Don Childers

What is your background in the industry?

I began working in the electronic security industry in May of 1992 for Lake Norman Security Patrol, Inc and I am currently the Chief Operating Officer. I am a past President of the North Carolina Electronic Security Association as well as education coordinator for the NCESA for many years.

I hold a North Carolina Limited Electrical Contractors license and I am NICET Level IV certified in fire alarms systems. I am also a member of the National Fire Protection Association. I was honored to receive the 2010 ESA/NTS Instructor of the Year award and served as the Education Chair of the ESX Program Advisory Committee for (4) years. I also served as the Chair of ESA’s Installation and Service Professionals (ISP) group, as well as past member of the IQ Board of Directors. I also participated in the inaugural year and year two of the ESA Rising Leaders Mentorship program. I have presented educational seminars at many of the industry’s top level tradeshows including ESX, CEDIA, ISC West, ISC East, TechSec Solutions, the TMA annual meeting and Fall Ops, as well as several state association expos and tradeshows.

I have been published in many security industry trade magazines and have published several technical pieces. I also created my own course content and teaches continuing education courses for the North Carolina Alarm Systems Licensing Board representing Security Central. I currently sit on the ESA Education Committee, Chair of the ESA Standards Fire/Life Safety Committee, lead judge for the ESX Innovation Awards and North Carolina Board voting representative to the ESA.

What would you consider to be your specific area of expertise?

Certainly teaching the CAT Level 1 course as well as FAIM. My background in working with fire alarm systems extends to almost 30 years counting my time as an electrician for several years before getting into the alarm industry. I enjoy working within the code books and have really enjoyed my tenure as Chair of the Standards Committee.

Why have you invested your time in being a NTS Instructor? *

Investing my time as an NTS instructor has been one of the most rewarding things I've done in the industry. I get the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. I witnessed the transition of our industry from just potential alarm companies trying to meet licensing requirements, to companies just a few years ago that we would have never dreamed coming into our space and actually thriving. It is a thrill for me just to give back to everyone who has helped me along the way.

What does it mean to you to teach others your craft?

I really enjoy when I see someone in class have that "light bulb" over the head moment. When the concept that was so foreign to them a few minutes ago, now actually means something. And I always enjoy when I see a class bond together. Over a three day period I get to see folks that were strangers to each other when they started, are now all good friends. That is the favorite part of my job.