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The year 2017 has been a banner one for physical security with the advent of increasingly sophisticated technology to manage threats. As we approach 2018, the field widens with regard to solutions that will expand the capability of security teams seeking ways to shore up their risk exposure and expand situational intelligence. Here’s a recap of milestones and areas we see as important in the new year. Technology integration Technology integration played an even greater role in the marketplace. Recognising this, Allied Universal rolled out our Global Security Operations Center as a Service offering (GSOCaaS) and named several collaborative partners at ASIS 2017. Available in the company’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), based in Richardson, Texas, the driving force of GSOCaaS is Swan Island Network’s TX360® situational awareness and threat intelligence platform and ThreatMinder’s social media monitoring product combined with our MaRC analyst and operator infrastructure. The new GSOC offerings also include LiveSafe mobile safety communications software and Groupdolists, a platform that digitises the operating procedures and processes of Security Operations Centers. Working with robotics and drones While we initiated our first robotic partnership with Knightscope a year ago and deployed the technology in 2017, we are continually adding to our arsenal of advanced security solutions. We will be working with additional robotics providers and have formed a strategic partnership in the realm of unmanned systems, including drones, and artificial intelligence. Robots and drone technology can supplement existing guarding services, improve situational awareness and drive efficiency across the enterprise for the right application. Partners in Employment programme Because of the current healthy U.S. economy and high employment rates, the security sector has had to get creative to expand talent pools. Therefore, we launched the Partners in Employment Community-Based Program to tap into local resources to fulfill various security professional, field and management positions. We will promote this programme throughout 2018 and also work to educate clients about the need to maintain competitive wages in the security sector. Businesses are turning to their security companies to deliver best practices and technology to prepare and prevent threats, minimise risk and keep their employees and assets safe. In an ever-evolving and complex world, the security sector will continue to cultivate talent and partnerships to take on our expanding role.
Allied Universal, a globally renowned security and facility services company based in North America, is seeking to hire more than 30,000 security professionals and administrative staff to fill positions located throughout the nation over the next two months. In spite of the uncertainty that COVID-19 has caused, there are still many industries, such as security services, that are currently hiring to fill essential roles. Business safety and continuance Allied Universal is offering regular and temporary, full-time and part-time opportunities, and these open positions include security professionals, client and account managers, site supervisors, and other functional roles within human resources, sales, finance and IT. “Our clients, and the public at large, rely on us to keep our communities and businesses safe and secure especially during these challenging times,” said Steve Jones, Chairman and CEO of Allied Universal, adding “Our security professionals play a pivotal part ensuring facilities can continue business as usual and other businesses that had to close can rest assured that their assets will remain protected.” Virtual interview process The company is looking for individuals with superior customer services skills, who are dependable and trustworthy Allied Universal employs a virtual interview process where applicants can complete the company’s online application from the comfort of their home through highly advanced video interviewing technology. The company is looking for individuals with superior customer services skills, who are dependable and trustworthy. Someone with security experience is always a plus but not mandatory. For full time positions, company benefits include medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k), holidays and more. Allied Universal is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce. Employee safety and security “Our #1 priority is to keep our employees safe and healthy in the workplace,” said Jones, adding “We have a dedicated safety team constantly monitoring all COVID-19 developments ensuring we continuously educate our employees to understand and follow the CDC guidelines.” Allied Universal offers careers and long-term growth in the thriving security industry. The company has countless examples of individuals that began their career as a security professional and today are in senior leadership positions.
Allied Universal, globally renowned security and facility services company in North America, is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month, which commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Security is one of the fastest-growing professional careers worldwide. Today, more and more security companies are employing women. “Allied Universal celebrates the hard-working women who work for us each and every day at all career levels within the organisation,” said Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal. “We employ many women in a wide variety of positions including security professionals, administrative and executive positions.” Honouring women security professionals While security is not traditionally a sector that most women consider to build their careers, the landscape has shifted dramatically. It has been an evolution, rather than a revolution, that has attracted the diverse population of employees who now serve as our country’s security professionals. “Every day, thousands of female security professionals put on their uniforms and ensure the safety and security of countless workplaces, schools, shopping malls, and communities,” says Caress Kennedy, Northeast Region President for Allied Universal. The Committee of 200 (C200) It is important to recognise these women for their distinguished service" She is also associated with many industry associations, including The Committee of 200 (C200) - a prestigious network of top-level women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators, New York Staffing Association, NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers, NYC Workforce Investment Board and serves on St. John's University Homeland Security Academic Program Advisory Board. Caress adds, “It is important to recognise these women for their distinguished service.” Elizabeth Core, a military veteran and Shift Advisor for Allied Universal, decided to join a security company due to the opportunity to share her military knowledge with her team such as discipline, respect and honesty. For most of her 26-year career in the military, Core was stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC. The security industry is ever-changing and combines the evolution of technology and physical security, coupled with the opportunity for continual learning and growth. Empowering working women “We are able to not only positively impact our clients, but also our world at large,” said Liz Thomas, Vice President of Sales, Northwest Region, Allied Universal. She adds, “Having the opportunity to work at Allied Universal, who serves so many different vertical markets, has opened the door to connect with diverse groups of people and create incredible relationships and long-term friendships with customers and employees, which is the greatest benefit of all.”
