Boon Edam Inc., a provider of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, has appointed Patrick Nora as the new President and Managing Director of the Boon Edam factory organisation (Boon Edam Manufacturing) in Lillington, North Carolina. Patrick will work in tandem with Valerie Anderson, the President and Managing Director of the commercial organisation (Boon Edam Inc.), to fabricate and deliver premium security entrances and architectural revolving doors to customers in the Americas. Management of operational efficiency As the executive officer of the factory, Patrick will oversee the management of operational efficiency, safety, and continuous improvement in a lean manufacturing environment and liaise with other Boon Edam management stakeholders to meet the ever-evolving needs of the customer. “Having seen Patrick’s passion for improvement and his leadership over the past two years, I am excited for Patrick's promotion to Managing Director of our manufacturing operations," says Anderson. “As we continue to serve some of the largest organisations in the world, which presents more demand and complexity on our factory, Patrick's experience in manufacturing and his proven commitment will be an excellent fit for continued success.” Continuous improvement processes Patrick spent 18 years as a Management Consultant, helping over 50 companies in 9 different countries Patrick began his manufacturing career at Loranger Manufacturing where he specialised in training staff on ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) and QS (Quality System) requirements. He then worked at Boeing in Long Beach, CA and held management positions in Quality Assurance and Production. Next, Patrick spent 18 years as a Management Consultant, helping over 50 companies in nine different countries grow their business through the teaching of continuous improvement processes, leadership and team development. Patrick joined the Boon Edam factory in April 2018 as the Operations Manager, and immediately set new procedures in place related to improving safety, quality, and productivity. With his now recent promotion, Patrick is passionate about working to engage everyone in all roles to work together to improve results. Providing an exceptional experience “There are two beliefs that I hold strongly,” says Nora, “First, an organisation’s greatest strength and only lasting competitive advantage is its people, and second, an organisation is a reflection of its leadership. As we strengthen the leadership at Boon Edam and engage all of our staff across the organisation, our results will improve. I look forward to working with Valerie to align our operations and commercial teams to continue providing an exceptional experience for Boon Edam's employees and most importantly our customers.” Patrick has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University, an MBA with a focus on international business from the University of Detroit Mercy, and a Certificate in Business Excellence from the Columbia Business School at Columbia University.
There was a time when men dominated the physical security industry. On second thought, that time is today. Even with increasing numbers of women entering our community, it’s an industry that is still mostly populated by men. But change is coming, and the industry as a whole is benefiting greatly from a surge in female voices. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the changing role of women in security?
In addition to providing the Northeast’s largest security trade show, ISC East will include free conference sessions and keynote speeches right on the show floor and several paid workshops. The Nov. 20-21 event at New York’s Javits Center will also include vendor solution sessions from Axis Communications, Hikvision and NAPCO. Wide variety of paid workshops An advantage of the International Security Conference & Exposition in New York is that much of the programming is complimentary to registered attendees, and location of the sessions on the show floor means attendees don’t have to leave the exhibition to take in a session. The paid workshops include technology sessions about cyber terminology for physical security integratorsThe paid workshops include an Active Shooter Workshop and technology sessions about cyber terminology for physical security integrators; and basic installation and configuration of video surveillance solutions. An OSDP (Open Supervised Device Protocol) Boot Camp Short Course will also be offered. As a smaller show, the topics of ISC East conference sessions are broader and of more general interest, rather than organised into focused “tracks” as at ISC West. Attendance at sessions can provide continuing education (CE) credits with organisations that partner with ISC East – one credit for each hour-long session. Attendees can use their Certificate of Attendance from any session to self-report their education hours to relevant industry bodies: ALOA (AEU education credits), ASIS (CPE continuing professional education credits) and NICET (CPD Continuing Professional Development points). An advantage of the International Security Conference & Exposition in New York is that much of the programming is complimentary to registered attendees Keynote sessions at the Main Stage The Main Stage will be the venue for keynote sessions delivered