What is that security process that schools despise each summer? Changing locker combinations. If you have ever done so for a Middle School with 900 lockers using built-in spin dial locks, you deserve a medal. It’s an arduous process and one that should have died with filmstrip projectors and typewriters.
I sell locks. For a manufacturer who makes 65 million of them annually. That’s not the story, but like all good stories one must start at the beginning.
Some weeks ago I answered an incoming call at our office. Not odd, yet it is not often that I pick up, given we have a Receptionist/Admin who answers and directs 95% of all incoming calls.
A few months back I was at Panera for lunch. I was sitting near two guys having a conversation among co-workers. While one did not supervise the other, it was clear he was a mentor or in a position to influence the career of the other. The senior guy was around 30, the other was closer to 25.
Lowe & Fletcher thanks the SHDA (Security Hardware Distributor’s Association) for a great Summit event just outside Dallas, Texas, last week. The event allows for Security Distributors and Security Manufacturers to hold individual meetings to discuss helping each other grow their respective businesses.
Of course I want people to buy my products and security solutions. Yet I spend 50% of my time talking to people with whom I meet about how THEY can sell more. About taking THEIR core product, adding other quality features to it to differentiate it, and to solve their end user/customer challenges in ways their competitors won’t.
Today a good deal of attention is being paid to one topic–arming teachers. A seriously flawed idea.
Why? Because our children deserve better.
To me it seems obvious. My work matters. I work within the security field. I have for many years now.
The early years of my career were filled with rewarding work within Security Management, Investigations, and Operations. My work protected people. Good people like employees, customers, vendors, and others benefited from life safety and physical security systems I managed and directed. My work investigated and addressed challenges in the workplace like sexual harassment, employee fraud, and organized crime. I trained staff in workplace safety, being first responders and even self-defense training.
As I join Euro-Locks (a Lowe and Fletcher company) it is my first foray into the manufacturing side of the security industry. Choosing to do it with a sixth-generation 129 year old global company that makes 60 million locks a year is exciting. The history, craftsmanship, character, and technological innovation of Lowe and Fletcher is matched by few within the security industry. I find that very appealing.
Fall is here and it’s time. The Grand Rapids Branch of IDN is having our Trade show on Wednesday, October 25th from 10AM – 2PM. More details are at this link, yet I wanted to highlight a few points.
We are having four classes on the day of the Trade Show. Two start at 8AM. Two start at 2PM. We have tried to have a class for everyone in the security industry.
I spent some time recently at Allegion. They have rolled out a new product for Multi-Family Properties and I was very impressed. It’s the Schlage Control wireless deadbolt.
Property Managers are going to love this affordable lock that reduces the cost of maintenance, employs advanced technology that millennial renters desire, and provides a level of security and audit information that is unrivaled by ordinary cut keys.