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, is pleased to announce that Drew Vollero has received the prestigious Orange County Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award for a private company. Vollero received the honor at the 13th Annual CFO of the Year Awards held at the Hotel Irvine on January 30th. Awards go to Chief Financial Officers for exemplary performance in the preceding fiscal year in five categories. Murray Rudin, Managing Director of Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners in Los Angeles, was master of ceremonies. Profound impact at Allied Universal In addition to Drew Vollero, the additional award winners were: Jack Hartung of Newport Beach-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill for Public Company Ronald Cortez of Irvine-based UCI Division of Finance & Administration for Not-For-Profit Company Jesse Timmermans of Cerritos-based fashion retailer Revolve Clothing for Rising Star Elizabeth Pagliarini of Lake Forest-based Summit Healthcare REIT for Lifetime Achievement “Drew Vollero has had a profound impact at Allied Universal since joining the company in 2018,” said Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal. “Drew is an exemplary leader and we are honored that he received this amazing recognition.” Improvements in the capital structure Vollero was the first CFO of Snap Inc., also known as Snapchat, who built the function from scratch and helped guide the company to an initial public offering-- one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history. As a key strategic partner to Jones, he has played a lead role in the acquisition of nine companies in 2019 and completed the successful sale of Allied Universal to new ownership with improvements in the capital structure. In addition, Vollero has focused his efforts on building a premier financial function through the addition of talented leaders, enhanced processes, and useful technology. In conjunction with key leaders at Allied Universal, he continues to drive sales growth, lower costs and improve cash flow. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Economics with high honors from Yale University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Oxford University.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, acquires APG Security - a South Amboy, New Jersey - based company offering manned guarding and investigative services on a national level. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “APG Security’s talented management team has built a reputable business offering top-of-the-line security services on a national level,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “This acquisition is part of our long-term plan to continue to provide unmatched depth of resources into local markets around the country.” Providing top-notch security solutions For more than 42 years, APG Security has been protecting businesses and people by providing top-notch security solutions. APG Security provides its clients with highly trained uniformed security officers, residential and commercial security, special events. “This acquisition will result in an increase in security service offerings and expanded geographic reach for our clients,” said Dennis M. Kelly, CEO of APG Security. “In addition, Allied Universal will offer our elite team of security professionals more opportunities for career management, trainings and growth.” APG Security was represented by Triabacus in the transaction.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, and SOS Security®, a renowned provider of global security services, announces that a definitive agreement has been executed with respect to a transformational merger that creates a security leader in North America and beyond. “I am thrilled to welcome Edward Silverman - one of the most highly regarded leaders of the security industry - and the SOS Security team to the Allied Universal family,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. Providing new security solutions SOS Security brings a complementary and scalable approach to security services to Allied Universal “Like Allied Universal, SOS Security has built a renowned and respected brand of security services. Now, working together, we will be able to combine the best of both brands to elevate security services, the breadth and reach of capabilities and opportunity to provide new security solutions.” Founded in 1969, SOS Security brings a complementary and scalable approach to security services to Allied Universal. With offices in five countries, SOS Security's 15,000 employees work around the world providing safety, security, executive protection, intelligence, consultancy and advisory services, including more than 2,000 assignments last year in over 100 countries through its subsidiary, AS Solution. The company has among the highest retention rates in the industry with respect to customers and security personnel. Comprehensive and integrated technology solutions The joining of Allied Universal and SOS Security establishes the company as a truly differentiated service provider in the global security industry with: A combined force of over 230,000 security professionals; Combined best practices to elevate security service delivery and industry norms; SOS Security’s unique capabilities in international markets and intelligence analysis; Allied Universal’s highly advanced, comprehensive and integrated technology solutions; Expertise in risk management specialising in security consulting, investigations, personal protection and threat, disaster and emergency response; High-level crowd management, event staffing and consulting providing a one-stop solution for event and site security. Delivering personalised services Following the merger, Silverman, the CEO and Founder of SOS Security, will serve as Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee and an Advisor to the Board of Directors, bringing his vision of scalable boutique security service to Allied Universal. “Delivering personalised services, whether operating under a billion or at $10 billion, has always been my mission,” said Silverman. “As part of Allied Universal, and with shared values and purpose, we have a remarkable opportunity to bring specialised security services that reflect client priorities and attract the best resources and strategic partners to the industry.”
