John Mabry dies in auto accident

Former Central Station Alarm Association and National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association President John William Mabry Jr. died earlier this month in an auto accident.

Mabry’s career in the security industry began in 1969 when he founded American Alarm Company. He sold the company to Honeywell in 1983 where he would spend the next 10 years of his career, serving as vice president of the company’s protection services division and later as vice president of sales and business development within its home and building control business.

Mabry also served in leadership positions in many industry associations throughout his career. From 1993 to 2000, Mabry served as president of Security Network of America, an organization devoted to helping independent security firms compete against large, national companies. During his tenure, SNA membership grew from 20 to more than 40 UL-listed entities across the country. The organization now has more than 82 member companies in North America.

In 1972, Mabry was appointed to the CSAA board of directors and was later elected president of the organization from 1981 to 1983. He also served as president of the NBFAA, now known as the Electronic Security Association, from 1984 to 1986. In his time as president of the NBFAA, Mabry founded the organization’s National Training School and membership grew to nearly 3,000 members.

For his industry contributions, Mabry was awarded the Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award in 1983 by the NBFAA and the Stanley C. Lott Award in 2004 by the CSAA.