Board of Advisors

Board of Advisors

Ali Babazadeh

President - HabiTech Systems Inc.

Ali is a Graduate of Duke University and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He attended the National Institute Of Nuclear Sciences in Paris France and received a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science. After a decade of advancements with Schlumberger Technologies, American Management Systems, and Deloitte Consulting, Ali relocated with his family to Ormond Beach, FL to fulfill his ambition of developing a Technology Integration company to move new homes and offices into the new millennium. Ali started HabiTech Systems in 1999 and since then, the company has completed thousands of residential, commercial, and industrial integration projects in Florida. HabiTech provides all of the latest low-voltage services: Security, Structured Wiring, Networking, IP Telephony, Audio & Video, Control and Energy Management Systems.

“One of the main reasons for my professional advancement has been the ability to learn from the best. At AiN I feel that I am surrounded by the best and brightest business owners in the Low Voltage Industry.”

Randall Duncan

Managing Partner - DataSmart / Duncan Security

Sensing both a need and an opportunity in the greater Houston residential construction market, Randall founded DataSmart and Duncan Security in 2000. Having established strong builder relationships as an insurance agent, he sought to establish an integrated services platform for low-voltage wiring and home security systems installation/monitoring. Randall’s obsessive attention to customer needs and service responsiveness has fueled the company’s rapid growth, diversification and immense popularity with builders and homeowners alike. His tireless efforts inspire the commitment of a core team of talented professionals, thus establishing DataSmart / Duncan Security as the home technologies market leader in the greater Houston area.

“As the home technologies industry continues to innovate with new products and service models, association with a thriving national group of industry professionals is essential to survival and success. The AiN Group has provided DataSmart and Duncan Security with just such an invaluable networking and informational resource.”

Stuart Forchheimer

President - HS Technology Group

Stuart is the President and CTO of HS Technology Group. Having worked and consulted for Fortune 500 companies such as Discovery Communications, McCormick Spice Co. and Bausch & Lomb in their IT departments in the late 80’s, Stuart decided to leave the corporate world and start Homesafe Security Systems in 1993, which is now part of the HS Technology Group. HST has installed over 35,000 systems and services in MD, VA, PA, DE, WV and DC. HST recently moved to its new design center and offers IT services to architects, general contractors, builders and other trade partners by establishing long term relationships. In addition to running an annual “Toys for Tots” campaign and contributing to many of the local charities on an annual basis, HST received national recognition in 2010 when it completed the low voltage integration for the largest buildout of ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” since the show’s inception: a 12,000 square foot home in 7 days, providing over 250 man hours and assisting with locating over $30,000 in materials. Most recently, Stuart was involved in donating time and money to completing the low-voltage integration for a riding arena that caters to children with disabilities, called Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES). HST has also completed the security and CCTV fit out for NAMI, The National Alliance for Mental Illness in Montgomery County, MD after learning that the organization had been burglarized. HST is active with the Home Builder’s Association in MD and a member of CEDIA. Stuart is a current Board Member and the past treasurer for the MDBFAA. He is also a certified trainer for FARA (False Alarm Reduction Association). He recently received the W. Rex Bell Associate of the Year Award in 2011 for his contributions to FARA and has written several articles that have been published in Mid Atlantic Builder, Chesapeake Home, and Home & Design Magazine. In the October Issue of Security Sales Magazine, HST was recognized nationally as a Best of the Best Winner and captured the coveted National PDQ Award which is only given to one company annually. Stuart lives in Baltimore County, Maryland with his two children, loving wife, dog, fish and assortment of wildlife.

“It is not easy to find a group of individuals such as the AiN Group members and staff, which exists to truly develop and improve on our industries best practices, product offerings and challenges. It’s always a fun learning environment and nice to see old friends and make new ones at the conventions. My hat goes off to Stan and his staff! Keep up the great job!”

Tommy Franklin

President - SmartCom Home Technologies

Tommy’s been in Residential/Commercial construction since 1991. In 1997 he started his own venture – Franklin Electric Co. Inc. After years of rapid growth the decision was made to branch off the Structured Wiring Division in 2003 to its own entity – SmartCom Home Technologies, Inc. The company has grown to over 50 employees despite the recent downturns in economy. Tommy is fortunate to have his wife Judy working with him, providing excellent customer service and business development. “Many thanks is given to God and Faith for us being fortunate and providing relationships with groups like AiN Group and its members.” Tommy is a member of the BBB, NVBIA, and NAHB. His spare time is spent with his wife and two daughters, Amber and Ashley, and coaching his daughters’ soccer team. He also enjoys watching football and races a Pro Modified Drag Racing Car in the ADRL and EOPM circuits.

