Keeping your business’s assets and intellectual property safe from those who would use them for themselves is important for success in the business world as well as for helping your employees work efficiently to create the next level of your business’s product or service. Especially as data has allowed information to be processed and transferred nearly instantaneously, it is more important than ever to have good security solutions for your business. Scott Spencer, Director of Operations in Texas for Pinkerton, talks about his career in the security and risk management sector.

(Photo Courtesy of Scott Spencer)

(Photo Courtesy of Scott Spencer)

What does your current job entail? 

“My role as director of Pinkerton’s Texas operations involves developing partnerships throughout Texas and managing Pinkerton’s operations throughout the entire state. I work to build and maintain relationships with our clients and provide any services that they may need to succeed in their business, including corporate risk management, private detective services, security management, brand protection, crisis management and emergency services and many more.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties? 

“One part of my duties I really enjoy is developing a bond with our clients and their companies. It is important for us to have a bond of trust with our clients in order to provide the best security services possible that meets their needs.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“My education in economics certainly prepared me to manage business operations, but I believe hard-working and dedicated people can accomplish anything if they have a passion for it.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education?

“Not right now, but I am currently reviewing my options for an M.B.A.” 

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“Network. Decision makers base their choices on partnerships and trust, not what school you went to.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at


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