Best of the Best: People Make Per Mar a Star

Jul 02, 2012

Like a highly disciplined athlete, Per Mar Security Services executes security business fundamentals to near perfection. Having finely honed its methods during the course of almost six decades, the Midwestern provider celebrates its first recognition as a SSI 2012 Installer of the Year.

Talk about living up to your name. The “Per Mar” in Per Mar Security Services is an amalgam of personnel and marketing — qualities the firm personifies to such an extent that it has been named SSI’s 2012 Installer of the Year (Large company, 150+ employees).

“This honor means a lot to us. It validates the hard work and efforts of thousands of people over the past almost 60 years that a small-town, Midwestern values, family owned company can be considered one of the industry’s best,” says Director of Corporate Support Tim Smith, who has spent 15 years with the company.

Per Mar’s top-to-bottom excellence is predicated on its mission to be “Guardians of people, property, and profits for life,” and its pledge to deliver customers service and solutions rather than products. “From the top down our focus is service not product. We believe customers seek us out because they have a need. Our job is to listen to their needs and present them with a solution,” Smith adds.

Founded in 1953 by John and Eleanor Duffy on the front porch of their Davenport, Iowa, home, Per Mar has grown into one of the country’s largest privately held full service security companies. Today, under the second-generation leadership of CEO Michael Duffy, the firm operates four core business units: electronic security; security officers; background and investigative services; and fire protection (Midwest Alarm Services).

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