The Hampton Downtowner

An article written in the Downtown Hampton Development Partnership monthly newsletter, The Hampton Downtowner talking about Top Security's mascot - Dudley.


2015 Influential Women of Virginia

Influential Women of VANicole Stuart, President of Top Guard Security, Inc.,  was a 2015 awardee as an Influential Women of VA. Virginia Lawyers Media, publishers of Virginia Lawyers Weekly and the Virginia Medical Law Report, has announced the Class of 2015 of “Influential Women of Virginia.” This awards program, now in its seventh year, recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the commonwealth in all fields, including law, business, health care, education and the arts. The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large. | See More About This Award


2012 Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year

2012-outstanding-womens-exchange-awardNicole Stuart, President of Top Guard Security, was awarded the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year Award for 2012 in recognition of her “Outstanding Professionalism and Advocacy for Women in Business”.

Virginia Ship Repair Quarterly

virginia-shipTop Guard Security was selected as the third quarter recipient of the Virginia Ship Repair Association's "2011 3rd Quarter Safety Award" for its submission of a Maritime Safety & Security Calendar.

Top Guard Security: Consistency-driven Growth during Insecure Times

By Adam Duncan - Oyster Pointer Magazine May 2011

oyster-pointer-articleOften the most important part of any business is the first impression. For customers, it starts in various places. The parking lot, the website, maybe the reputation of the business can be something that initially attracts a buyer and puts him at ease.

Often overlooked as an opportunity for a first impression is the security staff. A well-mannered, articulate, and courteous security guard is commonly the first one to greet a prospective customer. This is a fact that Top Guard Security takes to the bank.

Top Guard Security, based out of Hampton Roads has been providing security personnel to businesses and events for 15 years. "We provide one service; uniformed, unarmed and armed security officers." Says Chris Stuart, business development. "Over the years we've had all the types of service within our industry. Over the last decade we have restricted what types we do."

Top Guard Security, the largest woman-owned business in Hampton Roads, has identified its target market and is very comfortable with its niche. The company services businesses, banks, office buildings, manufacturers, distribution locations and maritime and other professional places according to Stuart. It does not service apartment complexes, fast food restaurants or any nightclub locations.

With more than 550 security guards, Top Guard Security focuses on putting the right person in the right place. "Our biggest concern is making sure we don't place a square peg into a round hole," says Stuart "We have to match personalities with their locations."

Another area of opportunity for the company is its training. Top Guard Security offers in-depth training across 12 different skill sets, including fire safety, vehicle protocol safety, crime scene management and professionalism, according to the company's website.

Most of Top Guard Security's employees find this training to be a refresher from past careers. "Most of our people have former armed forces or security experience" explains Stuart.

Continuity for employees and their value-provided services has driven the company's growth. "Our market is not immune to good or bad economies, and we might lose a few customers, but we have found value is the way to ride it out." Says Stuart. "We've found that value is the way we are able to be stable, because by being a value provider we are in control of all situations."

Inside Business’ Roaring 20

inside-business-roaring-20-2010Top Guard Security Received Recognition as One of the Inaugural "Roaring 20 Award" Winners - NOV 2010

The award highlights the region's fastest-growing companies, while sharing stories of determination, perseverance and fortitude. The winners prove that success is attainable, even in challenging economic times. For a company to be eligible for the Roaring 20 award, it must be headquartered in the Hampton Roads area and established prior to fiscal year 2008, realized gross revenues of a least $2 million in 2009 and have experienced three years of growth.

Top Guard Security Is The Best In Hampton Roads!


The Norfolk Downtowner - March 2010 | See Full Story

If you're looking for the best private security company in Hampton Roads, look no further. Top Guard Security has proven over the past 10 years that it is Hampton Roads' leading security service provider. With over 595 employees, Top Guard is the largest firm in its industry and is Hampton Roads region's largest woman-owned business. This award winning company has shown that through a dedication to service excellence, growth is possible even in tough times. Having already grown from 140 security officers in 2001 to over 550+ on staff today, this year Top Guard management forecasts continued growth and plans to add to its security force.

Top Guard Named Best Private Security Company


On Wednesday evening September 23, 2009 Top Guard Security was awarded the Daily Press Choice Awards at the Ferguson Center in Newport News. They were selected as "Best Private Security Company" in a sweep of four geographic areas; Newport News, Hampton, Southside Hampton Roads, and James City County & Williamsburg. The award represents the quality of the daily work of the over 570 Top Guard security officers throughout Hampton Roads.

