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Hawque Protection Group Selected to Secure High-End Kentucky Derby Events

HPG's Expansion into Kentucky Brings President Chris Rich Back to His Roots

Kentucky Derby Security

(ATLANTA, GA) — Hawque Protection Group (HPG), recently named one of Atlanta's fastest-growing privately held companies by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, is proud to announce it has been selected to secure several high-end galas and events at the Kentucky Derby. HPG will offer its services at the Unbridled Eve Gala and Rabbit Hole Distillery parties, two exclusive VIP events that are held during the Kentucky Derby weekend. These parties are invitation-only and are attended by some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, and business.

Hawque Protection Group's debut at the world-renowned Kentucky Derby marks its launch into the Louisville market, where the company's president and founder, Chris Rich, has deep roots. Having attended college at Western Kentucky University and worked at Humana for nearly a decade, Rich has a strong connection to the city and its community. During his tenure, he won the Humana Community Award and created a Make-a-Wish gala. In 2010, he was awarded a city proclamation.

With Louisville facing a concerning rise in crime, including a tripled rate of youth homicides from 2018 to 2021, Rich is proud to be part of the solution.

"I am thrilled to mark Hawque's expansion into the Louisville market with the acquisition of our Kentucky Security License,” he said. “Having attended college at Western Kentucky and lived in Louisville for ten years, this is like coming back home for me. I'm eager to contribute to the community by creating job opportunities, enhancing safety, and giving back to the city that holds a special place in my heart. Our firm wants to help be a true partner in helping the city and its people."

Hawque Protection Group provides a broad range of security services, ranging from personal protection and unarmed security guards to security consulting, police services, workplace violence services and training, building/home threat assessments, and much more.

Launching less than two years ago, HPG is already experiencing supercharged growth and boasts more than 100 qualified and skilled employees throughout the city of Atlanta.

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About Hawque Protection Group

Hawque Protection Group was founded in 2020 by security expert Chris Rich and his partner Patrick Kane. The duo recognized the need for comprehensive and advanced security services in an era of increasingly complex global threats and sought to create a company that was more than just another security firm. Instead, HPG is a team of security thought leaders with extensive backgrounds in corporate security, law enforcement, close protection, and technology. With a global network of professionals, HPG is fully equipped to handle any security concern, from domestic to international.

Headquartered in Buckhead, Atlanta, often referred to as the "Rodeo Drive of the South", HPG is the only licensed protection firm based in this prestigious area. In 2023, Hawque Protection Group was honored with the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Pacesetter award, which recognizes the city's fastest-growing privately held companies. This prestigious recognition is only given to Georgia-based companies that have experienced hyper-growth in a short period of time. HPG is committed to providing unparalleled protection and security solutions to clients and communities worldwide.

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