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American Services

 

Leadership team

Henry C. Harrison – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Henry HarrisonHenry Harrison founded American Security in 1975 after retiring from the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was named State Trooper of the Year in 1967. Since founding American Services, Harrison has been actively involved in working on behalf of the law enforcement community, serves on several local board of directors and is a supporter of numerous charitable organizations. His board positions have included positions with Summit Bank, Union Bank, Customized Companion Care, Herlong-Bates Insurance, Pacific Gateway Capital Group and Tri-County Technical College. He is also a member of the S.C. Sheriff’s Association, American Legion (Post 3), Blue Ridge Electric Co-op, and Urban League. Former South Carolina Governor David Beasley awarded Mr. Harrison the Order of the Palmetto which is South Carolina’s highest citizen award, for his work and contributions to the state. Mr. Harrison was a recent inductee into the Greenville Technical College’s Entrepreneur’s Forum which recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding achievements in business and contributed to the prosperity of Upstate South Carolina. He remains involved in the strategic direction of the company as well as nurturing client relationships.

Jim M. Ward – President

Jim WardJim Ward joined American Services, Inc. after retiring in 1993 with thirty five years of service with JPS Textiles. Throughout his tenure at JPS Textiles, Jim held numerous roles with managerial responsibility involving various operational aspects of the business. At JPS Textiles, Jim completed his career as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer having responsibility of some 7,000 employees across five states. Today, Jim serves as President of American Services and corporately oversees all businesses including American Security, Action Staffing and ACI Janitorial.

 

Paul W. Nipper, III – President of Strategic Planning & Development

Paul W. Nipper IIIPaul W. Nipper, III, has been with American Services for over 25 years. He has an extensive background in direct line management of various hourly and salaried employees. Paul’s experience covers expertise in risk assessment, investigations, security surveys, crowd control, traffic control, electronic equipment including CCTV, emergency planning, internal theft control, executive protection, and event security. While involved with the Department of Defense, Paul spent 13 years as the Facility Security Officer in charge of Secret Clearances for the United States Government. Paul holds a business management degree from Gardner-Webb University and is currently responsible for Corporate Strategic Planning and new client development at American Services.

William W. “Billy” Wilkins – Former Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Billy WilkinsWilliam W. “Billy” Wilkins is the former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and former Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. Judge Wilkins is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. In 1974 he was elected Solicitor for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in South Carolina. After a successful tenure as Solicitor (District Attorney), Judge Wilkins was appointed United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina in 1981 by President Ronald Regan. In 1986 Judge Wilkins was appointed U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and was elevated to Chief Judge in 2003. In 2007 Judge Wilkins elected to retire from the bench and re-enter private practice. In addition to his distinguished legal career, Judge Wilkins served 27 years in the U.S. Army (active and reserve) and in the South Carolina National Guard. He received numerous decorations and awards including the prestigious Legion of Merit for Meritorious Service, and holds the retired rank of Brigadier General. For three consecutive years, Judge Wilkins was named by Greenville Business Magazine as one of the most influential people in the Upstate and one of the Upstate’s leading lawyers. He was instrumental in negotiating the deal that brought the Boeing facility to South Carolina.

Robert M. Stewart – Former Chief of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

Robert StewartRetired South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Robert Stewart has 40 years of service in law enforcement and served four governors representing both parties. He has extensive experience in working with federal, state, and local agencies and units of government. As SLED Chief, his responsibilities took him to foreign countries, such as Israel, to experience and study homeland security and counterterrorism operations. He also traveled to Russia to evaluate the impact of the Moscow Police Command College, a U.S. State Department project conducted by the University of South Carolina and SLED, on law enforcement operations in that country. He served as South Carolina’s State Homeland Security Advisor, and on the national level, he has served as a member of the executive committee of the Homeland Security Advisors Council. He was one of five commissioners selected to serve on the Congressional Commission for the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement, chaired by Judge William Webster, which studied the role of federal law enforcement for the 21st century. He was also in charge of the security details for various public officials, including the governor, and coordinated safety and security efforts for a range of events including national conferences of governors, legislators, and presidential candidates’ debates.

