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AFIMAC Global and FocusPoint International join forces

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Leaders in Big Data and Crisis Risk Management Establish Joint Partnership

December 5th, 2014 Comments off

AFIMAC announces exclusive partnership with BrightPlanet to help companies identify and address domestic and global security risks before they become crises

Identifying potential internal and external threats and having a mechanism to mitigate them before they become reality is the primary function of a joint partnership announced today between BrightPlanet, the leading deep web harvesting and big data analytics collection company, and AFIMAC, a global leader in crisis and risk management services.

“In today’s increasingly global economy, security has become a corporate governance issue as a growing number of major corporations have at-risk personnel while operating/traveling domestically and worldwide”

The partnership is aimed at helping public and private sector clients, ranging from small ventures to Fortune 500 companies, to better protect themselves in today’s era of increased risk. Specifically, the partnership will focus on helping clients identify, track, and analyze potential threats in order to help minimize the likelihood of incidents during regular business operations, special events or executive travel. It also will help clients create more efficient internal monitoring systems.

“In today’s increasingly global economy, security has become a corporate governance issue as a growing number of major corporations have at-risk personnel while operating/traveling domestically and worldwide,” said Peter Martin, President and CEO of AFIMAC Global. “By combining AFIMAC’s expertise in crisis and risk management with BrightPlanet’s expertise in big data and predictive analysis, we can have an almost futuristic ability to help our clients provide safer, healthier work environments and better protect their people, their assets, and their brands.”

“Our partnership is particularly timely now that the White House has issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies requiring the development of effective insider threat programs to deter, detect, and mitigate actions by any employees who may represent a national security threat,” Martin added.

Here’s how the new solution works: Using its unique ability to collect and analyze big data from surface web and deep web sources and other proprietary online surveillance techniques, BrightPlanet can identify individuals or groups that show a tendency for involvement in such problematic behavior as workplace violence, damage to corporate facilities in the workplace, brand damage issues, product tampering, counterfeit money-laundering, theft, illegal resale of products, corporate espionage, drug usage, and doing business with known terrorists groups or openly supporting fanatical fundament belief systems.

With its knowledge and expertise in security, risk management, and crisis response issues, AFIMAC then can use Open Source Intelligence and Structured Data gathered by BrightPlanet to formulate appropriate response strategies and proactively develop early responses to such threats before they become major crises.

Tyson Johnson, Vice President of Business Development for BrightPlanet, said, “AFIMAC’s knowledge and expertise in the risk management and security realm combined with BrightPlanet’s big data collection and deep web enrichment capabilities will set a new standard of product for the risk management sector. Leveraging open sources is no longer simply the domain of sales and marketing – its utilization by the globe’s most prominent security leadership enables us to get engaged at deeper more meaningful levels, and we are excited to offer a product that is without equal to do just that.”

BrightPlanet and AFIMAC have already jointly begun work on risk-management initiatives and will continue leveraging both companies’ unique expertise for clients as the partnership flourishes.

BrightPlanet Corporation

Since originally coining the term the “deep web” 13 years ago, BrightPlanet has been consistently recognized as an industry leader in the collection of unstructured content in any language from the surface web and deep web at big data scale. BrightPlanet’s patented technology has been implemented by the U.S. intelligence community, leaders in Big Pharma, and innovative financial service providers. Further information on BrightPlanet’s products and services can be found at www.brightplanet.com.

AFIMAC Global

For more than 30 years, AFIMAC Global has offered elite security, crisis management, and emergency response services to image-conscious companies across the globe. AFIMAC prides itself on partnering with clients to protect people and property both during times of crisis and during regular business operations. With a senior management team comprised of experienced industry leaders with unparalleled expertise, the company offers a complete spectrum of pre-crisis planning and premium security and response solutions to government and businesses representing almost every industry. To learn more, visit www.afimacglobal.com.

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AFIMAC Global Delivers an Incident-Free World Cup Series in Brazil

July 15th, 2014 Comments off

TV feature highlights how security leader keeps VIPs and citizens safe in volatile Sao Paulo and other cities

MIAMI, FL, July 15, 2014 /CNW/ – AFIMAC Global is pleased to announce it has delivered an incident-free World Cup series in Brazil for its clients with leading-edge security and crisis management services. The challenge of providing full security services at an event of this scale and in this location is profiled by Bloomberg TV in a special feature filmed prior to the event. The feature highlights the security challenges faced by AFIMAC, along with state-of-the-art techniques and resources employed to keep AFIMAC clients safe in Sao Paolo and 11 other cities. Click here to view video.

