News Briefs / People April 2023

April 3, 2023

Paxton Launches Paxton Rewards

The new Paxton Rewards loyalty program is the first opportunity for U.S. installers to earn rewards by participating in training, installing Paxton solutions and completing activities or achievements. Download the app for free from the Apple App Store or on Android Google Play.

Gareth O’Hara, Paxton’s chief sales officer, says, “Three years ago, we launched the Paxton Installer app and, so far, it's been downloaded by over 25,000 users. This essentially delivered the first phase development of the program in validating that the app was deemed useful. We now have the right platform to deliver what will be seen as a simple-to-use, loyalty program that matches our customers’ expectations.”

Earning points is straightforward; installers can scan any Paxton products with a silver barcode, attend training, or submit case study suggestions. 

Installers can enjoy different benefits, including Paxton products, partner badges to show their expertise, and elevated listings on Paxton’s website. Paxton branded merchandise and Amazon vouchers are also available for installers to redeem in the Paxton Rewards store. 

Joining the program does not only give installers rewards, but they will also have a chance to further experience the advantages of the recently updated Paxton Installer app. 

Steve Rowlands, divisional director of product management at Paxton, explains: “Installers can access many useful resources via the app, including literature, product manuals, and installation tutorial videos. 

“And what's more, the content is stored in the app locally after being viewed. This is useful when installers are on site with no Wi-Fi, as they can still view the materials to get the instructions they need.”

BHMA Updates Four Lock Standards

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) announced the publication of revisions to four products, all of which have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). 

“BHMA reviews each ANSI/BHMA standard at least once every five years to ensure that our standards continue to meet the ever-changing needs of both the public and our industry,” said BHMA Standards Director Michael Tierney. “This work is essential for maintaining alignment with modern quality requirements in our industry.” 

Revisions to all standards also included edits, renumbering, and updates to references. Each ANSI/BHMA standard can be purchased on the BHMA website, and summaries of each standard can be accessed on the Hardware Highlights page.

Technical meetings throughout 2022 yielded the following changes to the below standards: 

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.2: Bored and Preassembled Locks and Latches 

  • Removed finish requirements (now consolidated in A156.18) 
  • Updated ASTM F476 references 
  • Re-arranged paragraph 4 and added paragraph numbers in Section 10 and 11 
  • Synched definitions with A156.13 
  • Updated references with editorial corrections made as necessary 

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.12: Interconnected Locks 

  • Deleted any definitions of terms not directly applicable to the standard 
  • Added option of using a ½-inch blade for the saw test 
  • Removed “alone” from the requirements header to clarify 8.5 
  • Clarified 10.4, creating separate paragraphs for the requirements 
  • Removed finish requirements and pointed to A156.18 
  • Made extensive editorial revisions  
  • Made several suggested edits to the Appendix  

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.13: Mortise Locks and Latches 

  • Re-formatted Compressive Load test section for clarity 
  • Added requirements to cover narrow stile mortise locks including function numbers and tests 
  • Specified Impact Test location 
  • Added A156.41 reference to the Appendix 
  • Clarified test cylinder requirements 3.1 and 6.5 
  • Updated reference documents 

Changes to ANSI/BHMA A156.24: Delayed Egress Locking Systems 

  • Edited test door hinge description in 4.2 
  • Updated reference standards 
  • Revisions to all standards also included edits, renumbering, and updates to references.  

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Atlanta, GA  –  SALTO Systems North America has promoted two marketing team members to new levels of leadership to help focus on the four pillars of SALTO NA's efforts: building the brand, fostering a culture of learning and impact, getting closer to the customer, and achieving sustainable growth.

Heena Virjee has been named as senior manager-marketing, North America. She will guide the continued growth and expansion of SALTO's electronic access control hardware and software security products, oversee the marketing team, shape the overall marketing strategy, and serve as the North American contact for media inquiries. Virjee joined SALTO in 2020 as a creative marketing manager and quickly showed impressive leadership skills. 

"Heena's superb leadership, engaging content creation, and wealth of experience have created the opportunity for her responsibilities to grow beyond the digital domain," said SALTO NA President Bill Wood. "I'm excited for the SALTO brand and our North America team to achieve new levels of marketing reach and effectiveness with Heena's stewardship."

Based in Atlanta, home of SALTO NA headquarters, Virjee reports to Colin DePree, Sales Strategy, SALTO NA.

Ann Murphy has been named as SALTO NA marketing manager–Canada. She will guide the overall marketing efforts for Canada and serves as the media contact for Canadian English and French-speaking publications. Murphy joined SALTO in 2019 as sales and marketing coordinator for SALTO Canada. She has since expanded her duties beyond Canada to support SALTO Marketing NA. Based in the SALTO Montreal office in Quebec, she reports to Heena Virjee. 

During a short transitional period, Steve Burk, who previously served as SALTO NA director of marketing, will shift his focus and work to accelerate internal momentum around onboarding, learning, and development, and a new rotational leadership development program prior to assuming his new role as SALTO NA area manager. Then Burk will assume sales and operational responsibilities for the Southeast area of the United States, including North Carolina, south to Florida, and west throughout Texas.

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Camden Door Controls, a premier provider of door activation and locking devices and a one-stop source for electric strikes, announces the promotion of Nisreen Mukri to marketing communications manager.

Mukri, who has more than 15 years of marketing and design experience, joined Camden as marketing coordinator in April 2022. Her expertise spans branding strategies, marketing, trade show management, consumer packaging, and advertising.

In her new role as marketing communications manager, Mukri will plan and implement integrated communications strategies utilizing all communications vehicles, including digital, print, and live media; manage in-house marketing staff, and interface with outside vendors.

“Nisreen has been an asset to the Marketing Communications department since coming aboard in 2022,” says David Price, Camden’s vice president, of communications and business development. “We at Camden are pleased to announce her promotion to marketing communications manager.”

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