Our Systems Are Driven by
Leading-Edge Technology,
but It's Our People Who
Make the NAVCO Difference

Meet NAVCO's Management Team

Corporate Management

Bill Groves, Chairman and COO

Bill Groves, Chairman and COO
BS Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1973
MBA, University of Florida, 1975

Bill worked for Proctor and Gamble and a small consulting engineering firm before entering the security industry in 1977 with a regional integrator, Operational Security Systems. At OSS, Bill was the Operations Manager responsible for all design engineering, installation and service. He joined NAVCO in 1988 and started up the company's access control division. Bill moved to California in 1990 and assumed the role of President. He grew the company to its current size and became the CEO in 2011. Bill is currently one of the two major shareholders of the company and focuses his time on promoting the mission, vision and culture of NAVCO throughout the organization.

Jim Kauker, President and CEO

Jim Kauker, President and CEO
BA in Economics, University of California, Irvine, 1981
MBA, University of California, Irvine, 1991

Jim started in the security industry as a Sales Rep for NAVCO in February of 1986. He was successful in sales his first few years and was quickly moved to Sales and Marketing Management. In 1997 Jim became NAVCO's EVP in charge of its entire Sales and Marketing team. In 2006, in partnership with Bill Groves, he was able to work through the transition of corporate ownership to ultimately become one of the two major shareholders of the company. In 2012 Jim was promoted to President and focuses his time on the people and processes of the organization along with promoting the company at trade organization meetings and personal visits to customers and potential customers.

W.E. (Scott) Burger, EVP and CFO

W.E. (Scott) Burger, EVP and CFO
BA in Accounting, San Diego State University, 1980
Masters in Management

Scott has been an active member of NAVCO's Board of Directors for the last 27 years. Prior to becoming part of NAVCO's Executive Management Team in 2009, he spent over 35 years in Commercial Lending and Executive Bank Management. During his banking career his responsibilities included the strategic planning and leadership of the Commercial Banking Group, Marketing Department Cash Management Department, and SBA Lending Group. Scott served on the Bank's Board of Directors, Asset/Liability Committee, Risk Management Committee, Senior Loan Committee and Director Loan Committee. His leadership skills, financial knowledge and industry expertise fits well into NAVCO's strategic plan to grow the company organically and through strategic acquisitions.

Paul Spruiell, EVP Operations

Paul Spruiell, EVP Operations

Paul joined NAVCO in 1992 as an entry-level Installer and by 1993 was managing the Installation Department in the Northern California office. In 1996 Paul transferred to NAVCO's Seattle office to assume the role of Service Manager only to be promoted 1 year later to Operations Manager in Atlanta, GA. Paul currently holds 6 state licenses for NAVCO and Manages the National Dispatch Center in Alpharetta, GA. Customer service and SLA compliance remain his primary focus.

Angie Barnes, EVP Sales

Angie Barnes, EVP Sales
BA, Advertising and Communications, Texas State University, 1992

Angie has 25 years of experience in the security business in Cash Logistics and Physical Security. Angie has held positions in Strategic Sales for Brink's Inc., in the Cash Logistics space, managing their largest national customer portfolio. Over the last 13 years here at NAVCO, she has held positions in Business Development, Director of Marketing, VP of Sales and now EVP of Sales. Angie's focus has been on the development of people and increasing business opportunities for NAVCO's growth in the United States.

Debra La Berge, Controller and Treasurer

Debra La Berge, Controller and Treasurer
BA Business Administration (Accounting Concentration) California State University, Fullerton, 1985

Debra worked for Deloitte, one of the "Big Four" professional services firms before joining NAVCO in 1988 as Assistant Controller. In a short period of time, she was promoted to Controller/Treasurer and has built a strong Accounting Department during her 30 years of service. She received her CPA (Certified Public Accountant) license in 1987 and earned the designation CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant) in 2012. Her accounting knowledge is her biggest strength that she brings to the NAVCO team.

Beth Skakun, VP Human Resources, Director of Compliance

Beth Skakun, VP Human Resources, Director of Compliance
BS Legal Studies, Michigan State University 1984
Paralegal CA Certification -University of California-Irvine 2003

Beth started her career as a Paralegal working in several large law practices with concentrations in insurance law, litigation and employment law—both State and Federal. Beth began her Human Resource career in 1999 when she obtained her Professional certification from the Society of Human Resources. Beth joined NAVCO in 2012 after several years in the retail and then refining industries. Beth has certifications in Safety, Law and HR. Beth enjoys working with the employees to provide support, guidance and training while balancing NAVCO's corporate needs.

