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President & CEO
With more than 15 years industry experience, Ms. Kothari is the driving force behind Alarm Capital Alliance. She originally joined ACA in 2002 as CFO - at the time, the Company had approximately 10,000 customers and a dozen employees. Soon after joining she also assumed the role of COO and was then appointed President and CEO in 2004 when the company had just over 35,000 customers and had surpassed $1 million of RMR. Under Ms. Kothari's leadership, ACA has grown exponentially with over 180,000 customers nationwide today, and approximately $6.7 million of RMR. As a result, she received the Women's Security Council 2012 Women of the Year Award for the Dealer category and was awarded the 2014 SmartCEO Brava! Award recognizing the top female CEO's in the Philadelphia region. In 2012, Ms. Kothari also oversaw ACA's investment partnership with NVP, a $3.7 billion venture capital fund headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., working closely with NVP partner, Sonya Brown, who saw the growth potential of Alarm Capital Alliance.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACA, Ms. Kothari plays a pivotal role in shaping the overall direction of ACA. She has an eclectic business background including the capital markets from which ACA has been a fortunate beneficiary. Most recently, before joining ACA, Ms. Kothari served as Executive Director of CIBC World Markets, where she was instrumental in structuring, negotiating, and executing transactions in the security alarm monitoring, cable, radio, television, outdoor-advertising, publishing, and telecommunications industries. Ms. Kothari also served as the CFO of CarroSell, Inc., a startup out-of-home media business operating in U.S. airports and held various finance-related positions at Cox Communications and Comcast Corporation.
Ms. Kothari received her Bachelor's degree in both Business and Art History from Franklin & Marshall College, and her MBA in Finance from American University.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Strategy Officer
Anastasia Bottos currently serves as COO and Chief Strategy Officer, for My Alarm Center. In this role, she oversees all operations, strategy, legal licensing/compliance and M&A activity of the nation’s 6th largest residential security and home automation company. With a strategic focus on innovation, the customer experience and cost controls across all growth platforms, she has been instrumental in increasing annual revenues from $6million to over $100million and expanding the business from 25 employees to over 600 nationwide.
In 2005, she was recruited to join My Alarm Center’s management team and began her career establishing internal procedures and the efficiency of the company’s merger and acquisition process. This included the creation and implementation of an innovative acquisition boarding platform that has broadly influenced the home security and automation industry.
Prior to assuming the role of COO in 2015, she successfully negotiated, conducted valuation diligence, and implemented integration strategies resulting in more than 600 successful acquisitions. As a result of these accomplishments, she has received several awards including Security Systems News “Top 20 under 40” – 2012 and was awarded the 2014 SmartCEO Executive Management Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership and crafting and executing innovative strategies.
Ms. Bottos has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with minors in History and Political Science from Drexel University.
Scott Peterson has extensive experience in financial management in high-growth private equity backed organizations with a concentration in the security/recurring revenue space. Mr. Peterson is a strategic and profit-oriented executive with expertise in all aspects of finance from equity funding to operations. His hands-on experience includes management, business leadership, and working with board of directors, banks and attorneys. His skills include budgeting, business forecasts, acquisitions, business expansion and start-ups.
During his time as CFO at Eyewitness Surveillance, Mr. Peterson's duties included accounting, strategic planning and financial operations. As a result, the restructured company grew internally 30-40% with an additional raise in capital for future expansion.
Mr. Peterson also co-founded U.S. Alarm Holdings, LLC where he oversaw revenue growth from $0 to $2.1 million in 18 months. He also has made influential achievements at other companies such as PS Energy Group, Inc., Integrated Excellence, LLC, Wind River Environmental, and Smith Alarm Systems, Inc., using his skills in modernizing operations to increase profit and growth.
Mr. Peterson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Colorado State University.
VP Business Development
As Vice President of Business Development, Jason is responsible for the ongoing enhancement of ACA's Independent Dealer Program, as well as Bulk and Dealer Program acquisitions in the Western United States. Jason began his work in the security alarm industry in 1998 and has held positions as Regional Director of Business Development at Financial Security Services and Vice President of Sales and Marketing with SAFE Security. During his career in the security industry, Jason has been responsible for business development, portfolio management, due diligence, negotiation of legal documentation, assimilation of transactions, marketing campaign creation and dealer program refinement.
Prior to his time in the security alarm industry, Jason's previous experience included positions at AT&T Wireless as the Regional Director of Agent Development, and as a Golf Professional with the PGA of America.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from Texas A&M - Texarkana.
Vice President of Marketing
As Vice President of Marketing, Megan MacDonald is responsible for all aspects of marketing including strategy and execution for all brands and branches under the ACA portfolio.
Prior to joining ACA, Ms. MacDonald served as Director of Marketing and Product Operations for LifeShield, A DIRECTV Company. In her role at LifeShield, Ms. MacDonald was responsible for all aspects of product management and marketing from engineering to customer experience and satisfaction. In this role specifically, she led the launch of LifeShield’s most recent innovation, its third generation security system now in market. Additionally, she was responsible for designing and implementing programs to support operations both remote and field based. Prior to the DIRECTV acquisition of LifeShield, Ms. MacDonald served as VP of Sales and Business Development where she managed LifeShield’s sales call center plus managed and cultivated all online and offline marketing partnerships.
In addition to her experience at LifeShield, Ms. MacDonald has over 10 years of experience with various organizations driving revenues through new product and programs introductions, most notably at NutriSystem where Ms. MacDonald led many new initiatives from inception through execution including international expansion, the launch of NutriSystem D, a product and program for people suffering with Type 2 Diabetes, and also its entrance into retail.
Ms. MacDonald received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from The Catholic University of America and her Masters of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.
