Women in Security

There has long been the belief that women don’t belong within certain constructs of society. In answer to this, women have stood up and shattered imposed boundaries. Let us share with you the story of one such woman on our team.

Cheryl Wells, Director of Strategic Accounts, manages our most significant commercial account: CBRE. She joined CGL six years ago. As a new mom, she knew she didn’t want to return to the banking world as a corporate account manager. It required too much travel, and she didn’t want to be away from her daughter. She needed something more flexible. CGL was the perfect fit, a recommendation of an acquaintance who was a guard with Commissionaires.

“When I joined, I had no idea the company was a not-for-profit,” Cheryl told us. It was just a happy coincidence.”

Cheryl was no stranger to the security world as she had been a guard for a few summers while in college. She took the Commissionaires training course, was recertified and started in the field as a security guard. Cheryl has risen through the organization since.

After working in the field for two years, her supervisor suggested she apply for a role that had become available at HQ. Cheryl’s skills, attention to detail, and talent for relationship-building made her the ideal candidate.

When we asked Cheryl what she loves the most about her job, she answered, “People, helping them while finding a solution; if they have a need, I am here for them.”

That people focus also translates into volunteering. Cheryl’s given her time to the Salvation Army’s food trucks, with the Sunshine Club for boys and girls, and delivering Christmas baskets to those in need.

When Cheryl isn’t in the office or volunteering in the community, you can find her hanging out with her daughter, going for a walk or listening to music.

“Security is an important role,” Cheryl says. “Take it seriously. Perform to the best of your abilities. We protect people, property, and things, and we play an important role in society. Hard work and dedication are always noticed.”