More than 400 AFIMAC agents and security drivers were deployed to twelve host cities. These elite professionals were entrusted with the protection of thousands of people over the course of the games, including celebrities, corporate executives and their families. Transportation services via armored and unarmored sprinter vans, buses, and cars were provided to transport groups and individuals while helicopters were also used to avoid major traffic congestion. Motorcycles along with advanced intelligence analytics and GPS were also employed to ensure all travel routes were carefully mapped in advance and client positions were monitored in real time.

Brazil is a very complicated country when it comes to safety and security due to its high crime rate and troubled infrastructure” says AFIMAC CEO Peter Martin. “The resounding success of the World Cup event which unfolded with zero incidents for our clients underscores both the importance and value of what we do, and the level of planning and prevention that goes into our security work.”

With widespread poverty and a murder rate four times higher than the United States, Brazil is a country rife with safety and security challenges. The threats that AFIMAC agents successfully avoided during the World Cup included kidnappings, home and restaurant invasions, carjackings, brazen street robberies and traffic jams as long as 100 miles in some areas.

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AFIMAC Answers Growing Demand From Clients and Opens an Office in Mexico

October 25th, 2013 Comments off

MIAMI, FL, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ – AFIMAC, a North and South American leader in business travel security and intelligence services is pleased to announce their new office opening in Mexico. AFIMAC prides itself on partnering with their clients to protect people and property both during times of crisis and regular business operations.

Mexico is the third largest growing market for AFIMAC and the new office location will better serve companies with multi-regional operations and enhance their security postures in the growing economy. “Manufacturing plants will continue to expand and create jobs and employment, fostering vibrant local economies which will enhance overall security. But with this comes other forms of increased security threats which may mask themselves under varying asymmetric veils”, states Art Garffer, director of operations.

“Some of the many services AFIMAC will offer are security drivers, client protection, and consulting” asserts Garffer. “In addition, we provide critical analysis on how to prevent and mitigate risk, develop a corporate crisis management model, broaden the leveraging of intelligence and information scrutiny to preempt events, improve on corporate scenario planning and through improved and new technology, increase logistical cargo recovery and diminish loss”, affirms Garffer.

 

 

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Active Shooter Expert Tips

January 3rd, 2013 Comments off

AFIMAC has created a video of a simulated active shooter incident for our experts to utilize for a training course.  The short video was created to offer general survival tips to the general public via social media.  Although the short version has some great tips, the full online course will be released in February which has Rob Shuster and Tom Dickel go into greater detail and explanation.

Anyone with a valid company email that pre-registers for the full online course for a time will receive the course FREE courtesy of AFIMAC.

The short video can be watched at this link or below:

Have a plan.  Stay safe.

AFIMAC at ASIS 2012

September 7th, 2012 Comments off

Well, if anyone casually asks me at ASIS 2012 if anything is new since last year I hope they have an hour or so because I’ll have a lot to tell them!  AFI and IMAC merged and are now AFIMAC, AFIMAC acquired Brazil based MENA International, we have a new video Q & A system called Insights Under Two,  our expert team has been blogging, we made major enhancements to our incident tracking software called VERITAS, our on-line training courses have increased to include several excellent topics, and the company has grown tremendously over the last year and refocused its core service offerings.

It’s going to be a great show and year to follow!

AFIMAC Security Expands into Latin America

August 15th, 2012 Comments off

North American Security and Crisis Response Leader Acquires Mena International Group, Extending its Expertise to Latin America

CLEVELAND, OHAugust 14, 2012AFIMAC, a North American leader in corporate security and crisis response has announced its acquisition of Mena International Group, specialists in security, investigations and crisis response within Latin America. The buy-out comes just two weeks after AFIMAC announced its corporate merger of AFI International and IMAC Global, a move intended to streamline its services across North America. This flurry of alliance and acquisition activity signals a major growth and expansion phase for the well-recognized and elite group of security companies.

