Security 1st Title CEO Craig Burns will remember 2014 as a year of moves.
“We’ve made a lot of reinvestments into the company and into the community,” he says.
Burns says two upcoming moves in Wichita and Derby are all about creating good environments. He says that means “the right kind of playing field in the future for our customers.”
The company is moving next week from 3,500 square feet at 8621 E. 21st St., where it’s been since 1999, to 7,000 square feet at the Collective at K-96 and East 21st Street.
“It’s the last lot they had,” Burns says of the development.
“We wanted a different layout,” he says. “The market’s changed.”
Burns says there will be dedicated rooms for closings instead of using people’s offices where they may have sensitive information.
“It’s just a better environment to keep people’s information safe.”
He says there’s also the added benefit of a multipurpose room.
“Which is kind of fun for training and marketing and nonprofits,” Burns says.
He says he plans on loaning the space to nonprofits seeking meeting room.
In Derby, Security 1st is moving in January from 1,300 square feet at 1120 N. Rock Road to a 5,000-square-foot building at 1726 E. Walnut Grove.
Burns says the company is remodeling the building, which was a former daycare.
“We’re refurbishing that and turning that into office space.”
Security 1st will use 2,500 square feet and lease the rest of the 2,500 square feet to tenants.
“We’re looking for one or two,” Burns says.
This summer, Security 1st moved from downtown to River Park Place at 727 N. Waco.
“We’d been in the previous building since 1963,” Burns says of 434 N. Main St.
“We were literally on top of each other there.”
Burns says the company has been expanding in markets across the state for the last several years. That includes recent expansions into Abilene, Pittsburg, Topeka, Miami County and Johnson County.
Security 1st has almost 20 offices in Wichita.
Though new offices are always a possibility, Burns doesn’t expect more moves anytime soon.
“We’ve designed these to be there for an extremely long time.”