Meet the Staff
We take pride in what we do.
Here are some of the key staff members at Advanced Security Systems:
Chuck Petrusha, President and CEO
Chuck has been the President of Advanced Security Systems since 1995 with over 30 years of industry experience. His entrepreneurial spirit that has helped to make Advanced Security Systems one of Northern California's most respected providers of Security, Fire, and Medical Alert Systems. Chuck is a civic leader, serving as past President of Old Town Rotary Club of Eureka, past Vice President of the Humboldt Builders Exchange, current board member of the Humboldt State University Area Foundation, current regional board member of Umpqua Bank, board member of St. Bernard's Church, Salvation Army, and coach of various local children's sports teams.
Rick Petrusha, Executive Vice President and General Manager
Rick is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Eureka Division with over 30 years of industry experience. Rick possesses invaluable technical and managerial skills. His role includes specifying products, training technical staff and coordinating select large-scale installations. He is an AutoCAD certified draftsperson for fire alarm design. Rick holds the distinction of Level II National Institute Certified Engineer Technology (NICET) Fire Protection Engineer. Additionally, he is a registered Fire/ Life Safety Technician with the Sate of California, and is a Certified Instructor for the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. As a community leader, Rick has served as Lieutenant Governor of Division 20 Kiwanis and past President of the Henderson Kiwanis of Eureka. He is currently on the Henderson Center Kiwanis Board of Director and a proud member of the Redwood Empire Golf and Country Club.
Ian Schatz, Operations Manager
Ian is the Operations Manager for Advanced Security Systems. His role includes managing our 24-hour Monitoring Center, coordinating staff, upgrading software & hardware companywide and implementing standard operating procedures. He also oversees all projects and manages our administrative staff. Ian possesses more than 20 years of technical and customer service experience. Ian enjoys spending his free time with his family and serving our local and world communities through Rotary.
Jim Summers, General Manager, Santa Rosa
Jim is the General Manager for the Santa Rosa Division and has been in the alarm industry for over 17 years. He has been tenured with Advanced Security Systems for over 15 years, starting as a Wire Puller and now is the General Manager. As GM of Santa Rosa, he manages all customer installations from start to finish. Jim enjoys spending his time on the football field with his six sons or exploring the wine country.
Blaine Bermers, Security Consultant, Eureka
Blaine is a Security Consultant for the Eureka Division with over 10 years of industry experience. His strengths include the ability to listen and understand the customer's needs. This allows him to custom design the best possible solution based on his customer’s needs. Blaine specializes in residential alarms including the design a new or upgrading an existing system. Blaine dedicates much of his time in the local community, supporting the Special Olympics, as member of the TIPS club, BNI and always lending a helping hand when needed.
Dan Toews, General Manager, Crescent City
Dan is the General Manager for the Crescent City which includes the Brookings Harbor area. He has over 19 years of experience in the alarm industry and is licensed and certified in both Oregon and California. He is responsible for all the sales and operations within this office. Dan serves his church and his active in the music ministry. In his free time Dan can be found in his garage building furniture.
Naomi Withers, Controller
Naomi comes to Advanced Security with over nine years of accounting and office administration, and over 15 years of management experience. As the Controller for Advanced Security Systems, her role encompasses payroll, accounting, and human resources functions for the company. Her extensive background in financial management helps keeps everything running smoothly. After living in Humboldt County for almost 20 years, she feels deeply rooted in the community and loves the small town lifestyle and natural beauty that Humboldt County offers.
Scott Messina, Field Services Manager
Scott is Advanced Security System's Field Services Manager. He has worked in the alarm industry for 19 years. Scott oversees all technicians and field work, ensuring seamless scheduling and quality control for new installations and service. He is a certified California Fire and Life Safety technician and certified Notifier Fire Systems technician.
Suzanne Boak, New Accounts Coordinator
Suzanne works closely with our sales staff organizing and coordinating all new accounts so that new installations are timely and run smoothly. Suzanne’s years of experience, as the operations manager at another local business, made her the perfect candidate for the job. Suzanne was raised in Eureka and graduated from Eureka High School. A busy mother of two children, a daughter and son, Suzanne enjoys spending time with family and friends...especially at the lake during the summer.
