‘40 under 40’ award nominations open

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05/13/2020

The #SSNTalks’ Team is passionate about recognizing diverse, talented, young security professionals representing the next generation of industry leaders via our yearly “40 under 40” awards. We are thrilled to currently be seeking our “40 under 40” Class of 2020, comprised of consultants, integrators, monitoring professionals and end users. Submit nominations online here.

“I have always considered SSN’s ‘40 under 40’ the ‘gold standard’ in our industry and being recognized really made my family and I proud that colleagues that I worked with valued my work and wanted to have me recognized,” Randy Guarneri, vice president of Loss Prevention, Fresh Value Supermarket and SSN’s Class of 2019 award-winner, told SSN

The “40 under 40” Class of 2019 recognized many with military and law enforcement backgrounds, who showed how the IT sector is drawing young talent into the security industry. The Class of 2019 also gave advice on how to help diversify the industry and many were bullish on cloud, AI, machine learning and analytics. 

“When I received word from Ginger Hill, managing editor of SSN, that I was selected to this illustrious group, to me, it was like a sports hall-of-famer getting that call that they were inducted into the sport they played Hall of Fame,” Guarneri remembered. “Only the ‘best of the best’ can enter this prestigious class each year.” 

The SSNteam is excited to see what the Class of 2020 brings to the security industry in terms of talent, leadership qualities, business acumen, tech-savviness and commitment to our industry, as well as celebrate them accordingly with: 

·      A special ceremony at SecurityNext

·      A personalized profile on our website and in the October and November 2020 issues of Security Systems News

·      A special logo to use in email signatures, on social media, etc., establishing them as part of our Class of 2020; and 

·      Opportunities to be interviewed and quoted in our future endeavors to help further establish them as industry thought-leaders.

“Colleagues, friends and even yourself should nominate for this renowned award that recognizes hard work, leadership, integrity, dedication to their field and true passion for that is done in the field day in and day out, while being committed and making a huge influence in the field,” Guarneri encouraged. “A person can have one year or 25 years on the job to exhibit some of the characteristics listed to enter SSN’s ’40 under 40’ Class of 2020.”

To be eligible for SSN’s ’40 under 40’ Class of 2020, nominees must have been born in 1980 or later; work at a system integration firm, alarm installation company or central monitoring center; work in a security professional role for an end user; or be a security industry consultant; and complete/submit the online nomination form.

“Each year a special and entirely new class enters,” Guarneri explained. “The award is far from a ‘life-time’ achievement award, but rather an award that recognizes ‘best’ in class by those that are ‘best in class.’”

*Questions regarding this prestigious award can be directed to SSN Editor, Paul Ragusa, at editor@securitysystemsnews.com or SSN Managing Editor, Ginger Hill, at ghill@securitysystemnews.com