We’ve grown to become #1 Theft Deterrent Service™ by providing a world-class electric security fence system that embraces advanced technology and integration.
But how we began involves a much simpler solution.
Founder Bill Mullis started his security business in 1973 with a much simpler security solution — guard dogs — raised and trained by Bill and his staff to prevent crime for sites with outdoor assets. The guard dog business was a success for him for more than 20 years.
Today, our brand still uses the image of a German Shepherd, a breed long preferred in security due to its imposing presence, strong bite and vicious bark. But an innovative new take on security was coming.
The transition to electric fencing came in 1991, when despite having his guard dogs on site, Bill’s business was experiencing break-ins. He needed a different solution to combat criminals. He developed an electric security fence to protect his property and outdoor assets.
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, eventually bringing on investors and appointing a new CEO, Jack DeMao, to lead his initiatives for expansion. Bill continues to serve as a consultant, spokesperson and board member, while Jack focuses on internal growth and customer partnerships.
Under Jack’s leadership, our number of field technicians dramatically increased across the U.S. and we’ve improved service systems for better customer experience — both strongly advocated for by Jack, who believes becoming a security partner is what makes the difference for customers.
In 2016, we experienced annual double-digit growth and were acquired by Snow Phipps Investments, with Jack and the existing management team continuing to lead the company.
In 2017, to meet our growing team, we moved our office to the new and exciting Center for Applied Innovation, part of the University of South Carolina’s Innovista research district. The move is part of our recent efforts to increase leadership and interaction with our community while still promoting growth and improving on our service offerings.