I began my career at Children's Mercy Hospital as a security officer in the early 80's and within a few years became a shift supervisor. After 9 years at Children's I left to work for Mast Ambulance as first an EMT attending paramedic school, becoming a Field Training Officer, then became a driving instructor and manager which led to the formation of a side company that did ambulance remounts and taught driving instructors all over the country. I helped form this company and became Vice President of Emergency Equipment and Training Inc. After 9 years with Mast and EETI, due to corporate downsizing, I returned to Children's Mercy Hospital as a shift supervisor and then Security Office Manager and for the past sixteen years have served as Assistant Director of Security and Transportation.
My duties have included a total remodel of the entire security department including implementation of IP Camera Systems. Shortly after 9-11 our staff of about 25 officers increased to a current staff of over 100 officers and drivers covering three campuses. Also shortly after 9-11 we implemented a basic reworking of how all visitors are handled. All but five of the hospital entrances were closed and sign in posts installed which are manned by an officer. All visitors to inpatient areas are screened, including whether or not the visitor is a registered sex offender, verifying the visit and photo IDs are mandatory. Our officers are currently checking in about 14,000 visitors weekly. This venture has been a great success as suspicious party calls and thefts have dropped to almost zero.
We also have just completed the process of arming all 105 of our Security Officers.
I am a member of ASIS and received my board certification of CPP in September of 2011. I have served as Awards Chair, and the Board as Treasurer for two years and as Vice Chair for two years.
My wife of almost 34 years and I have four children. We are also blessed with 5 Grandchildren We reside in Lee's Summit Missouri and have been there for over 12 years. We enjoy traveling and playing amateur poker.