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



Gary W. Walker Jr., Director of Sales and Marketing
Gary comes to Paradigm with over 18 years of corporate sales, marketing and management experience. Throughout his career in the financial services, banking, consulting and educational arenas he has worked with companies ranging in size from small mom and pop shops up to the fortune 500.

With a focus on relationship based consulting, Gary’s main priority is making sure the client not only receives the service they need, but that they also understands what their needs really are. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Gary has lived in the Atlanta area for over 20 years with his wife Ginger and their two children.



Ken Cox, Director of Operations
Ken Cox is Paradigm’s Director of Operations. Ken comes to Paradigm with over 40 years of knowledge and experience in operations, sales and has just retired from the Toccoa, Georgia Police Department after 14 years. Ken is primarily responsible for all physical security operations and business operations assessments, measuring progress and adjusting processes accordingly.

Ken is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, member of the Disabled American Veterans .Ken is active in is community and has a deep love of Country.

Ken remains a primary contact and customer service provider to all of the clients that he represents.



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.