Today we’d like to introduce you to Cody Perron.
Cody, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 1998, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended Boot Camp here in San Diego at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. After graduating boot camp, I attended the School of Infantry (SOI) at Camp Pendleton and upon graduation of SOI was assigned to Twentynine Palms, CA.
After a couple years in Twentynine Palms, in October of 2000, I was accepted to attend the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group school in Quantico, VA. After graduation, there I was assigned to protect U.S. Embassies in foreign countries. It was here that my interest in the security and protection business peaked.
After leaving the Marine Corps, I attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Upon graduation, I took a job managing security for a Scientific and Engineering firm contracted by the Department of Defense.
After a couple of years at that firm, I applied to become a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Special Agents with the DSS (also known as DSS agents) are responsible for the safe conduct of diplomacy around the world. We protect the U.S. Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries. We also conduct federal fraud investigations. Overseas, DS agents are responsible for the leadership and management of security programs that include physical and procedural security, counter-terrorism and counterintelligence, managing guard forces and surveillance detection teams, educating diplomats on safety and security, and more. I also conducted international investigations and international fugitive returns.
From 2014-2015, I worked in Erbil, Iraq as the north of Iraq was under siege from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). After flying to the Syrian border to interview former ISIS hostages, investigating multiple terrorist threats to the U.S. consulate compound, then finally being attacked on April 17, 2015, I decided that my next assignment would be in the United States and applied to come to San Diego for a bit of rest and relaxation.
In 2015, I was assigned to the DSS Resident Office in San Diego. After two years here, I fell in love with my fiance and decided to make San Diego a home. After resigning from the DSS, I started my own company with a fellow Marine and friend. The name of the Company is Fidelis Global Group and we specialize in Security Risk Management for businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, and more. In particular, we develop security plans and incident response protocols and conduct educational training for personal safety, active shooter, and travel preparedness and safety. We also develop risk assessments and risk analysis for organizations intending to expand overseas or those who have employees that travel internationally frequently.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been busy. Sure, there were a few bumps, like the cost of insurance in this industry, but we worked through it. Furthermore, my business partner is in Columbus, Ohio and I am here in San Diego. The three hour time difference can be a bit difficult but we manage.
Breaking into executing our services has been a bit challenging in the San Diego area and CA in general. CA has a pretty robust infrastructure for training schools and businesses in the training that we offer. While we’ve had some interest here to execute our Personal Safety and Active Shooter workshop, the interest just wasn’t enough for us to proceed without taking a monetary hit.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Fidelis Global Group (FGG) is veteran owned and operated. I am a service disabled veteran so we are applying for that status both nationally and in California as well.
We specialize in Security Risk Management. Our business is a one-stop shop for all security needs. We train employees/students on Personal Safety best practices, teach Active Shooter Awareness, Preparedness, and Response, and international Travel Preparedness and Safety. All three of these courses will be offered online as an eLearning in the coming weeks.
FGG also conducts Security Reviews and Vulnerability Assessments for organizations. Upon completion, we help businesses navigate their security upgrades and needs. If a company prefers, they can hire us to implement all of their needs and serve as their full-time consultant. We’ve found that companies often see this as more appealing than paying full time for a security manager, rather they pay 1/3 of the cost to us as a consultant and we are there for them when they need us.
Lastly, FGG conducts travel risk assessments and analysis for companies that intend to expand overseas, or those that have employees that travel internationally frequently.
Basically, you can hire us for just a few security needs, or hire us yearly as a consultant and we take care all of your needs; educational training, planning, drills, travel advice and more.
I’m most proud of our ability to utilize our experience and provide a valuable service to our clients. In today’s day and age we can never be too safe, whether it’s our personal safety or safety at our business.
Our ability to balance security with business objective sets us apart from others. We understand companies/schools need to thrive so our creative and non-invasive measures are appealing to organizations.
Furthermore, our background and experience set us apart from others. I have developed, implemented, and managed security programs both domestically and internationally, for U.S. diplomatic facilities and private sector businesses. Our ability to think outside the box sets us apart from our competition.
What were you like growing up?
When growing up in South Louisiana my main interest was sports. Football, baseball, and basketball are prevalent down south and at different points in my life, I played them all.
As for my personality, I was a bit of a clown. Always joking and teasing with my family and friends. I was also very protective of my family and friends and would tend to get in trouble here and there for being overprotective.
- eLearning – $24.99 (contact FGG for Enterprise pricing)
- Website: https://fidelisglobalgroup.com
- Phone: 800 310 7346
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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