Security 101 announced that Michael Walton has been promoted to president for Security Franchisors and Security 101, effective immediately. In his new position, Walton will oversee all franchising operations. Walton will continue to report to Security 101 Founder and CEO Steven Crespo.

“To say Michael has been a key component in managing, supporting and helping to grow this organization would be an understatement,” Crespo said. “He is committed to finding new and operationally-sound ways to expand the franchising business while training and supporting our locally-owned offices as they grow within their respective markets. He is a strong leader and I'm confident he will guide our organization to even greater success.”

In his prior role as chief operations officer, Walton provided operational expertise for the entire Security 101 organization while overseeing the company’s financial health and mentoring franchise owners. Walton also managed the company’s franchise development and software development teams and oversaw the addition of 14 franchise locations. During Walton's leadership, Security 101's portfolio of 53 franchise locations saw substantial revenue growth.

As a 30-year veteran of the security industry, Walton has worked for Security 101 since 2008. Prior to joining the corporate team, he was the operations manager for the Security 101 franchise located in South Florida. Walton is also a Security One Systems alum where he was the vice president of operations. Walton served in the United States Navy and the United States Naval Reserve, retiring as a chief petty officer.

“I am looking forward to working with our team of franchise owners and strategic industry partners while continuing to make improvements that will expand our incredible organization.” Walton said.

Walton will remain based at Security 101's corporate headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla.