Published by Capital Gains Lansing and written by Ann Krammerer, News Editor. Sourced from Joel Childs – Sales Engineer at Smart Homes Smart Offices. Smart Systems:
Smart is as smart does when it comes to a growing technology provider in Okemos, Michigan.
Founded in 2001 by company President John Gilluly, Smart Homes Smart Offices has grown from a staff numbering in the single digits to one that employs 22. Three of those employees were added in the last year, joining engineers, project managers, IT specialists, sales personnel, installers, administration, and leadership.
“Our sales are increasing and we’re looking to add up to 10 more staff within the next few years,” says Joel Childs, sales engineer. “We’ll also be looking for a new space since we’re outgrowing our current one.” Smart Homes Smart Offices specializes in a variety of home automation systems. The company also offers a multitude of software and hardware solutions and network installations for an equally broad range of businesses from home offices to larger corporate companies.
Childs says the company’s goal is to be the go-to people in Mid-Michigan for IT needs. The company team completely engineers all products including lighting, audio, and video controls, HVAC and security system controls, video conferencing capabilities, or the home theater experience.
“There are other IT companies around the state, but we’re one of the few that offers every service,” says Childs. “Be it commercial or residential, we do it all. Others just specialize in a few things.”
Most of the company’s commercial clients fall within the scope of bigger companies like insurance, automotive, medical or dental practices, distribution centers or warehouses. On the residential side, staff assists with installing smart systems related to thermostats, appliances, security, and surveillance in new homes, or in upgrading existing homes with cutting edge systems.
“Everyone is getting on board now with smart systems,” says Childs. “Four years ago, people weren’t sure. Now it’s more of the norm.”
Childs cites a 1 million growth in sales since 2013 as an indication of the increasing popularity of smart systems for residential and commercial use. The company currently occupies a 2,200-square foot office near the heart of Old Okemos on the Red Cedar River.