Allied Universal Takes Part in Capitol Hill Briefing on Employing Seniors

Catherine King, Senior Vice President, Recruiting and Staffing, was a featured speaker at the Capitol Hill briefing on employment needs of unemployed older Americans on Friday, Jan. 19th.

Allied Universal, Triple Recipient of 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards, along with Program Partners – Battery Park City Authorities, Denver Water, and the State of Tennessee for State Government Security Programs and Critical Infrastructure Solutions – is a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America.

As such, the company is proud to announce that Catherine King, Senior Vice President, Recruiting and Staffing, was a featured speaker at the Capitol Hill briefing on employment needs of unemployed older Americans on Friday, Jan. 19th.

The briefing provided an introduction to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

Catherine King, Allied Universal SVP Recruiting and Staffing

“Older Americans, who represent a growing part of the U.S. labor force, struggle to find jobs after becoming unemployed,” explained Catherine King.

“I am proud that Allied Universal is working with SCSEP to help older adults find jobs and increase their economic self-sufficiency.”

“We benefit from the skills, talents, and experiences of program participants we have hired thus far and look forward to bringing on more.”

In 2017, Allied Universal hired nearly 11,000 seniors as security professionals and in administrative roles.

That’s over 7 percent of Allied Universal’s workforce, and it’s growing.

Last year, the company also launched its Partners in Employment Community-Based Organization Program (PIE CBO) to help recruit older adults.

Organizations that refer seniors, can earn a referral payment of $400 per candidate hired.

“We network with a number or groups like AARP to reach this population,” King added.

“They are attractive workers because of their high work ethic and dependability. They are the children of ‘the greatest generation.’”

The SCSEP briefing explored various factors driving the conversation for employing older workers, such as an increase in life expectancy and workers prolonging retirement.

Hosted by U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the other speakers included:

  • Kelly S. Mikelson, Ph.D., Research Associate, Urban Institute, who authored the white paper ‘The Role of SCSEP in Workforce Training for Low-Income Older Workers’
  • Sharron Holquin, a former SCSEP participant who shared how she was able to turn her work-based training into a full-time job, and
  • Joseph McCarley, Project Director, TERRIFIC, Inc., who discussed his organization’s experience in hosting SCSEP participants

Allied Universal is Hiring America’s Seniors

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The Allied Universal unique Partners in Employment Community-Based Organization Program (PIE CBO) program supports both the Active Senior Community – and Organizations – in two important ways:

  • PIE CBO helps seniors attain meaning employment opportunities that keep them active and engaged.
  • They offer full time and part time Security Professional positions in a variety of physical settings that are well suited for seniors.
  • PIE CBO supports your organization’s goals as we contribute to your initiatives through our referral payment program. Those contributions can help fund your capital improvement projects or the variety of project and outreach programs you deliver.

To Learn More about Allied Universal’s Partners in Employment Community-Based Organization Program (PIE CBO) Program – go to

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Allied Universal is also Hiring Veterans

Additionally, Allied Universal was recently honored with the 2017 Veterans Employer of the Year Award for their Outstanding Dedication, Hiring and Support to Veterans by the Employment Development Department and West LA Employer Advisory Council.

Vice President of Recruiting Brenda Studley accepted the award.
Vice President of Recruiting Brenda Studley accepted the award.

Allied Universal works to advance the lives and careers of our veterans and transitioning service members in the communities we serve.

Their companywide military hiring program, Hire Our Heroes SM, is an essential part of our recruiting strategy.

Veterans and reservists possess the leadership qualities and skills needed to provide the highest level of security services to our clients every day. Since 2013, Allied Universal have hired over 25,000 heroes.

Allied Universal is honored to employ those who have dedicated themselves to protecting our freedom, and the security services industry is an ideal career for transitioning military.

Allied Universal offers the training and advancement opportunities necessary for reservists and veteran military to continue their careers.

Locally and nationally, through our partnership with a number of military assistance groups, we are committed to hiring high quality employees who have given their service and time for a greater cause, and want to further their service in a meaningful capacity.

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.

2017 ASTORS PlatinumOver 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:

  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission
  • State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
  • Leaders in Private Security

Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.

Battery Park and Allied Universal accepting their 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Award at ISC East.

American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.

As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:

  • Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
  • Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
  • Unprecedented urban violence
  • Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.
Charles Bohnenberger, Vice President of Government Services Business Development for Allied Universal, accepting a 2017 'ASTORS' Award at ISC East.
Charles Bohnenberger, Vice President of Government Services Business Development for Allied Universal, accepting a 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Award at ISC East.

These current circumstances have put forward another rapid expansion of new ideas, products and solutions to combat these ever changing challenges.

These changes have called for a new generation of security experts in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields who need real time knowledge of our ever growing threats.

These experts include the Government at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as from Private Firms specializing in Physical Security, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security responsible for implementing coordinated security measures to ensure our Nation’s Security and improve Public Safety.

Together, each of these entities work together seamlessly on the front lines of protecting our communities, to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

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Allied UniversalAllied Universal combines people and technology to deliver evolving, tailored solutions that allow their clients to focus on their core business.

Their unrelenting focus on clients’ success creates partnerships rooted in quality and value, is supported by experience gained from being in business for over 60 years.

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Battery Park City Authority & Allied Universal Takes 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Award