December 31, 2014
It’s the end of an old year and beginning of a new one. Time to take stock of what you have and want to accomplish over the next year. After reflecting on everything I realized the greatest thing to me is my friends & family and what they’ve given me. And to that, and them, I’m very thankful and felt like I must say thank you.
This post is just a short little thank you to everyone who reads and follows this blog as well as on twitter, not to mention helping me with the book this past year. I will also say thank you to some of those who have helped me immensely throughout the year, and some for many years.
To my oldest friend in the world, Jerry Ramos with Allied-Barton Security. Jerry has been a friend for more than 20 years and has never failed to offer encouragement and advice when needed. He is also one of the first to sign up for the blog and twitter. Jerry also helped with reading and critiquing my forthcoming book.
Next would come Ryan Eldridge with Eagle Eye Security in Phoenix. He also read the book for me and signed up for this blog and twitter as soon as he knew about it. Ryan has also offered encouragement anytime I needed it.
One of my closest friends in the world is Mindy Mitzner. She was my co-worker at First Response in Kansas City when I was there. And even though I have left there and went blind 10 years ago, she has continued to help me with innumerable items, including her extraordinary editing and writing skills. I hope nothing but the best for her in the coming year, including a new job!
Rosie and Jen Johnson have also helped immensely this past year. They have looked up and sent me incidents of WPV/SV as well as linkedin discussions. With my JAWS program not being able to access the internet, they have been able to keep me up on the latest incidents and help to keep me involved in the field in which I love.
I would truly be remiss, and in big trouble, if I didn’t mention my wife and business partner Eileen. Suffice to say, she takes care of and assists this stubborn Missoura Mule and Klingon warrior whenever I need it. That also means kicking me in the arse iffen I needs it!
I also have innumerable others who have provided both inspiration and assistance. From the staff at ACBVI (Arizona Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired) to the Salvation Army (during my bell ringing), to just being friendly and caring. Thank you all for your friendship and love.
The last thing I will mention here is that Today’s Training LLC/Sollars Security Shield is no longer in business as of today. I will continue to write, speak, train, & consult just not on a high paying basis. Please be looking for my new book in the next month or so when it comes out, ‘one is too Many: Recognizing & Preventing Workplace Violence’. And as always, I will offer advice and consultation to anyone who needs/wants it.
This blog will continue for a long time, so please keep tuning in and reading. And if you want to get the word out, then re-tweet or pass along the address/postings as you wish. That would definitely be a very big thank you from me.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace/school violence prevention. He has appeared in more than 130 media outlets in the past 30 years of being in the field and 22 studying, writing, and speaking about WPV/SV.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Let him do this for you as well. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or visit the website at;