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Keith Kepler

Vice President/General Manager

Keith is responsible for the oversight and direction of all operational, financial and administrative functions for the Southeast Region. Keith joined AlliedBarton in1997 and has led multiple divisions and offices throughout the country as well as managed many large customer transition teams to ensure consistency of service during provider changes. Keith is a participant in many of area associations, including serving on the Board of Governors for Georgia Security Council, the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce in addition to being a member of BOMA and ASIS. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina as well as a Master of Criminal Justice from the same institution.

Kevin Thaxton

Vice President of Business Development

Kevin leads a team of six Business Development Managers and is responsible for leadership development and execution of the sales strategy in the Southeast Region. Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, Kevin has lived in the metro Atlanta area since 2000. He joined AlliedBarton in 2014, and has more than 18 years of sales leadership experience. Kevin is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University.

Brian MacKay

Vice President, Operations

Brian is responsible for directing human resources, operations, business development, contract compliance, quality and risk management initiatives for the Southeast Region. He manages nine district managers whose teams are responsible for service delivery on a day-to-day basis to more than 4,000 employees. Brian provides operational leadership and support to more than 400 customer locations throughout Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and South Carolina. Brian joined AlliedBarton in 1990 and has more than 30 years’ experience in the security industry. He is a member of ASIS and BOMA and received a B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University.

Derek Dowiak

Director, Value Management

Derek is responsible for operational oversight and delivery of the Client Value Management experience within the Southeast Region. Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Derek has been with AlliedBarton since 2006 and has more than 9 years of security experience. Derek is a member of ASIS, BOMA, IFMA, and holds a B.A. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.

Scott Schuttinga

District Manager

Scott is responsible for the operational activities and service delivery to clients in the Birmingham District which includes the state of Alabama and most of the state of Mississippi. Scott has been with AlliedBarton since 2006 and has over 17 years of industry experience. Scott is a member of the Montgomery Chapter of ASIS. Scott holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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