“The AiN Group offers such a compelling advantage due to the alignment with key manufacturers and service providers which always ensures that we are getting the best product with the best prices possible. In addition, the network of integrators is a wealth of information and would take decades to acquire this amount of knowledge. It is such a pleasing environment to be able to share with your peers across the country on whether something works or doesn’t work without having to take the risks involved. This has absolutely been a huge part of the growth and success of my company.”

Bob Gallup

Chief Sales Officer - Guardian Protection Services

Bob is a resourceful and game-changing Senior Business Executive who leverages his broad-based experience garnered at Fortune 100 and mid-sized technology driven firms. His diverse sales, marketing, financial and operations background uniquely enables Bob to successfully lead at all levels of an organization.

Bob joined Guardian Protection Services in April 2016, and as its Chief Sales Officer is working to help develop, refine and execute Guardian’s strategic business initiatives to drive sustainable top line revenue growth and bottom-line profitability. Bob believes that constant attention to the front-line teams who then support our customers is key to long-term growth and profitability. Bob is responsible for all of Guardian’s sales channels inclusive of its residential, small business, dealer, national accounts, commercial and builder channels.

Committed to adding value and exceeding expectations in everything he does, Bob works hard at providing a clear direction to help his team excel. Bob earned his BS and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He married his college sweetheart, Kristen, and raised two independent children, Lauren who recently was married and Adam. Bob and Kristen reside in the Pittsburgh metro area.

“In my two years at Guardian I see great potential for our customers and our company. Our teams are working on new initiatives and plans that will help make us even better. As a charter member of the AiN Group, Guardian is able to leverage AiN’s manufacturing partnerships, expand our sphere of influence and recruit potential high caliber companies for our authorized dealer program. These are three important elements that contribute to the exciting vision we have for Guardian.”

Beth Reid-Giles

President - Ranger Technology Solutions

Beth sold the company she founded, Premiere Security, to Ranger American in 1989. During her tenure as Division President and Regional Vice President, Beth maintained a dominant presence in the builder market in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In May of 2012, Beth founded Ranger Technology Solutions and acquired the Guardian Protection Service’s local office. Ranger Technology Solutions provides the latest low voltage products and technology services in the residential market. Ranger Technology Solution’s experienced, talented, and hard working team are poised to continue strong builder relationships and forge new ones. Beth enjoys both a long day’s work and spending time with her grandchildren.

“Since day one, AiN Group has been a first rate partner. Both the operational and sales support is unmatched. We are amazed at the level of professionalism and commitment in helping us grow our business. Ranger Technology Solutions highly recommends anyone in our business to take advantage of this great resourceful program.”

AJ Gomez

President and CEO - Global Security & Communications

AJ is President and CEO of Global Security & Communication, Inc. Founded in 1988 with offices in Oregon and Washington, Global has provided lowvoltage systems solutions to over 10,000 homes and businesses. In addition to contributing to a wide range of local charities and initiatives, AJ is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including NAHB, HBAPDX, Building Industry Association of Clark County, the ESA, Association of Realtors, many Chambers of Commerce, NFPA, and is the current President of the Oregon Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

“We are very proud of being a founding member of AiN! From their very first meeting in Lake Tahoe, they have been a class act. They bring new ideas and products to our members, helping to fill the void for Strategic Planning, identifying trends, bringing us the best in Brands and products for our customers. An AiN Dealer is a market leader, providing excellence to their clients. We share information and ideas, and we ALL continue to grow and develop our individual companies. By far, our most valuable strategic alliance! We look forward to each and every AiN event for fun and profit!”

JC Gonzalez

President - HomePro

Established in 1998 with Josh Roane, HomePro services the Dallas and Houston markets. It has grown from a security installation company to a complete home technology integrator. HomePro works primarily in new residential construction for production and custom builders in the two markets. JC’s greatest joys in life are his wife Beth and their two children Sophia and Caleb, along with the occasional round of golf.

