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Robert Tucker 1996
When Robert S. Tucker was in law school, each working day found him commuting among three of New York City’s five boroughs. He woke up in Manhattan, crossed the Triboro Bridge to his day job in Queens as a special assistant to the district attorney, and then traveled over the Whitestone Bridge and through the Bronx for his night classes at Pace Law School in White Plains. “People would remember me—if they remembered me at all—as the guy who was always five minutes late to class,” Tucker recalls. “And this was all before the invention of EZPass!”
After graduating from Pace, Tucker worked for several years as an ADA in the Queens District Attorney’s office as the chief liaison to the law enforcement community. In 1999, he became CEO of T&M Protection Resources, which at the time was a local security guard company that hired primarily off duty NYPD officers for security details at New York City’s most notable addresses, companies and for high-profile individuals. “Having grown up in Manhattan, I knew all these people from private school who ended up working in private industry,” Tucker says. “In my work as a prosecutor, I had all of these police relationships. I decided to marry up those two worlds by buying T&M.”
Business did well in his boutique firm, Tucker says, and then 9/11 happened. “Suddenly,” Tucker says, “every business in the city needed extra security.” Private security firms such as his, Tucker adds, “are protecting the most critical infrastructures in our country and in far greater numbers than what can possibly be covered by police departments.”
9/11 also reminded security experts like Tucker that safety requires more than just the agent at the front door. “Today’s security professionals need real-time and actionable intelligence to be effective. Since the tragedies of 9/11, I’ve been expanding the capabilities of T&M to include global security consulting and intelligence services, supported by one of the only 24/7 Command Centers in the private security industry that actively monitors threat conditions and provides to-the-minute situational awareness for destinations worldwide.”
As T&M’s footprint grew beyond New York City to encompass the globe, advances in technology meant that the threat was no longer necessarily physical. “The internet, cloud computing, e-communications and the surge in social media drove me to invest heavily in technology risk solutions, to include data forensics, information security, cyber incident response and social media monitoring,” Tucker says.
More recently, Tucker made the decision to divest T&M from its security guard roots. “In 2012, T&M parted with its security guard division in order to enable the company to focus its efforts on growth in highly specialized and customized security and intelligence solutions for businesses and private clients.”
Today, T&M Protection Resources and T&M Israel (which Tucker began in 2008 and is comprised of security, janitorial and technology companies throughout Israel) generate in excess of $150 million in annual revenue. Worldwide solutions offered by T&M Protection Resources include: Business Intelligence & Analysis; Executive & Celebrity Protection; Financial Investigations & Forensic Accounting; Security Consulting Services; Health Care Fraud & Abuse Monitoring & Investigations; Technology Risk Services; Private Investigations; Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations; and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures.
Although he’s no longer practicing law, Tucker says he has no regrets about having earned his legal degree. “A law degree is a true generalist’s degree,” he says. “It has helped me to think analytically—that’s a skill I use every second. Pace gave me an unbelievable opportunity and I am forever in their debt. In their very unpretentious way they made me who I am. My legal education at Pace gave me the foundation that I stand on when I’m out in the community doing what I do.”
Today, Tucker is as peripatetic as when he was a law student at Pace. He’s still on the go, only now it’s to check in on his clients’ throughout the city. But thanks to his two cellphones, email, text messaging and 24/7 alerts and notifications he receives from the T&M Command Center, he’s never very far from the office.