Innovation and Intention. Steve has always seen the direction Orion needs to head, leading the industry with deliberate use of disruptive technologies. Creating a platform for performance, whether it’s Turnstiles, or data delivering devices to drive decisions with precision, Steve has never wavered from what motivates him, family. Orion is a family business to be sure, and that business is protecting families.
Founding Orion in 2009, Steve called upon his previous 15+ years to create the Technology Company you see before you today. Having worked as both a Security Integrator and for Gunnebo Entrance Control, Steve knew what it would take to compete and eventually lead within this space. In under a decade, Orion Entrance Control has tripled its workforce, expanded sales to eleven countries, and provides solutions for some of the biggest names in the business.
Whether it’s Turnstiles, DoorGuard or SmartGate, Orion prides itself on being designed and manufactured in NH using recycled materials whenever possible. Furthering Orion’s Green Initiative, energy saving systems are employed throughout the HQ in Laconia.
In his spare time, Steve enjoys reading, listening to audiobooks, learning from podcasts and finding new local restaurants with his wife Kathie.
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
About Steve Johnston
How many of you can make the claim that you are a world champion? Steve can! Steve Johnston graduated from the University of Michigan and achieved world champion status as part of the 1978 UM Men’s Glee Club. Not only that, he was also a member of the school’s marching band which means he spent a ton of time on the “Big House” field, as well as enjoying the Orange & Rose Bowl venues.
Professionally speaking, Steve has devoted more than 30 years to the security field. He has spent significant time as a Partner/Owner in various manufacturing rep companies which means he not only had to have a product sales focus, but also view technology from an integrator/customer perspective because those kinds of companies must have a clear understanding of how to make solutions truly work to provide value. For the past 11 years, Steve has worked for two of the security industry leaders, but his entrepreneurial spirit was the driving force in his decision to join Orion as our company offers the benefits of a strong organization with an enthusiasm and capability for innovation.
In his spare time, Steve and his wife Patty are proud parents to 3+1 children and 9 grandchildren spread out from the northern part of the central US down as far south as Houston. An avid rugby fan, he is a member of the Detroit RFC (& Detroit Olde Guys Select) and his interests extend to sailing as he has crewed a Port Huron to Mackinaw race. Patty and Steve also enjoy traveling and exploring the food scene. As the Director of Sales & Marketing, it is a sure thing that Orion will continue to race to the top as well.
VICE PRESIDENT ENTERPRISE SALES
About Tom Elliott
Graduating Class of ‘84 from DeVry University in Columbus, OH with a Bachelors in Electronic Technology, Tom began his journey as a technician for Lanier Worldwide’s Healthcare Division. Tom’s drive and ability to connect with the customers was noticed by management and he was subsequently put on the fast track within the company. Tom moved into Sales and then spent 10 years as a Sales Manager before leaving the company in 2006.
He then moved into a new industry when he began working for Access IT/Cinedigm where he, starting from scratch, quickly gained the recognition of management. Tom spent seven years at Cinedigm, getting granular in his territory, building a reputable book of business and left as a Regional Sales Manager.
Based on a personal reference, Steve reached out to Tom and convinced him to, yet again, start from scratch in a brand-new industry. Tom became the first official Salesperson for Orion in 2014. From that moment, Tom’s unique style of unwavering determination and attention to detail has led Orion’s sales team to new heights.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys attending concerts, often with his kids, playing golf and working around the house.
About Paul Ragusa
About Abby Oeser
Abby’s journey began with a BS in Business Management Program, a BS in Accounting and a BA in Liberal Arts. Using these skills, Abby has amassed a breadth of experience that spans many diversified businesses, including Thermal Cooling Solutions, Food Industry, Laminate/Circuit Board Manufacturing, Construction & Automotive Industry, Medical & Mechanical Parts Industry.
With her accounting experiences including G/L, A/P, A/R, Payroll, Cost Accounting, Fixed Assets, Inventory, Budget & Cash Forecasting and her background in Inventory Control to include physical inventory, Coordination and execution, cycle counts and auditing, quarterly E&O analysis, Labor & OH Rates, and Gross Margin Reporting, Abby’s skills have guided hundreds of millions of dollars successfully through their organizations.
In her spare time, Abby can be found out on the trails with her two dogs, spending time with her family or meditatively caring for her garden.
BOOKEEPER, HR MANAGER
About Barbara Guerrier
Barbara began working as a Fiscal Manager for the NH non-profit called Jobs for NH Graduates in 2002. During her four years she maintained the day-to-day finances for the organization as well as handled the reporting from the organization to the state’s governing agencies.
