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Milestone Systems, the global company for open platform IP video management software (VMS), continues to ensure ongoing expansions in its personnel. Milestone has a keen focus on supporting the success of its partner community, so the last several months have been busy with hiring new people to the company and rewarding well-deserved internal upward career moves. Some earlier ‘family members’ who had spread their wings to other areas of the industry have also returned to the Milestone home to ply their broadened expertise.

Returnees

Jennifer Hones has rejoined Milestone as the Western Region Key Account Manager. She was at Milestone from 2010-2015, then moved to Vicon as National Distribution Manager and National Account Manager, and on to Dahua as Enterprise Business Development Manager. In her new Milestone role, she assists partners in the management and growth of principal end user accounts, establishing Milestone in A&E firms focused on Fortune 500 companies and strategic vertical markets, and key community partner relationships.

Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in International Relations and an MA in Sociology. She was a starting guard for the Stanford women’s basketball team, playing in two NCAA national title games. Her competitiveness, experience, organisation, and the relationships she has within the organisation and industry are a winning combination!

Will Ramsay also is welcomed back to Milestone as the Channel Business Manager for the Gulf territory, where his contributions in his earlier 5-year tenure were greatly appreciated. In this newly created region - which includes the states of AL, MS, TN and KY - Will returns knowing the customer base and the end users very well.

He brings 20 years of industry experience to this position, having held high-level sales roles at rep firm Murphy & Cota, integrator at North American Video and distributor at ADI. He holds a master’s degree from Mississippi State University and resides in Memphis.

Andrei Junqueira is now the Milestone Channel Business Manager for Brazil

New hires

Andrei Junqueira is now the Milestone Channel Business Manager for Brazil. He spent almost 10 years with Axis Communications in sales and business development, where his latest position was as Sales Manager for South America. At Axis, he leveraged his leadership, strategic thinking and sales focus to build territories, increase the number of channels and partners, and shape the long-term sales growth path in the region.

He rose from earlier engineering positions at Verint and Johnson Controls, gaining extensive experience with VMS and integrations with Building Management Systems, Access Control and HVAC. Andrei graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration for IT in Robotics Engineering at University of Brasilia.

Aaron Hallmark is the Milestone Channel Business Manager for the new Mid-South territory. He brings substantial knowledge of the security industry. He began as a technician with Connections 21 before moving to Dowley Systems, a large systems integrator, as a technician, Account Executive and General Manager.

After some time as a Regional Sales Manager with Pivot3, Aaron founded his own integration company, RFIP, sold after 7 successful years to Orion Systems, where he spent the last 15 months as their Strategic Project Business Manager. Aaron has served in the US Army where he achieved the rank of Section Platoon Sergeant for the 145th Calvary. He is based in Norman, Oklahoma.

Dan Viotto has joined the Americas team as Channel Business Manager in the newly aligned Southwest Territory: San Diego, Las Vegas (Clark County) and Arizona

Security and internet analytics experts

Dan Viotto has joined the Americas team as Channel Business Manager in the newly aligned Southwest Territory: San Diego, Las Vegas (Clark County) and Arizona. He comes from Knight Security, a large multi-site Milestone Partner in Texas, where he was a Sales and Marketing Manager.

Dan’s professional roles included Director of Channel Partner Development, VP of Operations and Business Development and Managing Partner, with experience in the security, internet analytics and B2B consulting industries for a track record of revenue growth through personnel and process development. He is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Political Science and will live in San Diego.

Dave Loyer is the new Milestone Channel Business Manager for the Great Lakes territory. He has 25 years of security experience in operations, sales and service, including Infinite Technologies LLC in Detroit, a Milestone Gold Partner, where he managed projects with security and surveillance integrations.

Dave achieved multiple security certifications, notably as a Milestone Certified Integration Technician, and he holds a Mechanical Design (CAD) Associates degree from Owens Community College. He has been a long-time Milestone advocate, affected particularly by two projects he managed. The first was a big city Medical Center; the second was a County Community College, which involved Milestone XProtect open platform VMS integrated with Platesmart license detection and Herta facial recognition. Dave will be working from Toledo, Ohio, also coaching his kids’ baseball and hockey teams.

JJ Jadali is the Milestone Channel Business Manager for the new Mid-Atlantic territory

LPR and facial recognition technology experts

JJ Jadali is the Milestone Channel Business Manager for the new Mid-Atlantic territory, backfilling Walter Coady who was promoted to Federal Key Account Manager. JJ has significant experience in the security industry, most recently as Business Development Executive with Genesis Security Systems, recently purchased by Convergint Technologies.

He developed corporate security technology programs dedicated to protecting large organisations and their assets for companies like McCormick, Meritus Health, and Fannie Mae. Other roles included Business Development Manager at S2 Security where he managed the highest revenue-generating territory. He also worked at Brivo, developing enterprise accounts such as Salesforce.com, AMD and United Rentals. He holds an MBA from Seton Hall University, and now resides in Rockville, Maryland.

