ABOUT

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Chris Edgar
Co-Founder

Chris has over 35 years of experience in the security industry. Starting as a central station operator in NY in 1988, and then quickly moving up to central station manager. He then spent 2 years running the new service center after analyzing and merging multiple service and dispatching centers together for Sonitrol/Sentry in the entire state of Florida, Chris then moved on to the IT side of the business when he began working in the IT department for Entergy Security in Raleigh, NC, when they merged with Sentry in FL, helping to build a state of the art monitoring center, and then duplicating that effort in San Antonio, TX. After several years it was time to move on to SAI in Arlington Heights IL, where he spent several years developing new receiver technologies, bulk alarm processing, as well as merging and streamlining acquired monitoring centers across the entire country. And it was back to NY at Worldwide Security for several years as Director of IT… but longing for that Florida sunshine again… OPT was just the next natural path after years of working in almost every aspect of our industry.

Mike Sanders
Client Services Manager

Mike joined OPT in 2014 with over 25 years of experience in the security industry. Previously, Mike spent 19 years at a security company, supervising the monitoring center, that became SAI in Arlington Heights, IL, where he was discovered by our co-founder Chris and then began his career in IT. Mike also has over 8 years of experience in operations management, and has worked as a business analyst and corporate trainer. He compliments our team with his expertise in customer service, software development, and a broad knowledge of multiple applications such as Mastermind, HTML, SQL, and MS Access. 

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Brad Swindell
Co-Founder

Brad has over 15 years of experience in the alarm industry. Starting as a central station operator in 2003 and then being promoted to a manager within a short period of time. His journey lead him to join General Security as an installation and service technician. Brad then moved on to the IT side of the business with Electronix Systems C.S.A. in 2007, which gave him the opportunity to become an expert in software development! He is highly skilled in utilizing T-SQL, VBA, ASP, Enable, HTML, CSS, XML, Java and JavaScript to name a few. In addition to the software solutions that he has provided over the years, Brad has also been providing DBA, Business Intelligence, and Reporting services for the security industry as well as utilizing MS SSRS, MS Access, and KnowlegeSync.

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Derek Lowrance
Lead Installer

Derek joined OPT in April of 2018, bringing with him many years of IT Support and technical expertise. He has experience supporting a wide range of businesses such as SeaWorld, RR Donnelley, and Valspar to name a few, and was on a Team that worked to set up one of the first 3rd party last-mile delivery companies for Amazon. 

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Michelle LaMattina
Administrator

Joining the team in February 2018 with over 12 years of experience in the security industry, Michelle brings to OPT her knowledge of SedonaOffice, Manitou, and her extraordinary brand of customer service. Michelle started in the industry in 2005 at Worldwide Security where she honed her SedonaOffice skills, eventually working with our own co-founder Chris. She now rounds out the team as Administrator where she keeps us all in line and focused on getting work done!

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