SSN seeks industry’s best young talent for ‘20 under 40’ list

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—They’re the best and the brightest among the next generation of security industry leaders, the young guns of the future who are already making their mark but might not be known yet to their colleagues in the field. If you know someone who fits the bill, it’s time to recognize them.

Security Systems News is now accepting nominations for its “20 under 40” Class of 2012, our sixth annual list of talented young industry professionals. The requirements are simple: Nominees must be employed by an integration firm, residential installation company, fire systems installation firm or third-party monitoring center, and they must be age 40 or younger.

Readers can submit their nominations at http://bit.ly/xol2SM. The editors of SSN will review the candidates and select 20 who we believe show exceptional dedication to the security industry and possess strong leadership skills. All nominations must be received by Friday, April 13.

While many of those honored in the past five years have been company CEOs and presidents, candidates don’t need an executive title to be considered. Hard work, ambition and creativity can be just as important, and these qualities often figure prominently in the difficult task of whittling the final list to 20. Last year’s honorees included a sales director, an accounts manager, a central station manager and a systems engineer.

The Class of 2012 will be featured in the June issue of Security Systems News and honored at the Eye Opener Breakfast, sponsored by the YSPs and presented by SSN, at the Electronic Security Expo in Nashville, Tenn., on June 26. SSN will also introduce new annual awards at the breakfast by recognizing five security industry mentors—people in the industry who have helped the “20 under 40” standouts get to where they are today. The mentors will be chosen by the editors of SSN based on interviews with the 20 honorees.