News : Newsletters : Alliance Member Bulletin : December 2020

Executive Director Message

Saying Goodbye Is Hard, Saying Hello (to the Future) Is Easy

This will be my last newsletter letter that I will ever write to our Secure Technology Alliance members and followers.  The news of my planned retirement has been spreading slowly among industry colleagues for months and became official this month with the announcement of Jason Bohrer being named as the new Executive Director for the Secure Technology Alliance and the U.S. Payments Forum.  I am happy for the Alliance organization that they were able to secure such a highly qualified person to fill my position.  Saying goodbye is hard, saying hello (to the future) is easy.

Of the many conversations and messages that I have received about retiring from the people who have gotten to know me over the last 18 years, the conversations that have touched me the most are the ones with the people who were around at the very beginning of my career in the smart card industry.  Robert Merkert, the person who hired me in 1988 for a small company named DANYL, introduced me to smart card technology, and taught me about microprocessor chips in a plastic card, is still selling chip readers today. That company was later acquired by Schlumberger, which became Gemalto, and is now a Thales Company.  Working in marketing for a smart card company offered me the opportunity to be part of an industry association and to associate with the leaders in the Smart Card Forum and the Smart Card Industry Association in the early 90s – which later merged to become the Smart Card Alliance and now the Secure Technology Alliance.  Many of these original contacts are still involved payments, government, ID security, and transit today.  To be associated with these thought leaders and to attend industry conferences like CardTech SecureTech (thank you, Ben Miller) and Cartes (ahh, Novembers in Paris), sparked the fire inside of me that has stayed in my blood all of these years.

So, imagine the thrill, after a series of short-term career moves, that in 2002, I would be asked to run the Smart Card Alliance, the U.S. equivalent of Eurosmart in Europe.  It wasn’t easy at the beginning.  The commute into our New York City office – less than a mile from 9/11 Ground Zero and only a few months after the attack – was horrible but short lived.  My first task was to shut down that office and move operations to our Princeton Junction, NJ, location, just 10 minutes from my home.  I didn’t know anything about running a non-profit industry association and there was no one but myself to figure it out – and the rest is history.

After nearly two decades of shepherding in the issuance and adoption of hundreds of millions of government PIV ID cards, ePassports, smartphones, and finally EMV cards, I have run out of new peaks to climb.  Looking back, I never thought this opportunity would last for the remainder of my professional career; yet with each new wave of smart card technology, my passions for the industry were renewed.

Until this year, I was too busy planning, writing, speaking, traveling, and tending to the needs of not only the Secure Technology Alliance, but also the U.S. Payments Forum, to think about what might lie ahead. There was too much to focus my attention on in the present for me to think about the future.  COVID-19 caused enough disruption and pain that it allowed me to think about my future and what I still wanted to accomplish.  I came to see the future more in personal terms than in professional ambitions.  That is why today, saying hello to the future is easy even when saying goodbye is hard.

Thank you to my Alliance members and industry colleagues.  Goodbye for now.  Hello to the future.

Randy Vanderhoof
Executive Director, Secure Technology Alliance

New Secure Technology Alliance Executive Director: Jason Bohrer

The Secure Technology Alliance and U.S. Payments Forum announced Jason Bohrer as the new executive director of both organizations, succeeding Randy Vanderhoof.  Bohrer brings 27 years of executive leadership experience in sales, operations and managed services. His impressive record of achievements spans payments, access control and identity management at CPI Card Group, HID Global and Motorola. Bohrer is well positioned to help both organizations advance their missions to accelerate the adoption of technologies and solutions that provide speed, convenience and security in an increasingly digital world.

Alliance members can contact Jason at [email protected].

Alliance Accomplishments in 2020

The Alliance started the year with the successful Payments Summit, which was held in Salt Lake City and was one of the last in-person events anyone attended in 2020.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, all other Alliance in-person events in 2020 were cancelled.  However, the Alliance continued to host well-attended webinars and the industry councils continued to work on and produce compelling industry deliverables across a broad range of security technologies and topics. 

Access Control

Mobile Driver’s Licenses

Emerging Payments Innovations

Emerging Security Innovations

Industry Comments

The success of the Alliance is directly related to the commitment of members who lead and contribute to Alliance activities.  Thank you to all of the members who were active in the Alliance during this challenging year!

