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Tech Systems boot camps lead to professional certifications

Shaw: Professional certifications benefit integrator, clients, industry

ATLANTA—Tech Systems Inc. has organized study groups and boot camps to help its employees get professional education certifications such as the ASIS CPP and PSP. It will even pay for books and test registration fees.

F.E. Moran has new equity partner, surpasses $1m RMR

Ten-year strategic growth plan calls for move to Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—After several years of searching, F.E. Moran finally found an equity partner that offers what CEO Brett Bean calls “access to permanent capital,” something that’s not common in the security industry and that will allow the systems integrator to expand into four new states in the near future.

First Alarm readies for acquisitions in 2016

Dave Hood says central station can ‘support a lot more accounts’

APTOS, Calif.—First Alarm, a full-service company based here, is modernizing its business to prepare for acquisitions, possibly in the new year, company president Dave Hood told Security Systems News.

Convergint buys Dakota Security

Deal brings banking vertical expertise, opportunity for Dakota to go global

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.– Convergint Technologies, a global systems integrator based here, today announced the acquisition of Dakota Security Systems, one of the fastest growing and most well respected systems integrators in the country.

Guardian Alarm doubles Florida footprint with buy

Acquired company SVI Systems is mostly commercial

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Guardian Alarm, a super-regional company based here, has acquired SVI Systems, based in Stuart, Fla., nearly doubling its size in that state.

SMS Integration, formerly Smoky Mountain Systems, acquires first branch

Dom D’Ascoli assembles team of industry veterans, has plans to expand

FRANKLIN, N.C.—After being in business for 32 years, Smoky Mountain Systems has changed its name to SMS Integration and it acquired its first branch office in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Doyle builds density with buy

Jack Doyle represents fifth generation to join the business

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Regional security company Doyle Security Systems is celebrating Thanksgiving with the acquisition of a local competitor, a deal that brings in some technical talent and several hundred mostly commercial accounts.

New president, new office for Tech Systems

Wayne Smith assumes presidency as part of ESOP plan

ATLANTA—Tech Systems has completed its transition to an employee-owned company and has named Wayne Smith president. Plans are underway for the systems integrator to open a "FOCUS Fusion Center" nearby in Buford, Ga.

Making Dakota Security a finely tuned machine

Bethany Taylor says process improvement and efficiency at the systems integrator means ensuring all the ‘parts and gears’ work smoothly

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Her title is director of operations for systems integration firm Dakota Security, but Bethany Taylor likens her job to being a mechanic who does “regular maintenance and inspection of the business.”

Minuteman acquires in N.H., sets sights on N.Y.

New England regional integrator expects to grow revenues from $16m to $23m over next year

ANDOVER, Mass.—Minuteman Security Technologies has acquired Concentric Security Resources of Manchester, N.H., bringing the regional systems integrator “an anchor” in New Hampshire, technical talent and some major health care customers.



SSN News Poll December 2016

Some companies take a focused approach to breaking into­—or growing within particular—vertical markets; "We are really heavy on the casino side, so we decided—let’s be the No. 1 gaming integrator in North America,” said Surveillance Systems Inc. president Todd Flowers. Where do you see the next big opportunity?