Gallagher Security, a division of Gallagher Group, has appointed a new Sales Manager for the New Zealand & Pacific region.
Michael Collins joins the Gallagher Security Management Systems team following the relocation of previous regional manager, Peter Francis, who is leading Gallagher's expansion in the Asian market.
Collins is well known to Gallagher, having worked for the company as a Business Development Manager in 2004. He has an extensive background as a security professional career beginning with his introduction to the US Army at age 18 followed by 20 years in the infantry. In addition to the Infantry positions, he served as personnel and security manager, military school instructor and drill sergeant. During his military career he spent two tours in Germany, several assignments within the U.S., went to Desert Storm and participated in the Bosnia-Herzegovina operational mission in 1997.
He retired from the Army in 2001 and worked Entek as a training and program manager for all mobile X-ray equipment used by US Customs department. After the 9/11 disaster, his management ability, leadership and technical skills helped in the successful roll-out of new equipment and training of more than 300 new boarder patrolmen. Collins also managed the handheld explosive detection system program for the northern border of the U.S. that resulted in the successful training of more than 550 US Customs agents in a year, a record for the US Customs department for new equipment fielding.
Collins' decision to rejoin Gallagher is driven by his confidence in the access control and perimeter security products manufactured by the New Zealand owned company.