One company that stood out from most and deserves to be highlighted as this year’s Systems Integrator of the Year honoree is the relatively new Securadyne Systems.
In 2011 Carey Boethel set out to build a truly best-in-class nationwide security systems integration company. His two primary sources of value creation remain central to Securadyne’s mission: building out a nationwide presence to consistently service large, enterprise-class customers as a sole-source solutions provider; and implementing cloud computing in the generation, management, dissemination and consummation of security information.
As a young company, Securadyne seems to have found its stride and is comfortable with its challenges and confident in its trajectory. Taylor Carr, senior vice president, business development, says that although Securadyne as a brand has been around since only 2011, its 300 employees are made up of many industry veterans. “Our experienced team, coupled with our new approach to the industry and our unique growth strategy have proven to be quite effective.”
Securadyne has made many large strides toward its goal of being a nationwide provider for large, enterprise-class customers, acquiring two companies in 2013 alone: Advanced Control Concepts (ACC), based in Pensacola, Fla., and Intelligent Access Systems (IAS), based in Raleigh, N.C.
“The ACC transaction was an important step for us as we expanded our geographic footprint in the eastern U.S.,” Carr says. “The addition of ACC improved our ability to deliver high-end, fully integrated solutions in the Southeast region and with the U.S. federal government globally. Not only was it highly synergistic with our existing service lines, but it also expanded our fire/life safety expertise.”
Carr says the IAS acquisition allowed them to continue the build out the Southeast region, as well as enter into the Mid-Atlantic. “Ron Oetjen (former IAS founder and president) and his team had built a truly remarkable organization that consistently put the customer first and focused heavily on its core values of excellence, innovation, partnership and trust,” Carr says. He explains that IAS allowed Securadyne to rapidly expand its electrical utility vertical focus and subject matter expertise as well.
As Securadyne continues its focus on an expanding geographic footprint, Carr anticipates the expansion will entail “both acquisitive and organic initiatives with an eye towards expanding into the West and Midwest.”
The company has experienced substantial growth in 2015. While 2014 saw the implementation of two acquisitions and 74 percent growth in total revenues, the estimated 2015 growth is 12 percent, with continued growth in core vertical market segments and large national accounts.
Carr attributes this to several things: having employees who live Securadyne’s core values of being professional and courteous, and always putting the customer first; executing a highly successful, bi-directional post-acquisition integration of two industry-leading companies; forming a world-class consulting services division; and launching Securadyne’s professional services group, which develops custom software (such as Securadyne’s proprietary software solution Invarios), among other things.
The company commits seriously to career advancement as well. As part of a platform designed to recruit and develop talent, Oetjen developed Project Greenhorn, which takes unskilled labor and, over the course of a year of intense training, develops it into highly skilled technical resources.
As Securadyne continues to grow, it will undoubtedly be an integrator worth watching.