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Red Oak Security

San Luis Obispo Interviews

February 15, 2019

Breneé English|The Wedding Standard

With Red Oak Security you can rest assured that you, your family and friends will be having the time of their life celebrating your love with a watchful and caring eye from the Red Oak security staff. Whether you need high profile security, parking direction, or escorting out of control or unwelcome guests they will make sure you can fully relax knowing that the most important day of your life is happy, safe and so much fun! Keep scrolling to get to know owner, Wade Holland, and more about his amazing company!

How did you get started doing what you do? 

When I was 24 I started volunteering with the Kern County Sheriff's Department as a Citizen Volunteer. At the time, I was the General Manager of a movie theater, so I'd work the theater until I shut it down around 11. Then three or four nights a week, I'd go out and ride along with one of the deputies until 3 or 4 in the morning. This sparked my interest in the Criminal Justice field. I've spent most of the time since then working in one form of Law Enforcement or Security or another. I've been a Police Officer, Correctional Officer, Bouncer and Bodyguard. I have lots of really interesting stories; most of them not appropriate for the dinner table.

Name and define one attribute that defines being a TWS member for you.

Love and Excellence are what TWS is built on and we want couples to know that we are artistic but also totally legit. Caring for and looking out for the other vendors you work alongside.

Who or what continues to inspire you?

Books, videos and podcasts about business, entrepreneurship and marketing. Lately my favorites are Entreleadership, Storybrand, and anything by Dan Kennedy. Shannon can always tell when I've been reading or listening to this kind of stuff. She tells me that it "gets your brain spinning."

What's your business philosophy?

I'm good with you having a good time right up to the point where youhaving a good time interferes with someone else having a good time.

What makes your business unique?

With a wedding venue in the family for over ten years, we understand weddings and events from the venue and coordination side as well as the security side. We aim for discretion and handling small issues before they become big problems. We also feel that most security starts with great customer service and communication.

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

Finally starting my own company and doing what I love. There have been challenges that I expected and some I didn't, but every day I still get up thrilledto be doing what I really enjoy.

Tell us about your first job? 

Well, Dad was a General Contractor and we lived in one of the neighborhoods he was building in. I was in 6th grade. After we got home from school we usually had to go to the jobsite and clean up. Sweeping, picking up trash, stacking wood, cleaning concrete formboards, etc. About half the time we'd eventually get bored and hide out behind the house, goofing off .About half of those times, Dad would sneak up, catch us and inform us that we had worked for free that day. Good times! Pretty sure my first "real" job was washing dishes and working in the Farmer's Market booth at Mo's.

What do you enjoy doing on your day off?

Hanging out with my wife, Shannon, and our 112-pound fur baby, Jango. Roadtrips, movies, trying new restaurants, and Big Bang Theory reruns.

Tell us one thing few people know about you? 

A guy I know wrote a novel with a very small character based on me. I met him while doing executive protection all over the country. Every city we worked in, it would be a somewhat different crew, but always from the same pool of people. We worked together a couple of times and he liked to base all the characters in his books off of people he knew and had worked with. I've never read the book, but maybe one of these days. If you ever read Principal Target by Stellen Qxz, tell me all about Wally Holt.

Wedding trend that will hopefully be out next year?

Seating charts; let people sit where they want.

What do you miss most about being a kid? 

Having time to read a book a week.

Favorite quote? 

"If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed....The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours." - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dave Grossman

What's in the top 5 of your bucket list?

England/Ireland trip.

A do-over on our honeymoon to Hawaii. (we were both sick)

Earn my CPP. (board certification in security)

Go SNUBA (not SCUBA) Diving again.

 And finish reading all the books I currently own. (well over 400)

Where do you see yourself (or business) in the near future?

Multiple branch offices in surrounding counties and expanding services such as mobile patrol service and security consulting.

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