Brian Butler, Programmer
Brian is a Programmer in the Advanced Security System's Monitoring Center. Brian has worked in the alarm industry for three years, most recently as a dispatcher in our alarm monitoring center. He handles all remote programming of alarm systems, fields technical support calls for both technicians and customers and sets up Total Connect accounts. Brian is passionate about educating customers on the operation of Total Connect, which allows you to control your alarm system remotely via your PC, smart phone or other mobile device. Outside of our office, Brian enjoys backpacking and contributing to local theater productions.
Anders Carlson, Programmer
Anders is a Programmer in Advanced Security System's Monitoring Center. He has worked in the alarm industry for 4 years, most recently as a dispatcher in our alarm monitoring center. He handles remote programming of alarm systems, fields technical support calls for both technicians and customers, and sets up Total Connect accounts. Outside of our office, Anders enjoys contributing to local theater productions as well as a wide array of classically nerdy hobbies like video games, science fiction, anime, and collectible card games.
Tim Cherms, Life Safety Services Manager
Tim is the Life Safety Services Manager for Advanced Security Systems. He has a vast knowledge in construction and experience in business management. Life Safety Solutions managed by Tim allow businesses to maintain and stay in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association standards and codes for their businesses and buildings.
Sally Macdonald, Security Consultant, Eureka
Sally is a Security Consultant for Advanced Security Systems with over twenty years experience in sales and project management. Her first six months were spent as a Business Development Manager. Quickly learning the business she became a Security Consultant. Sally is a University of Oregon graduate and a 6th generation Humboldt County resident with strong ties to community. She has served on many community events and boards including American Cancer Society, Cutten-Ridgewood PTA and Humboldt County Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Angela Mullin, Accounts Receivable
Angela is responsible for managing the Accounts Receivables for Advanced Security Systems. She is very well versed in many administrative positions within the office. She has several years experience with previously running her own small business. This experience and dedication helps to serve our customers well. Angela enjoys staying physically fit and spending time away from the office with her three children.
Christen Patel, Customer Service Coordinator
Christen is often the first person customers come in contact with when calling or visiting the Santa Rosa office, and comes to us with 7 years of experience in the alarm industry. She joined our team from Allied Alarms, where she was the business manager for the 7 years. Her customer service and business management experience translates well into excellent service for our customers, and she is happy to help assist with any question. In her free time, Christen enjoys baseball and camping with her family.
Robyn Petrusha, EasyCall Business Development Manager
Robyn is the EasyCall Business Development manager. She spends most her time doing outreach and explaining the life saving benefits of our EasyCall solutions. Robyn also is the liaison for our referral partners such as hospitals, doctor offices, senior centers etc. She also educates people at health fairs and other community events. Robyn has been a certified fitness instructor at Cal Courts for the last 20 years. She is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon.
Cori Reed, Business Development Manager
Cori is the Business Development Manager for Advanced Security Systems. Her role includes management of marketing, social media, promotions and community events. She also helps with sales and customer service. Cori comes to Advanced Security Systems with over twenty years of experience in sales, marketing and project management. Cori is a member of Soroptimist International of Eureka and has served in many positions including club president. She has also served on the Eureka and Arcata Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Jessie Smith, Service Coordinator
Jessie is a Service Coordinator for Advanced Security Systems. She worked the last three years as a dispatcher in our alarm monitoring center. Jessie is responsible for scheduling service appointments, troubleshooting service requests that can be handled over the phone and ensuring all your technical needs are met. Jessie enjoys reading, hiking and gardening.
George Valdovinos, Santa Rosa Service Coordinator
George is the Santa Rosa Service Coordinator for Advanced Security Systems. He has over 15 years of experience within the alarm industry. George is responsible for scheduling service appointments, troubleshooting service requests that can be handled over the phone and ensuring all your technical needs are met. George enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.
Crystal Vargas, Service Coordinator
Crystal is a Service Coordinator for Advanced Security Systems. She has worked as a service coordinator for the last seven years in the pest control industry. Crystal is responsible for scheduling service appointments, troubleshooting service requests that can be handled over the phone and ensuring all your technical needs are met. She enjoys spending time with her family, Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.