Yearly Archives: 2018

Lone Star Communications Manages Growth with Solutions360

Posted on November 13, 2018 in Customer Success Stories ,Q360 by

Client Profile Lone Star Communications, a leader in the life safety industry, opened its doors in 1991. For over a quarter century, the company has served the Texas healthcare and K-12 education markets. In 2016, Lone Star acquired Houston-based Halco Life Safety Systems, followed by Arkansas- and Louisiana-based ArCom Systems in 2018. It is no secret that the AV industry is ripe for consolidation. Ray Bailey, CEO at Lone Star Communications, recently shared his thoughts about how Solutions360 fits within his plans to expand into new […]

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Solutions360 Software Helps Integrators On-Board Acquisitions

Posted on July 23, 2018 in Achieve Business Growth ,Blog ,Solutions360 by

After an acquisition is made, the hard work begins. It’s no secret that mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the AV industry, and the pace of consolidation shows no signs of slowing down. As a result of acquisition, many of Solutions360’s customers are either experiencing or getting ready for explosive growth. Q360 software has been a great tool to help integrators gain command and control of both operations and accounting, smoothing out the bumps of on-boarding a new organization. Brad Dempsey  and  John Graham recently sat […]

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M&A Fundamentals For VARs

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Around the Web ,Change Management ,Improve Profitability by

By Abby Sorensen Advice on selling your business can improve your company now. Every VAR should want to increase recurring revenue, form stickier relationships with customers, maintain organized financial records, and accelerate growth. If you listened to sound bites of Brooke Ybarra’s (pronounced ee-bar-a) keynote presentation at Channel Executive’s Retail IT VAR Of The Future conference in April, you might have thought she was giving advice on how to run a successful IT channel company. Instead, the senior manager at First Annapolis Consulting (recently acquired by Accenture) was […]

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The Impact of M&A on the MSP Market

Posted on April 2, 2018 in Achieve Business Growth ,Around the Web by

By Arlin Sorensen, CEO and Founder of the Heartland Companies It’s all the rage right now. Everyone seems to be a buyer or seller; some are even trying to play both sides of the M&A puzzle. It is hard to find anyone who is not actively considering M&A as a strategy for growth or exit. And while it may be exciting and the seemingly best option for growing or transition, it also comes with some baggage that can become detrimental if not managed well. One […]

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6 Critical Steps to Prepare Your AV Business for Sale

Posted on December 4, 2017 in Blog ,Business Process Improvement ,Improve Profitability by

These six pieces of advice will help you prepare for what could be the most important financial move of your life — selling your AV business. by Ari Fuchs Are you looking to sell your AV business in the next twelve months? Maybe a near-term sale isn’t quite on your radar. Maybe your time frame is 3 years? Five years? Many middle-market businesses have changed hands in the past several years, and the AV industry has certainly seen its fair share of activity. There is […]

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What’s With All the Mergers & Acquisitions?

Posted on July 24, 2017 in Blog ,Change Management ,Industry Discussion by

by Ari Fuchs With all the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) afoot in the AV integration industry, how can integrators make sense of their own potential? During my two days at InfoComm, I had the pleasure of meeting with several industry rock stars representing a wide cross-section of the AV hardware, software and integration markets. While the discussions were wide-ranging, the question that was raised most frequently was “what is behind the incredible level of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) lately?” Most industry participants I spoke to […]

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Adtech Systems – Why Ongoing Industry Consolidation Is Sparking Private Equity Interest

Posted on January 4, 2017 in Blog ,Customer Success Stories ,Industry Discussion by

Complexity in the industry means investing big bucks in AV integration firms isn’t for the faint of heart, but there will be plenty of opportunities, according to Adtech Systems. January 4, 2017 Commercial Integrator Magazine D. Graig MacCormick When Dustin Campbell and Philip Muscatello took over Adtech Systems in mid-2015, they wanted to make it clear this wasn’t your typical venture capital deal, where Campbell and Muscatello, operating as Davis Square Group, planned to strip away everything that made Massachusetts-based Adtech successful in its first 27 […]

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