ATLANTA, Nov. 30, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Security Associates ranks among the global elite in employer-sponsored training and development programs, according to news recently released by Training magazine, the leading business publication for learning and development and human resources professionals. As a 2013 Top 125 award winner, U.S. Security Associates is one of a select group of companies Training magazine describes as "unsurpassed in harnessing human capital." This is the seventh year in a row that U.S. Security Associates has been recognized in the Top 125, and according to Lorrie Freifeld, editor-in-chief of Training magazine, "Every year, the competition ratchets up."

Award candidates are evaluated on quantitative and qualitative benchmark data, including training technology and infrastructure, training budget and percentage of payroll, employee turnover and retention, and how closely a company's training and development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

"In the security services industry, effective training is critical to the achievement of risk mitigation and asset protection objectives," says Charles Schneider, President and CEO of U.S. Security Associates. "We invest in innovative technology to optimize training effectiveness, and the return on our investment is substantial. Robust safety training recently enabled our security team at one of America's largest oil refineries to celebrate 10 years with no recordable or lost-time injuries. Effective emergency preparedness training enabled us to ramp up quickly and deploy 750 trained and capable security officers around the clock to respond to clients impacted by Hurricane Sandy. A thriving learning culture creates a win for clients, who receive better service; for employees, who remain engaged and motivated; and for the organization, which grows and prospers."

The connection between a company's overall financial health and its alignment of training with business goals is evident in the strong financial performance characteristic of Top 125 training organizations. 25 percent of the 2013 winners are Fortune 500 companies. The implication is clear:  today's most successful companies invest in training and development as an integral driver of organizational growth and strategic change.

The ranking of award winners within the Top 125 will be announced February 18, 2013 at an invitation-only, black tie gala that kicks off the Training 2013 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida. The January/February 2013 issue of Training magazine will feature a tribute to this year's winners, including in-depth profiles of the five top-ranked companies and information about the training efforts of all 125 winners.


U.S. Security Associates is North America's security solutions leader, with 160 locally-responsive offices providing high-quality national security services and global consulting and investigations. The company provides career paths for over 46,000 security professionals serving several thousand clients and many industries.  Recognized for world class customer service and leading-edge technology, U.S. Security Associates has the distinction of being the first security company certified ISO 9001:2008 at all of its offices nationwide.  The organization is ranked one of the world's 30 best training and development companies by ASTD and is listed as a Training magazine Top 125 training company for the seventh consecutive year.  For more information visit

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