People and Places, Sept. 2012

Medeco and Arrow Name Education Development Manager

Ann McCrady has recently been appointed to the position of education development manager for Medeco Security Locks and Arrow Lock, both ASSA ABLOY group companies.  Increasing advancement in product technology heightens the need for highly focused training and support materials, and Ann’s 22+ years of tenure at Medeco and extensive experience in training, master key, marketing, and product development lends itself well to this challenging position.

McCrady will develop structure and content for the Medeco & Arrow University, which offers online training for security professionals, as well as explore new and existing educational technologies, develop sales training support materials, and coordinate all aspects of training on Medeco and Arrow products.

Prior to working for Medeco, Ann worked as an institutional locksmith and also for a commercial locksmith developing master key systems.  She is a Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL) and holds a Masters of Education from Xavier University.

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NAPCO Names Regional Sales Manager

Gary Minars has been named New York regional sales manager for Napco Security Technologies, Inc. Minars is a sales and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in all facets of the electronic security industry, working as an independent rep., an ADT dealer and an alarm company owner. A native New Yorker, he is well known by local dealers and distributors in this market for his extensive knowledge of our trade

Serving all of Metro NY, Long Island and Westchester, and reporting to Eastern Region VP Dave Sheffey, Minars’ history marketing alarm equipment, as well as being a dealer program representative and retail alarm dealer give him a unique perspective from which he can help customers achieve success in today's rapidly changing markets. His business philosophy is focused on niche marketing and strategic planning, with a strong emphasis on customer relationship building and education.

Minars can be reached at (631) 987-4659 or 1-800-645-9330 Ext.361, or e-mail him at


Linear’s Stottlemyre Retires After 24 Years

Dan Stottlemyre, vice chairman of the Linear Group, and former VP of engineering and president of Linear LLC, a leader in residential and commercial access control, emergency response and security solutions, retired from the company at the end of June.

Starting a new chapter in his life-"one where I don't have to get up and go to work every day," he says with a laugh-has given Stottlemyre a chance to reflect upon the people he has met, the lives he's touched, the products he's helped develop and the legacy he's leaving after 24 years with the company.

Stottlemyre's background as a software programming manager at Scientific Data Systems and Xerox, as well as his background in defense contracting, prepared Stottlemyre for the diverse needs of a security and access control company. In 1988, he joined Linear as Vice President of Engineering, a position in which he took not only a pioneering supervisory role-overseeing a diverse multi-disciplinary team of hardware engineers, RF engineers, mechanical designers, and software and firmware programmers-but also a very hands-on role in the day-to-day workings of his department. "I actually helped out in writing firmware code," he says.

When Stottlemyre joined the company, he saw an opportunity to marry his engineering team's expertise in wireless technologies with the generic door controllers, and championed Linear's expansion into the wireless perimeter access control market. "We had a résumé of top technology pioneered by Linear, and a world-class manufacturing facility at our disposal," he notes. "Creating complimentary security products and systems that would continue to grow our business, and business for our dealers and distributors, was logical; I'm incredibly proud of the products and technologies I had a direct hand in championing and developing during those years."

In 2005, when Stottlemyre was promoted to President of Linear LLC, he intentionally backed off that hands-on approach, though. "I made a conscious decision then to keep my hands out of engineering," he says. "The worst thing you can have is a president running back into engineering and dabbling around back there. But this is a dynamic industry, and my years in product engineering prepared me to strategically lead a stellar team to develop new technologies and products for our customers."

In his time as President, Stottlemyre's goal has been to continue the vision of the company's founders, to maintain an innovative, high-technology company that was, first and foremost, customer-oriented. "I can go through a large list of products that I contributed to-truly innovative products-but in the end, my legacy is the people in whose hands I'm leaving this company," he says. "We have a really close-knit organization, almost a family. They all work well together, and I'm quite proud of them."

For more information about Linear LLC, visit or call 1-800-421-1587.


Tri-Ed / Northern Video Acquires Seabreeze Security Distributors

Tri-Ed / Northern Video, North America’s largest independent security distributor, is pleased to announce its further expansion with the acquisition of Seabreeze Security Distributors, a leading security distributor in the Orlando, Florida market.

Tri-Ed / Northern Video will maintain the Seabreeze office at  839 Clay Street, Winter Park, FL 32789. In addition to the Seabreeze acquisition, Tri-Ed / Northern Video will be opening two new locations, one in Detroit, MI and the other in Raleigh, NC.

Jeff Stout has been named director of national integrator sales for Tri-Ed / Northern Video. He will be joining Bill Donahue, Vice President of Corporate Accounts and the rest of the National Accounts team to secure large integrator accounts and manage the relationships with these key customers.

“Jeff has done a tremendous job working with our IP Video suppliers, developing IP programs, and leading our training efforts in the IP Video space,” notes James Rothstein, executive VP of Tri-Ed / Northern Video. “He brings a wealth of expertise to this new position.”

In his previous role as Tri-Ed / Northern Video’s Director of Network Solutions, Stout oversaw Business Development, National Training and Product Management in the IP Video space. He has trained over 3000 dealers, developed ESA-accredited CEU training curriculum on Networking and IP Video, and published several IP-related trade articles. He will continue to lead some IP Video training sessions throughout 2012.

Nick Reshatoff has been promoted to branch manager, Union City, Calif. Reshatoff has been with the company since February 2006 when he began working in the Rocklin Northern Video telesales office. He joined the Union City sales team in the spring of 2012.

"Nick brings with him an extensive background in customer service and operations and most recently was part of the Telesales team in Rocklin," says Gary Gray, Vice President of the Western region for Tri-Ed / Northern Video Distribution. "He has been a great addition to the Union City staff and, in his new role as Branch Manager, will work alongside Javier Maldonado and Tony Pereira as part of our dynamic team in the Bay area."

With 46 locations, Tri-Ed / Northern Video provides state-of-the-art solutions from the industry’s leading manufacturers of CCTV, IP, access control, fire, intrusion, sound, communications, structured cable, and home automation products. More Info: