Recruiting America’s Brave:
Thank You for
As a veteran myself, I know firsthand that men and women from the armed forces have the attributes we want in our security forces. They are leaders and team players. They are disciplined, courageous and loyal. Their strengths translate very successfully in security work, and their values form the foundation of our security company culture: duty, integrity, honor, service and excellence.
We have thousands of veterans in our ranks already, and since joining the 100,000 Jobs Mission, we have hired more former military and reserve personnel than ever before. We see great opportunity over the next decade to put even more of our nation’s top talent, training, and experience to work for our clients. That’s why we launched Recruiting America’s Brave, Careers for Veterans and Military Spouses – to broadcast the message that U.S. Security Associates is a military friendly company, where veterans and their families excel and thrive.
Chuck Schneider, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board
Former U.S. Navy Officer
I served in the US Army Reserves as a Military Police officer from 1996-2004. During that time I was working for USA as a security officer and site manager. I was deployed twice, once for Operation Noble Eagle (13 months), and the second was for Operation Iraqi Freedom (11 months). During that time the last thing I had to worry about was my job. USA was very supportive in making me feel at ease and helped me with the transition back into the civilian world each time. I have been with USA for over 14 years, and I am now running one of their largest offices in the country. I could not have done this without the support of USA and many of the managers that helped me along the way.
John McCracken, District Manager, Houston, Texas
U.S. Army Reserve, 1996-2004, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom
I am a retired E-9 from the United States Air Force. After 26+ years of service, I was hired by U.S. Security Associates in November 2011 and have not looked back since.
My experience in the civilian sector of life with this company has been rewarding as I started out as Quality Assurance Manager and was soon asked to take on the challenging role of National Accounts Director of Safety. Within a year or so I was promoted to Assistant District Manager where I am now learning the business side of the company and enjoying every minute of my new adventure.
USA is a company of dedicated professionals, many of which are retired or former military or have extensive backgrounds in Law Enforcement, with the same approach and mentality I was used to in meeting mission requirements and taking care of the people. Joining this company has helped me see that I can be as successful in the civilian world as I was in the military.
Burt Hillman, Assistant District Manager, Houston, TX
U.S. Air Force, 1982-2009, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom
I am a proud Marine Corps veteran of the Viet Nam era. Although sometimes, veterans of my era are forgotten, USA has not forgotten. We as a group are aging, yet, being a manager in USA is ageless. I am thanked for my service on Memorial Day and on Veteran’s Day. My unit president, Leo Flury Jr., has thanked me on other days besides these recognized ones, which has gone a long way to make me feel appreciated. As an operations manager, I have hired more than one active reservist – both Army and Marines. I have also hired a number of veterans, both recent veterans and from my time. Veterans of all generations share a common bond and I cherish that bond. USA makes us all feel welcome and appreciated for our service to our Nation. Thank you USA!!
Thomas P. Petersen, Operations Manager, San Jose, California
U.S. Marine Corps, 1975-1984, Vietnam
My name is David Overton and I am a veteran from the Coast Guard. I served from June, 1998 to June, 2002. I was a seaman in the Coast Guard, and at my unit we performed Search and Rescues and Law Enforcement. I have taken the Core Values of Honor, Integrity and Devotion to Duty with me from the Coast Guard. U.S. Security Associates aligns with the same Core Values, and it made it very easy for me to work and advance in the company. U.S. Security Associates is a dedicated company and makes a difference wherever we have the opportunity. I am proud that we have a CEO with prior military, because he shares the same values and has the military leadership that a security company has to have in order to succeed. I agree with the company pursuing military people because of the dependability and dedication that service members have.
David Overton, Operations Manager, Richmond, Virginia
U.S. Coast Guard, 1998-2002
US Security was quick to hire me as a security officer in the area I was stationed. After a few months, I applied for other positions with the company and was accepted/promoted. Many opportunities for advancement exist with US Security. I was fast tracked from Security Officer to Branch, District and Regional Manager. My military training and core values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage were applicable to US Security. The company was a good fit for me. The Army trained to accomplishing the mission and managing soldiers. With US Security I found you take care of your customers - similar to the Military accomplishing the mission. Managing security officers is very similar to managing soldiers. In fact the rank structures are very similar to the military. Most of the North Texas Area Managers and Supervisors have a military background. US Security understands the military has high standards and aggressively recruits from all branches of our Armed Forces!
