Zeus Fire & Security Partners with Independent Alarm

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Paoli, PA – Zeus Fire & Security (Zeus), a portfolio company of Baltimore-based Access Holdings, today announced a new partnership with Independent Alarm, a family-owned leading fire and security company. Independent Alarm has provided complete fire alarm, video, intrusion alarm, and access control to over 6,000 accounts in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania since 1978. Zeus will support Independent Alarm as they pursue continued growth across their service territory.


“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Independent Alarm,” said Scott R. Elkins, CEO of Zeus Fire & Security. “Jamie and the team have built a great business that aligns perfectly with the Zeus mission to protect people, property, and profits. We look forward to supporting Independent Alarm’s growth and building our presence across New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.”


Zeus Fire & Security was formed in 2021 as a platform business to partner with leading fire safety and security operators in premier markets. Zeus will partner with Independent Alarm as part of the company’s ongoing mission to partner with quality operators and expand best-in-class service offerings to customers across the country.


“We see this partnership as the foundation for future growth in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania,” said John Cannon, Vice Chairman of Zeus Fire & Security. “Independent Alarm fits exactly what we look for in a partner. They have a long history in their market as a trusted, reliable partner with strong management that’s ready to take the business to the next level. We’re confident the resources that the Zeus platform brings to the table will help Independent continue to grow into a market leader.”


For the past 40 years, Independent Alarm has been dedicated to keeping homes and businesses safe through proven, state-of-the-art security, fire, and video applications to meet every customer’s precise needs. Independent Alarm provides solutions to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Access Holdings and Zeus are fully committed to their partnership with Independent Alarm and are looking forward to future expansion.


“I’m excited for the next chapter in Independent Alarm’s history,” said Jamie Kerth, President of Independent Alarm. “Zeus is a partner that will provide us excellent resources for growth while preserving the family environment that we’ve built over many years. As part of the Zeus family, I’m confident that we’ll be able to expand our presence in the market and accelerate our growth.”


Barry Epstein of Vertex Capital was the sole advisor to Independent Alarm on the transaction. Vertex Capital is a leading advisor on acquisitions throughout the Recurring Revenue and Life Safety sectors.


“The partnership with Independent Alarm will further the path for Zeus into additional markets,” said Barry Epstein, President of Vertex Capital. “Jamie is a great addition to the Zeus team, and the Zeus national accounts expertise will help expand key customer relationships.”


Press Contact

Gordon Lawson, VP of Corporate Development – 267-614-4727 – glawson@zeusfireandsecurity.com


About Zeus Fire & Security

Zeus Fire & Security was established in 2021 to build a national network of fire protection and security providers recognized for execution excellence across a variety of service lines and end markets. Zeus addresses customers’ commercial and residential fire protection and security needs through a broad array of services from mission critical fire system installation, testing, and inspection to physical security system installation and video monitoring. Zeus was established with the singular purpose of partnering with industry-leading fire and security operators who are seeking a collaborative growth partner dedicated to inspiring and accelerating the long-term growth of business and team members. For more information, please visit https://zeusfireandsecurity.com.


About Independent Alarm

Founded in 1978, Independent Alarm supports security, fire, and video applications using proven, state-of-the-art equipment to meet every customer’s precise needs. Independent Alarm has been keeping businesses and homes safe in the New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania markets for over 40 years with dedicated and caring customer service. For more information, please visit www.independentalarmnj.com


About Access Holdings

Access Holdings Management Company LLC is a Baltimore-based middle-market investment firm with over $2.4 billion in assets under management. Founded in 2013, Access provides direct investments opportunities to create concentrated portfolios of essential service-based businesses in North America. We undertake active Build and Buy strategies, pursuing what we want to own, great markets and distinct business models. In doing so, Access partners with and supports exceptional, passionate, visionary leaders to grow and scale businesses. For more information, please visit www.accessholdings.com.