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Promotional Feature: Security from the Best of the Best

Nov 19, 2018 03:28PM ● By John Lehndorff
When you want real, dependable security in the canna-business, you hire a marine.

And not just any marine, but a recently returned Afghanistan theater veteran like Sean Keebler, CEO of Bulldog Protective Solutions, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq on an anti-terrorism team, and as a security contractor in the Middle East.

Bulldog was started in 2015, named after Keebler’s college mascot (as well as the mascot of the Marine Corps). The company provides mainly dispensary security but also provides secure transportation and grow security. “Our biggest ongoing security concern is always the armed robbery,” he says. “With the status of the industry, a majority of dispensaries can’t put their money in a bank, and they are perceived as having a lot of cash on hand.”

Bulldog COO James Champlin is an Iraq vet with a background that includes private security operations in Africa. Trevor Milihram, another marine with experience overseas, is Bulldog’s regional manager.

All Bulldog employees go through extensive background checks. All are trained in firearms, threat identification and mitigation, escort services, executive and VIP protection, personal protection, and customer service.

Returning Afghanistan and Iraq vets will continue to be the workforce of Bulldog “almost exclusively,” Keebler says. “We’ll consider anybody, and if they can get squared away and be trusted with using a firearm, we might hire that person,” he says. “Other than that, we are 100 percent veteran—Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, even Navy.”

He says that’s because they find that vets are reliable, will be where they are supposed to be, and have the correct mindset that Bulldog is looking for. “We are not looking for the bouncers that are going to intimidate customers and scare them away,” Keebler says. “We want to hire professionals who are friendly and outgoing, and who can handle anything when push comes to shove.”

One example of that military training being applied to a dispensary is where the cash drop occurs. A thief could shop at the dispensary a couple of times and figure out its routine. “Constantly changing patrol times and routes is a common infantry tactic which we have adapted to our business operations.”

He says they feel like they have made their footprint in the industry and are looking to grow from there— but with an eye on the changing cannabis landscape. “Hopefully, cannabis will be, if not legal nationwide, at least more accepted to the point where our security professionals are not needed in stores,” he says.

“I always compare it to alcohol. There are no armed guards in liquor stores. So our focus would be to transition to large grow and processing operations and then branch out to other areas of security for the industry.”

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