New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Kenton Brothers Inc. works to protect people, property and possessions, with its systems and technologies in commercial buildings, schools and businesses. The company is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and serves customers throughout the Midwest and across the United States.
SIA spoke with David Strickland, chief operating officer at Kenton Brothers, about the company, the security industry and working with SIA.
Tell us the story of your company.
DS: Founded in 1897 by brothers Leon and William, Kenton Brothers Systems for Security is one of the oldest and most trusted security providers to commercial organizations in the region. Fourth-generation owner Gina Stuelke is a proud member of Women’s Business Enterprise; since 2006, she navigates Kenton Brothers through the new era of IT security systems while adhering to the founding core values, making Grandad proud.
Kenton Brothers is a growing company with an organizational culture that promotes both individual growth and teamwork. The mission of Kenton Brothers is to provide superior security products, systems, technical expertise and service at a fair yet profitable rate while preserving the Kenton tradition of credibility and integrity in serving our internal and external business partners.
A wide variety of customers trust us with their security, including the Independence and Belton police departments; WaterOne of Johnson County; Missouri State University; the City of Columbia, Missouri; Russell Stover; Cable Dahmer Chevrolet; and Sunflower Bank.
What solutions/services does your business offer in the security industry? And what makes your offerings/company unique?
DS: Kenton Brothers focuses on the next generation of systems for security, including the latest technologies in network-based access control; commercial video surveillance systems; video analytics; doors, frames and locking hardware; emergency communication devices; intrusion detection systems; hosted services; metal detectors; and turnstiles. As industry leaders in the design, specification, installation and ongoing service of all electronic and mechanical security systems, Kenton Brothers can provide complete, integrated security solutions to meet any customers’ multifaceted business and infrastructure security objectives.
What is something we might not know about your company – or something new you are doing in security?
DS: Kenton Brothers helps you open your doors to everyone. Private businesses and properties, as well as local, state and federal agencies, require door accessibility to “places of public accommodation” under the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Our ADA compliance experts know both the state and local building codes and regulations as they pertain to buildings constructed prior to and after Jan. 26, 1992. We assess your building or place of public accommodation to determine the most effective door accessibility solution to bring you up to compliance with or meet ADA requirements.
What does SIA offer that is most important to you/your company? And what do you most hope to get out of your membership with SIA?
DS: As a company, Kenton Brothers follows a set of core values – the basis for which we run our business and what helps us to provide excellent service to our customers. These principles aid us in making the right choices to be successful and should be reflected in every aspect of our business. Continuous education is one of these core values that we promote to our entire staff of professionals. This membership gives our team access to the multitude of resources SIA offers, therefore helping us to fulfill our goal of industry education. Having accessibility to the most current industry updates and news on demand through SIA is a unique advantage that will make Kenton Brothers stand out from our competitors.
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