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LOUD Security acquires company, will launch DIY division

Business booming with both commercial and resi
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06/01/2016

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security, based here, recently purchased 400 accounts from Saturn Security Systems of Newnan, Ga.

DMP Owners Forum helps dealers leverage trends

New products, services expand DIY, connected home options
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04/13/2016

LAS VEGAS—The DMP Owners Forum, held here April 5 at the Wynn Resort & Casino, brought together the top 50 DMP dealers to network, learn about new DMP products and services, and listen to industry acclaimed speakers. Hosted by DMP executive management, this event takes place the day before the ISC West exhibit opens, providing a daylong educational forum in support of DMP dealers.

Resi security industry preps for ISC West

New technology, meeting vendors tops ‘to-do’ lists
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03/16/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—With ISC West right around the corner, Security Systems News asked some leading players on the residential security side to share their game plans for this year’s show at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, April 5-8.

LOUD finalizes last acquisition of 2015

Deal brought the company 800 accounts on New Year’s Eve
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01/05/2016

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security acquired Nash Security on Dec. 31, John Loud, company president, told Security Systems News, and more are on the way in 2016.

The security industry gives back

Twenty-three percent of companies reward employees for volunteering
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09/16/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Systems integration firm SSI founded Allegiant Giving to aid veterans and residential security company Alliance Security donates systems to domestic abuse victims. SSI and Alliance are not alone in their charitable efforts—Security Systems News’ latest News Poll shows 89 percent of responding companies involve themselves in charities.

Sticky bundle for LOUD

New program adds service revenue and stickiness for regional security company
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08/26/2015

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security is three months into its trademarked Life Safety Facility Manager program, adding service revenue and new “stickiness” to its commercial customer base, company owner and president John Loud told Security Systems News.

LOUD takes on 1,200 Alarm Associates accounts

Georgia-based company continues to expand
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06/29/2015

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security has acquired Alarm Associates Inc. of Atlanta, adding 1,200 accounts and bringing its RMR to more than $210,000, according to owner and president John Loud.

LOUD Security to acquire three

Credit revolver fuels company’s growth
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03/25/2015

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security Systems plans to acquire three companies by June, according to owner and president John Loud.

What is it about Genetec that wins it top-employer awards?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Genetec, a developer of open-platform, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industries, based in Montreal, hosted a Press Summit this week. I was supposed to be there. But no! A snowstorm on Sunday prevented me from making my flight out.

I was disappointed. I was interested in learning and reporting about what Genetec has going on for 2015 in advance of its reveals at ISC West. I also was looking forward to finding out more about the corporate culture of the company, which was founded in 1997.

Corporate culture is worth knowing about. Just ask John Loud of LOUD Security, who spoke about it at Honeywell’s Connect2014 event.

Brian Katz of Google, keynoter at our recent TechSec conference, discussed that progressive company’s culture of security.

Attitudes all add up in making companies more successful.

When I visited Genetec’s HQ last year I was impressed with the atmosphere there, from the popular, low-cost gourmet food in its company cafeteria to its on-site gym. Then there’s the foosball- and X-box-equipped meeting areas. Employees trying to untangle snags in projects are encouraged to work them out over a game or two. (My teenage son has often told me that video games help him think, too, when he’s stuck on a homework project. Now I just might believe him.)

It’s not only about good food and fun and games for Gentec’s 620 employees, though. Those perks, along with generous vacation time and benefits and company-sponsored outings, are designed to promote a work environment that fosters “a strong culture of innovation, which is essential to the growth and future of [the] business,” the company says.

Genetec this year was named one of the top employees in Montreal for the ninth consecutive year by MediaCorp Canada. The contest evaluates employers on criteria that includes physical workspace, work atmosphere and social, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development and community involvement.

The award isn’t just about good external public relations, the company told me when I inquired. In addition to prompting more visitors to the Genetec website and boosting job applications and greater, favorable awareness about the company overall, it has made current employees proud to work at the company and, Genetec says, employee retention will grow because of it.

I’ll be writing more about Genetec’s corporate culture, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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