Randy Harrison, CHSO – President, American Security

Randy HarrisonHarrison joined American Services after a 25 year career with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). While at SLED, Harrison investigated major crimes, from drug trafficking to murders and kidnapping. He spent part of his career performing undercover narcotics work. Harrison worked on both the United States Attorney’s Organized Crime Drug Task Force and was deputized by the FBI, DEA and US Marshal’s office. Harrison is a member of the American Society of Industrial Security, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association and holds a CPI certification with the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security. Harrison currently serves as Chairman of the SLED Private Security Advisory Board. He is also serving a 3 year term with the Upstate Urban league and is participating in the Palmetto Baptist Hospital’s leadership forum.

Carole Ann Owens – Corporate Operations Director for American Services

Carol Ann OwensCarole Ann has an extensive background in corporate operations with 27 years of management experience including 17 years in the security industry.  At American Services, she oversees the corporate services for all three divisions of the company, including Human Resources, Accounting, Training, and State Registrations.  Carole Ann is also an officer of the Board of Directors for American Services where she serves as Secretary.

 

Martin D. Brown – Retired FBI Agent

Marty BrownBrown comes to American Security with over thirty-seven years of law enforcement service. In 1975, he began his career with the Belton Police Department as a Patrolman. In 1976, he joined the FBI, serving in Columbia, SC; New York City; Washington, DC; and Greenville, SC. His primary investigative duties and assignments included Violent Crimes, Drugs, White Collar Crime investigations, Domestic Terrorism, and Foreign Counter Intelligence matters. In 1983, Brown was selected to join the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). The HRT is a full-time tactical operations unit prepared to deploy anywhere in the US and throughout the world to conduct successful rescue of US persons who may be held by domestic or international groups. Brown retired from the Greenville FBI office in 2006, and then served as Chief of Police in Anderson for six years. Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina in 1973 and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice in 1978.

Murray Fant – Regional President, American Services

Murray FantMurray joined American Services with 27 years of law enforcement experience with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).  During his SLED career, Murray served in a variety of roles including security for the state capital and state office complex, special agent and Supervisor for both the Narcotics Division and Intelligence Section and as Captain, Special Agent and Supervisor in Charge of Investigations for a ten-county area.  He also served as state representative to Interpol and a Bomb Technician.  After retiring from SLED, Murray joined American Security in 1999.  He serves on the board of directors for the National Safety Council, is a member of the South Carolina National Safety Council’s Board of Directors, SLED Foundation Board, and the SLED Advisory Board for Security.  Murray is affiliated with the American Society of Industrial Security and holds licenses for Security and Private Investigations.

Ricky Pruitt – Regional President, American Services

Ricky PruittRicky came to American Services with 25 years of law enforcement experience including 13 years with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, where he was selected Trooper of the Year in 1985. Ricky also served twelve years with the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) where he was an investigator for violent crimes, corruption, and narcotics cases - the last five years attached to the SC Attorneys General office. He also served as the Narcotics Investigative Supervisor coordinating Federal cases across the United States. Ricky was deputized by the FBI, DEA, and ATF on numerous occasions to provide assistance with major cases in the Southeastern United States. Ricky currently serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Tri-County Technical College.

Mike Gardner – Director of Hospital Security

Mike GardnerMike joined American Services with 25 years of law enforcement experience with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. During his last seven years, Mike served as the Troop Three Upstate Patrol Commander and prior to that, he served as a Lieutenant with the Patrol’s investigative auto theft unit. Mike also served on the Governor’s Executive Protection Detail for eight years in which he provided security on four continents and over 30 states. His experience with Troop Three also included Command supervision of game-day traffic control for Clemson football. Mike also served as the Executive Protection instructor for the Highway Patrol School Basic classes. He is a recipient of the state’s highest honor, “The Order of the Palmetto” and received a “South Carolina State Senate Resolution” for his dedicated service to the State of South Carolina. Mike is a Senior Member with the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS) and is affiliated with the American Society of Industrial Security, the South Carolina Troopers Association and the American Association of State Troopers. He is currently chairman of the SC Chapter of the IAHSS.

Rick Adams – Regional President, American Services

Rick AdamsBefore joining American Services, Rick was the security director for a major food manufacturer located in the upstate of South Carolina. In 1986, he joined American Services and has served in many capacities since that time. Rick has been Director of Operations for the security division, Vice President of Marketing and Sales and is currently President of the Spartanburg Division in Spartanburg, SC. In his current position, Rick is involved in both operations and sales for all divisions of the company. He has been certified by the Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) as a custodial technician trainer. He also has been certified by the Green Business League as a green consultant. Rick was recently accredited as a LEED Green Associate by the Green Building Certification Institute. Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina. 

