United American Security Boosts Hurricane-Preparedness Capabilities with Acquisition of New Orleans Security Services Provider

United American Security Boosts Hurricane-Preparedness Capabilities with Acquisition of New Orleans Security Services Provider The newest group to join the United American Security family is New Orleans Private Patrol (NOPP), an 87-year-old security services company with clients that includes high-end condominium communities, commercial businesses within the Port of New Orleans, a hospital, a military contractor, and retail outlets. According to John Nail, United American Security Regional Vice President, UAS was attracted to NOPP’s enduring commitment to providing its clients with quality services, quality staff, and 24/7 support—qualities that mirror UAS’s approach in the security guard industry. “It was a perfect fit,” says Nail. United American Security Offers Guaranteed Hurricane Readiness After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the owners of NOPP put significant thought and investment into hurricane preparedness, ultimately purchasing an old fire station and converting it into a headquarters office. The result: a self-contained facility where staff can operate during emergencies and where processes, equipment, and supplies are readily on hand should a storm barrel through the region. “We now have such thorough hurricane preparedness that we can respond to any need that our clients have,” says Nail. He states that United American Security could “most definitely” provide uninterrupted services should another Katrina occur. In fact, just recently, when Tropical Storm Gordon struck South Florida and thrashed the Gulf coast, United American Security was fully prepared. “Three days before the storm was expected to make landfall, we put the hurricane preparedness program in place and we were ready to provide services to our customers before, during, and after the storm,” recalls Nail. Part of UAS’s preparations included ensuring there...
The Importance of Proactively Hiring Security Services in Texas

The Importance of Proactively Hiring Security Services in Texas

The Importance of Proactively Hiring Security Services in Texas “Texas is a unique state,” says Jeff Moore, Regional Manager for the Texas Southwest Region. “And the reasons it is so unique are the same reasons Texas business owners should proactively invest in business security guard services.” Moore emphasizes that Texas is an industrial state with two ports that operate massive shipping and receiving operations. “Tons of industry and commercial business comes through Houston,” Moore says. “Texas is also a border state with many unique warehousing and logistics companies have security needs related to their involvement with cross-border trade.” “The Houston area is also very unique to commerce.  Two of its cities—Sugarland and Pearland—are among the fastest growing cities in the country. With growth comes crime.  And with crime comes the need for excellent security guard companies.” “Texas is not a poor state,” he continues. “It’s a thriving and industrial one. But it presents challenges to every business owner and requires them to take extra steps to keep themselves safe.” In Moore’s view, the solution to Texas’s unique situation is obvious: Texas businesses need security services and the best security guards before their security and their business are threatened. Proactive Versus Reactive Approach to Security Many business owners wait for a robbery or other situation to occur before hiring a security services firm like United American Security (recognized as one of the best security companies in Texas). But that’s the wrong tactic, argues Moore. Engaging with United American Security from the start will save your company considerable costs, both in human and financial capital, related to preventative measures. Seven Reasons...

United American Security Opens New Office in Colorado

United American Security Opens New Office in Colorado To meet the needs of clients in the Rocky Mountain area, United American Security has opened a new office in Commerce City, Colorado, just outside Aurora, and 15 minutes from Denver. With the addition of the Colorado office, UAS now has a presence in 20 states across the country. Security Expertise in the Oil and Gas Industry The Aurora office was established, in part, after a rather large energy company, based in Colorado, awarded United American Security a major contract. The contract requires the services of some 25-30 security guards, an assignment that could present transition challenges to some security services companies but one that UAS was able to easily adopt. Since its inception in 2010, United American Security has safeguarded the properties of numerous energy sites, and according to Brad Montague, UAS Corporate Director of Operations, “we’re well versed in everything concerning energy districts.” When assigned to chemical plants, UAS staff undergo tailored training to ensure optimum safety and security effectiveness. “We deal with homeland security in these kinds of accounts,” says Montague, “so there are different regulations to abide by, different training to complete.” Owing to this specialized experience, Montague explains, UAS has emerged as an industry leader in providing security services to petroleum refineries/distributors and other oil and gas companies. A New Team United American Security Vice President John Nail, who already oversees offices in Arizona and Florida, will head up the Colorado office when it officially opens August 1. Assisting John will be a general manager and a full management team. “This is our first contract in...
Strong Leadership Yields Success

Strong Leadership Yields Success

Strong Leadership Yields Success Scott Leonard currently leads United American Security’s Mid-Atlantic region, the company’s largest region.  Before joining United American Security, Mr. Leonard built and sold several other security guard companies. Prior to that, he worked as a police officer. And his first job was serving our country in the United States Navy for eight years. On the face of it, Scott has had a variety of roles: manager, police officer, Navy officer. But in Scott’s eyes, “I have basically done one thing my whole career.  I have been a positive leader.” A Home Run The United American Security Mid-Atlantic Region is lucky to have Scott at the helm. In the security services industry where discipline, law enforcement, and business skills merge, Scott’s background is a home run for the company. His history as a police officer provided him with the experience of diffusing difficult situations.  Between the Navy and the police force, Mr. Leonard also learned to handle weapons responsibly.  Recognizing the importance of these skills, some states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, actually require licensed security officers to have a law enforcement background. During his time as a security guard company owner, Scott mastered the nuances of building a business. “You must have a business sense to be successful managing a large region like UAS’s Mid-Atlantic region,” emphasizes Scott. “You need to know how to run a profitable business. You must grow revenue and watch the bottom line at the same time. Our company does a little over 100,000 security hours per week; that’s over 5 million man-hours per year. More than 99.9 percent of the...

UAS Quarterly Safety Training: Defensive Driving

Over the next couple of months, the UAS management/ training team will be conducting the Defensive Driving training for all of our enforcement officers throughout the Midwest region.  At UAS, we believe that well trained and safety conscious security officers provide better service and support to our clients. This is why we provide our security staff with the resources and training necessary to address evolving site requirements and procedures as well as prepare them for emergencies that may arise. We all have a responsibility to perform activities deemed prudent and realistic, with the goal of offering as safe a  workplace as possible, while continuing to deliver the essential products and services. Improper driving is the most common cause of accidents • Unsafe acts account for more than 90% of all...
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