Green Mountain Alarm Begins Operations in Vermont
Green Mountain Alarm, a sister brand of Urban Alarm of Washington, D.C., began operating in Essex Junction, Vermont, on May 23, 2016.
The company installs, monitors and maintains life safety and electronic security systems and is the result of collaboration between Miles Fawcett, founder and president of Urban Alarm; Cody Carpenter, vice president of operations, Green Mountain Alarm; and Jessica Shaw-Carpenter, president, Green Mountain Alarm.
“I connected with Cody and Jessica, who are professionals with backgrounds in Bay Alarm and had relocated to New England to be closer to their home,” said Fawcett. “We had a shared vision for what a security/life safety company should be. They liked what we were doing in Washington [D.C.] with Urban Alarm, and we put together Green Mountain Alarm with them being the anchor team and really taking the lead on it using a lot of the model we developed to provide local service in the D.C. market.”
Fawcett continued, “We also saw an opportunity in a state where it’s very fragmented — it’s a difficult state to serve as a professional organization just because it is low density, but we feel that we can provide some valuable services around video verification on alarms. We’re building an in-state organization that’s capable of addressing the needs of residential as well as large institutions that have more complex security and life safety needs.”
Initially, Green Mountain’s full-time staff will be Carpenter and Shaw-Carpenter, and Fawcett will be splitting some of his time, traveling to Vermont monthly.
Urban Alarm has a staff of just fewer than 30 people in D.C., who Fawcett said would be available as a pool of resources for Green Mountain to pull from for any large projects. The company also has several NICET level people on staff who can work closely with that team, and Urban has partnerships in place with some electrical contractors who can handle pipe and wire types of requirements, Fawcett said. Contracting out the pipe and wire portions of larger projects is often Urban’s model. “We certainly do full installs on many jobs, but we also partner with electrical contractors with some of the larger projects where there is a lot of pipe and wire involved.”
Green Mountain will provide monitoring services through Dynamark Monitoring, Hagerstown, Md.
Fawcett said Green Mountain is focused mainly on organic growth, although it is open to acquisition opportunities. “Many of the existing companies in Vermont are 20, 30 years old,” Fawcett said. “There may be some that are looking to move on, so we are certainly open to those types of opportunities for acquisition — if it’s the right match.”
Fawcett said Urban Alarm has looked at acquisitions before but balances the prospects against its high standards and relationships. “In many cases,” he said, “we felt it would be more constructive to organically grow the business rather than to acquire accounts.”
Green Mountain Alarm’s focus will be installing, monitoring and maintaining electronic security and life safety systems, including video surveillance, access control, intercom, intrusion alarm systems and commercial fire alarm systems.
Visit www.greenmountainalarm.com for information.