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MAR 2014

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44 www.SecurityInfoWatch.com | SD&I | March 2014 threats, extortion attempts and embezzle- ment," Rogers says. One of the death threats stemmed from his covert surveillance work, where the cameras caught a woman being brutally assaulted. Rogers was informed by a private investiga- tor a couple years later that he had received a death threat note made by cutting indi- vidual letters out of a magazine. "One of the notes identified me as the video tech and the guy was going to kill me," Rogers says. "When you are going after the bad guys, you have to be careful because sometimes they don't like you — for obvious reasons." All the blockades on his path to success meant Rogers had to grow up in a hurry. But more importantly, it stirred a feeling inside him to devote himself to a greater calling. "I would love it because for the most part we would work with a lot of PIs and go after the bad guys, and I found it really exciting and challenging," Rogers explains. "I love hunt- ing predators basically. Then, along the way, I changed my focus from protecting people to protecting the nation. "I believe that you shouldn't be just an oxygen thief if you are living — you should be doing something important," Rogers con- tinues. "I want to make a difference in our nation. I grew up in the Bronx with all these people who had tattoos on their arm from the death camps — honestly if it wasn't for America, I would be someplace rotting in the ground. So I have a very fierce patriotism. I view it like a blood debt." Protecting the Nation So Rogers moved away from the danger- ous work in covert surveillance and decid- ed to start contracting for security with the government. He worked with a former special forces soldier who helped Rogers with landing GSA contracts — considering Securityhunter's location in Baltimore, it seemed to make sense; but, the real adver- sity was just getting started. "I got into the world of federal security, and I would get my ass handed to me," Rogers says. "I would tell people that the way to find Securityhunter was to go down Lord Baltimore Drive and follow the blood trail — it was that brutal. "You do these projects and then you learn the lesson, but you don't really get a chance to always capitalize on it in your next project," he continues. "So you're learning, learning, learning, and it is just so rocky — your face is a pulp, but you just keep going and you hope you don't fall down and just keep at it." And keep at it he did — despite going into more than $2 million in personal debt to do it; in fact, Rogers endured a stretch of 22 months without a paycheck. He had to sell his car, move into a smaller house, borrow from family and friends, but he would not let his company suffer. "Everything was so bad, but I always paid my vendors, even though I was not getting paid. My D&B (business credit rating) was never bad. So I always pro- tected my vendors, because without them, it's game over. And I never missed a payroll — I just wasn't paying myself." With things perhaps at their worst, Rogers' big break came in Oct. 2010, when Securityhunter was awarded an unrestricted $500,000,000 sole security services Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Program Support Center (PSC) for use by all federal agencies. It was the bolt of lightning that propelled the company to heights even Rogers probably couldn't imagine. "By then I was an excellent hunter of busi- ness — I knew how to get it and I knew how to lose it," Rogers says. "I managed to get this "I got into the world of federal security, and I would get my ass handed to me," Rogers says. "I would tell people that the way to fnd Securityhunter was to go down Lord Baltimore Drive and follow the blood trail — it was that brutal." SDI_42-47_0314 Fast50 SecurityHunter.indd 44 3/5/14 1:37 PM

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