During the Diamond Awards Dinner at the co-located ESA Leadership Summit and ESI Forum, Shelton Mangum of Montgomery, AL-based Creative Security Systems received the NTS Instructor of the Year Award in Honor of Paul F. Baran and Linda Ferguson of the Utah Alarm Association was named the ESA/NTS Training Coordinator of the Year.
"Mr. Mangum has done a superb job of educating our industry," says LJ Lynes, chair of the ESA Education Committee, who accepted the awards on behalf of the winners.
"I feel it is a huge honor to have his name on the Paul Baran Instructor of the Year Award plaque at the ESA Headquarters in Dallas. It is well deserved and we are all very happy for him."
"A great State Training Coordinator is a must have for a state to run successful training," says Lynes.
"Mrs. Ferguson exemplifies what a successfully run program can do for their state. She is truly a credit to her association and the award is much deserved."
"I'm honored," says Ferguson, noting that last year, around 800 students took courses in Utah.
"The big thing is that we have a lot of new companies and a lot of the 'summer companies' that headquarter here. It's always a challenge to organize everything," she says.
"I bring treats everyday and bring water the first day," adds Ferguson. "Most of [the students] are young kids and the challenge of them sitting there -- they feel like they're sitting there in another class."
Ferguson says that the instructors do a good job of trying to keep the students alert and paying attention. "I just make sure it goes smoothly for them and the trainers," she says.