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International Security Journal speaks to ACRE President David Sullivan

ACRE’s David Sullivan talks about the power of leadership during times of crisis, how Vanderbilt Industries and ComNet are teaming up to maximize effectiveness and his history in the security industry.

A Video Conversation with Joe Grillo and Inside Access Control Podcast

Joe Grillo sits down with host Lee Odess to discuss the impact that the current COVID-19 pandemic has had on business and how ACRE is navigating these unpredictable times.

ACRE Brands Respond to Coronavirus Pandemic

Each of the ACRE brands has established business continuity plans and guidelines to help guide us through every step of the coming days while maintaining the customer support and service that each of them is known for providing.

ACRE to Strengthen Its Management Team with Two New Key Hires

Press Release: ACRE announced today that it will be adding two key industry people, Jim Kelly and Chuck O’Leary, to the ACRE management roster.

ACRE Brands to Present at ISC West 2020

Join ACRE brands Open Options, RS2 Technologies and Vanderbilt during ISC West 2020 as they present the SIA Education Session “Building a Focus on Customer Service and Training.”

Joe Grillo Chats with SP&T News in Canada

Get rare insight into ACRE’s backstory and Joe’s takeaways from the past seven years as he talks about the past, his vision for the ACRE brands and addressing the changing needs of the marketplace.

Joe Grillo on the “State of the Access Control Market” (Pt2)

In part two of this series covering the state of the access control market, Joe Grillo shares his thoughts as Security Systems News explores the customer’s point of view while identifying the strengths and market gaps shaping this niche of the security industry.

Why manufacturers must change their cybersecurity mindset.

Kim Loy takes a critical look ahead at how manufacturers must incorporate cybersecurity in their product roadmaps to address potential vulnerabilities and ensure strengthened devices.

The “Security Beat” Report from Day 1 at GSX 2019

SecurityInformed.com reported a busy first day at GSX 2019. ACRE’s Joe Grillo attended and caught up with SI’s Larry Anderson at the RS2 booth for some industry talk.

SIW Video: Joe Grillo at GSX 2019

In this “Caught On Camera” segment, SecurityInfoWatch.com catches up with Joe Grillo to discuss what drives ACRE’s M&A strategy, what he’s looking for in potential acquisition targets and other hot topics.

Joe Grillo Weighs In on “State of the Access Control Market”

In part one of a two-part article covering the state of the access control market, Joe Grillo shares his thoughts as Security Systems News explores the major trends shaping this niche of the security industry.

Q & A with Egis Capital Partners’ Robert Chefitz, an ACRE Equity Partner

SIW recently caught up with Robert Chefitz, Managing Partner at Egis Capital, to get his thoughts on industry trends and what makes a company investable.

ACRE CMO: Leverage the Tech Customers Already Use

CMO Kim Loy believes the pace of innovation in the security industry is finally catching up to that of technology already available to consumers. In this SSI article she discusses the industry’s technology advancements and opportunities for women in the global workforce.

Video: Joe Grillo Interview with Security Systems News

SSN Editor Paul Ragusa speaks with ACRE CEO Joe Grillo live in this video interview from the ISC West media studio.

Press Release: ACRE to Acquire Indiana-Based RS2 Technologies

ACRE announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire RS2 Technologies, a technology-driven manufacturer of cutting-edge access control hardware and software.

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