Meet Head Honcho of Hollon Safe Company Zack Gilmore
Let me welcome you to Hollon Safe – a different kind of safe company. We make higher quality safes (they exceed industry standards for design, strength and durability) than others on the market … yet our prices are 20% to 50% less than our competitors’. Giving you some of the best safes in the industry at the best pricing.
It should be no surprise, then, why we have been one of the fastest-growing safe manufacturers in the nation.
I started Hollon Safe in 2007, but the idea came to me several years earlier. I realized there was a need for a company like ours when I was still a locksmith.
I was tired of some companies that were selling pricey safes that were little more than useless hunks of metal or even plastic… and others that sold quality safes – but at prices I considered unreasonably high.
The notion occurred to me that someone had to do something about the situation – and that someone was me! I had purchased my first locksmith shop and dedicated myself to the trade. As a result, I was able to increase sales by 300% in only four years. I then sold the business at a hefty enough profit to start Hollon Safe.
If there’s one thing my dad taught me, it’s to do your best … be your best … and offer your best. In fact, “Only the best” was his favorite saying – and the way he did business. And it’s the same philosophy upon which I’ve built Hollon Safe Co. (By the way, Dad was born in the back of a flower shop, and grew up to become one of the top florists in the world during 1970s and early ’80s. That’s pretty impressive, and I learned a lot about business from him … especially how to treat customers.)
We are a family-owned business … and we treat our customers like extended family. We also have a heart for others … which is why we donate 10% of our profits to charity.
So, again … welcome. Feel free to make yourself at home and take a look around. I know you’ll be happy with what Hollon Safe has to offer – quality you can measure at a price that won’t break your bank.
The Legend of Hollon Safe
The true tale of how our company was really born
Hollon Safe Co. wasn’t founded as much as it was forged … through generations of folks that endured hardship, and donated their tears and sweat to leave a legacy of character and integrity that I could build a business on.
The name Hollon itself is of English origin, and it comes from a word similar to our hollow … that is, a low-lying piece of land (like a small valley) that’s fortified by higher ground. But that doesn’t really tell you anything.
It was the mutual agreement of my beautiful wife, Jessica (a lot of guys think their wife is beautiful; mine really is), and myself to name our newfound company with my mother’s maiden name.
Now I know what you’re thinking: Who in his right mind would name a safe company after his mother? Fair question. But consider that the suggestion had the agreement of her daughter-in-law … so that should tell you there’s something special behind the name. And there is.
So … grab a glass of Southern sweet tea, kick back and put your feet up for a spell … because the real Hollon story may be a shore ride – but it’s fun.
Our story begins in 1835, when the legendary Davy Crockett – then a senator – got his coonskin cap in a twist over the actions of Congress. In response to what he perceived to be yet another Congressional infringement of the people’s Constitutional rights (and, boy, could we use a Davy Crockett today), he famously took the floor and told his fellow legislators:
“Ya’ll can go to Hell. I’m going to Texas.”
My great-great grandfather, who apparently shared a similar view of the direction of our nation, considered Texas the better alternative. (Remember, this was many decades before Hermes Nye recorded “The Devil Made Texas,” which definitely would have put things in a different perspective.)
Catching a glimpse of Mr. Crockett’s vision, my great-great granddaddy – in an act of unbridled optimism – named his infant daughter “Ellen Texas” (I kid you not), packed up his covered wagon (complete with an early version of the bumper sticker: a sign that said “Texas or bust”), and ventured from the hills of Tennessee to stake his claim on what was a cross between the Promised Land and the cussedest place on God’s Earth.
With his daughter in one arm and a shotgun in the other, he braved the sagebrush and the cactus, as well as the potential threat of rattlesnakes, scorpions and banditos, to settle in the territory (it wouldn’t enter the Union to become a state until 1845) of Texas.
Texas grew up in Texas (yes, I know how silly that sounds) and eventually married a man named Davenport. They had four children … one of their daughters being my grandmother, Floradell. Unfortunately for Texas (both the person and the state), an influenza pandemic swept the world in the early 1900s. Texas’s husband succumbed to the disease in 1918, leaving her a single mom in an age when there were few resources for such folks.
To make ends meet, she opened her home to borders needing a room and a hot meal, and also worked in town at a dry goods store. Tough, determined, and resourceful, Texas was able to scrape together enough money to send all four of her children to college in the 1920s – an amazing feat even today.
Growing up in Bishop, Texas – just outside of Corpus Christi – was a young man named Clyde Hollon. The Hollons were farmers during the 1920, and they were growing cabbage just as the Great Depression arrived. Now, it just so happens that 1929 was one of the best years on record for growing cabbage in South Texas. Unfortunately for the Hollons, this was not good news.
