Sid Meridith

Sid Meridith is from Boone, Nebraska, where his parents owned a small general merchandise store. From a young age, he learned the importance of customer satisfaction in a small business. After starting his education in a one-room schoolhouse and finishing high school in St. Edward, Sid earned a Business degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Following graduation, Sid served as a Navy officer for seven years during the Vietnam War. His military experience honed his leadership skills. After his service, Sid settled in Omaha and founded Security Equipment Inc. (SEi) in October 1969.

As his business grew, Sid purchased his first office building in West Omaha in the late 1970s. By the mid-1980s, he opened a UL-listed 24/7 monitoring center, propelling SEi’s growth. Today, SEi has offices in Lincoln, Des Moines, Iowa City, and Kansas City, with over 220 employees and a fleet of service vehicles. The company serves over 18,000 customers across 44 states, including many of Omaha’s top companies, financial institutions, universities, schools, hospitals and churches.

Sid remains active in the business but has handed day-to-day operations to his son, Mike, who has been with SEi for over 30 years. The third generation of the Meridith family is also getting involved, ensuring SEi’s legacy continues.

Sid and his wife, Sara, are deeply involved in the Omaha community. They stay active with their family and work with organizations like the American Legion, Nebraska Community Foundation, Autism Action Partnership, and the Boys & Girls Clubs. They are also involved with Nebraska Wesleyan University and are lifetime members of Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever, reflecting Sid’s passion for wildlife conservation.

Sid Meridith’s life is a testament to his dedication to business, community service, and family. His legacy of integrity, resilience, and community involvement continues to inspire those who know him.

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