Employee Spotlight: Kristal Blessing, Distribution Sales Consultant and Project Manager

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

Kristal BlessingMeet our new Distribution Guru!

Kristal Blessing is a great new addition to the KB team as a Distribution Sales Consultant and Project Manager and she already feels right at home.

She said, “I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be. That’s how much I love what I do, and who I work with.”

Kristal has been in the distribution hardware business for four years and considers this to be her dream job. “I love it because it’s challenging. It’s always changing, so there’s always something to learn.” When asked about what she likes working at Kenton Brothers she said, “ I love the family atmosphere. Kenton Brothers puts customers and employees first, and it’s rare to find a company like that.

Also, I love all the dogs.” We love it when Kristal brings her adorable puppy, Ace, to work.

When not busy with her work family, Kristal is busy spending time with her family at home. She’s a single mom of two daughters Reese, who is almost 14, and Kori, who is almost 10. She loves spending time with her daughters and her boyfriend on the weekends. In her spare time, Kristal likes to tackle DIY projects. She is currently refinishing two end tables. Krystal also enjoys going on cruises once a year to tropical destinations.

Welcome to the team Kristal!

Kristal's Dog - Ace

Meet Meagan Long – Powerful Purchasing Assistant

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

Meagan LongMeagan Long started working at Kenton Brothers in April 2019, and has quickly become an invaluable member of our team. She brings with her eight years of previous purchasing experience.

Meagan’s favorite thing about working in purchasing is that she gets to work with all the different departments in the company. Meagan loves that we are one big happy family here at Kenton Brothers.

Meagan is engaged, and is going to be married in a Beetlejuice themed wedding on Halloween. She has a dog named Princess Vespa that comes to visit us at Kenton Brothers every once in a while.

When she is not at work, Meagan loves bowling and is in a couple of leagues. She and her fiancée also volunteer and help run youth bowling tournaments throughout the year. Her other hobbies include playing video games, baking, and reading sci-fi.

Employee Spotlight: Charlie Merrill, Lead Technician

By Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager at Kenton Brothers.

Charlie MerrillCharlie Merrill joined Kenton Brothers in March and he has been a wonderful new addition to our Installation team.

Charlie has a strong background within the HVAC industry and converted over to security and installation a few years ago. The transition has been very good. He is enjoying all the field has to offer and learning new things every day. Most recently, he enjoyed the challenge of an egress door installation.

Charlie enjoys the different and unique challenges he faces on a regular basis at Kenton Brothers. He likes the diversity of going to new jobs regularly and encountering new learning opportunities.

Charlie is a proud father of four boys Miles, Ian, Gabe and Elijah and spends most of his personal time hiking, fishing, playing football and riding Go-Carts with them. Charlie loves to also eat fish particularly salmon and catfish.

Kenton Brothers is so pleased to have Charlie as a part of our team and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!

Charlie Merrill

Employee Spotlight: Alana Hanly, Sales and Administration

Alana HanlyBy Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager at Kenton Brothers.

Alana joined the KB team during the summer of 2018 in Sales Support and Administration. She’s been such an influential part of the team that she is transitioning into a full time Sales Consultant role.

Alana really enjoys customer interaction and helping others find a good solution to their needs. She was drawn to the security industry by happenstance, but ultimately fell in love with the field. Security aligns with her personal beliefs of protecting people, property and possessions.

Alana is focused on advising customers on our maintenance service programs, selling commercial mailbox solutions as well Garrett Metal Detectors and accessories.

On a personal note

During her personal time, Alana stays very busy as a mother of two… her son Ian and daughter Sofia. She enjoys spending time with her diverse group of friends. Alana volunteers for the Catholic Church to teach religious education. And she is an avid concert goer and a connoisseur of dairy free baked goods!

Alana’s favorite thing about working for Kenton Brothers is the culture. We’re truly a family of choice and she enjoys spending time with co-workers (and the KB puppies) inside and outside of the office while keeping up with the KC community.

Alana Hanly

Employee Spotlight: Meshack Kwembe, Apprentice

Meshack KwembeBy Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager at Kenton Brothers

Meshack Kwembe is Kenton Brothers newest apprentice.

Born in the Congo, Meshack grew up chasing elephants with his six siblings. He then moved to South Africa near the Cape Town area as a young child. He lived there until a few months ago.

One of his older brothers was an electrical engineer and would take Meshack out on job sites. This exposed him to a lot of electrical applications which sparked his interest in electrical work as a career. That’s why he then went on obtain a degree at the University of Cape Town specializing in Electrical studies.

In 2016, three of Meshack’s older siblings came to the United States. After a couple of years, they relayed to the family that the United States was truly a wonderful place to live and work. They saw many opportunities and invited the rest of the family (mom, dad and four younger siblings including Meshack) to join them.

Kenton Brothers’ Apprentice Program

Meshack has greatly enjoyed his time in the United States. He was drawn to Kenton Brothers’ Apprentice program. He knew this would advance his knowledge and skill set. He hopes to someday take all that he is learning from opportunities here in Kansas City back to South Africa.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know and understand about Meshack’s culture. He is teaching me Swahili… one of the four languages he is fluent in. He is always appreciative and he’s got a genuine spirit that makes him a positive role model to all of us at Kenton Brothers.

Meshack enjoys spending time with family, watching soccer and attending school to enhance his guitar playing. He enjoys jazz music when he isn’t working.

We’re excited to see what the future brings for him and so happy to have him as a part of our Kenton Brothers team!