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
The BPG management team is led by the CEO, Andre Benford who founded the company in 2015. Mr. Benford, a military veteran, is an accomplished, dedicated, and practicing decorated law enforcement professional who combines over 27 years of experience, specialized knowledge, and achievement in areas of security management, public safety, and criminal investigations. He is a results-driven business owner with proven abilities in strategic planning, directing management tasks and cultivating strategic relationships with community business owners, local elected government officials and local law enforcement leaders. Andre is an active member of ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) International.

Shamiah Hayes, Chief Financial Officer
Shamiah Hayes, a strategic, tactical, and entrepreneurial finance leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience and a strong commitment to “mission accomplishment” in both profit and nonprofit landscapes. Demonstrated record of success overseeing financial management, accounting, compliance, risk management, human resources, and staff in diverse environments. 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 is a true lover of football and played in a flag football league; a torn ACL ended her dreams of becoming the first female player in the NFL at the ripe age of 35.

Stevon Steward, Director of Operations
Starting out as a security officer 14 years ago, Stevon set and achieved personal and professional goals that accelerated him past his peers. Over the years, he held positions as Site Supervisor, Field Training Officer and Account Manager for two large security companies. Stevon knows the industry and specifically field operations. He is responsible for directing security operations throughout the city of Chicago. Stevon manages customer service needs with ease. His focus of effort remains improving the efficiency of operations and team building with subordinate leaders through active mentoring. He brings excellent knowledge and experience with counseling and community relations with local law enforcement and local elected government officials. Stevon is an active member of ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) International. He likes 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 in the Oil and Gas sector, Forestry, Residential and Commercial Business sectors. He was responsible for formulating and negotiating multi-million-dollar, Oil & Gas (British Petroleum & Chevron), Coal (Kaltim Prima Coal), Forestry (APRIL Group), Residential (Chicago Housing Authority & Related Management) and other Commercial business sector security service contracts. 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. Managing over 500 employees using electronic database systems. She has in-depth knowledge and experience regarding the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR) as it relates to security personnel. Denise oversees company employee administrative functions that include but not limited to: Developing and administering various human resources planning and procedures for all company personnel, recommends and implements personnel policies and procedures to include company handbook, harassment policies, fleet management policies, and on-boarding processes and procedures. She is also a lover of music, the clarinet her instrument of choice and a die-hard Chicago Bears fan!

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