Security Systems News

NOV 2018

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John Bekisz Jr., PE, PSP, 31 Systems integration manager, Securitas Electronic Security Inc. Elmsford, N.Y. J ohn Bekisz Jr. is a systems integration manager at s ecuritas e lectronic s ecurity i nc. ( ses ), where he manages the engineering and integration of technology systems for one of the company's infrastructure transportation projects. The project encompasses a variety of security technology systems including video sur- veillance, access control, intrusion detection, security systems management, network management and monitoring, blue light stations, and two-way radio communications, to name just a few. "At ses we have an engineering center of excellence in e lmsford, between the team that i manage, we can provide both expertise in-house and leverage the resources from the center of excellence to really drive our project home for the client and provide them with a successful design, a proven engineering process, through integration and deployment," Bekisz said. With a first-responder background—he was a volunteer fireman and e MT for about 10 years—Bekisz said he was interested in law enforcement from an early age. And after earning an electrical engineering master's degree from Manhattan College in the Bronx, n .Y., he embarked on a career as a security consultant and engineer. " i focused more and more on security consulting and engineering and once i got into the industry and got a mentor, i learned more about the complexities of risk management and risk analysis—how to effectively and economically select mitigations for those risks," he explained. "Taking that knowledge and applying my engineering background, i became proficient at designing, recommending and overseeing the implementation of physical and electronic security systems, including video surveillance, biometrics, and control center/command center design." Bekisz said his job also involved leveraging new technology for security and safety. " i am keeping a close eye on unmanned robotic systems, cloud based solutions, and advanced computer vision applications."—Paul Ragusa Shannon Beritzhoff, 31 Branch manager, First Alarm Richmond, Calif. F irs T Al A r M has five locations, and s hannon Beritzhoff is the branch man- ager of the company's r ichmond, Calif., branch. s he handles a lot of the day-to-day operations of the branch, including billing, service, fire inspec- tions and installations. Beritzhoff came to work with First Alarm through the company's acquisition of s entry Alert in late 2010, a company she joined just after college. " i 've now been here for nine and a half years. s o, i didn't know that this would be something that i would find. But, i 've actually found it to be quite a challenge and overall i like the mission, which is keeping people and places safe," she said. Beritzhoff said she liked the challenge of meeting the needs for a specific customer, like a school system, and working with security manufacturers of existing or desired technologies and integrating it to meet the needs of the application. "Although it wasn't something that i set out to do, i certainly feel good that i 'm involved in it," she said. Beritzhoff has been involved in a variety of associations, both local and industry-focused. s he has been involved in a local B ni chapter. s he was a council member of the Young s ecurity Professionals for about two years—now called the r ising l eaders Group. " o n a local level, last year i was on the … Marketing and Membership Committee for the California Alarm Association," she said. "Then, for the e ast Bay Alarm Association … i was their secretary for two years." Attracting young and promising employees to the security industry isn't the real problem, according to Beritzhoff. " i t's not a shortage of getting talented people through the door, it's a shortage of keeping them." s he joked that joining the industry is "four to life"—either professionals leave the industry in the first four years, or they're hooked and stay in security for the rest of their career.—Spencer Ives By Spencer Ives YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News is proud to recognize another class of promising young professionals with its "20 under 40" award. Among this year's honorees are professionals from large security companies—including ADT, Securitas Electronic Security and G4S—as well as stand-out end users such as KeyBank, Harley Davidson and the Cleveland Indians. "We were really impressed by this year's 20 under 40 award winners," Paul Ragusa, editor of SSN, said. "Each of these professionals has shown innovation and dedication to advancing the industry— they have all earned this award." The Class of 2018 is the first time that Security Systems News has chosen to bring its formerly separate classes of "20 under 40" Integrators and End Users into one unified group, further emphasizing the value of this year's winners. One of the benefits in profiling young professionals is seeing the outlook from the current and future leaders of security. They have a unique vantage point to speak on topics like the key technological trends of the industry and what can be done to get more talented young people into the business. Several of this year's award winners highlighted the potential in artificial intelligence. Others mentioned the ongoing trend of "doing more with less;" that the security technologies users put in are dependent on their budgets and as such, users try to get as much value as possible. "Technology is a big capital investment; but, technology also demonstrates a great return on investment in the end," Jesse Johnson, corporate security lead, Harley- Davidson Motor Company, said. "I know we're in a large push now to supplement personnel with technology that makes sense, and I just don't see that going away. As the technology continues to progress, we're going to leverage it more and more, on all facets—access control, video, video analytics," Johnson continued. According to Brandi Wilson, Wells Fargo security manager, there will be more interplay between cyber and physical security to come. "The cyber and physical security crossover will continue as we move forward, as criminals continue to get better at hacking into systems," she said. "The next five years these risks will grow, including on the physical side." When it comes to finding new talent, Cummings said VTI has an entry-training program for engineers with no security experience. "So we are looking at starting them off at the ground level and training them up in our industry as opposed to going out there and finding the most experienced people for the job, which can be a challenge." Shannon Beritzhoff, branch manager of First Alarm, said that attracting young and promising employees to the security industry isn't the real problem. "It's not a shortage of getting talented people through the door, it's a shortage of keeping them," she said. T h i s y e a r 's h o n o re e s a l s o s h o w the multitude of different paths that key professionals take in joining the business. John Bekisz Jr., now the systems integration manager at Securitas Electronic Security, started as a first responder. Brandi Wilson was a bank teller before moving into security and eventually her current role at Wells Fargo. Jennifer Theobald was working as a restaurant server while going to school when she was recruited to the security industry. Security Systems News will be honoring its "20 under 40" Class of 2018 award winners with a special reception at its TechSec Solutions conference, Feb. 25 and 26, 2019, at the Delray Beach Marriot in Delray Beach, Fla. SSN Security Systems News welcomes the "20 under 40" Class of 2018 winners i ntegrator and e nd User categories have been combined into one group SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS N ov EM b ER 2018 www.securitysystemsnews.com 20 under 40 23

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