Smart Start, Inc. Appoints New CEO & Vice Chairman

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Smart Start, Inc. appoints Matt Strausz as CEO and Jim Ballard as Vice Chairman.

Matt Strausz, CEO of Smart Start, Inc.

I look forward to working with Matt as he seeks to push Smart Start to higher levels of success and I am proud of the work everyone at Smart Start has done to help save lives by separating drinking from driving. ~Jim Ballard, Vice Chairman

Smart Start, Inc., a DFW-based alcohol monitoring products and services company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Strausz as Chief Executive Officer. Previous President and CEO Jim Ballard will remain with the company as Vice-Chairman.

Mr. Strausz was the Smart Start Franchisee for Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa for almost 13-years. He played an instrumental role in passing legislation in these territories and growing his business. In December of 2014, Smart Start repurchased Matt’s territories and asked him to join Smart Start at their corporate headquarters in Grapevine, Texas. His direct experience provided him with knowledge on the company and the industry making Matt a natural fit in his new role.

“I am excited about the opportunity to further Smart Start as the leader in Alcohol Monitoring Technology, building upon Mr. Ballard’s successes. I will continue to focus on the customer experience and provide state of the art technology to expand our brand into new markets.”

Mr. Ballard joined Smart Start in 1994 as COO and later become President and CEO. He was responsible for developing the company’s first three ignition interlock devices and also launched camera interlock technology which has become the new standard for ignition interlock programs in more than 20-states. Mr. Ballard expanded the company footprint into 45-states and 16-countries. “I look forward to working with Matt as he seeks to push Smart Start to higher levels of success and I am proud of the work everyone at Smart Start has done to help save lives by separating drinking from driving.”

About Smart Start, Inc.

Founded in 1993, Smart Start, Inc. has built a reputation as the leader in alcohol monitoring technology. Smart Start focuses services on ignition interlocks as well as developing portable alcohol monitoring devices and drug testing products.

The company has built the largest, most successful program in the United States holding a 30+ % share of the market. Commitment to new and state-of-the-art technology, Best-of-Class Service with more than 1,500 service locations, and a 24/7 bilingual Customer Care Center makes Smart Start the vendor of choice. Smart Start’s focus has not been limited to hardware; they also develop proprietary software systems in-house (SmarTrac® and SmartWeb®) which deliver flexible, accurate, and customizable reporting for monitoring authorities.

Since inception, Smart Start has prevented over 6.5-million engine starts where alcohol on the driver’s breath was above the allowable level. The company has recorded more than 500-million alcohol free vehicle starts. Visit our website http://www.SmartStartInc.com to find out more.

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