MAXIMIZE NEW EMPLOYEES – WHY ONBOARDING IS CRITICAL TO THEIR SUCCESS

Wednesday, June 20 | 10:00-11:15AM
Friday, June 22 | 9:45-10:45AM

A sink-or-swim mentality is a misguided strategy, resulting in almost half of all hourly employees to leave new jobs within the first 120 days. This high level of employee turnover is costly in time and money. The first days and weeks for a new hire are critical in their ability to fit in to your company’s culture and become as productive as possible – sooner than later. Whether a small, midsize or large company, onboarding is a critical process to adopt. In this session, you’ll learn some practical steps managers can take to improve a new hire’s odds of success. Before you think that onboarding is just another buzzword for orientation, you’ll want to hear from experts that embraced this process: 

• Why onboarding reduces employee turnover
• How to develop a plan and manage an ongoing onboarding process
• Why it’s important to immerse new hires in the company’s culture, history and structure, and the industry
• Learn techniques that ease first-day anxieties 
• How to utilize self-guided and guided responsibilities for new employees and team members

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John Cerasuolo
President/CEO
ADS Security
John is the President and CEO of ADS Security, the 19th largest security company in the US. ADS Security was the 2014 SDM Dealer of the Year, an award recognizing one company that demonstrates unmistakable success, a high level of innovation and notable growth and accomplishments in the security industry.
John grew up on Long Island, NY and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 with a BS degree in economics and political science. He later earned an MBA degree from Clemson University. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy John joined the Navy Nuclear Power Program and was a senior officer in the Engineering Department of the nuclear powered cruiser USS Virginia. In 1988 he joined Michelin Tire Corporation in South Carolina as an industrial engineer. John was then Vice President at Alcoa Fujikura Ltd, a telecommunications company, until 2008 when he joined ADS Security.
John is board chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee and serves on the Advisory Council for the Atlas Network.

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Steve Firestone
President
Select Security
Mr. Steve Firestone has more than 35 years of “C-suite” experience leading revenue and profitability initiatives on behalf of corporate clients and former employers. 

Mr. Firestone serves as the President at Select Security, one of the fastest growing security companies in the country. Under his leadership, Select Security launched several enterprise-wide software solutions, infrastructure upgrades, reorganization of the corporate structure, and a transformation of the company’s culture, while continuing to achieve rapid expansion and organic growth. Mr. Firestone also led initiatives including the formation of Select Security’s core values and focus on being a Compelling Place to Work, Shop, and Invest.

Previously, Mr. Firestone led the development of the strategic and business plans for several technology startups as the founder of his own consultancy, The Firestone Group. Mr. Firestone also led the corporate consulting practice for Wasserman Media Group, served as the senior marketing executive at Office Depot, and was CMO and EVP of Sales at the security services startup subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Security completed 38 acquisitions in 18 months and became the fourth largest security dealer during that period. 

Mr. Firestone serves on several industry association Boards of Directors and has been active in community and philanthropic organizations.

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