Growing an Idea
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Sep 01, 2017
I have a great job. I’ve met many wonderful people in the past 20 or so years, and when
we started Dealer Strategies, it gave me the opportunity to go one on one with company
CEOs and some of their staff.
Such is the case with Bastion Security, located in Portland, Ore. I’ve been to Portland
(and Seattle) several times, and the funny thing is, it has never rained when I’ve been there.
On this trip to Portland, I took full advantage of meeting with Josh Daniels and David Raske.
Daniels is the president and CEO; Raske is the chief marketing & business development officer.
What I enjoyed about this visit was the transparency about Bastion Security, and how
Here’s the picture: Bastion Security has a call center in Southern California. What I found
fascinating was their monitoring power in places where their security equipment is installed,
whether it is for less than two years, or for a longer period of time. They drop a trailer with
a pole and camera attached at the top. It monitors the entire site, and the equipment has a
speaker system attached where an employee at the call center can tell a person who has no
business onsite to leave.
It’s not just a voice telling someone they been caught, it’s the power of remote monitoring
that tells someone not only have they been spotted, but they have been seen
and know who you are. Law enforcement is on the way, so that person
better high-tail it out of there or risk apprehension. The goal is to just
keep unwanted people away.
These are a couple of tricks to the trade, and we’ve seen and talked
about them before. Bastion Security is driven by its mutually beneficial
partnerships in the industry, and a successful leadership team that
puts the employee first. Daniels also is aware that growth in the
industry often means acquisitions, and there are leadership conversations
about this every day.
This is an interesting story and look at Bastion Security. It is
the cover story in our Dealer Strategies issue. I hope you enjoy
it as much as I did writing about them. It’s a story about a class
of service that lends itself to success.
This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Security Today.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.