Applied Crypto Symposium

Recording Available: Advanced Crypto Symposium: Cybersecurity in the Age of Quantum Computing

As quantum computing evolves at an increased pace, research in the corporate, public and academic sectors are building the foundation for essential cybersecurity practices. The Secure Technology Alliance held a virtual education session, sponsored by Utimaco, that explored this emerging risk and outlined best practices for a quantum-resistant IT infrastructure.

The education session recording, “Applied Crypto Symposium – Cybersecurity in the Age of Quantum Computing,” is available at

Symposium speakers were: Dieter Bong, Utimaco; Lily Chen, NIST; Brian LaMacchia, Microsoft Research; Michele Mosca, University of Waterloo; and Randy Vanderhoof, Secure Technology Alliance.

Council Highlights

If you would like to participate in a Secure Technology Alliance Council, please contact Devon Rohrer, [email protected].  The full list of active Council projects is available on the Alliance members-only site.

Recent U.S. Payments Forum Resources

The U.S. Payments Forum publishes industry resources that will be of interest to Alliance members.

  • The Forum published a market snapshot to provide an industry update on the state of the market, trending topics and Forum priorities. Topics in the final 2020 market snapshot included discussion of: significant growth in touchless payments, both for contactless payments and QR code use; consumers’ preference for wholly digital shopping experiences and solutions to combat e-commerce fraud risk; progress in EMV migration in the petroleum industry.
  • The Forum’s Transit Contactless Open Payments Working Committee published a resource, Best Practices – Customer Messaging for Transit Open Payments. The resource provides guidance on customer communication best practices for contactless open payments acceptance in transit.
  • The Forum published the white paper, Contactless Limits and EMV Transaction Processing. The white paper provides guidance on how contactless limits are used during EMV contactless transaction processing in the U.S. to help merchants, acquirers and issuers improve the contactless consumer experience at the POS.

The full list of active U.S. Payments Forum projects is available on the Alliance members-only site.

Welcome New Member

  • Bytemark, Inc.

Congratulations New Certificants


  • Jorge Alfonso, XTec, Inc.
  • Carlos Bormey, XTec, Inc.
  • Anastacio de la Rosa, XTec, Inc.
  • Kelvin Gomez Mendoza, XTec, Inc.
  • Jacquelyn Gutierrez, XTec, Inc.
  • Christian Porras, XTec, Inc.
  • Jessica Ricardo, XTec, Inc.
  • Antonio Simone, XTec, Inc.


  • Alex Cervantes, SOV Security
  • Blake Davis, Full Circle Technologies
  • Brian Levy, SOV Security
  • Ryan Mayes, Full Circle Technologies
  • Christopher Parker, CertiPath Inc.
  • Dan Pearson, HEI Security


  • Neil Bolin, CertiPath Inc.
  • Ricky Burfield, Silent Partner Security Systems, Inc
  • Kenneth Butler, Parsons Corporation
  • Phil Donatone, Parsons Corporation
  • Jeremy Freeze-Skret, Prometheus Security Group Global
  • Sterling Gawthrop, BRCI
  • Troy Hall, Johnson Controls
  • Thomas Horgan, AMAG Technology, Inc.
  • Philip Hosack, LVW Electronics
  • Gordon McGlone
  • Dustin Perkins, Orion Security Solutions
  • Kristoff Schlander, Johnson Controls
  • Reginald Smith, Integrated Security Technologies, Inc.
  • Todd Soderstrom, Security Install Solutions, Inc.
  • Maniram Tiwari, Johnson Controls

Update on Training and Exam Dates

The following dates have been announced for CSEIP training.  Class sizes have been reduced to 6 people per class due to COVID-19 health guidelines and safety concerns.  As a result, classes are selling out faster than they have in the past, so we are advising organizations to make their reservations in advance of future security system contracts and installations.

  • CSEIP Certification Course, February 9-11, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, March 9-11, 2021 (class is full)
  • CSEIP Certification Course, April 27-29, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, May 18-20, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, June 22-24, 2021
  • CSEIP Certification Course, July 20-22, 2021

Follow the Alliance on Social Media

The Secure Technology Alliance has enhanced its presence on social media with robust platforms on Twitter and LinkedIn.  Here are some ways you can interact with the organization: