Security services firm Global Guardian to invest $1.3 million to expand headquarters in Fairfax County

Alan Fogg, afogg@fceda.org, +1 703-790-0600 (o), +1 571-213-5065 (m); Spencer Livingston, Global Guardian, 703-566-9490, slivingston@globalguardian.com

Company to enlarge global operations center, create 22 new jobs

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia USA – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Global Guardian, a global security and risk-management firm, will invest $1.3 million to expand its corporate headquarters in Fairfax County. The company will invest in additional office space and new technology for its global operations center, as well as specialized workforce training as it creates 22 new jobs.

Global Guardian provides an integrated suite of security services to help clients identify and mitigate the risks of traveling and doing business overseas and domestically. Services include personnel tracking, emergency response, security and transportation support, intelligence, medical support and transportation, emergency and custom aviation, cybersecurity, and video surveillance monitoring.

“We are very pleased to see Global Guardian expanding in Fairfax County, because this is one of the few places anywhere that offers the workforce expertise and the technical capacity that a company like this needs to protect its clients around the world,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

Global Guardian is based in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County and coordinates its services 24 hours a day through a sophisticated operations center there. The company expects to double its space as it enlarges its operations center and services. On February 9, the company announced it bought Air Ambulance Card, LLC, a Birmingham, Ala.-based firm that operates an air medical evacuation program and provides air-medical transportation coordination services to clients.

“Fairfax County and the Commonwealth of Virginia provide a fantastic environment to grow our business,” said Global Guardian CEO Dale Buckner. “There are countless opportunities for a company with our capabilities, and the local market is filled with motivated and talented people that have real-world experience in security, government, and international business.”

“Representatives from Fairfax County and the State of Virginia have been extremely helpful in working with us to take advantage of economic incentive programs available to help companies like ours grow and cultivate a strong workforce,” Buckner said. “The success we’ve experienced is in part due to the support we’ve received from the local and state governments. We’re thrilled to call Virginia our home.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Global Guardian’s job creation through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The state-funded VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities.

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Twitter and LinkedIn.