Charter Board Members of the Vehicle Security Association

David Smith, Gen. Mgr. of Safecar Auto Alarms in Houston, TX, ( 1980-1988 ) was elected to membership on the Board of Directors for the Vehicle Security Association in 1982. He served on the board through 1988. He was instrumental in seeing legislation passed in Texas that allowed car owners get up to 25% discount on the comprehensive portion of their auto insurance. Through David's efforts in lobbying, attendance at Senate committee meetings and the help of Sen. Barry Connelly ( Rep. ) and State Rep. Gene Green ( Dem. ) legislation was finally passed in 1987.

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Also, Darrell Issa served with David Smith on the Board from the beginning days of the VSA.

Republican U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa now represents parts of Orange and San Diego counties in California.

When asked : Why did you go into politics?

His reply :

I was always opinionated and strongly believed how the government should work and what role the private sector should take. I got involved in what was then known as the Vehicle Security Association (VSA). It became the Car Audio Specialists Association (CASA). Then we changed names, and it became the Mobile Electronics Association. Then it merged into what is now the Consumer Electronics Association. I had the good fortune of being the chairman when we merged with CASA and the chairman of the combined association when we merged with Electronic Industries Association.

More news from another interview :

Darrell also has been actively involved in state and federal policy issues affecting the mobile electronics industry. He served for many years as a board member of the Vehicle Security Association (VSA). In 1991, he played a key role in merging the Car Audio Sound Association and the VSA into the Mobile Electronics Association (MEA), representing all electronics manufacturers, distributors and retailers who supply electronic products for automobiles.

More recent news :

CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro presents the Digital Patriots award to U.S.Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), a member of the inaugural class of inductees.

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