Through the acquisition of Mena International, AFIMAC will now further extend its reach into Latin America in order to better serve those companies with multi-regional operations. Latin America is a very important market for AFIMAC’s global clients and, based on its superior reputation, Mena was selected as the best security partner that could bring access, security expertise and experience across the region.

“We are thrilled to make Mena, part of our AFIMAC family, says Peter Martin, president and CEO of AFIMAC Global. “Whether it is a kidnap for ransom, labor dispute, cargo security matter, or executive protection requirement, AFIMAC is now able to service the entire corridor through North and South America.”

“AFIMAC is a company that isn’t afraid to invest real dollars into markets that their clients regard as critical, says Ruben Mena, president of Mena International Group. “With its excellent reputation and far-sighted vision, we see it as a golden opportunity to join forces and are confident of future success under the same brand.”

About AFIMAC
Combining the strengths of AFI International and International Management Assistance Corporation (IMAC), AFIMAC Global is a leader in the provision of comprehensive corporate security and contingency planning services through North and South America and also offers global services. Its diverse capabilities include executive protection, labor dispute planning & response, cargo security & escorts, disaster & emergency response, corporate investigations, workplace violence assessment & response. With a distinguished management team and highly skilled personnel, AFIMAC Global is well known for its high quality service delivery and immediate responsiveness. www.afimacglobal.com

About Mena International Group
With services spanning from investigations, crisis management, executive protection and emergency response, Mena International Group is recognized as the premier trusted security service provider for companies across Latin America. www.menasecurity.com

For media inquiries, please contact Kathy Hungerford, AFIMAC, 1-800-554-4622

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Two Elite Corporate Security Companies Merge as AFIMAC

August 1st, 2012 Comments off

AFI International Group Inc. (AFI) and International Management Assistance Corporation (IMAC) come together as one super firm to bring leading-edge security and crisis management services to clients across the globe

CLEVELAND, OH — August 1, 2012 — Five years after partnering to assist clients with their security operations, AFI, a leader in crisis management and response, and IMAC, with expertise in emergency response, risk management and business continuity services, have announced a merger into one company: AFIMAC. This new firm will deliver a stronger, more unified array of security services and will continue to provide the highest levels of customer service to its diverse client bases globally.

Through the merger, AFIMAC, becomes a single source solution for companies across the globe, no matter where they require top quality security and crisis services. Unifying the culture of the two companies has been an easy transition as employees in both firms have been interacting regularly on joint accounts.

By combining forces in this way, AFIMAC also brings together more than 55 years of industry-leading experience in emergency response, strike security, risk management, and business continuity services to protect its clients’ people and property, both during times of crisis and regular business operations.

“More and more clients have been turning to AFI and IMAC for a full range of services on both sides of the border,” says Peter Martin, AFIMAC president & CEO. “Merging the two companies streamlines how we can deliver this, with the highest quality levels and the greatest cost-effectiveness in the security industry.”

According to Martin, exceptional service will continue to be the hallmark of the new company:

“100 percent of our clients have been able to maintain their desired level of operation during a crisis … and 100 percent of client projects have been on budget, met projections, and delivered the promised services. The bottom line is clients come to us when they are facing significant risk and need operations executed flawlessly.”

With the security industry’s leading senior management team at the helm, AFIMAC promises to deliver unrivalled security and crisis expertise to its markets. The new firm offers an assortment of pre-crisis contingency planning and premium security and emergency response solutions to government and businesses in nearly every sector and industry with proven results.

“AFIMAC brings a refreshing cohesion in the corporate security sector,” says Stephen Anderson, AFIMAC vice president. “The new venture clearly shows that we have invested heavily in assembling a global group of services and experts, instead of informal partnerships, which is truly exceptional in our industry.”

About AFIMAC
Combining the strengths of AFI International and International Management Assistance Corporation (IMAC), AFIMAC is a leader in the provision of comprehensive corporate security and contingency planning services globally. Its diverse capabilities include labor dispute planning & response, cargo security & escorts, disaster & emergency response, corporate investigations, workplace violence assessment & response, and executive protection. With a distinguished management team and highly skilled personnel, AFIMAC is well known for its high quality service delivery and immediate responsiveness.

About AFI International Group Inc.
AFI International Group provides elite security, risk management, business continuity and investigative services to protect people and property both during labor disruption and regular business operations. AFI also offers an assortment of pre-crisis planning and premium security solutions to businesses representing nearly every industry.

