Our mission is to provide the highest quality, most reliable and skilled security officers and solutions. We address the exact needs of the client and deliver results that exceed expectations.
We strive to accomplish our mission by focusing on the following principals:
- Place your security or investigative needs at the top of our concerns
- Stay fixated on our goal to be the best in our profession
- Strive to exceed your expectations by being results driven
- Conduct our business in a professional and ethical manner at all times
- Be sensitive in the role we play and how this affects you and your business
- Maintain an extremely high degree of discretion and confidentiality
- Contribute to the community in which we live
The APS office operates from 9 am to 6pm Monday through Friday. However, we are available 24/7 for security needs. Our guards work any hour, any day to ensure your protection. We understand some circumstances are time sensitive, so please email us after business hours at Yoursecurity@advprotective.com or call 678-631-1038 and leave a voicemail, messages are checked regularly every evening. We are happy to make necessary accommodations. Your safety and protection is our priority!
APS is recognized as one of the industry leaders. We maintain one of the most stringent hiring and quality assurance programs in the business. APS employment requirements exceed all State regulations and far exceed trade standards. This is accomplished in several ways. First, we insure all our agents are well trained, understand operational protocols and are in good moral, mental and physical condition. Secondly, we maintain an extensive internal Quality Assurance program. In addition, we submit external evaluations to our clients to determine we are not only meeting, but exceeding their expectations.
All of Advanced Protective Services agents are fully licensed by the State of Georgia in their respective role with the company. Numerous members of our team hold multiple licenses and certifications.
APS yearly employment re-qualification standards exceed all State of Georgia requirements.
APS carries liability insurance coverage which is five times greater than the minimum required by Ga State Law. As with all other State requirements, Advanced Protective Services has chosen to exceed it.
Leadership is the key component to a successful organization. The values, desire for excellence, and the emphasis on customer satisfaction all are products of the company’s leadership. We feel it is important you are introduced to the APS Leadership Teams.
Mr. Farrow has established a very impressive, highly experienced Advisory Board to assist him in guiding Advanced Protective Services. The members of the Advisory Board listed below illustrate APS’s commitment to the highest level of service and performance.
- Colonel Wayne Long: US Army Delta Force
- Captain Peter Symasko: US Navy Special Warfare
- Major Richard Comerford: US Army Special Forces
- Lieutenant Commander Michael Walsh: US Navy Special Warfare
Colonel Wayne Long - US Army Delta Force
Retired Colonel U.S. Army Special Forces. Former Intelligence Officer, Staff Officer, Battalion and Special Forces Commander with twenty nine years of distinguished Military and Intelligence Service. Director of Business Development for Beta Analytics International and Vice President of Business Development with D&D Aviation, Kenya with Executive authority in subsidiary Trackmark Aviation, Nairobi. Nine years as Chief United Nations Security Advisor Somalia and former Chief Consultant to Undersecretary General of the United Nations for Security Operations at United Nations Headquarters in New York. UK Trained, Certified and Successfully Proven Hostage Incident Manager and Negotiator on the African Continent.
Captain Peter Symasko - US Navy Special Warfare
Retired US Navy Captain, Special Operations Officer and Ship Qualified Officer of the Deck. Graduate of the US Navy Deep Sea Diving and Salvage School with extensive Diving, Salvage, Harbor Clearance, Ocean Towing and Underwater Demolition Operations. Former Commander of SEAL Team 2 Detachment 201 and a Certified Navy Explosive Ordnance Safety Inspector. Now award winning Architect with a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and as a former Senior Architect for Arabian Bechtel Ltd. in Jubayl has extensive travel in Mideast, Asia and Africa. Former Visiting Adjunct Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College in Newport and a Lecturer on Shipwrecks, Maritime Security and Piracy.
Key Team Members
Timothy Farrow – Founder and President
Mr. Farrow has an extensive background in security operations and is a proven leader. He is a former US Army Infantry Officer and Alabama POST Certified Police Officer. He has a combined military, law enforcement and security history spanning over 33 years. He holds multiple certifications in a wide range of security and emergency management programs. After his Honorable discharge from the military, he joined the law enforcement community and quickly established himself. He was soon functioning as the Field Training Officer for newly hired police officers. He also became the primary instructor for the reserve police officers.
