Being a Face of DHI
Yves B Payen
DHI’s Door Security and Safety magazine highlights valuable members as the Face of DHI in their monthly issues. Get to know a valued member of Security Builders Supply and APTURA Group in the latest issue!YVES B PAYEN | Senior Project Manager/Branch Manager at
SBS – SECURITY BUILDERS SUPPLY
DHI Member Since 2018
WHAT WERE YOUR CHILDHOOD AMBITIONS?
As a young kid, I wanted to be a professor.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Metal Bucks Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, before it became FHA Firedoor and moved to Maspeth, Queens, New York.
WHAT LED YOU TO THIS INDUSTRY?
Right after graduation from college, I got into a major motorcycle accident. About a year later, when I was able
to work, I checked the newspaper for a job. I found a listing for a detail drafter. When I showed up with my
college diploma, a young civil engineer graduate, I was hired on the spot. Metal Bucks Corp. was a hollow metal frame and door manufacturer. I worked there for about 12 years, creating all the machining sheets for the frame line and the door line, until I decided to move to Florida.
Yves Payen, Face of DHI | October 2022
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT?
Sitting on the board of directors for the DHI Gold Coast Chapter in South Florida in 2001.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Raising six kids. To see all my kids graduate from college. Three down—three to go.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Watching soccer every weekend—Premier League (England); Ligue 1 (France); Bundesliga (Germany); Major League Soccer (USA).
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK/MOVIE?
“12 Angry Men.”
WHO DO YOU CONSIDER A MENTOR OR HERO?
My dad. I try to do my best to pass it to my kids.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
Get a college degree.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU NEVER RECEIVED?
How to invest money.
HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH DHI SUPPORTED YOUR CAREER?
DHI has been my life for the past 36 years. DHI provided me with all the tools that allowed me to move forward with my career. It’s the only industry or field I’ve ever worked in. So far, it’s been an amazing ride.
This Q&A appeared in the October 2022 issue of Door Security + Safety magazine, published by DHI.
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