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Security insights from a security expert

MacAdvice is a new online resource for the electronic security industry, written by yours truly—offering insights for traditional security dealers and integrators.

About Kirk

Dynamic business leader Kirk MacDowell is the founder and CEO of MacGuard Security Advisors. A 40-year security industry veteran, Kirk partners with other CEOs and top-level executives to help their businesses transform, innovate, and compete in today’s ever-changing electronic security landscape. Kirk truly knows what trends affect companies looking to grow with his deep knowledge of the industry, paired with his operational and manufacturing background at some of the world’s top organizations.

As more players enter the segment, shifting share from traditional companies, Kirk has helped dozens of organizations connect the dots for their strategic planning efforts. Among other services that include growth strategies, vendor negotiations, and business evaluation and planning, his expert advice focuses on driving profits in a competitive market, and energizing teams to embrace the customer throughout the lifecycle.

Kirk’s insight into the security segment is as big as his personality. His most recent experience was with alarm cloud innovator as Vice President, Platform Sales. Previous to this, Kirk held varying roles of increasing responsibility at Fortune 100 manufacturers, General Electric and United Technologies including Vice President Sales, Intrusion for the Americas, and Residential Business Leader. Before joining the ranks of corporate America, Kirk led top 50 SDM integrator Post Alarm as well as his own electronic security firm where he achieved 300% growth per year for four consecutive years. Kirk’s early career was spent in law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s’ Department, where he retired with the rank of Reserve Lieutenant.

A sought-after industry speaker and author, Kirk is endorsed by several industry heavyweight’s including Peter Rogers, Co-Founder, Frontpoint who describes Kirk as “…the consummate alarm industry professional who has done it all, and then some. Among other attributes, he had the strategic vision to recognize the value in a disruptive start-up…”

Kirk remains active in many associations, serving as a past board member of The Monitoring Association (TMA),  Security Industry Association (SIA) and current Chairman of the Alarm Industry Research and Education Foundation (AIREF), as well as Chairman of the Board of the Security Industry Alarm Collation, (SIAC).

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