What is your background in the industry?
I entered the electronic security industry through an indirect path. I was employed by the NYC Police Department as a Detective with a specialty in electronic surveillance. Some of my work was installing alarm systems at department facilities, such as the armory, secure records areas and other high-sensitivity areas. Upon retirement from the police force I was hired by the US State Department as a Security Engineering Officer, responsible for electronic security at US Embassies and Consulates throughout the world. Upon leaving government service after five years, I started an alarm company in the NY area, building from a single person start-up to over 1000 accounts, with eight employees. After 12 years, I needed a change and sold the accounts and then was employed by several security and fire protection engineering firms. Since 2001, I have worked in a small group of engineers, with my focus on the design and engineering of fire alarm and fire suppression systems.
What would you consider to be your specific area of expertise?
My strongest areas of expertise is the design of fire alarm systems, ranging from small residential systems to multiple building and high-rise systems. Preparing submittal packages for plan review authorities demands accuracy and attention to detail. On some occasions, I am tasked to inspect and certify the installation work which I had designed. It is nice to see a job move from paper to the real world.
Why have you invested your time in being a NTS Instructor? *
I enjoy sharing my knowledge with the students and being able to motivate them to continue their education in our trade and to improve their skills. I also serve as a NICET ambassador, so I can motivate students to get certified by NTS and NICET. I also enjoy seeing a student who is having a problem understanding a concept and how my explanation clarifies the issue and "the lights come on:.
What does it mean to you to teach others your craft?
Education in our rapidly changing field is very important and seeing new entrants into our industry gain knowledge that they can apply to the job site is very rewarding. Our student come from a variety of social and work experience backgrounds and it is rewarding to see them gain the knowledge and skill that they may use throughout their working careers.