Security 101® - Orlando, a leading security systems integrator, announced Pace Brantley School as the winner of the 2018 Gift of Security. The corporate giving initiative donates $10,000 worth of integrated security services from locally owned offices, and equipment from program product partner, Axis Communications, to deserving nonprofits. All integrated security solutions provided are completely free for the nonprofit winner.
This year nearly 70,000 votes were cast collectively to determine 15 nonprofit award winners at different office locations throughout the country.
Since inception, the Gift of Security has provided integrated security solutions to nearly 30 organizations. The most challenging part is getting organizations to understand the legitimacy of the giving program and to nominate themselves. Local offices are privately owned and under no obligation to participate in the Gift of Security. In fact, employees at participating local offices often donate their time during the work week to execute the program and donate time on the weekend for installations.
The award presentation will take place in January 2018.
Nonprofit finalists have been named for the 2018 Gift of Security and the winning nonprofit will be determined by online vote. Voting to take place November 16 - December 8.
2018 Nonprofit Finalists
|Central Florida Dreamplex|
|Pace Brantley School|
Security 101® - Orlando is excited to announce their participation in the 6th annual Gift of Security. The corporate-giving program provides an integrated security system and $10,000 worth of equipment from product partner, Axis Communications, to one nonprofit winner at each participating office location. This year fifteen Security 101 offices throughout the U.S. will engage a panel of judges from the community to help review nonprofit nominations and identify three qualified organizations to advance to the online voting process, which ultimately determines the grand prize winner. Voting will take place throughout the month of November and the winning organizations will be announced in December. Click here to nominate a nonprofit candidate.
2018 Judges Panel
Marriott Vacations Worldwide
|David A. Santiago
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Orange County Sheriff's Office
Florida Hospital Security
The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, winners of the 2017 Gift of Security corporate giving campaign, received their custom design and installation. They won state-of-the-art video management solution products from Axis Communications, complete wiring from Scott Longacre at Wiring Technologies, Inc., and assistance from the entire Security 101 – Orlando team on the weekend. Special thanks to Philip Balliett who is the IT/Data Statistics Administration at the Coalition for helping to coordinate efforts.
Security 101 – Orlando hosted their annual Mid-Year team review at iFLY, an indoor skydiving center. Every year the team gets together outside of the office in a fun environment to review the yearly goals and discuss progress on achieving those goals. The skydiving simulator was a great team building exercise and reinforced Security 101’s core values and approach to corporate culture.
Photo Left to Right: Ross Linville, Randy Bowling, John Eggebean, Eric Cook, John Williams, Rich Blaize, Rick Kernan, Jessica Ely, Justin Campbell, Stephen Zellers, Richard Williams, Donald Eib, Ross Manfredi, Jason Pasik
Security 101 - Orlando partnered with Axis Communications, Inc. to present Officer Karina Guerrero and Officer William Humphries of the Longwood Police Department with the Community Policing Award during the ASIS Orlando 2017 L.E.O. Awards "A salute to local law enforcement". Ross Linville, owner of Security 101 - Orlando and Joe Thistle of Axis were on hand to honor the officers and present them with a trophy. This years' ceremony marked the 20th anniversary of the event which took place at the Orlando World Center Marriott on May 23rd.
Security 101 - Orlando partnered with Axis Communications, Inc. and donated a new surveillance system to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida as part of the 2017 Gift of Security program started by Security 101. The program, in which local judges and the public nominate and vote for local nonprofit organizations, has been an ongoing initiative that began five years ago as a way for Security 101 to give back to local communities. Congratulations to the winner!
Security 101 - Orlando would like to take a moment to recognize our top talent and the awards and credits they have worked so hard for over the past year. Congratulations to the outstanding dedication of the team members mentioned below!
Jason Pasik — Presidents Club for the 2nd year in a row. He had $3M in Sales this year and again also project manages all his own business. Jason puts in the hours and at home whenever necessary get the job done. He is a great example of what you can achieve with a great work ethic and commitment to the goals you set
Richard Kernan — Operational Excellence Award for sustained excellent performance during calendar year 2016. Throughout the year Richard repeatedly demonstrated that he is a dedicated security professional who takes great pride in his work. Frequently called upon in difficult situations when the job simply had to get done, Richard consistently proved that he was up to the task of serving his customers. No mater, day or night, he demonstrated a willingness and commitment to working the necessary hours to get projects installed. On several occasions, Richard was called upon to install new and unfamiliar systems, and in each case, he successfully tackled the challenges head-on. His high quality work and positive attitude set a striking example for all technicians to follow. In 2016 his commitment to Fanatical Customer Service and overall impressive performance significantly contributed to the success of Security 101 - Orlando.
Donald Eib — Donald hit his first major milestone in sales and we recognize his efforts of achieving the Sales Excellence award for his first Million dollars in Sales. He started with Security 101 – Orlando in August of 2015 and in his first full year of sales he was able to reach $1M in 2016. Great Job Donald!
Jennifer Florio — We recognize Jennifer Florio in 2016 with our Operational Excellence Award. She has shown once again that hard work and dedication is a key value in her career. Jenn is our Office Manager and she has played a huge role in helping out all departments and getting our company to exceed its goals for 2016. She has a whatever it takes attitude and out of the box thinking that makes everything run that much smoother in the Orlando Office.
On November 8th, Security 101 - Orlando hosted a successful luncheon at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in Winter Park, FL. Joined by guest speakers from Hitachi Data Systems® and OnSSI® we discussed the topics of smart cities, public/private partnerships and building safer, smarter and more efficient communities through connected intelligence.
