Helix TCS Fastest-Growing Security Company In Legal Cannabis Industry
Since its launch six months ago, Helix TCS ( HLIX 5,00 -0,40 -7,41% ) is quickly becoming the largest fully-integrated company in Colorado’s burgeoning legal cannabis industry, growing from 4 to 65 employees and steadily expanding its list of clients by providing them with its benchmark blend of technology, compliance and security.
Founded by CEO Zachary Venegas, a West Point graduate who served with distinction as a U. S. Army infantry officer before embarking on an equally distinguished career in finance, Mr. Venegas brings extensive experience investing and operating in frontier markets like the nascent legal cannabis industry. He has established and led cutting edge firms in the competitive intelligence and security industries in Africa and the Middle East. Since beginning his career at JP Morgan in Geneva, Switzerland, he has lived in 14 different countries, operated in over 70, and speaks Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian and has a conversational command of Afrikaans and Swahili.
Those same leadership qualities are reflected in VP of Operations, Grant Whitus, a 26-year veteran as a Colorado sheriff, and SWAT team leader for some of the most significant tactical operations in the nation’s history, whose exemplary record includes 16 medals as the most decorated deputy sheriff in Jefferson County, as well as being honored with his SWAT Team in 2002 as “Police Officer of the Year.”
The Helix TCS security team is comprised of accomplished military and law enforcement veterans, all of whom are trained with the most advanced training techniques, including response to the active shooter techniques, hand-to-hand combat, robbery response, cannabis laws and compliance.
With its combination of former law enforcement and military personnel working alongside experienced professionals in competitive intelligence, venture capital and private equity, risk management, banking and finance, the Helix TCS team is unmatched in its ability to provide cutting edge, integrated solutions for the legal cannabis industry.
“All of these assets are an absolute necessity in our industry,” said Zachary Venegas,“because the formula for success – both for our clients and ourselves – requires the very best in security and compliance, along with the technology to enable the most efficient service.”
“That has been our commitment since we opened our doors, making us proud of what’s been accomplished in these past six months,” he added,” and even more proud of what our clients have been saying… because that is the true measure of success.”
Clients are equally impressed. As explained by Tom Morton, Operations Manager of Universal Herbs, “Helix’s Security Operators are far better trained in compliance, customer service, weapons handling and retention techniques than any other security company I have ever seen, regardless of what industry they were working in.”
Looking ahead, the company’s immediate expansion plans include Oregon, Washington, Nevada and New Mexico, where, as Mr. Venegas explains, Helix TCS is “dedicated to bringing the same level of excellence as we’ve accomplished in Colorado.”
“What every state will have in common,” he further noted, “is a need for the very best security, since their product and cash are high value assets and must be protected accordingly. Beyond that, we are committed to ensuring a safe and responsible industry, one that lives by the law, thereby eliminating the attractiveness of marijuana products on the black market, where they are unregulated, untested and untraceable.”