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News Poll: DIY represents an opportunity for traditional companies

Seventy-one percent said their company either offers DIY or is considering it

YARMOUTH, Maine—Traditional security companies like LOUD Security and Select Security have been looking at expanding their offerings with DIY. Most respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll said DIY gives companies access to more streams of revenue and new markets.

Specifically Speaking with Shawn M. Whalen

Electrical department manager/communications & security specialist for Burns & McDonnell, based in Minneapolis

How did you get into security consulting? What’s your role with Burns & McDonnell’s global security group?

How I Use My System: Jeremy Bates


Jeremy Bates has grown up in the industry, and now serves as the president of family-owned Bates Security/Sonitrol of Lexington. “I have done everything; started out [as] the weekend janitor, all the way up through customer service and sales, central station operator, admin-type work, and been running the company the last 10 or so years,” he said. Security Systems News got to talk with him in mid-June about his new system.

Specifically Speaking with Jeremy Zweeres

Senior associate of Ducibella Venter & Santore in Hamden, Conn.

DVS, a well-known consulting firm, was acquired by Ross & Baruzzini in 2015. How has that deal changed the way you do business?

Five Questions: Tim Kudela


Protection 1, a full-service business and home security company, recently hired Tim Kudela as branch sales manager for its Seattle office. In his new role, Kudela is responsible for managing the sales activities of the residential and commercial sales consultants in his area, including hiring and training new consultants. Kudela, who has been in the industry for 31 years, began his career as an entry-level technician and has worked his way through all levels of the business up to branch management. Security Systems News asked Kudela Five Questions.

How I Use My System: Matt Eyrich


Matt Eyrich is the VP of commercial sales for LOUD Security, based in Kennesaw, Ga. He joined the company four years ago to lead the commercial sales division for the company. Since then, the division has added on an administrative employee, two sales people and is looking to hire a third commercial salesperson. Security Systems News got the chance to talk with Eyrich about the system he chose for his home

Five Questions: Bob Grove


Select Security recently named Bob Grove as its new director of field operations and training. Grove first joined Select Security in 2003 as an installation technician and quickly rose through the ranks, most recently serving as the technical training manager. In addition to ensuring training across the enterprise, Grove now oversees more than 60 technicians and managers of the operations team. Security Systems News caught up with Grove and asked him five questions.

Specifically Speaking with Darnell Washington

President, CEO for SecureXperts, based in Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Is SecureXperts an IT security consultant or a physical security consultant? Can you describe your services and tell us who your customers are?

How does your company handle cybersecurity?

Many respondents consider hiring a cybersecurity expert

YARMOUTH, Maine—Cybersecurity is a topic that has dominated industry events, like PSA-TEC. While 71 percent of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll have never experienced a cybersecurity breach, 29 percent say they have experienced a breach at their home or business.

How I Use My System: Jorgia McAfee


Jorgia McAfee, VP of development with Gainesville, Fla.-based Crime Prevention Security Systems, has worked with the company for almost 20 years. “My family started this business in 1975 and I’ve been working here since I was in high school,” she said. McAfee has worked in “virtually every department, the only thing I haven’t done is work out in the field as a technician.” Now, her role focuses on major projects and acquisitions. Security Systems News asked her about the system she uses at home.