Robert D. Sollars has more than 35 years of experience in the security field. He started as a security guard for Wells Fargo Guard Services (now defunct and part of Securitas) in St. Joseph, Missouri. During his time there he progressed to facility supervisor and field supervisor. He also served on numerous pre-strike and strike operations as both captain and coordinator.

He then went to Allied Security (now Allied-Barton) in Kansas City, Missouri, as a client services coordinator. He was awarded several decorations and then was made an office scheduler. Later he became a trouble shooter for the company and successfully turned around several accounts.

The rest of his resume includes over 130 media appearances including articles he’s written as well as radio and television appearances, print interviews and internet blogs. He has also worked for other companies, both in Missouri and Arizona, where he quickly moved into management because he was known as a problem solver.

In 2003, six weeks after moving to Arizona, he went blind, but he has continued to work within the security industry as a writer, blogger, trainer and consultant. He is a member of ASIS International in the Phoenix Chapter and is their public relations chairman.

In 2003, Robert lost his site due to an illness.
He didn’t let that inconvenience him in the slightest. He promptly turned his attention to sharing the lessons he learned during his long career. He has published two books and hosted numerous seminars to help companies put strong security in place to protect both employees and customers!

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WORK HISTORY

He has worked in a variety of locations and in a variety of industries. Here are a few of the companies he was worked for and with:

  • Wells Fargo Guard Services (Securitas)
  • Allied Security (Allied-Barton)
  • Peachtree Doors & Windows
  • Blueside Companies (a tanning producer of hides)
  • Monfort Pork a hog butcher & producer
  • American Family Insurance Regional Office
  • St. Joseph Power & Light Corporate Offices
  • Wire Rope Corporation of America
  • Airport Ramada Inn (Kansas City International)
  • Avis-Rent-A-Car (which he brought to his new employer in 1996

SKILLS

At every position he has held, Robert has been involved with:

  • Interviewing
  • Hiring
  • employee screening
  • coaching
  • training (both classroom & OJT)
  • Revising post orders and manuals to ensure client compliance
  • scheduling
  • management
  • disciplinary action
  • termination

In addition to those office traits he has assisted his and his company’s clients with:

  • Physical security surveys
  • Workplace violence consulting and training
  • Being available 24/7 to his clients and officers
  • Spoken to and given presentations to CEO’s, General Managers, business owners, and employees
  • Post inspections of officers at all hours
  • Standing post when necessary
  • Providing back-up for officers and clients when necessary

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