Norris Inc. is Northern New England’s premiere life-safety and security company and prides itself on hiring the best people around. Now, as part of Minuteman Security, our promise to advance security and protect lives and property has never been more on-point.
We like to hire folks who are experts in their field, have a passion for their communities, their families, and life safety and security. They make it their mission to serve the customer.
Today’s Norris Employee Profile is no exception.
Today’s Norris Employee Profile is with Jim Allmon.
NI: What’s your title and included duties at Norris?
JA: Systems Integrator for Northern Maine, based in the
Bangor office. I handle Design and Sales.
NI: How long have you been at Norris?
JA: 18 Years
NI: What are some of the major changes to life-safety and security technology you’ve seen in that time?
JA: The biggest changes I have seen in the industry are the move towards IP-based system, involving IT personnel more heavily, and the expansion of wireless devices for traditionally wired components.
NI: What different positions have you held at Norris?
JA: Service Technician, Engineer, Sales.
NI: How has your tenure at Norris prepared you to be successful in life?
JA: Being in sales and design, with the number of
products Norris, Inc sells can be a very fast-paced position. Having the
ability to multi-task and handle stressful situations as well as accommodate
customers’ needs on the fly, so to speak, has helped me be successful
personally as well.
NI: What life experiences have you had that have made you successful at Norris?
JA: Early in my career at Norris, Inc I was injured,
non-work related. I was out of work for 2 years. Norris, Inc stood by me and
maintained communications with me during this time. Having a family mentality
with an employer gave me the drive to work harder and help the company succeed
as much as possible when I was able to return to work full time.
NI: What do you love most about your job?
JA: I really love the ability to work with both contractors
and end-users, offering the full line of systems and equipment we provide.
NI: What frustrates you about your job?
JA: Short deadlines for bid projects.
NI: Are you married? Have any kids?
JA: Yes, I’m married, and I have two girls. One is 19,
attending college, the other is 13 and just completed 7th grade.
NI: What lessons have you learned through your duties at Norris that you’d like to pass on to others/your children?
JA: Let the ones you lose roll off your back, learn from
them but don’t dwell.
NI: Can you talk about one personal goal you have for the rest of 2020?
JA: Finalize plans for a trip somewhere for my 25th
NI: Can you talk about one professional goal you have for the last half of 2020?
JA: Master the revisions to the newly adopted Life Safety
and Fire Alarm Codes as they pertain to designs.
NI: What do you enjoy doing in your spare/free time?
JA: Fly fishing for trout, bird hunting, and an occasional round of golf.
What is Norris all about?
Norris, Inc.—a Saco, Maine-based life-safety and security systems integrator with satellite offices in Bangor, Maine; Lee, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont—was founded nearly 40 years ago by two brothers, Brad and Harty Norris.
On February 28, 2020 Norris Inc was acquired by Minuteman Security Technologies Inc. Minuteman Security Technologies Inc. (Minuteman), headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts and founded in 1998, is a leading provider of enterprise security technology solutions. Minuteman security systems are used by a wide range of organizations throughout the United States. Customers include law enforcement, energy companies, mass transit, large retail chains, academic institutions, public safety agencies, and community hospitals with regional offices from Maine to Illinois.