Marian Pierre, Louisiana’s First Female Founder of a Security Company

Marian Pierre is the founder and chief executive officer of Crescent Guardian, Inc., a full service security integration firm headquartered in New Orleans with offices in Atlanta, Boston, and Dallas. Since 1993, Crescent Guardian has served clients in the federal, state, municipal, oil, pharmaceutical, commercial, and critical infrastructure industries. Initially a small provider of security guard services, Crescent Guardian has grown to become a multi-million dollar company that also offers security consulting, IP video surveillance, program management, RFID tracking, video analytics, and asset management.

The first woman in Louisiana to start a security firm, Pierre previously worked in New Orleans city government for several years. During her tenure, she worked for Joseph Giarrusso, the president of the city council and founder of the first security company in the state. Because she was always involved in security matters at her job, she learned a lot about security; thus, it seemed like a natural progression for her to launch a security company when she left city government.

In the early days of Crescent Guardian, Pierre solicited business at daytime and worked as a security guard at night. When she landed a contract with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, she went around the city handing out leaflets and interviewing people to assemble a team for the project, while still working at night. With plenty of hard work and support from her friends, Pierre grew Crescent Guardian to become the first woman-owned multi-million dollar professional security services company in a three-state region. When Hurricane Katrina hit the city and destroyed her home and business in August of 2005, Pierre showed the same tenacity by refusing to give up and choosing to rebuild her company instead.

A member of Women in Public Policy, Pierre received the Parren J. Mitchell Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008 and was named Woman of the Year by New Orleans City Business in 2007 and 2012.


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