The Alarm Monitoring Services 2009 Dealer Conference exceeded expectations as AMS dealers gathered together in New Orleans for three days filled with both education and enjoyment.
Supporting the rebirth and growth of New Orleans and held May 7th-9th at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in New Orleans AMS hosted the conference to provide its dealers with information from experts on securing customers and dealing with both immediate problems and long term issues.
After a welcome breakfast and then an introduction to AMS Dealer Services by Brad O’Malley, AMS dealer services manager, small, medium and large alarm companies sat through a variety of presentations from industry experts.
Marvin Brosset of Stiel Insurance has 39 years in the insurance industry. He spoke to AMS dealers about the various types of insurance every business should have and continued on specifically with Liability Insurance for the Security Industry.
C.J. Bruno of Compass Capital Management, a life insurance, benefits, and investments advisor for 33 years, shared on the subject of Employee Benefits for Businesses.
Well-known industry lawyer, Ken Kirshenbaum of Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum, PC who has represented the burglar and fire alarm industry for over 30 years, discussed Orientation to Alarm Contracting Law.
A very important and timely topic, Protecting Your Business, You Customers, and Yourself from Identity Theft, was given by Roger Wahden of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., a certified identity risk management specialist who focuses on identity protection within the security industry.
Pat Buckley, a certified public accountant in Louisiana for 35 years, disclosed to AMS dealers a few Points Every Business Owner Should Know about Changes in the 2009 Tax Law.
For AMS dealers who are looking to expand their businesses and increase RMR, industry veteran Stan Silberstein of OzVision revealed how to add Video as a Service.
On Saturday, the conference wound down with AMS specific topics that included an Introduction to Web-based Access to Customer Accounts by O’Malley and Accessing Account Information by Smart Phone given by Rick Jolet, CEO of AMS.
There was also plenty of time for relaxation and fun as AMS hosted a cocktail reception in the Warehouse District on Thursday May 7. During the three days, dealers took advantage of all New Orleans has to offer such as Harrah’s Casino, the French Quarter, the Aquarium, the Children’s Museum, and all the great food and music anyone could ask for.
“The AMS Dealer Conference is just one way that we are committed to going beyond offering superior monitoring to working hard to provide our dealers with the tools they need to manage and expand their businesses,” said Dera DeRoche-Jolet, founder and CFO of AMS.
The presentations from the seminars will be available on the AMS web site for anyone who may have missed the conference or those who attended and would like to review the information.
Plans are already in the works for the next AMS Dealer Conference, which will coincide with the company’s 30th anniversary celebration.