From 2006 to 2014, Barbara managed the banking, accounts payables, reporting and reconciliations for two separate companies, Brascan Power & Aavid Thermalloy.
In 2014, Barbara joined the Orion family and her talents shined as she took on more and more responsibilities. To date, she has been Orion’s Bookkeeper, Human Resource Department, Shipping Coordinator and now holds the position of Finance Manager.
In her spare time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle with her husband & riding buddies and when not riding she can be found catering to the whims of her two shepherds.
About Chuck Waldron
Chuck began his journey in the industry at Caroselli Security Co. shortly after graduating High School. Working under Steve, Chuck learned not only the nuts and bolts of the trade, but also the true meaning of customer service.
With customer service at his core, Chuck remained on as a Technician when Caroselli Security was purchased by Galaxy Integrated Technologies. After finishing a project at Dartmouth, Chuck moved to Monadnock Security where he worked as a project manager for over 10 years.
In 2014, Chuck joined the Orion family and, like those before him, he made his way up the ladder from Assembly Specialist all the way to his current role as Operations Manager. During his time at Orion, Chuck has gained many additional skills including a QuickBooks certification.
When not in the office, you can find Chuck with his wife watching one of their three sons play baseball or soccer. When the stars align, you’ll find him on the golf course, preparing for his next PGA tour.
ENTERPRISE SALES ARCHITECT, CPP AND CSPM
About Mike Johnson
Mike began his career in Security by joining U.S. Marine Corps in 1994 where he trained as a Parachute Rigger. Marine Corps FedEx is what they called it, he packed parachutes for people and cargo, threw things out of airplanes, and then jumped out after them. He served 8 years in the Reserves and was Honorably Discharged in 2002.
In 1995, he began working for RN Security Company which led him on the path to work for many companies including: Pinkerton, Securitas, Gunnebo, Ingersoll Rand. Whether as an employee or sub-contractor, Mike built a reputation for “Getting it done.” His no nonsense approach and refusal to quit has served both him and the industry. Past clients Include: Fidelity Investments, JPMC, State Street Bank, Volkswagen Group of America, GE Healthcare, The Pentagon & DoD.
Mike & Steve served at Gunnebo together from ’02 to ’05 when Mike returned to integration to work for Ingersoll Rand as a project Manager before making the jump to Sales in 2009. From 2010 to 2016, Mike worked as a subcontractor for integration firms such as: Ingersoll Rand, Kratos, HBE, Niscaya, Sensormatic, JCI, ADT, Tyco, offering project management, sales support & engineering.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys scuba diving, bike riding and spending time with his wife and two children.
CUSTOMER CARE MANAGER
About Jerry Waldron
Jerry’s journey into the world of Electronic Security began in 2001 when he worked and learned from Steve as a member of Caroselli Security. Jerry stayed on when Caroselli Security became Galaxy Integrated Technology until 2005 when he then joined the Service Team at Monadnock Security.
In 2012, Jerry became the first Orion Employee that wasn’t related to the family. As is customary, he started as a panel builder and assembly specialist. Within a short time, he ascended the ranks to become the Production Manager, then Support Manager and finally settled into his current role as Customer Care Manager. His prior 12 years would become the foundation of what Orion’s Customer Care Team is today. Building upon the time and knowledge amassed Jerry has created a support team unlike any in the industry.
In his spare time Jerry enjoys riding his Snow Mobile, taking time out with his family. He is also an accomplished curator and creator of all things smoked, be that meat, cheese, vegetables, you name it, he can impart a smokey deliciousness to it.
QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER
About Ian Bissonnette
After graduating as Valedictorian for his class, Ian began work at Orion straight out of school. Ian has a passion for process and a visceral understanding of what makes something tick, as such, his growth within the company has been pivotal to Orion’s success.
Beginning, as many members of the team do, as a panel builder, Ian’s quick learning made short work of training and he was swiftly promoted to Assembly Specialist. Soon after, he spent many years on the Customer Care team as a Traveling Technician and InHouse Customer Care Specialist.
Ian’s ability to quickly digest and thoroughly process information made him a natural at Research & Development, where he grew into Orion’s Product Manager. His innate aptitude for testing and his appetite for knowledge make him the natural choice as Orion’s Quality Assurance Manager and the newest member to the leadership team.
When not working, Ian enjoys making music, attending festivals, and spending as much time as possible outdoors.
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