November 24th, 2020

Last night in the NFL history was made with an all-black officiating crew as the Los Angeles Rams played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As I watched the coverage of this story, it dawned on me, as a sports fan, that I’m not sure I ever thought about what that meant. I’ve been watching sports my entire life and I’m not sure I ever watched and thought “why do so many of the referees look like me?” But to many Americans, it has.

Lately I’ve been learning a lot about this subject. Through my involvement in local networking groups such as One Southern Indiana, Leadership Louisville, GLI and the Chamber of St. Matthews, I have had the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops focused on improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Just last week I attended “Moving Forward Together: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” a program by Louisville Business First.

One of the speakers at that event dug into the concept of code-switching, a concept I had heard of but hadn’t really dug into. Code-switching is a way of talking in a different nuance from one group of people to another, and we are all subconsciously guilty of doing it. Even Former President Obama was known to code-switch and it’s talked about in the Former First Lady’s book. It’s not something we do on purpose, but it does seem prevalent from culture to culture.

We need to create an environment where code-switching isn’t required. We shouldn’t expect people to “check themselves at the door.” Let’s all be who we are in our workspace, homelife and schools. As business owners let’s embrace this opportunity and model it for our teams. 2021 can be the year we have a better understanding of all the players on our team.

Our team continues to strive to learn more everyday about how we can be more inclusive, how we can take into account our diverse group of customers and team members.

Let’s all, as business owners, continue learning as we enter 2021. Let’s make it a priority that we not do things the way they’ve always been done as diversity is concerned. Let’s pay attention to what we are learning, continue to read and listen to experts and help move our local and global communities forward, together.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to attend these types of events, and to have a team who is on board with learning and adapting and being open-minded to be sure we are making inclusivity a priority.

I hope you have a safe, Happy Thanksgiving this week.

September 2nd, 2020

Of course, everyone on our team is an important piece of what makes us us. From the time you call our main line to talking to our salespeople, working alongside our designers and coordinating with our service team and yes, even working with our billing department, we are proud of each and every person who has a seat at our table.

So when one of our valued team members decides it’s her turn to retire, we don’t take it lightly.

Ann Bemiss was our longtime Director of Finance. After 13 years at her desk, she’s off to spend time with her family, maybe find some much-needed rest and relaxation, and perhaps someday get to travel the world. To honor her, we decorated her office with retirement signs.

We would like to thank one of our favorite local restaurants, Le Moo, for hosting so nicely (and safely… there is STILL a pandemic going on) for this celebration of sharing 13 years of memories and stories with Ann.

I was asked to say a few words about Ann. I could have gone on and one but was politely asked to keep it short so we could continue enjoying time spent around the dinner table. How does one describe 13 years of service in a few words?

  1. Loyalty
  2. Integrity
  3. Serving
  4. Caring
  5. Trust

That’s how.  I knew the first month after I purchased the business Ann was going to be awesome.  She seemed to care more about our Team and our resources (money) than anyone else!

What a great legacy she is leaving.

She has left an indelible mark on ECT Services that will serve us well for years to come.

Dear Ann, enjoy it all. We’ll miss you!

July 23rd, 2020

We typically use this space to talk about technology, trends and products related to our field and the industries of our customers who are mostly building and facilities managers across the country. Today, we’re getting a bit personal in hopes that if your team ever finds itself in a similar situation, our experience can help.

Last week, one of our fellow teammates, Jeff, passed away suddenly. Our shock and grief was immense. As the CEO, I needed to find a balance between grief (both my own and my team’s) and the need to keep business running as our customers would expect. This was no easy task, but here are the steps we took and the advice I’d give another company in this situation:

First, acknowledge the loss.

  1. Several of our Team attended the funeral home visitation and met Jeff’s family and his friends.  We made a point during this visit to meet his only son and share our condolences.
  2. A few members of our Team attended the funeral.  This allowed them to realize closure and provide support to the family.
  3. We sent a meaningful gift to the family in memory of Jeff.  We send wind chimes, because it can be a beautiful reminder of the person to the family and lasts a lifetime.

