- About Us
THE GORILLA'S HAVE GONE WILD!
Hey now, let's stop all the monkeying around and get serious for a minute. Gorilla 911 would like to take a moment and welcome you to their online home. You have found a trusted online marketplace for those individuals whose careers make a difference in the lives of their communities. We stand with and appreciate all those who unselfishly risk it day in and day out for the progression and safety of others.
So, if you're like everyone else, then you may be wondering "Who is this wild bunch and what kind of monkey business are they up to?" Rest assured. We've been around for quite sometime. Over 35 years to be exact. Previously known as Kanoy Communications, we have been providing reliable communication products and services to both public safety and commercial accounts all across eastern North Carolina since the late 1970's. In 2005, we began transitioning our primary focus from paging services to public safety equipment. With that said, for 2015, we've re-launched under a new owner and a fresh, new name. "Oh, what's the deal with the name, you ask?" There really isn't one to be honest. We love the name and think it will resonate well with our customers especially online.
Gorilla 911 has just recently relocated into an impressive 10,000 SF facility split between an expansive showroom and plenty of install space. If your going to be traveling to the Myrtle Beach area this summer and you are in need of some fresh gear or kick-ass emergency lights installed, then we invite you to abandon the family on the beach and make the 30 minute drive up the coast to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. We would love to get a picture of you with the big gorilla.
NOW, LET'S MEET THE TEAM...
Donald Wilson, Owner
Born and raised in the wild hollers' of central West Virginia, Donald has been in the industry since 2002 and has been the manager of Gorilla/Kanoy since 2005. "My wife, my son, and I relocated from our home and families in West Virginia to chase a dream in Ocean Isle Beach. Over the years, I have run this business as if it were ours and in fact many of our customers thought it was. It was only just recently that God provided the provisions for it to become ours. This acquisition is the fruition of our prayers and we feel blessed beyond measure. It took 13 years, but God was faithful. You see, every experience he gave us and every person he put into our lives was in the perfect preparation for the future that only he could see."
Michelle Wilson, Owner
Also, born and raised in Wild Wonderful West Virginia, Michelle met the big Gorilla in 1988 while just a freshman in high school and has been hanging with he and his clan ever since. With more than 25 years of customer service experience in the medical field, Michelle's primary responsibility will be to ensure that every customer is a happy, returning customer.
Mike Fortune, Firearm Sales, Armorer & Instructor
With more than 35 years experience in the industry, Mike brings a superior level of professionalism, knowledge and industry understanding learnt in part as an employee from some of the industry's finest including Lawmens, Pepperball Technologies, and Sig Saurer to name a few. As a former police officer, Mike has a developed an understanding of law enforcement duties and responsibilities, firearm safety skills and procedures and is currently a firearms and less lethal instructor certified in Pepperball, FN 303, Taser, OC Irritant Agents as well as a certified armorer for Glock, Sig Sauer and Smith & Wesson Firearms. In addition, Mike is a North Carolina certified CCH instructor as well as an NRA certified instructor.
Allen Ellis, IT Specialist & Installer
The only Brunswick County native of the group, Allen has been with us for about 8 years and keeps Gorilla as well as a a good portion of the local community happy and rolling bug free on the world wide web. His experience and knowledge of computer systems, repairs and subsequent issues is quite impressive. We like to think he's Brunswick County's best kept secret in the computer field. Allen has consistently kept us ranked in the top 3 in the Best of Brunswick community voting in computer repairs. A pretty impressive feat considering it is a small percentage of all that he does.
Jeffrey Bell, Sales
Jeffrey relocated from Columbus County to Brunswick County just a few years back. He brings to the team 13 years of fire service and 9 years of law enforcement. In addition, he has had held previous outside sales positions with both 5.11 Tactical and PROPPER apparel. All of this experience and excellent customer service skills combine to make him a key player in our success. His wealth of knowledge of our our products and their respective real world application makes him one of the favorites amongst our customers.
Dalton Wilson, Shipping
Still a young pup, the baby gorilla is just learning the way of the jungle here at Gorilla 911. Dalton has aspirations of becoming the leader of the pack some day, but will have to earn his stripes here first. For now, he'll just be making sure that each and every order that goes out the door meets your strigent expectations.