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, announces a strategic partnership with LiveSafe to provide mobile, two-way safety communications between the company’s security professionals and customers in order to prevent safety and security incidents. Allied Universal® Technology Services, a division of Allied Universal, will be utilising the LiveSafe Mobile App effective immediately. Safety and security risk intelligence LiveSafe delivers actionable community-sourced safety and security risk intelligence and offers Allied Universal’s customers the ability to complete the following: Tip reporting for suspicious activity and other incidents (anonymous reporting available) Two-way communications with Allied Universal’s security team Push notifications/broadcast messages from Allied Universal’s Monitoring, Posting & Managed Services (MaRC) Emergency calls & messaging SafeWalk & SafeDrive features with a panic button Safety resources and security procedures available This alliance with the LiveSafe Mobile App allows our Security Professionals the ability to receive early warning signs" “This alliance with the LiveSafe Mobile App allows our Security Professionals the ability to receive early warning signs of suspicious activity that could help prevent incidents from occurring,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. The Allied Universal/LiveSafe partnership facilitates Allied Universal’s highly trained Security Professionals to mitigate risks and reduce monetary and non-monetary costs to its customers. Valuable community-sourced risk information "This partnership brings the employees and tenants that Allied protects into the security equation by giving them a mobile app to connect directly to security officers when they have concerns or need help," said LiveSafe CEO and President Carolyn Parent. "We are proud to partner with AlliedUniversal to bring valuable community-sourced risk information to their security professionals and to help the Allied team communicate important safety information to those they protect." Allied Universal® Technology Services division provides electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, hosted /managed services and a variety of Global Security Operating Centre (GSOC-as-a-Service) offerings. Leveraging the flexibility and scalability of these platforms delivers efficiency with improved reliability and response.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, acquires Vinson Guard Service, Inc. - a New Orleans, Louisiana - based company offering manned guarding services throughout the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We cannot be more pleased with this acquisition as Vinson Guard Service's well-established platform, highly skilled security professionals and a proven track record of providing superior security solutions will ideally complement and enhance our business moving forward," said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. High-quality security services Since 1963, Vinson Guard Service has been providing exemplary security solutions to clients and is seen as one of the largest family-run security providers in the United States. A former security officer, Joseph Vinson, Sr., started Vinson Guard Service more than 55 years ago with the vision of offering high-quality security services with a focus on top-notch client satisfaction. With revenues in excess of $24 million and more than 750 employees, Vinson Guard Service provides services in the following states: Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. "I am extremely impressed with Allied Universal's breadth of services and capabilities which is definitely a win for our clients," said Christine Vinson, President & Chairwoman of the Board at Vinson Guard Service. "We are also excited for the opportunities this allows for our employees as it relates to their professional advancements and security careers."
Allied Universal, global security and facility services company in North America, has recently announced the acquisition of Advent Systems, Inc., international low-voltage integrator of IP video, access control, structured cabling and audio/visual systems based in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Acquisition of Advent Systems "Adding Advent Systems helps us grow strategically and geographically especially within the Chicago market," said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. "We are excited to continue our strategy of expanding our technology division in order to offer highly advanced solutions for our clients." With revenues exceeding $42 million and 125 employees, Advent systems, Inc. has been providing integrated technology solutions since 1994. With offices in Chicago and Little Rock as well as satellite operations in Texas, the company helps protect property and assets with design, installation and service of integrated electronic security systems. Business security solutions The addition of Advent Systems will expand Allied Universal Technology Services division within the Midwest region"For more than 25 years, we've been dedicated to providing our customers with the highest level of service and quality," said Michael Walsdorf, President of Advent Systems, Inc. "We believe Allied Universal supports our business strategy and overall core values, which will result in a continuation of that high level of service and quality to our clients. We're also thrilled to present a path to the future to our employees, who have been an integral part of our growth and success from the beginning." The addition of Advent Systems will expand Allied Universal Technology Services division within the Midwest region. Allied Universal Technology Services provide electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, hosted /managed services and a variety of Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service) offerings. Managed Services "I have known Mike Walsdorf and John Lothrop for 25 years and have successfully partnered with them on many occasions," said Carey Boethel, President of Dallas-based Allied Universal Technology Services. "It is truly an honor to be partnering with them again as we continue to expand our national footprint."
