Don Erickson tapped to lead SIA

The Security Industry Association announced Wednesday that Government Relations Director Don Erickson has been named as its new CEO by the board of directors. Richard Chace, SIA’s former CEO, announced his resignation from the organization in April.

In a statement, SIA said that Erickson, who has served as the association’s director of government relations since February 2006, has been responsible for implementing several successful public policy initiatives put forth by the association including the GSA Schedule 84 Cooperative Purchasing Program, as well as recent legislation that exempts SIA member manufacturers from having to comply with certain Department of Energy efficiency requirements. Erickson currently serves as SIA’s representative to the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Services Sector Advisory Committee and the TWIC Stakeholder Communications Committee.

"After an extensive evaluation over the past several months, the SIA board this week unanimously decided to select Don Erickson to lead this association," said SIA Chairman of the Board Gordon Hope. "His dedication, impeccable reputation and track record of success at SIA played a large role in our ultimate decision."

Prior to becoming SIA’s director of government relations, Erikson held similar positions at Alcatel and the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies. He also spent six years on the senior legislative staff of U.S. Sen. Rod Grams (R-Minn.).

"I am honored to have been selected by the SIA Board of Directors to serve as our association's CEO," Erickson said. "I look forward to working closely with the board and SIA staff to strengthen SIA's value to our membership. I share the board's commitment to working together to help SIA become a greater resource for our members."