On May 5, 2021 John Helweg resigned as TBFAA President to take a seat on the Texas Private Security Advisory Committee.
John was appointed by the Public Safety Commission to the seat that represents locksmiths.
In accordance with Texas Occupations Code Sec. 1702.021, the advisory committee consisting of seven members advises and make recommendations to the department and commission on technical matters relevant to the administration and the regulation of private security industries.
Under the code members of the Advisory Committee may not be an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a Texas trade association in the field of private investigation or private security. When John accepted the appointment he had to resign as TBFAA President.
John was elected as TBFAA President at the Convention in Rockwall on October 24, 2019 for a two year term.
According to the TBFAA bylaws, the immediate Past President finishes out the Presidential term when the position becomes vacant. Kelly Ryan is now the TBFAA President until the Annual Meeting in October.
In his resignation letter to the TBFAA Board John stated:
“Unfortunately as a condition of my appointment, I have to resign my position as President of the TBFAA. This is very much a bitter sweet situation for me. I hate not being able to finish out the next five months with you guys. We’ve been through a lot the past year and half, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say “unprecedented times” one more time. lol.
We’ve made great strides in making our meetings more accessible, CEUs more available to our industry and trying to improve the education of our fellow fire technicians. Those are big wins for Texas and our industry. Thank you for your confidence in me and the opportunity to serve with you, it has been a pleasure.
I’m proud that our board was able to embrace online video conferencing as a way of having our meetings, conducting business and having an online convention during the quarantine. I’m most proud of the progress we’ve made with our online Learning Management System and the additional classes we’ve been able to offer. We currently offer: Level 1, Texas Fire Prep, Ethics, NEC, FARA 101, Nine Sales classes courtesy of DMP, the 2020 Convention Legislative Update, State Fire Marshal’s Update and DPS Update. I’m very pleased to announce that we are in the process of rolling out the ability to offer CEUs for hundreds more classes from Alarm.com, Honeywell and DMP.”
After John’s announcement Kelly Ryan said:
“Congratulations to John Helweg as he takes his position with the Texas DPS Private Security Advisory Committee. I know he will conduct his role with the same integrity and honesty that he showed as president of TBFAA.
It is certainly my pleasure to step back in as TBFAA president, and I look forward to continually working with the board to advance our association.
Thank you, John for your service and attention to the alarm industry in Texas!”