Results Are in – SBC Members Elect Four New Board Members

Prince Niyyar Richard Roberts David Adams Scott Umemoto


Posted on August 30, 2021

The Safer Buildings Coalition 2021 Election for the Board of Directors saw a record voter turnout, with 50% of eligible voting companies casting ballots. 

The Results: 

Vice President of the Board: Prince Niyyar - CEO - Commdex - View Candidate's Page 

Board Secretary: Richard Roberts - Senior Industry Manager - Honeywell - View Candidate's Page 

At-Large Member: David Adams - Director - PCTEL - View Candidate's Page 

At-Large Member: Scott Umemoto – Dir. Strategic Technologies - Day Wireless -  View Candidate's Page 


  • Vice President – Term: 1 year 
  • Secretary – Term: 2 years 
  • [David Adams] At-Large Director [Elect Odd Years] – Term: 2 years* 
  • [Scott Umemoto] At-Large Director [Elect Even Years] – Term: 1 year [2021 Fill-in] 

*Highest vote-getter for At-Large earns the Odd Year seat 

The new board will seated at the first monthly SBC Board meeting in September. 

Changes coming to the current SBC Board: 

  • Current SBC Board VP Dennis Burns of ADRF will become President of the Board. 
  • Current SBC Board President Eric Toenjes of Graybar will step into the role of Immediate Past President. Thank you for your service, Eric! 
  • Current SBC Immediate Past President Patrick Lau of Comba Telecom will retire from the Board after several years of dedicated leadership and service. Thank you, Patrick! 
  • Current Secretary Prince Niyyar of Commdex (Appointed in 2020 to serve Dennis Burn’s vacated role) has fulfilled his interim service and is elected as VP. 
  • Current At-Large Office (Elected Odd Year) Kevin Persing of Fiplex has fulfilled his term on the Board. Thank you, Kevin! 

“It is a privilege to be a member of the SBC Board. I look forward to working with new and existing members to further the mission of the Coalition.” -Richard Roberts 

“I am deeply honored to have been elected to the position of Vice President. I believe that SBC has an opportunity to be a major player in enhancing public safety in-building communications. I am excited to be part of SBC at this exciting time to move the organization forward.” -Prince Niyyar 

“On behalf of PCTEL, I am excited to be able to serve this great organization. As PCTEL began to focus on the Public Safety radio industry, SBC has been among the main sources of information, knowledge and relationships that have helped us become leaders in the testing of in-building radio performance. It has been an honor to share what we’ve learned at SBC events and webinars. By working more closely with SBC, we will be able to take these educational activities to the next level. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute.” -David Adams 

“I have watched Safer Building Coalition’s growth over the past few years and appreciate everything they do to promote and educate the industry for the safety or our first responders. As a DAS integrator, I am hoping my experiences can add some value to the great work SBC is already doing. I am excited to join the SBC team and look forward to working with you all for our common goal.” -Scott Umemoto