Mr. Bennie Walsh, Temple Branch President
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri and educated in the school system; at a young age I had a desire to become a drafter went to the Kansas City Skill Center and Penn Valley Community College for drafting, became a certified drafter and went too worked for a large drafting firm.
After three years in the field, I realize that sitting was not for me, so I became a bus driver and heavy equipment operator for the city, during my time with the city a friend had a security company. He asked if I would help him on the weekends. For two years I worked both jobs and enjoyed my time doing that.
But the security position was more gratifying because I enjoyed moving around, meeting people and helping others whenever possible.
While I was working for him I was promoted to his lieutenant of officers for training and supervision, this was my start in the security field.
I decided to advance my career in the security field, went back to the Kansas City Skill Center for training, received two certificates in Facility Security, certified in credit card and check fraud from Johnson County Community College, trained in the Constitutional Issues of Arrest from Eastern Jackson County Police Academy, train by Midwest Law Enforcement in pepper spray, certified in facility Management from Rockhurst University, supervisor training from Fred Pryor Resources and Missouri Secondary Education, certified high rise emergency floor coordinator from Tower Properties several certificates from Walden Security in the security field, Access Control, Use of Force, Interpersonal Communication, Intrusion Detection, Assessment and Response, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire Extinguisher Use, and Civil Disturbances, received a commendation letter from Kansas City Chief of Police for outstanding arrest.
A few years later I became the chief of security for a large bank with locations in the state of Missouri; I had 24 banks and guards, and the monitoring and access control station. I was the first African American with the bank to hold that position, I was there for 20 years.
The church that I was attending hired me as their Head Deacon of Operations; I would work at the bank during the day and spend my evenings and weekends working for the church. After a year my church started a charter school, I left the bank and went full time with the church and school as Head Deacon and Facility Manager.
After ten years with the church, I got married to my childhood sweetheart who had moved to Temple, this is where my Temple, TX. story began. To God be the glory.
President Temple Branch NAACP