With 52 in attendance, the presentations focused on making communities and organizations safer using next generation VMS and using actionable intelligence based on data from smart city systems.
Stay tuned for our next Lunch and Learn coming up in early 2017!
Security 101 - Orlando and Axis Communications, Inc. have flexed their giving muscles and have helped to provide Lake Brantley High School in Orlando with a brand new set of upgrades and IP capabilities to the school's ailing security systems.
Each year, the ASIS Foundation School Security Funding Competition finds a deserving facility in the host city of the ASIS trade show, and provides funding for critical security upgrades and equipment.
After working closely with school officials to determine their needs, Security 101 - Orlando owner Ross Linville planned carefully for the new equipment and several other companies jumped in to help in any way they could. Axis Communications, Inc. provided the cameras, Ditek Surge supplied surge modules for the exterior cameras, ADI stepped in to provide free rack mount surge suppression units, and Wiring Technologies Inc. connected it all by running the necesary cable.
When everything came together, Lake Brantley High School was able to proudly say it had itself a brand new state of the art IP video system with (18) new IP color cameras, licenses, new wiring and surge suppression, and a new network video recorder — with almost half of the cost absorbed by the suppliers.
Security 101 - Orlando hosted a lunch and learn on August 23, 2016 at Fleming's Prime Steak House & Wine Bar. Guest speakers from Remote Security Solutions, Briefcam, and Avigilon discussed virtual guard services as well as enhanced, self-learning video analytics and smart camera technologies, and how this technology is being used in conjunction with virtual guard services (managed video surveillance applications) to monitor a site’s activity and intelligently notify operators of specific video events. Check out the gallery below to see photos from the event!
Each April, owners from Security 101 franchises across the country descend upon the Security 101 Owners Meeting. The franchises are recognized for outstanding work throughout the year with a variety of awards. Ross Manfredi, co-owner of Security 101 - Orlando, had set a goal of earning the office of the year award upon hearing of the award four years prior. This year, his goal became a reality for the Orlando team.
Ross Manfredi states:
"This award is for the single office location that did the best in several categories and I am proud that our team was able to make that happen. Ross and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your efforts in getting our office recognized for this award."
The award will be proudly displayed in the Orlando office.
Security 101 – Orlando prides itself on providing fanatical customer service. When customers take the time to recognize members of the Security 101 – Orlando team, they call it “Customer Magic”. Today’s Customer Magic was provided by Justin Campbell, an Account Executive at Security 101 – Orlando, for his commitment to going above and beyond for the customer.
Ross Manfredi, owner at Security 101 – Orlando states “Justin will consistently go above and beyond for his customers to ensure they have the best solution for their sites along with assisting them in the design of those systems [and] in many cases saving them money while adding devices.”
Here’s what a recent customer was inspired to say about Justin:
"I wanted to take a moment today to send a special thanks and offer recognition to one of your employees for amazing customer service and personifying excellence.Our focus is and has always been to create the ultimate user experience for our customers. Because without them we would be nothing.
When I met Justin Campbell for the first time, we were trying to make heads or tails with the construction of our new corporate headquarters. I had already been through meetings with three or four security companies. But each of those meetings left something to be desired. My first meeting with Justin was completely different than any of the previous vendors. He listened to all the requirements we had and immediately started asking probing and qualifying questions. His level of expertise was extraordinary. His willingness to help and attention to detail with our questions was incredible. When it came time to choose a vendor, Justin had been so helpful, quick to respond and easy to work with, that there really wasn’t another vendor that could even come close. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and because of that, more often than not we feel let down by the companies that support us. This couldn’t be farther from the truth with Security 101. Justin has reaffirmed that there are other companies out there that have the same high standards and focus on customer service. To not just settle for what the customer asked for, but to dig deeper and find out if there is anything missing that the customer didn’t ask for, but really needs.
Because of the time and dedication Justin has shown, Security 101 is and will be our vendor of choice for all of our security and access control need for a long time to come. I just wanted someone to know what an amazing job he is doing and that he is representing Security 101 with flawless execution. Thanks Justin for everything, this building wouldn’t have been the same without your help and guidance. I look forward to continuing to work with you and Security 101 for many years to come."
Stephen has been named the recipient of the Security 101 - Orlando "Operational Excellence Award". This distinction is given to a member of Team101 who has selfishly gone above and beyond the call of duty to help out both internal and external customers, constantly staying late, getting in early, and taking care of business whenever and wherever they are needed — even for another's installation.
Security 101 - Orlando would like to recognize the tremendous efforts made by Jason Pasik in sales and project management. Jason has toppled the $1 million dollar mark in sales and it is notable to add that he project-managed the entire book of business along with several other installations and service duties. Thanks for your dedication Jason!
On Friday, November 6th several members of the Security 101 organization supported the 17th Annual Orlando Health South Lake Hospital Golf Invitational at Bella Collina Golf Club in Montverde. Security 101 was proud to participate as an Eagle Sponsor along with our good friends and colleagues from Wiring Technologies, Inc. (WTI). All tournament net proceeds went to supporting the expansion of hospital programs vital to serving the rapidly growing south Lake County community.
As a special thanks to their customer, Team101 in Orlando sponsored lunch for Florida Hospital for National Healthcare Facilities and Engineering Week!
On September 18th, the Central Florida East Chapter of the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security held a meeting to inaugurate new board members, including Security 101 - Orlando's Ross Linville. The meeting was conducted at the Florida Hospital Winter Park location and included hospital security and safety professionals in east central Florida.
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