Five Questions: Ken Frank, RFI Communications & Security Systems

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ken Frank recently became a senior account executive for RFI Communications & Security Systems, a multisystems integrator based in San Jose, Calif. His background includes 20 years of integration experience as well as nine years as a regional sales manager in access control and video systems. He will work with new and existing customers, assisting in the development of business, as well as new concepts to be applied within a range of vertical markets. Security Systems News caught up with Ken in March and asked him five questions:

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in western Pennsylvania in a little town called Uniontown. I think the two most famous things were coal and Joe Montana, who grew up near there. There was space to play outside—woods that went for miles, where we would go get lost and find our way out and ride our bikes through the trails. It was a great place to grow up—small town America.

What do you enjoy about northern California, where you live now?
First is the people and then fabulous weather. It’s much more open-minded than where I grew up and I enjoy that. It’s a live-and-let-live sort of place. My favorite places are the big redwoods, Yosemite and the High Sierras.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy launching model rockets. They have different levels you can build and they go up anywhere from 400 feet to 2,000 feet and either parachute back or flutter back. We get a bunch of neighbors around and make a little party of it. I also enjoy movies, reading, visiting my friends and dining. I’m a bit of a foodie and my wife could be a chef.

What your favorite movie?
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” with Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn. It was written in 1967. It was so poignant then and it’s still this great drama/comedy.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?
A dog person. We had a Keeshond, but she’s gone now. It’s a dog that looks like a small Samoyed.