Brian Lumby, Regional Manager, Gulf Region Business Unit
U.S. Army, 1982-2003
When I retired from the military, employers did not care about or even know how your military training could help them. I started working in contract security for one of USA’s competitors in 2004, as an overnight security officer. The managers I worked for at the time told me, “You have only worked as a police officer in the military – you know NOTHING of real life, keep your mouth shut and learn!!” I did, and in 2008, I asked Mr. Lo Bianco for an opportunity at US Security Associates D/B/A Advance Security if one became available. I started working for Mr. Lo Bianco that year as an operations manager. Mr. Lo Bianco provided me the chance to open a sub office in Minneapolis. Not only did he send me to a Managers training class, he has allowed me to go to a few training courses. Since then I have been promoted to Regional Manager and oversee two states. Twenty years of military police, investigative, leadership and management experience have helped me as an associate in this company solve many client and officer issues over the past six years. Mr. Lo Bianco and the folks I work with within my entire business unit have respected me enough to help me to be a better manager and leader. Their respect for my abilities far outweighs the many thank you’s anyone could say to me for the time I served.
William C. Gordon Jr., Regional Manager, Advance Security, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
U.S. Air Force, 20 years served, Vietnam, Desert Shield/ Desert Storm
I am very proud and honored to be a part of USA. As a U.S. Navy Desert Shield/Storm Veteran, being hired by USA and seeing how they respect and treat prior/active military personnel is outstanding. I also have 4 staff that are prior/active reserve: Terry Collins, Chris Roush, John Puskarich, and Jerry Wellman. They understand the meaning of hard work and dedication. I always preach to all of my staff that going above and beyond the call of duty not only shows your hard work ethic, but also shows your good character. Hiring prior/active personnel helps the company and also gives hope to those who have served, knowing they have employment after serving their country.
To me, teamwork is the most important asset that a manager can have. Without teamwork the ship sinks fast. USA can be proud of what it has done for the United States Military and Veterans. I look forward to having more veterans/active reserves on my team in the future.
Shawn Lorenzo, Project Manager, Bridgville, PA
U.S. Navy, 1988-1992, Desert Shield/ Desert Storm
I went into the United States Marine Corps at the age of 18. After I suffered an injury that kept my career short, I went into law enforcement, and then into security while I was attending school. One thing that the Marines taught me was perseverance and endurance. I was working two full time jobs and going to school full time. Because of my training and work ethic, I was promoted rather quickly to the site supervisor, and then all the way into administrative management and now am the Operations Manager. U.S. Security is truly a great place to work, and my work history here has shown proof of that. Since employed here, I have been steadily promoted over 3 years, all while attending school and working toward two bachelor’s degrees. If it were not for USA’s flexibility and willingness to let me succeed, I would not be where I am today. Now it is my responsibility to hire and train these individuals who come through my door looking for work, and the one thing that always stands out is the military service. I know with that training behind them, that they have the ability to strive just as I did. USA is my home now, and I will always welcome our service men and women into it. Semper Fidelis
Michael Philbeck, Operations Manager, Charlotte, NC
U.S. Marine Corps, 1 year served
While deployed in Afghanistan with the US Army Reserves, my job with US Security was placed on hold in the States. Upon arriving back to my job, I was rewarded with a promotion that I would have received if I had not been deployed. It has been a great pleasure to work for a company so involved with its service members.
Scott Monistere, Branch Manager, Corpus Christi, Texas
U.S. Army Reserve, 2000-current, Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom
I have been employed with US Security Associates since April 2012 when I started as a Security Officer providing security for a major Oil Service Company. In August 2012, I was promoted to Security Coordinator and provide physical security at two super sites and remote security at two other super sites in Western North Dakota.
My security career began in 1985 when I joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to provide security at a Naval Weapons Station. Throughout my active duty, I provided security on land and aboard ships. After leaving active duty, I continued in this field within the criminal justice system, moving from an officer up through the ranks to achieve a position as Classification Administrator before moving on to US Security Associates.
I have enjoyed the challenges this move has brought to my door and have worked through each and every one with the great assistance and team work of the US Security team. I encourage veterans to come and join the team.
Mark A. Bundy, Security Coordinator, Moorhead, Minnesota
U.S. Marine Corps, 1985-1989
From 1961 to 1965, I was an Airman First Class with the 45th Air Intelligence Division, 42nd Bomb Wing Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, Loring Air Force, Maine. My service included the Cuban Missile Crises and TDY to Viet Nam in 1965. I retired from Securitas as an Operations Manager for Cape Cod & Islands, Ma. My wife and I moved to beautiful WNC in 2006. I applied for a security officer’s position with US Security Associates and was accepted. I worked my way through the ranks and today, I am proud to be Operations Manager for Branch 042 (Asheville, NC).
I’m 72 years old and going strong! This is the best outfit I’ve ever worked for in my 46-year police/security career!
