McMillan, Intelli-Tec owner, killed in boating accident
WESTBURY, N.Y.--Marty McMillan, a 30-year veteran of the security industry and owner of integrator Intelli-Tec Security Services, died Sunday in a boating accident. He was 51, and is survived by his wife Nancy and 16-year-old son, Cody.
According to reports by Newsday, McMillan was fishing five miles southwest of Block Island, with his son and two friends, when the anchor line became tangled with a lobster line.
"We didn't want to cut it because it's a guy's livelihood," Cody McMillan told Newsday. "So we let some line back out and he had me go to the controls and he said 'Go in reverse,' so I went in reverse to get some line back and he said, 'Go forward and make a circle,'' so I went forward to make a circle. And my dad was standing on top of the line that we had already brought in so as I went forward the line started going out.
"It happened so quick, but I guess the line wrapped around his leg and he got pulled over."
Flares were fired, and the Coast Guard soon arrived to help, but McMillan was under for some 20 minutes before he could be pulled form the water, according to his son.
McMillan has a long history in the security industry, starting in 1976 with a locksmithing apprenticeship in Kansas City. From there, he moved to National Lock, in Bayside, N.Y., and then soon started his own security firm, Hot-Line Security Systems, which he sold to SecurityLink in 1988, becoming SecurityLink's Long Island branch manager.
He launched Intelli-Tec Protective Services in 1991, then sold that to Alarmguard in 1993, becoming that company's Long Island general manager and vice president. When Alarmguard was bought by ADT in 1999, McMillan again went into business for himself, launching the new Intelli-Tec Security Services with his brother Matt and partner Carmine Pizzo, which continues to this day as one of the largest independent security installers in New York.
Earlier this year, Intelli-Tec joined SecurityNet, the national cooperative joining roughly 25 regional integrators. John Krumme, president and CEO of Cam-Dex Security, and president of SecurityNet, said McMillan had an immediate impact on the group. "From the first month that he was a part of the organization," Krumme said, "he was a great contributor, a tremendous and vibrant personality. We got him involved in our marketing committee, and he had a number of great ideas that were applicable to SecruityNet and the way our organization is promoted to consultants and end-user customers."
"He had a great flair for life," Krumme continued, "in that he was extremely aggressive in whatever he did--not only in his business life and Secruity Net, but also on the pleasure side. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and a great contributor to his son's life, too, who unfortunately was with Marty at the time of his death."
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Cody McMillan College Scholarship Fund, which can be sent care of Intelli-Tec Security Services, 2000 Shames Dr., Westbury, N.Y., 11590.