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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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Gifted mother of 10, Louisiana entrepreneur Rosie Turnipseed defying insurmountable odds


He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)


MAKING MAJOR MOVES 

DESTINY STEPS — Much to her delight, it is due in large part to Rosie Turnipseed’s keen ability to fulfill her lofty goals and ambitions as a young businesswoman that this Villeplatte, Louisiana-area substitute teacher has been blessed to assume a variety of entrepreneurship roles.

DALLAS — Turnipseed is her last name.

Interestingly, though, Rosie Turnipseed’s entrepreneurship track record is such that she’s a businesswoman who boasts faith the size of a mustard seed.

“I have always envisioned a future for entrepreneurial success,” Turnipseed told Making Headline News this week. “I have always done whatever I could to support my large family of 10. At a young age, I discovered that my success was primarily on my own ability to make it happen.”

Much to her delight, it is due in large part to Turnipseed’s keen ability to fulfill her lofty goals and ambitions as a young businesswoman that this Villeplatte, Louisiana-area substitute teacher has been blessed to assume a variety of entrepreneurship roles.

A native of Houston, Turnipseed, 37, is an ABA Therapist, Certified Credit Repair Agent, Board Certified Christian Counselor, and a registered tax preparer.

That’s not all this resourceful, thriving businesswoman does.

That’s because Turnipseed is an accomplished life coach and motivational speaker, Certified Military Veteran Peer Specialist, as mental health and domestic violence advocate, not to mention a career coach, and youth leader.

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — A native of Houston, Turnipseed, 37, is an ABA Therapist, Certified Credit Repair Agent, Board Certified Christian Counselor, and a registered tax preparer.

As if that isn’t enough to create a solid business-related resume, Turnipseed is currently enrolled at Springfield College Of Professional And Continuing Studies, where she is scheduled to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services in July.

“This is my field of choice, because it is very broad and it contributes to the opening of doors to my future endeavors,” said Turnipseed, whose business ventures caters mostly to residents in the Louisiana cities of Eunice, Opelousas, and Lafayette. “My passion and desire is to bring awareness to communities all over, especially in rural areas.”

To her credit, Turnipseed certainly exhibits the professional experience that has enabled her to function mightily in her element as an entrepreneur.

For starters, she once owned and operated Loyalty Personal Care Home, a personal care residence, where she was responsible for housing those who suffered from mental, emotional, and physical disabilities.

Interestingly, Turnipseed was named the “preferred vendor” for select hospitals in the Houston metropolitan area and, as she explained, “With my vision getting bigger, I began to house dementia, Alzheimer, and hospice patients.”

With her wealth of immeasurable experience comes even bigger and better goals, she said.

“My goal is to open an at-risk youth facility and another residential personal care home,” said Turnipseed, whose business expertise accommodates mostly persons ranging in ages nine to 24 (“With the adults there’s no specific age group,” she emphasized).

“While doing this, I desire to go all over the world, speaking to single mothers who have been through or is going through the struggle. I would like to show them that if I — with 10 kids, five girls and five boys — can do it, they can also.”

In addition, Turnipseed — who has announced the upcoming release of her first book entitled, “BUT GOD: When Pain Reveals Your Purpose” — said she would like to reach at-risk youths, particularly at their present downtrodden level.

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE

Turnipseed is an accomplished life coach and motivational speaker, Certified Military Veteran Peer Specialist, as mental health and domestic violence advocate, not to mention a career coach, and youth leader.

“And not only help re-socialize them, but their household as a whole in my opinion,” she said. “It’s more realistic and effective.”

That’s not all this young, progressive businesswoman aspires to do in the foreseeable future.


“I want to help lower the recidivism rate in communities all over by connecting those who are coming home from being incarcerated to resources and affordable housing so they’re not place in their same environment and that they will be less likely to reoffend,” Turnipseed said. “I also want to show black males that there is a better way that just because they grew up in a single-parent home, they don’t have to be a part of the statistics…that they can make better and impactful choices that will contribute to them productive and successful citizens. I want to partner with agencies all over the world that will help me make this vision come to past.”


In order for her to make good on her monumental goals and ambitions, Turnipseed doesn’t shy away from the notion that she has no time to waste.

Interestingly, Turnipseed was named the “preferred vendor” for select hospitals in the Houston metropolitan area and, as she explained, “With my vision getting bigger, I began to house dementia, Alzheimer, and hospice patients.”

If nothing, she knows that exemplifying the faith the size of a mustard seed is a must.

“Basically I would like to empower, embrace, and equip single mothers and their children, who are hurt, lost, broken, hopeless, suffering from identity crisis,” Turnipseed said. “(I want to) help them identify generational issues with all that they may need by providing resources and possibly housing. I want to speak at engagements all over the world…at schools, churches, conventions, and conferences.

“I want families to learn how to thrive in healthy environments and to know how to identify toxic relationships,” Turnipseed continued. “I also would like to equip people all over with the things they need in order for them to learn, grow, and thrive in a healthy and non-toxic environment.”


For more information about Villeplatte, Louisiana-area Businesswoman Rosie Turnipseed, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/PURPOSEOLOGIST. Also, send email to: loyaltypch@gmail.com.


