Richard Blake, Director of Security for Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood resorts, provides security and administrative assistance to two general managers. Blake manages a workforce of over 239 employees including six managers, three investigators, nine supervisors and one administrative assistant. His position is responsible for implementing, maintaining and updating security and guest policy programs and procedures.
“As a director, I make certain all activities performed by reporting departments are in accordance with the company’s business objectives, budget guidelines, mission statement and core of service statements,” he explained. “Basically I develop global security and guest service initiatives, provide leadership and direction in the execution and measurement of guest services as well as operational direction for the security department.”
Blake’s career path began when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. With a desire to work in mechanics and electronics, Blake received his associate’s degree in applied science for aircraft weapons systems from United States Air Force. As a veteran, he found that many veterans go into the field of security. “When I got out in 1992, there weren’t that many jobs available for someone with my skills. Since I was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base (in Las Vegas), I looked for a job in Southern Nevada. The fact I had a military background, there were openings in the security department and I remained in the field.”
Working in security for over 20 years with promotions, Blake has been the director of security for five years. He admits the job requirements have changed over time. “Most of our investigators are presently in the military, either in the reserves or active duty, and there is a camaraderie with the veterans. They also either have degrees or are pursuing degrees in criminal justice. After graduating, some might pursue jobs with the police department, but we are great company to begin that career in security since we provide educational assistance.”
Blake also takes education very seriously and, while focusing on his children, continues to take courses, attend seminars and receives additional training about security. Once his children enter college, Blake intends on finishing his degree in criminal justice.
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