Chapter Leadership

Kyle Duquette

Chapter Chairperson

Kyle is the lead technology engineer at Creative Environment Corp (CEC) Engineering based out of Cranston, Rhode Island. Mr. Duquette’s position includes the oversite of all technology and security projects including company standards and design procedures. 


Mr. Duquette is a graduate of New England Institute of Technology with a BS in Architectural Building Engineering Technology. During college, Mr. Duquette held a design position at a local telecommunications and security installer where he worked alongside project managers and field technicians. This design and infield experienced jump-started his current position at CEC Engineering.  

Heidi Tripp, PSP

Chapter Vice-Chairperson

Regional Sales Manager, Axis Communications, Inc.

Heidi Tripp is a Regional Sales Manager for Axis Communications, Inc. She is responsible for promoting Axis sales and education for southern, New England. Overseeing the Channel Partners and End Users in this region.Ms. Tripp joined Axis in June 2013. She has more than 10 years of sales and marketing experience. She previously served as an Account Executive for Portsmouth Magazine, Taste and Celebration Magazines, and as a Donor Recruiter for the American Red Cross, Blood Services.


Ms. Tripp developed leadership skills as Dorm President in college. She spent 5 years as an active member of the Portsmouth, NH Chamber of Commerce where she served on the Ambassador Committee. She is currently a member of ASIS International, RIASCA, and the Junior League of Rhode Island. Heidi has received company awards including Viking Club for Top Achievers in 2013 and 2015 and Axis’ Blue Whale Award in 2015. She is an active member of ASIS International and has an Axis Certified Professional designation from Axis Communications.

James Foley

Chapter Treasurer

Contact Jim Foley at the email below for more information about him.

Eric Grist

Chapter Secretary

As founder and president of Grist Security Consulting (GSC), Eric Grist sets the company’s vision
and strategy, oversees the operations, finance and business development functions, and works
closely with customers.


Before founding GSC, Mr. Grist served as Director of Application Engineering at S2 Security,
where he led the team in system design, integrations, and project management. Prior to that,
he was the Director of Product Management for S2 Security’s Access Control and Video
Surveillance lines. In that role, he worked directly with S2 Security’s CEO and founder, assisting
with the development of a vision for S2 Security and the security industry overall.
Before moving to manufacturing, Mr. Grist worked in the security integrator space where he
learned many of the technical, design, and personal skills he uses today at GSC. Fresh out of the
Air Force, he worked as a fire alarm system design engineer, moved to a field technical position,
and soon was running field operations; all while pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. His
final position in the integrator space was the design and project management of large-scale
security system installations. Mr. Grist regularly attends local and national code classes to
maintain his technician and contractor electrical licenses.


Mr. Grist is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project
Management Institute, and is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS
International. He has been certified at the federal level to design ICAM PACS certified security
systems (CSEIP). He has completed training and is certified in Crime Prevention Through
Environmental Design (CPTED) by the American Crime Prevention Institute.
Mr. Grist is an active member of the International Association of Security Contractors and his
local chapter of ASIS. He is a frequent speaker at security, business, and consulting association
events throughout the US on issues related to physical security trends and policies.

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