Mr. Edmonds is the founder and President of The Edmonds Group, a specialized investment bank focused on recurring revenue industries with a particular emphasis on the security alarm industry. Formed in 2004, The Edmonds Group has since closed transactions representing $3 billion in aggregate value, including both capital raises and M&A transactions.
Mr. Edmonds has more than 25 years of capital markets and executive leadership experience. In addition to The Edmonds Group, he has founded or co-founded and run five different businesses related to the security alarm industry and served on the board of directors of a number of private companies.
Prior to his current activities, Edmonds was the co-founder and CEO of SLP Capital. Under Edmonds’ leadership, SLP Capital, founded in 1990, grew to become the largest specialty finance company serving the North American security alarm industry, having completed over $400 million in financings. SLP is a member of the Inc. Magazine Hall of Fame as one of only a handful of companies to make the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States five times. Additionally, SLP’s Embrasure division grew to become the leading provider of web-enabled revenue management and billing software developed specifically for the security alarm industry. SLP was the largest specialized lender to the alarm industry at the time of its sale in 2004 to CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE).
Before founding SLP, Mr. Edmonds was a Vice President in the investment banking division of PaineWebber Incorporated (now owned by UBS) in New York where he completed over $2 billion in transactions for the airline industry.
Edmonds’ other business activities have included co-founding and serving as Chairman of APB Services, LLC, a business process outsourcing business focused on alarm permitting and false alarm management; serving as Chairman of the Board of Waste Remedies, LLC, an asset-light waste management firm; and serving as a board member of Reach Systems, LLC, a web-hosted managed access control provider.
Edmonds has been and currently is involved in a number of professional and charitable organizations. He is an active member of the World Presidents Organization/Young Presidents Organization (WPO/YPO); current chairman of the St. Louis chapter of WPO; a Commissioner (appointed by the Mayor of St. Louis) on the Central West End Special Business District; former Chairman of the finance committee and member of the Board of Trustees of New City School; a former member of the Central West End Association Executive Committee and former Chairman of its Security Committee; and former President of the Endowment Board of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He is also a former member of the CEO Project, a roundtable of selected Inc. 500 CEOs, and a former member of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Development Board.
Mr. Edmonds holds a BS in Civil Engineering, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.