Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association
Massachusetts & Rhode Island
December 28, 1887 - December 28, 2018
We will be celebrating 131 years
of operation to our Cities & Towns
A Bit about our May Guest Speaker
Wells Sampson is president of American Alarm and Communications, which is headquartered in Arlington, Massachusetts and operates six locations in New England. The company installs, maintains and monitors security and life-safety systems for more than 25,000 customers in 26 states. American Alarm owns and operates a dedicated 24-hour U.L. certified security command center which exclusively monitors its customers’ security and life-safety systems.
American Alarm now employs 260 people and is ranked as the 28th largest security systems installing dealer in the United States (out of some 15,000 companies), according to SDM magazine, a leading trade journal for the industry. American Alarm security systems protect all classes of property, from single-family homes to multi-site banks and retail operations, to major public buildings, museums and historic venues.
Wells and his brother Lou (company CFO/COO) are the second generation of the Sampson family to operate the company, which was founded in 1971 by their father Richard and two partners, all three of whom were MIT trained engineers.
In addition to his work at American Alarm, Wells is President of the Massachusetts Systems Contractors Association (MSCA), which represents over 150 companies in the electronic security and low-voltage systems industry in the Commonwealth. Having served for over ten years on the MSCA board, Wells co-founded the association’s advanced apprenticeship training program to train a merit-based workforce for the industry. Wells is also a member of the association’s Legislative Committee and helps plan and implement the association’s advocacy agenda on Beacon Hill.
Prior to working at American Alarm, Wells managed a $30 million manufacturing operation at Invensys' process controls division in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Previously he was part of the strategic planning team at Emerson Electric's Brooks Instrument division, and prior to that that he built a multi-million dollar sales territory at Rockwell's Allen-Bradley automation division.
Wells holds MBA and MEM degrees from the Kellogg and McCormick Schools at Northwestern University, and a BS/BA in Engineering and Business from Brown University. Wells lives here in Mass with his wife Sarah and their three daughters.