Security Systems News

NOV 2018

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Michael A. DeVita III, 37 General manager, Securadyne Systems Andover, Mass. M i C h A el DeVi TA iii initially started in the security industry as a summer job, which led into a greater interest, he said. h e started in the industry with s urveillance s pecialties 17 years ago, a company that was acquired by s ecuradyne s ystems five years ago. "After being exposed to the industry for a summer, i took a liking to the physical security world and began to gain an understanding of the technical side of things before making the move to inside sales support. i had the great fortune to work alongside my father (Mike DeVita Jr) in a support role where i learned the nuances of the business. While doing inside sales, i designed systems, built proposals, and eventually managed some key customers before starting my own sales career within s ecuradyne. i was given the opportunity to work very closely with C eo Carey Boethel during this time and when the opportunity arose i moved into the general manager's role where i have been since 2013," DeVita said. DeVita is the general manager for the Boston and Portland, Maine, branch locations where he oversees sales and operations. s ecuradyne s ystems is an integrator with 17 branches across the United s tates, servicing enterprise class clients throughout. The company has "regional hubs" in Boston, Atlanta and Dallas, DeVita explained. When asked what he likes best about being in the security industry, DeVita said, "Creating value for my clients. s ecurity integration is more than just installing cameras and readers. With each interaction, you get the opportunity to solve for the underlying need and look at a holistic approach that sometimes includes technology as well as operational or procedural recommendations. You build relationships and trust with clients based on the long-term approach rather than the singular project."—Spencer Ives Vince DiGennaro, 25 Manager, event security operations, Cleveland Indians Cleveland A s T he Cleveland i ndians' event security operations manager, no two days are the same at the ballpark for Vince DiGennaro, as he oversees all of the safety and security operations for events at Progressive Field. "We provide safety and security operations for game day, so that includes a staff of more than 225 that performs screening operations, incident response, and conflict de-escalation at the ballpark," he explained, noting that the ballpark also hosts concerts, youth camps, as well as special events like the M l B All s tar Game in 2019. DiGennaro also has oversight for event medical teams, as the ballpark runs a full triage center for every single game with paramedics and nurses, and multiple ambulances that transport patients if needed. " i assist with our police deployments as well, so working in tandem with our security team, our police officers here at the ballpark to provide that extra layer of protection and ensure that our coverage is appropriate for every single game or event." h e also oversees the explosives detection program, high ground threat vulnerability analysis, and other mitigation tactics. "We regularly monitor intelligence and have relationships with our local, state and federal public safety partners," he said. " i work to coordinate our operation for our games based on our current threat level, work within the organization to make sure that we are covered on all ends of the security spectrum, and ensure that we are up to date on training on all frontline staff and preparedness strategies for game day." i n addition, he continues to contribute on many of the ballpark's security projects, as related to surveillance, access control, credentials, and staffing optimization. h e also helped to bring greater awareness for the need for vehicle barriers around the park, and leverages social media monitoring and real-time analytics to bring greater situational awareness and readiness to the ballpark.—Paul Ragusa Kevin Didden, 37 Senior manager, security programs and administration, MTA New York P rior T o joining the internal security department for MTA Bridges and Tunnels just over a year ago, k evin Didden spent most of his security career as an integrator. "The MTA is the first time that i have worked for an end user, being the customer rather than the guy trying to sell services," he said. Coming from the integrator community has helped Didden in his current role where he handles all of MTA Bridges and Tunnel's security programs and project management, including managing approximately 100 internal security-related projects on a day-to- day basis. Additionally, he oversees the MTA Bridges and Tunnels security sensitive information initiative, which includes things such as document control for all drawings and specs for the transportation agency and its vendors. " i also oversee and manage the security department's interests in capital projects," he said. "A big one right now is a $73 million electronic security overhaul on two of our suspension bridges, the r F k bridge and the Bronx- Whitestone, so i am overseeing the internal security departments' interests in those projects." As a program manager, Didden is intimately involved with threat vulnerability risk assessments for all of MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities, which is "all-encompassing, touching a lot of areas within security," he noted. o ne area that Didden sees great promise in is artificial intelligence-powered analytics. "With the advent of A i and a better processing power that is being packed onto these cameras out on the edge, we are able to do a lot more real-time analytics in the field rather than just your traditional, object-left-behind analytic," he explained. "We are starting to see more where it is behavioral-based, seeing trends over time, which is very useful, especially in my environment." The use of l idar within security is another area where Didden said he sees promise.