Chief Executive Officer|
Security Industry Association
8405 Colesville Rd., Ste. 500
Silver Spring, Md. 20910
Don Erickson is chief executive officer of the Security Industry Association (SIA).
Erickson served as director of government relations for SIA from 2006 to 2011. During this time, he worked closely with SIA's leadership to build a robust government relations program for SIA members and served as SIA's chief advocate before Congress and other government agencies. As director of government relations, Erickson was responsible for successfully implementing key SIA public policy initiatives, such as the enactment of legislation creating the GSA Schedule 84 Cooperative Purchasing Program, as well as legislation signed by President Obama in January 2011 that provided SIA member manufacturers with an exemption from certain onerous Department of Energy efficiency requirements. Erickson served as SIA's representative to the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Services Sector Advisory Committee and the TWIC Stakeholder Communications Committee. He previously served on the GSA Multiple Award Schedules Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining SIA, Erickson served as manager of legislative affairs for Alcatel and legislative director for the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). He spent six years on the senior legislative staff of U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn., where he facilitated the enactment of legislation pertaining to telecommunications and technology policy.