News and People, June 2019

June 3, 2019 Access Locks & Matching Interior Locksets for Any Project

Amityville, NY – Marks USA, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies, announces the debut of Style by Marks®’ new interactive website featuring customizable ArchiTech® Access Control Locks and matching interior tubular locksets. Ideal for use with architects and designers, etc., who want their access control and locking “look” to be as welcome as the security they provide, allows site-visitors to be the designer of their own custom locks and then easily spec and share it with other parties via email. The mobile-friendly site can be easily used on smart phones and tablets, too.

Marks' self-explanatory website showcases “Style by Marks” customization capabilities with over 300+ finishes, levers, trims and applications in mortise & cylindrical locks. Website-visitors can pick their choice of application, such as a multi-tenant condo or office, and/or common areas, bedroom, bathroom, gym or office door, in cylindrical or mortise lock and then choose a lever style, rose, finish, ID reader, door color and more.

Wireless ArchiTech® Access Control Locks can be customized with choice of multi-technology readers; or new concealed readers, in standalone, networked or enterprise models all providing Networx® ArchiTech’s industry-leading max. battery life and Grade 1 durability for low maintenance.

Furthermore, to complete the overall “Vision" for the building or campus, the site also allows “trying out” interior locket looks in a variety of application “scenes” to make selections for all door types, i.e., for passage, privacy or dummy application requirements.

Once the design is ready for review, the custom lock design can be easily priced, spec’d and shared among all involved parties with a simple click of the mouse via email.

Try out a design yourself at, or from the Marks website at Style by Marks.

Kastle Systems and Rise Buildings Mobile App

FALLS CHURCH, VA – Kastle Systems International, an industry leader in managed security solutions and services, and Rise Buildings, the provider of an integrated proptech platform that manages all the daily activities for buildings’ staff and occupants, forged an agreement to integrate Kastle’s digital mobile access credential functionality with Rise Buildings’ advanced occupant experience app.

Rise Buildings is the first platform to announce a formal partnership with Kastle Systems to use Kastle’s new mobile Software Development Kit (SDK). The teams embedded digital access credentials for property occupants within the broader Rise property experience platform, strengthening the overall Rise offering by integrating leading managed access and security capabilities with other Rise features—including rent payment processing, package delivery notifications and pickups, maintenance requests, pre-authorized visitor access, amenity usage reservations and more.

This groundbreaking agreement between real estate service leaders demonstrates their shared belief that providing occupants with digital access via mobile devices is an empowering, “sticky” feature that extends the everyday convenience and experience for tenants, residents and employees in buildings anywhere. The partnership also encourages occupant engagement and adoption by meeting and exceeding their expectations for improved property experiences across residential and commercial markets.

“As the first partner in Kastle’s Mobile SDK program, Rise Buildings can continue to focus on the advancement of our property experience platform while leveraging Kastle’s pioneering leadership in access control implementation and monitoring. With a national footprint and a proven track record providing unrivaled access control across millions of square feet of real estate worldwide, Kastle is the perfect partner for us, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about what the future holds together,” says Prasan Kale, CEO of Rise Buildings.

Kastle Systems’ objective for its Mobile SDK program was to respond to the trend toward a more experiential, single app strategy and make sure that its superior BLE-enabled mobile access was available for any customer on whichever app they choose.

“Rise Buildings has led the way in developing innovative occupant experience technology that meets the demands of ever-higher occupant expectations. The integration with Rise Buildings exemplifies the seamless availability of mobile credentials as part of a single, sophisticated mobile tenant experience, and is very much aligned with and ahead of market trends,” notes Haniel Lynn, CEO of Kastle Systems.

SIA’s New Leadership

The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced its 2019 executive committee and welcomed five new members to the SIA Board of Directors at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting, during ISC West 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At The Advance – held Tuesday, April 9, at the Sands Expo Center – the SIA Board of Directors ratified the selection of five new voting members of the Board of Directors to serve two-year terms from 2019 to 2021:

Greg Hill, director, intrusion architecture, Johnson Controls

·      Kim Loy, chief marketing officer, ACRE

·       Jody Ross, vice president, sales, AMAG Technology

·       James Rothstein, senior vice president, global security solutions, Anixter

·       Brian Wiser, regional president, North America, Bosch Security Systems

Following the ratification, the SIA Executive Committee for 2019 includes:

·       Chairman: Scott Schafer, SMS Advisors

·       Chairman Elect: Pierre Trapanese, CEO, Northland Control Systems

·       Vice Chairman: Scott Dunn, director, business development, Axis Communications

·       Secretary: Lynn de Séve, president, GSA Schedules. Inc.

·       Treasurer: Richard Brent, CEO, Louroe Electronics

·       Immediate Past Chairman: Denis Hébert, president, Feenics Inc.