Do not make a “shrine” of his office space.

  1. While it is tempting to keep his office space unused for a period of time, it is important to fill the office space with another new Team Member.
  2. If this does not occur in a timely manner, it can lengthen the grieving process and create a shrine effect where no one should be able to use the space and once it is filled again, there are hurt feelings over using the shrined space for another person.

Talk with Your Team about the Team Member

  1. Ask questions about how they feel.
  2. Reminisce stories and good memories of working together.
  3. By doing this, we make it okay for them to talk about it.
  4. Death is real and part of life and we need to have a healthy respect for the person gone.  Talking about it helps – and knowing we are truly going through this together brings comfort.

Provide Access to Grief Counseling

  1. Our Team Members worked side by side with Jeff and got to know him on a different level.
  2. The Team may struggle making it through all the steps of grieving and providing an anonymous outside support method may be helpful.
  3. Also, Jeff was mis-diagnosed, as possibly having COVID, in the beginning stages of his issues, and many believe he would be alive if they would have performed more tests.  This has created a lot of anger.

Continue to Focus on What We Do

  1. We are actively hiring additional Team Members.
  2. We are actively winning additional work and taking care of customers.  This helps in focusing on what we do and do well.

Recognize you and your team are grieving. Give time and space for that to happen, but also recognize there is work to be done and customers expect services to still be in place.

I hope these thoughts help your team, should you ever find yourself in this type of situation. I’ll be honest, I think I found it helpful to write all of this down in the hopes someone else could use it.

May 18th, 2017

Tracking and monitoring equipment can be a challenge, particularly in large facilities or facilities that have been expanded and remodeled over the years. Critical equipment can go missing, only to be found tucked away in an obscure place. Equipment in difficult to access locations can be tough to monitor.

The Internet of Things can help overcome those challenges, and HID Global’s new Location Services for Item Management and HID Condition Monitoring Services are at the forefront.

HID Location Services for Item Management monitors the location and movement of equipment. Use cases for Location Services for Item Management include locating a ladders, carts, and emergency hospital equipment. Facility managers can use geo-fences to trigger alerts monitoring the movement of equipment as well.

HID Condition Monitoring Services provides real-time analysis of equipment performance, making it possible to optimize performance, predict failure and identify potential issues. Use cases for HID Conditioning Monitoring Services include vending machines, conveyor belts, heating and cooling systems, medical equipment, and other equipment.

The offerings provide a simple solution for streamlining the daily operations in hospitals, manufacturing facilities, and a wide range of industrial organizations requiring instant, actionable data to optimize workflow, processes and equipment efficiency, according to a release from HID Global.

“Every day, organizations seek to address pressing concerns around the misuse, tampering and theft of assets, as well as unforeseen equipment downtime. HID’s latest solutions make it possible to quickly locate items, provide valuable equipment data to optimize equipment efficiency, and react quickly to critical events or instantly know when equipment fails,” said Mark Robinton, Director of Strategic Innovation with HID Global in the release. “Our new condition monitoring services enable operations teams to move from a reactive or prescriptive stance to a more knowledge-based, predictive model that makes it possible to receive advanced warning of issues with equipment and proactively plan for scheduled maintenance based on algorithms and data analytics.”

The tools leverage Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology connected by a cloud-based Bluvision solution. The system is fully integrated, making set up efficient and cost-effective.

Interested in learning more? Call us today at (800) 567-1180.

February 24th, 2017

School plant operators already have a tall order. They must keep school buildings clean and in good working order, often with limited resources in aging facilities, all while surrounded by hundreds of busy little mess-makers.

