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Marthaler Retired From Heartland Security After 17 Years

picture of Tom MarthalerMELROSE, Minn. – After 17 years working tirelessly as a Regional Sales Manager for Heartland Security, Tom Marthaler, an Alexandria resident, retired on July 14, 2017.

Tom joined Heartland Security in early 2000 and has adapted to a changing industry, working hard to provide central and western Minnesota with the latest technologies in home and business security. During his time at Heartland Security, Tom was named Regional Sales Manager of the Year 4 times.

Tom earned a sales management degree from St. Cloud Technical Community College and worked in retail sales for a regional men’s clothing store for 27 years before joining Heartland Security.

An Alexandria resident for 41 years, Tom has been married to his wife Karen for 40 years and has 2 adult children. Regarding his retirement, Tom said, “I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and any new opportunities that may arise. It’s been rewarding to work for a local company that helps people feel comfortable in their situations.”

Heartland Security’s General Manager, Guy Adams, remarked, “Tom is our very first employee to retire and we’re so thankful to have had him as a part of our company for so long. He’s been an instrumental part of our growth in central and western Minnesota and we wish him the best in his retirement.”


Sandbakken Promoted to Management for Heartland Security

picture of Alexa Sandbakken

MELROSE, Minn. – Heartland Security announces the promotion of Alexa Sandbakken, a St. Cloud resident, to Marketing Manager. The announcement was made by Guy Adams, General Manager at Heartland Security.

“We are very fortunate to have Alexa manage our marketing and communications. Alexa has been involved with the growth and promotion of Heartland Security and understands what it takes to reach new potential opportunities, which is the pillar of our business,” said Guy Adams, Heartland Security General Manager. 

Sandbakken joined Heartland Security in 2014. As Marketing Manager, Sandbakken will lead all marketing and advertising efforts.

Sandbakken attended St. Cloud State University and received Bachelor’s degrees in English and Communication Studies and a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Writing with a Professional Communication emphasis. She serves on the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce marketing committee and the Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA) Special Events/Programs committee.

About Heartland Security

Serving central, western, and southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, Heartland Security offers smart home security systems, professionally installed and DIY camera systems and medical alerts. Heartland Security is unique to the alarm industry, as the company was created in 1999 by 9 local electric cooperatives. Now owned by 13 electric cooperatives, Heartland Security has grown to more than 8,000 customers. A smart security system from Heartland Security lets you view your cameras and control your lights, locks, garage door, and thermostat all from one app on your smartphone, giving you anytime, anywhere access to your home or business. Visit www.heartlandss.com for more information.


Alexa Sandbakken Named Marketing Specialist for Heartland Security

picture of Alexa SandbakkenJuly 14, 2014 – Heartland Security announces the appointment of Alexa Sandbakken of Avon to Marketing Specialist. Heartland Security specializes in residential and commercial alarm systems as well as home medical monitoring systems, serving southern and western Minnesota and northern Iowa. Heartland Security is owned by 14 rural electric cooperatives and currently protects over 7,000 customers with many different security concerns. “We are very fortunate to have Alexa’s experience to manage our marketing and business development for our continued growth and customer communications. Alexa understands what it takes to provide great communications to existing customers and to be able to reach new potential opportunities, which is the pillar of our business,” said Guy Adams, Heartland Security General Manager. Heartland Security offers people more than just burglar alarms. It is the cooperative link to security in every sense with a comprehensive set of features available.

  • Smart home interactive control of alarm systems through computer and mobile devices.
  • Thermostat control by smart phone and freeze-up sensors are an excellent option for anyone, but is especially appealing for those who migrate south during the winter or for cabin owners. This device helps prevent water pipes from bursting and causing costly property damage by monitoring the temperature in the area it is located. If the temperature drops below the preset level, the response center receives a signal and alerts the property owner, a designated relative, or neighbor.
  • Door and window sensors arm any window or door in the home and may also be used to safeguard anything in your home that contains valuables such as jewelry cases, gun cabinets, collections, and antiques.
  • Glass break sensors are sensitive to specific frequencies caused by breaking glass and are usually placed on the ceiling in the center of a room.
  • Motion sensors employ passive infrared technology to detect the body heat of an intruder.
  • Smoke sensors and carbon monoxide sensors will alert authorities of a potential problem.
  • Commercial alarm systems that include monitored intrusion and fire protection, card access systems to limit and track entry into and throughout the premises, and camera surveillance systems to record activity.
  • Heartland Security offers a lifetime warranty due to our technicians’ installation training and our use of top-quality equipment provided by GE.

Heartland Security Acquires Peart & Associates Security Division

November 19, 2013 - Heartland Security of Melrose, MN, is pleased to announce its acquisition of Peart & Associates’ electronic security division, which has served the greater Willmar market for over 25 years. Peart & Associates will continue their “ProAction Safety & Sales” business and all other business activities.

Guy Adams, Heartland Security’s General Manager, said “Peart & Associates has built a great reputation for servicing their customers, and like Heartland Security, has offered a variety of security systems including residential, large and small commercial, video surveillance, and access control.” Heartland Security has hired two Peart & Associates employees, Terry Clark and Adam Hanson, as alarm technicians to assist in the company’s growth and customer service expectations.

Heartland Security serves and protects over 7,000 families and businesses in the Midwest and is locally owned by 14 rural electric cooperatives.