About International Management Assistance Corporation
International Management Assistance Corporation (IMAC) offers elite security, risk management and business continuity services to image conscious companies across North America. IMAC has partnered with their clients to protect people and property both during times of crisis and regular business operations. The company also offers an assortment of pre-crisis planning and premium security solutions to businesses representing nearly every industry.

For media inquiries, please contact Kathy Hungerford, AFIMAC, 1-800-554-4622

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IMAC Helps Keep Businesses Operating During Unanticipated Disruption

May 25th, 2012 Comments off

By: Ohio Chamber of Commerce

When the International Management Assistance Corporation was founded in Marietta, Ohio, in 1983, it offered only support and security services for companies that were experiencing a labor dispute. Whatever the challenge was, from protecting assets to protecting executives, IMAC could handle it.

Over time, the company has expanded and in addition to its original premise, has become a turnkey operation to help a company that is facing any type of business impact — whether it is a natural disaster, industrial accident, plant closure or temporary labor service.

But one matter that hasn’t changed is the company’s home state. IMAC is located and headquartered in Strongsville, Ohio.

“We are trying to drive the kind of ‘buy Ohio’ initiative needed and keep the money in the state of Ohio,” says Senior Vice President Joseph Schollaert.

Customers, though, come from across the globe. More than 5,000 have been assisted since the company was founded.

“We’ve also just recently launched IMAC Global, which provides our services in South America and Mexico,” Schollaert says. “We also have a Canadian operation, AFI International, that is headquartered in Toronto and handles any Canadian work for customers.”

As for the majority of IMAC’s customers, they come from the manufacturing sector. A number are Fortune 100 companies, but IMAC serves both small and large clients.

“A company can contract with us on a per-event basis or have a North American agreement that covers multiple locations where they could engage our services based upon a specific event,” he says. “Our efforts have helped these companies prepare for business disruptions caused by labor disputes that threaten to shut down daily operations, potentially forever.”

IMAC can provide mobile kitchens, dormitory units, shower units and laundry facilities. “We have the capabilities to prepare meals — we have prepared meals for not only labor dispute situations but also natural disasters and environmental situations,” he says.

One of the added values of working with the company is it follows trends and reports them to clients so they can better know what issues may be ahead.

“We as an organization have to understand the needs of our customers and what is driving them for the next two to five years down the road — for instance, what legislative items are out there that are going to impact our customers,” Schollaert says. “This is one of the best ways for us to stay in tune with what is happening, not only in the state but with our clients, and help develop proactive solutions. And with that, we also are able to provide the Ohio Chamber with an additional resource for their members by being a member.”

As a member of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, a company will receive preferred pricing from IMAC.

Another of the core services IMAC offers is supplying temporary workers to assist during an event.

“We can provide an organization that might be experiencing some type of business interruption and/ or temporary production spike with workers to continue to operate their facility — skilled trades as well as unskilled personnel,” Schollaert says. “There is a shortage right now for skilled trades, and we’ve got a large database of personnel that we have accumulated over the past 27-plus years.”

In addition, about a year ago, IMAC started offering physical and online training.

“We have an online training site that is geared toward security and human resources professionals that hosts a myriad of different topics,” Schollaert says. “About 30 different training modules are on our online training academy where someone can log on, purchase the online training module and take it at their own pace. They also get continuing education credits for completion of those modules as well as certification once they have completed the training.”

Workplace Safety, Health & Wellness Symposium – Claims Management, Fraud and Your Bottom Line: The Real Cost of Risk

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

As a Gold Partner of the EAC and CME symposium on Workplace Safety, Health & Wellness – Claims Management, Fraud and Your Bottom Line: The Real Cost of Risk, AFI would like to invite and offer you a promo code to receive a discount.

Desmond Taljaard of AFI will also be in attendance and presenting Factors to Consider When Investigating Claims of Workplace Injuries

Please find further information here or contact aferguson@afi-international.com to have a brochure emailed to you.

To register simply click this link https://eac.cmemec.ca/mpower/event/loadevent.action?e=278 and enter promo code “afipromo” in small letters and you will receive the member price of $275 before June 1st and $325 after June 1st.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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