“SIA is thrilled to welcome its newest members to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and leverage the insights of this esteemed group of industry leaders,” said Scott Schafer. “I look forward to the work we will do together to advance the global security industry and provide top-quality service to our members.”

The SIA Board of Directors is comprised of industry professionals representing a broad spectrum of interests in the security industry. The full list of current board members can be found  at

ADI Global Customer Wins New Jaguar F-Pace

ADI Global Distribution (ADI) announced the winner of its 2018 Customer Appreciation Car Giveaway Sweepstakes. Roddy Bieber, vice president special hazards, alarm, and detections, (SHAD) at American Fire Protection Group, Inc., was selected from more than 5,000 entries to win the sweepstakes and a new Jaguar F-PACE.

For 16 years, ADI has been showing appreciation to its customers by presenting one lucky dealer each year with a new car. Entries for the Customer Appreciation Car Giveaway Sweepstakes are collected at all U.S. ADI Expos, and major industry trade shows throughout the year, and the winner is randomly selected.

John Sullivan, senior vice president of strategic accounts, was on hand to award Roddy his new car. “ADI’s main focus is to help our customers grow their businesses,” said Sullivan. “Our customers are extremely important to us, and this sweepstakes is just one of the things we do to express our gratitude for their support. For 2019, we’ll be giving away a Porsche Macan, so I encourage you to come out to ISC West or one of your local expos to get your name in the drawing.”

Bieber began his career in life safety in 1986 in Colorado and has been an owner and manager of several businesses in the industry. He has been with American Fire Protection Group, Inc. since 2015. Before that, he served as the general manager of APi Systems Group Inc. for 10 years before the two organizations merged. Roddy is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the Texas Fire Alarm Association, and is a past board member of the Fire Suppression Systems Association.  

“What a surprise! When I got the call from John Sullivan that I had won the sweepstakes and a new Jaguar I was shocked,” said Bieber. “I’ve been an ADI customer for over 25 years and my company, considers ADI to be a very strong partner. The customer service we get from our local team is top notch.”

For 2019, ADI will be giving away a new Porsche Macan. Customers can see the vehicle up close, and enter for a chance to win at the 2019 ISC West or CEDIA shows where ADI will drive it right into the booth. Dealers may also enter to win by completing an entry form at the 2019 InfoComm show, and any local U.S. ADI Expo.

Read sweepstakes official rules here:

ZKTeco USA announces that Tracy DePalmo has accepted the position of Entrance Control Sales Executive. Tracy is a dynamic and extremely talented technology sales expert with 17 years in both national and regional markets with broad experience in marketing, business development, account management, client relationship management, and strategic planning.

Sielox LLC, a leading provider of access control solutions since 1979, announces that Doug Quick has joined the company as Eastern Regional Vice President of Sales. Quick has over 25 years of security industry experience, including more than a decade as a national systems integrator.

“Doug has a proven track record selling and deploying security systems for end users making him a welcome addition to the Sielox team,” said Karen Evans, President and CEO. “We have a lengthy relationship with Doug and are excited to have him representing Sielox to develop strong relationships with our Rep Firms and Certified Integrators.”

Quick recently spent 14 years as Director of Sales and Team Leader for Tyco/SimplexGrinnell and its successor Johnson Controls, Inc.  Based in Atlanta, Quick will be responsible for growing sales of the Sielox Layered Security solutions in the Eastern U.S.

CARLSBAD, CALIF — Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC), a global leader in wireless security, home automation, access control and health and wellness technology, has appointed Eldon Henry as Latin America Sales Manager CI & Security, reporting to Horacio Morales, Director of International Sales. The appointment strengthens the company’s ability to bring advanced technology solutions to customers throughout the region.

“We are excited for Eldon to join the International team after four successful years as a regional sales manager in California, and 15 years serving in the custom integration industry,” said NSC Sales Vice President Jeff Costello. “Eldon’s dedication to superior customer service and proven ability to help dealers sell the latest home and business technologies will greatly benefit our customers in Latin America.”

Chris Lynch has been promoted to Manager of Builder Services. Lynch now joins Director of Builder Services, Bret Jacob, expanding the Nortek New Home Program to create opportunities for builders, architects, designers and integrators.

“As a Regional Sales Manager, Chris grew his business substantially by leveraging the first phase of our New Home Program,” Jacob said. “He not only ‘road-tested’ the materials, training and packages that are an integral part of the New Home Program, but helped us refine them. So when we looked to expand the team, Chris was the logical choice.”

 “I am thrilled to join the Nortek New Home Program team,” Lynch said. “We are changing how integrators partner with builders, architects and designers, and how builders sell smart home packages to their customers.”

The Nortek New Home Program helps builders create complete and effective connected home strategies, offering dealers and builders a complete range of benefits including aggressively priced and powerfully featured base packages, important “sell-through” services and training, direct manufacturer product and marketing support and project oversight, and industry-leading model home and incentive programs.   

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