Former Founder of Engineered Environments and CEO of VIA International will ignite next wave of growth and accelerate migration to the cloud for market dominant systems integration software provider.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015—
D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced the appointment of industry veteran Randy Stearns as CEO. Mr. Stearns will focus on driving the company’s corporate strategy to fuel future growth and deliver the next generation of D-Tools’ award-winning system integration software and data solutions.
Mr. Stearns brings over 20 years of executive leadership to his role at D-Tools. Mr. Stearns was the Founder and President of Engineered Environments, one of the nation’s largest and best reputed custom residential systems integration firms. He subsequently led an industry consolidation that merged Engineered Environments with six other industry leaders to form VIA International, Inc.
Through 2014, Mr. Stearns acted as CEO of VIA which operates in 8 western states with 350 employees and $70M+ in revenues. Mr. Stearns has been an active volunteer for CEDIA, the custom electronics industry trade association, and served on the CEDIA Board of Directors for eight years including a term as Chairman. Randy has his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
“We are pleased to welcome Randy to our executive team in this critical leadership role. This key executive appointment represents D-Tools’ commitment to driving the future of its business and completing its transition to a true SaaS and enterprise software company,” said Adam Stone, Founder of D-Tools. ”Randy is the perfect addition to our executive team. His experience, energy, vision, and commitment to being the best will guide us to the next phase of our company growth and create opportunities for us to provide new and innovative solutions to the market built on the D-Tools platform.”
Mr. Stearns has a long history with D-Tools, dating back to the company’s formation. “As its second paying customer way back in 1998, D-Tools played a vital role in the growth and success of Engineered Environments. Transitioning from software user to software provider affords me the opportunity to help other system integrators benefit from this best-in-class software solution. My experience as a systems integrator brings a critical perspective to D-Tools in its continuing quest to enhance the feature set and increase the value of its software platform,” said Randy Stearns, CEO for D-Tools. “I am encouraged by the current condition and future potential of D-Tools. My assessment of the business found D-Tools to be an incredibly well-run company – financially strong, with a universally accepted product, dominant market position and well-established leadership and development team. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to lead D-Tools through its next phase of growth and product evolution.”
The D-Tools System Integrator software platform continues to win industry awards. The most recent accolades include Security Sales & Integration (SSI) MVP, Sound & Video Contractor’s InfoComm Best of Show, and Commercial Integrator BEST awards. A number of significant features were added to the most recent release, including Mobile Install (MI), which exploits D-Tools Cloud infrastructure to give users the power to publish Installation Tasks and Service Orders to a portal that can be accessed by technicians in the field from any smartphone or tablet, as well as to send and receive device-level notifications.
Furthermore, D-Tools has enhanced its integration with QuickBooks to allow integrators to efficiently view QuickBooks inventory and order status, sync vendors, and more. Highly effective AutoCAD (now includes support for AutoCAD 2015) and Visio-based drawings, complete with industry standard shapes and blocks, provide visual clarity and more concise communications between team members and with outside consultants for more effective project management.
About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.
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