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Women in Security: The Protection Bureau, 40 years and going strong

SVP Karen Baker helps sustain family-run business
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11/29/2016

EXTON, Pa.—The Protection Bureau, a national security integration company based here, is a family-run business with more than 40 years of success serving both the residential and commercial security markets.

Women in Security: iluminar's Eddie Reynolds

CEO and co-founder blazing her own path
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11/29/2016

IRVINE, Calif.—Edwina “Eddie” Reynolds is president, CEO and co-founder of iluminar, a manufacturer and global supplier of infrared and white light illuminators, as well as license plate recognition products.

Women in Security: Washington Alarm looks to grow

Company hopes to complete the year's second purchase
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11/29/2016

SEATTLE—Shannon Woodman has been working with family-owned Washington Alarm full-time since 2000. Now in the role of COO, she said the company is focused on growth.

Women in Security: Custom Alarm looks at connected home tech

Company CEO discusses key technologies, educating staff
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11/29/2016

ROCHESTER, Minn.—Custom Alarm’s owner and CEO Melissa Brinkman talked with Security Systems News about the company’s increased approach to smart home technologies.

SSN celebrates women in security

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11/29/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—For the eighth consecutive year, Security Systems News is highlighting women who are making their mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of security.

Trying harder and the right employees

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The stories in our newswire this week are part of our annual Women in Security special report. When I interviewed Bodil Sonesson, VP global sales for Axis Communications, we were talking about her work outside of Axis, as a member of the board of directors of a public company based in Norway. I was interested to learn that public companies in Norway are required to have a certain percentage of women on their corporate boards. 

Sonesson said that she was recruited for the board. It wasn't easy, the headhunter told Sonesson, to find a woman with extensive experience with global sales and marketing and an advanced business degree. To find a woman who met that profile the headhunter told Sonesson, he just needed to "try harder." 

"I wouldn't be on the board if it wasn't for that quota," she said. "Once they found me, I had a chance. It was up to me to do a good job," she said.

The story reminded me of a joke we have at my house. When they were younger, my kids would open the refrigerator and without looking inside they'd say, "Mum, where's the butter?" I would remind them, that just because the butter, or whatever they're looking for, did not fall into their outstretched hand, it does not mean there's no butter in the fridge. Sometimes you need to take a few extra minutes and look around.

Sonesson, who oversees a global sales team that's grown eightfold under her leadership, said she believes diversity in the workplace is important, and advises recruiters she works with to "try harder" to find the right candidates for jobs.  

Today there are more women than men on the corporate board where Sonesson is a director. And, yes, it's a profitable company that's doing well.

Trying harder to increase diversity of all kinds—gender, race, age, ethnicity, experience—makes good business sense. Think about it. Your shareholders may thank you.

This year we've profiled four leaders in our industry, Bodil Sonesson, Axis Communications VP global sales; Jill Lloyd, owner of Lloyd Security; Bethany Taylor, Dakota Security director of operations; Judy Randle, president of Central Montoring. Our Five Questions this month features Cassie Weaver, operations coordinator for Dakota Security. We also have a general news story about how security companies use social media which features three women: Rebecca Matson Purtz of director of business development for Matson Alarm; Alison Shiver, residential sales and marketing manager; and Kristin Milner, ADS director of marketing.    

Three perspectives on how to use social media

It’s not about sales, it’s about brand awareness, customer trust, recruiting employees
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11/18/2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—When using social media, be consistent, use images or graphics, and find the right outlet for your company, according to representatives from three security companies.

Axis VP’s global role evolves with firm’s big growth

‘Multicultural aspect” of job right fit, she says
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11/18/2015

SAN ANTONIO—After doing some consulting work for Axis Communications in the mid-90s, Bodil Sonesson was recruited by Axis in 1996, the year it introduced the first network camera.

Making Dakota Security a finely tuned machine

Bethany Taylor says process improvement and efficiency at the systems integrator means ensuring all the ‘parts and gears’ work smoothly
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11/17/2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Her title is director of operations for systems integration firm Dakota Security, but Bethany Taylor likens her job to being a mechanic who does “regular maintenance and inspection of the business.”

Industry favors women in the workplace

Diversity is good for business, say 81 percent
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06/17/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Readers responded positively when Security Systems News asked in its latest News Poll about women in the security industry. Many respondents have women in their company in executive roles, including some who are mentoring other females, and a vast majority said gender diversity is helpful for business.

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