Benford Protection Group (BPG) is a privately owned, registered, licensed, and insured security agency with corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois. BPG is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) & Veteran Owned Business Enterprise (VOBE). Our Executive and Management team has over 150 years combined experience in law enforcement, military, and corporate security matters. Our ability to design, implement and manage client security programs remain our primary focus because…you matter!

Our mission: To provide innovative and sustainable solutions to the markets we serve by developing and delivering efficiently trained personnel and reliable systems for the benefit of our customers, our employees, and our business.

Management Team

Andre Benford, Chief Executive Officer
Andre Benford founded Benford Protection Group in 2015 and resides over the management team as Chief Executive Officer. He is a military veteran and a accomplished, dedicated, practicing, and decorated law enforcement professional. Andre combines over 27 years of experience with specialized training, knowledge and achievements in security management, public safety, and criminal investigations. A results-driven business owner with proven abilities in strategic planning and direct management tasks, Andre has been pivotal in cultivating planned relationships with community business owners, local elected government officials and law enforcement leaders in Chicago. Andre is an active member of ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) International.

Shamiah Hayes, Chief Financial Officer
Shamiah Hayes is a strategic, tactical, and entrepreneurial finance leader with a strong commitment to “mission accomplishment” in both profit and nonprofit landscapes. Having over 20 years of progressive experience, she is highly regarded as a key partner to leadership in developing innovative and inclusive cultures, analyzing problems, driving solutions, ensuring long-term fiscal health, and advancing strategic priorities. Shamiah has had an impressive record of success overseeing financial management, accounting, compliance, risk management, human resources, and staff in diverse environments.  She is a true lover of football, playing in a flag football league at the ripe age of 35, but a torn ACL ended her dreams of becoming the first female player in the NFL and forced her to retire her cleats forever.

Stevon Steward, Director of Operations
Starting out as a security officer 14 years ago, Stevon Steward set and achieved goals, personal and professional, that accelerated him past his peers. Over the years, he has held positions at various security companies, such as Site Supervisor, Field Training Officer and Account Manager, that has given him first-hand experience in field operations and invaluable knowledge. This has aided him in his counseling efforts and when cultivating community relations with local law enforcement and elected government officials. Stevon has been responsible for directing security operations throughout the city of Chicago, managing customer service needs with ease, and in improving the efficiency of operations and team building with subordinate leaders through active mentoring. Along with Andre, he is also a member of ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) International. He enjoys playing Mag-fed Paintball and is a huge sports fan.

Kenny McKinney, Director of Business Development
Kenny is a Security Professional and a Retired Military Veteran offering 40+ years of proven international and home-land experience directing guard forces. He has experience formulating and negotiating multi-million-dollar security service contracts across various sectors such as, Oil & Gas (British Petroleum & Chevron), Coal (Kaltim Prima Coal), Forestry (APRIL Group), Residential (Chicago Housing Authority & Related Management) and other Commercial business sectors. Kenny is a detailed strategic security operational business planner, capable to direct, project and execute corporate goals and objectives pertaining to contract compliance requirements and client service support at the executive level. He is a certified instructor actively training security officers with non-lethal security tools (Baton, O.C. Pepper Spray and Handcuffs). He is an active member of ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) International and ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainer Association). Kenny enjoys playing the guitar, working out in the gym and is an avid golfer.

Denise Harris, Human Resources Manager
Denise Harris brings over 20 years of management experience to the team, efficiently managing over 500 employees using various electronic database systems and overseeing company employee administrative functions. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR) as it relates to security personnel. Denise is responsible for developing and administering human resources planning and procedures for all company personnel, often recommending and implementing personnel policies and procedures such as harassment policies, fleet management policies, and on-boarding processes and procedures to include in the company handbook. She is also a lover of music, plays the clarinet and is a die-hard Chicago Bears fan!

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