“It’s rare to find an organization as dedicated to the success of its dealers as the entire AiN group. The breadth of innovative products and support from the group helps us all stay in touch with industry and market trends and advancements in a constantly changing world of home technology. It’s only more impressive that we as dealers continue to support each other in the sharing of ideas, advice and best practices.”

Ralph Gregory

President - Security Force

Ralph began Security Force 11 years ago and the company is recognized as the premier low-voltage integrator among an elite group of competitors in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. This consumer electronics dealer is a GE Security Pro specialist and is highly active within the industry— BBB, NCFBAA, NFBAA, Home Builders Assoc. of Raleigh, CBUSA, and the Triangle Builders Guild— as well as a presenting sponsor for the Make A Wish Foundation for Eastern NC. In addition to building a world-class company, Ralph and his wife enjoy spending quality time with their 3 beautiful daughters and 2 adorable granddaughters.

“The AiN advantage is immeasurable!!! It gives me the purchase power of a large group plus drives business back to the dealer level. This is truly a partnership!

Wayne Harrison

President and CEO - Chesapeake Systems Service

Wayne brings a wealth of experience in the electrical industry to bear. A licensed electrician and Low Voltage Master Electrician Wayne has constantly strived to deliver the very best service for his customers. Founding Chesapeake in 1998 Wayne has used his strong collaborative management style to empower his employees to strive for greater success. Trained first in high voltage electrical work Wayne saw the opportunity for more technology to enter the home, expanding first into alarm work and then into home and commercial systems integration. As comfortable today, as always, in either a rough construction setting or in the office Wayne continues to employ a high touch, involved management style. As a local resident expert on low voltage systems Wayne has been offered a teaching position with PG county integrators system design principles as a part of the CECU program.

"We have been a member of the AiN group for several years, and as a result we have enjoyed the advantage of offering so many recognized brand name products and the privilege of learning from other integrators from around the country. Now, AiN has developed the GE Home Technologies (GEHT) builder program. Our company can look forward to a real comprehensive and extremely competitive advantage when it comes to finding new business from forward thinking home builders throughout the region."

Rusty Howard

President - Certified Alarm Systems, Inc.

Rusty Howard is the President and CEO of Certified Alarm Systems. Established in 1991, Rusty together with his wife Jan, have cultivated Certified Alarm to become South Louisiana’s largest and most trusted alarm companies. The winning combination for this company is diversification coupled with an all-star team. Certified Alarm totes a business model of 60% residential/40% commercial in alarm services, and offer a range of services to include Security, Commercial Fire, Access Control, Video Surveillance, and Monitoring. Since inception, the alarm industry has brought an abundance of growth allowing the Howards to develop additional subsidiaries and opportunities including Certified Electrical, LLC., Certified Generators, LLC., as well as Global Monitoring Solutions, LLC.

Rusty and Jan Howard are members of the Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association, are active with the Louisiana Home Builders Associations and are a member of Crime Stoppers, Baton Rouge. When Rusty is not hunting lobster in the Keys, frogs and gators in the swamps or white tail deer out West, they are proud parents of three children and four grandchildren with whom they love spending their free time.

“Being a part of the AiN Group has literally brought Certified Alarms to another level. The AiN Group brings the best in our industry together which makes it possible to share our ideas and best business practices. Together we stand; divided we fall has always been my motto. Let’s work together today so we can compete tomorrow!”

Bob Jolson

President - Crimpco

In 1968, Bob and Marv Jolson established Crime Prevention Company of America, Inc. (t/a CRIMPCO). For the past 45 years, CRIMPCO has installed well over 20,000 security systems in the Baltimore/Washington and surrounding area. Thanks to the continuous efforts of a closely knit sales and management team, CRIMPCO has continued to flourish in the ever-changing residential and commercial security arena.

“In light of all the changes in technology, and marketing strategies throughout the security industry, AiN has proven to be a vital cog for its dealers for expanding services and maintaining profitability in this ever changing environment! Furthermore, I have thoroughly enjoyed forming long standing relationships with AiN management and staff and interfacing with AiN member’s vast network.”

Brian Motheral

General Manager - Republic Elite Integration

Brian Motheral started his career in the low voltage industry in 1995 as an installer. After helping grow and develop several other low voltage integration companies he partnered with Republic Electric West in 2013 to form Republic Elite Integration. Republic Elite Integration has quickly risen to one of the top low voltage integration companies in Northern California. Brian has tremendous experience in all areas of the low voltage industry with a very strong back ground in the new home construction industry. He currently sits on the Northern California BIA Trade Builder Alliance council where he works closely with local and national builders to help develop strategies that benefit both the contractor and subcontractor. He is also a licensed C-7 low voltage contractor, Alarm Qualified Manager and holds a degree in Construction Management from UC Davis.