by Deanne Criswell, Commissioner, New York City Emergency Management (on Day 1 – Nov. 20); and Angela Stubblefield, Chief of Staff at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (on Day 2 – Nov. 21). The two SIA Education@ISC East educational theaters on the show floor will be booked up both days with a variety of interesting topics. A new session covers penetration testing for physical security, presented by Michael Glasser of Glasser Security Group. A session on LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors will be presented by Frank Bertini, UAV and Robotics Business Manager, Velodyne LiDAR. Another popular topic is Safe Cities, and FLIR will present a session on moving from secured to smart cities with intelligent, connected systems. New addition is Active Shooter Workshop The Active Shooter Workshop is a new addition to the ISC East programme. It has been a popular session at ISC West for three years now. At ISC East, presenters of the workshop will be David LaRose, System Director Public Health, Lee Health; and Ben Scaglione, Director of Healthcare and Security Programming, Lowers and Associates. At the end of the workshop, an additional hour of programming will be the “Stop the Bleed/Save a Life” session presented by Jerry Wilkins, Co-Owner of Active Risk Survival. The Main Stage will be the venue for keynote sessions delivered by Deanne Criswell, Commissioner, New York City Emergency Management, and Angela Stubblefield, Chief of Staff at the Federal Aviation Administration Woman in Security event A Women in Security Forum breakfast event will be held on Nov. 21 (Thursday). It’s the second annual event and this year will focus on diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace of the future. Valerie Anderson, President of Boon Edam, will lead a discussion on “Diversity 2.0: Next Steps for Creating an Empowered Workforce”Moderator Valerie Anderson, President of Boon Edam, will lead a discussion on “Diversity 2.0: Next Steps for Creating an Empowered Workforce”. Panelists are Lisa Terry of Allied Universal, Andrew Lanning of Integrated Security Technologies, Elaine Palome of Axis Communications and Dawne Hanks of Milestone. The Women in Security event is likely to attract up to 100 attendees. SIA’s Women in Security is an active organisation, with monthly meetings and a newsletter that recognises prominent women in the security industry. “It’s really a group for both men and women,” says Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Event Director, ISC Events at Reed Exhibitions. “There are many programmes, recruiting efforts, and professional and networking opportunities. They are a robust group of people who are active in making a difference. It’s important to support women in the security industry, which is 95% male, and to develop a new generation of women to be a part of the industry’s future.” The keynote addresses at ISC East will also highlight two high-profile women.
Boon Edam Inc., a global pioneer in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced the results of a survey regarding the risks and security threats associated with tailgating. A majority of the respondents, made up of security professionals, believe that tailgating remains a critical threat and does not seem to be abating. Risk of a breach More than 185 end users and security advisors (consultants and integrators) within the U.S. and Canada responded to eight multiple-choice questions. All respondents shared the same three questions to begin the survey about their general perspective on the risk of a breach from tailgating. Unmanned barriers that prevent tailgating” are effective methods to curtail tailgating End users and the security advisors were then posed different questions to gain more insight into their perceptions about tailgating vulnerability within a facility versus across various industries. Participants were volunteers that responded to social media ads or were in Boon Edam’s contact database. Guards and barriers Based on what participants have seen in the media the past decade, 69% of all the respondents believe that security breaches resulting from tailgating either are holding at the same levels or are increasing. End-user perception of an increasing trend was greater with more than 43% saying they thought it was increasing, while only 35% of security advisors echoed that opinion. In response to this perceived threat, a strong majority of all respondents (77%) say that “guards and barriers” and “unmanned barriers that prevent tailgating” are effective methods to curtail tailgating, but only 18% of end-user respondents indicated they were using either option. There is also a sharp divide between end users and security advisors when it comes to the impact of a tailgate breach. Physical attack on the IT environment Eight percent of end-user respondents believe the cost of violent crime or theft due to tailgating is insignificant, while none (0%) of the security advisors agree. However, 54% of end users and 72% of security advisors believe the cost of a breach would be $500,000 up to “too high to measure.” Meaning that 46% of end users see the potential cost as lower than $500,000 while only 28% of security advisors believe the same. “The risk of tailgating (or the impact) depends on the nature of the business, the type of area and the