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Mace Security launches charitable program

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05/22/2013

SOLON, Ohio—Mace Security International, a manufacturer of security and self-defense products and operator of the Mace CS central station, has established a charitable program to support at-risk individuals in the community.

Mace Security names SVP of operations

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03/21/2013

SOLON, Ohio—Mace Security International, a manufacturer and provider of electronic security products, has appointed Garnett R. Meador as general counsel and senior vice president of operations, according to a company statement.

Mace Security hires industry veteran

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03/08/2013

SOLON, Ohio—Mace Security International has hired Troy Bruce as director of sales, the company announced March 14.

Mace CS posts growth in 'transitional' year

Central station boosts revenues, accounts amid management changes
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01/30/2013

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Mace Central Station was a bright spot for its parent company in 2012, posting an 11.8 percent increase in revenues through the first nine months of a “transitional” year for the wholesale monitoring operation, Mace Security International CEO and Presiden

Hot button: Who’s getting into mobile PERS now?

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The world of mobile PERS and remote health monitoring continues to expand.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, ADT announced that it was getting into the game by teaming with Ideal Life, a Toronto-based company whose health monitoring and information technology will be integrated with ADT Pulse to provide “proactive prevention” for people managing chronic health conditions. The system uses digital, wireless, secure two-way communicators to measure and relay information about glucose levels, blood pressure, body weight, oxygen saturation and heart rate.

Royal Philips Electronics, which has long been a player in personal emergency response systems, also made news at CES by introducing Lifeline GoSafe. The mobile PERS system combines the company’s AutoAlert fall-detection capability with two-way cell communication and up to seven user-location technologies.

“Our intention is that GoSafe will provide users with the confidence to get back to activities or go to places they have scaled back on, knowing that help is easily accessible,” Rob Goudswaard, senior director of product and service programs for Philips Home Monitoring, said in a prepared statement.

The need to provide more protection for seniors as they maintain their independence isn’t lost on Mace Security International, which is “looking hard” at getting into the mobile PERS space, CEO and President John McCann told SSN last week.

“I think you’re going to see a shift from just home security to security 24/7,” McCann said. “As you look at that shift in the world, and I use my dear sweet mother as an example, I’m a little more worried when she’s on the road than when she’s at home. Therefore we’re looking at how do we increase that fence around her so she’s safe, so loved ones feel that the person they’re worried about is safe.”

Security dealers who want to take advantage of this growing market might want to think about attending the second annual PERS Summit, which will be held Sept. 10-12 in Park City, Utah. Last year’s inaugural session brought together more than 100 dealers, service providers and manufacturers’ reps for three days of networking. To learn more, go to www.perssummit.com.

New VP looks to expand Mace CS’ footprint nationwide

Michael Joseph now overseeing California central
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08/22/2012

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Mace Central Station has seen its share of change in the past three years, including the acquisition of CSSS, a shift in CEOs and the recent departure of Morgan Hertel as vice president and general manager. As Hertel’s successor, Michael Joseph sees an opportunity and a challenge: instill continuity in the company’s operations and leverage the Mace name to expand nationwide.

Rapid Response hires Hertel, plans new central in West

New VP of operations says role at Mace CS ‘wasn’t what I signed on for’
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04/04/2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Morgan Hertel, who recently stepped down as vice president and general manager of Mace CS, has joined Rapid Response Monitoring as VP of operations and is heading the company’s effort to build a new central station in the West.

Mace has a new, new CEO

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mace Security announced December 19 that John J. McCann will take over as CEO of the company on January 3. Michael Smith, the current “interim” CEO “has notified the Company that he will resign as interim Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company effective January 2, 2012.” The 8K says that Mace was conducting a search for a CEO during the pendency of Smith, but there was no “interim” in front of Smith’s CEO title when he was appointed back in August to replace outgoing CEO Dennis Raefield. Here’s a story about that transition.

McCann comes from outside the security world, having spent his career in the consumer products industry. That background would seem to make sense, given the company’s stated goal of growing its personal defense spray division (its consumer products division). (It also has a monitoring business and a security products business.) Most recently McCann was president and CEO of Fitness Quest, Inc., a privately owned company that distributes and markets home exercise and fitness products. Before that, he was president and CEO of Saeco USA, Inc., a privately owned company that distributes and markets coffee brewing appliances.

Richard A. Barone, Mace’s Chairman of the Board, said in a prepared statement: “In August, Mace received funding through a rights offering to shareholders and an investment by Merlin Partners, LP. With the funding from the rights
offering and the right sizing of the Company under the leadership of Mr.Smith, Mace enters 2012 with a strong working capital position, virtually nodebt, and a management team focused on achieving profitability and shareholder
value.”

Raefield leaves Mace; Smith is new CEO

Richard Barone talks about what change signifies
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08/23/2011

HORSHAM, Pa.—The change in leadership at Mace Security International does not signify a change in plans for the company, but rather, a change in the character of the company, Richard Barone, chairman of the Mace Board of Directors and chairman of the executive committee for the Ancora Group, told Security Systems News.