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ADS buys Security Services

The super-regional plans a larger purchase in a new market this fall
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08/21/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Forging ahead with its planned acquisition strategy, ADS Security has acquired Savannah, Ga.-based Security Services, its second fold-in this year.

ADS buys in Savannah

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08/15/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security has acquired the customer accounts of Georgia-based Security Services, Inc.

Acquiring thy neighbor?

Best practices according to Jennings, Egan, Loud, Goldstein and Cerasuolo
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07/17/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—One of the best ways for security companies to build density is to acquire a local competitor, but there also are potential pitfalls when doing business in your backyard, according to five security company executives who have experience with these kinds of transactions.

ADS active in acquisition space

It recently acquired a Tennessee company and more buys are planned
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05/29/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security’s purchase this month of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CrimeWatch Security is just the start of ADS’ acquisition plans for the year, according to Patrick Ritter, ADS VP/controller.

ADS welcomes 2013 with new CEO, expanded credit and plan for growth

All the changes are part of a multiyear transition plan
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01/02/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security, based here, is starting 2013 with a new CEO, a plan for a new acquisition and a 60 percent increase in its line of credit.

Mahler retires as chairman and CEO of ADS

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12/13/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—After 22 years with ADS Security, Mel Mahler is stepping down as chairman and CEO, according to a company news release.

ADS increases line of credit with Bank of America

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12/13/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In conjunction with new leadership changes, ADS Security has increased its line of credit with Bank of America from $25 million to $40 million, according to a company statement.

ADS growth plan: ‘one branch a year’

The company achieved that in 2012 with purchase of Mississippi security company; now looks toward 2013
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10/17/2012

NASHVILLE—ADS Security’s recent acquisition of a Mississippi security company not only gave ADS an entry into a new state but also fulfilled the company’s growth plan of adding a new office each year, according to John Cerasuolo, ADS president and CEO.

ADS Security tour a hit at ESX

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

“Very impressive.”

That comment, made by a tour-goer gazing at the hardware at ADS Security’s central station in Nashville, pretty much summed up the sentiment of the rest of the group that visited the facility Tuesday afternoon as part of ESX 2012.

And it wasn’t just the equipment and monitoring capabilities detailed by the tour guides. It was more of what ADS President John Cerasuolo described as “a culture of recognition” at the company that has motivated its employees and translated into better service for its customers.

Cerasuolo greeted the tour group and gave a brief history of ADS, which was established in 1990 and now monitors about 70,000 accounts at its two-story headquarters. Scott Harkins, president of Honeywell Security Products, followed Cerasuolo with a few remarks about ADS and its success, with both men praising the partnership between the companies.

The tour group was then divided to allow for a more efficient look at the site. Stops along the way included a session with SSN “20 under 40” honoree Patrick Ritter, company VP and controller, who detailed improvements like the SedonaOffice daily dashboard that has helped the company keep better track of its accounts and make any necessary adjustments. ADS also provides laptops for all of its technicians, improving service and efficiency in the field, and it has established a Web portal to speed the payment process for customers.

There was also a lot of talk about technology that I won’t detail here, and well-deserved trumpeting of employee training—all 28 full-time operators are certified CSAA Level I and Level II at the Five Diamond central, the tour group was told.

The kudos reflected the culture of recognition that Cerasuolo spoke of, which has translated into a low turnover rate among operators—the average tenure is 7.6 years—and a long list of rewards for performance companywide.

 “I’ve been here four years and I absolutely love it,” one tour guide told me.

What company owner doesn’t want to hear that?