About BluePoint Alert Solutions

Improving emergency response times

Our Mission

To provide an affordable Rapid Emergency Response System (RERS) that instantly notifies emergency responders and building occupants of an emergency situation, expedites a rapid response, triggers emergency management protocols and ultimately saves lives.

Our Team

John McNuttJohn McNutt, Co-founder, CEO
John initiated the concept of BluePoint Alert Solutions with a single goal: save lives. He leads the company in product line and new system development, and advocates for increased security not only in schools but all public spaces. He has successfully designed and implemented Rapid Emergency Response Systems for dozens of school facilities and churches. In addition to his work with BluePoint, John is an engineer and managing partner of Shales McNutt Construction with more than 25 years' experience in the construction industry.

John ShalesJohn Shales, Co-founder, CMO
John leads BluePoint Alert Solutions in product development, system integration, and marketing strategy.  He is also the company's industry liaison for informational outreach. He works closely with education officials and private industry leaders to implement BluePoint's Rapid Emergency Response Systems. In addition to his work with BluePoint, John is an engineer and  managing partner of Shales McNutt Construction with more than 25 years' experience in the construction industry.

Ken VolkeningKen Volkening, Co-Founder, COO
Ken, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, has more than 45 years of experience in fire safety and security systems and products. Ken has served as president of Fox Valley Fire and Safety Inc. for the past 17 years, overseeing a base of over 30,000 customers. Ken holds two certificates from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies-Fire Protection Technology: Special Hazards System Layout Level III and Fire Alarm Systems Level II. He has also completed the FEMA Emergency Management Institute for Multi-Hazard Emergency Management Training for K-12 Schools.

Mike ShalesMike Shales, CPA, Partner
Mike, a graduate of Western Illinois University, is a Certified Public Accountant and has been involved in construction-related accounting, finance, and administration for more than 25 years. Before joining Shales-McNutt predecessor Seagren/Shales, Inc. as part owner, he was controller of a large road building and aggregate mining conglomerate. Knowing that information management is key to running an efficient construction project with all parties working as a team, Mike is always looking for ways to employ technology to make the process smoother and more accessible.

Mike ShalesStephen Nelson, AIA, LEED AP, Partner
Stephen, a graduate of the University of Illinois and is a licensed  architect with 25 years of experience in architecture with a focus in  public architecture. He has served over 40 different school district  clients, numerous municipalities, libraries, park districts, churches  and banks as well as other private clients. Mr. Nelson serves on his  local School Board, Education Foundation Board and Planning and Zoning  Board. He has also completed the FEMA Emergency Management Institute for  Multi-Hazard Emergency Management Training for K12 Schools.

Jake McNutt, Sales/Operations
Jake leads the system implementation and estimating efforts for BluePoint. He works closely with our clients to ensure each solution is customized to their particular needs. Jake also coordinates ongoing and follow up training to enhance each client’s experience.

JT McNutt, Lead Engineer
JT is BluePoint’s Lead Engineer and his primary role is the oversight of system development, installation, programming, testing, and training. He coordinates closely with our Certified Partners, manufacturers, and our UL-rated Central Station to ensure that our product functions reliably and fits the unique needs of each individual client.

Our Company

BluePoint Alert Solutions has its origins in the aftermath of the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut. During a regular client meeting with a local school district, John McNutt and Stephen Nelson discussed with the District Superintendent the idea of a user-friendly, rapid notification system for law enforcement and how valuable it could be to saving lives in extreme emergency situations.

From this conversation, BluePoint Alert Solutions was born. BluePoint has assembled a leadership team of talented professionals from varied backgrounds that include: security and safety specialists, professional engineers, an architect, construction managers, and a school board member.

BluePoint provides a proprietary, patented Rapid Emergency Response System (RERS), along with a wide variety of support services including: security assessments, emergency management plan consultation, video camera integration, controlled access integration, and building security enhancements.