Kenton Brothers promotes four technicians into a brand new foreman position.

By Ryan Kaullen, Field Services Manager at Kenton Brothers

Kenton Brothers was established in 1897 here in Kansas City, Missouri and is still owned and operated by the same family. The company traces its roots to mechanical locksmithing, but has adapted with the times and offers a full range of services including locksmithing, access control, commercial video surveillance, intrusion detection, metal detectors, and much more.

Throughout the company’s 123 years in existence, there have been many traditions established, many forms of promotions, and many paths for its employees to grow. In that spirit, Kenton Brothers has established a new foreman position for technicians to grow into as their skills and experience mature.

Kenton Brothers: Congratulations to our four new foremen!

The foreman position is all about leadership, management, and accountability.

Our foremen are assigned jobs where they will be responsible for coordinating all job needs. Foremen will work directly with our customers on site. They’re in charge of leading our technical crews and directly driving the success of job implementation. This role, and the success of its jobs, play a vital role in Kenton Brothers’ success and growth.

Earlier this year, we held our first round of interviews and promoted a total of four existing technicians into the new foreman role. Those technicians are Zack Holden who has 5 years with Kenton Brothers, Terry McCurdy who has 3 years with Kenton Brothers, Charlie Merrill who has 1 and a half years with Kenton Brothers, and Josh Ast who has 1 year with Kenton Brothers. They each were chosen for various reasons: their skill sets, showing leadership in the field, and earning the trust from our other technicians who trust them and value their skills highly.

Kenton Brothers: Congratulations to our four new foremen!

Watching our employees grow, not only in their careers but in their personal lives as well, is something we hold dear. Our company culture embodies family. Seeing our family culture grow and thrive is essential not only to our business but the daily lives of our employees. Please join us in congratulating our new foremen Zack, Terry, Charlie, & Josh on their new roles as they advance their careers here at Kenton Brothers!

Know someone looking for a job? Community Job Fair on February 12th!

By Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager at Kenton Brothers

Community Job Fair - February 12thAre you looking for a rewarding, life changing career that will allow you to be hands-on and provides numerous opportunities for learning and growth?

Join Kenton Brothers on Tuesday, February 12th from 9am – 12pm for a Community Job Fair at the Guadalupe Center of Kansas City located at 1512 Vanbrunt Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.

Click here for a PDF with more information.

Kenton Brothers is partnering with the Guadalupe Center as well as various local businesses to provide opportunities for those in the community to gain respectable, blue-collar employment. Jobs where they can learn a valuable trade and skills. It’s very important to us that we build up, and support, our community.

Kenton Brothers sees no better way to give back to the community than by offering a Locksmith Apprenticeship to a hardworking, mechanically inclined individual that wishes to be a part of an amazing culture and organization. No experience is necessary for this position, as we hope to find a dedicated apprentice whom finds value in learning a trade.

We hope to see you at the Job Fair on February 12th!

Please bring a copy of your resume and contact information for an opportunity to be part of the #KBWAY!

Recruiting and Keeping Millennials

By Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager at Kenton Brothers

There are approximately 54 million 18 to 34 year olds in the job market today. This group of individuals is classified as Millennials.

Recruiting and Keeping Millennials

Recruiting and Keeping MillennialsIt seems society has put a lot of emphasis and thought into what makes a millennial “tick” from an employment perspective. This group of individuals has a higher digital connection than previous generations and is usually tied to social media outlets. Many Millennials like flexible schedules, working from home and lots of time off.

Simon Sinek explains in this YouTube video the difficult situation Millennials find themselves in. His theory is based on how they were raised and what they were taught in school and sports. And now they’re trying to get a job, or keep a job, and struggling. The video has over 9 million views and makes some very good points. If you have 15 minutes, we encourage you to watch it… it might help you support Millennials on your team more effectively with a better perspective.

Companies Have to Do Things Differently

Companies are finding they need to change strategies, policies and procedures to adapt to the desires of Millennials so they can keep their work forces intact and growing. Having a meaningful job and feeling they’re contributing is just as important to many Millennials as their compensation. Accepting that Millennials like constant change and aren’t looking for a lifetime career is something employers are learning to adapt to as well.

