Lisa Polizzi hired at Stark Tech to Lead Executive Communications

Lisa Polizzi - Stark Tech Lead Executive Communications

Stark Tech recently expanded its executive team and the board of directors to support initiatives and bring outside governance to the company. To ensure communication and alignment from the top down, Lisa Polizzi has recently been hired by Stark Tech to serve in the role of Executive Communications Manager and Board Liaison.

A native of the City of Buffalo, Lisa spent over two decades as an award-winning broadcast journalist, working in the Buffalo, Kentucky and Maryland markets. Her most recent leadership position in the local television industry was news director at WIVB-TV in Buffalo.

Lisa has 14 years of experience as a manager, with her previous roles including time spent on strategic planning, writing and editing online and broadcast content, managing short-term and long-term budgets, and supervising over 50 employees.

She has extensive experience in hiring, recruiting and training employees. Her most recent employment included overseeing the creation and development of unique news programs and ensuring the establishment of WIVB-TV as Western New York’s news leader for televised and digital local news content. She also provided guidance and direction to an entire newsroom during the global health pandemic that altered the day-to-day operations of the entire company. Her dedication to her work included the installation of a culture of innovation and creativity.

“Lisa will play a key role in ensuring corporate alignment, working directly with me, the executive team, and our board of directors,” said Tim Geiger, President of Stark Tech. “Her extensive background in communications will be leveraged as we achieve our strategic goals and initiatives.”

Lisa’s community contacts spread far and wide throughout Western New York, including several established relationships with numerous non-profit organizations.

“I am passionate about community service, particularly volunteer work,” said Polizzi. “My deep interest in networking and interacting with others to help solve problems has allowed me to have some incredible hands-on experiences with various organizations. I look forward to continuing that type of work in my new role with Stark Tech and know that my desire to always improve my workplace and community make me an ideal fit for this unique position with an outstanding company.”

A graduate of Buffalo State College, Lisa is currently a student in Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication and the Whitman School of Management. She expects to earn her degree by the end of 2022.

Benefits of Investing in Protective Systems in Schools

Benefits of Investing in Protective Systems in Schools

School administrators and staff have many priorities, and no doubt safety is at the top of the list. An increase in crime and violence on school campuses across the country have once again pushed security and protective measures to the top of every school district’s priority list. Unfortunately, in today’s world, locking doors and having an on-site security staff may not be enough to protect students and staff during emergency situations. Security cameras and CCTV, access control, visitor management, and emergency notification systems are all critically important in providing a reliable, first line of defense for school districts.

Access Control

Most school campuses have outdoor areas like playgrounds, laboratories, and athletic fields, and almost all school buildings have at least two points of entry. Having the proper hard and software technology is critical in protecting students and staff throughout the day, no matter where they are. Access control and visitor management systems are the first line of defense for keeping unauthorized personnel off of school grounds. However, adding security cameras and CCTV offers an extra layer of protection. Often vulnerable access and entry points can now be monitored and observed in real time, significantly decreasing emergency response time.

Crime Prevention

Whether it be violence, theft, or drug/vaping device usage, security cameras and chemical detection systems are effective measures to mitigate unwanted and/or illegal activities on school grounds. When strategically integrated and installed on the school’s campus, including entrances and high-risk areas like parking lots and outside restrooms, these mechanisms can be used to monitor, alert, and investigate incidences that may occur. When installed in plain sight, these solutions can also act as a deterrent, preventing incidences from happening at all.

Student and Staff Safety and Comfort

Security cameras provide 24/7 monitoring in high-risk areas where harassment and/or bullying often occurs, granting students and staff an extra sense of security throughout the school year. Additionally, if allegations of incidents are made, evidence can be pulled from recorded footage to confirm allegations, or prove innocence, and provide additional information to determine appropriate repercussions.

