Our culture is synonymous with our story. And our story is simple. It is the driver for how we go about our business in an intentional way.
The GMR story began with a simple trusting faith. A faith and trust that God would and could provide for the needs of a family. It is a story of how God works through the early years of a life to bring opportunities to fruition which had never been envisioned. It began in a simple conversation with a trusted peer and business friend. Glade M. Ross, known as Mike to most, spent his early career in law enforcement, the fire service, and a whole range of public safety disciplines. Greater than that was the Grace Mike experienced in his personal faith. In 1985 Mike moved from the Public Safety Sector to the Banking Security Sector. It was in the Banking Security world that Mike truly thrived and progressed in his security career.
In what was a strategic move of Faith in 1991, knowing it was risky, Mike felt compelled to leave the bank to come alongside one of his longtime friends who operated a small fire protection equipment company. Within a few months, his friend’s business went bankrupt. Suddenly, Mike was without a job. He had a wife and three kids to take care of, the oldest of whom was about to go to college. Then, something truly amazing took place, it was almost as normal as breathing. Mike knew that God was in Control and was working it out. Before he knew what was happening, he found himself not looking for a job, but creating a job – GMR Protection Resources was born. There was no plan, no money set aside to do it, and no investment capital, but a clear Vision to begin this journey of being more than just another vendor to those we serve. God was gracious to respond to a simple trust that He could make Something from Nothing.
Over the past quarter of a century, we have grown steadily – ONE customer at a time. We are mindful always of maintaining and improving our ability to provide the kind of quality work our customers are paying for, deserve, and need to make them successful.
At GMR, we strive to ensure that both our clients and our people are our best and most valuable assets. We are a friends and family business in the best kind of way. We have fathers and sons and daughters, mothers and daughters and sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, and quite a few husband and wife couples. That may sound crazy to some, but for us it brings respect, buy in, and a stronger teamwork environment to serve our clients best. Everyone brings something unique to GMR whether it is through a specific skillset, credential, experience, or aptitude, passion, and a desire for excellence.
More than anything else, however, it is our foundation that has brought us to today and continues to guide us. We are founded on unwavering Christian principles. You may be wondering what that means? Well, what that means to us is that we will operate with INTEGRITY and by the law. We believe in going about our work to the best of our abilities and providing the best QUALITY of service and product. We believe in HONESTY. We believe in going the extra mile. We believe God is in control of our business and that we have a competitive advantage because of it. We believe there is more to business than simply work and that we can truly be a light in the dark.
Stay tuned as our story continues…
“A good name is to be treasured beyond great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” – Proverbs 22:1
“Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”