Jim Hull, founder, president and CEO of Monitronics, Dallas, retired this year. Hull will serve as chairman of the board of directors for the company. His retirement ends a long and memorable career that includes more than 20 years in the security industry.

In 1988, Hull formed Monitronics International Inc. The concept behind the alarm monitoring company was to focus on three objectives: find high-quality dealers, purchase high-quality customer contracts from those dealers and provide high-quality service to the customers.

The formula for Monitronics worked well as the company began to grow rapidly. It was named to the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Private U.S. Companies for seven consecutive years. At the end of 2005, the company served approximately 485,000 subscribers nationwide.

In November 2005, Hull was a speaker at the Securing New Ground Conference in New York. In a session called “Meet the Trailblazers,” he was introduced as a pioneer in the security industry before providing a speech on his visions of the future for the alarm business.

“I have been blessed with a very successful career and have a lot to be thankful for,” Hull said. “I have had the good fortune to be supported by a great number of very special people and to all of them I want to convey my sincere thanks.”

Beginning the first of April, Mike Haislip, vice president and COO, will assume the role of president and CEO of Monitronics.