‘20 under 40’ Class of 2018—Michael Petrone

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Michael Petrone, 36

Director of project operations, Briscoe Protective

Centereach, N.Y.

Michael Petrone is director of project operations at Briscoe Protective, a security company that specializes in designing custom fire alarm and security systems for commercial, industrial and institutional clients. In his current role he oversees and ensures that Briscoe’s $3.5-million-worth of on-going projects are running efficiently and under budget, a task that he says “is multi-faceted and complex, and includes a multitude of things, including researching and identifying new technologies, implementing new processes in technology to help logistics, and finding efficiencies within jobs.”

Petrone also oversees and manages the implementation of new in-house technologies and works closely with IT and the other internal business units. “In my department, we also educate customers on different systems and products engineered and maintained by Briscoe,” he said. “I do like the IT side of things and the integration to all the different building systems on the security side, and we deal with a lot on the fire side as well.”

Petrone first got started in the electrical industry, where he gained experience working with a multitude of different systems, including fire alarm, security and access control. He then joined a family’s member’s security company and “the rest is history,” he said. “I like that the industry is dynamic—every day is a new challenge and new technology to learn about.”

In terms of new technology, “The mobile and remote arming/disarming and alarm and video notifications and confirmation, for example, are some of things that we are employing and very popular with our customer base. Everybody wants everything at the touch of their fingers, so we are trying to provide that for them.”

He continued, “As far as communication to central station, we see the phone lines are going away, so cellular and network communicators, as well as video verification, are growing in popularity.”