The 2016 MacGyver Award Goes to Zack Holden

Author: Gina Stuelke

MacGyver Award - Bill Kenton

Bill Kenton

We’re reliving a part of our history this week in remembering 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 Kenton Brothers, he ran our service team. He became known for his response when a tech would call into the office to express frustration on a job by saying, “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 attitude 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 named MacGyver who 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  ‘MacGyvering’ something at KB is to fix something in a resourceful and improvisational way.

MacGyver Award 2016 - Zack MacGyver Award 2016 - Zack

The 2016 ‘MacGyver award’ was presented to Zack Holden.

MacGyver Award 2016 - ZackZack has taken the lead in our organization as one of our most productive technicians. I’m so proud of his desire to take on just about anything as well as his desire to attack any situation, learn new skills and “get’r done” attitude. Another praiseworthy note here is that Zack is new to the field as an outside technician. He’s taken to this role incredibly well and we’re very proud of him. We appreciate his hard work! Congratulations Zack!

Jeremy’s Magical Hardware Bag

Jeremy's Magical Hardware BagWe would like to introduce to you one of our security installation techs, Jeremy Shinneman. Jeremy always has a great way of finding solutions when dealing with a touchy situation.

On a typical hot summer day in Kansas City, Jeremy was dispatched on what should have been a typical service call with one of our valued customers. Jeremy is always determined to do a great job and overcome any obstacle in his path. On this particular service call, Jeremy had some unwanted helpers.

As Jeremy was making his way up the ladder to work on a camera, wasps started to dive bomb him and make it a hazardous situation.  Jeremy, who is always determined said to his helpers,  “I don’t think so!”

Jeremy went to work using his ‘Magical Hardware bag’ to build his a customized defensive device… a self-contained, wasp repellent hard hat system designed to get the job done.

Here is the story in Jeremy’s own words:

I went to hang a camera and out of the base mount comes what seemed to be the entire population of Midwest Prehistoric Pterodactyl Half Bat Wasps! But with my morning practice of Ninja hand air moves in the driveway, while the van warms up, I was ready. Those wasps had no chance when I climbed down the ladder to put my redneck engineering degree to its prime use.  R.I.P to the entire population of the Midwest Prehistoric Pterodactyl Half Bat Wasps!

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