SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlos Marcelo, a shift supervisor/watch commander for Universal Protection Service, has been named the ASIS 2015 Ralph Day Security Officer of the Year for his stellar service and commitment to the security profession. The ASIS Security Services Council honored Marcelo during ASIS International's 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits slated for Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2015, Anaheim, Calif.
Steve Jones, CEO of Universal Services of America, said, "I am extremely proud of Carlos and offer my congratulations on this most deserving recognition. The superb service he provides our clients and the public at-large is a testament to the excellence Universal invests in recruiting, selecting and training professionals of his caliber. We ask a lot of our security officers, from deterring criminal activity, to ensuring the safety of employees, clients and visitors at every account we have and Carlos does this flawlessly day in and day out."
Marcelo, a three-plus-year Universal employee, is 'out-front' on every issue describes Steve Burhans, service manager for Universal Protection Service. "When he is on duty, he is in charge and takes his responsibility seriously. I personally feel that once he is on duty, I can go to sleep. He will address scheduling, personnel, emergency, and other issues without being told and reports afterwards what he did to solve them."
A recent heroic act included helping to save lives as a result of two auto accidents that occurred earlier this year on the 101 Freeway in Southern California.
Additionally, Marcelo is currently on a deployment assignment in the Middle East as an Army National Guard Reservist. "This is not out of the norm for Carlos as he has put his own life on the line, for all of us, as a U.S. Army Reservist. He has served abroad in some very dangerous situations and we are very proud to have him as part of our team," said Burhans, who, along with the Marcelo family accepted the award on Marcelo's behalf on Sept. 27 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel Convention Center.
The Security Services Council established the Ralph Day Security Officer of the Year Award four years ago to honor a deserving security professional who performs outstanding service/acts in the security profession. It is named for Ralph D. Day, CPP, a highly regarded figure in the security industry and a long-time member of and contributor to the ASIS organization.
Universal Protection Service is the largest U.S.-owned security provider, with a major presence in North America. Sectors served include commercial real estate, retail, healthcare, distribution and transportation, homeowners' associations, and educational institutions—all representative of the types of accounts Marcelo services in his territory of Ventura County, Calif.
About Universal Services of America
Founded in 1965, Universal Services of America combines an innovative mix of tradition with cutting edge systems and technology to keep pace with the ever-evolving needs of today's business environments. Headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., Universal employs hands-on, highly experienced management teams and continuous training to deliver consistent, high quality security solutions. Universal has four unique divisions: Universal Protection Service; Universal Building Maintenance; Universal Protection Security Systems and Universal Fire/Life Safety Services. www.universalpro.com
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