Congratulations to Denis Kelly, who on August 16 was named COO of Sunstates Security. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Sunstates offers a full slate of security solutions, including contract guard and patrol services, investigative work and VIP protection.
Kelly, who began his career as a front-line officer, served as executive vice president before being promoted, and was responsible for overseeing marketing, sales and business development. As COO, Kelly will maintain oversight of companywide operations, sales and marketing, and human resources.
Independently owned and operated Sunstates provides uniformed security services to a diverse client base throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States.
The full press release follows.
Effective immediately, Denis J. Kelly has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer at Sunstates Security, based in Raleigh, N.C. His promotion from executive vice president reflects his expanding leadership responsibilities in a larger organization, the result of sustained annual organic growth averaging an impressive 24% over the past five years.
“Denis has been a key member of Sunstates management since he joined us in 2010 as Vice President,” says CEO Kathryn Burrell. “Not only does he bring extensive industry experience and sound business acumen, but he also shares our commitment to improving the image and reputation of the contract security industry.”
As COO, Kelly will maintain oversight of companywide operations, sales and marketing, and human resources for Sunstates, which provides uniformed security services to a diverse client base throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States. During his tenure, Kelly has led the firm’s business development efforts and helped create the operational strategy that allowed Sunstates to triple in size without sacrificing service quality.
“I’m honored to step into this role and excited about the future opportunities for Sunstates,” says Kelly. “I joined the company because I believed in, and shared, the leadership’s vision for the firm and the industry. Together we’ve come a long way toward making that vision a reality, and it’s a testament to the people we serve, both clients and employees.”
Kelly’s 24-plus years of experience in the private security industry spans entry-level operations management to executive-level leadership. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal law from Eastern Connecticut State University.