SafeT Systems was founded in 1999 by long-time Knoxville residents Heather Surlas and her father Ray Evans. SafeT Systems got its start by providing security systems to area homes and businesses. Once we established a firm footing, we expanded our services to include a wide variety of electronic products and systems, such as, fire alarms, surveillance cameras, access control, electronic locks, custom home theaters, and audio-video systems. Today SafeT Systems is one of East Tennessee’s largest and fastest growing full-service electronic systems firms.
The success of SafeT Systems is due in large part to our excellent customer service and ceaseless effort to be the best. Our staff is friendly, well-trained, and knowledgeable. Since SafeT Systems is a locally owned and operated business it allows customers who call, for sales or service, the opportunity to speak with a real person. We retain an in-house staff with multidisciplinary experience, training and design capabilities, as well as a stable and experienced management team with sound financial backing. You have peace of mind knowing that SafeT will be there in the future to service and support your systems.
SafeT Systems offers responsible performance with a proven job history record. Our experience, coupled with a commitment to provide superior service and quality, provides an unrivaled capability to provide you the best service and products from the design stages through the installation and maintenance.
Heather and Ray wish to thank all of the great folks in East Tennessee for helping make SafeT Systems a great success. To all our potential new customers, give us a call and let us add you to our list of satisfied customers!
Heather Surlas – President
Heather attended Farragut High School and graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Heather and her father Ray Evans created SafeT Systems and began their business venture in 1999. Heather oversees the in-office functions and financial side of the company.
David Pope – Residential A/V Project Manager
David grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia, graduating from Highland Springs High School where he studied radio communications in Vocational-Technical School. David has worked in the low voltage field since 1992. He moved to Tennessee in 1998. His experiences include audio-video distribution, home theater systems, whole-house audio, video security and all facets of low-voltage technology. As project manager, David schedules the A/V technicians and coordinates with the A/V salesman on all jobs. He has been married to his wife, Alice, for 3 years. He has three children, two step-children, and one grandson.
J.J. Surlas – Vice President
J.J. Surlas grew up in Mt. Pleasant, PA. J.J. came to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on a football scholarship in 1988. J.J. was listed one of four team captains his senior season at UT in 1992. After college, J.J. went into Sales Management for several large furniture companies in Knoxville. He also went to work for MaxAlert, a burglar alarm and fire alarm company, as a salesman. MaxAlert was struggling in 2001; therefore, J.J. came to work for SafeT Systems in June 2001. Since he was so loyal to his employer MaxAlert, he set up a meeting to introduce his boss to the owner of SafeT Systems. One month after that meeting, SafeT Systems bought MaxAlert and hired the owner and all of its employees. J.J. sells burglar alarm systems, monitoring, radio back-up systems, cameras and more. He oversees all sales, service and installations.
Licenses / Memberships
SafeT Systems is a dually licensed contractor in the State of Tennessee:
- Tennessee Board For Licensing Contractors
- Contractor’s License #00049242
- Tennessee Alarm Systems Contractors Board
- Alarm Contracting Company License C-0816
SafeT’s Business, Sales & Use Tax Information:
- Tennessee Department of Revenue
- Sales & Use Tax #103007130
- Knox County Business Tax License #80095
- National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA)
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- Tennessee Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA)
- Knoxville Builder’s Exchange
- Homebuilders Association of Greater Knoxville
- Knoxville Chamber Partnership
- Better Business Buereau (BBB)
- Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA)