Q&A: Brandon Savage, Chairman of Young Security Professionals
Brandon Savage, Senior VP of Customer Experience and Operations of My Alarm Center, also serves as the chairman of the Young Security Professionals (YSP), ESA's professional group made up of individuals between the ages of 25 and 45.
Members are managers or beyond in a company that designs, sells, installs and/or monitors electronic life safety, security and/or integrated systems — they are the future leaders in the electronic security industry.
We recently caught up with Savage to talk about ESA's YSP, trends involving the industry's young leaders, and his ESX mentors.
ESX: Why is it important to cultivate youth into security leadership roles?
With larger companies in the industry, there is pressure to make sure the company is in tune with growing/younger market segments, what they expect from the product and how they prefer to communicate – with social media, email and chat. Ensuring that you are cultivating these leaders and listening to their ideas can be critical in positioning your company for future growth and success.
ESX: What is ESA's Young Security Professionals doing to support this initiative?
In addition, we have recently kicked off a monthly online networking webcast that is 100% dedicated to networking. No webinars, no speakers... just a chance for members to hop onto a web-chat from the convenience of their home or office and get to know some of their peers. This webcast takes place every second Friday of the month at 4 p.m. ET. Details can be found on the YSP Facebook page.
ESX: Do you see any trends in the industry that would impact the younger professionals?
Younger professionals should have good insight into many of these issues, as they are more technology-focused. As they keep up-to-date with the industry and the larger security ecosphere, they can prove valuable resources to any company in our space.
ESX: Why should young people attend ESX?
ESX: What stories do you have about meeting a mentor and what it did for your personal and professional development?
I've had the opportunity to meet and get to know many other leaders in the industry at ESX, including Joe Nuccio, Pam Petrow, Bruce Mungiguerra, Mike Miller, John Jennings, Chet Donati and Jamie Haenggi, amongst many others. I look forward to getting to know more people this year!
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Kelly Mello is a writer for AE Ventures, managers of the Electronic Security Expo.