Emergency Situations

In the case of an emergency such as a natural disaster, fire, storm warning, or an active shooter situation, automated public address and notification systems can enhance the school’s ability to react and respond quickly. Communicating efficiently and effectively will improve the chances of a safe, calm, and timely response by both internal and external personnel (such as law enforcement). In turn, parents can feel a sense of relief that if an emergency situation were to occur, their children are in a safe and secure environment.

School districts face emergencies almost every day, whether it is mental health emergencies, weather related, bullying related, or even violence related. No matter the event, effective, timely communication is key. Being prepared, alert, and armed with technology that helps identify and prevent risks is incredibly important for keeping students, teachers, and staff safe and protected.

One solution alone may not be enough. It takes early prevention, open communication, on-site coordination, and fast emergency response to keep our youth safe and focused on learning. Stark Tech is a master systems integrator, customizing solutions that help improve communication and safety campus wide.

For more information or to schedule a meeting, contact marketing@starktech.com

Stark Tech Capabilities & History Align with Legislative Backing for Grid Infrastructure, Decarbonization, and Semi-Conductor Production

For Immediate Release: The United States Legislature recently passed two key pieces of legislation to overcome challenges that are aftereffects of the long-term infrastructure build up, economic impacts from past and current recessions, and from production shortages caused by the pandemic.

The CHIPS and Science Act, signed into law at the end of July, and The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law this past week, are programs that aim to strengthen the economy with domestic sourcing of key components, funding for clean energy manufacturing and recycling, energy efficiency projects, and to help lower utility bills through more efficient building codes.

The CHIPS Act offers up to 25 percent in tax credits, totaling more than $55 billion in tax incentives, for microchip plant construction. This program is intended to overcome microchip shortages that have occurred in recent years causing supply chain issues across multiple industries. These policies are expected to make an historic recovery in manufacturing, adding 642,000 manufacturing jobs domestically.

The Inflation Reduction Act, among other programs, backs decarbonization and energy efficiency initiatives for residential, commercial, and industrial applications with $369 billion in energy security and climate change programs over the next 10 years.  The purpose is to boost the decarbonization of all sectors of the U.S. economy through technology and innovation.

The Act funds innovation in the following ways:

  • To migrate from fossil fuel production towards renewable natural gas & clean hydrogen production
  • Grid infrastructure modernization to support influx of electric vehicles, including energy storage systems and components
  • Grid infrastructure modernization for integration of renewable energy applications, addressing intermittency issues and load congestion during peak usage hours
  • Compression Equipment designed to remove, use, or sequester carbon oxide emissions
  • Re-equipping industrial and manufacturing facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20%
  • Recycling of critical materials

Stark Tech, which serves a national customer base, is headquartered in Buffalo, NY, a city that was once a key contributor to the industrial revolution, which, while good for innovation, damaged the environment with greenhouse gas emissions. Through an acquisition strategy that both grows the company, expands capabilities with reputable technology and service providers, and enhances technical expertise, Stark Tech has been helping commercial and industrial building owners achieve their energy efficiency goals since 2013. In addition, Stark Tech’s capabilities are used to overcome skilled trade shortages, provide the necessary technology to aid in grid infrastructure modernization, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and measure and report on the successes and shortcomings of investments made by the end user.

“Power management continues to be a growing focus of our business. We recognized, long before these Acts became law, that our customers are negatively impacted by an increasingly unreliable grid. Our mandate is to keep buildings and businesses aligned with their missions, which may include designing and implementing quality parts, keeping assets running efficiently and smoothly through automation and dynamic commissioning, minimizing unplanned downtime of assets through 24/7 monitoring, and improving efficiencies across the board,” said Tim Geiger, President of Stark Tech. “We continue to make investments needed to be a one-stop-shop for our customers, so that we can act quickly in an ever-changing environment.”


Stark Tech is a leader in optimizing facilities and power sources, aligning technology with real world experience across a broad portfolio of capabilities. Stark is a single source for turnkey, comprehensive tech solutions for master systems integration, equipment, & renewable energy