Security Systems News

NOV 2017

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Purpura opened the webinar by asking Keller to describe his leadership style. "My leadership style is encouraging entrepre- neurial-spirited people. We're very fortunate that we're one of the last … of the privately held businesses that are out in the marketplace," Keller said. "What that does is it gives us that flexibility of being able to let people act and create with- out having the fear of losing a position or a job. That entrepre- neurial spirit, it has been what has thrived and made Speco last for the last 60-plus years." Purpura noted that, in work- ing with Speco, he's dealt with many of the same people over the last 10 years. "What's the trick in terms of retaining these quality folks—at least the ones that I know—and how would you explain the culture?" Keller responded: "The prox- imity of where we're located, we're able to pull in really good quality people. One of the most important factors that we have is people. … Encouraging every- one to participate, everyone to be involved, and everyone hav- ing a say is really the culture that we've created and people aren't afraid to take risks." SSN By Spencer Ives YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News in mid-September started a new webinar series to showcase different approaches to leadership from notable pro- fessionals in the industry. "Leadership Talks was devel- oped as a way to share ideas and provoke thoughtful discussions. The program is a weekly 20 minute Q&A … where indus- try leaders share their successes and failures and of course their perspective on an ever changing industry," Tim Purpura, VP and group publisher for United Pub- lications and SSN, said. "Lead- ership Talks is simply a forum to voice opinions, challenge the norm and be heard by your peers and competitors alike." Leadership Talks webinars will be held on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. Each week, Purpura will speak with an industry leader. The first Leadership Talks featured Todd Keller, CEO of Speco Technologies, a supplier of video surveillance, electronic accessories, and high-quality audio products for residential and commercial applications. Speco is based in Amityville, N.Y. SSN begins Leadership Talks series Va N Ti LL Continued from page 8 vision and delivery of cloud access control in 2002. He has served on the SIA Board of Directors since 2008, and has been the Chairman of SIA Standards Commit- tee since 2011, focusing on security technology issues. Prior to Brivo, he was director of Internet consulting at Sapient, a software development and interactive firm, where he led strategy and technology engagements for Fortune 500 deployments. Van Till is the inventor of numer- ous patents in the field of physical security and the author of the "Five Tech- nological Forces Disrupt- ing Security." The Jay Hauhn Excel- l e n c e i n P a r t n e r s h i p s Award is named in honor of Jay Hauhn. As previ- ous SIA Chairman of the Board, Hauhn demonstrat- ed a steadfast commitment to fostering collaboration a m o n g i n d u s t r y t r a d e associations and advanc- ing the interests of their collective memberships and the entire security industry. SSN SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS Nov EM b ER 2017 NEWS 9

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