Jefferson Lab’s 2009 Small Business of the Year

jefferson-labs-2009-small-business-of-the-yearTop Guard Security was selected as the Jefferson Laboratory/ Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility "2009 Small Business of the Year". Pictured are Michael Dallas, Top Guard's President – Nicole Stuart, Vice-President - Chris Stuart and Site Manager- Alton Dugger.

Top Guard On Target

top_guard_on_targetLieutenant Carroll Burnette, a Top Guard Security Officer assigned to Jefferson Lab, hands out "Think Safety" lollipops to JLab staff and users entering the Accelerator Site. Top Guard officers passed out 300 lollipops and 3000 "Safety First" mints during June - raising safety awareness with a smile and the sweet reminders. This is the third year that Top Guard has distributed small treats imprinted with safety messages.

To keep safety at the forefront of their work, Top Guard has a monthly calendar that provides a JLab specific safety tip for each day. Safety tips are briefed at the beginning of each shift and are shared with the JLab community.

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2009 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards

ee_awardsNicole Stuart, Top Guard's President, was honored at the Inside Business and Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship "2009 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards". A panel of five judges selected Nicole due to her "entrepreneurial spirit and hard work" which "resulted in significant accomplishments in Hampton Roads."  | See Full Story

Top Guard Security Keeps Watch On Growing eVA Business

evabusiness_awardeVA Connect Newsletter - April 2009

For Top Guard Security, the bull dog is not just a stalwart symbol of the security profession. The company mascot mirrors the corporate spirit of one of Virginia's largest woman-owned businesses. "We instill in our employees a family-like atmosphere, where we hold high expectations, we reward good performance, and we value and respect everyone's contributions," said Nicole Stuart, President. "It is this corporate personality that makes up the winning force of secure professionals at Top Guard." | See Full Story

Top Guard has Been A Leader in e-Procurement since eVA’s Inception


eVA Has Garnered Huge Benefits for Top Guard Security

In business for 13 years, the company has seen the benefit of doing business with the Commonwealth electronically. "eVA is the way we hear about business opportunities," explains Chris Stuart. "By serving as a one-stop for state and local government buyers, eVA gives businesses one source for information on Commonwealth public sector business opportunities," he added.

Inside Business Presents “Top 40 Under 40”

top-40-title-1Christopher Stuart, 36, General Manager, Top Guard Security
By: David Nowitzky- Inside Business October 10, 2005

With Christopher Stuart as its general manager, Top Guard Security saw an increase from 145 employees to 400 employees in a year's time. The Hampton-based company provided uniformed guards for local city, state and federal properties. If you've been to a museum or university in the Hampton Roads area, odds are you've run into one of them.



Katrina-Hit States Turn to Security Firms

washington-times-articleBy: Marguerite Higgins- The Washington Times - September 10, 2005

Security companies generally expect to have increased business after natural disasters, said Chris Stuart, general manager for Top Guard Security Inc., a Hampton, Va., security guard company. | See Article

Celebrating Small Businesses on the Virginia Peninsula

enterprise-articleBy: Ann Malone- VPCC Enterprise - July 2005

The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2005 Small Business Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at the Omni Newport News Hotel. Over 150 business personas,family, and friends attended the event to recognize excellence in our business community.Prior to the awards dinner, thirteen nominees were given the opportunity to showcase their individual businesses and accomplishments by setting up display booths around the ballroom. | See Full Article

Alumni Run Largest Privately Owned Hampton Roads Security Officer Firm

odu-coverBy: Michelle Nery- ODU Alumni Magazine - Spring 2005

Like the Incredibles, the family of superheroes in Pixar's recent animated film, the Stuarts are a crime-fighting family - only their super-mobile is a Monarch blue Toyota with the license plate ODU BLU and their sidekick is a 1-year-old English bulldog name Barney.

Nicole Maust Stuart '92 (M.P.A. '95) is President of Top Guard Security in Hampton,  the largest privately owned security firm and second largest woman-owned business in Hampton. Her husband, Chris Stuart '93 (M.A. '94), serves as the firm's general manager.