Securing New Ground, the security industry’s annual executive conference this week in New York, offered food for thought about current and future trends in the security marketplace. Highlights from SNG 2019 included keynote remarks from security leaders at SAP, Johnson Controls and the Consumer Technology Association, discussions on how CSOs mitigate security risks, topic-focused thought leadership roundtables and a lively networking reception. Top trends observed at the event include cybersecurity, data privacy, facial recognition and artificial intelligence. A "View from the Top" session covered the need for companies to consider responsible use and ethics around technology; responsibility should extend throughout the organisation. A panel of security leaders emphasised the need to understand the diversity of risks that end users face. As the Internet of Things (IoT) expands connectivity, the inputs, outputs and "attack surface" also expand. It's critical to have security "baked" into products themselves, and also to undertand the mission of the organisation being protected, the context and correlation. Technologies transforming security market Keynote speaker Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, listed the many technologies that will impact the consumer electronics market – and the security market – in the near future: artificial intelligence (AI), voice recognition, the transition to 5G and self-driving cars.As the Internet of Things expands connectivity, the inputs, outputs and "attack surface" also expand “What we're seeing today is a huge turning point in where the world is going,” said Shapiro, whose organisation presents the giant CES trade show each year in Las Vegas. “It’s not just about jobs and technology, but who we are and how we address fundamental human rights.” Privacy is a component of human rights, but “in the world of AI, there is a tradeoff between innovation and privacy”. Balance between security standards Shapiro sees Europe as representing one extreme of privacy, epitomised by General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which he sees as stifling innovation. Meanwhile, China is pushing innovation using massive amounts of data with no regard to privacy. The United States, therefore, should look for a balance that acknowledges the inevitability of innovation while respecting privacy and realising it is “always situational.”With new technologies, biometric ID and cybersecurity issues, your business is in a strong and growing place" Too much concern for privacy comes at a cost, Shapiro said. “Privacy zealots are killing facial recognition, step by step by step,” he said. “Regulators should not throw away the baby with the bathwater. Every technology in history has been used to cause evil and to do good. Throughout history any new technology could have been banned and made illegal.” Shapiro offered encouraging words to the security marketplace, even in the wake of large tech firms such as Amazon entering the market. “With new technologies, biometric ID and cybersecurity issues, your business is in a strong and growing place,” he said. “There is opportunity. There will be increasing new things people want, and always new threats. People will want what you're providing, which is physical and technology security in their facility.” Scott Schafer, Chairman of the Board of the Security Industry Association (R), interviewed Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal, on stage about the importance of merging technology with security officers Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones discussed holistic approach Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal, was interviewed on stage about the importance of merging technology with security officers for a holistic approach to securing a facility. “Today, customers are asking us to look at their facility holistically and asking: What is my best approach?” said Jones. A holistic approach includes protecting people, the facility, intellectual property (IP), and how to handle visitors. Manguarding perspective on security Allied Universal looks at security from a manguarding perspective and also from a technology perspective, based on their daily experience managing security for 40,000 customer sites across the United States and Canada.Allied Universal has a new handheld technology platform that uses AI “We are in a unique position in the channel,” said Jones. “We know the stats at any customer site. We know the last time there were repairs on cameras, which card reader is malfunctioning, how long the systems company takes to respond to a call. We are at these locations 24/7 and have an intimate relationship with customer. We are a significant influencer in the decision-making process. We have an opportunity to have a voice, and to build a business around it.” Predictive security “We are looking for technology that will enhance the security of the customer,” said Jones, including situational awareness and analysis of data to predict patterns. Allied Universal has a new handheld technology platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse data, predict outcomes, and prescribe optimum responses. Workforce development – hiring and training new employees – is a big issue for Allied Universal, which last year interviewed more than a million applicants to find around 100,000 employees. They are targeting every demographic, and last year hired 33,000 veterans. The company is using technology to help with the massive recruiting effort, including AI to analyse applicant qualifications and a computer-generated avatar to conduct the first online interview. Future security challenges Jones sees the rapid increase in the homeless population in the United States as one of the biggest security challenges of coming years. The rapid increase in the US homeless population is one of the biggest security challengesMany businesses face the prospect of homeless individuals living in front of their buildings, possibly using drugs or approaching customers. “It has become a real threat,” he said. “When they are living in front of your buildings, in many cases, there are ordinances that allow them to be there so the police will not get involved. It falls on the facility owner and private security to address the problem. Given the large homeless population we have now during good economic times, I don’t know what it will look like in an economic downturn.” Human side of security An SNG session on the human side of security observed that people are the biggest source of vulnerability. Companies should foster a "safety climate" in which security is integral to operations and viewed as something that helps employees rather than create hassles. Human resources is now a technology field and should work together with security to achieve shared goals. At the consumer and small business level, cybersecurity must also be top-of-mind and built into a security companies' DNA. SNG attendees heard about opportunities to move beyond providing products and devices to providing experiences, by partnering with customers to protect what matters most to them. While a bit of inconvenience comes along with security, products should be built in a way that is easy to use, with security baked in. The results are systems people are comfortable engaging with every day. Securing New Ground is presented by the Security Industry Association (SIA).
