Ira A. Lipman is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and owner of Guardsmark, a privately held security services company with 153 branch offices in the United States of America, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and France. Known for its innovative security concepts and rigid standards of excellence, Guardsmark is one of the world’s largest security service companies. In 1992, Time magazine cited Guardsmark as the company “which many security experts consider the best national firm in the business.” In 2002, Ira Lipman won both the Corporate Citizenship Award from the Committee for Economic Development and the Stanley C. Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics from the Ethics Resource Center. He has written for the public on a wide range of security topics and contributes regularly to the professional literature of the security field. He is also the editor and publisher of The Lipman Report, a specialized monthly management newsletter. He has served on the boards of more than 40 organizations and holds membership in numerous others.