Five Questions: Jason Sidok
Jason Sidok started working part time for his father’s security and fire alarm company, Home and Commercial Security, when he was 16. He recently was promoted to VP operations from director of customer support. In his new role, he will help manage daily operations, including the technical, sales and customer service departments, and is responsible for strategic goal setting and growth of the organization, as well as vendor relations, product lines, training and customer support and marketing. Security Systems News caught up with Sidok to ask him five questions.
Your company is based in Rehoboth, Mass., your hometown. Have you always lived in Massachusetts?
I lived for a short stint in Providence, R.I., but for most part I’ve lived in Rehoboth. The biggest thing I like about Rehoboth is that, by and large, it’s kind of like a big family. It’s a smaller town in a country setting, but there are cities and larger communities around us. It’s still a place you can walk around and do things for people you know. I’m not a huge fan of hustle and bustle. I like to go home and not hear my neighbors.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have three young kids, 6, 4 and 4 months. I like to spend time with them. The older kids are starting to get involved in baseball and soccer, so I’ve been volunteering to coach their teams. If I have any other spare time, I like golf, but I haven’t been able to do too much of that lately. I’m involved in other hometown groups, like the call fire department and other associations that do stuff in the community.
Do you have a favorite TV show?
The one TV show I watch is “The Walking Dead.” I’m also a sports fan, New England all the way. I bleed blue for the Patriots.
What’s something, even at a family-run business, that your co-workers might not know about you?
I do not get a lot of sleep. I do not require a lot of sleep—usually just four or five hours per night. When someone calls me at night they apologize for ‘waking me up.’
Did you think you’d end up in the security field?
This is pretty much where I’ve worked since I’ve been younger. When I was first coming out of college, I was interviewing with other companies, for management companies. My dad was encouraging me [to join his company] and once you get into it, it’s in your blood. Your family name is always in the business. It’s a big part of our lives. I would have a tough time finding that if I chose to go someplace else, even another security company. There wouldn’t be the same level of fulfillment.