RIP Frank De Fina

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jul 27, 2015

Frank De Fina has passed away.

De Fina was a well known and respected industry executive, who most recently joined mega Chinese manufacturer Hikvision to lead their sales effort into the high-end of the market. Prior to that, De Fina was an executive at the US divisions of Samsung and Panasonic.

If you have any stories about Frank or want to share your condolences, feel free to do so in the comments.

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Frank De Fina was a very kind man with a great sense of humor. He was also an active member of the Security Industry Association Board of Directors. I had the opportunity to work closely with Frank in recent years to develop a new Associates Degree program in security systems technology. I greatly admired his vision and passion for promoting the security industry to students and young professionals as a great source of future employment. Every few months Frank would send me a text or email just to encourage the work we were doing at SIA and to say "thanks" for working with him. It is all of us within the industry and at the Security Industry Association that owe him a debt of gratitude.

Very sad to hear of his passing. I worked under him at Panasonic and Samsung, and he helped me grow in the security field. He was a great and kind person who understood people, the industry, and sales.

You will be missed.

Frank was one of the best bosses I have ever worked for and he helped tutor me in this industry well beyond my years. Not only was he a great mentor but he was a great friend and he will be missed. Rest in peace Frank and my condolences to all of his friends and family, he is a great loss for our industry.

Frank DeFina was a true professional of the video security industry. I had the opportunity to collaborate with him on several occasions and he was alway kind, very strategic and with an amaizing sense of humor. His contribution to SIA on the Associates Degree was a true testimony of his kindness and his desire to give back to the younger generations.

Today the industry lost one of its tremendous contributor and I lost a friend. My condolences goes to his familly, friend and all the people whom knew him.

Don, Herve,

If you have any information on the Associates Degree (documents, URL, website, etc.), please share. I am sure many people would be interested in learning more about it and it would be a nice way to remember and support one of Frank's contributions.

John,

From what I know he helped to put a physical security degree together (in association with SIA) at Mercer County Community College, in NJ.

"The degree prepares students for jobs that support the selling, installation and management, and technical support of physical security systems technologies in an IP-based networked environment."

More info at: http://www.mccc.edu/catalog/programs/SECURITY_SYS_AAS.pdf

Frank was - simply put - a mensch. (For those not familiar with Yiddush, it is a high compliment for a man of honor and integrity.) Frank was a gentleman, with a good heart & soul. Sad news. The world - and the Security industry - lost a great guy. RIP Frank!

A true gentleman and industry icon. He was a true business partner in all of his companies.

Frank will be missed by all that knew him.

God Bless Frank and his family. He was a consumate professional.

Frank was a one of my best friends and greate partner for the past several years.

Thanks to his leadership and dedication, our business has grown rapidly and the whole company has evolved a lot. Everyone really liked working for him and I also enjoyed the time with him very much. I hope he will rest in peace and pay a deep condolence to his lovely family.

Very Sad News indeed. Frank was a great leader with an unique vision and character. Since we live in the same neighbourhood, I had the peasure to spend some quality time with him at a small cafe in Cranbury NJ, from time to time, and hear several histories he liked to share. Good times!

He will be missed - deeply. Industly lost an icon. I lost a good friend and mentor.

I worked under Frank for a few years at Panasonic; he was an all around good guy and a great leader. Treated everyone with respect and always faced challenges with grace and poise. He will be missed. Godspeed Frank, RIP. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends.

Frank was a great guy. I met him post Frank Abrams running Panasonic. Very nice and professional individual. I wish the absolute best for his family.

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