Security Systems News has announced its "20 Under 40" Class of 2016 Integrator winners, and we are proud to have one of our own honored this year. Matthew Netardus, 26, Head of System Design in our Norfolk, VA office.
Matthew has seen many angles of the security industry, from the construction, end user, and integrator perspectives. “It definitely helps having been an end user,” he said. “I’ve seen every different side of that puzzle; starting off in the construction side, seeing the very bare bones in terms of technology, and then going to being an end user and being in charge of a department that actually used these systems - then going back into the installation and integration side," says Netardus.
Netardus first worked with perimeter fencing, defenses, and gates at military bases, before moving on to become an asset-protection executive for Target. “I ended up jumping sides of the industry and going from an end user to an integrator at that point,” he noted, saying it was “happenstance” that brought him to Security 101.
As co-owner of our Hampton Roads office, Netardus oversees the programming and sales teams, acting as a bridge between operations and sales. He ensures that both departments have all of the resources they need, and that the system the customer gets is the same as the one originally designed, “which sometimes gets lost in translation if the same person isn’t there from that original walk-through to the end of the install,” says Netardus.
Netardus says he likes how much technology changes in the industry, and has a specific interest in cloud technologies. “A big part of my job is staying on top of new technology. Any new products that our branch brings in, I’m responsible for vetting them before we start to carry and offer [them].”
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