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Vivint gets new COO—from outside the industry

David Bywater and other outside hires bring ‘really good perspectives’ to Vivint, President Alex Dunn says

PROVO, Utah—Vivint has a new COO: former Xerox executive David Bywater. The recent hire marks the third time this year that Vivint has gone outside the industry to add to its executive team.

Vivint grows its infrastructure along with its business

The home automation/home security company now has 7,000 employees, and has doubled size of its headquarters, and opened two other Utah facilities and one in Washington state

PROVO, Utah—Vivint expanded this summer into a new 100,000-square-foot building on its campus here, which about doubles the space it occupies in Provo.

SAFE Security gets new CFO and COO


SAN RAMON, Calif.—SAFE Security has announced a pair of management changes.

Sentry Security acquires Stand Guard Security


WHEELING, Ill.—Sentry Security, based here, has acquired Stand Guard Security, of Crystal Lake, Ill., according to the Davis Mergers and Acquisition Group, which assisted in the transaction.

American Alarm’s backyard buy adds density

The company bolts on a Worcester, Mass. company, enhancing service; it also grows revenue by 15 percent, RMR by 14 percent

ARLINGTON, Mass.—American Alarm and Communications is having a banner year: The company has acquired a bolt-on in its backyard that adds density and boosts the company’s service capabilities, and it ended its fiscal year with revenues that exceeded expectations.

ADS buys Security Services

The super-regional plans a larger purchase in a new market this fall

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


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

Fired AlarmForce CEO fighting his ouster

Joel Matlin, who founded the company, says he has a legal strategy to remove board members who forced him out

TORONTO—The recently ousted CEO of AlarmForce Industries, one of Canada’s largest security companies, said he’s planning a legal strategy designed to replace the board members who fired him.

Florida company succeeds with unique business model

Just one branch of Crime Prevention Security Systems is a Guardian dealer while the company’s main office operates independently

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—Founded by a microbiologist and a special education teacher, Crime Prevention Security Systems wasn’t your typical security company when it began 38 years ago and it still stands out from others today.

Latest change for Devcon welcomed

Devcon CEO Steve Hafen says ADT’s plan to buy the company is 'great news'

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.— Devcon Security has undergone dramatic changes in the past few years: a rapid expansion, then an even faster downsizing and also a management shake-up. Now, an even bigger change—ADT’s announcement today that it has signed a deal to acquire Devcon for $148.5 million—is a welcome one, Devcon CEO Steve Hafen told Security Systems News.



SSN News Poll November 2015

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