YARMOUTH, Maine—Every year, Security Systems News recognizes 20 young professionals in the systems integration and monitoring space for their accomplishments. This month, SSN is announcing its 10th year of “20 under 40” integrator winners. To commemorate this, SSN caught up with several of the first honorees—the Class of 2007—to hear their perspective about how the industry has changed over the past 10 years, and what might be ahead in the next 10 years.
Danny Holmgren, president of Phoenix-based Titan Alarm, has been in the industry for 11 years. Holmgren was with Titan when the company opened in 2008. He started by focusing on the company’s commercial sales, and last year was promoted to his role as president. Security Systems News got the chance to talk with Holmgren about the alarm system he uses at home.
YARMOUTH, Maine—The U.S. Department of Labor submitted revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would more than double the current threshold for earning overtime pay. Industry associations, such as ESA and SIA have publicly opposed the ruling, saying it will overwhelm the small businesses in the industry. Just under half of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll on the ruling say it should be entirely blocked.
EAST MEADOW, N.Y.—Mission 500, a non-profit charity driven by the security industry and dedicated to serving the needs of children and communities in crisis, raised more than $55,000 at its second annual Security Softball Game on August 20th at Eisenhower Park here, the organization announced Sept. 27.
ORLANDO—Attendees at ASIS International’s 62nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits here, Sept. 12-15, were able to see first-hand Allied Universal’s new robots in action, as they were part of the overall physical security provided for the conference by the facility services and security company.
Gary Franklyn was recently promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president of dealer sales at SAFE Security, a national security company headquartered in San Ramon, Calif. Franklyn is responsible for all facets of dealer management including dealer sales and marketing and dealer recruitment and retention. He is based out of Scottsdale, Ariz., working in SAFE’s branch Safeguard Security.
Bob Boland, customer service and operations manager for Custom Alarm, has been with the Rochester, Minn.-based business for five years. He takes care of the company’s central station operation, which means there’s “never a dull moment,” according to Boland. Security Systems News got the chance to talk with Boland in early August about the system he has at home.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?