Giacalone scales back ties with Mace

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

HORSHAM, Pa.—Security industry veteran and consultant Peter Giacalone has resigned as president of Mace Security Services, effective immediately. Giacalone will instead focus on running his independent consulting business Giacalone Associates, and will continue to consult in a nonexclusive capacity for Mace.

“Peter has gone back to his consulting position before joining Mace,” Mace Security International vice president Don Taylor confirmed in an email interview. “He is assisting us with the central station business and potential acquisitions in a consulting capacity.” Asked whether there were any candidates on the horizon for a replacement president of Mace Security Services, Taylor said there were no plans in place. Mace CSSS director of central station operations “Morgan Hertel will be assuming much of Peter’s duties in our Anaheim operation,” Taylor said via email.

Giacalone, who had been fulfilling his duties as president of Mace Security Services from the East Coast, confirmed the change in relationship was to the mutual benefit of both parties. “We recently came to a crossroads and needed to make a transition. It’s not a negative thing at all. We really beefed up the infrastructure of the operation at Mace CSSS and the board came to a decision that it was time for an onsite president,” Giacalone explained. “They asked me to move out there [to Anaheim, Calif.], but it just wasn’t really in the cards. I had to gracefully decline that. They then asked me—since I’d played such a critical role in growing the business—if I’d stay on in a consulting capacity … I look forward to helping them continue in their quest.” Giacalone will continue to work on acquisitions for Mace and other security companies as well.

“They’re not going to replace me,” Giacalone continued. Mace president/CEO Dennis Raefield’s “time has been freed up due to the sale of the car washes and Morgan will take over a lot of my old duties.”

Mace Security International announced the hiring of Giacalone as the president of its new Security Services Division, including the newly acquired wholesale monitoring company, Mace CSSS, on May 12, 2009.

“Peter will be able to spearhead more aggressive growth in our central station, and develop a unique commercial dealer program that will allow us to cross-sell our monitoring services and surveillance products to all of our customers,” said Mace president/CEO Dennis Raefield in a press release at the time. “The addition of a Security Services Division, and the acquisition of a wholesale monitoring platform continues our strategy to re-invigorate and expand our offerings and commitment to the security market.”

Located in Anaheim, Calif., Mace CSSS is a national UL-listed central station that monitors approximately 30,000 end user accounts on behalf of more than 300 dealer clients. Mace CSSS also provides nationwide video monitoring services, including CCTV and IP.