Marvin Holmes

What is your background in the industry?

I was hired as the lead installed by Protecton (A company owned by Interstate Financial House) in 1967. They had 3 Residential Alarms installed but the city of Kansas City required a Master Electrician to be the License Holder. I was that Master Electrician. In the following 10 years I managed a staff of 25, assisted in the purchase of a small Potter Equipped Central Station, purchased the accounts and hardware of a Fire Alarm Company the used a Direct Wire system to monitor commercial fire alarm system using Notifier Fire Alarm Panels. In 1970 I supervised the relocation of the Central Station to the Westport Area of KC. In 1977 Interstate Financial House sold the company 3 times. At that time we had 7000 Commercial Customers and about 4000 Residential Customers. Since I was the Manager, I of course lost my job each time. In 1977 I left the company and spent 1.5 Years working for the Alarm Industry Enemy (Southwester Bell) then in 1979 I went to work for North Supply Company with later became Sprint North Supply. I was one of 3 Technicians that served the Alarm Industry. I became a NTS Instructor sometime in 1982. Currently retired but still service the industry the best way I know.

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

That's hard to describe, when Hardwire was the Industry Standard I considered myself to be the very best. When I had 4 Installation Crews working I saw every job every day. I made an effort to learn everything about each and every product & technology available to the industry in order to provide the best possible security experience that our customers had.

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

When I was hired, I was hired by an individual that indicated that I could hire any one on the street to install alarm systems since they were mostly low voltage. I proved him wrong by hiring qualified people that did an exemplary job. With that in mind, I wanted to bring that mind thought to each and every person hired in this field of endeavor.

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

This industry is still looked on by some and something other than an avocation. There are many super people in the industry and they all need to be shown the appreciation they deserve. By sharing my time and effort whit the newby's, it's my goal to stimulate their interest in a long term occupation.