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Houston’s Optimum Security Professionals President Marshall Isom bringing awareness to human trafficking


“I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue.” — Former U. S. President Barack Obama


‘NOT ON OUR WATCH’

DALLAS — Marshall D. Isom isn’t just your typical crime prevention professional.

He’s one who diligently thinks outside the box.
Consider, for instance, Isom’s steadfast approach to human trafficking.
“As a husband, father, and businessman, my public safety and security concerns are an extension of the daily thoughts I have for my immediate family and community as well as our staff, employees and clients,” Isom told Making Headline News this week.
It is due in large part because of Isom’s keen passion for combatting human trafficking that the President of Optimum Security Professionals has deemed it essential to stress to private businesses the importance of implementing a strategic and effective security plan for its respective establishments, particularly during arguably the busiest shopping season of the year.
Isom emphasized, among other things, that private businesses should strongly consider executing a security plan that includes — but isn’t limited to — manned patrols, video surveillance, radio communications, access controls.

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There are a variety of reasons why, he acknowledged.

“A crime prevention plan is the most essential tool local businesses and living communities can implement to deter and prevent all criminal activity, especially kidnapping simply because it’s proactive,” Isom said. “A failure to plan is a plan to fail.”

According to research implemented by Making Headline News, the publication has learned that human trafficking is extremely common in Texas.

For instance, according to a report at https://alliesagainstslavery.org/, approximately 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking in Texas and approximately 240,000 workers are victims of labor trafficking.

There are currently 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas and traffickers exploit roughly $600 million from victims of labor trafficking in Texas, the report cited.

What’s even more astounding, the report said, is that minor and youth sex trafficking cost the State of Texas approximately $6.5 billion.


DID YOU KNOW…

By definition, human trafficking is modern day slavery that customarily occurs when one person uses manipulation, threats and/or violence to control another person in order to take advantage of them for economic gain.

Also, human trafficking can take the form of labor exploitation where victims are forced to work without pay. Conversely, labor trafficking occurs across many different economic sectors and industries.

It may also come in the form of sex trafficking where vulnerable individuals are forced to participate in commercial sex acts through force, fraud or coercion (particularly when the individual is not yet 18 years of age).

Given such figures concerning human trafficking, Isom has gone to great lengths to send a rather direct and forthright message to private and local businesses.

“(I’m suggesting they consider) taking a greater interest, even responsibility, in your customers’ safety and security is just good business,” said Isom, who’s also Chairman and CEO of The Proverbs Group, LLC. “The customer’s perception is your reality, meaning if a customer feels threatened by simply visiting your store or shopping center, they are less likely to return. The goal of a company is to earn a customer for life. Please add private security to help reduce this horrific, life altering public safety issue.”

A credible security firm that is headquartered in Houston, specifically at 1980 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1500, in the Post Oak Central complex, Optimum Security Professionals’ longstanding mission is geared largely toward providing customer service oriented protection, which is the process of preventing the loss of life, property, or injury by strategically combining traditional aspects of guard services, most notably surveillance, client/guest engagement, crisis management, as well as patrolling with the skill and attitude of delivering helpful, professional, high quality assistance.

Optimum Security Professionals provides coverage to over 50 full, part-time, and seasonal (and event) clients throughout the Southeast Texas region, most notably schools, shopping centers, manufacturing and storage facilities.


“Our clients consistently express gratitude for an increase in customer service, job performance, and employee morale and the reduction in safety related events like slip, trip and fall reports and security incidents like breaking and entering, loitering, trespassing and domestic violence,” said Isom, alluding to what his company’s clients’ favorable feedback regarding its viable and strategic security presence.


A father of three who routinely stresses the importance of human trafficking awareness to his family, Isom stressed that private and local businesses often forget the power they have to influence change.

“Please ask your favorite businesses to consider adding security to their daily operations management plan,” Isom emphasized. “It’s also important that everyone learn self-defense. It could save your life. There are techniques that when practiced routinely, can increase your chances of surviving an abduction event.”

IN HIS OWN WORDS — “A crime prevention plan is the most essential tool local businesses and living communities can implement to deter and prevent all criminal activity, especially kidnapping simply because it’s proactive,” Isom said. “A failure to plan is a plan to fail.”

In a strategic attempt to bring about more awareness to human trafficking, Optimum Security Professionals will host a free monthly self-defense class for women in the Houston metropolitan area beginning in December, Isom said.

For more details on about these monthly sessions, visit Optimum Security Professionals at optimumsecuritypros.com/human-trafficking.


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Columbus, Georgia author Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell’s book addresses ‘real life issues’ faced by women

A Columbus, Georgia based author, Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell is the mastermind behind the alluring, captivating book entitled, Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels, an intriguingly compelling written document she assembled, one she believes speaks cross-culturally to all women, and allows for open and unguarded discussion of the issues addressed in her book.  Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels officially hit the market in September 2016, a book she needed only 16 months to complete.

“I had been married to a wonderful man for 32 years prior to his death in October 2013,” Dr. Powell said of her former husband, a military veteran, who had retired after serving 22 years in the U.S. Army.

