Our First Guard Dog Had Real Teeth
Founder Bill Mullis started his security business in 1973 with one ultimate goal in mind — to stop crime before it happens. This remains our company mission, but the means to the solution have changed over the years. With change comes innovation and opportunity, both of which Bill Mullis embraced while remaining true to his security roots.
Those roots began with a much simpler security solution. As our name suggests, guard dogs were Bill Mullis’ original solution to prevent break-ins and vandalism for businesses with outdoor assets to protect. Bill and his staff raised and trained guard dogs successfully for more than 20 years. The Electric Guard Dog logo still uses the image of a German Shepherd, a breed that has long been preferred in security due to their imposing presence, physical ability to deter criminals, and ability to vocally warn others of intruders — not unlike Electric Guard Dog's multilayered system of physical, shock and alarm deterrents.
The transition to electric fencing came in 1991, when despite having his protective fleet on site, Bill’s guard dog business was experiencing break-ins. Bill needed a different solution to combat savvy would-be criminals. He decided to develop, and continuously improve upon, an electric security fence designed to offer the best protection for his place of business. It would become a very high-tech solution to a very common problem. In time, this electric security fence became patented (U.S. Patent No. 4220949) and, due to its unmatched deterrence value, it replaced the dogs and we soon became Electric Guard Dog.
Over the next two decades, Bill nurtured the business and captured a dominant share of the national perimeter security market. The company quickly grew into a multi-faceted security business as companies in the auto auction, metal recycling, freight and rental industries began seeing the results and cost savings that Electric Guard Dog brought them. To meet the ever-increasing demand for our products and services, Bill completed a development strategy in 2007 that included bringing in a group of like-minded investors.
Along with newly appointed CEO Jack DeMao and a new management team, the investors eagerly implemented Bill's goals of national, and even international, expansion. Bill continues to serve as a consultant and spokesperson for the company, as well as a member of the Board of Directors.
Since Jack's arrival, Electric Guard Dog has seen many positive changes. The number of field technicians has dramatically increased and they have been strategically assigned across the U.S. We've also added to our customer service ranks and implemented system changes for an improved customer service experience. Jack believes that becoming an Electric Guard Dog customer is like hiring a security partner — one that will customize a solution for each property through onsite assessments and a dedication to solving security issues. Electric Guard Dog has also experienced rapidly accelerated growth for the market-leading electric security fence company nationwide. Over the last 8 years, RMR has tripled and the company intends to triple again over the next several years.
In 2016, the company experienced annual double-digit growth during this remarkable year that included Electric Guard Dog's acquisition by Snow Phipps, with Jack and the existing Electric Guard Dog management team continuing to lead the company. This deal earned two M&A Advisor "Deal of the Year" nominations. Less than two months after EGD’s acquisition, the company closed on its own acquisition, Perimeter Security Systems, and was named SDM Magazine's 2016 Dealer of the Year.
Company Growth & Recognition
- CEO Jack DeMao & Electric Guard Dog Honored as Gold & Bronze Stevie® Award Winners (2017)
- Ranked in the top 30 on the SDM 100 List of Top Security Companies, last 6 years
- SDM Dealer of the Year (2016)
- SDM Dealer of the Year Honoree (2015)
- INC 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies, last 5 years
- INC 500 list of fastest growing privately held companies, 3 years
- SD&I Fast50 for revenue and growth, last 4 years
- Ranked in the top 20 best-performing companies, Roaring Twenties by SC Biz
- South Carolina’s List of the Best Places to Work, 3 Years
- Electric Guard Dog reports 49% growth over the last 3 years