The Security Industry Association (SIA) announces the 2019 keynote and featured speakers for Securing New Ground (SNG), the security industry’s annual executive conference taking place at the Grand Hyatt New York in Manhattan October 29-30. SNG 2019 will feature keynote remarks from Dr. Steven T. Hunt, chief expert for work and technology at SAP; George Oliver, chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls; and Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Significant security risks and threats SNG gathers the brightest minds in the security industry and offers a carefully curated program" Additionally, the 2019 conference will include featured presentations from Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal, and Brian Tuskan, senior director and chief security officer (CSO) at Microsoft Global Security; and a panel of CSOs and senior security executives from major industries and public safety highlighting significant security risks and threats and how executives mitigate them. “Each year, SNG gathers the brightest minds in the security industry and offers a carefully curated program that inspires these leaders about the potential of the global security industry,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “We are thrilled that these top security luminaries from some of the nation’s leading companies will be joining us at SNG 2019 and look forward to diving deep into the most critical industry trends.” Innovative workforce management methods In the conference’s opening keynote presentation, The Human Side of Security, Hunt will explore the impact of integrating security methods into workforce management systems. This session will examine the interaction between security risks, employee psychology, workforce management and information technology and illustrate how physical and information security risks can be mitigated through the use of innovative workforce management methods and technologies. Additionally, attendees will enjoy a keynote-style executive interview featuring Oliver and hosted by SIA Chairman Scott Schafer. This conversation will highlight major industry trends and market drivers and share insights into how one of the security solutions firms — delivering both security technology products and security integration services — is navigating evolutions in technology, business models and customer needs. Managing corporate risk Jones will explore how the business of security is evolving during the session No Off Season In the presentation Consumer Trends Destined to Shape the World, Shapiro will showcase what trends in innovation and consumer preferences are poised to shape the globe and your business. Shapiro is president and CEO of the CTA, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces the CES show. In an interview-style session format, Jones will explore how the business of security is evolving during the session No Off Season: Managing Corporate Risk in an Era of Uncertainty. Jones – who, in addition to his role at Allied Universal, authored the book No Off Season – will share insights into what corporate leaders are seeking from security teams and how he has applied leadership lessons to grow his firm while remaining focused on the ultimate goal: managing his clients’ risk and protecting their reputations. Providing end-to-end enterprise security In the session Defining the Future of Security, Tuskan will share his vision on technology, strategy and where the security industry is headed. As CSO for one of technology firms and with a global footprint, Tuskan has a view of security that serves as not only a vision, but also a great example of how strategy and technology can work together. SNG attendees will enjoy Expecting the Unexpected: Security Leaders Speak!, a dynamic panel discussion Tuskan will also discuss the importance of having a strong relationship with the chief information security officer in providing end-to-end enterprise security. Additionally, SNG attendees will enjoy Expecting the Unexpected: Security Leaders Speak!, a dynamic panel discussion featuring Karen Frank, director of global security at Pratt & Whitney; Brad Hegrat, security principal director at Accenture; Andrea Schultz, director of strategic security programs and policy at the National Football League; Trisha Stein, director of administrative operations at the Detroit Police Department; and moderator Pierre Trapanese, CEO of Northland Controls. Small business security These CSOs and senior security executives from major industries and public safety will share perspectives on the significant security risks and threats in their sectors and how they’re mitigating those concerns while keeping an eye on future risks. Other highlights of SNG 2019 will include discussions on the future of consumer and small business security, what politics and policy mean for security businesses, investment insights for the security industry and managing corporate risk; topic-focused thought leadership roundtables; and a lively networking reception. SNG 2019 will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York, and attendees will be offered a special discounted rate at the hotel; the room block will close on Friday, October 11.
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, announces the appointment of Caress Kennedy as a member of The Committee of 200 (C200) - a prestigious network of top-level women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. “We are delighted that Caress Kennedy was selected to be a member of the elite C200,” said Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal. "Caress is an extraordinary leader who brings valuable hands-on experience and innovative ideas for the security services sector." Invitation-only membership organisation Established in 1982, The Committee of 200 (C200) is an invitation-only membership organisation of the world’s most successful businesswomen. The organisation includes more than 500 of the world’s top women leaders, ranging from the C-suite of the world’s best-known companies to trailblazing entrepreneurs. “I am very excited to be appointed as a member of C200 and look forward to working with fellow members to further C200’s mission to celebrate, foster and advance women’s leadership in business,” said Caress Kennedy, Regional President, Northeast Region, Allied Universal.
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, is proud to recognise security professionals during the company’s 5th Annual National Security Officer Appreciation Week starting on September 15 through September 21, 2019. Each day, Allied Universal security professionals help maintain safe and secure workplaces, schools, shopping malls and communities providing peace of mind. The goal of Allied Universal’s National Security Officer Appreciation Week, which was established in 2015, is to profile and honour all security officers giving them the respect they deserve, encourage the public to thank the next security officer they meet as well as raise awareness of the many career opportunities that exist within the security services industry. Celebrating security professionals “I am truly honoured to celebrate our security professionals each and every day and especially during Security Officer Appreciation Week,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “Please take the time to show your appreciation for our hard-working men and women who have answered a call to public service that is challenging, demanding and ultimately rewarding.” On a daily basis, our security professionals from the dispatcher, lobby ambassador to the first responder, keep us safe by averting threats and responding to emergencies. These individuals help to deter crime, oversee evacuations, work closely with law enforcement and are constantly vigilant in their efforts to keep us safe. Join Allied Universal in celebrating the 5th Annual National Security Officer Appreciation Week, September 15 – 21, 2018.
