20 Jul

COGAR Leadership Changes

COGAR Leadership Changes

The COGAR Group, Ltd. (COGAR) is pleased to announce leadership changes in our corporate structure. Mr. Wesley (Wes) E. Sturdivant is appointed as the Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Frank J. Polievka, Jr. is promoted to Vice President of Operations. 

Wes Sturdivant will now serve as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and will assume the day-to- day oversight and responsibility for COGAR operations corporate-wide. Wes has worked with COGAR since 2014 leading our Business Development department. For the past 30 years, he has worked with federal government contractors in the capacity of Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President for 3 firms whose core business was physical security. He is thoroughly knowledgeable and experienced in all phases of government contracting and corporate management.

Additionally, we are pleased to announce Frank Polievka is promoted to Vice President of Operations. Frank has also been with COGAR since 2014 and has recently served as Director of Security Operations. He brings nearly 20 years of security and management experience to this new position. Frank has been a key factor in COGAR’s development and growth over the past 2 years.

Wes and Frank have worked together since 1998 in various capacities, and COGAR is fortunate to have these two individuals lead our firm to our next level. The COGAR Corporate Staff stands ready to support our employees, operations and clients.

COGAR looks forward to continue working with our clients and strengthening our relationships even further as we expand and develop into new markets.  COGAR wishes to THANK YOU for your constant support and assistance.

 

12 Jul

COGAR “Coins” PSO’s for Heroic Life Saving Act on FPS South Florida Contract!

COGAR “Coins” PSO’s for Heroic Life Saving Act  on FPS South Florida Contract!

Pictured from left to right:  Wes Sturdivant, COO; Oscar Berrios, PSO; Wayne Beckelheimer, PM; Alejandro Montes De Oca, PSO; Frank Polievka, VP of Operations.

On July 12, 2016 two Protective Security Officers (PSO’s) on COGAR’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Protective Service (FPS) South Florida contract voluntarily responded to an alarming and appalling scene in front of the Social Security Administration building in which COGAR’s PSO’s reported for duty. A middle aged man attempted to set himself on fire by pouring gasoline on his body in front of the main entrance of the federal building. The two heroic officers, Berrios and Montes De Oca pictured above, intervened risking their own safety and was able to stop the man from committing this act. Their courageous intentions saved a life while also continuing to provide protection and safety to the facility and its visitors. COGAR personnel were able to remove the hazards, decontaminate the subject, and notify emergency response, where the individual was later transported to a medical facility.

“This is an example of what our PSOs face on a daily basis while keeping our stakeholders safe and secure. Their actions saved a life. PSOs are the people who do what has to be done regardless of the consequences. Thanks to PSO Montes de Oca and PSO Berrios for their outstanding duty performance.”

– FPS Region 4

COGAR Challenge Coin Final 2016 (FJP)PSO Berrios and PSO Montes De Oca were selected recipients of COGAR’s Challenge Coin Award. This award is given with the highest honor for acts that go above and beyond the normal line of duty. On September 22, 2016, COGAR Corporate Officials, Wes Sturdivant, COO and Frank Polievka, VP of Operations, honorably awarded each PSO a COGAR Challenge coin, a certificate and a monetary gift. PSO’s were individually “coined” with great honor for their life saving and heroic acts.

“How these PSO’s responded that day, demonstrates how COGAR’s training goes above what is required and proves the true strength of our security program – this was a proud moment for all of COGAR and our team of trainers who continue to make a positive difference on a daily basis.”

-Frank J. Polievka Jr., Vice President of Operations

COGAR is privileged to employ PSO’s of high regards to training and quick response, who respect and value their community they work in. We challenge our PSO’s to keep up the good work!