SSN proudly welcomes ’20 under 40’ Class of 2016 integrators

2016 award winners point out benefits of new technology, positives of being in the industry
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—It has come time for Security Systems News to honor the  “20 under 40” Class of 2016 integrator winners, and we have a great selection of professionals this year.

The “20 under 40” award is designed to recognize young professionals who are really making their mark on the industry, standing out in their companies and in the industry.

In this year’s class we had honorees ranging from 26- to 40 years old, from all over the industry; several from monitoring companies, some from residential companies, and quite a few from commercial companies and systems integrators.

We asked each of our honorees about new technologies as well as about attracting talented young people to the industry. Several of this year’s honorees pointed out a link between the two; that the industry’s newer technologies are what interests younger applicants.

Chris Neumann, owner and director of corporate strategy at Security ONE, has seen it in the hiring process, “When we’re having some interviews with [candidates from] the millennial generation, one of the first things we do is show them the product, and I think their eyes light up, and they [say] ‘Wow, you can do that?’”

When asked what honorees like most about the industry, several honorees discussed how rewarding being in the security industry feels.

Michael Giloni, VP of security technology for Reliant Safety, said that he sees the positive work that the industry does through being an integration firm. “On the manufacturer side you don’t see the impact of what you are doing, whereas here on the integrator side, doing installations, you see the immediate benefit,” he said.

Samantha Scrivana, operations manager at COPS Monitoring, noted on this trend from the monitoring perspective. “I was drawn to this industry really because of the passion I have to help others,” Scrivana said. “I found, as a dispatcher, that [passion] was fulfilled by being the human lifeline [for] a person in need.”

The “20 under 40” integrator Class of 2016 also has twice as many female honorees as 2015.

You can meet members of this year’s class at our new and emerging technology conference, TechSec Solutions, held in Delray Beach Fla., from Feb. 27-28, 2017. Included below are this year's honorees:

 

Amanda Utter, VTI Security

 

Andrea Kuhn, Kastle Systems

 

Ashwin Kataria, Securitas Electronic Security

 

Austin Robinson, Altec Systems

 

Bryan Payne, Convergint

 

Chris Neumann, Security ONE

 

Dan Noble, NorthStar

 

David Martinez, Legacy Security Services

 

Eric Garner, Mountain Alarm

                                    

Jay Slaughterbeck, Strategic Security Solutions

 

Jeremy Brooks, CSG Security

 

Kim Tran, Northland Controls

 

Luciana Harrison, Monitronics

 

Matthew Netardus, Security 101

 

Melissa Peters, Norris

 

Michael Giloni, Reliant Safety

 

Richard Carlson, Vivint Smart Home

 

Rick Boumel, Jr., Minuteman

 

Samantha Scrivana, COPS Monitoring

 

Shawn Castillo, Preferred Technologies