Allied Universal, global security and facility services company in North America, has recently announced a broad array of new all-inclusive capabilities and divisions, which will be showcased at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) conference (Booth #523) slated for September 8 – 12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Allied Universal recently launched HELIAUS, an advanced artificial intelligence platform, and announced new divisions such as Allied Universal Technology Services, Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services, and Allied Universal Event Services. Allied Universal smart services “We are proud to be ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving industry by delivering all-encompassing capabilities to our clients with the ultimate goal of providing top-notch security services,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “Our tech solutions are the most highly advanced, comprehensive and integrated in the security industry.” For more than 60 years, Allied Universal has been offering manned guarding services that include armed and cleared security professionals, vehicle patrol, visitor management/concierge, K-9 services and guarded touring and management software. HELIAUS advanced AI platform HELIAUS focuses on creating an ecosystem around the company’s manned guarding security services" HELIAUS: The Power of Insight into Action - “HELIAUS focuses on creating an ecosystem around the company’s manned guarding security services that brings together rich data and advanced artificial intelligence to predict not only what's going to happen but to give recommendations on how to prevent it from happening and drive better outcomes,” said Mark Mullison, CIO of Allied Universal. “The sophisticated location-aware workflow engine ensures that these recommendations are acted upon.” “Allied Universal Technology Services offers clients electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, technological threat management and response, and other smart tech innovative solutions, including a broad array of hosted /managed services via Allied Universal’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), and the Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service),” said Carey Boethel, President, Allied Universal Technology Services. Risk assessment and prevention Allied Universal Risk Advisory & Consulting Services – “We have combined risk assessment, prevention, and investigative practices, developed over more than four decades, with the extensive experience and knowledge of industry-leading consultants into a centralized practice with strategic focus on reducing risk,” said Ty Richmond, President, Allied Universal Risk Advisory & Consulting Services. “We help customers determine where and when risk is most likely to turn into threat and the most effective means to combat threat—arming organizations with the knowledge to make critical business decisions that ensure better risk management outcomes. We also have a network of more than 10,000 armed and unarmed high-level off-duty officers located throughout the country to respond to any threat, disaster or emergency.” Single-source security solution Allied Universal Event Services is a single-source solution for staffing, consulting and security for all events"Allied Universal Event Services - “Allied Universal Event Services is a single-source solution for everything from temporary staffing, consulting and security for all events,” said Steve Claton, President, Allied Universal Event Services. “Our event services team has a successful formula for addressing convention and trade show's complex challenges from a security and staffing perspective. “ Allied Universal is proud to present sessions at GSX 2019 which include: Brent O’Bryan, Vice President of Training & Development is scheduled to be on the following panel: "Are the Lines Blurred? Transforming the Human Factor“ on Tuesday, September 10 from 11AM to 12:20 PM, Location: X Learning - X1 - Booth 3601. Paul Caruso, Vice President, is scheduled to present a session, titled “Balancing Culture Against Control,” with Keith Moser, Manager of Security Operations, Housing and Residential Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on Tuesday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Room S403 A Brent O’Bryan, Vice President of Training & Development will discuss “How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Build a World-class Security Presence” on Wednesday, September 11 from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Room S405 B Mark Mullison, CIO will discuss The Change Driver: AI on Wednesday, September 11 from 11:30 to 11:45 AM, Expo Floor/X Stages. Paul Caruso, Vice President, will discuss “On the Witness Stand,” with Kevin Davis, CPP, Assistant Director of Public Safety, Harding University, on Wednesday, September 11 from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m., Room S404 D. Caress Kennedy, CPP, Regional President, Northeast Region, is scheduled to participate on a panel discussion titled “ASIS Certifications and Your Career” on Wednesday, September 11 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., ASIS Career HQ - Booth 2115.
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, with headquarters in Santa Ana, California and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, announces the acquisition of Midstate Security – a fully integrated electronic security and monitoring systems company based in Wyoming, Michigan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The addition of Midstate is the first of many steps we are taking to build-out our technology services business following our platform acquisition of Securadyne Systems earlier this year,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “This acquisition is an important part of our broader strategy to leverage technology across our entire business footprint.” Innovative security solutions Allied Universal aligns perfectly with Midstate’s mission and overall customer service philosophy" Midstate Security, with revenues exceeding $20 million and 89 employees, is known for providing innovative security solutions and world-class customer service throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Founded in 1980, the company designs, installs, services and maintains security systems for a wide variety of customers. It also provides an array of remote services from its UL listed central station in Wyoming, Michigan. “Allied Universal aligns perfectly with Midstate’s mission and overall customer service philosophy,” said David Nemmers, CEO of Midstate Security. “I am extremely proud of our employees and what we have built, and I am excited about the future growth potential offered by Allied Universal for them and our customers.” Electronic access control Midstate Security will expand the company’s Allied Universal® Technology Services division, which provides electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, hosted /managed services and a variety of Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service) offerings. “Midstate’s ability to expand our geographic reach into the Midwest, as well as their enterprise-class delivery capabilities are both strategically important additions to our business,” said Carey Boethel, president of Dallas-based Allied Universal® Technology Services. “We are excited to be partnering with such a great team as we continue to grow and expand across the US.” Midstate Security was represented by Barry Epstein of Vertex Capital Corp. and the law firm Rhoades McKee PC in the transaction.
