Meet the New Officers of the Global Life Safety Alliance
The Board of Directors of the Global Life Safety Alliance (https://globallifesafetyalliance.org/) has approved a new slate of officers:
President, Michael Gips
Vice President, George Strom
Treasurer, George Bish
The GLSA thanks Julio Fumagalli Macrae, our recent past president, for his contributions to the alliance from its time of inception to present. Julio is the President of IRIS – Instituto Rector de la Industria dela Seguridad. He works and lives in Argentina, and he has accepted the position of GLSA’s Director of Education moving forward. Julio brings a wide-ranging professional experience, and strong team approach that benefits his clients and partners in the United States, Canada, Argentina and elsewhere in South America.
Julio has enhanced organizational effectiveness, led change initiatives, and developed creative solutions and strategies for his clients. He has led inter-cultural environmental initiatives with a style and vision that integrates global, regional, and local issues.
The new GLSA President is Michael Gips
Michael Gips, JD, CPP, CSyP, CAE, is a security professional, attorney, writer, and business executive. He is the principal of Global Insights in Professional Security, where he consults for security executives and security firms alike.
Previously he served as the Chief Global Knowledge and Learning Officer for ASIS International, where he oversaw Learning, Content, Certification, Standards & Guidelines, Production, and other departments. He developed the CSO Roundtable (now CSO Center) as a membership group within ASIS. He also served as editor and publisher of Security Management, where he authored hundreds of articles.
Mike is also a senior advisor for Cardinal Point Strategies, a senior advisor for the Network Contagion Research Institute, and a Partner in the Knowledgebase of Insider Threats. He is also an associate with the Netherlands-based insider risk firm Signpost Six and serves on the advisory boards of several organizations.
Among his many research publications are papers and reports on ESRM (2010), the security sector (2012, 2014), convergence (2019), blockchain (2020), business continuity and Covid (2021), and a forthcoming article on security professionalization co-authored with Dr. Alison Wakefield (2022).
Mike writes a monthly leadership column for Security magazine and regularly contributes to Security Management, International Security Journal, and other publications. He frequently presents on security and legal topics at conferences and webinars, on topics such as disinformation, insider threat, trends in access control, and security skill sets.
Mike has received many commendations, including Outstanding U.S. Security Consultant (OSPAs, 2022), sixth most influential security thought leader (IFSEC, 2021), and one of the most influential people in security (Security magazine, 2019). He has received more than a dozen awards for his writing.
Mike heads the security committee for a large house of worship. He is on the committee that is updating ASIS’s CSO standard, and he previously helped develop ASIS’s ESRM guideline. He also mentors many young professionals.
A graduate of Tufts University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School, Mike also has obtained security certificates from R.L. Oatman & Associates (2006), Wharton (2015), Tel Aviv University International (2016), and IE Business School (2017).
George Strom; is our new GLSA Vice President
George Strom is Business Development Director of IOT at Intertek, a FTSE 100 Company. George has worked with alarms, detectors, controls, or personal protective equipment and manufacturers globally to help them meet all their assurance, testing, inspection, and certification needs.
George’s 25+ years in the Quality Assurance & Safety arena bring insight into the unique challenges of launching a product in today’s Connected World.
Prior to Intertek, George worked in Sales and Marketing within the Computer & Office Automation Industry. He is a proud alumnus of U-Mass Lowell and lives in the Greater Boston Area.
George Bish; is now the GLSA Treasurer
George is the vice president of Ring Protect, a division of Amazon. George is a NICET Level IV and Licensed Security Qualified Agent, in VA, NC, SC, TN, AL, GA, TX, FL, WA, AK, MS, and Licensed Electrical in NC, GA, MD, and WA, ESA National Training School Senior Instructor (NTS), Virginia Certified Instructor, Texas Certified Instructor.
He is an active professional sitting on SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board and a member from 2019 to present, on the NFPA 72 Chapter 29 Household from 2018 to present, NFPA 70 Technical Committee Panel member 2008 to present, NFPA 730/731 Technical Committee member 2007 to present, on the ESA Standards & Fire Committee member, ESA By-Laws Committee member, ESA Education Committee member, Security Industry Standards Council Committee member, Past Treasurer and Executive Committee member of ESA, Past President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary of NCBFAA.
George has received the 2016 SBCA Presidents Award, 2015 ESA Sara E Jackson Award, 2000 NCBFAA Special Instructor’s Award, 1997 NCBFAA Person of the Year, 1996 NCBFAA President’s Award, 1996 NCBFAA Outstanding Service in Continuing Education Award, and the 1995 NCBFAA President’s Award.
The Global Life Safety Alliance is an educationally based alliance, focused on leadership, executive and business management, shared global risks, practices, policies and standards of operations around the globe. The Alliance represents a combination of security experts and professionals from the many different divisions of Life Safety Industry, such as international and national corporations, publishers, associations, thought leaders and knowledgeable professionals.
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Jack is already missed by us here at the alliance. His decades of industry experience, bright mind and overall knowledge added great value to our team. Jack was the first Vice President of the Alliance, taking on the task of the COO for the past year or more and was the acting COO at the time of his passing.
Jack had extensive experience as a contact-center executive in the electronic security industry with demonstrated expertise in new business growth, P&L management, development of cross-functional teams, and leadership of large groups of employees, in fast-paced environments. He played a leadership role in launching and managing major initiatives, facilitated business growth through sales of major regional and national accounts, new call center start-up, acquisitions, facilities consolidation, ISO 9000 implementation, Dept. of Defense and Underwriters Laboratories listing.
With over 35 plus years of experience with high profile companies in successfully running large, 24 by 7, call center operations in geographically diverse locations.
Jack was the;
Chief Operating Officer, Ackerman Security
Vice President , Security Networks (Marlin Central)
Director, North American Services for Siemens Building Services
Director, SecurityLink from Ameritech
Director, Rollins Protective Services
Director, Rollins Protective Services
General Manager, ADT Fire & Security
General Manager, Wells Fargo Alarm Services
Jack leaves behind his wife and young twins, among his extended family and friends around the world, and throughout the industry.
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