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40 under 40: Bonnie Branan, VTI

40 under 40: Bonnie Branan, VTI

Bonnie Branan

YARMOUTH, Maine—Bonnie Branan has been with systems integrator VTI for six years. As Q360 Administrator, Branan assisted in the company wide transition to its current ERP software, Q360.

“For the past five years, I’ve continued to manage Q360 in an administrative and internal project management support role,” she explained. “I’ve also been fortunate to participate in the implementations of our expense claim management software, Chrome River, and HR/Payroll platform, UKG.

For almost 40 years, VTI has been called upon and recognized by our industry for a full range of advanced physical security technologies, including the application and protection of personally identifiable information, storage of that data, and physical access to the hardware/software associated with managing that data.

Like many, Branan did not initially plan on a career security. “Honestly, I took a vacation to Colorado in September of 2014 and met my now husband,” she explained. “I quit my career (in the health/non-profit sector) and moved there eight months later. I found VTI through a recruiter. I didn’t know much about the security industry, but I knew how I felt when I walked in the door. VTI’s leadership, colleagues, and culture inspired me to grow in the industry personally and professionally and I’m very grateful they took a chance on me.”

Looking at the most pressing trends, Branan thinks cybersecurity will continue to be a focal point for the industry for years to come. “The emergence of technology in our world and the unwavering need for security, especially though the pandemic, continues to ground me in the industry as well.”

Branan said the succeeding during COVID included listening to customers’ needs.

“Throughout the pandemic we’ve been forced to slow-down, to stay in, to support local businesses we maybe took for granted, to appreciate our connection to loved ones and those around us,” she noted. “COVID has completely restructured our perception and approach to life. I think continuing to focus on the positive ways our efforts have succeeded, instead of failed, will push us through.”

She continued, “There are so many incredible stories of people collaborating and rebuilding. I think we must actively choose to focus on and be a part of that movement. We must choose that mentality daily in all that we do.”

Looking at what can be done to get more talented, diverse young people involved in security, Branan said it is important to continue to spread awareness about the industry and the impact that it has on our world.

“Security is far more multifaceted than I ever imagined and is integrated in markets I wouldn’t necessarily have expected,” she said. “It not only prevents incidents, but the ripple effect of incidents as a result including people’s livelihoods, their jobs, mental health.”

She also emphasized the need for continued support and promotion of women in the industry, including mentorship and giving back.

“I strongly believe that younger generations are more likely to succeed in any professional setting when they have leadership willing to invest in their growth,” she said.  “Throughout my journey at VTI, I’ve had several mentors that have done so much for me. It is important in helping young professionals feel valued and trust leadership.”


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