When We Hire Veterans for Cannabis Security, It’s Not About Job Security. It’s About Moving Up or Moving On.

At Iron Protection Group, We Help Veterans Advance Their Careers

The job market for veterans can be tough.

But at Iron Protection Group, a security and protection service for the cannabis industry, we have made hiring veterans a cornerstone of our corporate culture and our business model. As veterans ourselves, we understand what it’s like to struggle to find the right fit in the civilian workforce, how rare it is to find employers who understand the special benefits of hiring veterans, and the special concerns of these employees.

But what’s truly important to us is setting a clear path for professional development and advancing careers. And that’s why we look at these entry-level jobs for veterans as springboards to propel them to their next career stop, whether it’s with us or another company.

Everyone who comes on board at IPG starts in the same place: as a dispensary security guard. But we don’t want this particular job to turn into a lifetime career choice. We want to see employees move up—either with us or beyond us.

We see it as our responsibility to the veteran community to help our employees develop professionally. Our goal is to help veterans build career experiences, sustainable lives, new skill-sets and a clear vision for their future.

To help our staff understand what moving up in the company looks like, we open our weekly management meetings to all, so everyone can see how we operate our cannabis security business. They learn the good, bad and exactly what it takes to run a business. This transparency allows employees to get in tune with our company and make a choice: “I think I want to be a part of this and do what it takes to be promoted.” Or alternatively, “This isn’t really for me in the long term, and I’m going to move on to my next step.”

We’re more than OK with veteran employees using their time at IPG to step up and prepare themselves to move onto something else. We want their time with us to improve their lives in multiple ways, and we consciously create an environment that provides stability and educational opportunities. For example, we make sure to accommodate schedules so employees can get to their Veterans Affairs appointments or attend college classes.

If someone decides they want to move up instead of moving on, they often become a courier, handling cash transport and closely interacting with various business clients. We see this position as an introduction to management. It’s our employee saying they want to stay with the company, and us saying, “We know we can trust you.”

From there they might become a site manager, enter an operational position, or become part of the expansion team, helping manage, create, or build divisions in other regulated markets

If employees are still doing the entry-level cannabis security guard position after three or four years, they are not hitting the goal of up or out, and we make a point of having conversations about moving on. But don’t take that the wrong way: It’s not about kicking someone to the curb.

One aspect of moving on that’s incredibly important to me and IPG Director of Operations Caleb Patton is entrepreneurial mentorship, whether they’re pursuing a career in cannabis or other business sectors.

We had an employee who said he wanted to start a gunsmithing business. So Caleb talked with him about what it might take to reach that goal and how we might be able to help. He walked the employee through things like how to register a business with the state and local government, get a Tax ID number and general entrepreneurship. We want to share our knowledge about starting a business because there’s definitely a steep learning curve.

We understand our fellow veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made during their service, and that’s why we’re so intent on creating opportunities for them in the civilian world, starting with opening up options in our own company.

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Tim Troxwell

Division Operations Manager | California

  • TimTroxwell@IronProtectionGroup.org
  • 916.242.0048

Tim joined the Marine Corps in 2008. He served as a Military Police Officer in garrison at Marine Corps Base Quantico and Camp Lejeune. While serving, Tim filled the billets of gate sentry, patrolman, tactics instructor and accident investigator. After departing the Marine Corps in 2013, he attended the Columbus Division of Police Recruit Training Program in Columbus, OH and served as a police officer with the Dublin, Ohio Division of Police. After exiting the public sector he took a district asset protection position with The Home Depot until coming aboard Iron Protection Group in 2017. 

Glenn Hardy

Director | California

  • Glenn@IronProtectionGroup.org
  • 916.936.5750
Glenn joined the United States Navy in 2004 and served as a Master-At-Arms on Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado. During his enlistment, he was tasked as an armed sentry, command investigator, prisoner transport, and force protection leader. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 2008, Glenn entered the private security sector. He sought to build a well-rounded knowledge base in the industry and worked in many facets to include but not limited to; Personal Protection Officer for Ross Perot (PSC Security), Head of Security for a retail branch of Tiffany & Company, and regional Physical Security Program Manager for Centene Corporation. Glenn created and implemented security policies for multiple Fortune 500 companies and found an incredible opportunity with IPG. Glenn joined the organization in 2018 as the Director of Security Operations for California and executes the IPG mission and commitment to clients by marrying customer service and tailored security solutions in an unprecedented way

Shannon Hansen

Director of Strategy

  • Shannon@IronProtectionGroup.org
  • 303.759.1300

Shannon has extensive experience in the apparel retail industry, serving in various upper leadership roles during her 25 years in a corporate specialty retail environment.

During that time, she was responsible for managing operational and HR processes in multi-unit retail settings, creating business strategies to increase market share, drive profitability and increase customer satisfaction. She has participated in several accelerated leadership programs and has served on multiple filed advisory committees where she was able to leverage her analytical expertise to develop business solutions.  Her passion and focus for developing high performing teams and cultivating a customer-centric environment contributed to her many career achievements. She was nationally recognized for her commitment to brand excellence, customer engagement and producing top line results.  

Shannon has managed more than 2500 employees and upwards of $45M in revenue during her tenure in the fast paced, customer service, retail industry.

Caleb Patton

Managing Director

  • Caleb@GeneralCann.com
  • 314.399.1863
Caleb joined the United States Marine Corp in 2007 and served overseas four times, which included combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Soon after School of Infantry Caleb had his boots on ground, patrolling the streets of Ramadi, Iraq. Here, he quickly found out what it took to be a leader of Marines and ran with the responsibility and pride it gave him to bring everyone home safe on each patrol and operation. Caleb led Marines on countless patrols through the streets of Iraq to the poppy fields of Afghanistan and not until a training operation in the States did Caleb meet with tragedy. In 2014 while still in Wounded Warrior Battalion, after long talks with brothers in arms that had exited from the Marines, Iron Protection Group was born. In 2015 Caleb moved to Denver to fully immerse himself into the company. As Iron Protection Group expands into California, Caleb has taken the role of Director of IPG Colorado and continues to drive the leading cannabis security provider in the industry.