PPVAR was established to educate all electronic security stakeholders on the value of video to verify alarm activity during the dispatch process and ultimately reduce false alarms and increase apprehension rates for burglar alarm customers.
We have built an organization comprised of members from Law Enforcement, the Insurance Industry, and the Electronic Security Industry to fairly represent all interests in the battle against property crime to provide the most reliable and cost effective alarm response to the end user.
Although we remain committed to traditional alarm response methods as a deterrent to crime, we consider video verification to be a significant enhancement and one that deserves a higher priority response by all first responders.
Our goal is to collaborate with all members involved in the alarm response process and share best practices, ideas, and the information necessary to maximize the effectiveness of all resources required to protect our valued customers’ life and property.
Joey Rao-Russell has been in the industry for 15 years working in all aspects of the business including operations, sales, and up to her current position as the President & CEO of Kimberlite Corporation, the world’s largest independent Sonitrol Franchise based in Fresno, California. Kimberlite has consistently been ranked in the SDM Top 100 companies and integrators for the last 15 years. Kimberlite operates an award-winning central station specializing in audio and video-verified security solutions for over 30 years. She is currently serving the PPVAR board on behalf of the Sonitrol National Dealers Association (SNDA). Joey is the current President of the SNDA, which is comprised of independent Sonitrol dealers who have been providing verified security solutions for 50 years. The network has over 171,000 documented apprehensions since 1977 proving that verification increases arrests and decreases losses.
Thomas Nakatani joined ADT and the Security industry in 1991 after spending several years with a public records research firm. In 1993, he joined ADT corporate HQ managing central station policies & procedures and monitoring system administration. When ADT relocated to Boca Raton in 1996, Thomas took over a centralized data team in Denver that handled customer data & provisioning, acquisition integration, and workforce management & reporting. In 2004, he accepted a position in IT over ADT’s alarm signaling and monitoring environments, and more recently in 2013 worked with the Commercial business unit developing video services and products, and took over all products for ADT from 2017-2019. Currently he leads the ADT IT Customer Monitoring Technology team, is the Vice President of PPVAR and sits on the board of the Security Industry Association (SIA).
As the National Director of National Sales-West for National Monitoring Center Ms. Oakie has over twenty-three years of security industry experience. She started in the security industry at ADI (1995) and was the Las Vegas Branch Manager (2003-2005). She is the former owner of W.I.T. Marketing Group LLC which sold and marketed security, CCTV and access control products for manufacturers on the West Coast (2005-2010). She became partners with Larry Folsom in his security installation company American Video & Security as General Manager in 2011. American Video & Security was selected by Security Dealer & Integrator Magazine 2012, 2013 and 2014 Fast 50. American Video & Security was sold in 2016. She continued to work with Larry Folsom at I-View Now, a Central Station Video Verification Cloud Solution. Nicola was past Associate Director at the Nevada Security Association as well as a member of Crime Stopper of Nevada board of directors (2015-2016). She is currently on the board for PPVAR (Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response) as Secretary, which is a volunteer position, to educate on Verified Response and Video to reduce false alarms and its members include Law Enforcement, Insurance and Electronic Security industries. Most recently she was the director of Business Development for I-View Now. She lead in the support of Dealer Support, Training and Marketing when dealers add the patented and award-winning cloud based central station and signal platform to their businesses. I-View Now integrates system signals, video sources, cloud applications, and interconnected devices (IOT) into a unified cloud platform with the objective of giving end users, operators, and authorized emergency responders better information to prioritize their resources.
Larry Folsom has over twenty years of security industry experience. He is a founder and President of I-View Now. I-View Now is a patented and award-winning cloud-based central station video and signal platform. I-View Now integrates security system signals, video sources, cloud applications, and internet connected devices (IoT) into a unified cloud platform with the objective of giving end users, operators, and authorized emergency responders better information to prioritize their resources. Larry is active in a variety of industry related organizations in addition to PPVAR. He is a past President of PPVAR (2017 -2018), the Nevada Security Association (2013 - 2014), a member of The Monitoring Association (TMA) Standards committee for Alarm Confirmation, Verification and Notification Procedures (CS-V-01) among other industry initiatives.
Robert is a leading surveillance/ verification expert in North America, and is passionate about the critical value of video for the security industry. As a professional engineer, inventor, and the CEO of Radius he has pioneered innovation in the field of remote guarding using analytics. Not finding a viable hardware option in the marketplace, Robert built Radius’s first prototype in his home lab. Radius now manufactures and installs for a wide range of clients with the common thread being they all experience high crime. Customers have since seen crime virtually eliminated at sites which had previously used static guard services. 50% of Radius’ police dispatches result in apprehensions. Based in Vancouver, Radius has operations across Canada and Texas.
As general manager, Anthony Canale has overall responsibility for the CargoNet business unit. Areas of responsibility include: accounts, marketing, personnel, operations, and sales. Anthony has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Having began his career in 1979 as a Police Officer, Anthony worked his way up through the ranks holding the offices of Detective, Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief. Prior to joining CargoNet, Anthony served as Chief of the Medford Township, NJ Police Department. During his 21 year tenure at MTPD, Anthony also worked closely with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a member of various organized crime and narcotics task forces. Anthony has been honored by many organizations, most notably by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Secret Service, and the South Jersey Fraternal Order of Police. Anthony earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University and graduated in the 195th Class for the F.B.I. National Academy.
David L. Holl is the Director of Public Safety for Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. In that role he oversees the police department, emergency medical services, is liaison to two Township volunteer fire companies, and serves as the municipal Emergency Management Coordinator. Prior to his appointment at Lower Allen, Director Holl served as the Deputy Director for Operations for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and as a Deputy Director for Administration at PEMA. In those roles he oversaw the state Emergency Operations Center, the Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, and the State 911 Office, among others. He also served as the Governor's Authorized Representative for several federally declared disasters in Pennsylvania. Prior to his appointment at PEMA, Director Holl served as Lieutenant/Assistant Chief of Police with the Township of Derry Police Department in Hershey. In that capacity he was Commander of the Administrative and Technical Services Division, which included supervision of radio and technical services, communications, criminal investigation, forensics, community services, accreditation, and records management. Director Holl has previously served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Township of Derry, a community that hosts well over 5.5 million visitors each year for various entertainment and business venues. Director Holl currently serves as Chairman of the South-Central Task Force Criminal Justice Subcommittee and was recently appointed to the State's 911 Advisory Board by Governor Wolf as the representative from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. His public safety background has spanned over 40 years beginning in the community volunteer fire service and emergency medical services. Director Holl also served as an Emergency Medical Technician and worked as an EMT-Paramedic in central Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Penn State University. He also serves as an adjunct professor for Penn State University’s World campus. Director Holl is a 2003 Graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, holds numerous certifications in the public safety field, and has been the recipient of several professional awards.
Steve Walker serves as the Vice President of Customer Service for Stanley Convergent Security Solutions and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve holds a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in the Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. Steve began his career with Honeywell International in 1985, working 13 years in aerospace product development before transitioning to the Honeywell security monitoring business in 1998. Since that time, he has held leadership positions in both central station IT and operations and has followed the transition of the business from Honeywell ownership to private equity, and again to Stanley Black & Decker in 2007. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Monitoring Association (TMA) and is the immediate past president of the Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response (PPVAR).