A Proactive Approach to Campus Security

Click here to read our case study showcasing how Denver Public Schools security department utilizes leading security technologies and emergency response practices for an edge-to-edge security solution.

Open Options to Showcase DNA Fusion at 2019 UNC System Safety & Security Conference

Open Options is proud to be a Silver Level sponsor of the 2019 UNC System Safety & Security Conference. The conference will be held May 30 – 31, 2019, on the University of North Carolina at Asheville campus and will feature engaging educational sessions across seven different tracks:

  • Clery Act
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Emergency Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal
  • Student Affairs
  • Title IX

Open Options Southeast sales manager, Charles Johnson, will be showcasing DNA Fusion and our open platform solutions to dozens of campus personnel working in student and employee safety, security, and emergency management.

To see when an Open Options sales representative will be in your area, visit our events page.

Open Options Hosts Annual Vendor Partner Day & Crawfish Boil

Last week we held our fourth annual Vendor Partner Day event, where individuals from 10 partner companies had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Open Options sales, marketing, and technical teams. Best sales practices, new product information, and company roadmaps were some of the common points across presentations. We want to thank the following vendor partners for their participation to make this event a great success:

Joe Pitman – LifeSafety Power

Kelly Lake & Paul Rux – Zenitel

Brenton Scott & Steve Lucas – Mercury Security

Sam Safa – NEC

Phil Mantia – STOPWare

Rob Lydic – Allegion

Francisco Alcala – Farpointe Data

Frank Stark – HID

Jim Crowley & Rick Steger – ASSA ABLOY

Armand Steffens – Milestone

Nick Philavong – BioConnect

In conjunction with Vendor Partner Day, we held our 16th annual company crawfish boil and fish fry Friday afternoon. Everyone had a great time enjoying fresh food, cold drinks, and live music from the Jet Poets. Once again, we held a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House charities. A big thanks to those who placed a bid and to the following companies for donating auction items:

Absolut Vodka


American Solutions for Business


Exalt Printing Solutions

Farpointe Data

Lehigh Hanson

LifeSafety Power

Mercury Security

Peticolas Brewing Company

Ruth’s Chris

Tricky Fish


Thank you to everyone who came out – we’ll see you next year!

ISC West 2019 Show Floor Spotlight: Open Options

Ben Vestal, VP of Sales and Business Development at Open Options, chats with SIW about the impact that consolidation has had on the security channel relative to access control, how the industry should go about addressing cybersecurity concerns and discusses why the company has taken a hybrid approach to the market. Click here to watch the full video.

Open Options to Participate in Security 5K at ISC West

Open Options is proud to be participating in the Security 2/5K during the ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas! The Security 2/5K is a one-of-a-kind event for the security industry. It's the chance for our industry to come together with a common goal in mind—helping children in need. All proceeds generated by the race will be contributed to Mission 500, a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to provide aid to children and families living in poverty in the US. To make a donation to the Open Options team, visit our fundraising page!

Open Options Launches New Advantage Dealer Program

We are excited to introduce our new Advantage Dealer program to our authorized dealer partners! Benefits of this program include product and training discounts, channel marketing support, and more. Read the press release for more information.

Open Options to Exhibit at GC&E’s Converged Security Summit 2019

Charles Johnson, Open Options’ Southeast sales manager, will be showcasing DNA Fusion and its powerful components at the third annual Converged Security Summit (CSS) on February 28, 2019 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Hosted by GC&E Systems Group, an Open Options authorized dealer, CSS is a one-day comprehensive program that will bring together experts in information and physical security to discuss best-practice countermeasures to safeguarding IT infrastructure and information assets, as well as proven solutions for perimeter security, intrusion and personal safety in public and private sectors.

Bringing together IT and security professionals, more than 20 best-of-class security and IT vendors, and industry-recognized leaders to speak and provide insight on the constantly evolving state of information and physical security, CSS is the not-to-be-missed event of 2019. Through the convergence of security and IT professionals, speakers, and vendors, CSS provides the perfect opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn from industry subject matter experts and other industry professionals on ways to better manage and mitigate risks associated with information and physical security assets.

To register for the event, click here.

Open Options Appoints Steve Wagner as President

Open Options (acquired by ACRE, LLC on December 17, 2018) has named Steve Wagner as the company’s new President. You can click here to read the full announcement.

Open Options Kicks off 2019 with National Sales Meeting

Earlier this week, Open Options employees gathered for the company’s national sales meeting, an annual event where the team reviews the successes of the previous year, sets goals for the upcoming year, and celebrates with well-deserved honors and accolades.

At this year’s meeting, our sales force met with each of the Open Options department managers, including operations and training, software development, marketing, and more. These breakout sessions were highly beneficial in discussing and building on the progress made in 2018 and implementing goals for 2019.

Numerous individuals were recognized for their accomplishments during the company-wide portion of the meeting. Members of the sales team who achieved sales milestones are listed below:

Scot Sturges

Charles Johnson

Brad Rollans

Additionally, there were four individual sales awards given during the meeting:

Highest growth in software maintenance – Bill Meekins

Highest revenue growth – Charles Johnson

Highest growth in software sales - David Johnstone

Highest growth in new site sales – David Johnstone

Salesperson of the year – Scot Sturges

Scot Sturges was also recognized for 10 years of dedicated service to Open Options.

Lastly, several employees were acknowledged for their efforts and exemplary contributions to the company throughout 2018:

Lauren Yonis, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Kaygee Ofilas, Receptionist

Brent Doherty, VP of Marketing & Communications

George Crawford, Software Developer

Roscoe Coffman, VP of Operations

Brad Rollans, Midwest US & Central Canada Sales Manager

Open Options enjoyed a great 2018 with incredible growth, new team members, and several enhanced product offerings and partnerships. To read more about what we accomplished in 2018, click here. We are looking forward to a productive and successful 2019!