J. Petrow Named President & CEO of Vector Security, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA (October 18, 2010): The Board of
Directors of Vector Security, Inc., and its parent
company, The Philadelphia Contributionship, has
unanimously approved the appointment of Pamela J. Petrow
as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vector
Murphy identified Mrs. Petrow as his successor by
appointing her, with Board approval, as Executive Vice
President, and then Chief Operating Officer (COO) of
Vector Security, Inc. The current appointment is the
culmination of a carefully thought out succession plan
for Vector Security. Mrs. Petrow will now be in charge
of moving the company forward on the successful path
which Mr. Murphy began when he became President and COO
of Vector Security, Inc. in 1991.
graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor
of Science degree in business administration in 1982,
with focuses in management and marketing. In spring of
2006, she graduated from the prestigious Harvard
Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Mrs. Petrow was promoted to a senior level position in
the company, as Senior Vice President of the Central
Stations and Information Services Group and became a
member of the Office of the President. She was directly
responsible for overseeing the company's three UL-Listed
Central Stations, as well as its IT staff. In 2003,
Vector Security was awarded the Security Dealer of the
Year award, which is the industry's highest award
presented by SDM, a leading industry magazine. SDM
magazine described our company as a "Company of Leaders"
and Mrs. Petrow was prominently pictured as a key
leader. In 2004, she was promoted to become the
company's Executive Vice President, and also became the
Chief Administrative Officer responsible for the
company's Insurance and Human Resources groups. In 2006,
she was again promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
her central station leadership resulted in the company
earning the prestigious Central Station of the Year
Award, which recognizes the best central station
monitoring services in the industry. She and her staff
authored and launched a 12-step plan to minimize false
alarm dispatches, which in the same year earned the
company the industry's first Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ)
award. This award recognizes a company that demonstrates
its commitment and excellence in minimizing false police
Mrs. Petrow has served as Secretary on the Executive
Committee of the Board of Directors of the Central
Station Alarm Association (CSAA), the trade association
for the alarm monitoring industry, representing the
owners and operators of UL-Listed/FM Approved central
stations. She has also co-chaired CSAA's Education
Committee. Earlier, while a committee member, she worked
with a group of CSAA members to develop and lead a
Distance Learning Program which now has two very
successful levels of online training for operators.
Thanks to her ongoing effort in leading this initiative,
more than 4,000 operators have graduated from the Level
I course since its inception in 2003.
has also conducted the CSAA's Operations Management
Conferences, held biannually, which has tripled its
attendance over a five-year period. She has co-chaired
the CSAA's mid-year expo and educational conference and
is a member of its Marketing Committee. On behalf of
CSAA, she also represents the electronic security
industry at large with APCO (Association of
Public-Safety Communications Officials International),
the world's largest organization dedicated to public
safety communications, to develop and implement the beta
testing of electronic transmission of alarm data to 911
Centers. For her efforts in supporting the alarm
industry, she was given the 2002 CSAA President's Award.
Petrow received APCO's highest honor, the President's
Award. She was recognized for her outstanding
contributions to the electronic transmission of signals
between central stations and 911 dispatch centers.
Petrow worked for several years, representing CSAA and
Vector Security, in a CSAA/APCO joint project with
representatives from law enforcement, fire services,
emergency medical services, industry, emergency
management, transportation, APCO International, and
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
is also a member of the Security Industry Standards
Council, overseeing standards efforts for the industry;
and has participated in legislative efforts, alongside
the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and
Central Station Alarm Association, to promote
reciprocity and to lobby for an AMPS ruling extension.
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