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May 2022 Employee Spotlight: Coltan Thomas

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Serving with honor & integrity at Knight since 2017

This month's employee spotlight is on Field Technical Director Coltan Thomas! Originally from Palmer, TX, Coltan has been working with the Service team at Knight in Dallas for over 5 years. In this article, we learn more about what keeps Coltan busy outside of work, what his hobbies are, and what he likes best about working at Knight!

How long have you worked at Knight Security Systems and why have you chosen to work here?

I have been with Knight for a little over 5 years. In the beginning, I chose the job because I needed it to support my family. But since then it has grown into my second family. I love it here and I love the people I get to work with every day.

What has been your favorite memory/achievement while working at Knight Security Systems?

My favorite achievement at Knight has been getting to my position as Field Technical Director. The growth Knight offers on its own is outstanding. I started from a helper that didn’t know anything about security to the position I am in now.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy being able to take what I have learned in the field and using it to teach our technicians to help them one day get to where I am at.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

During my time off, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also like to spend my time taking off-shore fishing trips and trying to catch the next monster fish!

What are some of your hobbies?

My hobbies include fishing, watching sports, and being outdoors in general.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

My grandfather told me once, “Work in a manner that cannot be replaced. Just be reliable.” I have taken what he said and applied it to my everyday life. I really feel that this has helped me become the person I am today in this industry.

What is your ideal summer vacation?

Anywhere 80-120 miles off shore with a fishing pole in my hand.

Here's what team members have to say about Coltan:

"Coltan is an awesome guy. He is always a team player and willing to help out whenever it is needed."                                                                                                                                                                           Augustus Shinpaugh                                                                                                                                                                                 

"He finally got a haircut."
                                                                                 - Troy Berry

"Coltan has a nickname: “ C1”; Which is Country 1. We have a C2 as well. When you get them together, they are “ The Country Connection."                                                                                                                  - Matthew Cook

"Coltan Thomas is one of our young, rising stars at Knight Security Systems. Coltan has risen from the Technician ranks to the Field Technical position in just a handful of years as he has gained certifications and field experience in DMP, Milestone, Open Options, Genetec, Lenel, & S2 just to name a few. Most importantly, Coltan’s work is in-line with our Operational Excellence and Customer Satisfaction initiatives at Knight Security."                                                                                                                            - Mark Purcell

"Coltan has worked for me directly for about 5 years. I have watched him grow so much in his professional career at Knight and it has been an amazing journey for him and Knight. From starting very green, to never saying no to a challenge and growing into his current position; he has embraced so much and learned so much. I hope to continue to watch this growth continue!"                                                                                                    - Paul Shelton