ATLANTA, Georgia – October 5, 2006 — U.S. Security Associates (USA) has announced that it has been named a 2006 BEST Award winner by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Other 2006 winners include such highly respected companies from around the world as Caterpillar, Infosys Technologies Limited (India), Microsoft, NCR Corporation, Verizon Communications, American Express, Deloitte & Touche, Merck and Wal-Mart Stores, among others.
Criteria for selection as a BEST (Building talent, Enterprise-wide, Supported by the organization's leaders, fostering a Thorough learning culture) Award winner is a company's ability to demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee training and development that creates and supports a deep learning culture, and provides opportunities for achieving business results.
Chuck Schneider, CEO of U.S. Security Associates, said, "Training and development is paramount to U.S. Security Associates' long- and short-term success. Two years ago, we created the USA Security Academy with the mandate of developing the best-trained people in the industry to serve our clients. We knew we were on the right track due to our client retention rate of over 90 percent, but the BEST Award affirms our investment and direction, and we're delighted to be in such distinguished company."
Begun in 1944, ASTD is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. Its 70,000 members and associates from more than 100 countries include multinational corporations, medium-size and small businesses, government, academia, consultants and service suppliers. For more information visit www.thebest40.com.
Founded in 1955 in Atlanta, Ga., U.S. Security Associates is the country's fourth largest uniformed security service company, with 22,000 employees in 103 cities. Some of its other clients include Abbott Laboratories, CB Richard Ellis, CVS, Federal Express, Georgia-Pacific, J.P. Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, Procter & Gamble, Union Pacific and UPS.
Lockheed Martin Commends U.S. Security Associates' Officers
In March 2006, the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation in Suffolk, Va., honored U.S. Security Associates officers Rodney Bercaw, Cornelious Reynolds, Walt Desenberg and Patricia Washington for their excellent visual coverage and for escorting employees. Lockheed management commended the entire USA staff for conducting their on-site duties and assignments with the utmost professionalism.
The account is usually 148 hours per week, but at times it will double depending on events occurring at the Center. USA's officers work very closely with Lockheed's in-house officers, and all USA personnel are required to have a Department of Defense Top Secret clearance in order to be posted on the account.
The Center is described on Lockheed Martin's website, www.lockheedmartin.com:
"Lockheed Martin's Center for Innovation is a powerful net-centric experimentation and analysis laboratory. Backed by an expansive network of [their] best labs and brightest minds, the Center for Innovation serves as a focal point for resourceful thinking and revolutionary technology. Lockheed Martin's Center for Innovation is a world-class laboratory for collaborative experimentation and analysis involving Lockheed Martin, its customers and industry partners. The Center for Innovation has core resources to test ideas and analyze warfighting concepts, and it is where Lockheed Martin will collaborate with customers to develop integrated Net-Centric solutions for defense and the changing national security environment.
The Center for Innovation is the site for prototype and evaluation efforts for horizontally integrated, Net-Centric operations systems. It is a key entry point to a growing network — known as the Global Vision NetworkTM — of Lockheed Martin engineering and laboratory locations. With Net-Centric modeling, simulation and analysis capabilities, the Center for Innovation plays a vital role in helping define, test and assess the architectures that will be the critical underpinnings of emerging Net-Centric systems.
The 50,000-square-foot high-end laboratory, located in Virginia's Hampton Roads region, is part of Lockheed Martin's investment in research and development facilities, programs and infrastructure. The Center for Innovation serves as a gateway to this broad capability across the Corporation. The Center for Innovation houses highly trained specialists in operations analysis, modeling and simulation, and visualization, and is staffed by operational domain experts.
The Center for Innovation is currently focused on advanced "initiatives," which bring together pertinent Lockheed Martin resources from across the company's business areas to develop a "blended" capability to solve joint warfighting needs with horizontally integrated systems. Current initiatives are focused on Net-Centric Operations; Joint Force Projection; Homeland Defense and Security; and Logistics and Materiel Readiness."
U.S. Security Associates is proud to be a partner with Lockheed Martin and is excited and pleased to have personnel assigned to this one-of-a-kind facility.
U.S. Security Associates (USA) is the market-leading, wholly-owned American, full-service safety and security solutions provider. With over 160 locally-responsive offices, international locations and over 50,000 dedicated professionals, they offer the most complete array of physical security, remote surveillance, and global consulting and investigations to ensure better outcomes for thousands of clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world's best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA's rise as one of the largest innovative security solutions leaders is a natural byproduct of these differentiators and enables the company to provide the most Safe. Secure. Friendly.® environments for people, assets, and brands. For more information, visit www.ussecurityassociates.com.
Natalie Fischer, Marketing Manager