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Remembering Brink’s Home Security’s Peder Kolind, Champion of Low-Cost Alarm Systems and Monitoring

Peder Kolind died of a heart attack in 2015, but not before the former head of Brink's Home Security changed the alarm industry. SSI columnist Ron Davis reflects on Kolind's impact on the industry and…


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When Mike Duffy told me his great idea, I just looked at him and for a second, the image of a bus flashed through my mind. I then realized what he was really saying. The companies that we work with are the “buses” in our lives. The quality of the ride and the satisfaction that we get from it is in large part determined by making sure we ... By Ron Davis · July 31, 2008

Wilson has been in the industry for years — probably more than his age would indicate! His company monitors more than 850,000 accounts and is one of the top three largest wholesale central stations in the world. Tony is young, bright and a real pro ... By Ron Davis · June 30, 2008

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Divorce. Hostility. Families broken apart. Estrangement. Collapse of family relationships. All are words or phrases that describe what happens when family members in family-run businesses are not ... By Ron Davis · April 30, 2008

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I think what Stang really means is that not only do we have to step outside our business and look at it through the eyes of newcomers, but we have to look at other businesses and industries to see what they can offer us in our business. Integration and convergence have become such hot ... By Ron Davis · January 31, 2008

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