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Apartment Association Metro Denver - Education Conference & Trade Show

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

VTI Security, with the guidance and leadership of Adam Hacker, Senior Account Manager, participated in this year's Education Conference & Trade Show for the Apartment Association of Denver.  Adam was joined by John Nowak, Gina Barcelona, and Stephen Fisher to highlight our active engagement in the multi-family community.  This event drew over 1,600 registered attendees and proved to be one of the most energetic and fun shows we've had the opportunity to be a part of.

Our clients include some of the largest builders, property managers, and designers of these properties with emphasis on our ability to develop strategic plans for enterprise properties/solutions, standardized platforms, and technologies ranging from telephone entry systems to credentialed access control to license plate recognition.  To learn more about our multi-family programs, please contact Adam Hacker at adam.hacker@vtisecurity.com.  Enjoy some pics!....

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VTI Honors Those Who Have Fallen on Memorial Day

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018

As a Proud Supporter of Those Who Serve, VTI Security will be observing the federal Memorial Day holiday on Monday of next week.  Indeed, a time for gratitude, appreciation, family, and good energy.  We wish each of you a great holiday as you observe those who have fallen during military service to our country.  Enjoy some traditional observances below.

Special thanks to our on-call Colleagues remaining available  in the event of client needs - Ray McGrady, Alfredo Torres, Bob Lane, Jeff Davis, Monty Payne, Wally Avalos, and Brandon Farley.




In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Since the late 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”

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VTI-University Milwaukee 2018

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

We believe that education is at the foundation of our shared responsibility in the security industry.  Today we launched our 2018 Summer Educational Series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Our Trusted Business Partner, Mike Cummings of Cummings Security Consulting, delivered over 44 years of professional insight, stories, and best practices in healthcare security and business operations relevant to physical security.  

Special thanks to Jake Haugh and the team at Children's Hospital Wisconsin for being gracious and professional hosts.

VTI-University is an educational event.  It brings together industry professionals actively engaged in protecting people, property, and information - end users, manufacturers, and partners of the VTI community.  It as a casual affair designed to elevate conversation in a non-sales environment.  We look forward to our next events scheduled for Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, and Omaha.  To learn more about VTI-University and events scheduled in your market, please contact Stephen Fisher, Director, Business Development at stephen,fisher@vtisecurity.com.  

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Introducing the VTI-University Summer Educational Series

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018

VTI Security has long believed that empowering our Trusted Business Partners with the information necessary to operate successfully in their business climate is at the foundation of our responsibility.  The launch of VTI University and the development of our VTI Learning Centers allows for elevated access to information.

In 2018, we are proud to introduce Michael R. Cummings, CPP, as our keynote speaker.  Mike will be leading interactive sessions on The State of Healthcare Security & Developing a Business Approach for Physical Security Challenges.  While Mike brings over 40 years of professional experience in the healthcare and retail physical security arena, these courses are designed for Chief Security Officers, Risk Managers, Physical Security & Life Safety Leadership, Information Technology, and those tasked with protecting people, property, and information from any vertical market.

We'd like to express our gratitude to Mike for sharing a career of expertise with our Trusted Business Partners.  In addition, our colleagues at Children's Hospital Milwaukee and Axis Communications for opening their doors and graciously hosting these strategic and informative events.  You can expect individual notification/invitations for each of our VTI-University sessions.  However, we encourage you to mark your calendars accordingly for these end-user local market events:

Milwaukee on May 15th @ Children's Hospital Corporate Center
Omaha on June 21st @ VTI Learning Center
Dallas on July 19th @ Axis Experience Center
Minneapolis on July 24th @ VTI Learning Center
Denver on August 9th @ VTI Learning Center




To learn more about VTI-University, our Educational Series, or to be able to attend one of these unique events, please contact Stephen Fisher, Director, Business Development at stephen.fisher@vtisecurity.com.  Looking forward to seeing you this summer!
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2018 Nebraska Educational Technology Association Conference

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018

From the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Gary Weikel has been representing VTI Security this week at the 2018 Spring NETA Conference.  The Nebraska Educational Technology Association exists for the purpose of providing leadership and promoting the application of technology to the educational process.  Its span of interest includes all levels and aspects of education.

