SOURCE: The Genie Company

The Genie Company

October 29, 2012 09:05 ET

The Genie Company Announces "Open Sesame" Video Contest Winners

Peter Sullivan Wins the Grand Prize of $5,000 Cash and New Genie Garage Door Opener

MT. HOPE, OH--(Marketwire - Oct 29, 2012) - The results are in for The Genie® Company's ( first-ever "Open Sesame" Facebook Video Contest. Genie, one of the most recognized brands in garage door openers, awarded Nashville-resident Peter Sullivan the grand prize of $5,000 cash along with a new, professionally installed Genie IntelliG® 1200 ( garage door opener, Closed Confirm™ ( remote control, and Wireless Keypad entry system.

Sullivan's 90-second video, titled "1, 2, 3 Open Sesame," was given top prize for best demonstrating how a Genie opener can be the "hero" of any garage with its advanced design and features. Sullivan's video featured himself and his children in an energetic and frantic demonstration of how a busy American family spends a hectic day running errands, heading to practice and lessons, and hurrying to business meetings. 

When Sullivan can't reach his keys to open the entry door because of groceries in each arm, he remembers that a Genie opener is all he needs with its garage door opening remote. Then in a panicked moment while in a hurry to make an appointment in time, Sullivan's Closed Confirm remote reminds him that the garage door did close, saving him from having to turn around and check for himself.

"My kids and I are thrilled to have won Genie's video contest," said Sullivan. "They got a huge kick out of helping make the video. It was lot of fun for us all. We have Genie to thank for its remarkable garage door openers and accessories, and this great opportunity."

In addition to the grand prize winner, Genie recognized Walt Arnett of Kentucky, DeAldrick Long of Georgia, Matt Upholz of Illinois, and Lydia Ekeroth of California as its four first prize winners, each of whom received $1,000 and a professionally installed Genie garage door opener.

"All top five winners provided videos that were educational and entertaining," says David Osso, brand manager for Genie. "We were impressed by many of the entries we received and it was a tough choice when it got down to the last few. But our five finalists did a great job with their creativity while keeping within the scope of our judging criteria."

Judging criteria required that the Genie garage door opener play role of "hero" in storyline, creativity of idea, accurate use of the garage door opener and adhering to safety. The top five entries, including Sullivan's grand prize video, can be seen by visiting

Each finalist received a professionally installed IntelliG® 1200 garage door opener, which can be outfitted with either belt or chain drive. It comes with an industry leading 140 volt DC motor that is very powerful, yet incredibly quiet and smooth. For speedy garage entrances and exits, the IntelliG 1200 incorporates a maximum opening speed of an impressive 9.0 inches per second.

Finalists also received Genie's Closed Confirm™ remote control, a next generation garage door opener remote that answers the nagging question, "Did I close my garage door?" Once the garage door closes, the Closed Confirm remote beeps and flashes a green light if the garage door shuts properly. If the door instead reverses open, a warning tone will sound and a red light will flash, giving the person the opportunity to investigate the reversal.

About The Genie Company

The Genie Company is based in Mt. Hope, Ohio, and is a leading manufacturer of garage door openers and accessories for residential and commercial applications. With its main manufacturing facility in Baltic, Ohio, its roots run deep as an American brand that has been synonymous with garage door openers since 1954. The Genie name itself is a well-recognized icon among homeowners, builders and dealers alike.

Genie distributes its openers and accessories through a broad distribution channel of professional dealers, wholesalers and retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Genie Company is a separate division of Overhead Door Corporation. For additional information please visit

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