After leaving the law enforcement profession, he started Advanced Protective Services. Mr. Farrow then became a licensed Private Investigator, a Georgia Licensed Weapons Instructor and a Classroom Instructor for private detectives and security agencies. In addition, he is an NRA certified Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Defense, Home Defense and Range Safety Instructor. Mr. Farrow holds two Black Belts. In 1998, he won the International Karate Circuit World Championship for his division.
Mr. Farrow also holds several Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Certifications which include those listed below: Critical Infrastructure Protection, Key resource management, Homemade Improvised Explosive Devices, Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, and Critical Infrastructure Threat Assessment.
Mr. Farrow has extensive worldwide experience in complicated high-risk security operations overseas. Further, he is an Executive Protection Specialist who has protected such individuals as Oliver North, Miss America, R.E.M. and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia while on his visit to Atlanta.
Ken Bobb – Director of Operations and Investigations
Mr. Bobb graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the industry. As the Director of Operations and Investigations for APS, Mr. Bobb oversees all security operations as well as monitoring and assisting investigative cases. In addition to his role as Operations Manager, he is also the principal sales representative for APS.
Since joining the APS team, Mr. Bobb has been involved in numerous high risk security matters including, executive protection, hostile terminations, armed escort asset protection, complex investigative case management, facility threat assessment and comprehensive security protocol development.
He has functioned as the security consultant for MTV and the Style networks and provided executive protection to several celebrities and professional athletes.
Kim Mai- New Business Development
Ms. Mai is currently finishing her Bachelor Degree in International Business. She has recently joined APS as our New Business Development representative. She has worked in this capacity; as well as, marketing and client relations for the past five years at Noche' in Atlanta.
Jeff Arko – Security Operations, Training, and Sales
Mr. Arko has contract security management experience in excess of 30 years in the Atlanta security market. He served as Vice President for his family business, Arko Executive Services, prior to its sale to U.S. Security Associates in 2003. Mr. Arko worked as a Branch Manager for U. S. Security Associates from 2003, until providing expertise to Vinson Guard Service in 2008. As of January 2015, Advanced Protective Services has welcomed Mr. Arko and his extensive protection experience as an administrative member dedicated to training, operations, and sales.
Mr. Arko received his training instructor certification in 2010 by the Georgia Board of Private Detective & Security Agencies. This instructor certification allows him to conduct unarmed, as well as armed training on all security officers working in the State of Georgia. Mr. Arko has a proven track record in the security industry. He stands ready to offer quality security management experience and support for your account.
Rachel Harner - Office Administration
Ms. Harner is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps with extensive experience in leadership and organizational management. She is currently attending Kennesaw State University in pursuit of a B.S. She is responsible for accounts payable, billings, general bookkeeping, and human resources. Rachel originally worked as an Armed Agent and Private Investigator, but her organizational skills and attention to detail swiftly led to a position managing the financial aspects and employee relations for the company.
Katelin Price - Office Administration
Ms. Price is actively pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Phoenix. She has 10 years of experience in customer service and 5 years of experience in Sales and Administration. As Mr. Farrow’s executive assistant, Ms. Price manages daily responsibilities, client and employee contacts, as well as supporting Human Resources when needed. Ms. Price maintains company inventory purchasing and records. She is also the lead for Website Optimization, Marketing, and Social Media Networking. Additionally, Ms. Price is responsible for organization of APS events such as Trade Shows, Career Fairs, Training Classes, and Speaker Seminars.
Brent Gaffey – Sales Associate
Mr. Gaffey has 8 years of Sales experience, 3 of which have been dedicated to Advanced Protective Services. As the Primary Sales Representative, Mr. Gaffey has organized security consultations, managed client relations, and maintained satisfaction for current APS clients. He is adept with communication and product presentation, making him perfect for aiding in understanding APS processes and operations.
Ms. Davis graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. With over 10 years of experience in customer service, Jessica is currently in charge of Customer Relations for APS. With her vast array of consumer communication expertise, she creates and maintains exceptional relationships with both new and repeat clientele on each assignment.