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But the job doesn’t stop there for many plant operators. They take their role a step further, supporting students and teachers with joy and enthusiasm that brings a warmth and light to a school that the systems they monitor can’t even begin to generate.
Jefferson County Public Schools highlighted one such plant operator recently in a video on their Facebook page. Mickey Bridwell, plant operator at Blue Lick Elementary School in Louisville, Ky., greets children in the car rider line each day and leads them in a special chant. He sits with students at lunch, ties shoes, cheers up children who are having a tough day, and does whatever he can to help “make teachers’ jobs easier.” Best of all, he does it all with a warm, grandfatherly smile on his face.
Bridwell recognizes that he is a role model for students, and embraces that role with enthusiasm.
What can administrators and communities do to appreciate and encourage plant operators, custodians and other school support staff personnel? Here are a few ideas:
Include them in decision-making. Plant operators and custodians should have a place at the table when key decisions are being made, from supply changes to process changes to system changes. Their front-line experiences yield valuable insights, especially in the highly variable context of school buildings. Including plant operators and custodians in decisions will ensure successful implementation later.
Honor their contributions. Set aside time on the school calendar to honor plant operators and custodians. October 2 is National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day, so that might be a good start. Appreciation also might take the form of features on excellent plant operators or custodial staff in school or district-wide newsletters, or even video profiles like the one produced by JCPS. Don’t underestimate the power of “surprise and delight” opportunities, too, such as bringing in a hot breakfast for plant operators and custodians who must show up early to de-ice sidewalks on cold days.
Support networking and learning opportunities. Connect plant operators and custodians to organizations and opportunities that help them grow, such as the Kentucky School Plant Management Association. The KPSMA offers a conference and workshops every year. ECT Services will be participating in the KPSMA conference this year, which will take place Oct. 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

February 15th, 2017

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Day to day operations are demanding. Resources are stretched thin. Budgets are shrinking. Lots of news and learning resources—blogs, podcasts, communities — are available for free online.
Why attend a professional conference? Three reasons:
Focus. Stepping out of your day to day job offers you a physical and mental break from your routine. It affords you the opportunity to take a step back and consider your work at a higher level. Use this new perspective to consider long term goals, evaluate the current state, and plan next steps.
Network. Good conferences attract a variety of professionals from across your industry. You’ll meet others in similar and complementary roles, as well as consultants and vendors. All offer different perspectives and experiences that might help you solve a problem that’s been dogging you for months.
Discover. You don’t know what you don’t know, and you can’t necessarily Google what you don’t know, either. Conferences give you the opportunity to encounter new approaches, products, services and ideas that can spark your imagination and help you take your organization to a new level.
ECT Services is planning to attend four upcoming conferences. We’d love to connect with you!

NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo, May 28 – June 2 in Los Angeles. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA’s 10,000 members represent 3,500 institutions from more than 150 countries.

2017 Healthcare Coalition Conference, September 26 – 28, Hyatt Regency/Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky. The event is planned by the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers, the state chapter representing the American Society of Healthcare Engineering and Association for the Healthcare Environment.

Kentucky Association of Housing Officers Annual Conference. Dates and details have not yet been announced, but the event is usually held in early October and will be hosted this year at Berea College in Berea, Ky. KAHO provides personal and professional growth opportunities for college and university housing and residence life officers.

Kentucky Plant Management Conference, October 18—19, Embassy Suites Hotel at 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington, Ky. The event is sponsored by the Kentucky School Plant Management Association, and typically draws more than 300 attendees to breakout sessions, round tables and more.

January 27th, 2017

HID Global’s Personal Identity Verification (PID) platform was recently recognized as the “Best Identity Management Platform” in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards.

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The Homeland Security Awards are sponsored by Government Security News, a leading trade publication.
HID is one of ECT Service’s trusted partners. HID offerings include physical access control; IT security, including strong authentication/credential management; card personalization; visitor management; government ID; and identification technologies for a range of applications.
“Identity management is the backbone of ensuring sensitive operational capabilities across a myriad of systems and environments,” says Chuck Brooks, a security expert and lead judge of the awards, according to a press release. “HID PIV is a solution providing an innovative technological edge and HID’s authentication technology is already well appreciated by a variety of government users.”
The HID PIV platform, which includes HID PIV Express™, HID PIV Enterprise™ and HID PIV IDMS™ (Identity Management,) is the industry’s first end-to-end identity access management solution, according to the release. HID PIV is suitable for contexts which require higher security to use a single credential for accessing doors, IT systems, networks and data.
HID PIV provides complete identity lifecycle management, including identity proofing, secure credential issuance and use and deprovisioning. The platform unifies physical and IT security systems, and applies trusted credentials and other advanced security capabilities.
Judging was based on the increase in the client organization’s security, technological innovation or improvement, filling a recognized government IT security need, and the flexibility of solution to meet current and future organizational needs.
“HID Global partners with several government agencies, helping to secure the identities of millions of government employees and contractors, so it is gratifying to receive this Homeland Security Award for a new innovation that we are excited to bring to customers,” said Brad Jarvis, Vice President and Managing Director of the IAM Solutions business with HID Global, in the release. “HID PIV provides trusted identities for accessing both IT and physical domains in a more efficient and effective way than was previously available.”
Shooter Detection Systems, another ECT Services partner, was also recognized in the 2016 Homeland Security Awards. SDS Guardian system earned the inaugural “Best Active Shooter Gunshot Detection Solution” award.

