Retired Mercury President Returns As Open Options President

By: Dan Gelinas, Published on Mar 18, 2019

Open Options experienced major changes in 2018, including being acquired by ACRE and losing its President and General Manager, John Berman who passed away unexpectedly at the same time.

Now, Open Options has recruited formerly retired industry veteran (Checkpoint Systems, HID, Mercury) to run Open Options.

In this note, based on our talk with new Open Options President Steve Wagner, we look at the following points:

  • Two big changes in two weeks
  • Challenge: Getting current
  • Objective: Double the business in 5 years
  • Staying focused
  • Leveraging ACRE brands
  • ACRE Ownership Will Offer Purchasing Power
  • Outlook

**** ******* *********** ***** ******* ** 2018, ************** ******** ** ******* ****** *** ********* and ******* *******,**** ****** *** ****** **** ************ at *** **** ****.

***, **** ******* *** recruited ******** ******* ******** veteran (********** *******, ***, Mercury) ** *** **** Options.

** **** ****, ***** on *** **** **** new **** ******* ********* ***** ******, ** **** ** the ********* ******:

  • *** *** ******* ** two *****
  • *********: ******* *******
  • *********: ****** *** ******** in * *****
  • ******* *******
  • ********** **** ******
  • **** ********* **** ***** Purchasing *****
  • *******

[***************]

****** **** ******* ************* ****** ************ ****** ******** ****, ******* the ******* ********** ** it ******** ** ***** on ******* ** ******* ******* ACRE.

**** ******* *********** ******* ** **** that ***** ****** ***** replace ****** ** *********.

Two *** ******* ** *** *****

**** ******* ********* ****** had **** ******** *** company ******* *** ***** stages ** *********** ** holding ******* **** **** he ************ ****, ******* the ******* ** *****, according ** ******:

**** ******** ****** ** was * **** *** shock ** *** ********. And **** *** ******** was ***** **** *** it *** *** *** events ** * *** week ******.

****** **** **** *******, they ****** ******* ** run *** ******* *** him ******* *** **** made ***** ** **** parties, **** **** ************ ************* *** ** ***:

**** ****** ******* ** run **. * *** known *** **** ******* guys *** * *****. I **** ********* ***** .... Joe ****: '****, ***’** an ******** ** ****, this ** * ****** for *** ** **** after ** *** ** will **** ** ***.'

Challenge: ******* *******

****** ** ******* ** keeping ****** ***** ** a ******** ********* *** helping *** ******* ** grow:

***** *** ** *********** for ** ** **** and *** *** ******** on ****** ** **** and *** *** ******** up *** *** ******. And ****’* **** *’* doing.

*******, ** *** *** admission, ****** *** **** catching ** ** ** since ** *** **** nearly *** ******* ***** he *** **** ** the ******** **** ** the ****** *****:

**’* **** ** ***** since *’** **** ** the ****** ******* ********* business. *** ********* *** me ** ** *** kind ** *******. ******* for *** **** ** years *’** **** * component ********. ******** *** always **** ** *** game, *** ** ****’* mine.

Objective: ****** *** ******** ** * *****

****** **** *** **** is ** ****** *** business ** * *****. Open ******* ****** ******* was $** ******* ** 2018, ********* ** * presentation ** ********. **** puts *** ****** ** $40 ******* *** * CAGR ** ~**%. ***** this ** ***** ****** control ******** *******, **** is ********* ******** ** achieve, ********** **** ****'* resources, ***********, *** ********* of *** ****** ******* market, ***** **** **** Options ************ ******* ********** reach.

****** **** *** ***** to ******* **** **** included "*** ******** **" what **** ******* *** already *******:

* **** * *** of **** ** ** sails **** **** ******* having **** *** ********** in *** **** * years. **’* *** ******** from *******. **’* * fast ****** ****. ** job ** ** **** the ***** ** *** this ******** **** ****** have *******. ****’** **** a ****** **** *** of ******** ***** ******** over *** **** *** years *******. ** ********* is ** *** ***** it **.