Millennials like direct, immediate feedback, not traditional performance reviews, and they thrive on personal development and clear cut paths to climbing the ladder.

How Are We Supporting the Millennials at Kenton Brothers?

Kenton Brothers has taken great steps to create personalized career paths within our organization to show every employee how they can become the CEO some day if they so aspire. We’ve created quarterly team building events, staff breakfasts, potlucks and more to promote engagement and stronger team values. Our culture is like a family where we support, guide and provide assistance on both a business and personal level, and we’re embracing continual recruitment in our organization.

Kenton Brothers has found that with all changes we’ve implemented, we’re hiring and building relationships with many Millennials that are doing great things in our business every day!

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Creating the Future Workforce Through Kenton Brothers Apprenticeship Programs

By Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager at Kenton Brothers, talking about apprenticeship programs for mechanical and installation technicians.

Apprenticeship: a discipline that combines on-the-job training with classroom related instruction to properly prepare an individual for a career.

Kenton Brothers Apprenticeship ProgramsKenton Brothers is ramping up new Apprenticeship programs for both mechanical and installation technicians to work within our organization.

These program are a benefit to both the employee and company for many reasons:

  1. They are a cost-effective way for employers to train their employees and employees benefit from paid on the job training.
  2. Businesses that participate in apprenticeship can make a powerful statement taking on apprentices and training the next generation of workforce.
  3. Employers have found many advantages to implementing an apprenticeship program at their company, such as increased productivity, loyalty and reliability.

Kenton Brothers is creating partnerships with many local trade schools and colleges to promote keeping talented individuals within our organization and the security industry.

Hands-on knowledge and skills are vital. There is no better way to learn the trade than through this on the job training program. An apprentice program also gives us the ability to implement the “KB Way”. As a service provider, service quality is just as important as the know-how we provide our customers. The importance of communication and giving the standard of service that is expected of a KB employee is key to organizations expectations and standards. We want our customers to feel confident that we are keeping them “All Secure since 1897”!

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for our apprenticeship program, please check out our careers page at:

Mid-Missouri Team Spotlight: Stacy Wessing, Brian Nutt and David Potter

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers talking about our Mid-Missouri team.

Almost two years ago, Kenton Brothers decided to expand into the Mid-Missouri Market. We recognized that the market was under served, and needed direct and local representation.

Stacy Wessing

Our first team member in this effort was a highly respected sales engineer named Stacy Wessing. Stacy was a great fit for KB. He hit the ground running. Stacy was able to identify and create strong relationships throughout the Mid-Missouri corridor within a very short time.

Kenton Brothers: Stacy Wessing

Kenton Brothers: Stacy Wessing

Brian Nutt

We then identified a leader for the area in Brian Nutt. Brian came to us with more than twenty years of experience in the security industry and a positive “can do” attitude. He has lived and worked in the Mid-Missouri market for years and saw the vision of growing our presence from the very beginning. Brian believes in strong relationships and is passionate about taking care of his customers. He has to – many of those customers are also his neighbors!

Kenton Brothers: Brian Nutt

Kenton Brothers: Brian Nutt

David Potter

Fast forward about a year and the team was growing the market so fast they needed a full time technician in the field. KB welcomed David Potter, another veteran to the security industry. He has been “a lifesaver and miracle worker.” David is the type of guy that will work until the job is done. I personally worked with David on a project that went to almost 4am one day. He never complained. That type of dedication is rare at best and incredibly valuable.

Kenton Brothers: David Potter

Kenton Brothers: David Potter

This fantastic team continues to grow their customer base like wildfire with Integrity, Dedication and Service Quality. This year, the team will exceed the two million dollar mark by maximizing relationships all over the state of Missouri. Some of their clients include, Missouri State University, The City of Columbia, The University of Missouri, Public School Retirement System, Diamond Pet food and the list goes on and on!

With Brian’s leadership, Stacy’s attention to detail and Dave’s work ethic, this team will continue to grow and make an even bigger impact on the Mid-Missouri Market. As we add additional like-minded technicians and support personnel, the sky is the limit in Mid-Missouri! As a matter of fact we have just recently hired another full time IT tech to support our customers. Paul Rudkin comes to us from the US Army and we are very excited to have him on board. We’re so very proud of this team! Please join us in congratulating them in their success!