Conditions inside the prison where I am stationed as a corrections officer have really suffered in recent years. The combination of drugs, gangs, weapons, and overcrowded conditions, have made it ripe for violence between inmates which is now spilling over to guests and officers. Our superiors have made it very clear that this violence needed to be contained and stopped before more innocent people are hurt. In our efforts to maintain order, we discovered other jails in the country were already making use of the services from Securus Technologies.
Here’s a little background information on Securus Technologies. The company has their main headquarters in Texas, they have over one thousand employees, and their inmate call monitoring system has already been successfully running in over 2,550 prison systems around the country. Knowing the CEO and all his employees are committed to making this world safe, we knew this was going to be a perfect fit for our facility. When my team was showed how the LBS software works in place of a dozen officers, we couldn’t wait to get back into the general population and allow the software to begin working.
With our entire crew of officers back on the front line and the software monitoring the inmate calls, we felt like we had in fact doubled out workforce. The system scans every call made from the inmates and will alert my team if conversations are detected that mention anything related to weapons, drugs, gangs, and contraband.
In a few days after the system was running in our jail, we were getting alerts that we were able to address in minutes. Instead of the situation unfolding and my team in reaction mode, we took out the element of danger and now we were able to safely deal with the inmates without risking our safety.
Greg Secker started his stellar career in finance by joining Thomas Cook Financial services. He was great at the firm and earned the reputation as one of their top employees. After this, he switched fields and went into foreign exchange. He figured, for his great clients, there was more money to be made. And he was right. He started running his own foreign exchange business called VTD (Virtual Trading Desk). It was and instant hit! He was the first trader to offer real-time online forex trading. Day traders and other investors loved the system. No longer would they have to wait and read the Wall Street Journal or call up their broker; now, they could do everything from the comfort of their home.
He quickly progressed in the ranks of finance. The corporate ladder was his second home. Greg Secker was elected Vice President of Mellon Financial Corporation – a high rated Fortune 500 investment bank. This was the big leagues. He was now working directly with some of the best traders in the world. Greg wasn’t shaken. He stuck to his plans and what made him a great trader. By continuing his investment strategy, he was able to grow his personal trading account to higher amounts than anyone else at Mellon Financial. He eventually decided to leave Mellon and start his own trading floor from his home – he was back online. From this move, his iconic company Learn to Trade was created. Within a short time of 13 years, he was able to secure offices in London, South Africa, Australia, and The Philippines. He has trained more than 200,000 people in the art of trading through his popular Learn to Trade seminars and workshops. In 2009, Knowledge to Action was given second place prize in the London Excellence Awards. He was ecstatic. They won forty-ninth place in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Awards. He was well on his way to becoming the fastest growing firm in the world.
Greg Secker has worked hard his entire life to help others. This constant drive is what gives him his passionate success in finance.
Vincent Parascandola is the current Senior Executive Vice President at AXA Advisors, a New York based company that offers integrated financial solutions including financial protection and wealth management and are leading providers of sound financial advice, retirement strategies, employee benefits, and life insurance. Since 1859, AXA has been providing stability and reliability to our esteemed customers in an effort to help them live their lives with confidence while at the same time enabling them realize their dreams and also dreams for their loved ones.
Parascandola, an alumni of Pace University, Lubin School of Business has been credited for the growth and development of more than 200 financial professionals in New Jersey in just three years he has been at the helm of the company. With over 25 years of hands-on experience in the financial services industry, Vincent Parascandola has been instrumental in the exponential of AXA Advisors by hiring and training competent advisors and as a result, there has been a steady overall sales growth while still maintaining a proper profit margin.
Vincent’s success story begins at a young age in 1987 when he was a sales agent at Prudential. For the short time he worked with Prudential, the financial expert’s contribution was so visible that it won him the National Rookie of the year award in 1989. Parascandola then moved to MONY Life Insurance Company the following year where he served in various capacities till 2004 when he joined AXA Advisors for the first time. During his able leadership as a co-manager of AXA’s New York Metro Branch, Vincent’s financial services acumen had already started to manifest itself. He managed to mentor and supervise over 400 financial services professionals.
His deep knowledge and expertise in the financial services industry has not gone unnoticed. Vincent has been recognized by a number of institutions for his immense contribution to the industry. This has seen him win several awards including the prestigious GAMA’s Career Development Award and Master Agency Award just to mention a few
At AXA, Vincent Parascandola helped the organization grow to become a leading financial protection solutions provider in New York with over 6,000 financial services experts. You can visit his Facebook page