“The feedback has been great, because women have the opportunity to speak openly and unguarded about issues they were dealing with in secret because of shame and embarrassment,” said Dr. Powell, adding that another book is presently in the works (entitled OUI, Operating under the Influence).  “They get support and encouragement to let go of negativity,…a sort of support and self-help group.”

After becoming a widow, Dr. Powell participated in grief groups and attended single women’s seminars and conferences seeking support and commonality.  It was during these meetings, after talking with other single and single-again women that she came to realize that her experiences were not uncommon.  “When I decided to start dating, I encountered some of the same negative and unhealthy experiences other women had disclosed to me,” Dr. Powell recalled.  “I had to remind myself of who Sarah was, what I was accustomed to, and how I was accustomed to being treated and valued.”  “I love to read, so I searched for a book or information that would inform and help me.”

A Columbus, Georgia based author, Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell is the mastermind behind the alluring, captivating book entitled, Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels, an intriguingly compelling written document she assembled, one she believes speaks cross- culturally to all women, and allows for open and unguarded discussion of the issues addressed in her book.  Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels officially hit the market in September 2016, a book she needed only 16 months to complete.

“I found nothing that appealed to me, so I decided to write my own self-help guide from personal experiences and from the stories I collected from other women who shared their experiences with me.”

“I wanted a quick reference guide that would help me wade through unchartered waters”, Dr. Powell, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said while explaining her purpose for composing her book.  “I wanted and needed something to help me heal emotionally, inform me, validate my thoughts and feelings, and heal my self-esteem.”

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After becoming a widow, Dr. Powell participated in grief groups and attended single women’s seminars and conferences seeking support and commonality.

“Staying connected to any relationship that leaves you feeling devalued erodes your self-esteem and will have you second-guessing yourself,” Dr. Powell said with the utmost confidence.  “Any relationship that compels you to compromise who you are, and that brings about negative changes even you can see in yourself costs way too much, and you have stayed way too long; you need to run like hell is on your heels.”

Generally, Dr. Powell emphasized, Run Sallie Run, Run Like Hell Is On Your Heels is a book that doesn’t just validates one’s emotions and intuitions, “But you actually feel as if you are talking to a girlfriend in a private conversation,” she said.  “Although Run Sallie Run is written from a humorous perspective, it delves into some serious emotional relationship issues dating women experience.  The humor helps women to open up and address emotions connected with negative relationships that they may have found embarrassing to talk about otherwise; the goal is to start healing, get informed, let go of disappointment, and move on through the humor, “ Dr. Powell added.

As for the divine message she aspires to pass along to her reading audience, Dr. Powell felt compelled to reinforce that anything that ultimately erodes your spiritual, mental, physical, or emotional health also interferes with your praise, purpose, and peace, and prevents you from operating at your optimal potential.

And let’s not forget the one key attribute that essentially help make this book a fun read—Dr. Powell’s witty demeanor.

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“Since I have a humorous personality, I began to think that I knew what Sallie was running from in the Fun with Dick and Jane books some of us read as children,” Dr. Powell explained.  “In my opinion, Sallie was running from Dick because of the rotation game, financial instability, deceit, and non-exclusive relationships women sometimes encounter in unhealthy dating situations. I also love music, so I combined my humorous nature with my love of music and titled the majority of my book chapters after song lyrics.

“For instance, the chapter Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Love talks about the dating rotation schedule,” Dr. Powell explained.  “Bag Lady, You Gon Hurt Yo Back is about making a choice not to pick up or take on responsibility for someone else’s baggage from their past relationships or circumstances.”

As for the divine message she aspires to pass along to her reading audience, Dr. Powell felt compelled to reinforce that anything that ultimately erodes your spiritual, mental, physical, or emotional health also interferes with your praise, purpose, and peace, and prevents you from operating at your optimal potential.

IN HER OWN WORDS — “When I decided to start dating, I encountered some of the same negative and unhealthy experiences other women had disclosed to me,” Dr. Powell recalled.  “I had to remind myself of who Sarah was, what I was accustomed to, and how I was accustomed to being treated and valued.”  “I love to read, so I searched for a book or information that would inform and help me.”

Talk about driving home a major point, courtesy of this proud native of Montgomery, Alabama and an alumna of Alabama State University (Ed. D. Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law)

“The feedback has been great, because women have the opportunity to speak openly and unguarded about issues they were dealing with in secret because of shame and embarrassment,” said Dr. Powell, adding that another book is presently in the works (entitled OUI, Operating under the Influence).  “They get support and encouragement to let go of negativity,…a sort of support and self-help group.”

As for Dr. Powell’s itinerary, she will be hosting a workshop called “Put On Your Red Running Shoes” on April 14 at the Columbus Public Library (Synovus-Room B), during which she will discuss more about her book.

This event is free and open to the public, and will take place from 3-6pm EST.  “It’s a free BYOB (Buy Your Own Book) event,” Dr. Powell said.  “Wear your red running shoes.”

 

For More information on Dr. Sarah Beecham Powell or to book her for an appearance, log on to www.runsallierun.com.  Also, connect with her via Facebook under “Run Sallie Run.”

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.