24 Aug 2017

All roads lead to Rome, Getting to know Kim Loy, Director of Marketing at Vanderbilt Industries

Kim Loy is the Director of Marketing for Vanderbilt Industries. She was previously a member of the ONVIF Steering Committee and has also served as the Vice President of Global Marketing - Video Line of Business at Pelco by Schneider Electric. Kim has more than 20 years of marketing and management success within the security and surveillance industry, and has worked in the capacity of VP of Global Marketing as well as General Manager of the Security Business Unit for Xtralis. She has also held senior management positions with G4S and GE.

How did you come to work in the security industry? 

Life took me to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where, without any experience in security or marketing, I interviewed with Northern Computers. I was offered the job of Marketing Manager and the rest is history. My career took some amazing twists and turns along the way, leading to working with Siemens, GE, G4S, Xtralis and Schneider Electric.

What is the best professional advice you have received? 

The best advice I have received is that we are only in competition with ourselves. If we strive to always improve our knowledge and performance, success will follow. That there are no boundaries, we are all capable of doing anything we strive to do as long as we don’t set limits for ourselves. This advice is something that I heard from a very young age and grew up completely believing – it came from my dad, Chuck Robinson.

What's something few people know about you?

I love fast cars and racing and I’m not afraid of spiders and snakes.

What's the most rewarding thing about what you do for a living?

The variety of what I’ve experienced both in the people I’ve met, the places I’ve lived and the continuing learning available in this industry is invaluable. I’ve managed departments and I’ve run business units within companies. Many of the people I’ve met along the way have become more than colleagues, they’ve become lifetime friends. In addition, I’ve had the privilege of living in many areas of the US, England, Belgium, France and now Ireland.

What are your interests, hobbies, and passions outside security? 

I love doing anything outside. Now that I live in Ireland, there are so many places to go hiking, visit castles and wander through gardens. On a rainy day, I enjoy reading books and watching movies (with a glass of wine in hand).

Where was your last holiday? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Rome! It was amazing. I would recommend it to anyone that either has or has not been there before. The architecture, the history, the shopping, the food…The city is very walk able and every time you turn a corner, you see something even more impressive and breathtaking. Equally as amazing as the scenery and places to see were the people – so friendly!