Ever wonder how South Bay Communications & Security came to be? Read our story below!
It was the year 2000. Brothers Chris and Wally, and Wally's wife, Kim, sat huddled around computers in a garage with a singular focus—to build an exceptional communications company that could stand the test of time.
Chris and Wally weren’t new to growing a business. It’s in their blood. As preteens, they worked with their dad and grandfather in the family business, learning how to work hard for something together. They truly enjoyed it, and it certainly paved the way for their future endeavors.
It’s no surprise the brothers found a way to team up again in adulthood. Wally found opportunity first. After graduating from ODU in 1993, Wally found an opening at what used to be called an “interconnect company” (what people refer to as communication companies today). Working as a field technician, Wally learned the ins and outs of structured cabling and how to create complex business connections. When Chris relocated to Chesapeake in 1997, the brothers realized they could and should start a venture of their own, and in three years' time, they launched South Bay Communications, Inc.
South Bay Communications, Inc. grew from humble beginnings—just three related employees, Chris, Wally, and Kim, working out of Wally’s garage—that set the foundation for the company to flourish. They added the security division in 2007, and in 2008 the company was rebranded as South Bay Communications & Security.
From the start, the brothers put their employees, relationships, and service as the highest values for the South Bay business. Considering who they came from and who taught them how to run a business, that should come as no surprise. In the family business, the brothers' father heavily valued personal connections, while their grandfather prioritized time and efficiency. As they built their own company, Chris and Wally found a way to combine the values of their father and grandfather by offering extremely customer-centric service with exceptional skill and efficiency.
“When we give a bid it’s by design, we're not just giving the lowest bid. We fully believe our job is to take care of the customer and build that relationship, and that will lead to long-standing connections.”
South Bay Communications & Security is dedicated to strengthening its relationships with the communities they serve. There has always been a desire to help other people, no matter who they are. As the company has grown, the impact on the area has as well. From volunteering to serving the local chambers, schools, and organizations, they are active members of the community—just follow them on LinkedIn and Facebook to see!
“Once you’re a client of ours, we’re going to support you in whatever ways we can in the community.”
Over South Bay’s 20+ year history, the foundation of the company has always been to create long-term, loyal customers and dedicated employees. From grassroot beginnings, South Bay Communications has grown to employ 50 people, assisted thousands of businesses with their communication and security needs, and become a highly trusted and dependable name in the industry.
“Our professional goal is to connect and protect your business with today’s technology, while our mission is to remain dedicated to our partnerships for lifetime relationships. We look forward to continuing to do both for as long as we possibly can.”
— Chris & Wally Bruce