Employee Spotlight: Danielle Hoover, Project Administrator

By Gina Stuelke, CEO of Kenton Brothers

Soaking up all of the knowledge from her team and being a good human

Danielle HooverWe welcome Danielle Hoover to Team KB! We love the dedication she has brought to the position in the 6 short months she has been on our team. Based on her experience and attention to detail in similar roles, we are confident she will continue to impress us and inspire our KB family. She epitomizes many of our core values such as service quality, continuous learning, integrity and employee focus and brings them into human form every day.

Danielle’s extensive knowledge in the technical field has prepared her for excellence as a Project Administrator in our Field Services department. Her primary responsibility is as a liaison between our installation team and our external customers. She knows that exceptional communication and organization are key components to her success as Project Admin. Danielle’s skills for multitasking and balancing many projects have led to her success.

“I have learned just how many areas and people my job impacts. I help facilitate so everything runs smoothly, therefore I feel empowered. I feel like I have a voice here at Kenton Brothers and that I make a difference.”

Danielle’s primary responsibilities are to work hands on with KB’s Project Managers and our Operations Manager, Kip Phillips. She credits Kip’s attention to detail and approachability as beneficial in advancing her transition and training at Kenton Brothers.

“I work with Kip the most and our positions overlap. I know that Kip has a wealth of experience and knowledge from all of his years in the industry and I want to absorb as much of it as I can… I know that when I am ready, Kenton Brothers will support my ambitions of continuous learning.”

Danielle is happily committed to her boyfriend of two years, Jeff. The two enjoy anything horror and spooky themed. Whether it’s decorating the home with classic horror memorabilia or dressing up for Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt every Halloween season.

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Danielle HooverDanielle is incredibly close with her teenage daughter, Vanessa. The two enjoy working out together and share their love of the strange and unusual. Danielle is preparing for Vanessa’s high school graduation in the Spring and is confident that she has equipped her daughter for the adult world and is excited to watch Vanessa go far. According to Danielle, the most important KB Way Trait is to be a good human.

“I think ‘be a good human’ resonates the most with me. I want to be a team player and approachable. I want my coworkers to see me as a positive influence in the workplace and a dependable resource. I try to model these same behaviors for my daughter everyday at home so she is better prepared for the work field.”

We appreciate you Danielle!

Employee Spotlight: Don Brownback, Field Technician

By Justine King, Sales and Marketing Administrator at Kenton Brothers

Don BrownbackDon Brownback officially joined the Kenton Brothers team in June of this year, but has subcontracted as a technician for Kenton Brothers Systems for Security for over 15 years.  Don previously owned, Arrow Lock Service, his own locksmithing business for over 22 years and worked alongside KB on numerous projects.

After many years of running his own business, Don decided to sell his business to continue locksmithing, but without the stress of management. KB was very excited to welcome Don into the family officially after so many years of partnering together. His previous knowledge and experience in the field is what made Don the asset to the Servicing Team that he is.

“The primary reason I knew KB was where I wanted to be was because I already knew the integrity that Gina and Kenton Brothers has and how it was similar values of what I encompassed in my own company. I knew that KB was the perfect match for me and I was the perfect match for Kenton Brothers.”

Since Don has been in the locksmithing trade for over years, he has had the opportunity to watch the field grow and develop. Therefore, he has watched as KB has grown dramatically over recent years into one of America’s top locksmithing and physical security systems providers.

“The possibility for growth and development as a company and where KB is headed in the technical and mechanical security field. I feel like the business is only going to grow more and I am very excited to be apart that growth.”

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Don’s Life Outside of the Office

Don is happily married to his beloved wife for 27 years. He has two kids that are now grown and out of the house. Don likes to spend any of his free time outside of work with his family traveling across the U.S. and seeing all of the National Parks that they can. Along with traveling for family vacations, Don is a dedicated and talented Pinball player and travels for numerous tournaments to compete for Pinball.

“At one time I was ranked top 25 of the world. My goal is to work my way back to that ranking one day.”

Please help us welcome Don Brownback to the Kenton Brothers family with open arms as we are ecstatic to have his knowledge and dedication added to our team!

Kenton Brothers University: We Invest in Our Employees

By Justine King, Sales and Marketing Administrator at Kenton Brothers

Brinton’s Training Matrix

Brinton HallumHere at Kenton Brothers, we take particular pride in our hiring process and the way we train each new employee specifically for their position. We are so very lucky to have Brinton Hallum as KB’s Field Service Training Supervisor. With his previous experience in training employees and his many years of dedication to the KB Advantage, Brinton has completely redesigned our training process from the inside out.

