Five Questions with Michael Masten; 30 Year ADI Team Member Shares Career & Personal Wins

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Get to know what makes Michael tick, from his love of hockey to how he got his start in the industry

ADI National Training Manager Michael Masten

This year holds special significance for Michael Masten, ADI’s National Training Manager. That is because, as of 2019, he has three decades of service to ADI, a Resideo company, under his belt.  

To celebrate his anniversary, we sat down with Michael to find out what piqued his interest in the field and how his career has transpired over the past 30 years. 

How did you get into the security and low-voltage industry?
In 1980, I heard about a thief who was exploiting the richest, most well-to-do homes in the Washington, D.C., area. When he was caught, a newspaper quoted him saying that if a home had an alarm system, he would go next door. Coupled with the market’s penetration of less than 3% at the time, that made me feel that the Home Security Industry was my calling. So, when I came across an opportunity to join a local installing alarm company, I jumped on it.  

You have a prized possession in your office, what is it and what’s the backstory? 
I have a hockey puck autographed by Henri Richard, who is an early member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and beloved by the city of Montreal. The puck is more than just a piece of sports memorabilia to me because I obtained it during the first trip I ever took with my wife, which was to Toronto and Montreal. While we were there, we went to the Montreal Forum and were able to talk our way into the building and even get a private tour. Surprisingly, Henri Richard was at the entrance, and he was the one that opened the door for us. After the tour, we spent several more hours across the street at his restaurant.

The puck symbolizes both the beginning of the time I’ve spent with my wife and my love of hockey. The love of hockey has also been passed down in my family. My son started playing at age five, and now both of my grandsons play too.    

What keeps you excited to come to work every day after three decades? 
That’s easy – it’s the interactions between the ADI Team Members, our customers, the supplier community, and industry associations. I have been blessed with the opportunity to hold a national position for many years and have met and worked with people from across North America. I realized early in my career that living in a geographic location where I do means that knowledge sharing and communication are critical to the overall success of those partnerships. Building those strong relationships has been paramount when trying to identify genuine opportunities and understanding how everyone participates in the win. I’ve been fortunate enough to create programs that benefit many and advance the level of professionalism within the industry. I also enjoy the opportunity to see people whom I have worked with remotely, in person when we’re at ADI Expos or industry events.

While you’ve worked with some of your colleagues for several years, what’s something they may be surprised to learn about you? 
I attended 18 different schools during my elementary education years because my father was in the service. I thought that this was completely normal until I met my wife, who grew up and lived in one place until we got married. Talk about different childhoods, huh?

What are some accomplishments of which you are extremely proud?  In my personal life, I take great pride in my marriage of almost f40 years and the births of my son and grandchildren. Those are, by far, my most important accomplishments. 

Professionally, I was named Associate Member of the Year by CEDIA 10 years ago. Since then, I’ve continued to build and maintain strong relationships with other industry associations. Those relationships have allowed me to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and understand how different industries interact with ours helping me to position ADI for growth.

I have also had the opportunity to mentor more than 100 individuals that I have fondly nicknamed and called “my kids.” They have had successes all over the industry, and I’m proud to say that I’ve helped shape their careers. One thing that I try to instill in “my kids” is that they should see themselves in a career versus a job. I work hard to help them see just how big this business is and how their opportunities can increase with time and knowledge, which is why they should invest in their education and increase their knowledge base.        

Michael Masten with his grandchildren, Nick (age 8), Zack (age 4) and Maddie (age 4), before a Mile-High Mites hockey game