Glen Powell, Director of Technology & System Design

Glen entered the security industry in 1986, after serving as a Senior Instructor at the U.S. Marine Corps Communications Electronics School. He filled positions as Applications Engineer, Systems Engineer, Senior Training Specialist and Corporate Training Manager in the access control industry before joining NAVCO in 1998 as Access Control Engineering Manager, and was later promoted to National Design Engineer in 2001. Glen currently holds more than 35 technical and product certifications, oversees NAVCO's Drafting department and provides technical administration for NAVCO's Salesforce implementation, in addition to his systems engineering and product management focus.

Juli Rodriguez, Director of Marketing & Events

Juli Rodriguez, Director of Marketing & Events
BA in English, California State University, Fullerton 2001
Human Resources Management Certification, California State University, Fullerton 2017

Juli worked in the advertising industry before joining the NAVCO team as a Marketing Assistant in 2011. Over the past 9 years, Juli has held the positions of Marketing Manager and is currently the Director of Marketing & Events. Juli is responsible for the NAVCO brand, supporting the individual prospecting efforts of the NAVCO sales team and assisting the company in achieving their vision of growing the company organically. She also brings event planning experience to the team and is in charge of planning all corporate meetings and events.

Field Management

Phil Burleson, SVP Operations East

Phil Burleson, SVP Operations East
AAS, Electronic Engineering Technology, ITT Technical Institute, 1990

Phil has 33 years' experience in the electronics and security industry. He started his career in electronics while serving in the US Air Force both stateside and overseas. Phil also served in the US Army as an Infantry Drill Sergeant. He began his career at NAVCO in 1992 as a Service Technician. He was promoted through the ranks, moving from Washington to Connecticut, and has held the position Vice President in charge of Northeast Operations for the last 19 years.

Merle Hughes, VP Operations West

Merle Hughes, VP Operations West

Merle started in the security industry in 1994 as an entry-level residential installer. He came to NAVCO in 2001 as a Project Manager and has served in many roles over the years. He was the Installation and Service manager for the Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio markets for several years before being promoted to Group Operations Manager for Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, the Carolinas and Northern Florida. He also managed the Alarm Support Department and created our new Managed Services Department. Merle helped develop our Managed Services program and was instrumental in the deployment. He is currently VP of Operations West where he oversees operations for the western half of the US. He serves as a member of our newly formed ESOP Committee as the company has become Employee Owned in recent years. Merle continues to improve efficiencies in Operations and help the company to innovate for the future.

Kim Miess, Field Service Director

Kim Miess, Field Service Director

Kim has over 25 years of customer service experience; she started with NAVCO in 1999 as a secretary located in the Alpharetta, GA office. Kim was promoted to Dispatch Manager in 2012 and to Field Service Director of the National Dispatch Center in 2016. Kim works with her team to ensure all customers receive the highest level of customer service. She believes that providing excellent customer service is one of the most important things that sets our business apart from the others.

Andy Stefens, SVP Sales East

Andy Stefens, SVP Sales East
BS Business Administration, Post University, 1993

Andy has 20 years of experience in the electronic security industry with a concentration in security integration and national account management. He also held positions in National Accounts and Sales Engineering with Stanley Access Technologies, managing some of the largest select clients in that space. Andy manages the sales team for NAVCO in the Northeast while maintaining a large existing client base. His focus is on market share growth as well as current and future technology migration.

David McVicker, VP Sales Central

David McVicker, VP Sales Central
B.S. Economics, Texas A&M University, 2005

David McVicker started with NAVCO in the spring of 2010. Over the last 10 years he has specialized in consulting with customers to design, install and service best-in-class security solutions tailored for their business. Today he serves as the Group Sales Manager for the Central Region at NAVCO where he manages and trains the sales team for the central United States.

Scott Emery, VP Sales West

Scott Emery, VP Sales West
General Engineering, Santa Rosa Junior College
Industrial Management, San Jose State University
Certified Protection Professional

Scott started his career in the Security/Loss Prevention his senior year in College as a human access control system. Scott monitored the employee door for a Macy's store in San Jose, CA. Once out of School he decided to make a career of it and moved his way up in the Macy's Loss Prevention world, ultimately running the company's Loss Prevention Teams on the West Coast. Scott's passion for technology lead him to co-chair the Federated Technology Committee that managed all of the standards for LP technology for all Federated Divisions. Scott left the company after 26 years, worked briefly for Saks fifth Avenue and then ultimately joined the NAVCO team 8 years ago. Since then, Scott has held the positions of National Account Manager, Regional Sales Manager and now Group Sales Manager, running the sales and solutions teams for NAVCO on the West coast. Scott is a Certified Protection Professional.