Hirsch's Chillemi Chosen to Head SIA's Education Initiatives

SANTA ANA CA - (November 6, 2007) - Hirsch Electronics’ Learning Center Manager, Scott Chillemi, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chair of The Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Education & Training Committee, a non-voting vice president position on SIA’s Board of Directors. The Education & Training Committee Chair is responsible for overseeing efforts and guiding the strategic path in order to provide professional development and training programs for SIA’s member companies and the broader security industry.

Education and training is one of the four core areas of SIA's programming as a leading industry association. The Board of Directors selected Mr. Chillemi not only for his expertise in security and IT training, but also for his experience running one of the security industry's highest quality training facilities, the Hirsch Electronics Learning Center, a recipient of the ISC Achievement Award for best training program.

“The entire industry benefits from better trained, highly skilled personnel,” said Mr. Chillemi. “SIA facilitates education and training through its extensive offering of classroom and online-based courses, such as those available at www.siaonline.org. Our committee will continue to increase the awareness and usage of SIA developed or sponsored educational programs.”

Mr. Chillemi has been involved with the SIA Education & Training Committee for seven years, four of them as vice chair, including the development of SIA’s Curriculum Map which uses job role and industry focus to help individuals build personalized professional development curricula.

Mr. Chillemi has served as Hirsch Electronics’ Learning Center Manager for more than eight years, managing professional trainers and designing and implementing training programs. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Certified Netware Engineer (CNE). Mr. Chillemi has co-authored three technical books, including NetWare Unleashed, Learning NetWare 4 and The Windows NT System Administrator’s Survival Guide.

All of SIA's newly elected and appointed officers and directors assumed their positions effective September 12, 2007.

About The Security Industry Association (SIA) The Security Industry Association is a nonprofit international trade association representing electronic and physical security product manufacturers, integrators, specifiers, and service providers. SIA advocates for and supports the industry by providing education, research, technical standards and representation and defense of its members’ interests. SIA is sole sponsor of the International Security Conference and Exhibitions (ISC EXPO). Learn more at www.siaonline.org

About Hirsch Electronics Corporation Hirsch Electronics manufactures high security access control and security management systems for worldwide markets. During the past 25 years Hirsch has earned numerous industry awards for their integration of access control, alarm monitoring, video, badging, smart cards, biometrics, identity management and interoperability with other building/business systems. Hirsch’s customers include governments, banking/finance, hospitals, universities/ schools, utilities, transportation, corporate headquarters, manufacturing and other facilities desiring high security that is reliable and easy to use. Learn more about Hirsch at www.HirschElectronics.com. Learn more about Hirsch’s training program at www.hirschelectronics.com/Training_Hirsch.asp.