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Though the focus and business operations of our organizations is different, the fashion in which we relate to the communities we serve is nearly identical. Each places a priority on providing a personal, exceptional experience for its customers… Read Full Quote
Olmsted Medical Center
Like old friends, Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) and Custom Alarm have known each other for years. The two organizations have similar origins: OMC began in 1949 as the solo family-medicine practice of Hal Wente, MD, in downtown Rochester’s former Lawler building. Custom Alarm was started in 1968 as a residential and business security company in the basement of its founder and retired CEO, Leigh J. Johnson. Over the years each has supported the other’s efforts to grow in service to southeast Minnesota’s residents.
OMC Regional Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Olmsted Medical Center, has been particularly lucky to have had Leigh as a past board member, a former board president, and the event chair for the Foundation’s annual FORE! golf tournament. Custom Alarm also is one of the loyal sponsors that has supported the FORE! event every year since it began in 2004, and has been instrumental in helping the event evolve into southeast Minnesota’s premier charitable golf tournament.
OMC also benefits from current Custom Alarm CEO Melissa Brinkman’s service on its board of trustees. Melissa, who is Leigh’s eldest daughter and who has worked at Custom Alarm in various capacities since 1998, assumed leadership of the company when her father retired in 2014.
Though the focus and business operations of these organizations is different, the fashion in which they relate to the communities they serve is nearly identical. Each places a priority on providing a personal, exceptional experience for its customers. Each is proud to call southeast Minnesota home. And each is grateful for their continued partnership, the benefits of which are far, far greater than anything either organization could do alone.