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Martin to lead Universal Protection Service Midwest division

Universal Protection Service has promoted Michael J. Martin to president of the security company's Midwest division. Martin oversees operations, business development, client relations, fiscal planning and strategic analysis, while supporting more than 10 branch offices with more than 5000 employees throughout the Midwest and Canada.


March 7, 2016
By Canadian Security

“Promoting Michael, with his solid client relationships and deep industry expertise, was the right choice,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Universal Services of America, the parent company of Universal Protection. “He was the guy to succeed Chris Thornton, who recently retired from the role of president and will fill another position internally.”

Prior to joining Universal Protection Service in 2015 through a company acquisition, Martin was vice-president regional manager for Guardsmark, where he spent 23 years. During his career there, he rose up the ranks from uniformed security professional to learning and development specialist, followed by operations manager and vice-president of the Midwest division. Before Guardsmark, Martin worked internationally in the defense industry as a cyber analyst.

“I very much look forward to taking existing relationships to the next level by implementing Universal’s integrated approach to security solutions and continuing our record of organic growth in the Midwest,” Martin said.

Universal Protection Service is a primary security provider for commercial office and retail properties.

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