Access-Control Manufacturer Linear Appoints New Product Line Manager

Linear LLC, a manufacturer of residential and commercial access control, security, and health and wellness solutions, has appointed Kevin Ward to the position of product line manager, in charge of garage door operators, gate operators, and telephone entry systems. Ward has worked with Linear for 15 years, having previously served as an engineering manager in the company’s Grand Rapids, Mich., location.

He will report to John LaFond, Linear’s vice president of integrated systems, who also leads the company’s access-control strategic business unit. The unit’s function is to focus on the management, development, and integration of new technologies as the product line evolves. Ward will be LaFond’s main contact in the door operator, gate, and telephone entry categories as new products are developed and brought to market. He will also play a key role in training initiatives.

Access-Control Manufacturer Linear Appoints New Product Line Manager

“Kevin’s appointment as product line manager for door, gate and telephone entry systems comes at a critical time because of our ongoing development plans with Z-Wave and other wireless technologies,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development. “Having served in a variety of engineering, training, and product development roles, Kevin’s experience will be instrumental as our access and communication products become increasingly more connected.”

Ward has already begun overseeing the reinstatement of Linear’s gate operator technical training school.

“With new technologies and installation regulatory procedures on the horizon, Linear needs to be a strong resource for dealers by providing hands-on training and education that prepares them for the future,” Ward said. “Our training facility in Michigan provides a convenient central location for integrators in different regions to visit and learn best installation practices.”

For more than 50 years, Linear has been a supplier of wireless residential security systems, access control, intercoms, garage door operators, gate operators, short- and long-range radio remote controls, and medical/emergency reporting systems, among other products. The company is a subsidiary of Nortek Inc.