About Us

Mr. Smith, the founder, president, and CEO of Alert Notification, LLC, recognized a significant need in North America for an updated and advanced emergency response system, and founded Alert Notification. Alert Notification, guided by its accomplished Board of Advisors, exhibits high standards of performance and sensitivity that comply with the Gramm Leach Bliley Act, HIPAA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the Do Not Call Log.

American Red Cross

"Urges families to designate a common family contact who is outside their region in the event a disaster damages the local phone system. After a crisis, it may be easier to call long distance."

Department of Homeland Security

Be Prepared. "Develop a family communication plan in the event of an emergency."

Florida State University

"The Alert Notification program not only strengthens our safety and notification procedures, but is an important component of the overall Florida State University safety plan."
David L. Perry, Chief of Police


"As professionals who work with health information every day, here's what we know in our heart to be true: Personal health records save the lives of some and improve the lives of everyone."
Linda Kloss, AHIMA's chief executive officer.

Our Team

Robert Smith

Founder / Board of Advisors

Robert is the founder, President, and CEO of Alert Notification, LLC.

Robert has founded and managed eight corporations over the past 25 years. His companies have been considered top producers for some of the largest corporations in the world: GE Capital, Toyota, Citigroup, and Allianz. With 25 years of experience, Robert specializes in introducing superior sales processes to the marketing of products and services into wholesale and retail industries.

Robert is a member of multiple trade associations.

Robert has served on the board of directors for multiple companies as well as been a council member for a Fortune 50 company. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of an international non-profit foundation. His interests include his family, faith, charity and most outdoor competitive sports.

Robert has been married for 22 years and has three children.

William H. Hiller

Board of Advisors

Bringing more than 25 years of experience in developing and managing rapidly growing companies in the software, hardware and services industries, Mr. Hiller received his Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina – Columbia and completed his executive Business Program at Emory University and Harvard University.

Mr. Hiller has founded 4 technology based companies and served as Managing Director of Emerging Business for Arthur Andersen. He assisted in the creation of over 50 companies, including InterLand, and Exceletron. Prior to Andersen he held various senior management positions at Tanasys Technology, Wall Data, Cappella Systems, and Digital Communication Associates.

Additionally, Mr. Hiller has created numerous marketing and operations plans to launch new companies and products, raised venture capital funding, built sales organizations, and managed the acquisition and integration of numerous organizations.

Gary Oden, Ph.D.

Board of Advisors

Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Paul Vilardi Human Performance Laboratory at Sam Houston State University, Dr. Oden is assisting Alert Notification in pursuit of college and university partnerships. He has served as the Director of American College of Sports Medicine for the State of Texas.

Dr. Oden received his Ph.D. in Physical Education from Texas A&M University, his M.Ed. in Physical Education from the University of Mississippi, and his B.S. Physical Education and Health, University of North Alabama.

Dr. Oden's numerous professional affiliations include becoming a recent consultant for Texas Life Insurance Company and Huntsville Memorial Hospital, founder and co-director of Development of the National Institute of Preventative Medicine, and current Board of Directors of the American Heart Association.

Throughout his tenure over the past 18 years as college and university Professor in Georgia and Texas, Dr. Oden has developed relationships with many College and University personnel which have given him a clear understanding of the operational procedures employed by educational institutions.

Laurence Harper, Ph.D.

Board of Advisors

Dr. Harper is the President and CEO of Remote Surveillance Technologies, Inc. and is also Chairman and founder of Global Telematics, Inc., a GPS/AVL design and manufacturing company he founded in 2000.

Dr. Harper was the first in the United States to offer proprietary remote video monitoring, and GPS tracking with integrated alarms for cargo vehicles carrying high-dollar value loads. He worked closely with law enforcement consortiums, such as, CargoCats, CTIP, and BadCATS. Dr. Harper's company has been a leader in working to reduce the fastest growing crime in the United States, (cargo theft). His company was granted exclusive authority to report incidents to the California Highway Patrol's Communication Centers and the Orange County Sheriff's Control One Communication Center. He developed a state-of-the-art monitoring station in Irvine, California, which he staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Prior to 1992, Dr. Harper was President and founder of Park Pacific Group, Ltd., a hotel management company. Dr. Laurence H. Harper graduated summa cum laude from LaSalle University with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology. He received his M.B.A. from Madison University and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Loma Linda University.

Stephen Youts

Board of Advisors

Stephen M. Youts is the founder and Managing Partner of Avondale Partners, a closely-held partnership involved in building operating companies in a number of selected industry sectors. Mr. Youts has been active in Merchant Banking and Investment Banking, in starting companies, and in buying and building companies for over 30 years. During his career, he has held senior positions with Merrill Lynch, Salomon Brothers, Chemical Bank, and Avondale Partners.

Mr. Youts currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Alden Industries, Inc. and RHR Holdings, Inc. and is a Managing Member of SEI-Magnum Holdings, LLC. In the past, he has served on the Boards of various publicly-held and private companies including The Pullman Company, Fluid Containment, Inc., Containment Solutions, Inc., Texas Commerce Securities, Inc., and Denali, Inc. as well as other not-for-profit Boards. In these roles, Mr. Youts has served as Chairman of Compensation Committees and Chairman of Audit Committees and has also served on Executive Management Committees.