A new Solutions Engineer, Alexander Laffrenier, is based in Toronto, Ontario. Alex worked for seven years at iView Systems as a Sales Engineer. He has done many technical demonstrations and worked with video analytics such as LPR from Genetec and Facial Recognition from Cognitec. Previously, he worked as a Network Engineer for Vitran Logistics.

Michael Gonzales is now a Milestone Solutions Engineer in Presales for the US and Canada

Video, ACS and intrusion systems’ professional

Michael Gonzales is now a Milestone Solutions Engineer in Presales for the US and Canada. He came from LINX LLLP, a low voltage integrator for structured cabling, audio/video, DAS and security, where he was Engineering Manager – Security, leading the engineering team in design, permits, estimates and implementation of video, ACS, intrusion and intercom systems.

Prior to that he was Sales/Project Manager at Sturgeon Electric Co. in the Rocky Mountain region developing security integrations and managing installations. Mike was also the President/CEO at Fort Collins Wintronic, an electronics and networking goods wholesaler.

Kevin Gentry is a new Support Professional in Milestone’s Technical Support Americas. He came from Hewlett Packard where he was a Field Engineer for more than 12 years. Mike Blay has come on board as Sales Support Specialist in the Milestone Partner Services and Sales Support group.

He got his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management at Linfield College, and worked in sales and merchandising at Columbia Sportwear after other positions with retailers Pendleton, Mondelēz International and Big 5. He has also been a floor supervisor at Royal Casino in WA. Russell Gardner has joined Milestone’s Partner Activation team as Sales Development Associate and Lead Qualifier. He comes with over seven years of inside sales, lead and outbound calling expertise that will help channel partners see more success doing business with Milestone.

Jamie Mertz has filled a new role in Milestone as Sales Administrator, assisting the North America Field Sales and Sales Operations with leads, reporting, coordination and prioritising as well being a touch point and liaison between many departments and roles in the region. Stephanie Beale-Marlowe is Milestone’s new Technical Project Manager - a critical role in building the company’s project management practice.

Her focus is closing gaps in large and complex system deployments, ensuring proper risk mitigation, delivering an exceptional customer experience, expediting project deliverables and bringing solid project management discipline to the Americas teams. Stephanie is West coast born and Texas raised, and has been working in Product Management roles for the last 4.5 years.  She has a BA from University of North Texas.

Eric Moe is now Milestone’s Director of Sales North America, in charge of both Field Sales and Inside Channel Management

Promotions

Eric Moe is now Milestone’s Director of Sales North America, in charge of both Field Sales and Inside Channel Management for alignment under a common reporting line. Eric has been with Milestone since 2013, moving from Director of Sales Operations responsible for Inside Sales, Partner Service and Sales Support, Partner & Business Development.

Earlier he was VP Sales & Operations at Connex International and Security Consultants International following a position as Director of Events at IP Video Security and sales roles at Transcend Communications and Paychex. Eric studied Marketing and Sales at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Amy Hanks has been promoted to Manager, Partner Activation, having worked at Milestone from January 2016 as an Inside Channel Manager (ICM) covering the Southeast and Gulf territories, then taking on ICM responsibilities for the Atlantic territory. In her previous career at Coca-Cola, she managed 35 field employees and was responsible for sales and logistical support.

Her experience in developing, managing and implementing processes, as well as her passion for leadership and sales, make her an excellent fit for the Partner Activation team, where her primary responsibilities include leading the team in renewals and lead generation/development. As a true “Culture Contributor,” Amy has a memorable impact on everyone, bringing positive energy in her work at Milestone.

Danielle Quinones has been promoted from Scheduling Coordinator to Project Coordinator. Dani has been a valuable asset in organising Milestone’s training and professional services processes over the past 2.5 years. Recently, she has taken on additional duties in project management to coordinate activities with high-profile federal customers. Dani has made a significant commitment to studying project management outside of work through various courses and workshops, bringing valuable insight and feedback from her educational endeavors.

Milestone’s reporting systems Pia High is now Marketing Specialist in the Americas Regional Marketing Team

Michael Morgan started with Milestone as a Finance Intern in October 2017 and quickly proved his ability to understand Milestone’s reporting systems and forecasting financial models. He recently finished his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Portland State University in December and in April became a permanent addition to the Americas Finance team as a Financial Analyst.

Pia High is now Marketing Specialist in the Americas Regional Marketing Team. She started with Milestone in 2016 the day after she graduated from Portland State University, as an intern in Partner Service and Sales Support (PSSS) proving to have a great work ethic, organisational skills and disposition that quickly earned her a permanent spot in Milestone. As her degree in Marketing & Advertising suggests, Pia has a passion for marketing, so her skills will be leveraged to continue building a strong brand and marketing presence throughout the region.

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