July 25th, 2016

Even though summer is still in full swing here in the Ohio Valley, school will be back in session in just a few shorts weeks and children will be heading back to class.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 9.29.25 PMMaybe you’ve already knocked out the back to school shopping and are gently encouraging your offspring to please, please, please (finally!) wrap up that summer reading project, but have you given thought to back to school safety and security? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Keep an eye on kids’ social media accounts. A new year may mean new friendships, and it may also mean the demise of old friendships. Be on the lookout for bullying or other unhealthy behaviors, and know your schools’ policy on social media use. Your school counselor might be a good resource.

If your children walk or bike to school, review the rules of the road with them. Helmets should be required for biking. And that Squirtle is just going to have to get away — discourage the use of earbuds or playing games on handheld devices while walking to minimize distractions.

Get to know your schools’ emergency procedures, and review them with your child. Be aware of schools’ security policies, and be sure to follow them.

Volunteer. The presence of responsible, caring adults can go a long way towards decreasing bullying incidents, and increasing children’s sense of security.

Keep the lines of communication open. Make sure all of your contact information is complete and up to date, and talk with counselors about any changes your child is navigating or any concerns you have.

Finally, keep the lines of communication open with your child. Ask open ended questions, listen and observe.

July 21st, 2016

We’re pleased to announce that ECT Services is a finalist for GLI’s 2016 Innovation & Creativity Award presented by Middleton Reutlinger. Vote for us now through August 18, 2016.

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This award recognizes a small business that executes business initiatives which demonstrate innovative solutions for new and existing business needs.

Among our most innovative recent offerings is the Guardian gunshot detection system developed by Shooter Detection Systems.

The Guardian system works by using acoustic and infrared sensors to instantly identify gunshots. The precise location of the gunshots is noted, and warnings are instantly sent out to people in the facility and vicinity advising them to evacuate or take cover. Authorities are also alerted immediately. Guardian can also be integrated with other building systems like door locks and video surveillance. This video demonstrates the basics of the system.

The technology driving the Guardian system was born on the battlefield, where acoustic gunshot detection was used to pinpoint enemy positions. Shooter Detection Services then developed the system primarily for use in schools, where the threat of active shooter attacks has been on the rise. But recent attacks in Paris; San Bernadino, Calif.; and Orlando, Fla. highlight the vulnerability of all public venues, from nightclubs and sports venues to office buildings and shopping malls.

ECT Services is also proud to provide integrated temperature control systems for the newly-renovated Speed Art Museum. The interior of the entire museum must be maintained at a constant temperature of 72 degrees to protect the collection, which includes paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles and other objects, some of which are thousands of years old. Glass walls, integrated old and new construction and other factors could make temperature control a challenge in such a facility.

ECT Services has been providing innovative solutions to make Louisville-area buildings sustainable, maintainable, energy efficient and safe since 1981.

July 15th, 2016

Join our team as we grow! To apply or for more information, please contact Dave Stumler, dstumler @ ectservices . com or 502-636-2402 ext 120.