“Being part of the AiN Group has been invaluable to the growth of our business. The professional partnerships that AiN puts in place creates a strategic advantage for us in our marketplace.”

Clark Mulford

President - Phoenix Systems

After selling his first company, Security Engineering, in 1987, Clark was sidelined by a non-compete for three years. But in 1990 he came out swinging again, launching Phoenix Systems. Today, with offices in Connecticut, Georgia and Florida and a staff of 32, Phoenix is one of the most successful low-voltage electronic product dealers on the East Coast.

“Our association with AiN gives us the latest in innovative technology and allows for an open exchange of ideas with fellow members.”

Kirk Page

President - KPS PowerHome

With over 25 years of business experience, Kirk Page leads several contracting companies which operate in Northern and Southern California. He continues to lead and grow these companies with a passion to capture market share and create
ecstatic customers. His team is comprised of industry leaders whom are focused on growing themselves and affecting vital factors within the companies. Kirk also serves on several nonprofit Christian boards where he gives of his time and talents to impact the lives of others and recently joined the board of AiN (Authorized Integrators Network).

“The AiN Group is a family. Over the past 25 years I have been in many industry associations. None have been as welcoming and inspiring to help me grow personally and professionally. The manufactures and distributors they partner with are the best in the industry and the AiN annual conference is unequalled!”

John Pastore Jr.

President - Crime Prevention Security Systems

John founded Crime Prevention Security Systems (CPSS) in 1975 and since then has developed the company into a full technology integrator. CPSS is still the one to call for residential or commercial security, but their integration expertise now includes all lowvoltage systems. John’s involvement in the local community and building-related industries includes membership in the Builders Association of North Central Florida, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, Marion County Building Industry Association, Ocala Chamber of Commerce, Alarm Association of Florida, and Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County. The company was ranked #90 by SDM Magazine in 2007.

“Developing some of the most intriguing and potentially profitable opportunities I have ever seen in my 35+ years in this business.

Guy Ross

Founder/CEO - Synergy FL

Guy is the founder and CEO of Synergy FL, a technology system integration company, with showroom locations in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. Guy emerged into the technology market in 1992 by establishing his personal security brand, Ross Security Systems, Inc. A few short years later, Guy transformed and expanded his business, to later become Synergy FL. For the last 24 years, Synergy FL has provided its customers with advanced audio, video, control and security systems, while maintaining the highest standard of quality and customer service. Guy and his wife, Donna, have built an outreach ministry around their company values, and dedicate much of their time servicing those in need. Partnering with programs such as Meals on Wheels, All Children’s Hospital and Metropolitan Ministries, Guy and his Synergy team strive to make a difference in the community.

“Partnering with AiN has been a truly enriching experience for Synergy FL. AiN has been our key to tremendous opportunities, and welcomed us into a community of dedicated professionals.”

Dwight Sears

President - Silent Guard

Dwight started his early career in the HVAC industry. In 1995 he moved into the security arena as a technician with the local electric utility. Three years later he was promoted to general manager of Silent Guard Security. In 2000, he and his wife Barbara offered to purchase the security division from the co-op and together with what he claims as “the best team in the industry” has turned Silent Guard into one of the leading security providers in Kentucky. In 2008 Dwight was featured in Security Systems News as a member of their 20 UNDER 40 edition and later that same year his company was named GE Security Pro Dealer of the Year.

He and Barbara are very involved in the communities they serve and have a true passion for helping others. They reside near the beautiful waters of Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky. Their hobbies include traveling around the country watching their son play baseball and spending time at their Gold Star Chili restaurant. Their son Taylor is a student-athlete at Northern Kentucky University.

"Someone once said “the company you keep defines you. Surround yourself with shining souls that inspire you, lift you higher and bring forth the best in you!” The AiN experience has done just that, both personally and professionally. The knowledge obtained networking within the group has boosted us with a priceless array of knowledge that one could only dream of. Partnered with the best brand names in our industry, AiN gives Silent Guard the tools and resources to be a one stop shop to our customers.”