risk scenarios to be expected. Theft of company goods, valuables, unauthorised entry of press, eavesdropping for espionage or a physical attack on the IT environment,” says one respondent. Turnstiles, security doors Most end user respondents realise that their facilities are vulnerable to physical infiltrationThe survey also highlights the fact that most end user respondents realise that their facilities are vulnerable to physical infiltration. The majority (78%) are taking a reactionary stance to deal with tailgating (using an access control system, guards, cameras and video management software). At the same time, the majority (74%) fail to track tailgating, yet they believe they are vulnerable to a physical breach from tailgating (71%). Only 18% of end users say they are currently using some kind of security entrance (turnstiles, security doors), in addition to other options to physically control access into their facilities. Four percent say they are not using any security technologies at all to curtail tailgating and only 54% say they must comply with government regulations. Potential impact of tailgating The survey demonstrates that security advisors seem to grasp the potential impact of tailgating better than their end-user clients in many cases. A solid majority of security advisors say they discuss the use of security entrances with their clients, with 63% saying they discuss with them ways to mitigate the risk of tailgating and another 68% add that they discuss means to comply with industry regulations. “Our survey shows that security end users and advisors in the Americas see tailgating as a threat that is growing and more needs to be done to address it,” comments Valerie Anderson, President of Boon Edam Inc. “Also, the cost of tailgating breaches is seen as potentially very expensive to priceless -- this indicates there will be continued investments in tailgating prevention at facilities in the coming years.” Prevent physical intrusion While both end users and security advisors agree on the threat posed by tailgating this survey also demonstrates that their perceptions differ. Both end users and security advisors overall see tailgating as a serious issue and there is a high level of perceived vulnerability. A strong majority believes that what they have is not enough to prevent physical intrusion and they understand that physical barriers are the best approach (with guards when applicable). Security advisors see the potential costs of a breach as more expensive than end users – likely because of their exposure to more data concerning breaches and the impact on organisations. They may need to find a way to convince end users the cost of a breach is more expensive than perceived. A majority of security advisors understand and recommend security entrances to mitigate tailgating, but a minority of end users have invested in them even when a majority of them believe they are vulnerable. This implies there are justification and/or budget and approval hurdles to overcome. A majority of end users and security advisors are aware of industry regulations and the need to comply with them. However, a solid majority of end users use reactive, forensic strategies for addressing tailgating (alarming and responding after the fact), which may put them at additional risk of incurring hefty fines.
Boon Edam, global supplier of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Valerie Anderson as the new President and Managing Director of Boon Edam Inc., the subsidiary responsible for sales in the Americas. Enhancing customer service “It is with confidence and enthusiasm that this appointment was agreed as Valerie has proven to be a capable and dedicated member of the team”, says Lourens Beijer, Chief Commercial Officer at Boon Edam International BV. “We believe this is a great ‘next step’ for Valerie’s experience and passion for exceeding our customer’s expectations, and a great opportunity for Boon Edam as a whole.” Valerie has been with Boon Edam Inc. a total of 14 years, serving on the Executive Team for the past 9 years Valerie has been with Boon Edam Inc. a total of 14 years, serving on the Executive Management Team for the past 9 years. She started her career at Boon Edam in Inside Sales and served as Inside Sales Manager in 2009. Door solutions expert In 2012, she was promoted to Vice President of Product and Customer Support where her role then transitioned into Vice President of Customer Experience leading the entire customer support organisation of Boon Edam Inc. In 2016, she served as Vice President and National Sales Manager for the north and east regions of the United States as well as Latin America. A native of North Carolina, Valerie has a degree in Business Management and lives in a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. Sales leader “As a sales leader and manager with over a decade of experience in the building entrances and security industry, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of customers and lead multiple teams to create and implement initiatives to deliver a great experience for the customer,” says Anderson. She adds, “At Boon Edam, the sale of the product is never the end of the process, it’s just the beginning. I work diligently every day to ensure our organisation is performing with the customer as a purpose of their work."
