About the Illinois Electronic Security Association

The Illinois Electronic Security Association exists to promote public safety and foster positive relationships with police, fire and elected officials at the local, state and national level.

The IESA actively engages in consumer advocacy and our organization is guided by our Code of Ethics.

Its members are licensed by the State of Illinois (225 ILCS 447/) to design, install, monitor and service systems to protect life and property, including burglar alarm, fire alarm, access control, video surveillance and critical-process systems.

The IESA also offers a wide-range of professional development and training courses and we host five membership meetings each year. These include a social/business event in September and Board of Directors Elections and Annual Meeting in November.

We encourage you to join the IESA today and become active.


Rachel Slucki


Rachel Slucki
Zoepaz Incorporated
(630) 530-2400

Rachel Slucki has worked in electrical construction, including alarm systems, since 1999. As President of Zoepaz Incorporated, she manages the daily and long-term operations of the company, whose focus is commercial fire alarm, burglar alarm, access control and CCTV.

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering & Management from Purdue University and is licensed by the State of Illinois as an alarm contractor and professional engineer.

She is a member of NFPA, ICC and the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Automatic Fire Alarm Association.

She lives in the far western suburbs of Chicago with her partner Drew, his two daughters, five house cats and a Beagle. She is an avid Jazzerciser and enjoys traveling, reading and walking adoptable dogs for Kane County Animal Control.

Kim Keating

Vice President

Kim Keating
Alarm Detection Systems Inc.
(630) 299-1143

Kim Keating has worked in the alarm industry for 34 years, focusing on commercial, residential and government projects that include fire, burglar, access control, CCTV and UL alarm monitoring. She is a Vice President with Alarm Detection Systems based in Aurora, IL, where she manages commercial sales. The company also operates another remote monitoring station in Louisville, CO.

Kim has been active with the IESA for decades and lives with her two daughters in the western suburbs. When she is not helping operate her family-owned business, she enjoys snow skiing and traveling.

Lauren Gierman


Lauren Gierman
Tyco Integrated Security
(630) 573-1898

Lauren is a 41-year alarm-industry veteran who has worked in several capacities, including controller, sales management and general management. Her primary focus during the past fifteen years has been overseeing sales and operations for the six-state area around Illinois. Currently, Lauren’s title is area general manager for the Great Lakes area for Tyco Integrated Security, a branch of Johnson Controls. She earned a bachelor of finance degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

Brian Ciasnocha


Brian Ciasnocha
Per Mar Investigation Service Inc.
(563) 340-3746

Brian Ciasnocha, Director of Sales for the Electronic Security Division of Davenport, Iowa-based Per Mar Security Services, has been in the industry for more than 18 years.  In his role at Per Mar Security Services, he focuses on serving the commercial, residential and government markets in the Midwest by providing full-service security solutions for homes and businesses, including guard services, mobile patrol, electronic security, smart home automation, fire alarms, monitoring services, investigative services and pre-employment services.

A graduate of Illinois State University, Brian is also an active member of the Central Illinois ASIS Chapter 158.

Originally from the northwest Chicago suburbs, Brian currently lives in Bloomington IL with his wife and two boys.

Chet Donati

Immediate Past President

Chet Donati
DMC Security Services Inc.
(708) 388-6500

Chet Donati has worked in alarm industry since 1966, first as an alarm runner for Kedzie Kane Alarm Company before founding DMC Security Services in 1970. Along with his UL central station, his original focus was on burglar and fire alarm systems, but this has expanded to video and access control projects.

Chet holds Illinois Alarm Contractor, Private Security Contractor, Private Detective and Locksmith licenses issued by the State of Illinois. He spent decades on the IESA Executive Board and is a member of The Monitoring Association (formally CSAA) Board of Directors. Chet has been a member of the NFPA since 1985, is active with the UL Standards technical panel since 1989 and maintains membership in the Associated Locksmiths of America.

A retired Police Officer for the City of Markham, Chet is a Certified Police Firearms Instructor and a Certified Firearms Instructor NRA.

Chet has been married to his wife Sue for 41 years and has three children: Christine, Charles and Cindy. He enjoys target shooting and numismatics when he has time away from work and association duties.

Directors at Large

John Reidy

John Reidy
SMG Security
(630) 573-1898

John Reidy has worked in the alarm industry since 1987 and is the President of Elk Grove Village-based SMG Security, which focuses on commercial projects with integrated systems that include fire, burglar, access control and CCTV. He is also a principal of Midwest Central Dispatch, which is a UL-listed central station that is also located in Elk Grove Village.

John earned a Bachelor of Business degree at Western Illinois University, is a licensed alarm contractor and holds NICET Level II certification. He has been active with the IESA for decades and also participates in the Central Station Alarm Association.

Don Safford

Don Safford has worked in the alarm industry for 44 years and is the President of Father & Sons Home Services, Inc., which is based in Naperville. His company focuses on residential and commercial projects that include fire and burglar systems, as well as home theater, CCTV, intercoms, central vacuum and Wi-Fi systems.

Don is a long-time, active member of the IESA and as his company name suggests, he is family oriented and lives with his wife, works with his children and is a proud grandfather of five.

Associate Chairperson

Scott Seibert
Associate Committee Director
Tri-Ed Distribution
(847) 357 8309

Scott Seibert, Branch Manager of Anixter/Tri-Ed Distribution in Bensenville, IL, has worked in the alarm industry for 35 years as a wholesale supplier of low-voltage devices for safety, security and comfort with particular emphasis on fire-alarm products. He has been active with the IESA for decades and has been an Executive Board member for the past 12 years.

Associate Director

Juan Garcia
Associate Director
(847) 472-2921

Juan Garcia, Branch Manager of ADI in Elk Grove Village, IL, is a 10-year veteran of the alarm industry as a sales and operations manager for the wholesale supplier of fire/burglar alarm, access control, CCTV, home automation and networking hardware for commercial, residential, government, healthcare, finance and educational facilities.

He has been active with the IESA his entire professional career and has been an Executive Board member for two terms.

Executive Director


Dennis J. Gano, CAE
Executive Director
Illinois Security Professionals Association
Phone: 224-333-1622

Dennis Gano has been involved in association management for more than twenty years. As Executive Director for the Illinois Electronic Security Association, he is both responsible and accountable for the administration and management of IESA. The position is appointed by and directly responsible to the Board of Directors. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the association, within his fiduciary responsibilities he prepares and proposes annual budgets and monitors all association financial assets and assists with strategy and execution of the organizations vision and mission. In his free time, Dennis enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren. Dennis received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives in 2003, and is one of approximately 4,000 association executives world-wide to hold this credential.