CEO and President
Byron is the CEO and President of American Direct. Since starting the company in 1991, his vision and devotion to creating a culture of constant innovation has led American Direct on a trajectory of success. In early 2016, Byron’s progressive thinking lead to the acquisition of AccessNsite access control solution, an unprecedented move for a traditional door, frame, and hardware company. This innovative approach put American Direct on track to become the only company in the nation able to combine Division 8 and Division 28 product, service, and expertise to deliver totally integrated safety and security solutions at the door opening. Since its first full year in operation in 1991, American Direct’s revenue has grown from $1.8 million to $100+ million in 2016.
Chief Technology Officer
Jerry’s past experience as an IT consultant to business and government executives, CEO of an online search marketing startup, and Senior Vice President of Information Technology at a financial services company, brings a broad depth of perspective to his roles at American Direct and AccessNsite. As the CIO for American Direct and CTO for AccessNsite, Jerry’s key responsibilities include leadership and strategy to align the company’s IT infrastructure with business priorities, advising on the most effective use of technology to enhance the company’s product offering, and serve as the company’s top technology architect.
Vice President, National Contract Sales
Jerry is a 35+ year veteran of the door openings industry and started his career at American Direct in 2005 overseeing National Account Sales. Jerry’s role then shifted to Chief Operating Officer for four years before moving to his current role as Vice President of National Contract Sales. He currently provides leadership to six regional sales managers from six regions. Before joining American Direct, Jerry was an owner of Builders Specialities and Hardware in Kansas City for 13 years.
Vice President, Enterprise Systems
Brian brings more than 26 years experience in integration, security, and the life-safety field. Throughout his career, he has provided consulting and system engineering for schools, industry, government and businesses in design/build security and surveillance solutions. As Vice President of Enterprise Systems, Ashley is responsible for the design, deployment, and implementation of life safety and security systems for the enterprise market, more specifically the merger of Electronic Physical Security (Division 28) and Physical/Architectural Door Systems (Division 8).
Western Regional Sales Leader
Doug has held positions in the construction industry for nearly 40 years, with a diverse background that includes delivering products and services through manufacturing, distribution, specialty, and general contracting. He has been responsible for handling sales, estimating, and operations for projects valued from $5.0 million to over $500 million. Levin holds certifications as an Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), a Physical Security Professional (PSP), and a LEED Accredited Professional. His extensive work experience as an architectural consultant, specification writer, and physical security consultant will guide him as he leads the Western Region in the areas of business development, sales, and operational excellence.
James St. Pierre
James brings 18 years of industry experience to the salesforce with a successful history of sales growth for companies like Mercury Security and Monitor Dynamics. His strong technical background provides an extra facet in product roadmap development, integration work with dealers, and thinking outside the box when it comes to providing our customers the greatest value at a competitive prices.
Technical Operations Manager
Paul brings 20 years experience in the access control industry with an engineering background that includes requirements analysis, hardware design, product development, software/firmware development, database scripting and reporting, system integration, hardware installation, quality assurance, technical product support, and technical sales support. As the Technical Operations Manager for AccessNsite, Paul manages the software development team, quality assurance team, and technical support team.
Regional Sales Manager, Central Territory
Eric Rohleder has been involved in the physical access security industry for over a decade, working as both an integrator and vendor. Eric has established relationships with many major distributors and vendors, and has provided solutions for customers of all sizes in a variety of industries such as energy, transportation, hospitality, state and local government and corporate enterprise. Eric is excited to add to the success in the Midwest Region by providing superior systems and product.