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Women in Business Achievement Awards

inside-business-coverNicole Stuart: Top Guard Security

By: Michael Schwartz - Copyright Inside Business December 13, 2004

The private security industry is an unconventional setting for a businesswoman. Nicole Stuart, however, feels right at home as president and owner of Top Guard Security Inc., the largest privately owned security firm in Hampton Roads. | See Full Story

Employers Beginning to Court Retired Workers

senior_boomAs the Population Ages, Virginia's Work Force is Getting Grayer, Too - Some Employers See a Silver-haired Lining
By: Novelda Sommers- Chicago Tribune Co. Aug 26, 2004

More senior Virginians like Sandra McFarland want or need to work, and certain employers are aggressively looking for them. McFarland got her job because her employer, Top Guard Security of Hampton, sought workers through AARP, a membership organization and lobbying group for people older than 50.

McFarland was working 25 hours a week as an employment specialist for AARP's Norfolk office when she found out about Chris Stuart's job openings because she was placing older workers at Top Guard.

Hampton Roads Braces For Worst

Security Beefed Up At Bases, Ports Here And Across Country

security_beefed_upBy: Peter Dujardin - The Daily Press (Chicago Tribune Co.) - Feb 14, 2003

Companies with sensitive security concerns declined to talk much about their heightened security efforts. Security was very high at the Surry nuclear power station, an electric plant owned by Dominion Resources, according to company spokesman Rick Zuercher. But he would not comment on what was being done.

Other companies were making sure their security teams are on alert, said Chris Stuart of Top Guard Security, a large Hampton security company that is hired by area firms and federal job sites."They're sending out reminders, memorandums, things of that sort," Stuart said."They're making sure that patterns of checking buildings and other things aren't ignored. When a code system happens, they have to be that much more on their toes." | See Full Article

Workplaces Pay Tribute

workplaces_pay_tributeBusinesses Take Note of Sept. 11
By: Audra Barlow- The Daily Press (Chicago Tribune Co.) - Sep 9, 2002

Top Guard Security in downtown Hampton will reflect on the anniversary of the attacks by planting a tree on its property and by hanging a plaque to remember those lost. "Immediately after the events of 9/11, our staff gathered together," says President Nicole Stuart. "On this, the first anniversary of the attacks, we want to memorialize our nation's loss and honor the heroism we witnessed in a permanent way. Planting an evergreen tree, and placing a plaque to observe the solemn occasion, allows our staff and their families to pay homage in a manner that will last decades." | See Full Article

Security Company Top of the Line

Company Profile

security_company_topBy: Peter Dujardin - Copyright Chicago Tribune Co. Mar 15, 2002

It was last October when thousands of people were to converge on the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton for a "contestant search" for the Wheel of Fortune television game show. But four days before the event, the person organizing the event, Elizabeth Fimian for Channel 13, found out she didn't have enough security: The Hampton Police Department wasn't able to provide as many police officers as she once thought. That's when she called Top Guard Security Inc. of Hampton.The firm -- one of the biggest security companies on the Peninsula, with 200 guards deployed a day -- readily agreed to staff the event with nine guards. And aside from providing a security presence, they did other little things... See Full Article

Keeping Holidays Secure

Retail Locations Put People On The Lookout

holidays_secureBy: Peter Dujardin - The Daily Press (Chicago Tribune Co.) - Dec 16, 2000

It's Friday afternoon, and Capt. Emile Augustin is on patrol. The security guard paces around the rooftop of the Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, scoping the parking lot with binoculars."We can see everything from up here," Augustin says, watching car after car pour into the lot near the new JCPenney. "Like, if I see a lady with a lot of packages walking by herself to her car, I'll call the mobile unit to go to that area to make sure she makes it to her car safely. "For the seventh consecutive holiday season, the Patrick Henry Mall security team has stationed a guard atop the mall from the early afternoon to the evening, with the guards working in two-hour shifts." It gets pretty chilly up here at times," says Augustin, who dons gloves but no hat. "But I think it helps the mall security. If people see you up here, think twice about doing anything." | See Full Article

Avoid Dog Daze

gloucester private securityExcessive Heat Could Hurt Pooch
By: Regina Clark – Copyright Chicago Tribune Co. Jul 27, 1999

Two weeks ago, Falls responded to a call about a dog that had been left in a car while the owners shopped at a mall. Because of the heat, the dog died within 20 minutes.”People don’t stop and think that when temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, it’s much hotter in the car,” said Capt. Emile Louis Augustine of Top Guard Security, which monitors Patrick Henry Mall.The mall security officers often call the SPCA when animals are left in cars, but that’s after paging the owners several times. Last week, the owners of a poodle notified security that their dog was missing from their car. But mall security knew exactly where the animal was. When the owners didn’t respond for three hours after security had paged them, the dog was removed from the car and taken to the animal shelter.

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