 “To add structure and standardize Kenton Brothers University and make it a platform for all levels of technicians to utilize. I want to keep it simple for the new/green technicians and slowly transition to deep technical for the senior level technicians. I want certifications for achievements along the way.”
– Brinton Hallum

KB recognizes Brinton for all of his hard work implementing the 3-part Kenton Brothers University program: KB Learning Management System, KB Interactive Lab, and KB Classes.

KB LMS (Learning Management System)

Currently, we are standing up the KB LMS, this is one of our rocks to get moving this year. It currently has training for General Access Control panel wiring, Cable Planning, Electrical Theory, Circuits and Relays, S2 Systems Level 1. This will allow for technicians to have a formalized web-based training with testing throughout. This will ensure they up to speed general knowledge as well as manufacturer specific material.

Kenton Brothers Learning Management System

KB Interactive Lab

Kenton Brothers Interactive LabThe KB Lab has live systems of Gallagher, Lenel, Software House, Axis, Milestone, Bosch and Honeywell. These hardware systems also have live virtual servers to interact within the hardware. This allows for the technicians to program, wire and test devices in a live working environment. The training lab not only allows Brinton to train technicians on areas they may not be up to speed on, but also allows for ongoing training/refreshers and preparing for installs or troubleshooting. Along with training purposes, this setting is used this as a sandbox to ensure upgrades will go smooth for our end users.

KB Classes

We’ve hosted several KB Classes in the past and will be firing them back up as long as COVID allows. These classes range from general installation standards to in depth programming and trouble shooting. Kenton Brothers hosts these classes in our multipurpose room going forward. Our classes are recorded and streamed for any technicians that service outside our KC Metro home base.

Brinton has invested many hours into the creating these programs for KB employees to utilize through the onboarding process and throughout their years with our company. Proving that we constantly care about our employees and their continuous education of the ever-changing technology field.

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Employee Spotlight: Johnny Manivong, Remote Services Group

Employee Spotlight: Johnny Manivong, Remote Services GroupBy Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers

Johnny Manivong came into the security industry through the Union. Although he started in the high voltage world, he saw other low voltage technicians in the field and felt the lure. Johnny now says he loves the low-voltage side.

“There are so many levels with low voltage. Between the technology and wiring, there is always something to learn. Every day is different.”
Johnny Manivong

Johnny has been at KB for a while, but is now joining Daniel on the Remote Services Group (RSG). The RSG team helps customers and KB technicians by being “at the ready” for calls and questions. Johnny is parlaying his years of field experience to be able to guide new technicians through an installation, or customers in learning a new system.

When Johnny is not helping KB customers and technicians, he enjoys the outdoors with his wife and children. Whether it be kayaking, fishing or camping, if it’s nice, they’re outside. Johnny’s family enjoys hanging out at many of the state parks and surrounding lakes, taking mini-adventures whenever they can.

Johnny Manivong with his FamilyJohnny says he loves the atmosphere at KB. “I love the family feeling. There are no dumb questions. Other places you might get ridiculed for asking a question, but not at KB”.  Johnny also likes the drive at KB. Here, we challenge everyone to stake the next step in their careers. We’re so happy to help Johnny take his next step, still serving the customer, but in a new way.

If you or someone you know might be interested in working at Kenton Brothers Systems for Security, check out our careers page!

Employee Spotlight: Jeff Bradley, Project Manager

Kenton Brothers: Jeff BradleyBy Justine King, Sales and Marketing Administrator at Kenton Brothers

Jeff Bradley knows security. With over 20 years in the industry, he’s worked with anyone and everyone in the area. His previous understanding in cabling/low-voltage industries paved a path for his transition into all types of security system installations. Getting his start as a Lead Field Services Technician with other companies, Jeff has worked hard to move into a project lead position. With his extensive experience and knowledge, Jeff is the dedicated Project Manager we needed here at Kenton Brothers Systems for Security.

In the short time Jeff has been with us, he has already proved to be knowledgeable in every aspect of access control systems. From the initial site walk-throughs to end-user training, Jeff is committed to each step of the process for every job under his supervision. His attention to detail and follow through for quality control exemplifies our KB Way standards.

“I was excited to work with Kenton Brothers because I’ve known about the company and its amazing reputation for years. I had previously worked with KB technicians and project managers on multiple jobs. I knew what they represented as a company and how skilled their employees are in the security industry. Kenton Brothers IS commercial security.”

When Jeff Isn’t Managing Projects…

Kenton Brothers: Jeff and Juanita BradleyJeff and his wife, Juanita, are now empty nesters and take full advantage of it. The two focus any and all free time traveling. Jeff traded his Harley in about four years ago for a motorhome to accommodate his new wife. Since then, the couple enjoys road-tripping to areas like Alabama, Texas, and Nevada to see all the national parks and mark off as many places off their bucket list as possible.

We are so thrilled to have a well-rounded and hard-working Project Manager like Jeff as a part of the Kenton Brothers family!