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12/06/11

Permalink 08:04:31 pm, by advproinc, 768 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Company News

Getting to Know Our Team: Andrea Rice, Administrative Assistant

Advantage Protection Inc. would like to say HAPPY DECEMBER and introduce you to a very important employee here at our office, Andrea Rice. I like to think of her as not only the bubbly front desk “gate-keeper,” but as a glue that helps our sales team stick so wonderfully together and an aid in the communication between the sales side of the house into the operations side, which is easier said than done.

Andrea’s position is vital to keeping Advantage Protection Inc. the well oiled machine that it has become since opening in 1975. She is the first face you see when you walk in our doors and often the first voice you speak with while calling on the phone. Her job doesn’t stop there, I’ll let her tell you a little more about what she does and who she is. Take a look!

So Andrea, how long have you worked with Advantage Protection Inc.?

About a year and a half now.

As an Administrative assistant, what does your job entail?

A little bit of everything from creating agreements and addendums, to answering phone calls, handling accounts receivables and assisting with various sales support tasks.

Besides working with Brandon, what has been the most challenging thing for you here?

I would have to say that I’m so much of a “people pleaser,” that I try to do everything for everyone all of the time and continue to struggle with the fact that I can’t always do everything.

What about Advantage Protection makes it somewhere you want to be?

I really enjoy the fact that we have a variety of personalities here in the office. They keep me so busy it’s impossible to get bored ;).

What are some previous jobs?

I was a trainer at Lithia Motors for 7 years and a chiropractic assistant prior to that.

Are you aware that your “real voice,” differs greatly from your “phone voice?”

Yes I am aware (tongue in cheek)… I’ve made it a habit to ensure that I am as pleasant as possible no matter what I have on my plate at the moment, which can be quite a bit. It drove me crazy when I would encounter a customer service rep who has a grumpiness or frustrated tone about them. If you can’t sound professional and nice to everyone, you are in the wrong field.

I know you are a serious fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts, what about the sport do you think appeals most to you?

It started off as the excitement of the knockouts, although over the years watching it more it has turned into an interest of the different styles and techniques. You can actually see in a fighters face and body language, them formulating their game plan. They aren’t just going into the ring and “bangin it out.”

What other hobbies do you have?

I play soccer in an indoor adult league now. I’ve been playing my whole life from elementary school through college. I enjoy jogging and working out on a regular basis as well.

What about playing soccer do you enjoy most?

I really enjoy the competition. Beating someone to the ball or taking it from someone whether they are a female or a 250lb. guy, is awesome. Plus, knocking people over is always a good time. LOL.

Alma Mater?

I graduated from Shasta College in Redding, CA. I studied business administration.

Where did you grow up?

Born in Torrance, CA but spent pretty much my whole life in Redding, CA.

Do you have a favorite musician? If so, who?

I’m a country girl. I definitely have to say Clint Black is my guy. I’ve seen him in concert 5 times now.

What is your “burning desire,” in life?

Something that I’ve always wanted to do is to meet Clint Black in person. I've spoken with him over the phone, but meeting him in person would be awesome.

What is your favorite movie?

It’s a tie between The Shining and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Married/Single?

Not married yet, but definitely taken. We will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary here in few days. Wedding in the future for sure. :)

Are you superstitious?

Nope!

If you were stranded on a deserted island for the rest of your life but were supplied with only one type of meal, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what would you choose?

Grilled cheese sandwich…without a doubt!

Last but not least, Brandon would like to know the reason behind always wearing either black or grey? Do you have ties to witchcraft?

I just like the color black, and I ALWAYS match!

11/28/11

GPS Tracking: Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?

While driving into the office this morning, I couldn’t help but notice two children between the ages of 8-10 walking down the road without an adult, assumingly to their bus stop. Not only was it still not completely light out, if you live in the Vancouver/Portland area you also know it was very foggy this morning as well. These unsupervised children and vulnerable conditions got me thinking. With an estimated 900,000 juveniles reported missing each year (Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children), how can parents help ensure their kids are safe in the mornings on their way to school? How nice would it be to just give your child a wrist-watch with the ability to track their location? Is there something we here at Advantage Protection Inc. can provide, to help parents know that their children are exactly where they are supposed to be? The answer is, absolutely YES.

Advantage Protection Inc. has been on the forefront of innovative alarm technologies in the Vancouver/Portland metro area since 1975 and would like you to think of us when it comes to the word “safety”. With the only UL listed monitoring center located here in Clark County, we not only have the ability to monitor most types of fire and security alarms, but have been seeing an increased rise in the desire to have personal GPS tracking for the elderly and children alike. The ability of real time GPS tracking and access anywhere you have internet connectivity is available through Advantage Protection Inc. and provided by a leader in the GPS tracking industry.

Our preferred GPS provider delivers comprehensive solutions for any application in 10 languages and in 30 countries worldwide and can give parents the ability to track and monitor live, or view 24 months of historical data with easy to use online software. One product in particular we suggest is a wrist-watch style GPS tracker and locator perfect for young children, because it never leaves their wrist when they are away from home. In addition to the obvious advantages of having a GPS locator for your family members, this device also has a built-in cellular speakerphone which enables voice calls to be made to numbers stored in speed dial buttons (e.g. a relative or a doctor) or to be received from any caller or from the remote monitoring center. SOS function sends out immediate alert when help is needed and GeoFencing Alerts can be programmed so that in the event of a wearer wandering outside of a specifically programmed zone, an alert will be sent immediately to our monitoring center, family member, and/or other responsible parties programmed. Also, with features like the Listen in Monitor Function which gives you the ability to listen in on surrounding conversations at any time, you receive the peace of mind that your child or elderly relative will be safe from predators.

