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Announcing the promotion of Ms. Lupe Marin as SoCa Regional Operations Manager

We are happy to announce the well deserved promotion of Ms. Lupe Marin as Operations Manager out of our Southern California Regional office. Ms. Marin had been previously working as our branch Office Manager, and in her position, she has always demonstrated a great propensity to learn and grow.
Lupe200She was a natural choice when the opportunity of Operations Manager became available. We welcome her in her new position and are very excited we were able to offer Ms. Marin this well deserved promotion.   We are confident that Ms. Marin will embrace her new challenges with the same commitment and passion that we have all come to expect from her.  Ms. Marin will report directly to our Regional Vice President, Mr. David Goldfarb.  With the growth we are experiencing in our Southern California Region, we look forward in offering more career opportunities for those who are employed at Overton Security Services.

Lets all reach out and welcome Lupe to her new position as Operations Manager.  Again, I know I speak for all of us in congratulating Lupe on her well deserved promotion.   – Sandy Overton

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Introducing Mr. Marc Moore as new the Regional Manager for our Central Valley Region

I am very pleased to announce that Mr. Marc Moore has accepted the position as Regional Operations Manager overseeing our Central California Region.  Marc will report directly to Mr. Jason Solorzano, Overton Corporate Vice President of Operations.

Mr. Moore comes to Overton Security with over thirty five years of experience in the security industry.  Prior to joining our team at Overton, Marc was Area Manager with one of the nation’s largest security companies managing the Central Valley division from 2003 – 2007.  Providing security personnel to some of the areas best Marc Moore Largeknown employers, such as AAA, EarthLink, HP, and Verizon Wireless, NEC, Hershey’s , Fed X Ground, VSP and Serrano El Dorado.  During this period Marc was also responsible for the security personnel assigned to four bay area shopping malls, including East Ridge, San Jose, Newpark, Newark, Stones town Galleria, San Francisco, and the West Valley Mall in Tracy.

Prior to relocating to Sacramento Marc was Security and Safety Manager for a high tech company in Silicon Valley for 10 years. Prior to working in the high tech industry Marc was the Manager of the Uniformed Security Operations Section for First Interstate Bank for over 10 years.

I am confident Marc will be an excellent choice for this position and a strong asset to Overton Services.  Marc will be located in our Central California regional office at 9343 Tech Center Drive Sacramento, CA.  Marc may be reached at: (916) 368-2300 or marc@overtonservices.com    -Sandy Overton

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Announcing the promotion of Ms. Lauren Esplana as Director of Operations!

I am very excited to announce the promotion of Ms. Lauren Esplana to the position of Director of Operations for Security Services. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Lauren in her new capacity on the corporate level.

DSCN1665Ms. Esplana has been with Overton Security for over 10 years. She came to us as part of our Dispatch Team in our Communications Center.  During her employment tenure, Ms. Esplana has held the positions of Dispatch Manager, Scheduling Supervisor, Hiring and Training Director, Director of the Security Patrol Division and overall supervisor of our field workforce of over 650 employees. Through her years of hard work and dedication she has earned this promotion. We are confident that she will meet the new challenges and demands with the same level of enthusiasm and dedication she has never failed to exhibit during her career with Overton Services. Ms. Esplana will will report directly to Mr. Solorzano. Lets all reach out and welcome Lauren to her new position!

“Ms. Eplana has been a god-send to our company at a time of rapid growth that continually required her to adapt and initiate new procedures to accommodate a complete overhaul of our departmental structure during her tenure.  I know I speak for all of you in congratulating Lauren on her well deserved promotion.”     Sandy Overton

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Introducing Mr. Jose Valdez as our new Operations Manager for the Southern Region

 

As part of our overall direction of growth, I am very excited to announce the addition of Mr. Jose Valdez to the position of Field Operations Manager for the Southern California Region. Jose and I are very much looking forward to working together!                                                                                                                       David Goldfarb Regional Vice PresidentJose New Cropped

Mr. Valdez comes to us with over 20 years of senior management experience for both national and regional companies in the security industry. Mr. Valdez will report directly to Mr. Goldfarb while overseeing our work force and clients in the security as well as the janitorial divisions. In the next few weeks Mr. Valdez will be reaching out and introducing himself to all our Directors of Security and Supervisors as well as setting up meetings with our clients. He will work Directly with Mr. Goldfarb to become familiar with his new responsibilities.  We are confident Mr. Valdez will be a tremendous addition to our staff…lets all reach out and welcome him aboard.