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, has acquired Shetler Security Services, a Phoenix, Ariz.-based company offering security solutions on a national level. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The acquisition of Shetler Security Services aligns perfectly with our long-term strategic plan of adding exceptional security professionals and valuable resources into local markets around the country,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “Together, we will bring fantastic opportunities to Shetler Security Services clients and employees with the goal of delivering innovative security solutions to all.” Armed, unarmed and patrol security services Founded in 2007, Shetler Security Services offers the implementation of armed, unarmed and patrol security services for a premier client base that includes widely recognised financial institutions within the United States. With revenues in excess of $22 million and more than 525 employees, the company provides security services in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Colorado, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and Montana. Shetler Security President/Owner, Mike Shetler, will be joining Allied Universal as a consultant. “The combination of our two companies will provide significant benefits for our clients, including access to Allied Universal’s highly advanced technology solutions,” said Shetler.
Allied Universal, renowned security and facility services company in North America, has announced the acquisition of Cypress Private Security, LP - a San Francisco-based company offering comprehensive security services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Manned guarding “Cypress Private Security is a company that we have long admired and always wanted to partner with,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “This security company has built a brand and a culture through outstanding employee and client relationships. I am honoured to have Cypress Private Security be part of the global Allied Universal family.” Cypress Private Security is a company that we have long admired and always wanted to partner with" With revenues in excess of US$ 40 million and more than 1,300 employees, Cypress Private Security has been providing a full range of security solutions encompassing armed and unarmed uniformed officers, mobile patrols, loss prevention programs and emergency security consulting since 1996. Allied Universal – Cypress partnership Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Cypress Private Security has multiple offices in Oakland, Calif., Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Modesto, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Wash. and Las Vegas, Nev. The company’s COO, Jonas Tegnerud, will be joining Allied Universal as Director of Operations in the Northwest region. “We are excited about this opportunity for our employees to become an integral part of Allied Universal - one of the largest security companies in the country,” said Kes Narbutas, CEO of Cypress Private Security. “We offer a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated employees who provided first-class service to our loyal clients for so many years.”
Allied Universal®, a security and facility services company in North America, announces the launch of HELIAUS® – an advanced artificial intelligence platform designed to improve safety and reduce risk by enhancing on-site guarding services. “We developed HELIAUS® to deliver better results for our clients through advanced workflow automation, robust data capture and visualisation, and artificial intelligence that understands not only what’s likely to happen, but what to do to drive better outcomes,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “Now, our security officers are better equipped to help reduce incidents, respond faster to emergencies and provide unmatched operational performance accountability.” Dynamic workflow automation The main significance of HELIAUS® is to bring together rich data, artificial intelligence, location-aware workflow automation, and seamless user experience design for security professionals. This new tech solution provides insight into the drivers of risk, makes recommendations about how to reduce incidents, and through dynamic workflow automation, ensures that those recommendations are implemented. The AI uses this information to understand what's likely to happen at a client's site regarding safety" “HELIAUS® also offers an advanced approach to location awareness that uses a combination of GPS, bluetooth beacons, and near-field communication (NFC) tags to quickly and accurately capture real-time location information both indoors and outdoors,” said Mark Mullison, CIO for Allied Universal. “The AI uses this information to understand what's likely to happen at a client's site regarding safety and security incidents and then automatically suggests workflows to our security professionals that drive better outcomes, thus reducing accidents and crime.” Increasing situational awareness In addition, this new workforce management technology brings sophisticated data visualisation capability to allow security operators to understand the who, what, where and when both in real-time and historically, which increases situational awareness and helps users develop powerful insights. “HELIAUS® represents a tremendous step forward in building AI technology that is not just smart like humans, but smart with humans,” said Mark Mullison, CIO for Allied Universal. “When it comes to safety and security, our goal is to deliver at the highest level.” This new smart technology is not just a reporting or incident management system but also an all-encompassing, adaptable workforce management solution to better protect people, brands and assets.
