Serving with honor & integrity at Knight for over 4 years
This month we are highlighting Nelson Torres, Design Engineer Manager, as our Employee Spotlight! Nelson has been with Knight for 3 years this month (happy work anniversary!). In this interview, we learn about Nelson's experience at the company, his favorite aspects of his role, and what keeps him busy outside of work.
Do you have any certifications or degrees?
- Executive MBA
- Electronics Engineering
- Socratics Selling Certification
- Socratics Negotiation Certification
- Milestone Certified Design Engineer (MCDE)
- Security Center Omnicast Technical Certification
How long have you worked at Knight Security Systems and why have you chosen to work here?
July 17th, 2020 will be my third anniversary at Knight Security Systems. After 19 years of having my own business which allowed me to keep a good quality of life, the political and economic situation in Venezuela made it difficult to bring in money from my home country, and I lost everything. One day, my oldest daughter told me “Dad, you should find another job.” That day I updated my LinkedIn profile and a few days after, Knight Security Systems called me for an interview. As soon as I had my interview, I felt like I was at home. Knight Security values their clients and the quality of job delivery, keeping in mind its values, honor, integrity, and service.
What has been your favorite memory/achievement while working at Knight Security Systems?
At one of our sales meetings, it was nice to hear Phil calling SecurePlan's Statement of Value Report, “Nelson's report.” The SecurePlan value statement report was developed by Charles Blair, but I took it and worked with our marketing company to create a graphic design that would communicate the report information to our customers in an easy to understand way.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy working with a smart group of people that are more than coworkers, it feels like a real family where each one tries to help each other. Also, I like the freedom that I have to express my forward-thinking ideas where I propose and develop new tools or internal projects to help Knight Security to be more efficient and productive. Since last year, I have had the opportunity of working very close with Phil developing the marketing strategy for Knight Security Systems. I love communications, and for me, marketing is one of the ways to communicate with our clients - internal and external – our value proposition. Making it happen is one of the things that I enjoy the most in Knight Security Systems.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a family guy, and I enjoy the time that I spend with my wife and daughters. Due to COVID-19 my youngest daughter, who goes to college in Boston, is now home with us, and we cook dinner together every night. I enjoy every second that I spend with her. Also, I like to wake up very early in the morning and run 5K before going to work, making me feel energized and empowered.
What are some of your hobbies?
I say that my hobby is to spend time in front of my computer researching new technologies and developing new ways to put it in front of the people in a simple and easy way to understand. I enjoy video editing, multimedia, and web development software.
What book have you read, or movie you’ve seen recently that you’d recommend?
Both of my daughters are Disney fans, and they gifted me The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney. I fully recommend it to anybody who wants to be successful in life. Iger shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring magic to life.
To those people who are interested in big data, marketing, communication, and social media, I recommend watching The Great Hack, a Netflix documentary about how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Be open-minded, listen to other people, learn from them, learn from your own mistakes, and improve every day. Nobody is perfect, and nobody has to be, but you can look for excellence in everything that you make.
What’s something about you that may surprise us?
I opened the DMP’s international market in early 2000. My company in Venezuela was the first company to export DMP products, back in those days, DMP only sold its pro