Unlimited Technology gets new CEO, chairman

Richard Rockwell, industry entrepreneur and investor, joins independent integrator
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

CHESTER SPRINGS, Pa.—Richard Rockwell, who has run, invested in and sold a number of security companies, is the new CEO and chairman of independent integrator Unlimited Technology Inc.

UTI President Brent Franklin told Security Systems News that the addition of Rockwell “will change the face of Unlimited Technology” and bring significant growth to the company.

Based here, with offices in Houston and Valhalla, N.Y., UTI did about $20 million in sales in 2012 and has 65 employees. It is a PSA Security owner. 

Rockwell is no stranger to the security industry. He was the majority shareholder and served as a chairman of Henry Brothers Electronics before it was sold to Kratos Defense and Security Systems in 2010. 

Rockwell is currently owner and chairman of three security companies: Main Security Surveillance in Augusta, Maine, since 2005; New York Merchants Protective Co. in Mineola, N.Y., since late in 2011; and 123 Lock & Key in Bristol, N.H., which has been part of Maine Security Surveillance since 2011.

Asked if there are will be any synergies among the four security companies he’s involved in, Rockwell said yes. “There are a lot of synergies affiliations and we’re looking forward to a whole new kind of help desk, intimacy with the customer [and] remote diagnostic capability, all wrapped up in a warm fuzzy human wrapper,” Rockwell told Security Systems News.

“So many companies miss that boat, being technology-myopic and not understanding the human transaction associated with all this. You can augment the technology, but you cannot replace the human transaction,” Rockwell said.

“So the challenge for integrators in the future and now is how to get the very best of both, the technology and the human interaction,” he said.

Rockwell lauded Franklin and his team at UTI. “What I like about Unlimited Technology is that they’re a customer-centric culture, a growing company with phenomenally deep technology resources. They get it—where the [security] world was, is and is going,” he said.

Before Henry Brothers, Rockwell was founder and chairman of Professional Security Technologies, certain assets of which were divested to Henry Brothers. He also founded and owned Professional Security Bureau, a security guard company that had $100 million in revenue when Rockwell sold it to Allied Barton. He is also co-founder and first chairman of TransNational Security Group, a member organization for guard companies.