NextGen Security, based in Exton, Pa., has expanded its systems integration capabilities in Texas with the acquisition of CERK Security. 

Located in LaPorte within the Bay Area of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area, CERK Security is a regional security integrator providing services throughout Texas. The deal marks the second acquisition for NextGen, which placed 13th on the 2023 SDM Top Systems Integrators Report Rankings

“We are excited to expand our reach inside Texas. The CERK team is a welcomed edition to the growing West Division of our company,” said Frank Brewer, CEO of NextGen. 

As part of the acquisition, NextGen not only expands in Houston and surrounding areas but also in Dallas-Fort Worth. Security professionals Max Kidd and Brandon Villeneuve have joined NextGen to bring their years of experience to help grow the North Texas market. Now with NextGen, CERK will have access to a suite of services and product solutions that will open additional opportunities for growth and expansion, according to the announcement.    

“CERK Security brings immediate resources and vertical market expansion to our ever-growing business in Texas,” said Ryan Loughin, president of NextGen. “They are a family-oriented company and that fits nicely into the model we are building. We also love the Dallas-Fort Worth region and having two industry experts building and servicing our business there is great for NextGen and our clients.” 

NextGen — winner of the 2017 SDM Systems Integrator of the Year  designs, installs and services a vast array of security-based technology solutions. Systems include enterprise access control and video, visitor management, perimeter detection and life safety.   

The acquisition is said to builds upon the company's vision of partnering with systems integration owners across North America. NextGen’s M&A model allows owners to grow with the entire company and not just their specific area of operation, according to the announcement. 

“This transaction will allow us to grow our business on both a national and global scale,” said Robert Villeneuve, CEO of CERK Security. “NextGen Security’s vast technical knowledge, product offerings, and operational support will allow us to provide a higher level of security for all of our existing and future customers.”