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  • Reintroduction and business expansion inquiry

    Greetings,

    I haven't visited, or posted, here in some time and would like to reintroduce myself:

    I have been employed for two years now by US Security Associates out of their West Covina, Ca (now Commerce, Ca) office. I will likely be leaving shortly though as I should be receiving my bail agent (bondsman) license, from the state, in the mail.

    Additionally, I am the Owner and Principal of Relentless Risk Management, a bail enforcement/surety investigations firm based out of Orange, Ca. We cure laibility, in the form of forfeitures or bad/at-risk bonds for bail bond companies in LA and Orange counties. Now for the question portion of my post:

    I would like to expand 'Relentless' into a broad spectrum security/risk management consulting firm with clients in all fields. With thirteen years in uniformed security, five years in client site management, a few months dabbling in retail LP and event staffing and three years in bail enforcement, I am hoping there is a foundation there for consulting but am not sure. Any advice on courses, certifications, organizations/associations (ASIS comes to mind)....really anything, would be greatly appreciated.
    Tom Duprey
    Owner/Relentless Risk Management

  • #2
    Originally posted by BailBondInvestigator View Post
    ...I would like to expand 'Relentless' into a broad spectrum security/risk management consulting firm with clients in all fields...
    This is a bit overly ambitious, in my opinion, and somewhat impractical. The nature of risk in modern society is sufficiently complex that only a large consulting firm employing numerous subject-specialists would be able to properly serve clients "in all fields".

    I suggest instead that you focus on expanding into just one new (carefully-selected) niche and seeing where that takes you before planning the next step. Make small bets that won't destroy your company if you happen to be wrong.

    An example here on the forum for you to consider is Curtis Baillie, who specializes in the retail field. I'm sure he would tell you that it keeps him busy staying current in just this one area of specialty. We also have people like CameraMan, who specializes in a particular field of security technology - CCTV systems - and who I'm sure would tell you the same thing.

    Answering your question, you would certainly benefit from the CPP certification (ASIS), and I'll let Curtis chime in about the benefits of becoming a certified security consultant.
    Last edited by SecTrainer; 08-17-2011, 11:36 PM.
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    • #3
      Thanks, SecTrainer. Yeah I suppose "all fields" is a bit expansive. It was meant to demonstrate a desire to broaden beyond bail enforcement. My favorite recruiting ground for bail enforcement agents is retail LP so maybe that IS a good next venture.
      Tom Duprey
      Owner/Relentless Risk Management

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      • #4
        Tom, here's the link to the background info and qualifications to become a Certified Security Consultant (CSC)
        Retail Security Consultant / Expert Witness
        Co-Author - Effective Security Management 6th Edition

        Contributor to Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference

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        • #5
          Thanks, Curtis. I see the requirements are well beyond my current experience as far as the actual certification goes. How does one begin a consulting career? Is it as "simple" as marketing one's experience in a particular field? Does a certain level of experience in a particular field qualify one for consulting in that field?
          Tom Duprey
          Owner/Relentless Risk Management

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          • #6
            SecTrainer is correct I specialize in retail security issues and that is where I focus most of my attention and energy. As for becoming a Security Consultant, only you and your potential clients can decide that. As for me, I'm an independent security management consultant. That means I do not sell, recommend or endorse any type of security equipment. That works great for me as I perform expert witness / litigation support services.

            I also provide consulting services to clients regarding dram shop issues as I have the experience and legal background. I provide consulting services regarding security guard operations, as I’ve owned a successful security guard company.

            Therefore, you need to decide what type of Security Consultant you want to be. Certainly, Camera Man qualifies as a Security Consultant as do many other on these forums.
            Retail Security Consultant / Expert Witness
            Co-Author - Effective Security Management 6th Edition

            Contributor to Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BailBondInvestigator View Post
              Thanks, Curtis. I see the requirements are well beyond my current experience as far as the actual certification goes. How does one begin a consulting career? Is it as "simple" as marketing one's experience in a particular field? Does a certain level of experience in a particular field qualify one for consulting in that field?
              I see a consultant as a specialist in their field. I'm an events security and loss prevention consultant, as those are the two industries I specialize in, but while I'm not qualified to consult on other topics, I do have a small team of specialized consultants that I can turn to for additional assignments.

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              • #8
                That is exactly what I hope to build, Nauticus. While it is certainly unreasonable for one person to be expert in too many fields, employing a team in which each individual specializes in a particular facet of the security profession should be attainable.
                Tom Duprey
                Owner/Relentless Risk Management

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BailBondInvestigator View Post
                  That is exactly what I hope to build, Nauticus. While it is certainly unreasonable for one person to be expert in too many fields, employing a team in which each individual specializes in a particular facet of the security profession should be attainable.
                  It's definitely attainable. The hard part, I found, was finding people who have been consultants for some years, and not just people who have a lot of experience because experience doesn't always result in consulting expertise.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nauticus View Post
                    It's definitely attainable. The hard part, I found, was finding people who have been consultants for some years, and not just people who have a lot of experience because experience doesn't always result in consulting expertise.
                    You do not need to be a Consultant to be considered an expert. An example would be someone who has been in the retail security profession for many years, but never hung up their shingle. Another example would be I could be considered an expert on classic muscle cars. but I don't consult on this topic. Just my opinion here.
                    Last edited by Curtis Baillie; 08-20-2011, 08:30 AM.
                    Retail Security Consultant / Expert Witness
                    Co-Author - Effective Security Management 6th Edition

                    Contributor to Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference

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