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  Ira A. Lipman: Founder, Chairman and President  
   
Ira A. Lipman founded Guardsmark, a privately held security services company, in 1963. He is the company’s Chief Executive Officer and owner. Currently, Guardsmark operates 157 branch offices in the United States of America, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom and serves organizations in more than 400 cities. It employs 18,000 people, with 2011 fiscal year revenues of $511,037,507 and has compounded a growth rate of almost 10% without a single acquisition since 1977. Known for its innovative security concepts and rigid standards of excellence, Guardsmark’s meteoric growth since the company's founding has earned us the position of one of the world’s largest security service companies. In 1992, Time magazine cited Guardsmark as the company ". . .which many security experts consider the best national firm in the business," and in his bestseller Liberation Management, Tom Peters praised Guardsmark as the "Tiffany’s" of the security industry. The Committee for Economic Development (CED) honored Guardsmark and Mr. Lipman with the 2002 Corporate Citizenship Award, and in 1996, Guardsmark received the national American Business Ethics Award as the private company recipient. In 2002, Mr. Lipman himself received the Stanley C. Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics from the Ethics Resource Center.

Mr. Lipman has written for the public on a wide range of security topics and contributes regularly to the professional literature of the security field. He is author of the book How to Be Safe, to be published by Reader’s Digest in 2012. How to Be Safe is revised and updated from the fourth edition of How to Protect Yourself from Crime, which was also published by Reader’s Digest in 1997. First published in hardcover simultaneously by Atheneum Publishers in the United States and McClelland & Stewart Ltd. in Canada in 1975, How to Protect Yourself from Crime was reprinted in paperback by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration in December 1980. Portions appeared in Reader’s Digest magazine in August 1981. The second edition was published by Avon Books in 1981. The third edition was published by Contemporary Books in 1989. Mr. Lipman is also the author of articles that have appeared in national publications and of editorials published by The New York Times and The Washington Post. Quoted frequently in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and appearing in the national broadcast media, Mr. Lipman is editor and publisher of The Lipman Report, a specialized monthly management newsletter. He served as special editor for the July 1988 issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, an issue titled “Private Security: Issues and Trends.” His achievements have been featured in 100 books, and his biography is included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in World Jewry, Who’s Who in the World, and in Contemporary Authors.

In 2004, Mr. Lipman received the Dean's Medal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he serves as a member of the Board of Overseers. In 1988, he received the Distinguished Achievement Citation for significant professional accomplishments and service to mankind from Ohio Wesleyan University where he served on the Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1997 and in 2010 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He was a member of the Northeastern University Corporation Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2005. three honorary degrees, an LL.D. from John Marshall University, an LL.D. from Northeastern University and an LL.D. from Ohio Wesleyan University.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Corporate Affairs and has served on the Chairman’s Advisory Council. He is a founding member of the Council’s Homeland Security Project.

In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Governance Committee, member of the Executive Committee and Trustee of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the International Human Rights Organization.

In August 1992, Mr. Lipman was elected a member of the Board of Governors of the United Way of America and, also in 1992, he simultaneously became and served as the first Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Board of Governors of the United Way of America until May 1997. He has served as a member of the Diversity Committee and is a member emeritus of the Alexis de Tocqueville National Leadership Council of the United Way of America and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the United Way of America. He served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of the United Way Leadership Conference 1996 and from December 1991 until August 1992 as a liaison with the Board of Governors of the United Way of America. As general campaign chairman of United Way in Memphis for 1985-86, he chalked up the largest percentage increase in contributions among the fifty largest cities in the United States.

He has served as National Chairman for two well-known national organizations. In 1992, he became the Honorary Chairman for life of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, which he has served as past National Chairman. He is Honorary Chair and Chairman Emeritus of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. He has served as Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the organization in previous years. He is also active nationally in a wide range of business, political, religious and human relations, and cultural endeavors.

He has served on the boards of more than 55 organizations and holds membership in numerous others. Mr. Lipman is a concerned and active citizen who for many years has worked to further a variety of social and business causes.

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"The unsurpassed Guardsmark standard of excellence is a standard characterized by the highest client retention rate in the industry."

- Ira A. Lipman, Chairman and President
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, some of the most prestigious media sources in the nation sought the expertise of Ira A. Lipman, who spoke in favor of federalizing airport security screeners. The U.S. government subsequently took this step to tighten security at airports.
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