In mid-February, senior executives from every NASCO member company were joined by executives from a dozen other security and industry related companies to participate in the two day NASCO Private Security Industry Leaders’ Roundtable held at the Ritz Carlton in Florida. With seating at capacity, the program featured a wide range of speakers and discussions on industry developments, security officer standards, labor and employment issues, new training for officers, workforce issues, cybersecurity, and other topics. Also, held in conjunction with the Roundtable was a NASCO “Legal Forum” meeting which featured speakers on arbitration agreements, marijuana employment issues, and key litigation involving contract security companies. The invitation-only event has grown in size in recent years primarily due to the growth of NASCO membership whose members, a mix of large, medium and small employers, now employ over 350,000 security officers across the U.S. While unfortunately some non-member companies had to be turned away from the event due to space and other limitations, there are no plans to increase the size of the event due to the desire of NASCO members to keep the setting small and conducive to greater discussion and social interaction.
NASCO members AlliedBarton Security Services (#2) and Securitas Security Services USA (#7) were among the top companies with federal contracts who made the most hires of new vets (within 3 years of being separated from the military) during their 2013 fiscal years. The list and an accompanying article appeared here in a recent article In the “Marine Corp Times.”
On September 30, NASCO held its 24th annual Private Security Breakfast at the ASIS Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 100 executives from contract security companies and other companies that service the industry attended the early morning affair where they were welcomed by NASCO Executive Director Steve Amitay as well as ASIS President Richard Widup. NASCO Chairman of the Board Jim McNulty, Securitas Services U.S.A., gave a review of NASCO’s considerable and wide-ranging efforts over the past year, and then was followed by Deborah Pecci, VP/Deputy General Counsel, AlliedBarton Security Services who gave a briefing on current legal and litigation issues facing contract security companies. Pecci is now heading up the NASCO Legal Forum, taking the reins from former G4S Chief Legal Officer Julie Payne (G4S) who is now in G4S European Regional Counsel. The Legal Forum provides NASCO members with opportunities to hear from and interact with top attorneys and litigators, and share best practices, on a variety of legal and contracting issues. Frank Argenbright, Chairman and CEO of SecurAmerica, introduced the featured speaker, Reginal “Ray” Moore, Special Agent in Charge of Atlanta Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service. Moore spoke about the importance of public sector law enforcement and private security partnerships, and then commented on some of the recent incidents involving the Secret Service.