SSN recognizes rising end users
YARMOUTH, Maine—This year’s Security Systems News End User “20 under 40” award winners (linked below) are in a class by themselves.
Their backgrounds are varied. A number started out working as security guards during their college days, learned the system inside and out and worked their way up to top jobs. Others, also achieving success at a relatively young age, have a history in the military; a couple were on track for a career in law but opted for private security. Mentors figured prominently in their decisions.
Christopher Moore was working in law enforcement when a mentor “sold me on private security,” he said. He learned the business “from the ground up,” and after the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 he was drawn to hospital security. He now is the manager of public safety, security and switchboard for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Mass.
Now these young professionals, the future of the physical security industry, work in health care settings, for regional utilities, major hospitality venues and more. Their employers include NASA, Halliburton, GameStop, Georgia Power Company, Marvel Entertainment and Western Union.
The melding of physical security with IT is a hot topic with most of the winners. “We will continue to need to be knowledgeable about traditional physical security areas like guards, barriers and lighting, but it’s now critical that security professionals understand IT and IT security,” said Jon Luhman, physical security manager for the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md.
Other topics winners broached with SSN included facial recognition technology, the integration of all their systems into one platform and drones.
Moore likened effective security to mixing a perfect cocktail. “You need the right combination of ingredients but over time the taste buds change. What you need to do is continue to re-evaluate and adjust the ingredients over time,” he said.
This year's "20 under 40" End Users are listed below:
Anjené Abston, SL Green Realty
Robert Batista, Kane Realty Corporation
Ross Bourgeois, Mercedes-Benz Superdome/Smoothie King Center/Champion Square
Jason Brown, Wells Fargo
Brent Castagnetto, Western Electricity Coordinating Council
Mike Cholubko, City of Windsor
Edwin “Eddy” Collier, MGM Resorts International
Larry Gladhill, Boston Scientific
Michael Gonzalez, Hawaiian Electric
Andre LaLiberte, Halliburton Energy Services
Jon Luhman, National Cancer Institute
Christopher C. Moore, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Andre Podpolucha, Western Union
John Schroeder, GameStop
Matthew Slatoff, Marvel Entertainment
Ronnie Stevens, NASA, Johnson Space Center
Jeppie Sumpter, Western Kentucky University
Reggy Timothee, Comcast
Steven Ullom, Switch Ltd.
Rob Warmack, Georgia Power Company
We hope you enjoy reading the profiles of this impressive group of security professionals in the profiles below and on the next few pages. Each will honored at the SSN’s TechSec Solutions conference Feb. 2-3 in Delray Beach, Fla.