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U.S. Security Associates, Inc.

U.S. Security Associates, Inc. (USA) is a veteran success story. Since former United States Navy officer Chuck Schneider took the helm in 1993, he has taken USA from a mid-size, regional operation to the nation’s fourth-largest security company and the second-largest American-owned security firm. From USA’s corporate headquarters in Roswell, Georgia, Schneider has expanded the company’s footprint with more than 160 branch offices across North America. Today, USA deploys uniformed security officers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico for Fortune 500 companies, healthcare organizations, schools and universities, government facilities, and commercial and residential properties.

Schneider has also expanded USA’s core capabilities beyond contract security services. Now, the company also provides security and risk management consulting and investigations. USA has resources on the ground in more than 120 countries to deliver workplace violence training, executive protection, special event security, crisis response, and other services.

USA has projected $1.3 billion in revenues for 2103. The company has 46,000 employees worldwide.

The company has career opportunities in security operations, human resources, learning and development, information technology, finance, accounting, and administration. USA’s greatest manpower needs are in security operations. USA promotes 5 percent to 10 percent of its workforce every year on average, so USA security professionals have every opportunity to advance into supervision, management, and other fields.

Even with thousands of veterans already in its workforce, the company is stepping up its veteran hiring efforts to combat high unemployment among veterans. USA has pledged to support the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of major employers working to hire collectively 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since joining the Mission, USA has hired record numbers of veterans.

USA recently launched Recruiting America’s Brave, a national campaign to connect transitioning and veteran military, and their spouses, with USA careers. USA recruiters are working with a variety of groups and programs helping veterans find jobs, including Hiring our Heroes, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Warriors to Work.

Company recruiters are also exhibiting at RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos. After a recent event, Angela Myers, USA’s regional recruitment manager, said, “The Opportunity Expo gave us great exposure to highly qualified and motivated military veterans. I have had about 20 candidates that I met at the Expo come to my office to interview with me, and I have already hired eight of them.”

Schneider knows veterans make good employees. “They are leaders and team players,” he said. “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.”


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This article was written by Liz Wheeler