-free installations.

The highly responsive mobile version of resizes to each user’s screen, regardless of the device, to deliver the same user-experience as a Web browser on a PC.

"TRI-ED is committed to being a true distribution partner. We value our customers tremendously and strive to constantly deliver everything they need to stay competitive in today’s marketplace," says Pat Comunale, TRI-ED President and CEO. "Our newly enhanced website is part of our commitment to offer not only all of the products they need but also the best in value-added services to help ensure our customers' success and profitability."

Tri-Ed also announces the opening of its new branch in Pittsburgh, Pa. The branch is located at 1253 Freedom Road, Suite 100 in Cranberry Township and can be reached at 724-776-1300.

Tri-Ed Pittsburgh is managed by industry veteran Tammy Kleinerman, who has worked in multiple facets of the security industry over the past 20 plus years. Tammy's experience spans central station, security dealer and distribution channels and will well serve Tri-Ed's customer base in the Pittsburgh area.

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Affordable Lock & Security Opens 5th Location

Affordable Lock & Security held a Grand Opening Celebration of its 5th location in central Florida on Wednesday, February 5th. The new Lady Lake, FL, location is at 108 North US Hwy 441, Lady Lake At The Castle.

Lunch was provided, along with door prizes, raffles and special deals. In addition, the ASSA ABLOY Security Professionals Showroom was on site.

Affordable Lock & Security Solutions of Tampa Bay has been serving Tampa, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Clermont and the surrounding areas since 1970. Website is

Locations include:

13908 N Florida Ave.,Tampa, FL 33613. Phone: (813) 232-7600

34034 US Hwy 19, North Palm Harbor, FL 34684. Phone: (727) 786-8191

930 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511. Phone: (813) 689-5979

712 South Hwy 27, Minneola, FL 34716. Phone:  (352) 394-0000

108 N US HWY 441 (near the Villages), Lady Lake FL 32159. Phone: (352) 394-0000


ASSA ABLOY acquires IdenTrust

ASSA ABLOY has acquired IdenTrust, a leading provider of digital authentication solutions in the United States. IdenTrust provides advanced cryptology systems, recognized by global financial institutions, government agencies and corporations around the world. IdenTrust is both a Trust Framework and an Identity Provider. Solutions are based on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

 “This acquisition reinforces our strategic vision of being the world leader in secure authentication and issuance of secure identities. IdenTrust gives us valuable knowledge and creates growth opportunities on a rapidly growing market,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

 “The acquisition of IdenTrust complements the previous acquisition of ActivIdentity and considerably strengthens our HID Global value proposition around secure authentication, providing us with a Trust Framework for issuing, authenticating and using digital identities based on open standards,” says Denis Hébert, ASSA ABLOY executive vice president and head of business unit HID Global.

IdenTrust was founded in 1999 and has 63 employees. The head office is located in San Francisco. Sales are expected to reach $14 million in 2014.


STANLEY Security Awards $500,000 In School Grants

STANLEY Security, a leading global security company specializing in K-12 security solutions, recently announced the four winning schools of its $500,000 TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program.

The first-place winner and recipient of a $200,000 grant is Faith Christian Academy in Sellersville, PA, who received the most votes in the national K-12 contest. The three runners-up, each a winner of a $100,000 grant, are: South Pointe Elementary School in Miami Beach, FL, Montessori School of Dayton in Kettering, OH and Pioneer Elementary School in Auburn, WA. The grants will provide the winning schools with STANLEY Security installed products and services to help fund safer campuses.

The TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program is a national K-12 contest established by STANLEY Security in 2013 to help K-12 schools enhance security on campus.  In its first year, the program offered U.S. schools the opportunity to receive security products and services through a $500,000 grant program. During the 45-day nomination period between September 13 and October 28, nearly 1,000 schools were nominated from around the country, with at least one school represented from every state in the continental U.S.

Once the nominations were finalized, the voting process began and schools rallied their students, teachers and communities to encourage daily voting, either online at, or by text message. Voting ended at 11:59 pm EST on December 13.

 “At STANLEY Security, we recognize that maintaining the safety of children and faculty in the classroom is crucial, a top priority in our communities, and at the forefront of our national consciousness,” said Brett Bontrager, Senior Vice President & Group Executive, STANLEY Security, for Stanley Black & Decker. “The TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program embodies the universal concept that educational institutions should always remain protected, safe and supportive environments for the cultivation and growth of our youth.” 

 “As a leader in the industry, STANLEY Security feels it is our responsibility to support all efforts to enhance security in the educational environment, encouraging a culture of safety for students and staff nationwide,” said Kyle Dancho, Chief Operating Officer for STANLEY Security. “We’re proud to support the security initiatives of Faith Christian Academy, South Pointe Elementary School, Montessori School of Dayton and Pioneer Elementary School through the awarding of this grant.” 

STANLEY is currently working together with school officials from more than 10,000 schools nationwide to ensure that school safety is a top priority. For more information about the TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program,  visit or call 312-867-9177.


ADI Announces 2013 Vendor Awards

ADI announces the recipients of its 2013 Vendor Awards. ADI selected Arecont Vision its Vendor of the Year for the United States, and CDVI for Canada. ADI also recognized vendors in the categories of New Product of the Year, Best Sales Support, Best Marketing Support, Rookie Vendor of the Year, and Best Supplier Delivery Performance.

Each year, ADI recognizes key suppliers across North America for their support and contributions towards the growth and success of ADI. Vendors are evaluated based on revenue, sales support, marketing initiatives, inventory results and feedback from ADI’s sales leadership team.

The ADI Vendor Awards were presented during the Vendor Symposium at ADI’s 2014 Kickoff Meeting held last month in Amelia Island, Florida. The Vendor Symposium brought together over 500 attendees representing more than 150 manufacturers to celebrate the success of 2013, and outline plans for continued growth through 2014 and beyond. Vendors were given the opportunity to attend presentations by ADI’s executive leadership team including Michael Flink, president, John Sullivan, senior vice president of sales, and Andy Morra, vice president of marketing.

Additional 2013 ADI Vendor Award Recipients included:

New Product of the Year – United States/Canada: FLIR 4 Channel PoE 1080P NVR Bundle

Best Sales Support – United States: D-Link Communications

Best Sales Support – Canada: Aiphone

Best Marketing Support – United States/Canada: Vanco

Rookie Vendor of the Year – United States/Canada: Edwards Vigilant

Best Supplier Delivery – United States/Canada: 1st Place: Labor Saving Devices; 2nd Place: NVT; 3rd Place: Computar Ganz.

“Arecont Vision is honored to be recognized by ADI as Vendor of the Year in the USA,” said Carole Dougan, vice president, North American Sales at Arecont Vision. “ADI is an important distributor for us, and their strong focus on delivering first-rate IP solutions to their systems integrators and dealers is a great benefit to our company. Additionally, the value added services that ADI provides enables resellers to make the move from analog to IP megapixel much easier.”

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