Bill Farah, a graduated of The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has always been a problem solver. In the mid seventies, Bill founded Vanmakers, a recreational vehicle conversion company, in Southern California. The company converted work vans into vehicles with creature comforts for local automobile dealerships and walk in customers. They also converted motorhomes and trailers into recreational vehicles, mobile showrooms, instant replay studios for the entertainment industry and radar systems vehicles for government contractors. From the very beginning, Bill learned his craft from the tradesmen that he hired. He enlisted retired electricians, carpenters and plumbers to help him develop quality products that met both equipment requirements and human factors. Consequently, the company flourished and became known for its innovations and ability to solve problems in very confined spaces. One of Vanmakers clients in the defense industry came to Bill with a new need. They had a computer operations center for large mainframe computers that was growing by leaps and bounds. They needed to expand their control room to meet present and future growth without expanding out of the existing space. So, in the early-eighties, Bill designed the first computer control center that stacked monitors and peripherals in monument style consoles. The client’s mainframes were manufactured by IBM who used the control center as a model to sell their products. It was not long before IBM CEs across country became aware of Bill’s expertise and began recommending him to their clients. It was at that point that Bill decided to change the company’s direction into a business that would grow in parallel with America’s expanding data processing industry. So, Americon was born.
As Bill solved inherent problems with professional solutions, he advertised them to large corporations and government agencies across the country.The company grew in the wake of IBM’s phenomenal growth in the mainframe business. In the mid 90’s, the company focused more towards the needs of Network Operation Centers (NOCs) along with police and fire dispatch. After the events that surrounded disasters like 911 and Katrina, it became apparent that emergency management and security were places that Americon needed to be have a presence. So, Americon, who was not just the premiere techical furniture manufacturer in the U.S., but also a nationally-recognized audiovisual integrator, began offering turnkey solutions that included its own brand of video walls under the name, Visionmaster. For over three decades, under Bill’s guidance, Americon has set itself apart by its ability to marry many disciples into turnkey solutions. In a nationally televised interview in ’06 with the late former secretary of state, Alexander Haige, Bill focused on the issues surrounding the creation an up to date emergency management system.