Kennedy recently accepted the award at City & State's Sixth Annual Gala Allied Universal, a facility services company and the largest security force in North America, announces that Caress Kennedy, President, Northeast Region, has received the City & State New York's Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Business. "Caress is an exemplary leader who guides her team with intelligence, insight and a commitment to excellence," says Ron Rabena, Chief Administrative Officer, East, Allied Universal. "We are proud of her recognition as one of New York's most powerful women." Significant achievements Kennedy recently accepted the award at City & State's Sixth Annual Gala, which honoured the 25 most powerful women who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in their fields, combined with having made significant contributions to society. As president, she oversees more than 26,000 employees throughout the Northeast. Significant achievements are: Instituted best practices and process improvements throughout the organisation to improve productivity and reduce costs. Developed client value-added programs such as the Sandy Emergency Response program and Special Consortium for School Superintendents after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Selected as one of The Responsible 100 by City & State, representing New York's 100 most corporate citizens in 2015. Achieved her Certified Protection Professional (CPP) ASIS board-certified security management designation. Serves as member of: NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers Board; NYC Workforce Development Board; and Citizens Crime Commission of New York City Board, to name a few. Over the course of her career, Kennedy has held many executive senior-level positions at major corporations in the New York area. She received her MBA in Management from Pace University and BA in Communications Arts from Fordham University. On accepting the award, Kennedy says, "It's an honour to be recognised for helping others."
Caress Kennedy will work with fellow industry executives to help deliver a comprehensive security education for students AlliedBarton Security Services, www.AlliedBarton.com, the industry's premier provider of highly trained security personnel, announces that Caress Kennedy, Vice President/General Manager, has been appointed to the newly created Homeland Security Academic Program Advisory Board, College of Professional Studies at St. John's University. "The primary objective of the Homeland Security Program is to prepare our future industry leaders and professionals who will assume the responsibility of protecting our critical infrastructure at home and our national interests abroad," said Prof. Joseph Gulinello, Director, Homeland Security Program. "We are happy to appoint Caress Kennedy who will help us meet our commitment to provide the best education possible in Homeland Security for our students." "It is an honour for AlliedBarton that Caress has been appointed to St. John's University Homeland Security Program Advisory Board," said Ron Rabena, Division President - National Security Operations, AlliedBarton. "Caress will be working with fellow industry executives, leaders, practitioners, educators and consultants to help deliver a comprehensive security education for students." "I am delighted to be appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Program Advisory Board," said Caress Kennedy, Vice President/General Manager, New York/New Jersey region, AlliedBarton. "I look forward to working with the Prof. Joseph Gulinello and the other leaders to help contribute curriculum content, plan related workshops and seminars and consider internship opportunities for select students." Kennedy is responsible for operational oversight and delivery of service to AlliedBarton's New York/New Jersey region. She joined AlliedBarton in September 2011, after 10 years with Global Employment Solutions. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, she holds a BA from Fordham University and an MBA from Pace University. She is currently on the Board for the Workforce Investment Board of the City of New York and the NYPD Explorers chaired by Police Commission Bratton. She is a member of ASIS, a past president of the Metro Chapter of the New York Staffing Association and was a YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Board Member.
Mike Smidt will join the Executive Board for 2015 and 2016 as the Board Secretary AlliedBarton Security Services, the industry's premier provider of highly trained security personnel, announces the election of Mike Smidt, Vice President/General Manager, to the Executive Board of the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates (CALSAGA). He will join the Executive Board for 2015 and 2016 as the Board Secretary. CALSAGA, is the only industry association in California dedicated to advocating on behalf of the security industry in the California Legislature and the Bureau of Security & Investigative Services (BSIS) to make sure its voice is heard. The organisation has led efforts over the past several years to bring greater accountability in licensing, training and background screening standards that has made California a national leader in security. "It is an honour for AlliedBarton that Mike has been elected to the Executive Board of CALSAGA, which is dedicated to improving the services and brand perception of the security industry, elevating industry standards and serving as an advocate for industry interests with the Legislature," said Ron Rabena, Division President - National Security Operations, AlliedBarton. "Mike will be a great asset to CALSAGA in the coming years." "I am excited to be elected to the Executive Board of CALSAGA," said Mike Smidt, Vice President/General Manager, Southwest Region, AlliedBarton. "I look forward to working with my fellow board members to help raise and improve the quality of service and the public perception of the security industry." Smidt is responsible for operational oversight and delivery of service to AlliedBarton's Southwest region. He joined AlliedBarton in 2003 and has more than 28 years of security industry experience. Smidt belongs to several associations, including ASIS, the Los Angeles Police Foundation and the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.S. in business administration from California State University and is a graduate of ISMA's Executive Leadership Program from Georgetown University.
Scott K. Parrill will oversee security operations in the North Central region AlliedBarton Security Services, the industry's premier provider of highly trained security personnel, announces the appointment of Scott K. Parrill as Vice President/General Manager. He will oversee security operations and the delivery of service excellence, as well as business development, in the North Central region. "Scott understands the nuances of personnel services and developing solutions to address clients' daily operational needs," said Ron Rabena, Division President, AlliedBarton. "He will be an important resource for our clients in the North Central region." Born and raised in the central Ohio area, Parrill has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the outsourcing industry. He previously served as President of ARAMARK Correctional Services in Philadelphia. Prior to that role, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations at ARAMARK Higher Education. He is a member of a number of industry associations including the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), ASIS International, American Correctional Association and the National Sheriff's Association. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in hospitality management from The Ohio State University.