Cam-Dex began in 1957 as Regiscope of Kansas City, selling and servicing security cameras to grocery stores and banks to catch offenders who wrote bad checks. With previous business experience and extensive expertise in banking, sales, and service, Don & Fern Hull opened Regiscope after responding to its advertisement for franchisees.
The Hulls’ efficiently divided the duties required to run their new business, with Don handling sales and service tasks while Fern handled accounting, purchasing, customer communications, and lab employee supervision. Processing film and printing of offenders’ photos also were performed in their company’s lab.
The original home of Cam-Dex was the 6th floor of the Livestock Exchange Building in Kansas City. Many of the Hulls’ original customers were banks and grocery stores – Safeway, Milgram’s, and A & P Food stores were all early adapters of Regiscope security cameras. The franchise also had a number of customers that were independently owned grocery stores marketing under the names of United Supers, IGA, and Thriftway.
In 1967 the Hulls incorporated their company. At that time the company was renamed Cam-Dex Corporation. “Cam” referred to camera and “Dex” was selected because the company indexed and stored large quantities of 16 mm film that was generated when photographs were taken.
By 1969 the Hulls had grown Cam-Dex into a very successful business. Fern Hull’s nephew, Jack Krumme purchased the company in April of that year, assuming all executive leadership roles at that time. He continued to lead the company as CEO until June 1993 and then as Chairman of the Board for many years prior to his death in 2016.