Company History

Suburban History

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Suburban’s history begins in 1960, when the company was founded by Jim Smith. Jim was able to lift the company off the ground and achieve success by following core principles that he firmly believed in, which include: acting with integrity, working hard, treating your co-workers as family, and being selfless by putting the needs of others before our own. In 1989, he passed along the same principles that the company was founded on, along with his years of industry knowledge to his son Guy J. Smith, who was then named President and CEO of Suburban. Under Guy’s leadership, Suburban was able to continue the company’s proven track record of growth and success by empowering our team members and becoming employee-owned in 1999, as well as the strategic acquisition of Sentry Security in 2004. In 2012, Perry R. Schisel was named President of Suburban, and was later named President and CEO in 2018. Perry began his career as an electrical apprentice and during his tenure with the company, advanced his career into positions of increasing responsibility and strategic influence. Perry has helped immensely in shaping the future success of Suburban by expanding the company’s Core Values and rebranding as Suburban Enterprises to grow the company’s Automation and Technology divisions. Suburban continues to thrive and prosper by following the same principles that were instilled in the company from day one, while also being open and receptive to ever-changing customer demands.

Timeline

1960
Suburban was founded by Jim Smith.
1960
1989
Guy J. Smith, PE named President and CEO
1989
1999
Suburban becomes employee-owned
1999
2004
Suburban acquired Sentry Security
2004
2012/2018
Perry R. Schisel named President in 2012 and President and CEO in 2018
2012/2018
2020
Suburban Electric changes name to Suburban Enterprises and forms three separate business divisions: Automation, Electric and Technology
2020
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