Irving, Texas, Feb. 1, 2007 â€“ Golf Without Guilt, the now familiar annual tournament that allows electronic security and life safety industry professionals to gather for both fun and philanthropy, is set to return to the Revere Golf Club â€“ voted Las Vegas' best â€“ on March 27, 2007, the Tuesday before the start of ISC West.
The Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) and the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) founded the tournament as a way to help raise money for industry research. AIREF, a 501(c) 3 all-volunteer nonprofit foundation, was created in 1977 by the NBFAA to serve as the research arm of the industry.
Co-chair of the golf tournament, Bart Didden, USA Central Station Alarm Corp, said a day of Golf Without Guilt is a great way to benefit the industry while having fun and networking with industry colleagues. "Anyone who has played in our tournament can attest to the relaxation of a day on the links, but this event is about more than golf; it is about the NBFAA and members from around the country pitching in to benefit the industry."
Proceeds from the event provide funds to support AIREF and other NBFAA programs that enhance the growth potential of electronic life safety, security and system integrators nationwide.
According to co-chair Jamie Orvis, Security Solutions Inc, AIREF's funding was what provided the resources for the industry study in Salt Lake City in 2006. The survey, conducted on behalf of AIREF by Bisconti Research, Inc, a full-service public opinion and communications research firm, found widespread disapproval of the city's verified response ordinance that mandates police will only respond to burglar alarms if someone on the scene can verify criminal activity. "We have also been working with Rutgers University on another large study that we are confident will provide valuable data to our members, the industry and consumers," said Orvis. "These projects would not have been possible were it not for this fundraising effort," added Orvis.
According to Didden and Orvis, the success of the golf tournament is due in large part to the sponsors. Current sponsors for the tournament include the Weinstock-level sponsors: Honeywell and SIA; and the Jackson-level sponsors: ADI and Napco Security Group. Other sponsors include: ISC Expo, Altronix, DSC. Tri-ed, Security America, Vector Security and Systems Sensor.
Sponsorships are still available for the NBFAA Spring Conference events, and AIREF and NBFAA organizers are still recruiting players and volunteers to help with the event.
For more NBFAA 2007 Spring Conference information, including how to register for the events and how to sign up for sponsorship opportunities go to NBFAA's Web site at www.alarm.org.