So next time you think of the word “safety,” think Advantage Protection Inc. and know that we have the products, customer service, and support to tackle most any solution when it comes to keeping you and your assets protected. Visit www.advproinc.com to learn more or call (360)695-5072 to inquire about personal GPS for you and your family.

11/21/11

Permalink 05:02:28 pm, by advproinc, 596 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

Thanksgiving Day Safety: Deep Frying a Turkey

Originating in the southern United States, deep frying your Thanksgiving bird has risen in popularity throughout the country in recent years. As Thanksgiving has traditionally been the busiest holiday for fire departments responding to fires caused by cooking equipment (NFPA), related statistics have skyrocketed due to this delicious turkey cooking option. Advantage Protection Inc. wants to warn you that as tasty as a deep fried bird may be, it also may be the most dangerous meal you ever cook and to do things the safest way possible on this Thanksgiving holiday. Take a look at the dangers associated with deep frying your turkey before you take the plunge.

    1. Units can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

    2. An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted.

    3. A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.

    4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

    5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards.

Due to the severe risk of fire, Advantage Protection Inc. does not advise using a turkey fryer this holiday season, but if you decide to anyway, please follow these tips to help reduce that risk.

• Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.

• Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.

• Do not overfill the fryer.

•Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

•Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.

•Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.

•Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.

•Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.

•If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.

General Thanksgiving Safety Tips--

• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

• Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

• Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

• Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

• Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

• Keep knives out of the reach of children.

• Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

• Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

• Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.

• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Please visit http://advproinc.com/products.html to see how we can help detect and protect against possible fire hazards in your home or business. Whether it is monitored smoke and heat detectors or carbon monoxide detectors, we have you covered. With the only UL listed monitoring center in Clark County, our highly trained monitoring center personnel works 24/7/365 to help keep you keep you safe.

11/14/11

Permalink 06:06:02 pm, by advproinc, 223 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Industry News, Life Safety Information

The Columbian: Fire Station 6, Back in Action

Peace of mind and security are terms we know well here at Advantage Protection, Inc. So when something as vital to a community as a fire station is forced to close up shop “to save money,” it hits close to home. In the Burton neighborhood of Vancouver, the residents have not felt that peace of mind and feeling of security since last December, when the Burton Fire Station 6 doors were closed in the midst of over $30 million in cuts made by the city according to Vancouver Mayor, Tim Leavitt.

Since the closure, there has been a great show of support by the surrounding community with many petitioning for the reopening of their beloved fire house as well as Friends of Fire Station 6, a group key in receiving the $2.3 million dollar federal grant that has enabled the resuscitation of Fire Station 6. Over 100 people were at the reopening ceremony last Monday showing their appreciation for the station and what it means to their community. It’s good to see our tax dollars going toward reopening an institution as important to a community as this one is. Now it seems as if the residents in the Burton neighborhood can rest assured the nine man crew at Fire Station 6 is going to be there to protect the safety of their community.

For more on the story visit http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/nov/06/a-grand-reopening-fire-station-6-resuscitated-coll/

11/07/11

Permalink 02:07:04 pm, by advproinc, 626 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Company News

Getting to Know Our Team: Jonas Lail, BDC

The team member we are going to get to know this month is our “Face” of the company, Jonas Lail. As the Business Development guru of Advantage Protection Inc. Jonas is one of the best sales support and appointment setters this company has ever had. It is Jonas’s goal to attend as many networking events as possible to ensure that Advantage Protection Inc. is in the fore front and on the tongue of every business owner in the greater Portland area. Jonas is continually setting qualified leads for the sales team and has a knack for getting potential clients to trust and understand the importance of a well run, long established security, fire, and monitoring company. He believes that life safety is the most important aspect of what we do, and conveys that to everyone he meets.

What is your favorite thing about working with Advantage Protection Inc.?

I like the family type of environment. I like that the owner of the company is here before I get here and leaves after most employees. It makes me feel that I work for a company invested in my future.

Going back 5 years, what is the ONE thing you would change?

I wish I would have gone to a 4 year college right after high school. I went to a community college and started living life. At the time I chose this to stay out of debt and while I was able to start a few different businesses on my own, I really feel like I missed a lot of the same opportunities and travel that my friends had.

You recently came out of the retail world to B2B. Why the transition?

I feel like B2B is a more lucrative for my future ideas, wants and growth. Retail can be tedious and capped in potential earnings and advancement.

Considering your age, what kind of push backs do you come up against and how do you overcome them?

I don’t know if it is mental or not, but when I walk in to a room I feel like all eyes are on me like, “who is this young guy.” I establish myself and give credibility through my conversations and knowledge of the industry. Once I can get in to a conversation with someone, their concerns seem to become non-existent.

Where do you see yourself heading with Advantage Protection Inc.?

I would like to become much more involved in outside sales and customer interaction. I feel like I am going to excel and building long term relationships with clients.

Who is your biggest role model besides Jaime Reel and Brandon Smith?

It would definitely be both of my parents. They had my brother and I right out of high school and were able to overcome any obstacles that came their way. They did their best to give us anything we wanted regardless of any struggles they may have been facing. I was able to play all sports; they continue to support my family and have managed to stay together.

How would you solve the current NBA dispute?

This is tough for me… I would cut the current profit sharing percentage from what the owners want and what the players were receiving last year in half because I believe if both sides could let go egos and put the numbers on the table it would create a more trusting environment and “buy in” for all parties involved.

I have heard you and your girlfriend have a couple of nicknames… where did these come from and which is your favorite?

My girlfriend has picked up the name “Bendy” because she is a gymnast LOL. My favorite former nickname for myself is “little deuce.” My football and basket ball jerseys proudly displayed the number 2.

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