Roy's Monthly Gossip

A merry Christmas: December 2015

by Mark Rowe

Let me be the first to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

Yep, here we go for the last magazine of this year. Can I thank you all for reading and supporting us, as it is because of you that we can keep sharing the gossip and producing the magazine that you all love to read so much. Talking of gossip, let’s get started, as there is a lot to throw at you this month!

Gary Fletcher-Moore has joined Stortech as their national sales manager. You may recall that Gary joins from Vanderbilt, formerly part of Siemens of course. I think Gary has been in the industry since 1984? You may know of him from Pelco or Samsung from just a few years ago. Did I mention Pelco? Were you aware that Phil Tennent has been promoted to Regional Sales Director for Northern Europe? So what does that mean? It means Phil has responsibility for security sales in the UK, Ireland, DACH, Benelux, the Nordics and Baltic regions, wow! Geoff Gritton has joined Veracity, from Razberi of course, but before that UDP, Verint and a few others. I remember when I first met Geoff he was working with a company called the ISG Group, in the early 1990s. He used to say he could not tell me about the projects he worked on as it was all very secret and he would have to kill me if he told me! Perhaps he can tell us now, I wonder? Richard Lee, and yes he has been in here once already this year, is not at Wavestore any more; he has now joined Qognify’s UK and Ireland sales team. Who, I hear you cry; they were formerly Nice Systems, oh them. Talking of Wavestore they also have been recruiting; Hamaad Deen has become Pre-Sales Manager. Hamaad will be working with client partners to assist in the design and development of major new projects in the UK and internationally so I am told, sounds very important. Not only that, they have also taken on Julian Inman. Now I worked with Julian, pictured, in my Baxall days and he was the techy guy, you know! Julian is going to be the company’s product manager with the responsibility of the company’s road map. That’s quite a responsibility but I can’t think of any one better for the job. Did I mention sales managers? Pro-Vision have appointed a new internal sales manager called Andy Walters. Peter Ford said: “Andy’s appointment is another positive sign that we are continuing to invest in providing Pro-Vision’s customers with the high standards of service they expect as well as strengthening the support for the brands we distribute.” Not that Peter wanted to drop any sales blurb into his statement of course.

Fast growers
Did you hear that the distributor DVS have just won the gold award for the 2015 Fast Growth 50 awards for the company’s growth of 297.7pc between 2012 and 2014 making them the fastest growing B2B company in Wales. And yes the decimal point is in the right place. Overall DVS were placed ninth against Wales’ largest firms in the fastest growing businesses list having been placed 24th last year. Well done boys. Not only that, they have appointed a new finance director by the name of Tim Goodson. DVS distribute Panasonic products among others so let’s talk about their new additions who are Andy Hunter as solutions sales manager; Doug Gwilliams, yeah we already know that don’t we; Jim Perkins (was with Dedicated Micros) as business development manager, Karen Sangha as field marketing and Steve Ely as the northern project manager.

Sales starters
Dantech Electronic Engineering, the UK manufacturer of power supplies and ancillary equipment has appointed Alan Jones to its sales team. And the distributor CCTV direct has two new starters, Danny Wade has joined as sales executive; and Stephen Lippitt as business development manager who brings with him over ten years’ industry experience, working with some large national companies including Chubb and ADT. And last but by no means least at Oncam, the provider of 360-degree video products, Ian Compton has been named Vice President of Sales, Ian was the International Sales Director of EMEA for Assa Abloy you may recall.

The staff at Technical Resources are raising money for charity by braving the outside in a sleeping bag for one night. Alan Derry said: “We’ve created this team because we want to raise money and make a difference by participating in Centrepoint Sleep Out London – Old Truman Brewery 2015. Please help us by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give now’ button. The more people that know about Centrepoint Sleep Out London the greater the impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! So that just leaves me to say I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and that Santa brings you everything that you want. Likewise enjoy the well-earned break and have a great new year and let’s raise a glass to those we have lost in 2015. As they say, gone but not forgotten.

Marc moves
The gossip just keeps coming: Marc Wesley’s leaving Tyco Security Products to join Xtralis as sales manager. You may recall Marc was with Exacq, acquired by Tyco. Marc did come from Norbain, where he started in 1987 and is married to Ann who’s still at Norbain.

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