Some of our
members have been around the world in their careers. Take for example Ty
Richmond, president of systems and technology at Universal Protection Security
Systems, Santa Ana, Calif. Mr. Richmond spent some time in Asia on behalf of
HP, running an infrastructure services business across 16 countries before
returning to the United States and joining Universal Protection Security
Systems. The Security Industry Association (SIA) recently welcomed Universal
Protection Security Systems as a new member and caught up with Mr. Richmond to
find out more about him and the company.
How did you get into the security industry?
My first job
in the corporate arena was as the director of security for Mesa Petroleum in
Dallas, Texas, where I was responsible for the asset protection program of the
company and the personal security for the founder, T. Boone Pickens and his
family. From there, I worked in similar CSO roles in the consumer goods,
logistics, high-tech and entertainment industry. My move into running a
business came in the 2000 timeframe when I went to Asia as an expat and ran an
infrastructure services business across 16 Asia-Pacific countries for
Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. When I repatriated in 2004, I became the
COO and a partner with the security services and consulting firm, Andrews
What do you enjoy most about your role?
enjoy the whole organization process associated with strategy, building,
developing and competing. As the head of a business unit, working with my
colleagues and team to identify key next steps, and the challenge of winning
and seeing people grow and develop in that arena is very satisfying.
What's your company's biggest challenge right
We are a
growth company, both organically and via acquisition, so the biggest challenge
is managing that growth and making sure we have the right players in the right
positions to compete and win. That is not a linear process either, so managing
the many variables impacting success is key for us as we go into a very
important and transformative 2015.
What trends does your company foresee for
the security industry in the next year?
No doubt the
entire convergence of products, services and security solutions is a key
directional strategy for Universal, and where we see the industry headed. The Internet/IT
network platform and our industry evolution into more integrated security, fire
and managed security services are driving new products, services and
opportunities. As a company with more than 45,000 employees and a billion dollar-plus
revenue uniformed security business, we also feel the integration of manned
security and technology such as remote video monitoring are key industry areas
of growth. Consumers will continue to demand more efficient security operations
with an expectation that their total cost of security ownership is being
managed effectively; which leads to a natural integration of humans and
technology to accomplish important security oriented tasks.
What does your organization receive from
membership in SIA? How do you plan to be active in the association in the near
value we see in membership is exposure to leading trends, organizations and
people. We are in an industry that is changing rapidly so being involved in an
association that leads in that area is invaluable. I plan to personally
contribute where possible, and expect my team and our company to also be
involved to learn and share.
Will your company participate in an
upcoming event with SIA such as ISC West, New Product Showcase or Government
Summit? If so, what aspect of the event appeals most to your company?
We will be
active in all of the different activities noted and the natural exchange of
ideas and opportunities for partnering and working as an association to improve
our industry will be an important part of our association in SIA.
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