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Strategos International and GuideOne Insurance unite to advance security for faith-based organizations

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One of the nation’s leading security providers for faith-based organizations is teaming with one of its most prominent insurers. Strategos International and GuideOne Insurance are working together to help churches, Christian schools and other institutions get the security and insurance coverage they need in an era of mass shootings.

“The increase of violence at schools and faith-based organizations is disturbing, but it’s reality. And it’s a reality we must confront with education and training – those are our strengths,” says Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos. “We are also regularly asked for insurance referrals and we have 100% confidence recommending GuideOne to our clients. Let’s leave nothing to chance.”

“The recent episodes of tragic violence remind us that we must all be vigilant and prepared to handle a violent intruder incident, says Dave Dietz, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications at GuideOne Insurance. “As a leader in their field, Strategos specializes in bringing their services to houses of worship, schools, healthcare facilities and businesses, which aligns nicely with GuideOne. Our customers will now have immediate access to online or in-person training that is tailored to their organization’s specific needs,” he says.

The two organizations are joining to spread the word about the need for schools, churches and non-profit organizations to:

• Train and prepare their staff for active-shooters and intruders.

• Improve facility security.

• Evaluate their insurance needs and enhance their coverage to take account of today’s risks.

“Strategos and GuideOne have likeminded goals and it’s a no-brainer for us to share the word with our customers, friends and allies,” says Baker. “We want all of them to be on strong footing in terms of security, insurance and legal issues.”

The two organizations will help expand each other’s reach through referrals, social media, conferences and events. They’ll also share expertise through webinars, public speaking, digital and print media. In addition, the companies will collaborate on exclusive security training for GuideOne customers.

About Strategos International
Strategos (, founded in 2002, is a leader in training businesses, schools and churches to proactively respond to active shooters and violent intruders. The firm has trained more than 150,000 people worldwide.

Strategos also:

• Evaluates facilities and overall organizational security to protect people and property.

• Provides tactical instruction for law enforcement, military and private security personnel.

• Provides executive protection for businesses, executives, VIPs and others in need of personal security.

About GuideOne Insurance

GuideOne Insurance was founded in 1947 with a commitment to social responsibility. That tradition continues today, as the company proudly protects the people who strengthen our communities. GuideOne serves churches, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and senior living communities. GuideOne provides commercial property and liability, workers’ compensation, commercial auto, and many other liability needs.

Rated “A-” (Excellent) by industry analyst A.M. Best, GuideOne does business in all 50 states through a network of thousands of independent agents who serve more than 51,000 members. GuideOne’s corporate headquarters are located in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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