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Professional Profile: David Antar 2014

About

  • Title: President
  • Company: A+ Technology and Security Solutions, an Advance Convergence Group (ACG) Company
  • Location: 1490 North Clinton Ave., Bay Shore, New York, 11706
  • Birthplace: Bronxville, NY

Education: College for 1 year before beginning a business career

First job outside of real estate: I was vice president of one of New York City’s largest commercial moving and storage companies with over 750,000 sq. ft. of storage in Lower Manhattan. The company’s clients included some of the largest financial service firms and banks in the country including Merrill Lynch, First Boston, E.F. Hutton and The Bank of New York. Another focus of the organization was the transportation and packing of fine arts for museums. Customers included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), The Guggenheim and The Smithsonian Institute. We often stored priceless objects of art such as the Monet Exhibition which quickly led me to becoming an expert in both technology and security, my current career.

First job in real estate or allied field: In 1988 I founded A+ Technology and Security Solutions and related companies. In 1996 my team and I saw a paradigm shift of the security industry beginning to converge with the IT world. Axis Communications invented the first Network Camera and we were their first dealer in the U.S. We recognized that those in the security sector did not understand the technology convergence which was occurring and was to become an integral part of the sector. Using our knowledge of technology, the company began offering and developing video and other security related solutions for commercial buildings and multi-location facilities.

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? A+ Technology and Security Solutions is one of the largest providers of security technology and video monitoring services in the New York Metro Area. The company is growing with over 40 new hires in the last year and my team and I are leveraging our knowledge of convergence to provide clients with a wide variety of solutions. We combine technology for the fusion of video, building access, building management systems, sensor, fire and burglar systems in a product called C3Fusion developed by IPVideo Corporation (another ACG company).

Currently the company is regional with the majority of our clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our future plans include the expansion of our footprint by leveraging IPVideo Corporation’s and Alcatel Lucent’s (a strategic partner) worldwide dealer channel in order to support national, international and multi-location organizations. Additionally we are rapidly expanding the utilization of our Global Fusion Center which provides video monitoring services including virtual doorman and event based monitoring.

How do you unwind from a busy day in real estate? I am an avid boater and enjoy spending time out on the water with family and friends.

Favorite book or author: Hyper Sales Growth by Jack Daly

Favorite movie: Analyze This

Last song you purchased/downloaded? Wake Me Up by True

One word to describe your work environment: Collaborative

Rules to live by in business: Listen, always do the right thing and always exceed customer’s expectations.

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead) who would it be and where would you go? Walt Disney at Epcot as he never got to see his vision completed.

What is your dream job? I am living it – Being at the leading edge of security and technology convergence.