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Two Houston integrators merge

Modern System Concepts Inc. and Gulf Coast Security to have a stronger presence
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08/08/2018

HOUSTON—Modern System Concepts Inc. and Gulf Coast Security, both based around Houston, in early July merged to create a company better suited for growth.

Convergint acquires ACT

Company CEO says deal bolsters presence and expertise in the East
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08/08/2018

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.—Convergint Technologies recently announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based Access Control Technologies (ACT), adding approximately 1,000 customers and bringing greater expertise and depth to the Eastern region of the U.S.

New CEO at Electric Guard Dog

Mark Wesley succeeds Jack DeMao, who was CEO since 2007
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08/08/2018

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Electric Guard Dog LLC this week named Mark Wesley as its new CEO. Jack DeMao, who has served as CEO since 2007, will transition to a role on the company’s board of directors and remain an investor in the company.

ADS Security expands to eight branches in Alabama

Company acquires Systems By Design, its fourth buy in 2018
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07/25/2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security recently acquired Systems By Design in Oxford, Ala., its fourth acquisition in 2018. ADS will retain the Systems By Design office in Oxford, marking the eighth branch in Alabama for ADS and the 24th branch location company wide.

PSA TEC 2019 opens call for presentations

PSA’s director of education excited about next year’s training focus
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07/25/2018

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA recently announced the call for presentations for PSA TEC 2019 is open. Presented by PSA, TEC 2019 will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, March 11-15, 2019.

Launch Security rebrands as Defendify

Name change in sync with release of new cybersecurity platform
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07/25/2018

PORTLAND, Maine—Launch Security, a cybersecurity consulting firm started last year by Security Systems News’ “20 under 40” winner Rob Simopoulos, announced a name change to Defendify, a move that is in line with the launch of the company’s new cybersecurity platform.

Allied Universal acquires U.S. Security Associates

Company CEO talks with SSN about what this deal means moving forward
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07/18/2018

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal, a security and facility services company based here, on July 16 announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire U.S. Security Associates (USSA) from Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (GSMBD), adding approximately 50,000 employees and bringing the company’s employee total to more than 200,000.

Red Hawk acquires SDT

Deal fills in key geographic area while adding talent, capability to East coast offices
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07/11/2018

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Red Hawk Fire & Security LLC, a fire, life safety and security company based here, announced the purchase of Security and Data Technologies Inc., a company located in the Philadelphia area with expertise in commercial fire alarm and security integration. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

EPS Security acquires competitor

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07/03/2018

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—EPS Security, a national systems integrator based here, recently acquired Comstock Park, Mich.-based competitor, Video-Tech-Tronics (VTT), adding 1,500 new business and residential customers to the company.

Four mistakes to avoid when hiring sales people

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06/19/2018

If there is one statistic that is common throughout the security industry, it’s the miserable rate of success in hiring and retaining successful sales people.

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SSN News Poll September 2018

There are recent changes to international trade, tariffs on a variety of products, that have impacts for many businesses in the U.S. Will these impact the security industry?