A Texas Christian University graduate, with the aid of an academic scholarship, Mr. Youts holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, and has completed the coursework for a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas. Early in his career, Mr. Youts worked as a consulting design engineer and has completed all the required examinations for the Registered Professional Structural Engineer certification in the State of Texas.

Mr. Youts is active in his support and fundraising efforts for various charitable organizations. He has one son, Stephen Michael, Jr., age 17, with whom he resides in Newport Beach, California and Houston, Texas.

Steven J. Healy

Board of Advisors

Steven J. Healy was the Director of Public Safety at Princeton University from 2003 through 2009. He is a Past President of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), and twelve year member of its Government Relations Committee. As President of IACLEA, Steven contributed significantly to the national dialogue about campus safety and security in the aftermath of the tragic rampage-shooting incident at Virginia Tech in April 2007.

He has appeared on numerous news programs and talk shows including CNN with Lou Dobbs, ABC Nightly News, CBS, the Fox Network, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. He testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the topic of “Security on America’s Campuses.” In May 2007, he was invited to testify before the House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor on the topic of “Best Practices for Keeping America’s Campuses Safe.”

Mr. Healy was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry” by Security Magazine. In December 2007, he completed his term as the chairperson of the National Center for Campus Public Safety Advisory Board. In February 2008, he was a featured presenter in a Plenary Session at the ACE Annual Meeting, addressing issues of “Campus Security, Response and Recovery in a New Era.”

Prior to Princeton, Mr. Healy was the Chief of Police at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, and served as Director of Operations for the Department of Public Safety at Syracuse University. Mr. Healy is a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and spent 10 years on active duty with the United States Air Force as a Security Police Officer. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and seminars on issues related to campus safety and security and serves as a subject-matter expert for the U.S. Departments of Education, Homeland Security, and Justice. He is IACLEA’s representative to the NACUBO “National Campus Safety and Security Project” and to EDUCAUSE’s “The IT Role in Campus Safety” project.

In addition to numerous webinars and presentations for national, state and local professional associations, Mr. Healy has been a featured speaker and panelist on campus safety and security for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Mr. Healy is a managing partner in the professional services firm, Margolis, Healy & Associates providing safety and security consulting services for universities, colleges and school districts nationwide.

Bill Pollard

Board of Advisors

Bill Pollard is a highly qualified executive manager experienced in financial management, change initiatives, and productivity enhancement. He is results-oriented and is an effective leader with proven ability to identify and resolve problems and maximize productivity. He has broad experience in strategic and financial planning, bank negotiations and relations, profitability improvement, cost control programs, team leadership and collaboration, and profit and cash flow management.

Since 1971, Bill has been active in senior management positions with companies in the industrial supply, credit, manufacturing, information technology, remediation and financial services industries. He has had numerous successes in acquiring and managing businesses through significant growth cycles, as well as turnarounds.

Bill formed The Pollard Group in 1990, a business consulting firm that has worked with numerous businesses through start-up, reorganization, recapitalization, turnaround, family change, growth and exit. In the history of the firm, it has facilitated the sale and purchase of small businesses in various markets including distribution, wholesale, retail, manufacturing, advertising, and real estate industries.

In 1996, Bill was an organizer, and for several years served as a Board member, of a start-up community bank. He participated in the initial capital raise, served on the directors’ loan and finance committees, and helped negotiate and facilitate purchase of another community bank of larger asset size.

Bill serves as the Special Projects Consultant and Chief Operating Officer of Southeast Development Corporation. This firm manages a portfolio of commercial and industrial real estate properties and undeveloped real estate. He is active in finance and administrative functions and consults on troubled loan portfolio companies and other special projects. In addition, he is the Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Fund for Growth, a $17 million New Market Tax Credit fund. Bill serves a full scope of responsibilities for organizing and managing portfolio investments, raising capital, developing deal flow, research, analysis, due diligence, monitoring and exit strategy.

Bill became a partner in Deep Springs Capital Partners, LLC, in 2006. Deep Springs is a merchant-banking firm with offices in Washington, DC and, Denver, CO, as well as in Chattanooga, TN. Deep Springs specializes in providing corporate finance, interim executive management, and capital formation services to emerging growth companies.

Philip W. McCrury

General Counsel

Mr. McCrury is a partner in the law firm of Kelly Hart & Hallman, L.L.P. in their Fort Worth, Texas offices.

He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Texas in 1966 and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1968. In 1978 he received a Master of Laws in Tax from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Mr. McCrury is a member of the Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma bars, and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation.

Mr. McCrury's practice involves a wide variety of tax, trust, estate and business transactions. He has been selected a "Texas Super Lawyer," a "Texas Power Lawyer" and identified as one the outstanding lawyers in Tarrant County in all of the polls of the Tarrant County Bar published by both the Business Press and Fort Worth Magazine since 1999.