Staying *******

**** ******* ********* ********* who **** **** *******, Wagner ****. *** *****, he ****, *** ** allow **** ** **** doing **** **** *** done ******* ** *** where **** ***:

* ***’* *** * lot ** *******. ** was ****-***, *** ** was ****-******* *** *****’* a *** ** ******* there **** *** ****** who **** **** **** do. * ***** ******* that *** ******* ****** of ** **** ******* employee ** **-** ***** and *** *******’* **** 20 ***** ***.

Leveraging **** ******

**** ** * ******* company **** *** ************ * *** ** money ** *** **** few ***** ** ******** its ******** ** *** ****** ******* market. **** ******* ***** existing ****  ************ ******* Security, **********, ***, *** ComNet. ******'* ****** ******* Mercury *** ******** ****** *** **** ** HID ** **** *** * ***** ******.

****** **** ** *** excited ** ******** ***** sister *********' ********* *** efficiencies ** ******* "*********** glide":

** *** **** ** the **** *********, * lot ** **** *** the **** **** **** Options **. *** ******* ACRE *** ***** **** for * *****, ****’** established **** ********* ******* themselves **** ** *** use. ** ** *** use *** ***** ****-****** systems—Finance, ***, ***—** *** leverage *** ********** **** has ******* ****. **** gives ** * *** of *********** ***** **** we ***’* **** ** create ** *** ***.

** * ******, *** the ******* *** ********* with *** ********* **** be **** *********** *** sophisticated, ****** *******.

ACRE ********* **** ***** ********** *****

*******, ****** **** **** while ****'* ********* ***** not ***** *** **** "lift" *****-****, *** ***** did **** *** ******* of * ******* ********** and *** ***** ** combined **********:

****’* ********* **** ******* Open ******* *************. **** of *** ****** **** does *********-**** ** **** give ** *** ****** to ****** ******* *** make ** ** ******** waters. ****'* ***** *** a *** ** ***** that ** *** **** behind. **** *** ******* 3 ** * ********* that *** **** ******** it ***** ** * lot ** ****** *****.

*******

*** **** **** **** Options *** ********* ** ACRE, ***** *** **** rolling ** *** ********** access ******* ******** ** recent ***** **** ***************** ******** ~ $*** million***** **** *** *** chances.

*******, **** *** **** pockets *************** ******* ****** ****** it. **** **** ******* can ** **** ** strengthen *** ***** *** expand ************* **** *** dealers *** *********. *********** like *********** **** ************** ** ******** ****** program, *** **** **** Options ** *** *** to ******, ** ****, if *** ******* ****** any **** ******** ** existing *** *** *******, which ******* ** ** seen.

**** *******, *** ***** by ****, ** *** aiming ** '*******' *** 'revolutionize' *** ******** *** has * **** ****** to ******* ** *** relatively ****** *********.

Comments (2)

**** ** ** *********** 'story' ** ****, ***. Instead ********* *****-************ *** *** ****, this ******** ******** **** 'dots' ****** *** ****, kudos ** *****'* *********.

****, *** ******/**** ***** to **** ****** *********.  I'm *** **** *** much ** * ****-**** 15% **** **, *** it ***** *** ** surprising ** **** ******* achieves **.  **********, ***** Dan ***** *****, *** company ** * ******-***** regional ****** ** **** point.

****, ** ********** *** need *** ****************** ********.  ** **** ****, losing *** ****** *** a ******** ****, *** ACRE ** ********* ** a '***** ******' ** getting ** ***********/****** ***** Wagner ** **** *** reins.   ***** ***** ********* in *** ******** ******* a ******* ****?

***** ***, *****. *** pose ** *********** ******** for *** ******** *****. How ******** *** **** for ***** ******** ** go ** ***** ****'** gone?

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