Boon Edam has expanded its sales team to support continued strong demand for entrance solutions in the Americas Boon Edam, a manufacturer of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, has announced that the company has hired a new Vice President of Customer Experience and further expanded its sales team to support continued strong demand for entrance solutions in the Americas. New Vice President of Customer Experience Kevin Thomasson was recently hired by Boon Edam to drive efficiency in sales support and order fulfillment. Kevin has over 16 years of sales, marketing, and operations experience, managing and directing teams from ChannelAdvisor, LexisNexis, and SciQuest. At Boon Edam, Kevin’s team includes: Technical Training, Inside Sales, Project Coordination, Installation Support and Technical Support. Project Coordination is an innovative new department that originated from Inside Sales and will specialise in submittal drawings, custom engineering requests, order fulfillment, and delivery coordination. Kevin stated, “With the world class talent we have at Boon Edam, our ultimate goal is to make the customer experience effortless from beginning to end.” Kevin works at the Lillington plant and lives in Cary, NC. New Business Development Managers With the world class talent we have at Boon Edam, our ultimate goal is to make the customer experience effortless from beginning to end To increase sales coverage and further improve customer service in the USA, Boon Edam has hired new Business Development Managers to deliver on-site entrance consultations in smaller geographic regions. All Business Development Managers report to National Sales Managers Valerie Anderson (Midwest, Canada and East) or JC Powell (West and South). Jon Merone is the new Mid-Atlantic Region Business Development Manager. He is a native of Iowa and is a seasoned professional with a sales background in the industries of construction, industrial, environmental and electrical utilities. His recent companies include Lekson Associates, Safety-Kleen, and Pella. Jon covers Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC and is based in Frederick, MD. Lyndell Kline is Boon Edam’s Northeast Region Business Development Manager, bringing over 22 years’ experience in the security industry, in both the integrator/dealer and manufacturing segments. Lyndell was the Director of Sales for Security First, Inc. and Senior Sales Representative for UTC Fire and Security. She covers New York (excluding New York City), Pennsylvania and Delaware, and is based in Wyomissing, PA. Todd Yandell is the Business Development Manager for the South Texas Region. A native of Houston, Texas, Todd has spent the last 17 years in the construction industry in Sales and Sales Management with companies such as Sika Sarnafil and Duro-Last, focusing on specifiers and builders for commercial applications. He is based in Houston, TX. The team works in cooperation with regional BDMs to ensurethat Enterprise customers receive superior service at all levels Kevin Friend is the new Business Development Manager for the Midwest Central Region, covering Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. An Ohio native, he has spent the last 18 years working in the construction industry in Sales Management and Business Development. His experience has spanned working in Business Development for an exterior glazing contractor to Sales Management with the Stonhard Group. Kevin works out of West Des Moines, IA. Enterprise sales expansion Enterprise Accounts was an initiative started in 2013, and is headed by Mark Perkins, VP of Enterprise Security Accounts. The team works in cooperation with regional BDMs to ensure that Enterprise customers receive superior service at all levels. Two new members were promoted from regional Business Development Manager roles to BDM – Enterprise Accounts: Dale Gigandet, PE, CPP, CISSP, covers the Eastern Region. He is a seasoned, 30-year veteran of the security industry, with an extensive background in design/build solutions for protecting people and property from security threats and vulnerabilities. Dale is a registered professional engineer, certified protection professional, and certified information systems security professional based in Newbury, MA. Ted Lewis covers the Western Region and has been in the security industry for over 24 years. He has gained experience at various companies including EMI, Stantron, Nice Systems, Vicon, and he has also served as an independent manufacturer’s representative for Pelco, Exacq, Speco, Paxton, and Vigilant Video. Ted has acquired various certifications throughout his career including Pelco, Exacq, Vicon, AMAG, GE, Hirsch, and others. He is based in Valencia, California.
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