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Industry awards given at ESA Leadership Summit

February 5, 2019Paul Ragusa

Two major security industry accolades—the Sara E. Jackson Memorial award and the Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year award—were given out at the Electronic Security Association's Leadership Summit, Jan. 28-31, in Austin, Texas. ESA President Chris Mosley presented Don Childers of Security Central with the Sara E. Jackson Memorial Award during the first Main Stage session at Leadership Summit. Childers gave a heartfelt speech thanking the many people he has worked with during...

2019, Angela White, Award, Don Childers, Electronic Security Association (ESA), Jillian Bateman

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SMS Integration, formerly Smoky Mountain Systems, acquires first branch

December 7, 2015Martha Entwistle

FRANKLIN, N.C.—After being in business for 32 years, Smoky Mountain Systems has changed its name to SMS Integration, and it acquired its first branch office in Myrtle Beach, S.C.It's part of the company's new mission, Dom D'Ascoli, SMS Integration president, told Security Systems News.“What we're doing is expanding,” D'Ascoli said. He's hired two industry veterans—Roger Parks and Don Childers—to help execute the plan.SMS Integration will continue to do the high-end residential...

Dom D'Ascoli, Don Childers, Roger Parks, Scott Newton, Smoky Mountain Systems, SMS Integration

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Central station transformation

July 15, 2015Martha Entwistle

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The Internet of Things culture, where everything is connected, is changing the way people interact and the way business is transacted. It's also changing the central station landscape, pushing centrals into a new world where they are being asked to monitor more devices and to provide a variety of information to customers, instantly and around the clock. To keep up with this demand, central monitoring stations need to become more sophisticated. This requires significant...

2015, Brett Springall, Don Childers, Morgan Hertel, Rapid Response, Security Central, Smoky Mountain Systems, TechSec Solutions

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Also Noted

ESX educational sessions announced

February 2, 2015SSN Staff

BALTIMORE—The Electronic Security Expo in January released information about educational sessions planned for ESX, which will be held here June 24 to 26. Topics will include big data, digital video, DIY, best practices in marketing and social media and others.  Among the sessions announced were: Build a Better Company–Vision and Culture; What's Next for Your Business? Assess Your Options; and No Pain Equals Gain-Create an Ideal Customer Journey, “We're bringing in experts who've been...

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Monitoring everything

August 4, 2014Martha Entwistle

“The Internet of Things,” the ever-increasing number of devices that are connected to the Internet, may represent a new frontier in monitoring. As the number of connected products rises, so do the revenue and service opportunities for security dealers to monitor those devices. To fully take advantage of these opportunities, however, mindsets must change, according to executives from third-party central monitoring stations who spoke to Security Systems News for this story. “I...

Acadian Monitoring Services, Affiliated Monitoring, central station alarm monitoring, Daniel Oppenheim, Don Childers, Kristin Hebert, Security Central, Trey Alter

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Centrals get social

July 30, 2014Martha Entwistle

Social media may not be a major revenue generator at this point, but third-party monitoring stations are making more use of popular social media sites to reinforce traditional sales and marketing efforts, according to a group of executives from five well known third-party monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News for this report.Which social media platform is the favorite for central stations? Well, no one mentioned “Thumb” or “Pheed.” And Instagram, Pinterest...

Affiliated Monitoring, Caroline Brown, Daniel Oppenheim, Don Childers, Morgan Hertel, Physical Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Security Central, Trey Alter

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Talking panels and keypads with Don Childers

March 5, 2014Leif Kothe

The next day he went down to a security company—Lake Norman Security Controls—to inquire about a job. After speaking to Childers, the owner told him he needed one more year of experience, and then he'd “welcome me back and I'd have a job.” Exactly 365 days later, Childers returned to the company and met with the owner, who remembered him from a year before. “I didn't imagine he'd remember me,” Childers said. “But the next day he called me...

Don Childers, Honeywell, Physical Security, Security Central, YALE, Z-Wave

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IQ announces board of directors

February 11, 2014SSN Staff

ERIE, Pa.—Members of the board of directors of IQ Certification were recently elected during the company's annual meeting. Lynn Comer was named board chairwoman, and Dave Curie was elected vice chairman, according to a release. Amanda Baumgartner, secretary, and Peggy Anderson, treasurer, were re-elected, while Amanda Haydn, Darryl Parker were newly elected to two-year terms. Don Childers was also elected to the board. Former chair Tim Creenan will serve the IQ Program as past chairman. “With...

Amanda Baumgartner, Amanda Haydn, Darryl Parker, Dave Curie, Don Childers, IQ Certification, Lynn Comer, Peggy Anderson, Tim Creenan

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