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Houston-area businessman Larry Donnell Leonard II having monumental impact as CEO of first black-owned all natural alkaline bottled water company

 

MAKING HISTORYAside from spreading the Gospel to the masses, Larry Donnell Leonard II, a Houston-based Pastor and the First Presiding Bishop at New Covenant Churches International, Incorporated, deems it necessary to enlighten those to whom he routinely ministers on the significance of possessing and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Leonard II is owner and CEO of Teshuater, which is believed to be the first black-owned all natural alkaline water company.

Larry Donnell Leonard II is widely known across the country as a pretty efficient, resourceful, compassionate man of the cloth, one who routinely preaches the importance of what it means to live a prosperous, victorious life.

Aside from spreading the Gospel to the masses, Leonard, a Houston-based Pastor and the First Presiding Bishop at New Covenant Churches International, Incorporated (where his father is the Presiding Bishop) also deems it necessary to enlighten those to whom he routinely ministers on the significance of possessing and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

NATIONAL IMPACT A business that garnered respect and begin to generate headlines, particularly when Leonard partnered with fellow colleague Elder Patrick Sanders II and the Rising Star Church to bring fresh all natural alkaline water to the citizens of Flint, Michigan, Leonard said his business would not have emerged as the continuous success it is if not for the solid, unyielding support of his wife, Shuwana Leonard, to whom he’s been married for 19 years, as well as his sister, LaShanna Leonard, the owner of Houston’s Body Fierce Health And Wellness.

“What I love the most is that I’m able to bring awareness to our clients’ health without breaking their bank,” Leonard told Making Headline News this week.

The awareness to which Leonard is alluding is through his progressive thriving business as owner and chief executive officer of Teshuater, which is believed to be the first black-owned all natural alkaline water company.

Having partnered with his wife to establish his business in 2008, Leonard’s Teshuater has quickly evolved as one of the familiar names, of sorts, or as he explained, “one of  the competitors” of the water industry, although he and his staff have kept what they describe as a vested interest in the spring (water).

“Years later, our interest in the water industry was sparked once again after a conversation with a friend who was recovering from an illness,” Leonard explained during a review last week on his company’s Go Fund Me page. “The friend advised about the importance of her new diet which included monitoring her water intake.”

TREND SETTER — People in various establishments around the country have thoroughly embraced Leonard’s business, , most notably in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit and, as Leonard II acknowledge, the Dallas/Fort Worth area market.

As it turned out, one favorable thing led to another for a business venture that is starting to take its rightful place in this ever-so-competitive bottled water industry.

“We have been able to get in front of a lot of important people since we have decided to bring this public,” Leonard said.

People in various establishments around the country, most notably in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Detroit and, as Leonard acknowledge, throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area market in the foreseeable future.

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A business that has appropriately garnered respect, thus generate headlines, particularly when Leonard II partnered with fellow colleague Elder Patrick Sanders II and the Rising Star Church to bring fresh all natural alkaline water to the citizens of Flint, Michigan, Leonard said his business would not have emerged as the continuous success it is if not for the solid, unyielding support of his wife, Shuwana Leonard, to whom he’s been married for 19 years, as well as his sister, LaShanna Leonard, the owner of Houston’s Body Fierce Health And Wellness.

A progressive, flourishing business that is still in the process of fielding a variety of upgrades and added entities, Teshuater is scheduled to officially launch its operation in early April, Leonard said.

Given the immense strides Leonard and Co. have made in promoting their products over the past few months, it’s safe to assume that this business’ best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“What has helped me really is my wife being in my corner and helping bring out this vision that I have had inside me,” Leonard, a Grambling State University alum, explained. “Without her, I wouldn’t be the successful business man I am today.”

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And then there are the attention-grabbing, tear-jerking testimonies about which Leonard have witnessed and heard.

“A friend of mine who was rehabbing from a stroke — only 40 years of age — told me that she had to watch her water intake,” Leonard recalled.  “That alone raised a flag and prompted me to look into the spring that my wife and I invested in 2008.  The information we gathered was mind blowing.”

It was, by all accounts, because of that memorable occurrence, coupled with his wife’s tireless support that essentially inspired Leonard to seek and consult God for divine direction, particularly as it pertained to helping others reconnect with living a healthy lifestyle.

And not just in the spirit realm.

“I’ve always stated this for the last 18 years of being self-employed: The graveyard and cemetery are the richest places on this planet,” said Leonard, adding that he will be in New Orleans for the annual New Orleans Entrepreneurial Week March 20-24.

FOLLOWING GOD’S LEAD —  It was, by all accounts, because of that memorable occurrence, coupled with his wife’s tireless support that essentially inspired Leonard to seek and consult God for direction, particularly as it pertained to helping others reconnect with living a healthy lifestyle. And not just in the spirit realm.

“The reason is because so many hopes and dreams have died along with the people who either died too prematurely or with those that were too afraid to see what it would actually look like.  I strive every day to pull that diamond out of each and every young man and young woman that I speak in front of. It is that very thing that keeps me pushing to educate our young entrepreneurs.”

 

For more information on how purchase Larry Donnell Leonard II’s all natural alkaline water, send email to: sales@teshuater.info.

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.