With their potential customers suddenly thrust into poverty, the Hollons couldn’t sell their crop. There was little left to do but to … eat it. All of it. (It’s no surprise that cabbage was never grown, cooked, purchased or served in the Hollon household ever again. Ever.)
One day Clyde met Floradell. That was a family game-changer. They got married in Harlingen, Texas, and then settled in Mercedes, Texas. There, my grandfather opened up a Ford dealership and became quite the car salesman.
So there you have it … hardship, determination, resourcefulness, persistence, strength. Which are the qualities I’ve tried to instill into Hollon Safe.
But there’s just one more thing. I believe credit for my interest in the home security industry should go to my grandfather on my dad’s side, A.C. Gilmore Sr.
A.C. was a small business owner who, with the help of other local businessmen in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, tried to start a couple of banks. All of them failed. (Another reason why I chose the safe industry over banking.) He lost a lot of money during the Great Depression in banks. Because of that experience, A.C. never trusted the banking system after that. He always kept all his money at home and in cash … basically – believe it or not – in a shoebox under a floor board that ran under the house.
As a youngster, this made quite an impression on me. It had never occurred to me before then that banks aren’t always as secure as they appear, and there are alternative ways to protect your money. Even at that age, though, I knew a shoebox wasn’t it. Give me that much credit.
Anyways, it certainly fostered an interest in home security … and that, along with the trials and triumphs of my ancestors that resulted in the Hollon name, allowed me to start Hollon Safe Co. – and make it what it is today.
So there … aren’t you glad you asked?
Our Company- and why our success means your success!
We are a quality safe company started by locksmiths for locksmiths … so that we can better sell directly to locksmiths.
Founded in 2008 – with owners who have more than a decade of experience in the safe and lock industry – Hollon has been America’s fastest growing manufacturer of superior safes.
We are a family business – not a big corporation. The benefits of this to you are several:
We know quality. We’re not a bunch of “suits” with no hands-on experience in the industry. We’ve gotten calluses on our hands and grease under our fingernails … so we know what makes for a quality safe – and what doesn’t. Hollon safes are top-of-the-line when it comes to strength and durability in construction. We conduct extensive product testing and rigid inspections before the Hollon name goes on any of our safes.
You don’t pay for a “name.” The quality of a Hollon safe is at least comparable to that of the product from larger companies – and some of our safes are much better. We have thicker steel, bigger bolts … the only thing we don’t have is a well-known name – and that’s only because some of our competitors have been around for so long. The problem is: As with many different types of products, you often pay more for a safe simply because of the company name that’s on it. Not with Hollon. We’re extremely proud of our name – but we don’t charge you extra for it.
We sell quality for less. Less overhead, less payroll, coupled with our system of shipping direct to locksmiths rather than distributors means a cost savings we pass on to you.
We offer FREE shipping. Order 6 or more safes and we’ll ship them FREE to anywhere in the United States. (For details, see our Shipping page.)
Customer service that’s truly personal. Yes, some companies have hundreds of employees. But guess what? We answer the phone – personally. When you call a safe company for sales or support, you want to speak to a human being, not a machine. That’s what you get with Hollon. You won’t have to “press 1 to reach technical support” … or waste your time listening to a list of choices because “our menu options have changed.” You talk to people. Period.
We’ll help you sell more safes. Let’s face it … we make money if you make money. To do that, you need to sell safes. And when you become a dealer, we can help you … with our Retail Training Support Program. The dealers who learn our system and put those steps in motion almost invariably see their safe sales increase – sometimes by as much as 500%!
Make our success your success. To become a Hollon dealer, simply fill out our Dealer Sign Up form here.
For more information about our company, our safes, or how we can help you, visit our FAQ page … or call us at (888) 455-2337
Hollon Safe has several core values in which we believe:
1. Strength in Design: Each Hollon safe is designed to the top of our industries standards and then a little higher to ours. We maintain one of the highest standards of design and durability in the industry. From our experience we have learned to design a safe for durability. This attention to quality combined with our extensive product testing insures the durability of Hollon products.
2. Strength in Quality: Before the Hollon Safe name is attached to each safe, the safe must undergo a rigid list of inspections. We take protecting our customers’ assets very seriously. We are not the biggest in the industry but we are striving to be the best. You have our name on it.
3. Strength in Community: We give back to the communities that support us. Our goal is to develop long term relationships with our locksmiths and customers and we fully understand that reciprocation is crucial to any good relationship. Hollon Safes believes in law of tithe and strives to give back 10% of profits to charitable and civic causes around the country. If your organization would like to be apart of us we want to know about it. Please send us a letter and together we can make a stronger and safer America.
A Message from the President