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Young Generation Takeover

Young Generation Takeover

Young Generation Takeover

When you logged on to today, you probably noticed that we may have dipped our toes in the fountain of youth. Or more like we dipped our entire legs in that fountain!

That’s because our site has been taken over by an octet of outstanding young security professionals who are making their mark in the industry, and have been honored by their peers with the “40 under 40” awards that we here at Security Systems News have proudly handed out for more than a decade.

We have run profiles of the Class of 2020 “40 under 40” winners in each issue of SSN, starting with our January issue, and will continue to do so throughout 2021. As we put the profiles together for this diverse and talented group of young security professionals (40 in all), one theme that was prevalent in their responses to our questions was how dedicated they were to work in the security industry.

One example of that dedication is demonstrated by 24-year-old Timothy Minor, Founder and President, T.A. Minor & Associates. He formed his own security and management consulting firm at the tender age of 22, while also going to college full-time!

“I work with our R&D Department, as well as the Simulation Department, working on improving and innovating our simulation by adding more features to ensure more accuracy and precision,” he said. “I also go to college full-time, finishing my degree in May 2021. When I am not working on those two main things, I am on the phone gaining and building relationships with clients and other professionals in the field.”

Another example of being dedicated to one’s craft comes from Jennifer Hall, Director of Service Dispatch, Securitas Electronic Security (SES), who has been with the company for 16 years.

“I help to develop, along with other service leaders, SES’s best-in-class service level standards focused on priority response times, establishing the procedures and managing the dispatch team to deliver high-quality service response,” she said of her role at Securitas. “I work very closely with the entire service organization daily to ensure we are providing our clients the industry’s best service across North America.”

As we honor these young integrators, consultants and end-users, it’s always interesting to see their response when asked what can be done to ensure that young, smart, and talented people could be enticed to enter into a rewarding career in the security industry.

Jon Harris, CPP, PSP, who just recently took on the role of vice president of The Index at Group 337 after serving as Director of Enterprise Solutions at Guidepost Solutions, noted that in order to get more talented, diverse young people involved in the security industry, there must be “direct outreach to higher education institutions (recruitment and collaboration); career mapping from non-traditional fields of study; paid internship programs; and engagement with early and mid-career security industry personnel.”

Erin Macauley, Business Applications Coordinator, Allied Universal Technology Services, added that you could come from a wide variety of backgrounds and still achieve success in the security industry.

“The security space is one of the few places I see that you can come in from many different places – be it a technical background, business background, or even like me, a liberal arts background – and make a tangible impact on people’s lives,” she said.

When you read each “40 under 40” winner’s profile on our site, it’s quite apparent that the security industry is in very good hands going forward. The excitement of what lies ahead in security, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, cannot be understated.

Mark Milas, CPP, Vice President of Security, Tenet Healthcare, summed it up best.

“The year 2020 has put a spotlight on the need for and value of a good security program,” he said. “Organizations have been challenged in many ways from both a physical and cybersecurity perspective. Security professionals across the globe have stood up to the challenge and have done an amazing job responding to threats or events, mitigating risks, and leading through change. It’s an exciting time for the industry.”

More of these inspiring comments from our outstanding Class of 2020 “40 under 40” winners could be found by going to our website and clicking on the 40 Under 40 tab.

As we continue to honor our Class of 2020 in each issue of SSN, it’s time to start thinking about nominations for the Class of 2021. In order to nominate yourself or a colleague, please click here. The deadline to submit nominations is June 30.

With this infusion of young professionals taking over our site, we expect that fountain of youth to be a full-fledged sea of security talent over the next year!


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