In collaboration with school districts, our Company has executed physical security solutions that go beyond creating a safer environment to deliver and receive an education. We have been instrumental in accelerating incident detection and response time, ensuring interoperability between schools, communities, and local law enforcement, as well as, leveraging campus infrastructure and IP networks to drive greater ROI and simplifying scalability.  

To learn more about VTI Security and how we can serve your school, please connect with Stephen Fisher at stephen.fisher@vtisecurity.com and visit our site at www.vtisecurity.com.

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ISC West 2018 - Las Vegas

Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018

ISC West has become the largest security industry trade show in the United States.  Alongside 30,000 attendees and with over 1,000 exhibitors, 'the Show' serves as VTI Security's premier opportunity for education, research, business development, client & partner engagement, and continued position in our status as a differentiator when it comes to being an integrator in this space we call security.  

2018 was well attended and represented fully by VTI and our clients.  With the leadership and coordination of Gina Barcelona, VTI once again held court on the patio of Morel's to thank our clients for their friendship and their business, provided a sanctuary and meeting space just off the Show floor to allow for our Trusted Business Partners to meet with VTI Leadership and Account Managers, and somehow managed to squeeze in a bit of fun, too. It just wouldn't be a VTI event if that wasn't the case.

Once again, the Show supported Mission 500.  Mission 500 is a security industry centric non profit dedicated to serving severely in-need children in the United States, while acting as a catalyst and a resource for excellence in corporate social responsibility in the industry.  We are proud to recognize Bryan Viau and Stephen Asp for making this an integral part of our week.  Philanthropy is a part of our foundation, our responsibility, and at the heart of our culture at VTI.

We want to extend thanks and appreciation to each of our clients, to Gina, to our manufacturer partners who supported the Show alongside our teams, and to our Colleagues who make it all go.  2018 is off to a great start and we are already making plans for another great event in 2019.  Viva Las Vegas!  Enjoy the pics....  ......see you next year!!!




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TEC: Premier Security Education & Networking Event

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

TEC, presented by PSA Security Network, continues to grow in both size and impact.  VTI Security is a proud member/owner and was vested heavily in this years' programs.  TEC is a week of manufacturer certification training courses, industry subject matter expert presentations, panel conversations over today - and tomorrow's - industry topics, and premier networking for the security industry.  Held in downtown Denver, this uniquely Colorado event serves as a great resource for our Colleagues.  

Continuing Education is a cornerstone of our foundation.  Empowering our Trusted Business Partners with the information, insight, and elevated conversation we gain from these investments of time, resources, and energy furthers our ability to serve each of them, as well as, our Colleagues.  The State of the Industry is strong and we are proud to not only be a part of it, but to be shaping it. 
 
PSA is the world’s largest systems integrator cooperative made up of the most progressive security and audio-visual systems integrators in North America. Combined, PSA members boasts over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in security, fire, life safety and pro audio-visual installations.  PSA’s mission is to empower its owners to become the most successful systems integrators in the markets they serve. PSA brings this mission to life by partnering with industry leading product and solution providers, delivering unparalleled education and training programs and by offering a variety of distinctive services that can enhance any company’s operations.


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Bridging the Gap: Physical, Logical, & Cyber Security

Posted on Friday, March 09, 2018

VTI Security enjoys a unique, strategic, and Trusted Business Partnership with SecureSet (www.secureset.com).  Our dynamic relationship affords both of our companies a number of advantages, but possibly none greater than the opportunity to teach, to fuel discovery, and to excite the minds of future players in the cyber arena.  "To teach is to learn twice over." - Joseph Joubert.

This past week Professors Angelo Trujillo, Katie McLean, and Stephen Fisher joined a full class of this semesters CORE program at SecureSet's new downtown Denver campus to discuss physical security technologies, processes, and tradecraft.  

Special thanks to Bret Fund and the SecureSet Team for continuing to demonstrate that Trusted Business Partnerships are a foundation for success.  To learn more about the education programs available at SecureSet, please visit www.secureset.com.  To learn more about VTI Security and our VTI University Educational Series, please contact VTI Security at stephen.fisher@vtisecurity.com.


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IAHSS @ VTI

Posted on Monday, March 05, 2018

The Upper Midwest Chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) held their chapter meeting in March at the VTI Security Learning Center.  The Chapter, led by Stephen Daniel -System Director of Security & Emergency Management for Fairview Health Systems, places an emphasis on education.  

