Company History

The Story of NCA Alarms


NCA Leadership Team & Company History

National Certified Alarms, Inc. was founded in Nashville, TN in 1997 by James A. Stein, because he believed that consumers were paying too much for their alarm monitoring services. NCA currently offers alarm monitoring services at the very popular and competitive rate of $9.95 a month. NCA installed their first customer in April of 1998. Since then they have added thousands of customers.

Shooter Stein, CEO / President, National Certified Alarms, Inc

Shooter Stein

CEO/President, National Certified Alarms, Inc

A graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and The College of Charleston, Shooter Stein was a co-founder of NCA. He has received experience with a national marketing company, a publishing company, and in direct marketing for the trucking industry. He currently serves as President and is a member of the Board of Directors of National Certified Alarms, Inc. He is a valued operational consultant to NCA and has been associated with the development and growth of NCA from its inception. Stein is certified as a “Qualifying Agent” by the Tennessee Alarm Contractors Board. He resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and 2 daughters.

Joseph Michael McCullen (Joey) Vice President of Operations NCA Alarms Nashville TN

Joseph Michael McCullen (Joey)

Vice President of Operations

Born in Louisiana, Joey moved to Nashville with his Family in 1987. After graduating from Mt. Juliet High School, he entered into the service industry with Entergy Integrated Solutions. During his six years with Entergy, Joey became a lead technician focusing primarily in electric power production. Joey started his career in the Security Industry in 1995 and in 1999 he joined the NCA family. He has been certified by the Alarm Contractors Board of Tennessee and has completed all of the required levels of training and certification. Joey plays a very important role of the day to day operations and works hand in hand with our Service, Sales and Installation Departments.

James A. Stein, also known as Jimmy: 1937-2012 Founder of National Certified Alarms called NCA Alarms located in Nashville TN

James A. “Jimmy” Stein: 1937-2012


When Jimmy Stein founded NCA in 1997, he believed in the Southwest Airlines philosophy of business, “Provide a quality service at an affordable price.”

He was convinced this business concept could be utilized in the security alarm monitoring services business. Jimmy felt NCA could provide quality alarm monitoring services to consumers at a rate well below the industry average of $30.00 a month at the time of NCA’s inception. The NCA team is proud of the continuing success of our $9.95 per month monitoring program – as well as our reputation for excellence in the installation of new alarm systems for businesses and residences.



A History of Vision and Excellence!


NCA currently offers burglar alarm monitoring services at the very popular and competitive rate of $9.95 a month. NCA installed their first customer in April of 1998. Since then they have added thousands of customers.

Jimmy Stein in 1974 sitting looking at a folder portfolio at an office desk - NCA Alarms Nashville TN

1974 Early History

In 1974, Jimmy Stein bought a small alarm company with 40 accounts in Nashville and named it Allied Security Systems.

1974 First Allied Security Systems Van

One of the first official Allied Security service vans. The building behind was the first location of Allied Security Systems located in Belle Meade, TN.

First Allied Security Systems van in 1974 located in Belle Meade - NCA Alarms Nashville TN
New Allied Security Systems building in 1976, brick faced building with porch and covering - NCA Alarms Nashville TN

1976 New Office Building

After a rapid account growth and the need for its own Central Station, Allied Security built and moved into the 4th Avenue location in downtown Nashville, TN.

1997 NCA is launched

NCA was launched in December 1997 with the concept of offering great security at the best price. NCA started its campaign to offer $9.95 Alarm Monitoring to the Middle Tennessee area and still to this day, has never raised its rates. (Pictured from left to right: Jack Cothren, Jimmy Stein, Shooter Stein)

Jack Cothren, Jimmy Stein and Shooter Stein in front of sign with the company logo in December 1997 - NCA Alarms Nashville TN
White NCA Alarms work van with brand name and monitoring price on the side - NCA Alarms Nashville TN

1998 Van & Office Location

One of NCA’s first service vans. The building behind was the home of NCA’s first office located at Cummins Station in Nashville, TN.

1999 NCA moves offices

Soon after the Doors opened at NCA, we were in the need of more space for our operations to grow. NCA bought the building located at 3304 Charlotte Avenue in Downtown Nashville. Our central location assists us in offering our services to all of the Middle Tennessee community.

Front of the NCA two story building from 1999 - NCA Alarms Nashville TN
NCA Alarm sign displayed amongst the greenery by a sidewalk with the name, logo and website address - NCA Alarms Nashville TN  

2003 Thousands now subscribing to NCA services

NCA yard signs pop up all over the Middle Tennessee area helping thousands of customers save money.

2010 New NCA Fleet

In 2010, NCA updated their entire service fleet with smaller, more environmentally efficient vehicles.

New white NCA environmentally friendly van with advertising on the side - NCA Alarms Nashville TN
NCA staff posing together for a group photo between two service vans - NCA Alarms Nashville TN

2011 NCA Family keeps growing…

NCA continues to grow consistently throughout the Nashville area. With our new fleet of vehicles, additional employees being hired on each year and continued account growth, NCA continues to establish their position as one of the best local alarm companies in the country.

2017 and growing…

NCA is now surpassing 22,000 subscribers and growing daily. With new services and technology are being added constantly, NCA is here to stay!

Six white NCA services vans parked, displaying company information on the sides - NCA Alarms Nashville TN