Paradigm Security: Protection, Peace of Mind

You hire a private security firm for two reasons:

  • To protect lives and property
  • To provide peace of mind for everyone connected with your organization

At Paradigm Security Services, our mission is to give you that protection and peace of mind. It’s been our vision since we entered the private security business.

Our History

Paradigm Security Services was established in 2006, in response to client requests of Strawn Security Services, for highly trained private security personnel, both unarmed and armed, to replace off duty law enforcement officers. Today, Paradigm uses trained and licensed private security personnel to replace certified law enforcement personnel during non-operational hours. Our well-equipped, uniformed private security personnel have superior training to meet emerging client needs.

In today’s rapidly evolving world, security providers face complex challenges, ranging from diverting everyday crime to securing facilities and personnel against international home grown terrorism. We believe these demands bring new responsibilities and substantially higher levels of accountability.

Paradigm is available to provide whatever services its clients request and at any required venue, including shopping centers, residential and office properties, sporting venues, logistics facilities, gated communities and construction sites, to name a few. Paradigm also provides Executive Protection Services for high-profile individuals and companies.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll listen to your concerns and explore ways to relieve them.

Tel: 678-684-4400
Email: info@paradigmsecurity.net

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Our Management Team


Rick A. Strawn, President and CEO
Rick retired from law enforcement in 1998 after 25 years of service with the Atlanta Police Department. During his APD career, he rose from Patrolman to Detective Sergeant and Day Commander over the White Collared Crimes Unit.

Rick established Strawn Security Services in 1988 and incorporated Paradigm 10 years later. As the co-owner and president of Paradigm Security Services, he is directly involved in every phase of the firm’s operations. They include contract management and negotiations, site management, supervision and, most important, the development and implementation of written policies and procedures for all personnel. He is also directly involved with all personnel at law enforcement agency levels. He focuses much of his time networking and promoting the Paradigm brand.

Rick volunteers hundreds of hours every year as a member and Past Flotilla Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, promoting boating safety as a public instructor and vessel coxswain. He also sponsors activities such as his community’s youth swim team, the Richland Waves. As one of his passions, Rick dedicates many hours to numerous non-profit organizations and Boards.

Rick is a member of the Chairman’s Club of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, the internationally recognized American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) The Building of America Team Network, the Building Trade Association and many other security related organizations. He is also a board member for his Rotary, the Rotary Club of Gwinnett Mosaic.

Rick is married to Susan and has two daughters, one son and six beautiful grandchildren.



Susan Strawn, Chief Financial Officer
As co-owner and CFO, Susan is responsible for all of Paradigm’s financial and administrative matters. After working six years as a CPA at one of the Big 8 accounting firms, she moved into the non-profit and private sectors as an assistant comptroller and controller.

Since 1988, Susan has worked for herself and the family businesses. Her work with Paradigm Security Services is an opportunity to take all of her prior experience and use it to create a company with the solid financial footing required to grow into a larger business.



H. Emory Murphy, Vice President, Operations
“Murph” is the primary contact and customer service provider for Paradigm Security clients. He joined Paradigm after owning and operating a security and private investigations company for over 35 years, serving clients throughout the Southeast and Texas.



Edward L. Aycock, Director of Training
Edward L. Aycock joined Paradigm Security as Director of Training after 25 years in the parking industry, and 15 years in security. Ed has more than 35 years of management experience and has held the positions of Branch Manager, Operations Manager and VP of Operations before joining Paradigm Security. He is licensed by the Secretary of State’s office as an instructor for the basic 24-hour security officer course.


Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll listen to your concerns and explore ways to relieve them.

Tel: 678-684-4400
Email: info@paradigmsecurity.net


Kris Beatty, Director of Business Development

Kris Beatty came with Paradigm in 2017, but has worked with Rick for nearly 20 years. Kris has an extensive background in Corporate Sales, Sales Management and Client Relations in the Security Officer Services Industry in Atlanta.  He has been involved in Contract Compliance, Bid Specification Development and Field Operations Training for Clients in the Construction, Manufacturing, Commercial Distribution and Single and Multi-Family Housing Industries since 1991.  Kris also had the honor to serve for 3+ years on the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and was its Chairman for a year in 1999.  He is actively involved in the Atlanta Apartment Association.  During his years with Argenbright Security, based here in Atlanta, he was involved with contracts for the Atlanta Airport, Woodruff Arts Center and AT&T.  He meets with his Clients weekly and monthly to make sure Paradigm’s Officers are meeting “Client Expectations” and to address any issues that inevitably pop up.