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WBENC Certification

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WBENCE National Certification Number:  2005129345

Certification Granted July 31, 2016. Overton Security Services, Inc., a business specializing in, Security and Janitorial Contract Services, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Astra Women’s Business Alliance regional partner organization, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the regional partner organization is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations, and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

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Overton Appoints New Regional Vice President

Introducing David Goldfarb as Southern California Regional Vice President

I am not only pleased but very excited to announce that, Mr. David Goldfarb has accepted the position of Regional Vice President of Operations for Overton Services in the Southern California Region, effective September 28th.  David will report to our Corporate Senior Vice President, Mr. Jason Solorzano.

David Goldfarb PortraitWith the operational responsibilities for our Security and Janitorial divisions throughout Southern California, David will oversee our workforce and administer our growing portfolio of regional and national accounts.  David comes to us from two decades of senior management experience in the security and janitorial industries as Executive Vice President of several security guard and commercial janitorial companies with over 2,500 employees.

We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to become one of the leading companies in our industry in Southern California.  The increase in demand from our customers to service Southern California led us to look for an addition to our team who had the experience and success, not only in our industry, but in the regional service area. It is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of David’s caliber to fulfill this role.    We are confident that David will play a key part in providing and implementing the high-quality business solutions our customers expect and deserve while managing the continued growth of our services in Southern California. David comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge and look forward to working with the Overton’ team to further develop and expand our presence in Southern California.  I feel fortunate to be joining such a respected company that takes pride in the quality of the services they offer.”

I am confident David will be an excellent choice for this position and a strong asset to Overton Services.  David will be located in our Southern California regional office at 1025 W. 190th  Ste 218 Gardena, CA.  David may be reached at: (323)-779-4000  E-Mail: dgoldfarb@overtonservices.com    -Sandy Overton

 

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Overton Security Expands Into Southern California

Overton Acquires American Service Industries, Inc. in Southern California

Overton Security Services is very excited to announce the asset acquisition of American Services Industries, Inc., located in Inglewood, California, effective August 3, 2015.  ASI, a division of Federal Building Services based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, has been providing quality uniform security services to an impressive list of clients in the Southern California area since 2003.  All ASI employees and management have been retained and are very excited about becoming part of the Overton’ team of security specialist.  We all look forward to working together to bring our clients the most professional and responsive security services in the industry.

“Overton Security is the perfect fit for what ASI offers in Southern California,” said Anthony Caminiti, CEO of American Services Industries.  “We are confident Overton will give us the support we need to greatly expand our market share and continue to provide our current clients with the services they expect and deserve.  With the additional technology Overton has developed, we will now have the capability to offer clients real-time accountability of our services from anywhere at anytime.”

The acquisition will greatly strengthen and expand the services we offer throughout California.  We are now able to better accommodate clients we presently serve, and those that have requested our services, in Southern California.  Overton Security looks forward to continuing to provide ASI clients with personalized customer service, cutting edge technology and the most highly motivated, supervised and trained security officers in the industry.

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Moving on Up

Congratulations to Stockton Police Officer Travell Williams

As one of our own, all of us at Overton Security are very excited and proud to see that Officer Travell Williams has graduated from the Police Academy and is being sworn in as a City of Stockton Police Officer.  As a Regional Security Director for our company, Officer Williams had always been very clear of his intent on becoming a police officer.  It was his life goal and he made it come true with hard work and dedication.  Mr, Ile Tran, our Central California Regional Manager, in recommending Officer Williams for promotion put it very apply.  “I have found Officer Williams to be highly intelligent, level-headed, well-rounded and very focused.  But most of all, he always performed his duties in a professional manner and affected good judgement at all times.”   According to Mr Tran, the City of Stockton has won the lottery with Officer Travell Williams.  Again, we all at Overton Security would like to congratulate Travell for his accomplishment, and wish him the very best with the hope he will have a long and safe career as a Police Officer.       –Sandy Overton

