Our HistoryJuly 13th, 2018 by Meagan Noin
With an extensive background in electronics, Dave Sinclair brings over 26 years as a successful business owner and President of CEI Alarm. Dave began his electrical career in the United States Navy, where her worked in the Electrical Division at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut. After getting out of the Navy in 1988, Dave went to work for Nevada Fire and System Alert as a technician. He quickly become a lead technician and worked on large jobs sites include Embassy Suites (now the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel) and Caesars Palace in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
A couple years later, Nevada Fire and System Alert was purchased by National Guardian, a national security provider. Dave went on the received employee of year and was submitted for National Employee of the Year in 1990.
Dave held two additional jobs along with his work at National Guardian. His days would start out bright and early at 5am at Worthen Kenworth, a factory authorized overhaul and maintenance dealer for transmissions. Then, he would head to National Guardian. Lastly, he would work special events including concerts or sporting events at Lawlor Event Center, the multi-purpose venue on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.
In 1991, National Guardian wanted to expand to sub-contractors and with a $500 house warming gift from his grandmother, Dave earned his contractor’s license and become the first subcontractor in the state of Nevada for National Guardian. In his garage with a few hand tools, his Toyota pick-up truck and a hard-working attitude, CEI Alarm was born. For the first seven years, Dave’s company double its revenue and quickly became National Guardian first subcontractor to complete a million dollars in sales. With 32 employees in offices in Reno, Las Vegas and Tucson, AR, Dave realized it was time to leave subcontracting behind and make the jump to a full-service alarm company.
Although the road was difficult, CEI Alarm has grown into a successful business. Over the past 26 years, CEI Alarm has acquired 13 different alarm companies and has seen tremendous organic growth.
CEI Alarm celebrated 25 years of business on April 1, 2017. Currently, the company is in the process of selling their current building and acquiring a building with four times more space.
Dave says people always ask him when he’s going to retire. Dave says “If you love what you’re doing you’re already retired. So, I have been retired for 26 years”