Jon Kelley, Operations Manager, Asheville, NC
U.S. Air Force, 1961-1965, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam
I have only had three jobs in my 65 years. I enlisted in the United States Army as Private and advanced in rank to the position of Captain. I served in Vietnam and when honorably discharged became a State Highway Patrolman. For the last 31 years, I have been a member of the U.S. Security Associates team.
I was promoted through the ranks and have been very pleased with the leadership and direction of our company. In the Tampa office, three out of the four senior managers have military backgrounds.
Throughout my career I have been a strong advocate of hiring men and women with a military background. They have received the very best training available in the world and know how to get things done.
I’m proud of my military service and even prouder of the young men and women who have served in the United States Military. Our President and CEO is a former Navy veteran. In conclusion, all I can say is welcome aboard. We’d love to have you on our team, and thank you for your service to our country.
Robert G. Lee, Jr., Business Development, Tampa, Florida
U.S. Army, 1966-1972, Vietnam
When I first applied for USA, I could tell that they were a military friendly company by the way they reviewed my resume and actively asked questions about it. I was basically hired on the spot. It’s a really good feeling when you find a company that supports what you do.
A company actively searching for associates with prior military service is not only good for the company but also good for helping the soldier, marine or sailor transitioning into a role they are very familiar with. The supervisor can trust that the job will be handled in a professional manner and that the service member is well qualified.
Last year I decided that I wanted to finish up my inactive contract by going into the Marine Corps Reserves. My supervisor was very supportive of my decision and worked with my schedule so that everything worked out perfectly.
A company is only as good as the people that work for them. I’m very happy with the associates that are to my left and right.
Terry Collins, Security Associate, Canonsburg, PA
U.S. Marine Corps, 2006-2010
I enjoy working for US Security Associates because I am well managed. If I have any issues with my daily life, my supervisor is helpful, understanding, and flexible. Our small group of Security Associates is, in large part, made up of people that have served our country in the armed forces. This previous experience makes team building easier to achieve, and we all come together as a team more effectively. If I owned a business myself, I would seek out veterans as my first choice of employee. They already know what it means to be a follower and a leader.
Christopher Lee Roush, Security Associate, Canonsburg, PA
U.S. Army, 1986-1992
I found that joining the USA Team let me use my military background and training. I, as an older veteran, have never forgotten the Pride, Responsibility, and Trust that is so important in the military, and in today’s society. Recruiting the military veteran for experience is not only a great idea from the USA CEO, but it also shows his proud military background and willingness to help a fellow veteran.
I salute him!
John Puskarich, Security Associate, Canonsburg, PA
U.S. Army, 1965-1969, Vietnam
I joined U.S. Security as a security officer in a hospital in 2003 – after spending 32 years in finance. These last 10 years have been the most rewarding of my entire life. The people I have met and worked with is as a happy ending novel. I moved from the position of security officer, to site supervisor utilizing as many as 28 officers covering 1300 hours plus weekly, and then on to operations manager. I attribute my rapid advancement to knowledgeable administrative people and the values of honesty and integrity I made a part of my life from military training. U.S. Security’s policies of training, honor, dedication and performance are carbon copies of military education. When I hire an individual as a security officer, past military duty is first and foremost in my mind. U.S. Security’s position on hiring veterans is one of their greatest assets, and I am very proud to be a part of this organization.
Don Deaton, Operations Manager, Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky
U.S. Air Force, 1966-1971, Vietnam
USA gives me a compatible schedule as far as my other employment and working relationships with fellow employees. US Security Associates are professional in appearance and security interaction. I personally think hiring military personnel is a great idea, because military people can identify with other military people and build great teamwork. The CEO with his prior military background gets everyone thinking and working in the same direction.
Jerry Wellman, Security Associate, Canonsburg, PA
U.S. Army, 1967-1969, Vietnam
My name is Mike Stuart, a former private-Spec 4, Sergeant E-5, Staff Sergeant E-6, eventually attaining the rank of Major. I am a Vietnam Vet, and throughout my career served in command and the operations fields. When I applied for the Operations Manager’s position with U.S. Security Associates in 1998, I felt right at home as the duties in my position closely resembled those assigned in the military – fast paced action, attention to detail, working as a team, the ability to work several projects at once, and great camaraderie to boot with my associates and fellow security officers. U.S. Security Associates Inc. has always been in the forefront of hiring reservists, members of the National Guard, and former members of the military, as they are already trained to assume most of the duties without major adjustments. I have been with our company close to 15 years and have been able to use my skills and learn new ones. I invite you to join us and see for yourself. Welcome on board!