National Vice President of Sales
As the Vice President of Sales, Frank Iovino is responsible for developing and executing the company's consumer growth strategy with a specific focus on increasing market penetration in its organic markets. Mr. Iovino comes to ACA with more than 25 years' general management experience and a proven, successful sales record.
Prior to joining Alarm Capital Alliance, Mr. Iovino worked with Medifast Inc. as their Vice President and General Manager where he held full P&L responsibility, oversaw and improved operational processes, and divested company owned locations to franchisees. Prior to joining Medifast, he spent 16 years in the wireless industry as National VP of Sales at Clearwire and VP/GM at AT&T.
Mr. Iovino holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Business (Cum Laude) from Long Island University.
Vice President of Information Technology
As the Vice President of Information Technology for Alarm Capital Alliance, Mr. Boris plays a pivotal role in shaping the customer experience by addressing ACA's ever-changing technological requirements through oversight of the company's programming and IT needs. Mr. Boris has spent the past 17 years as an IT professional, which includes experience in programming, IT, and various other areas of technology. Prior to joining Alarm Capital Alliance in 2011, he was most recently the Chief Information Officer for Lippincott LLC where he was responsible for all of the company's technology initiatives including the creation and development of Lippincott's back office IT systems and applications.
Prior to joining Lippincott full time in 2007, Mr. Boris led his own software consulting company, Alan Boris LLC, which served clients in varied fields such as pharmaceutical, chemical, advertising and property management. In addition to designing and building desktop applications, databases and web applications, he analyzed business processes and assisted in modifying them for increased efficiency.
Mr. Boris' background also includes experience in broadcasting and engineering, with stints in Garden State Cable TV (now Comcast) and WBEB-FM radio. He is a graduate of Hofstra University.
Vice President of Finance
As the Vice President of Finance for Alarm Capital Alliance, Ms. Ryan is responsible for managing the accounting, billing, and human resource functions of the company. Ms. Ryan also plays an integral role in the acquisition integration process at ACA. During her time at ACA, Ms. Ryan has developed a strong accounting team that supports ACA's growth plan by providing key analytics, which management relies on to make strategic business decisions. Ms. Ryan is responsible for expense management and has reduced costs for ACA through automation of processes and negotiations of third-party services. She has also developed detailed budgeting techniques for the current operating plan and five year forecast and is responsible for building a platform to report on the financial activities at the branch level.
Ms. Ryan relies on her more than 15 years of extensive accounting experience, which includes her involvement with initial public offerings, public accounting, and acquisitions. Prior to joining ACA, Ms. Ryan was most recently the Controller for Reliant Renal Care where she was responsible for the company's internal and external financial reporting and the financial due diligence and integration of acquisitions.
Ms. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Scranton.
VP of Corporate Operations and PMO
As VP of Corporate Operations and PMO, Ms. Gery will be responsible for enhancing the customer experience for My Alarm Center's more than 180,000 nationwide customers and aligning strategic operational enhancements with the company's overall mission to deliver a best-in-class customer experience.
Prior to joining My Alarm Center, Ms. Gery worked as a consultant for her own company MGS Consulting working with companies to ensure a smooth implementation of enterprise projects in technology and education. She specialized in re-engineering operations, created award winning call center products and engineering PBX systems. As the corporate leadership for training and development for XL Group and ICT group Martha was responsible for the corporate education for operations and leadership.
She also worked in the Telecommunications Insurance Industry where she established a contact center in the Wireless Industry for a subsidiary of CIGNA. As the operations manager for this start-up, she served in many roles during her ten year tenure that included: sales, service, trainer, loss control, business analyst, and technology info structure.
Ms. Gery holds a certification as a Scrum Master (CSM), Six Sigma Green Belt, and Sandra Steen Associates Contact Center Management Trainer. She graduated Capella University with a BS and a specialty in Project Management.
Vice President of Field Operations
As the Vice President of Field Operations for Alarm Capital Alliance, Mr. Chambers is responsible for streamlining processes in field service operations, oversight and development of ACA's technical leadership team, assisting with branch integration, CRM development, and P&L management. A key function of this role is to enhance and develop cross-functional central business processes to ensure an optimal field operations platform is maintained in order to fully support our customers, branch offices, and our dealers nationwide.
Mr. Chambers possesses more than 25 years of security industry experience, having held numerous roles in all facets of operations with specific focus on building effective teams, assimilating acquired companies, and streamlining organizational processes. Prior to joining ACA in 2010, Mr. Chambers was most recently the Service Manager for ASG Security's branch office for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey where his primary focus was integrating technical support groups into a cohesive business unit.
Mr. Chambers holds a Bachelor's of Science in Economics and Business from West Chester University.
Vice President of Legal and Dealer Relations
As the Vice President of Legal and Dealer Relations, Ms. Blair serves an integral role in acquisitions, legal compliance, and managing the dealer relations department. Since joining Alarm Capital Alliance in 2007, Ms. Blair has helped build and manage ACA's Dealer Relations group. She serves as the liaison between our various dealers and company employees to guarantee successful transitions and to consistently surpass our dealer's every expectations, by being both proactive and responsive to all dealer inquires. Ms. Blair routinely handles complex dealer and legal issues, oversees post-closings equating to $1.3 million or more in holdback payables monthly, and ensures ACA maintains compliance with the various licensing (business and security) regulations. Ms. Blair also focuses much of her time on researching industry regulations and ensuring company/customer licensing and insurance compliance with each state. Prior to joining ACA, Ms. Blair worked as a Corporate Paralegal in the Corporate Contracts division of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).
Ms. Blair was recognized in Security Systems News' "20 under 40" Class of 2013.
Ms. Blair has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Economics from the University of Delaware and an American Bar Association Approved Paralegal Certification from Widener University.
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