—Paul Ragusa Greg Ghirardi, 40 VP, strategic manager, physical security solutions, KeyBank Cleveland G re G Ghir A r D i started his career in security at MB n A America Bank. " i found it to be really interesting. s o, i stayed in the security world," he said. When MB n A was acquired by Bank of America in 2006, he moved to k eyBank's fraud group. After working for about two years with k eyBank, Ghirardi said he "had the opportunity to follow a mentor into the physical security space and have been in that space for about 10 years now." n ow, as k eyBank's VP, strategic manager, physical security solutions, Ghirardi said he is responsible for "all aspects of physical security with a focus on technology implementation for the organization." Ghirardi manages the integration and monitoring relationship, which is sourced, the access control program, as well as some of the support functions within the group. " i t's kind of a tech/operations role," he added. As far as new technologies, A i is one that's making waves, according to Ghirardi. "There's … a lot of talk in the industry right now around it, and i think there's a lot of potential there," he said. While his group isn't incorporating much A i yet, Ghirardi sees that it would make the organization more efficient and enable it to better leverage its data. s pecifically, machine learning is one trend that is poised to make a large impact, he predicted. s ecurity at k eyBank is much like it is in other industries: driven by cost effective considerations, according to Ghirardi. "There's always a balance, i think, of trying to implement new technologies and manage budget considerations. … You have to be as effective as possible with the dollars that you have to spend."—Spencer Ives John Butrim, 37 Director of national accounts, ADT Security Pompano Beach, Fla. A s Dire CT or of national accounts for ADT s ecurity, John Butrim focuses on the multi-family and homeowners' association ( ho A) divisions, including sales, installation and customer service. " s o we've got that sales function and then also here in Pompano we've got a team that handles the customer care, the liaison portion of the ho A relationship, so we work directly with the property managers and the board of directors from the ho As to ensure a nice smooth relationship," said Butrim. "And on the operations side, we have team members who project manage the installation projects as we kick off a 1,000-home community or a 500-unit apartment complex." Butrim originally started in security in 2007 at Brinks, work he found very rewarding. " i t has been an industry that i like because we are helping to protect homeowners, their families and their pets—it has been a fun journey in the alarm industry." More recently, in the Multifamily vertical, John and his team have shown owners how to increase revenue through monitored security and smart technology. h e continued, "Coming from majoring in finance in college, i also like the idea of recurring revenue, and how valuable these agreements can be—our bulk agreements are typically five or seven and sometimes 10 years. i t is an industry that we can bring people in who don't necessarily have experience in our industry, and they can have an extremely good livelihood in the alarm business, while working for a noble cause." i n the area of self-betterment, Butrim is enrolled at n orthwestern k ellogg s chool of Management, where he is earning his executive MBA in his spare time while he continues in his current role at ADT. " i want to partner with people and executives from different industries and understand what they have done in their industries when they were in a similar situation instead of just looking at what the security industry has done," he said.—Paul Ragusa Joshua Cummings, 38 Director, engineering services, VTI Security Burnsville, Minn. A s D ire CT or of engineering services for national commercial integrator VT i s ecurity, Joshua Cummings manages a team of 18 people respon- sible for all of the presales design support, post-sales documentation and jurisdiction permitting. h e also heads up all of the training programs for VT i , such as training for engineering staff, field staff, and project management staff, for example, as well as bringing in customers and manufacturers for training. " i am also part of our technology team, so i help to vet all of the new products that we are looking at taking on as a company, looking for any of the technical issues, so cybersecurity is starting to become a part of that as well," he explained. Cummings first started at VT i as a sales engineer, helping support the sales staff. "As the company grew, we grew the team and i worked my way up to director," he said. h e has been with VT i for 12 years now. Prior to VT i , Cummings helped put together a security team at a structured cable company, where he spent three years on a project deploying i P video for 120 sites at a school district in a project management and engineering role. i n terms of new technology, Cummings is "interested in what A i can do for security. i 'm also excited about some of the interoperability between platforms that we are starting to see, whether it is an all-in-one solution, or manufacturer's partners coming together, there is a lot of cool tech that we are seeing as a result of these partnerships." When it comes to finding new talent, Cummings said VT i has an entry-training program for engineers with no security experience. " s o 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." h e also just earned his C iss P certification and is part of the P s A Cybersecurity committee.—Paul Ragusa N ov EM b ER 2018 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS 20 under 40 24

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