In today’s transitional economy it takes an entrepreneurial spirit to be successful and it is heartening to see a group of young men taking a risk to build a business. Meet this week’s Doers and Dreamers, Jarad Keplinger, Ryan Hoy, and Jake Back, who are applying some good business fundamentals to the their security services business.
Your name(s): Jarad Keplinger, Ryan Hoy, and Jake Back(pictured left to right)
Business or organization: Liberty Security Services
Jarad Keplinger – COO
Ryan Hoy – CEO
Jake Back – Business Development and Client Resource
What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?
Jarad – We treat people as people, not account numbers. You have to familiarize yourself with what their goals and needs are. Those change from time to time and we need to be there to react and take care of them. We are a service provider and as such we need to be able to adapt to people and companies needs as they see fit. We are relationship based and want to be there for you for years to come, we want to be able to facilitate your growth and success.
Ryan – What makes us unique is our ability to implement emerging technologies to increase the safety and security of our clients. Too often new technology is seen as a burden to learn and implement, so it is tossed out without seeing any of the benefits it brings to the table. When implemented correctly, these emerging technologies provide better coverage, longer lifecycle, and reduced maintenance costs. Our continued education ensures that we will continue to provide our clients with the right solutions at the right time.
Jake – Listening. Quite simply learning about people and knowing that each one of us is unique. No two people, their efforts or their circumstances are exactly the same. From a business perspective it is important to design services and features based upon suitability. People will tell you concerns, issues and problems and then I address them. Nobody knows themselves or their business better than themselves…I merely render examples, options and suggestions to help realize a beneficial result. Nothing wrong with a conversation.
Where are you from originally?
Jarad: Woodstock, NY
Ryan: Mt. Tremper, NY
Jake: Central Illinois via Long Island
What brought you to the Kingston area and keeps you in this area?
Jarad: Growing up in the area I always knew Kingston. Living in the City now lets me build and expand our business. It is enjoyable gaining new clients be it residential or commercial. I like that we are growing and helping other businesses and residents in the same community. It is simply fun and worthwhile building something.
Ryan: I grew up in Mt. Tremper on a small horse farm and moved to Kingston to find a job. I worked for several years out of the area but continued to come back and call Kingston my home. After a while the travel got old and we decided to set out on our own with our new business. With four beautiful seasons, the mountains, hiking trails, the Hudson river, and so much more, Kingston was an easy choice to call home.
Jake: I found Kingston through going to college in the area. Kingston is culturally relevant, diverse, and alive; it offers so many things from its residents and businesses. I am still learning so much and meeting new people. It’s a great community, for me, to immerse myself in. You are never without something to do, see or participate in while living in the Hudson Valley.
What is your favorite hangout in this area and why?
Jarad: I have coffee and breakfast at Grounded most days, that place is great. Best cup of coffee in the Hudson Valley. Cornell Street Studios also is great as there is always something going on or an upcoming show. Looking forward to the car and motorcycle show later this spring.
Ryan: Kingston Waterfront – Nothing is more relaxing than being down by the water. Kingston is lucky to have several great Hudson river cruises to get people out on the water and wash away their stress.
Jake: I have to pick one, yikes! From The Anchor, to Grounded to Deigo’s to Sante Fe etc. you can’t go wrong.
When you’re not in Kingston, what’s your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why?
Jarad: Rhinebeck. It’s a great place to walk around and see people, great places to eat and the movie theatre has a good amount of releases that are not offered elsewhere.
Ryan: Beaufort, NC – Beaufort is a small historic area on the outer banks in NC. They have amazing seafood, islands with wild horses, and truly a great community.
Jake: Weir’s Beach, NH- I go up every year and truly dream of being on Lake Winnipesaukee
Tell us something that we never would have guessed about you.
Jarad: I am happiest on my Motorcycle.
Ryan: I paid my way through college as an online day trader. No kidding
Jake: I am a big history nerd and love reading biographies.