Rob Sheldon

President - Protection by Design

Rob and his wife Paula started their security company, Protection By Design, in 1990 out of the den of their home. Over the years and with the evolution of their client’s technology needs, they expanded to include Audio/Video By Design. Protection By Design was founded on a customer-first philosophy, a commitment that is reaffirmed with each new system they install. Their dedication to their employees and clients seems to be paying off. With a 9,000 square foot facility, a LifeStyle Showroom and a recently expanded Commercial Division, Protection By Design is stronger (and busier) than ever.

Rob and Paula have two sons, one at North Carolina State and the other at the University of Virginia. When not on the road visiting the boys, they enjoy quiet nights in their theater room and happy hour with friends.

“Aside from great product alignments, being a part of AiN gives you membership into an elite organization of like-minded individuals. Some of the most meaningful business conversations and experiences I have had in my 20+ years as a business owner have been at AiN functions. The willingness for our group to share their successes as well as their failures is a testament to the commitment of its members as a whole.”

Michael Vann

President - HomeRun Electronics

Mike spent the first decade of his career in corporate America, serving in a number of financial and operational capacities. He has always enjoyed quality audio and technologies so in 2000 when the time came to make a change, HomeRun Electronics was formed with its first location in Colorado Springs. Since 2014, three additional locations have been added. HomeRun is a full scope technology integrator that has always focused on homebuilder relationships, from entry level production to very high end custom. We pride ourselves on providing the very highest level customer experience and continually challenge ourselves to enhance our product. We strive to foster a culture of being professional, efficient, and doing the right thing as there are no more important assets than character and integrity. We also remind ourselves to have some fun along the way.

“We have enjoyed our relationship with AiN for several years now. We appreciate their professionalism and desire to bring products and services to the table that give its members an edge in a very competitive marketplace. Further, the knowledge shared across the network, whether it be technical, manufacturer, or builder related, is very valuable.”

Chris Vendemia

President - CV Security

Chris started CV Security in 1984 after a decade in the electronics and security industries. Over the past 25 years, he has expanded the business to include a new division, CV Systems, bringing total-home integration to residential builders in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Chris is dedicated to the well-being of his industry and is actively involved in such organizations as CEDIA, Maryland Burglar and Fire Alarm Assoc., National Burglar and Fire Alarm Assoc., and the National Capital Builders Assoc., to name a few. Chris and his wife Michelle have two children, Vinnie and Camille, and live in a suburb of Annapolis.

“I have been a member of AiN for over nine years and was one of the first members in Maryland to join. I have been involved with other Associations but none like AiN. Being a member is like being a part of a big family, and I love being introduced to the many different and innovative products. But the best part by far is meeting all the interesting people from all around the country that share the same interests and goals. I have learned so much just speaking to the members as we travel to different locations together. In closing, the AiN Group is the best and they make you feel special in every way.”

Jacek Zaworski

President - Procom

Jacek Zaworski is the co-founder and president of Procom Enterprises, Ltd., a consulting and custom technology integration firm located in Elk Grove Village. Since its creation in 1993, Procom’s mission is to provide innovative information systems’ solutions with a focus on offering design, engineering, sales, and installation. Procom creates tailored, integrated sales and marketing solutions for valued-added consumer product manufacturers and channel partners in the custom electronic installation industry.

Following a rapid growth of the market niche, in 2004 Jacek Zaworski co-founded a new company, Procom Security, Inc., an installation and integration firm offering a premier level of full service in the areas of CCTV, network video surveillance, wireless security, access control, fire and burglar alarms.

For the past 5 years Procom is ranked at the CE Pro 100 list, among other most successful companies in the country. Procom has won a number of prestigious industry awards, including “Best Integrated Home”, “Best Home Theater”, and “The Most Amazing Application”. We continue to challenge ourselves to get better, but we also remember about those who are less fortunate. That is why Procom gives back to the community by working with local non-profit organizations like “Little City Foundation” and “Gift from the Heart”.

Jacek Zaworski is an innovative entrepreneur with several years of experience in management, ownership, sales, and business development.

“AiN is not about making sales, but rather building strong lasting relationships and friendships. This is the organization which is truly led by dealers like us. As a member of the group we know that we are not alone in this very competitive industry, and we feel we are part of the team. Thanks to AiN we can continue to grow our business and move it to levels beyond our imagination.”