Executive Protection

Executive Protection Services

Employer Responsibility to Protect Employees From Violent Acts

As the owner of your company, one morning you receive a very disturbing phone call.  The ex-husband of Mary Jones, a long time and very valuable employee, has made a veiled threat on the telephone saying “You had better fire Mary or else.”  You call Mary in and ask her what is going on. Mary says he has threatened her with violence and knowing her ex-husband she takes the threat very seriously.  Mary has obtained a restraining order on her ex-husband and suggests you do the same.  Mary has given you very good advice; you need to report the call to the police, as well as obtain a restraining order for your company against the ex-husband.  The Fed-OSHA Act contains a General Duty Clause which requires employers to provide their employees with a safe and secure workplace, free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.  This “veiled threat” has now become a real physical threat when Mary warned you of his violent nature.  You now have a responsibility to provide protection for your employees, vendors, customers or any visitor to your facility.  Local law enforcement will only respond, and unfortunately, they cannot be expected to assign an officer to your facility.  The first thing you think of is to simply hire a security guard from a local security company.  Although Overton Security is in the business of providing security guards, I would not assign a security guard under these circumstances. Security guards armed or not, are not trained to deal with this type of threat.  Protecting individuals is a very different discipline from securing property.

Given the risks involved, the only real solution to protecting your employees, and to a very large extent your legal liability, is generally referred to in the security industry as Executive Protection (EP).  Most EP Officers have law enforcement backgrounds with the highest level of training in conflict resolution and threat assessment.  If the situation dictates they have permits to carry a concealed weapon which requires an extensive background check, along with approval from law enforcement.  Very few of these permits (CCW) are issued.

The threat of workplace violence can be extremely disruptive to your business, especially when your employees see a uniformed officer walking around with an exposed weapon.  EP Officers will make every effort to blend into the work environment and remain as commonplace as possible.  I am very proud of the fact that in the many years my company, Overton Security, has been providing Executive Protection Services we have never had an instance where a weapon was brandished, let alone discharged.  Most EP providers can also make this same claim.  If there is an incident, EP Officers will focus on preventing the incident from escalating by removing the conflict to an isolated area and attempt to settle the dispute in a private manner.  If an incident escalates to such an extent that there is no other choice other than to use force to directly protect lives, the EP Officer is very well trained to react only with the force that is necessary.

An Executive Protection Services Officer’s experience, training, and good judgment does not come without costs, but considering the cost of attorney fees defending lawsuits from injured parties both physically and/or stress related, the price will seem like a bargain.  After talking with Mary about receiving the threatening telephone call you incurred a legal duty to protect your employees.  Other than firing Mary, closing down your business or just doing nothing, you have few options.  It doesn’t seem fair, but again, as a business owner, you assume the legal responsibility to provide a save and secure environment for your employees.       -Jason Solorzano, VP of Operations, Overton Security

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Parking Enforcement

Parking Enforcement Due Diligence Documentation to Support Tows

Following the parking enforcement tow policy of one our properties, as the site security guard for Overton Security, I towed a vehicle that had been parked in a red zone for over three hours.  The next day my office got a call from the irate property manager claiming we had illegally towed a tenant’s vehicle and the tenant wanted them to pay for it.  The tenant said that he had only parked there for about 10 minutes and the security guard was not telling the truth.  The first clue was that you can’t tow a vehicle in 10 minutes.  The word of the tenant was taken as gospel and as the security guard I was automatically on the defensive.  I cited the vehicle on my first round, and on my second round, three hours later, the citation was still on the vehicle.  I called the Overton security supervisor to respond to the location as a stand-by and sign off on the tow.  I also took pictures of the vehicle.  The time I called Dispatch for the citation and for the tow was recorded and time-stamped.  After submitting our documentation, we did not hear back from the property manager.  If it had not been for our “due diligence” we (I), the security guard would have been at fault.  Documentation is very time-consuming, making the towing of vehicles a very expensive proposition, not only for the tenant but your security provider as well.  I think my company should have made the property manager more aware of the fact that we are required to follow the parking enforcement policy and submit documentation supporting all tows.  When confronted by an angry tenant the property manager could explain our parking enforcement policy to the tenant and have them call us with any questions.  This will leave the property manager free to put out all the other fires.   –Jason Stanford,  Parking Enforcement, Overton Security