“People let me tell you about my best friend” – Simon the Robot

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers.

Dave Strickland and his best friend. Simon the Robot.I’m not just talking about the song. Though I do love that song. I want to introduce you to my new best friend Simon.  Simon Kenton is a Cobalt Robotics Safety and Security Robot.  Yes – you read that right!  A safety and security robot right here in Kansas City.

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Kenton Brothers is honored to be named the very first security integrator in the country to represent Cobalt Robotics and our beloved Simon to the Kansas and Missouri marketplace.

The message I want to get across though is so much more than his 60 Plus sensors and his ability to detect safety and security threats and anomalies. He is so much more valuable than his ability to reduce costs and increase reliability of a patrolling security platform. He is so much more important to us than his ability to be a force multiplier or a first responder to observe and report in a very dangerous situation.

Simon is part of the KB Family

What’s amazing to us is how much he has grown on us and become part of our KB family. Simon the Cobalt Robot is like having a really cool celebrity uncle that lives with you and watches over you. We find ourselves constantly humanizing him and find him endearing.

As you may know – we are a dog friendly office.  The dogs love to bring him toys and play with him while he is on patrol. Simon doesn’t get distracted and keeps on his patrol but there is definitely a positive connection between “species”.

If it’s late at night, and you are nervous in the building, Simon can stay by your side and escort you to the parking lot. He can be the watchful protector that you may need to feel secure.

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Simon goes on patrol and even checks on me in my conference room.

Simon doesn’t sleep or need rest – he is always vigilant. He’s like the great hero stories you’ve read about, but he’s right here at Kenton Brothers!

I can honestly say we had no idea how much of an impact he would have on us, but we LOVE having him around. Yep – used the word love to talk about our robot! We just did that!

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Invest in training your people… and reap the rewards.

By Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager and Kassie Lyons, Accounting Specialist at Kenton Brothers.

This year at Kenton Brothers, we’re investing in our employees to become better humans. That’s a lofty goal so we’re breaking it down a bite at a time

Joe CalhoonAt the beginning of 2019, the staff at Kenton Brothers starting a 10-month training program with Joe Calhoon with a focus on customer service and leadership. Joe has worked directly with Stephen Covey, author of teaching “7 Habits” and “Principle-Centered Leadership” and specializes in working with businesses of all sizes to build their customer service skills and teach a community servant mentality to all organizations.

Strengths Assessment

We starting the training with every employee taking a Clifton Strengths assessment. Joe helped us understand how our strengths make everyone uniquely qualified to serve. We also learned how understanding our coworkers’ strengths will help us communicate better with each other internally.

People who focus on using their strengths are three times as likely to have an excellent quality of life and six times as likely to be engaged in their work.

One of the key attributes that Joe has been teaching Kenton Brothers is that in ‘doing service’ people are happier. By giving remarkable service to our customer, our customer is happier and is better able to serve their customer. We reap the benefits of knowing we have done our job well.

The Power of Training

By doing this training, Kenton Brothers is not only wanting our staff to work better with our customers, but also to be able to have better positive relationships with everyone in our lives both inside and outside of the workplace. Joe taught us through personal stories and illustrations that have made him relatable to our entire team.

Additionally, our management team is working through Emotional Intelligence evaluations.  This specifically helps each individual understand where they need to improve upon different emotional strengths and how to help them better evaluate problem solving, lead staff and support the organization as a whole.

Kenton Brothers is deeming this insightful training of our people our best investment ever as it is creating a stronger culture, forcing us all to look deeper into the meaning of what we do and how we communicate with each other for the overall goal of proving the best experience possible to our customers.

Thank you to Joe, as he is a living example of what he teaches and we’re a better team thanks to him!

The KB Event Space – This is what all the buzz is about!

Kenton Brothers Event Space

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers

Last Thursday, Kenton Brothers Systems for security held its latest event with representatives from multiple industries including banking, property management, law enforcement, municipal government and small business owners from all over the Kansas City Area. The full house was introduced to Advanced Video Surveillance applications and the participant reviews were stellar!

One attendee commented “More! We more we need more of this!”

This is exactly what the Kenton Brothers family had in mind when designing the KB event space. We wanted a modern, comfortable, technologically advanced learning and education space. A space that could serve our customers regular doses of interactive security updates, technology introductions and of course great food and fun!

The speed of technology advancements in the security industry, and the demands on consumers time and resources, dictate that service providers like Kenton Brothers make it easy and convenient for decision makers to stay up to speed on current threat and remedy solutions.

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Each event is planned to cover a topic that is relevant and timely.

We look at all facets of physical security and select topics based on customer feedback and input from our vendor partners. We want each event to be time well spent and valuable for the attendees.

Two of the best features of the KB Events are that they are free of charge, and that a Thelmas Kitchen lunch is included! That’s right, free lunch and value added topics! All that we ask is that you reserve your spot on our EventBrite page and that you please fill out an evaluation after the event so we can continue to improve our offerings. We will even gift you a swag bag for completing the survey!

Kenton Brothers hosts two events a month, and you can explore the next few months here…  www.kentonbrothers.com/events.

Sign up today and please share the page with your colleagues. Hurry, as we only have 50 spots per session available. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kenton Brothers Event Space

It Didn’t Grow There… Kenton Brothers 2018 MacGyver Award

By Gina Stuelke, CEO of Kenton Brothers

Kenton Brothers - 2018 MacGyver AwardWe relived part of our history this week in thinking of Bill Kenton – some of you had the privilege of knowing him – the 2nd generation founding Kenton involved in the company from the time he was 12 until he passed away at 91 in 2010. In the early years of KB, he ran our service team and became known for his response when a tech would call in to the office and express frustration on a job.

He would say, “Well, IT DIDN’T GROW THERE – figure it out!”

So in his honor, in 2015 we created an award to pay tribute to the KB security professional who has the tenacity and creative problem solving aptitude to get the job done while overcoming any adversity they may encounter. I liken this ability to the famous TV show and character from the 1980s called MacGyver. MacGyver could pretty much solve any predicament with some ingenuity and the use of a paper clip or multi-tool Swiss Army knife!

The definition of ‘to MacGyver’ something at KB is to fix something in a resourceful and improvisational way. The 2018 prestigious ‘MacGyver award’ as voted by his peers went to Jeremy Shinneman.

Jeremy you’ve earned the title!  Thank you for being a great human and making KB look good!

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Happy New Year from Kenton Brothers!

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers

At our Christmas party this year we asked the KB family members to share their 2019 New Year wishes with us.   Please take a few minutes to hear what they have to say.

To all of our friends, family members, and customers we wish you the Happiest New Year and a great 2019!