Kenton Brothers Kulture Club – Work Hard, Play Hard

By Gina Stuelke, CEO of Kenton Brothers

Building and maintaining a strong company culture can be challenging. One of the ways we’ve found to help strengthen our culture is to actively solicit employee feedback. When done right, these conversations foster a sense of inclusion and make your team members feel valued and heard. (It’s just like in a marriage, communication is crucial.)

When people feel included and listened to, it boosts morale, productivity, and overall job satisfaction. Why does this matter? We genuinely care about every team member and we want to make sure they know that. On the practical front, it leads to lower turnover rates and higher retention of our top talent. Employee feedback serves as a crucial source of insight for identifying areas of improvement, improving processes, and making changes to how we do things.

Kenton Brothers Kulture Club - Work Hard, Play Hard

The Kulture Club

We created the Kulture Club to foster these conversations and to make sure we are taking time to have fun together outside of working hard together.

Our Kulture Club provides a safe environment for our associates to bring both ideas and issues to the forefront. There have been great suggestions on ways we can improve that we’ve implemented. Dealing with issues head on is efficient and productive. A strong team can have real conversations about real things, especially when it comes to harder conversations. So there have been some of those as well over the past couple of years.

Kulture Club includes representation from most of our departments. One of the contributions in 2023 was to establish a new holiday to recognize veteran associates who served by gifting them an additional day of paid time off, in appreciation for their service.

Kenton Brothers Kulture Club - Work Hard, Play Hard

Company Events

Kulture Club is also great at creating and organizing our company events for team building. And yes, it can be a lot to organize and plan for, but it is so important to make sure these things happen on a regular basis. Some of the events and activities we do annually include the Kenton Brothers family picnic, holiday parties, National fun holiday recognitions, Blast from the Past Breakfast bar, Red Friday celebrations, potato bar for St. Patrick’s Day, Chili cook offs and more.

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Brag Board

Another output from the Kulture Club is our Brag Board. This is a form of recognition for Kenton Brothers associates including birthdays, anniversaries, certifications, and fun and exciting tidbits. These images are displayed on monitors in our offices throughout the day.

Kenton Brothers Kulture Club - Work Hard, Play Hard

We appreciate the insight and ideas that our Kulture Club associates bring to the table. We have seen significant, positive impacts to our culture in part due to the efforts of the Kulture Club. Do you have something similar set up in your company? We would love to hear in the comments any ideas you have about fun events or activities you’re doing to improve communication and teamwork!

Kenton Brothers Kulture Club - Work Hard, Play Hard

Have you been to a Puppy PAW-ty???

We hosted our first Puppy PAW-ty recently at our office. Wayside Waifs brought in four adorable 8-week-old puppies!


By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers
Photos courtesy of  David Strickland, COO of Kenton Brothers

2023 KENTON BROTHERS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY RECAP and Sales Masters Awards!The holiday season is upon us! On December 9th, the Kenton Brothers team celebrated the holidays with our annual Christmas party at Chicken N Pickle in Overland Park, Kansas.

We are so fortunate to not only have colleagues who are incredibly talented and hardworking, but we also like spending time with each other!

The evening started off with a Happy Hour and socializing in the BE AMAZING room with games of Foosball, Ping Pong and Shuffle Board. Next, dinner was served!

Later in the evening, we had our awards ceremony. The award winners are voted by their peers to take home a prize! Here at Kenton Brothers, we believe firmly that it’s important to celebrate individuals who live the KB way, take pride in their work and go above and beyond to provide not only extraordinary service quality to our customers, but also to their teammates and partnerships alike.

2023 KENTON BROTHERS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY RECAP and Sales Masters Awards!  12 Days of Security

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

The MVP Award– We wouldn’t be KB without them! – Gene Ross
The Moving Mountains Award– Person who best exemplifies the KB Way – Paul Bennett
The Road Warrior—Technician who traveled the most—Jeff Evers
The MacGyver Award– Finds a way to get it done! – Shawn Hamilton
The “Give A Damn” Award– Danielle Hoover
The Clean Truck Award– Cleanest most organized technician van – Jeremy Shinneman
The KB Pride Award – Vince Gelei
The Lone Wolf Award– Highest Sales Year – Luke Bergin


In 2023, we started a new Sales Masters Award ceremony, presenting jackets to our top selling sales consultants in two categories:

The Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club


Stacy Wessing, Luke Bergin, Kevin Whaley

The Million Dollar Sales Club


Neal Bellamy, Erik Andress and Jon Gann

Congratulations to our super Security Consultants!

For additional gift giving fun, we conducted a raffle for all party goers and prizes were handed out as for that as well. To end the evening, we shared drinks, laughs, stories and more ultra-competitive, top tier pickleball! Special thank you to our KB Kulture Club for your contributions and organizing the award winners! We hope you are enjoying the holidays!

Halloween Party Recap – Chili Cook-off Results – And Best Costume Award!

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers

Every year on Halloween, the Kenton Brothers Systems for Security Team gets together for our Annual Chili Cook-off to crown the year’s best chili! Employee focus is one of our core values. Taking time to break bread together and to take a moment and connect over a meal is an important part of supporting that core value.

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We are a very competitive group so we certainly have to find out whose chili is best!

This year the votes came in and Paul Bennett, Operations Manager got the most votes. Congratulations Paul!
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We also crowned the KB team member with the best Best Costume.

That award goes to “Syndrome” by Danielle Hoover just edging out Spider-Man by Colby Eli.  Congratulations Danielle!
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We hope you all had a safe and spooky Halloween!!!

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Our Technician’s Secret Sauce: Ongoing training, learning from peers and working as a team.

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers

I want to take a moment and talk about our amazing commercial security technicians. Technicians are where the rubber meets the road for Kenton Brothers. They are the ones who solve problems every day and make the systems work to protect people, property, and possessions.

Kenton Brothers Technician Training

It all starts with training.

Kenton Brothers supports many different technologies and products. Some of our team supports keying, master key systems, safety deposit boxes, safes, and more. Another part of our team supports commercial access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, and analytics. Some of our people know a little bit about all of it… and some of them know a lot about some of it.

With such a wide breadth and depth related to what they do, training is incredibly important. When a technician starts with Kenton Brothers, we have them do several training classes to get up to speed. It gives newer security technicians an introduction to the way we provide commercial security solutions and the language that we use. Ongoing training gives the more experienced technicians a refresher. After earning their stripes, a career development plan is created to help them learn new or deeper skills to make them even more versatile and capable.

Kenton Brothers Technician Training

Learning from peers.

Training and classes can get you so far, but learning from your fellow technicians is just as valuable. Seasoned technicians take their skills and turn them into an art. Several on our team have been a part of Kenton Brothers for over a decade. They take great pride in their work and have learned how to hone their craft. Part of being a craftsman is teaching the next person how to be an artist themselves. Thankfully, our technicians love to share their knowledge with newer technicians.


I also want to give some appreciation to our team for always being available. Sure, like many service based companies we have an after-hours program. This gives you peace of mind that your company can be secure even after many of us have gone home for the day. But this is more than that. Our technicians pick up the phone when another tech needs help. There are many oddities in the security world and sometimes you need a “phone a friend” to figure out what you’re looking at. I am proud of the fact that our team is great about helping each other out, even when it isn’t easy or required.

The Kenton Brothers technicians are the best team I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. They are some of the best in their industry, with a ton of knowledge and great big hearts.

If you want to be part of a team like that, and are willing to put in the work to become one of the best, give us a shout at We are always looking for experienced security techs as well as good people who are ready to start a new career in commercial security!