This session was joined by Joshua Cummings, Director of Engineering Services for VTI Security to discuss trends in the physical security technology space and their impact in the healthcare arena.

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare facilities. IAHSS is a professional association with more than 2,000 members who are healthcare security, law enforcement, safety and emergency management leaders.  For nearly fifty years, IAHSS has educated and served members and the profession by offering exclusive resources and benefits including industry and design guidelines, local and international educational and networking opportunities, and the celebrated bi-annual Journal of Healthcare Protection Management.  IAHSS has certified tens of thousands of dedicated professionals who keep healthcare facilities, patients, staff and visitors safe. IAHSS offers the Basic, Advanced and Supervisor certifications, a Safety Certificate Program, and maintains the prestigious Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) certification, the standard for the healthcare security leader dedicated to the profession.  

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Omaha MBJ: "Move to Full-Service Facility Represents Expansion in Metro for VTI Security"

Posted on Monday, February 05, 2018

As written in the January 26th Edition of Midlands Business Journal by Becky McCarville:

Since opening in 2015, VTI Security's Omaha office has grown from two colleagues and an 800 sf office to 10 colleagues and a 5,000 sf facility it recently moved into, according to Account/Project Manager Matt Larson.  The new location boasts a full warehouse, elevated dock for large items, a lab for set-up, complete office space, and the company's third Learning Center.  "Omaha, like many of offices in the U.S., was opened in response to the request of a trusted business partner building a major data center in the area," said Larson, who runs the local office.  "Our commitment and investment in Omaha continues."

VTI Security was founded in 1980, in response to client needs for an integration partner in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market, and offers, design, install, and support services for a full range of advanced security technologies.

"Omaha aligned with a number of aspects in how we look at our business and growth strategy," said Director of Business Development Stephen Fisher.  "Like Milwaukee, Denver and Amarillo, our clients drove our need to be present in Omaha."  Fisher noted VTI Security enjoyed business in the metro for many years.  "And with a large client requiring a full-time presence, it opened the door to be able to service and support our base directly, as opposed to through our partner networks developed over 35 years," he said.  Fisher also noted the Omaha location aligns geographically between existing brick and mortar in the middle of the U.S.  He continued: "Our due diligence identified a number of exciting advances in health care, technology (and/or) data centers, and utility (and/or) energy investments in this market.  There is a growth energy here."

For example, leadership reports a full range of clients in the above areas in teh metro, as well as, in education and local and state government.  "We've found the end-users in Omaha are quite educated and eager to find a trusted business partner who values education, the ability to develop forward-thinking and strategic plans for the horizon, and who understand the importance of performance," Fisher said.  "There seems to be an importance placed on investing in leading companies in our industry that are proven - not by how long they've been here, but by the people whose trust they have earned."

Senior Account Manager Gary Wiekel referred to the firm's recent investments in training, leadership, and certification in direct response to the increase in security-oriented breaches and threats.  "We have partnered with SecureSet, the nation's foremost cyber security educational resource and university, to train our colleagues to be a more secure partner," he said.  "In addition, our technology team has made investments such as cyber security insurance, retained the services of a leading information security services company to assist with securing internal information assets, incident response planning, incident assistance if a data breach were to occur, and to perform intermittent network penetration testing."

Weikel said they've also invested in internal controls, including next-gen firewalls, encrypted network credentials, secure access protocols, username and password programs, and what he characterized as a "robust colleague integrity program."  "We consider this barometer for the kind of partner you should be choosing when considering physical security integration companies." he said.

Larson said the company continues to invest in its colleagues, processes and resources as needed by clients.  "We are most excited about our Learning Center and bring value-based education to our clients and the market," he said.  "Further adaptation is always based on the needs of our clients and direction of our industry technology."  Leadership also noted the company plans to bring its VTI University speaker series to the Greater Omaha area this year, which will be hosted at the Learning Center.  More details for the summer series may be posted on social media an its website during the first quarter. 

When asked about company differentiators, Fisher emphasizes the performance-driven natuire of the industry when quoting the late ITT Corp. businessman Harold Geneen: "Words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises - but only performance is reality."   "As for philanthropy, we take a vested interest in the interests of our colleagues, championing the organizations they champion," he said.  "From a company perspective, we support the Fisher House."  The organization provides no-cost housing for military families, which is close to where a loved one is receiving treatment for illness, disease, or injury.

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