James Rothstein

Operating Partner

Lee Equity Partners

James Rothstein is chair of the Security Industry Association board of Directors and is Operating Partner of Lee Equity Partners, a New York-based middle-market private equity firm.

Rothstein is a 30-year executive in the security industry, and most recently led Wesco/Anixter’s $2B+ Global Security and Fire Business as Senior Vice President, Global Security Solutions. Prior to Anixter, Mr. Rothstein was Executive Vice President and Principal at Tri-Ed Distribution, which he acquired from TYCO in 2004 with former Honeywell colleagues. During a ten-year period, Tri-Ed grew six-fold, becoming the largest independent security products distributor in North America through a combination of acquisitions and strong organic growth. Tri-Ed was acquired by Anixter in 2006. Mr. Rothstein began his career with the Pittway Corporation and Honeywell in Sales and Marketing roles, including VP of Marketing for ADI.

Mr. Rothstein holds a BS in Economics from Colgate University. He has served as a member of the SIA Board of Directors since 2019.


Executive Interview: George Oliver, Chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls

Tuesday, October 17th

Get an inside view into the strategy and perspective of Johnson Control’s Chairman and CEO George Oliver. With the interview conducted by SIA’s Chair  James Rothstein, Mr. Oliver will explore macro economic trends, and trending topics like healthy buildings and building efficiency/decarbonization, AI applications for building technology and AI concerns like privacy and potential regulations, plus what JCI sees as the future of the industry and how workforce challenges impact our industry’s future and what JCI is doing to attract, train and develop that next generation workforce.


SNG Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tuesday, October 17th

Join SIA Board Chair James Rothstein (operating partner, Lee Equity Partners) for the kickoff to Securing New Ground 2023!