Michael Evans is an entrepreneur with a mission to help entities around the world by showing them how to start a security company. In this interview, he shares with us his thoughts and tips.
1- Hello Michael, can you please tell us a bit about you?
I’m what I call a “Serial Entrepreneur.” Sometimes, I lose count on exactly how many companies I own at any given time. My main business is security. I’ve been in the security field for 24 years and a CEO for close to 15 years. My main security business, USPA International, operates all over the globe, providing close protection, kidnap prevention and recovery, as well as general security services in all 50 states.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
On the consulting side, I am focused on helping new CEO’s to get their security business off the ground and for the guys who have been around for a while, I help them streamline their processes (which is fancy for, “get them to free up their time and stop overspending and generate more money”). On the security side, my focus is women and children. I spend a considerable amount of my personal time and earnings to help women, usually teenage girls, who are being trafficked, as well as domestic violence victims. If I cannot physically be there, I have a network of bodyguards who respond and I can at least help by funding those security details.
3- How would you describe your journey in few words?
My journey goes from zero to 100mph at any given time. When I’m not working on my own businesses, I am working on others’ as a consultant. One minute I’m building a website for a client, then next I’m on the phone, consulting with a new CEO, that same night I’m out guarding someone’s life. Usually, I don’t know what each day will bring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
4- Where do you think your work is making an impact?
My work is making an impact on people’s lives. The CEO’s I consult with benefit from the thousands of hours of experience I bring to the conversation. I can usually finish their sentences as they are telling me what is going wrong in their business.
5- Do you find as an expert, that you enjoy the challenge of the industry being complex and with the game rules are always changing?
I’m not sure how much I enjoy it per se, but I do enjoy being challenged. The world is changing faster than the industry, and that leads me to other business ventures. From mobile app development, to Ballistic Rooms with my Panic Room Company, I try to react to the current state of the world and be ahead of what I can clearly see on the horizon.
6- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
As my children finish up their high school years, I will continue on my current path. I’m always on the lookout for my replacement. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll walk away from all of these businesses and bartend somewhere. I’d sure have a lot of stories to tell.
7- What can you tell young people who are pursuing their dreams in the security market?
Do the work! The security industry is like any other industry; in that, it takes time to build up your business. I remember Les Brown saying that a bamboo tree takes several years to grow before you ever see the tree. It takes years of care, and if you don’t quit, you’ll get the break you’re looking for.
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