Eddie Reynolds

Eddie Reynolds

President & CEO

iluminar Inc.

Driven by a fascination for cutting-edge technology and a passion for providing exceptional customer service, Edwina “Eddie” Reynolds has spent over 25 years as a leading figure in the video security industry.  As the founder and CEO of multiple established CCTV lighting companies, Reynolds is at the forefront of bringing innovative solutions to the surveillance market.

Without light, there is no clear, effective video. Motivated by this fact, Reynolds founded iluminar Inc. in 2009. Over the years, iluminar has become a leading manufacturer and global supplier of infrared and white light illuminators as well as license plate recognition products. iluminar’s lighting solutions are known for their high-efficiency LEDs, low power consumption, Power over Ethernet input capability, and angle flexibility. By deploying iluminar’s products, security professionals experience unblemished video feeds (free from insects and hotspots), enhanced images, and longer distances, up to 919 feet (280 meters).

Reynolds’ extensive experience at various integrator, video and lighting companies prove she is a true industry veteran. She began her security career as an account executive for U.K. integrator Chubb Fire & Security in the mid 1990s. She went on to work for Pinkerton Security, Rainbow CCTV (a prominent lens manufacturer where Reynolds first attained education in lighting), and Sony. From 2005-2008, Reynolds was the U.S. partner for a U.K.-based CCTV lighting company.

In her current position as president and CEO of iluminar, Reynolds has led the company to develop award-winning solutions and to be the lighting solution partner for market leaders like Axis Communications, Milestone, Sony, Arecont Vision, Digital Watchdog, Ameristar Fence and Johnson

Reynolds serves as an ambassador and advocate for security and humanitarian organizations. In 2018, Reynolds was elected to the Security Industry Association (SIA) Executive Council, where she works with other security leaders to launch initiatives that support the growth and advancement of the security industry at large. SIA also named Reynolds the 2018 recipient of the inaugural SIA Progress Award, which honors individuals who have shown excellence in their advancement of opportunities and success for women in the security industry.

She is a member of the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE). Specifically, Reynolds is an IOBSE liaison with University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff- a historic black college which was also Reynolds’ parents alma matter- where Reynolds recruits students to work for the security industry.

Reynolds is also on the Board of Directors for the International Amitofo Charity Center (IACC), a nonprofit organization that creates living communities and centers for orphans throughout Africa and Asia to serve as family units and educational institutions.

A long-time resident of Texas who attended the University of Houston, Reynolds currently resides in the Houston area.


The View from the Top: Challenges for Today’s Security Industry Leaders

Thursday, October 25th
Technology disruption. Labor shortages. Automation of jobs. Intelligent machines. The leaders of the security industry are facing unprecedented challenges and transformations. How will they – and their businesses – adapt and embrace those changes to power their businesses in the future? This panel of top security leaders faces these topics head on in our ever popular “View from the Top” session.