Joey Tucker – District Manager

Joey TuckerJoey came to American Services with 25 years of law enforcement experience with the South Carolina Highway Patrol where he served as First Sergeant with day-to-day responsibility for Patrol operations in Spartanburg County and as Assistant Troop Commander for Troop Three in Spartanburg County. He also served as Sergeant in Cherokee County with responsibility for day-to-day operations. As a Trooper, he was a member of the South Carolina Highway Patrol SWAT Team and served on the Drug Enforcement Administration task force in South Carolina. Joey was very involved with the South Carolina Boys State Program and represented the Highway Patrol. He is currently affiliated with the American Society of Industrial Security and the South Carolina Troopers Association.

Hunter West – District Manager

Hunter WestHunter joined American Services with 29 years of law enforcement experience and over 1000 hours of additional law enforcement training. A former native of Marion, SC, Hunter moved to Greenville in 1977 where he served as a Lieutenant with Greenville City Police Department, most recently security manager for local aircraft company. Hunter has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University; a Criminal Justice Associates Degree from Greenville Technical College; and is a graduate from the 171st session FBI National Academy, FBI Police Law Specialist School and Illinois State Police Academy Anti-Terrorism and Civil Disorder School. Hunter is an active member of the SC FBI National Academy Associates and SC Police Officers Association.

David Harrison – CPP District Manager

David HarrisonDavid is Certified Protection Professional with over 21 years of military experience including active duty with the US Army, 2nd Infantry Division, and is currently a member of the SC Air National Guard serving as a crash rescue firefighter. David spent six years with Military Department of Connecticut as a State Firefighter/EMT assigned to Bradley Air National Guard Base with the rank of Lieutenant and was selected as Firefighter of the Year for the Connecticut Air National Guard in 1998. He also spent five years with the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station Security Force and was a member of the SWAT Team and the SWAT Competition Team. He also trained officers in armed response techniques and competed in the national SWAT competitions in 1991 and 1992. David is a veteran of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom in Southwest Asia.

Mieko Fox – Regional President, American Services

Meiko FoxMieko is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and began her career with American Security in 1995 overseeing the Human Resources Department. She spearheaded the opening of the Charlotte Division office in 1999 to support growth in North Carolina and is responsible for securing several long-term partnerships in North Carolina. Mieko returned to Greenville, SC to assist with the incorporation of American Security, ACI Janitorial and Action Staffing. She currently oversees Charlotte operations for all corporate divisions.

 

Cameron Keriazakos – President of Sales

Cameron KeriazakosCameron joined American Services in 1989 after a successful career in the staffing industry in Charlotte, NC.  At that time, her role was to start-up and develop the company’s staffing division known then as Ameri-Temp.  Cameron successfully led Ameri-Temp into staffing partnerships with current clientele and positioned the business in the surrounding staffing markets.  Upon the merger of the three divisions that form American Services, Cameron moved into a role responsible for strategically positioning the company as a regional contract service partner.  As President of Sales, she leads her team in the promotion of American Services as a contract services provider for the Security, Staffing, and Janitorial markets. 

Bryan Ward – Vice President of Operations

Bryan WardBryan is a 1978 graduate of Clemson University and holds an Associates Degree in Textile Technology from Greenville Technical College. Before joining American services in 1996, Bryan spent 18 years as Warehouse Manager at Greenville Distribution Center which at that time supplied over 300 Woolworth stores throughout the Southeast. In 1996, Bryan joined American Services as account manager for American Commercial & Industrial (now ACI Janitorial) beginning with four sites. In 2000, he was promoted to District Manager for Gaffney, Spartanburg and North Carolina and in 2004 he was promoted to Vice President of Operations with 50+ accounts under his direction. Bryan has received certification from Cleaning Management Institute for the Chemistry of Cleaning and is also trained in OSHA, Blood Borne Pathogen and Emergency procedures.

Beth Areiza – District Manager

Beth AreizaBeth has over 20 years customer service experience with companies such as Piedmont Industries, Greenville Machinery and McKechnie Plastic Components. Having been with American Services since 1997, Beth has worked with Action Staffing as District Coordinator and District Manager in Greenville and Anderson Counties. In May of 2009 she accepted the position of District Manager with American Commercial & Industrial – now ACI Janitorial. Beth has received training from the Cleaning Management Institute for which she received certification and also serves as trainer for OSHA, Blood Borne Pathogen and Emergency procedures.

 

 

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