Kris strongly believes in Paradigm’s Culture of being good “Business Partners” with our Clients – rather than just another Vendor.  That strong commitment results in Kris being personally and directly involved in managing every “Start-Up” for contract services on each New Client’s site – in person.

Kris has been happily married to Jackie Davis Beatty for 28 years.  They have 2 grown children.  A daughter and son-in-law who both just finished their 5 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps and moved back to Lawrenceville with their 2 infant sons.  Kris and Jackie spend a lot of their personal time enjoying being Grandparents.


James Spurgeon, Director of Operations
James Spurgeon is Paradigm’s Director of Operations. James comes to Paradigm as a former Chief of Police and has served as a law enforcement officer for over 27 years. James brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in operations. James began his career with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and has also spent 17 years of service in Indian County, including serving in Washington, Arizona and Nevada.  As a street officer, his duties have varied from serving in patrol and traffic (motors) to street narcotics and gangs, among other varied responsibilities.

In the Private Security realm, James has worked for major security firms and served as an account manager for accounts as large as 2000 hours per week.

James holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in the Social Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University.  James is a graduate of the FBI Department of Justice Northwest Command College, the FBI National Academy’s 237th Session, and has completed the FBI’s LEEDA Trilogy Training for Police Executives.  Additionally, he is a POST Certified General Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and has been an instructor for numerous state police academies.  He received the Police Chief of the Year Award for 2009 from the National Native American Law Enforcement Officers Association (NNALEA).

James is the primary contact and customer service provider to all of the clients that he represents and has the responsibility for all physical security operations, business operations assessments, measuring the progress and adjusting the processes accordingly.

James has been married for over 23 years and has three children, Sasha-Alexa, Sofia-Isabella, and Logan-James.  In his spare time he enjoys reading, shooting and training as a defensive tactics instructor, specializing in Krav Maga and a dash of Jiu-jitsu.


Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll listen to your concerns and explore ways to relieve them.

Tel: 678-684-4400
Email: info@paradigmsecurity.net



Carol Padgett, Director of Human Resources
Carol has been with Paradigm since 2007. She started out in the payroll department and has progressed into the roll she is in now; Director of Human Resources. Carol has over 14 years of banking along with an extensive background in Accounting, Payroll and Human Resources.

She has lived in the Atlanta area since 1987 with her husband Terry. They have twin girls. In her spare time she enjoys camping and spending time with her grandson Kason.


Renee Roos, Director of Corporate Relations

Renee has been with Paradigm since 2017. She started out assisting the Director of Human Resources and has progressed into taking care of the accounting, managing client accounts with a focus on building Client Relations. Renee has over 15 years of banking along with an extensive background in Accounting, Customer Service and Sales.

She is a native of Atlanta and has lived in Gwinnett County for over 20 years. She is married to John and they have 2 children in college. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, attending sporting events, especially baseball games and going to the beach. Renee is very active in Community Outreach with numerous non-profit organizations. She is also an active member of the Collins Hill Education Foundation.


Captain Joan Sammond, Operations and Scheduling Manager

Joan Sammond joined the Paradigm team in 2016 and currently serves as Operations Manager, handling scheduling of officers and overseeing field operations.

Prior to joining Paradigm, Joan worked with the Georgia Dept of Agriculture in the Animal Protection Division as an inspector and cruelty complaint investigator for the state’s Animal Protection Division.  She has also served  as executive director for several Georgia nonprofit humane organizations, including the Georgia Humane Society and the Georgia SPCA, which she is also the founder of.

Sammond is originally from Meriwether County and studied communications at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.  she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Georgia Humane Society and is a FEMA certified member of Georgia’s Animal Emergency & Disaster Response Team.