Enriching Lives.
Enhancing Business.

About Us

We exist to enrich your life.

Jerry Tester, Ph.D, an electronic systems engineer, launched our company under the name “Security Alert” in 1988. Since then we’ve has grown and evolved into Smart Homes and Business, an industry leader in the design, project management, installation, and service of fully integrated home and business automation systems for commercial, industrial, professional, and residential clients throughout central and eastern North Carolina.

We're more than a mission statement.

“Enriching lives and enhancing businesses” is not just a slogan. It’s the mission we’ve pursued since 1988 because we know that In-home automation systems transforms your house from a place where you live to a smart home that works for you: enriching your life. We know that a fully integrated business automation system streamlines multiple day-to-day tasks, which can be tedious but necessary, and reduces operation costs: Enhancing your business.

We will stop at nothing.

By pursuing our mission with honesty and integrity and the tireless support of a team of experts on staff we’ve enjoyed long-term success and we continue to formed new, long-lasting relationships with homeowners and businesses across central and eastern North Carolina, such as with the American Institute of Architects North Carolina chapter, where we were asked to install a fully integrated business automation system in the organization’s new, modern, and thoroughly sustainable headquarters building in Raleigh, the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design.

Meet the key members of our team.

Jerry V. Tester

Jerry V. Tester, Ph.D, Founder and President

Jerry V. Tester

Jerry is originally from Boone, NC and a graduate of Appalachian State University and Texas A&M University. He spent most of his professional life in academics, in the field of electronic systems engineering.

In 1988, he founded our company under the name "Security Alert", which grew and evolved into Smart Homes & Business, an industry leader in the design and installation of in-home automation systems and state-of-the-art business automation systems.

Erin Huddleston

Erin Huddleston, Vice President

Erin Huddleston

Erin is originally from Jacksonville, NC, and a graduate of East Carolina University, where she received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She came to us with six years of retail experience and three years of retail management.