Editors Angle: Stories from the Trenches
On May 21 at the Electronic Security Forum and Exposition in Savannah, Ga., I had the great honor of co-presenting three awards that were not only well-deserved by the individuals who received them, but illustrated a purpose that went beyond the awards themselves.
The Central Station Excellence Awards â€“ created and sponsored by the Central Station Alarm Association â€“ are designed to recognize any UL-listed central station (either a CSAA member company or a non-member) and outstanding personnel who perform in the highest professional manner, thereby having made a significant contribution to the betterment of the alarm industry and the alarm profession, while demonstrating exceptional service to their customers and community.
There were three awards given:
- Central Station of the Year,
- Central Station Manager of the Year, and
- Central Station Operator of the Year.
Christine is a quality control supervisor at ADS Security in Nashville, Tenn. She has been employed with ADS since 1992, and her co-workers had this to say about her:
- â€œChristine Mudrak is the most consistent person that I have ever worked with in this company.â€
- â€œDefinitely a leader â€“ exceptional.â€
- â€œChristine is one of a kind.â€
Christine has a story to tell and SDM plans to tell it in the August 2006 issue â€“ along with those of the other winners: Central Station Manager of the Year, Rick Raper of Alarm Detection Systems, Aurora, Ill., and Central Station of the Year, Vector Securityâ€™s eastern monitoring center.
Sidebar: IN THIS ISSUEThis month, SDM presents the second part of a three-part series on Integration. â€œThe Integratorsâ€™ Perspective,â€ written by SDMâ€™s senior editor, Russ Gager, begins on page 56.
Sidebar: ONLINENow there is a tool available to help you educate your subscribers about the risks of using VoIP telephone service with an alarm system at the same premises. SDM has created educational literature, which may be ordered in bulk and distributed to subscribers. A sample of the literature and an order form are available online at www.sdmmag.com.
In the far right-hand column, look for the link titled, â€œEducate Subscribers about the Risks of VoIP.â€