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Securadyne Systems, a security systems integration company based in Dallas, Texas. The deal is expected to close on April 15, 2019. This acquisition will combine a leading U.S. security services company with a world-class technology solutions provider, which will serve as a platform for providing technology-enabled security solutions on a global scale. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Specialises in integrated security solutions The new tech platform will be rebranded as Allied Universal Technology ServicesFounded by CEO Carey Boethel in 2011 in partnership with Pamlico Capital, Securadyne Systems specialises in integrated security solutions by offering security consulting, design, engineering and installation. With revenues in excess of $73 million and more than 300 employees, Securadyne has a branch network of more than 17 locations across the United States. “Our new acquisition of Securadyne Systems supports our long-term strategy to become the leader in the security technology market,” said Steve Jones – CEO of Allied Universal. “As security needs change and evolve, Allied Universal will offer clients cutting-edge technology and service that will help make their security programs more effective and efficient to better protect their employees and assets.” As a result of this acquisition, Securadyne Systems will become the technology service platform upon which Allied Universal will build out global systems integration capabilities. This new tech platform will be rebranded as Allied Universal Technology Services, which will be headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Prevent incidents and protect people Allied Universal Technology Services will help clients mitigate risk with the ultimate goal to prevent incidents The Securadyne team will be joining Allied Universal under Allied Universal Technology Services. Boethel will become President of the combined enterprises under the direction of Jones. Ty Richmond, who formally oversaw Allied Universal Security Systems, will now be responsible for Risk Advisory and Consulting Services and Allied Universal’s international business. Allied Universal Technology Services, a highly advanced, comprehensive and integrated tech solution, will help clients mitigate risk with the ultimate goal to prevent incidents and protect people and assets. Most importantly, Allied Universal Technology Services’ all-inclusive service approach offers intelligent and seamless technology solutions from access control and video surveillance to threat monitoring services and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven security management tools to installation and service. Allied’s Monitoring and Response Center Allied Universal Technology Services will offer clients electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, technological threat management and response, and other smart tech innovative solutions, including a broad array of hosted/managed services via Allied’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), and the Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service). We are excited to now offer our clients a comprehensive approach to security to include security guarding"“During our acquisition integration planning, I have witnessed first-hand not only the strong culture fit, but also the compelling growth synergies that exist between our two organisations,” said Boethel – CEO of Securadyne. “In addition to our systems integration platform, we are excited to now offer our clients a comprehensive approach to security to include security guarding, consulting and investigations, executive protection, alarm monitoring and a broad array remote technology services.” Fourth largest security integrator in USA Once the acquisition is completed, Allied Universal Technology Services will employ over 500 employees with 27 locations and will be positioned as the fourth largest security systems integrator in the United States. Advisors to Allied Universal for this transaction included Ernst & Young (EY) and Sheppard Mullin. Raymond James and Alston & Bird represented Securadyne Systems on the deal.
Allied Universal, the security services provider in North America with headquarters in Santa Ana, CA and Conshohocken, PA, announces that Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (‘CDPQ’) announces a strategic investment in Allied Universal alongside company management and Warburg Pincus and Wendel, its current financial partners. The transaction values Allied Universal at more than US$7 billion. The investment from CDPQ will support the long-term growth and strategy of the largest provider of integrated manned guarding security services in North America. Part of CDPQ’s investment also consists of up to approximately $400 million of primary capital which will be used by the Company to pursue its growth strategy and execute on its pipeline of attractive M&A opportunities. Accomplishing great things With annual revenues of approximately US$7 billion and more than 210,000 employees at over 38,000 client sites, Allied Universal is the largest and fastest growing security solutions provider in North America. The Company offers a mix of comprehensive manned guarding security services and innovative technology solutions, including systems integration and remote monitoring, to a broad and diversified group of customers. “I am very proud to have one of the world’s leading institutional investors commit to Allied Universal and back our vision for success”, said Steve Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Allied Universal. “Our team has worked hard to build the best security company in the world. We are all excited about the future of Allied Universal as well as our plans for continuing to grow both organically and through strategic acquisitions in both the manned guarding and technology sectors. We look forward to accomplishing great things with CDPQ as our long-term partner.”
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company, has named Andrew Vollero its new Chief Financial Officer. Vollero will replace Bill Torzolini, who will retire in 2019, after serving 15 years in the role. “Drew is an accomplished financial professional, evidenced by his expertise, background and achievements over his spectacular career,” says Allied Universal CEO Steve Jones. “I am confident that he is the right leader to propel our company forward over the next several years. We have accomplished so much in a short period of time under Bill’s guidance, and we thank him for his many contributions to our success. Our future outlook is incredibly bright with Drew onboard to continue to lead the charge.” Balanced approach During his career that spans three decades, Vollero has led finance, strategic planning, development, investor relations and business operations for large consumer packaged goods, digital, and entertainment companies. Most notably, he spent 15 years at Mattel, where he was a division CFO and later Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Strategy, and Investor Relations. While there, he partnered well with business leaders by taking a balanced approach to revenue growth and cost reduction to drive shareholder value. In the early stages of Vollero's career, he held senior posts at PepsiCo and later Yum Brand’s Taco Bell division, including Controller Following his tenure at Mattel, Vollero became the first CFO of Snap (formerly Snapchat), a camera, social media and technology company. There, he built the finance function from scratch, and helped to lead Snap to a successful IPO in less than 18 months. In the early stages of his career, he held senior posts at PepsiCo and later Yum Brand’s Taco Bell division, including Controller. Explosive growth “Allied Universal is the well positioned market leader, and their explosive growth has been remarkable,” commented Vollero. “This role presents a terrific opportunity for me to join a talented team, profitably scale the global business, and continue Allied Universal’s trajectory into a world-class company.” Vollero earned a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics, with high honors, from Yale University and holds a Master of Science in Management from Oxford University. He resides in Laguna Niguel, California.
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