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WIPP Member Marian Pierre and her company Crescent Guardian is featured on WHDH-TV Boston

Thursday, July 11, 2013  
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Marian Pierre, a member of WIPP, is the determined founder of Crescent Guardian, a national security firm based in New Orleans. Since founding the company in 1993, she has built the business to become the first woman-owned multi-million dollar professional security services firm in a three-state region. Over the last 20 years, the company has transformed from a small guard services company protecting local businesses to an advanced security firm with next-generation technology that secures critical infrastructure across the country, while also adding additional offices in Dallas, Atlanta and Boston. Highlighting just how far the award-winning security firm has come over the last two decades, WHDH-TV in Boston featured Marian's company in a pre-July 4th news segment discussing how it is changing the face of security across the nation. (http://www1.whdh.com/features/articles/hank/MI140028/hank-investigates-smart-camera-technology)

At its height, Crescent Guardian employed more than 1,500 employees throughout the country, and then in 2005 the devastation of Hurricane Katrina became a stark reality. Marian, along with many other employees, lost her home, her belongings and her business suffered catastrophic losses. Floodwaters extensively damaged Crescent Guardian’s headquarters… destroying state-of-the-art equipment, files and records. The majority of their employees, either unwilling or unable to return to New Orleans after the storm, temporarily fractured the company.

The reality of the immense devastation to her company and hometown hit Ms. Pierre especially hard. Returning to the main office in a boat two days after the storm, Pierre was, as expected, upset with the destruction. Her anger quickly grew to determination as she began the process of re-hiring and staffing for emergency requirements. Days after reopening the office, Crescent Guardian became a key catalyst for helping restore order to New Orleans and a part of the ambitious, optimistic business community that would define the future success of the city.

Prior to founding Crescent Guardian, Inc. in 1993, Marian Pierre had a successful career in New Orleans City government. Through her time working for the city she gained extensive knowledge and experience that helped her prepare for the rigors of entrepreneurship and being a leader. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Pierre has been devoted to empowering women through politics, education, social involvement, and economics through an organization she founded, Women Organized Mobilized for Empowerment Now (W.O.M.E.N.). Today, hundreds of clients in Federal, State, Municipal, Commercial, Energy, and Critical Infrastructure now rely upon the company for their safety and security.


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