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Role and Responsibilities

The candidate is expected to be proficient in providing project leadership, subcontractor & installation coordination, technical & commissioning guidance while ensuring excellent project communication and closeout for all assigned control and security system projects.  Essentially, the Project Manager is to manage all aspects of any and all Control and Security system projects assigned to them.  The Project Manager is expected to meet performance standards as set by the Vice President of Operations and to be a professional self-starter able to develop a dependable track record in project management.  Communication being key, the Project Manager is responsible for maintaining regular contact with various Team Members.  The position is also responsible for all financial aspects of all phases and activities for his/her projects.

Summary of Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for financial success of all assigned projects.
  2. Establish and maintain project schedules
  3. Attend all required project meetings
  4. Understand, review and monitor project estimates, scope of work, budgets, and plans & specs
  5. Read and understand contracts issued to us by our customers, sign and execute to the terms and conditions
  6. Acquire pricing from subcontractors as required. Additionally, develop and implement all subcontractor contracts & requirements.
  7. Communication with all project related teams (i.e Internal team, customers, end user, subcontractors, etc.) on all aspects of project related issues
  8. Accountable for monitoring and managing all aspects of project execution for quality, correctness and efficiency
  9. Provide all drawings, scope of work and related documentation to appropriate team members
  10. Review and release all material orders for projects
  11. Monitor and manage all project associated Change Orders
  12. Schedule your team of direct and shared resources
  13. Track, document, and communicate all aspects and issues of project progress to appropriate team members
  14. Maintain updated wiring diagrams and cable paths for assigned projects
  15. Develop relationships with Team Members and customers and subcontractors.
  16. Troubleshoot programs and graphics associated with control system(s)
  17. Provide start-up, commissioning and training support
  18. Coordinate all close out documentation and requirements such as as-builts, warranty letters, etc.
  19. Provide technical assistance to customers and team members
  20. Review and approve timesheets, accounts payable items and other project related documentation that may be required.
  21. Perform team member evaluations for your direct reports

Physical Requirements

  1. Ability to climb and work from ladders and scaffolding at elevations in excess of 6 feet
  2. Ability to lift objects and equipment up to 50 lbs.
  3. Ability to see and hear well (naturally or with correction) and speak clearly
  4. Coordinate the movement of eyes, hands and fingers
  5. Stand, bend, and sit
  6. Must be capable of working extended hours when job/business needs demand
  7. Some travel may be required

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  1. This position requires a minimum of 5 year project management experience and the ability to demonstrate practical understanding of electrical, electronic, control and mechanical drawings and schematics, to include reading, analyzing and interpretation of such drawings.
  2. Strong history and experience with HVAC controls, Building Automation Controls & Integration projects is a requirement (Security and Fire systems is a plus).
  3. Any experience specifically with Alerton, Johnson Controls, Distech, Siemens Control Systems is a HUGE PLUS!
  4. A proven ability to operate electrical, electronic and mechanical test and installation equipment including power tools.
  5. The candidate must be able to understand, troubleshoot and repair electrical, electronic, and electro-mechanical control systems.
  6. Candidate should possess the mental and mechanical aptitude and ability to design and visualize complex objects in 3 dimensional form, while interrupting the same on design documents.
  7. Must be very detailed oriented in his/her work ethics.
  8. Possess excellent written and verbal communication, listening and interpersonal skills along with the ability to accurately and calmly handle multiple priorities with interruptions and still meet deadlines.
  9. Candidate should be proficient in Microsoft Office, MS Project and Accounting Software.
  10. Candidate should also have the ability to work both independently with minimal supervision or in a team atmosphere, take pride in their work and accepts responsibility.
  11. This individual should project a friendly, professional attitude towards both internal and external customers and co-workers while building constructive and effective relationships.
  12. A history of excellent employment attendance, valid drivers license and clean driving record required.


Additional Notes

Overtime and occasional out of town travel (and stays) may be required.  Training classes may be up to one week at a time.  Other opportunities to travel exist for seminars.  There may be a few evening functions to attend to enhance your professional career (requiring 2-year contract agreement).   A history of excellent employment attendance, valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.   We empower Team Members to make decisions that correspond with our vision, mission and core values.  Random drug testing is a policy for All ECT team members ECT Services is a small business, so our motto is “whatever it takes”.