SDC Growth Spurs Key Hires for 2017 to Meet Market Demand
After experiencing a banner year for revenue growth in 2016, SDC (Security Door Controls) renewed its commitment to meet the growing market demand for its innovative line of mechanical hardware and electronic access control security product solutions by hiring new employees in several key sales and marketing positions.
“Because we exceeded our sales goals in 2016, it became increasingly clear that we needed to add resources to meet the market demand and continue to support, grow and service our valued resellers,” said Shane Geringer, SDC’s Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Strategic Development. “We’re very excited to expand our roster of experienced and successful sales and marketing people from within our industry.”
“We also made some strategic moves to not only allow us to extend the reach of our sales and marketing capabilities, but to also allow us to go deeper with each valued customer and ultimately help them increase sales of SDC products through more targeted initiatives, more collaboration, and coordination of shared efforts,” added Shane.
To that end, SDC increased its Regional Sales management team to three from two – dividing the US into Western, Central and Eastern regions. SDC and industry veteran, Brent Maynard, retained his responsibility for the newly formed Western Sales Region, giving him added bandwidth to institute more programs and interact with new account opportunities in the region. Door hardware industry sales veteran Mary Hester has been tapped as SDC’s new Central Regional Sales Manager. Access control systems sales and product management veteran Chris Donohue is now SDC’s new Eastern Regional Sales Manager. Finally, SDC brought on experienced access control marketer, Olga Iakomi, as its new Marketing and Events Facilitator, to bolster trade show execution, social media programming and customer liaison activities. Here’s a little more detail about SDC’s new hires:
BRENT A. MAYNARD, Western Regional Sales Manager
Brent has been with the company since 2000 and has sales responsibility for all major accounts, distributors and security and hardware representatives in the Western territory incorporating ID, MT, WY, AK, OR, WA, CO, UT, AZ, NM, El Paso, TX, CA and HI. He travels extensively with our field representatives to engage with the customers.
His experience with access control locking hardware makes him a valuable resource for providing product training, project specification assistance & application support on behalf of SDC and its large product line (over 250 SKU’s). Brent began his security industry career at a hardware manufacturer in 1987 as an inside sales manager after a 4-year stint in the United States Marine Corps. He spends his vacation time deep sea fishing and enjoys living in a beach community.
MARY HESTER, Central Regional Sales Manager
Mary is responsible for all major accounts, distributors and security and hardware representatives in the Central territory encompassing MN, ND, SD, WI, IA, NE, KS, MO, IL, IN, OK, AR, TX (excluding El Paso), LA, MS, Western TN, OH, KY, WV & Western PA. She brings more than 17 years of national experience securing and maintaining sales and distribution of door hardware through security integrators, locksmiths and contract hardware companies.
Mary also brings extensive teaching and training experience of individuals within companies, at trade show education seminars, association meetings, and apprenticeship classes for companies with Union representation. She earned her AHC Apprentice certification from the Door & Hardware Institute. She and her husband live in Michigan and enjoy the many activities the state boasts of – hunting, riding ATV’s, hiking, and relaxing at its many lakes and beaches.
CHRIS DONOHUE, Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Chris is responsible for all major accounts, distributors and security and hardware representatives within the Eastern territory that includes ME, VT, MA, NH, CT, RI, NY, NJ, DE, E. PA, MD, VA, Washington DC, AL, GA, E. TN, FL, NC, SC and Puerto Rico. Chris began his security career 23 years ago after serving in the US Army. He gained invaluable experience as an installer before switching to sales and product management for the US division of a European access control systems manufacturer.
Concurrent with his SDC activities, Chris will be graduating in 2017 with a degree in Business Management as a step to pursuing his MBA. Chris is very family orientated and enjoys traveling, playing golf and exploring the adventures in Florida with his wife, and four children.
OLGA IAKOMI, Marketing and Events Facilitator
Olga Iakomi is primarily responsible for liaison with distributors and reps, trade show management and social media content management. Originally from Philadelphia, she spent several years as the head of Marketing at a rapidly growing bluetooth access control start-up company.
Olga graduated from La Salle University with a BS in Marketing and International Business. She lives a very active outdoor lifestyle and is excited to take advantage of the innumerable, year-round activities that come with her relocation to weather-friendly Southern California.