Mike Stuart, Operations Manager, Tampa, Florida
U.S. Army, Vietnam
I served honorably for 22 years in the United States Army, and USA has provided me with the chance to use my leadership skill and the security experience I acquired during my military service. USA has also given me my first employment opportunity and advancement after working here for only a short period of time. I value Integrity, Ethics, Teamwork, and Support, which I am pleased to say that USA has provided. I think it’s great that USA is aggressively recruiting prior military and reservists. We often get overlooked, and it's good to know that we are thought of in high regards. Knowing that our CEO is prior military gives me comfort that he understands our way of thinking and will be looking out for our best interests.
Karl Jones, Operational Office Assistant/ Field Inspector, Chesapeake Virginia
U.S. Army, 22 years served
I am a US Army Veteran Retired and a former JROTC Instructor in the Houston area. I am a recent hire with US Security Associates, and after being hired, it’s my observation that US Security Associates will be a good fit for Service Members coming off of active duty. Many of the US Security policies and procedures I find are very similar to what is done in the US Military. US Security does a good job training its people, following the chain of command and in the dress and appearance of its officers.
Willie E. Flowers, Security Officer, Houston, Texas
My name is Cris Unciano. I am the Loss Prevention Coordinator for the West Coast Region located in Northern California. In my military experience, I served two tours in Iraq and conducted special operations finding Improvised Explosive Devices and disarming them to ensure the safety of military personnel.
USA has given me a positive experience in helping transition from military to civilian life. Regional Loss Prevention Manager Nick Layfield has helped with my flexible schedule as well as accommodated my reserve status. My experience as a supervisor in the military has helped me become a better Loss Prevention Supervisor and understand how to deal with different security officers in a tactful way.
Cris Unciano, Loss Prevention Coordinator, West Coast Region
U.S. Army, Special Operations, Iraq
Are you transitioning from military service to the private sector? Are you looking for an employer that really wants you on board? Are you looking to work in a safe work force environment?
If these are some of your concerns, look no further and march on to U.S. Security Associates. After working for the last couple of years, I can firmly attest that this company genuinely cares about all its employees, on and off the job. You will always be shown the respect that you deserve for having served your country. Additionally, U.S. Security Associates has a strong commitment to the safety of their personnel and takes pride in their safety record.
Robert Cardoza, Security Officer
U.S. Air Force, 24 years served
I joined the ranks of USA on October 13, 1997 as a Branch Manager in Baltimore, Maryland after serving in the U. S. Army and a career in Law Enforcement. I continue to have a strong fraternal relationship with those that serve for the freedom I enjoy. My 3 years in the US Army set the stage for my career development in the Security field that has expanded for more than 50 years. In my employment with USA, I have encouraged the enlistment of former veterans and also those that still serve on active reserve. Our Commander, a former military person, understands that the discipline, commitment, training and responsiveness that are learned practices of the United States Military are the values that have made U.S. Security Associates, Inc. “The Best Company for 50,000 plus personnel to work for.” We military veterans will always have an open door for our fraternal veterans, working with those individuals to assist in the development of a career path.
COME JOIN OUR TEAM –WE NEED YOU-WE WANT YOU-WE WILL OFFER YOU OUR BEST-YOU WILL NEVER REGRET THE MOVE.
Bobby Eddins, Vice President
U.S. Army, 3 years served
After getting out of the Army on a Green to Gold Scholarship (Commissioning) to complete my education, I stumbled into the world of contract security. I had no intention of making it a career, rather a way to get a few extra dollars to help support myself and my family while I completed my degree in Criminal Justice and either going back into the Army as a Commissioned Officer or pursuing a career in Federal Law Enforcement . In a short period of time, I realized there were a lot more opportunities for a professional career in the contract security arena than I ever dreamed of. I was quickly able to be promoted through the ranks on a 2-3 year cycle based on the work ethic I learned as a NCO in the Army – first to a supervisor, then to the position of an operations manager and a few years later to my current position as Vice President, Operations and Business Development for two Business Units within the company.
U.S. Security Associates from the highest level down, to include our CEO and President Charles Schneider, a veteran himself, to all of us veterans in the field, have always not only encouraged me to remain active with military organizations or events, but also supported me in my efforts by allowing me to donate my time and resources to such worthy organizations as the Wounded Warrior Foundation, The Fisher House in San Antonio, and most close to me is getting a permanent plaque placed on the ROTC building at Texas State University for a friend and fallen soldier who I served with. It is this dedication to both the current troops as well as those who have served and are transitioning back to the civilian world, that has been a large part of why I not only joined U.S. Security Associates many years ago, but more importantly why I have stayed with U.S. Security Associates for the past 13+ years and will continue to do so long into the future.
It was an honor for me to serve and defend the best country in the world as a Sergeant in the United States Army during my military tenure, and I am lucky enough to be able to continue serving in a similar line of service for the best contract security company in the United States, where people come first – especially veterans!
Marty Passmore, CPP, Vice President, Operations & Business Development