Five Questions with Nigel Waterton

SSN gets to know industry veteran, now with Arcules
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

IRVINE, Calif.—Nigel Waterton recently joined Arcules as chief revenue officer, having led winning sales and operations teams for more than 22 years. Waterton is a 10-year veteran of Aronson Security Group (ASG). Security Systems News caught up with him to ask him Five Questions.

Where are you from originally and how does it compare to where you live now?
I’m originally from South London, but I live in the Seattle area; the weather is certainly the same: glorious.

Is there something interesting that your coworkers might now know about you?
I love DIY projects. It’s similar to growing things, which I get from my wife. DIY is something I inherited from my dad; “measure twice, cut once,” he’d say. I just wish I paid more attention back then, as it took me a long time to learn that valuable lesson!

How did you first get started in the industry?
Shortly after arriving in America and I married my bride, my wife said, “You need a job!” So, we sat down at the kitchen table and discussed the skills I had from my time in the Royal Navy. Two days later I was fortunate enough to walk into the offices of Burns/Wells Fargo Security, who handled security for U.S. Bank, and was hired the next day as a security officer. Welcome to America! Over the proceeding months, I was promoted from security officer to site supervisor to branch manager. I was prepared to work any shift and solve any problem that our clients needed. I had a strong work ethic that the military taught me and hard work never killed anyone.

What do you like most about the industry today?
It changes. It has grown. And, it’s the people. I have had the opportunity to work with and for, as well as collaborate with, some great minds to improve the security environment for everyone involved. There’s a real opportunity for even more change in an industry that traditionally has been rooted in its belief about fundamental risk and how to address these risks from a practical standpoint. It’s really exciting because in my previous role, 10 years ago, we looked at where the industry was headed and we chose to completely reverse course and go in another direction. When I was looking at joining Arcules, I could see the same innovative spirit driving change, which is what I love about the security industry.

Have your read any good books lately? Movies or plays?
Just finished reading “(UN)Skirting the Issues” by Jessica Poliner and the last good movie I saw was “The Irishman.”