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Hart’s natural talent and ambition helped him get promoted to lieutenant and then captain. He was the PBSO’s District 3 commander in northern Palm Beach County and later transferred to the Wellington district. He served here for a total of 10 years — five as a lieutenant and five as the district commander, prior to his retirement. As Hart’s time in active duty was winding down, he was serendipitously approached by a community connection, who inquired about his ability to offer private security services. This request would lead to Gold Shield Industries. “I was approached by a very wealthy family, and they asked me if I knew of anyone who could help monitor their estate in Palm Beach,” Hart recalled.“Because I had several other cop friends who also did security work, I knew I

had a team of people who could assist me with that. One client led to another client, which led to another client.” In December 2016, Hart formally retired from the PBSO. His varied and successful career had given him not only the knowledge that he needed to succeed in the private security business, but also the relationships with other experienced offers to immediately hire an effective team. “The fact that I have so many retired cops who I’ve known for 25 to 30 years working for me is so important,” he said.“I’m able to hire based on a performance that I can understand and review as a former officer, and I know each employees’ personality and dependability.” Today, Gold Shield Industries is committed to providing the highest quality professional services, such as secure transportation, executive/VIP protec-

tion and VIP personal assistance. The business has provided top-notch security to high-net-worth individuals, celebrities, senior executives and dignitaries. Most recently, Hart had the opportunity to provide security for professional baseball players and their families during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction. Many Wellington residents might not immediately understand how these services are utilized in their quiet South Florida community, and as a resident himself, Hart can relate. However, when the winter equestrian season ramps up, and some of Wellington’s most notable residents return to compete, his training and personal experience becomes ever more meaningful. “Wellington is a close community, and people communicate with each other here and live easily alongside one another,” Hart said. “Because I am a for-

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