Heartland Security Hires Vern Zimmer as Regional Sales Manager

November 5, 2013 - Heartland Security of Melrose, MN, is pleased to announce its recent hire of Vern Zimmer of Willmar, who will join the Heartland Security team as Regional Sales Manager for central MN. Within this role, Zimmer will sell a variety of security systems including residential, large and small commercial, video surveillance, and access control. Guy Adams, Heartland Security's General Manager, states "Vern's proven background and overall level of experience will help ensure Heartland Security's success and growth in our area."

Zimmer comes to Heartland Security with 16 years’ experience in the security industry. "I'm excited to be a part of Heartland Security. I know they are a well-organized company who provides excellent customer service and I look forward to being a part of their team," said Zimmer.

Heartland Security serves and protects over 7,000 families and businesses in the Midwest and is locally owned by 14 rural electric cooperatives, including Kandiyohi Power Cooperative. Members of these coops are eligible for discounts on both installation and monitoring services with Heartland Security.

Heartland Security is much more than residential burglar alarms. Whether it be a small shop, industrial warehouse, or large farm, Heartland Security has you covered. They offer video surveillance, access control systems, commercial fire systems, and temperature monitoring to keep your assets safe and secure, 24 hours a day.

Every Heartland Security solution is unique and custom designed for the customer. Heartland Security takes pride in delivering the best service, sales and installation, and in staying at the forefront of technology and advanced security offerings.


Dan Howard Named Regional Sales Manager for Heartland Security

April 2, 2012 - Heartland Security announces the appointment of Dan Howard, a Estherville Iowa resident, to Regional Sales Manager. Heartland Security serves northern Iowa and southern and western Minnesota. Heartland Security installs GE Security Pro security systems and currently protects almost 7,000 customers with many different concerns.

“We are very fortunate to have Dan’s experience to manage our sales and business development for our Southwestern service territory which serves Northwestern Iowa and Southwestern MN. Dan understands what it takes to provide great customer service, which is the pillar of our business,” said Guy Adams, Heartland Security General Manager.

Heartland Security offers people more than just burglar alarms. It is the cooperative link to security in every sense with a comprehensive set of features available.

  • Interactive control of alarm systems through computer and mobile devices.
  • Door and window sensors arm any window or door in the home and may also be used to safeguard anything in your home that contains valuables such as jewelry cases, gun cabinets, collections and antiques.
  • Glass break sensors are sensitive to specific frequencies caused by breaking glass and are usually placed on the ceiling in the center of a room. They are particularly economical in rooms that have a number of windows.
  • Motion sensors employ passive infrared technology to detect the body heat of an intruder. A burglar entering through an unprotected window, for example, is still detected.
  • Smoke sensors and carbon monoxide sensors will alert authorities of a potential problem, even if the property owner is away from home.
  • Thermostat control by smart phone and freeze-up sensors are an excellent option for anyone, but is especially appealing in this region for those who migrate south during the winter or for cabin owners. This device helps prevent water pipes from bursting and causing costly property damage by monitoring the temperature in the area it is located. If the temperature drops below the preset level, the response center receives a signal and alerts the property owner, a designated relative or neighbor.
  • Heartland Security Services offers a lifetime warranty due to our technicians’ installation training and our use of the top quality equipment provided by GE.
  • Heartland Security Services also offers commercial alarm systems that include monitored intrusion and fire protection, card access systems to limit and track entry into and throughout the premises, and camera surveillance systems to record activity.

Pierce Promoted to Management for Heartland Security 

picture of Corey PierceSeptember 1, 2008 – Heartland Security announces the promotion of Corey Pierce, an Armstrong Iowa resident, to Executive Sales Manager. Heartland Security serves northwestern Iowa and southern and western Minnesota. Heartland Security installs GE Security Pro alarm and security systems and currently protects almost 6,000 customers with many different concerns. Corey has been with the company for 3 years and started as a salesperson.

“We are very fortunate to have Corey manage our sales staff and business development responsibilities. Corey has been involved with the growth of Heartland Security and understands what it takes to provide great customer service, which is the pillar of our business,” said Guy Adams, Heartland Security General Manager. As Heartland Security’s Southern Regional Manager, Corey was been our Salesperson of the year for the last two years.


Welz Promoted to Management for Heartland Security

picture of Deb WelzJune 1, 2008 – Heartland Security announces the promotion of Deb Welz, a Melrose resident, to Operations Manager. Heartland Security serves northwestern Iowa and southern and western Minnesota. Heartland Security installs GE Security Pro alarm and security systems and currently protects almost 4,000 customers with many different concerns. Deb has been with the company for 8 years and started in administration.

“We are very fortunate to have Deb manage our installation and service responsibilities. Deb has been involved with the growth of Heartland Security and understands what it takes to provide great customer service, which is the pillar of our business,” said Guy Adams, Heartland Security General Manager.


Elbert Promoted to Management for Heartland Security

picture of Rod ElbertJune 1, 2008 – Heartland Security announces the promotion of Rod Elbert, a Fairmont resident, to Field Operations Manager. Heartland Security serves northwestern Iowa and southern and western Minnesota. Heartland Security installs GE Security Pro alarm and security systems and currently protects almost 4,000 customers with many different concerns. Rod has been with the company for 9 years and started as an alarm technician.

“We are very fortunate to have Rod manage our installation and service responsibilities. Rod has been involved with the growth of Heartland Security and understands what it takes to provide great customer service, which is the pillar of our business,” said Guy Adams, Heartland Security General Manager.

Marthaler Retiring From Heartland Security After 17 Years