Joe Sausa, president of First Alert Professional, awards Mel Mahler, ADS chairman and CEO, the 2008 First Alert Professional Medal of Honor.

2008 is ending on a high note for ADS Security, Nashville, Tenn. The company, ranked No. 25 on the SDM 100, received eight awards during the First Alert Professional Convention held in Orlando, Fla.

Mel Mahler, chairman and chief executive officer for ADS, was awarded the 2008 First Alert Professional Medal of Honor in recognition of his service in promoting the First Alert/Honeywell Security dealer network.

ADS, which serves more than 70,000 businesses, industrial facilities and residences throughout the southeastern United States, was also named the 2008 Dealer of the Year, outshining the more than 500 additional First Alert Professional dealers in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.

“ADS Security has been awarded Dealer of the Year four times, but this was the first time we were recognized since being elevated to the largest dealer category,” Mahler said. “We have also received the Medal of Honor three times. Along with the other awards we received at the convention, we are truly honored and are thankful for the quality of the ADS security team that makes these accomplishments possible.”

ADS also received the 2008 Circle of Excellence Award for quality of service and contributions to the First Alert Professional Program; the 2008 Customer Service Excellence Award for exceptional customer service; the 2008 Marketing Excellence Award for impact in marketing; the 2008 Technical Service Award for innovation in technical services; and the 2008 Sales Leader of the Year Award, presented to Tom Szell, regional vice president for ADS Security.

In addition to the awards, ADS Security also recently joined the First Alert Professional 10 Year Club for being instrumental to the success of the First Alert Professional Program over the past 10 years.