Mun C. Wong
ASIS is a great opportunity to not only learn about new technologies first hand, but also to benchmark offerings against competitors Now in its 61st year, the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Seminar & Exhibits is more than an end-user show. Many systems integrators also attend, walk the show and even exhibit to meet with potential customers and perhaps see technology they may need to apply to their clients’ security challenges and issues. This year’s show, from the 28th - 30th of Sept. in Anaheim, California, will showcase video surveillance, intrusion detection, cloud computing, cyber-security and other solutions and services, as well as educational and training sessions. For systems integrators, networking is important. But there are other reasons installation companies attend ASIS Conference and Exhibits. One-stop shop to watch latest security trends Mun C. Wong, PSP, president of VinTech Systems Inc. in Chicago and the first woman to obtain the Alarm Contractor License from the State of Illinois, attends ASIS regularly and tries to make it an annual event. She’s active in ASIS and especially its Women in Security organisation. For Wong, one of the primary reasons for attending is learning about new technology and gaining a better understanding of today’s security issues. “I always come away with information and knowledge and bring that back to my team so we can implement new processes and procedures right away,” she says. Wong says it’s important for her to engage employees and enable them to succeed, and bringing back new information is one way she’s been doing that since she began running the company in 2008. “There are so many things to see and learn,” she continues. “I always have a game plan before I go to the show. I focus on what I need and share information right away with my team so they can start the followup,” she adds. Scott Hucksoll, Vice President Business Development & Sales Operations for STANLEY Security, headquartered in Indianapolis, says ASIS presents an excellent forum for the company to introduce new products and solutions to their customer base and the security industry. "There are so many things to see and learn. I always have a game plan before I go to the show. I focus on what I need and share information right away with my team so they can start the follow-up", says Mun C. Wong, PSP, President of VinTech Systems Collaboration and consultations “We find that customers from around the world and from a variety of vertical markets attend [the show] to collaborate and improve their security programmes, and it is important for us to be part of those conversations,” he says. “We use our time at the show to educate our customers on STANLEY’s newest solutions and any trends that impact their unique business drivers and requirements. In addition to the thought leadership approach we take with customers on the show floor, as an integrator we also dedicate time to meet with current and prospective technology providers to ensure we’re continually advancing our security offerings and are at the forefront of innovation.” Hucksoll said STANLEY also looks at the show as a place to forge new relationships and cultivate stronger ones with current customers. Another goal is to raise awareness across end-user attendees regarding the company’s new Insights business intelligence product offering designed to drive business opportunities in Q4 and 2016. “ASIS is a great opportunity for us to not only learn about new technologies first hand, but also to benchmark our offerings against competitors. We come away from the show with enhanced knowledge to help guide our security and overall business offerings – staying ahead of trends and truly differentiating STANLEY in the marketplace,” he says.
Wong was the first Asian woman to obtain the Alarm Contractor License Mun C. Wong, PSP and president of VinTech Systems Inc. in Chicago, is a successful entrepreneur who has brought new technologies and a knack for superior service to her integration business. In fact, at the age of 29, she was the first Asian woman to obtain the Alarm Contractor License from the State of Illinois and its Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. But she doesn't focus on gender, or what it’s like to be a woman in the male-dominated physical security business, although those pressures have certainly lessened as the industry has become more diverse. Wong says she’s frequently asked whether she faces more or equal challenges as a woman president. Integrity matters, not gender “Right at the beginning of managing the company, I vowed not to think about gender in terms of running the business,” Wong says. “I am as competent as others. As a matter of fact, I was really young when I started. I had to tell myself that age and gender do not matter at all to the success of our business. It worked out very well. Most of the challenges come from outsiders who do not know me. So the answer is ‘no,’ in my perspective, gender doesn’t really make a difference. Challenges are the same, and it depends on how you react to them.” Wong received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. She decided to take a year off before going to graduate school. “During that time, I came upon an opportunity to assist a start-up technology company here in Chicago. I told myself I had nothing to lose and gave it a shot. Amazingly, I did very well and enjoyed what I learned, so I decided to stay and grow the company with my business partner.” "The answer is ‘no,’ in my perspective, gender doesn’t really make a difference. Challenges are the same, and it depends on how you react to them" She’s been at the helm of VinTech Systems since 2008. Several of her greatest challenges have been growing the company, managing development, and keeping up with ever-changing technologies. VinTech Systems is a member of the Electronic Security Association and Illinois Electronic Security Association and the company has an A+ Better Business Bureau Rating. The company tailors each solution to the customer and the vertical market, specialising in video verification and surveillance. Wong's top-down philosophy of engaging employees and enabling them to succeed is a good formula as well. “Our team works really well together. Our employee retention rate is high. We work together to find the best talent for our company. Here’s a good example of something that happened just last week: I was ready to hire a new team member whom I thought would be a good fit for the company. During the second meeting, I invited the staff member who would be working with the new team member to join the interview; afterwards, she gave me good insights and observations for the hire. That helped a great deal!” VinTech Systems has received many accolades and has also been recognised as one of the country’s fastest-growing systems integrators. Again, Wong attributes that to teamwork. “I can’t do it all myself. I am grateful to have dedicated team members working beside me,” she says.