What is your background in the industry?
When I was 18 years old, I went to work for the great Cecil Hogan in Memphis, TN. I worked at Security Consultants Inc. during the day and completed EMT school at night. I then went to work for Best Locking Systems of Memphis, which was acquired and is now part of Stanley Security. There I was able to complete a Degree in Electrical Engineering and gain a vast understanding of system integration. That assisted me in becoming an NTS Instructor in 1996 and then an NFPA Fire Service Instructor in 2008. During my time as an NTS Instructor, I was asked to assist the TBFAA (now TNESA) as a regional VP. That lead to my serving on the TNESA Board of Directors and then to the ESA Board of Directors for more than 14 years. In that time I was proud to assist NTS as Co-Chair and Chairman of the NTS Education Committee for 8 years. I now have the pleasure to serve as the National Certification Training Manager for Stanley Black & Decker Inc.'s legal department and as the Assistant Fire Chief of our Fire District at home.
What would you consider to be your specific area of expertise?
System Integration has been my main focus for many years. Intrusion and video are important and growing markets in the industry. However, I feel the greatest thing we can do from a security perspective is to focus on life safety systems. Fire, Access Control, Infant and school tracking systems have been a focus and concern for several years now.
Why have you invested your time in being a NTS Instructor?
I take the time to teach and serve on committees and boards because I owe it to the industry. This industry has given me a much better life than I deserve. Great people like Mr. Cecil Hogan and Mr. Paul Baran took the time to mentor and serve associations and industry. They led by example and I feel it is my responsibility to do the same.
What does it mean to you to teach others your craft?
Instructors that care about passing on the learning objectives' to others, get addicted to "light bulbs". When a student learns something that makes sense or they understand the "why" of something for the first time. You see the "light bulb" come on in their face. To be able to see that and at the same time do something that can save lives with properly installed systems. The real question is why wouldn't you want to teach others!!!