October 20 at 7:20pm

Interfaith Training Helps Veteran Start His Own Business


Originally from Texas, Robert first moved out to Southern California after joining the Marines Corps when he was stationed at Camp Pendleton. For more than 20 years, he served as an infantryman and taught firearms training to his fellow Marines.  In 2012, Robert was honorably discharged and decided to stay in North County to be closer to his children.

Leaving the military, Robert knew he wanted to get his instructors license to teach firearms trainings as a civilian, but couldn’t cover the costs of the program upfront.  After visiting the Employment Development Department (EDD) in Oceanside, Robert was introduced to Interfaith’s veteran employment training program, who was able to send him to Nanpor Security to earn his guard card.  Upon graduating from his program, Robert landed a position with Allied Universal Security Systems, and began working on-site at General Atomics (GA).

Robert was quickly promoted at General Atomics and realized that he could capitalize upon his leadership skills to develop his own contracting business. After drawing up an official business plan, presenting it to the team at GA and having it approved, Robert became the official security guard training contractor and started developing a security training program that he could begin to train all GA security employees through.

His program is three-fold, including firearms trainings, CPR courses, and guard card certifications. After holding his first round of trainings in September 2016 with GA at their San Diego, San Marcos and Carlsbad offices, Robert is looking forward to continuing his contract and expanding even further.

“If it wouldn’t have been for Interfaith’s help with my initial training, I never would’ve started my own business,” says Robert. “Now it’s all working out, and that all started with the help I got at Interfaith.”

Today, Robert lives in Spring Valley and is excited to focus on his growing business. While he currently manages his contracting work with the help of one other employee, Robert is looking to hire both an office manager and another training coordinator.