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Perry finds his passion in security

Louis Perry, president of Kadima Security, works to protect everyone

Posted: July 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Louis Perry in his memento-filled home office in Stevenson Ranch. Perry is a delegate to the Stevenson Ranch Community Association, and has lived in the SCV four years.

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Editor’s note: This is one in a series of occasional stories on residents of the Santa Clarita Valley who have found the American Dream.

Louis Perry is living the American Dream in Stevenson Ranch.

Perry said he grew up poor and without a father in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was raised by a single mother — an immigrant from the Dominican Republic.

He moved to Southern California at age 19 to find a “better life.”

“I didn’t feel that I would be able to live the life I wanted to live in New York,” he said. “I needed a change. I wanted to find a way to prosper and grow.”

Perry grew up wanting to be an actor. When he arrived in Los Angeles, with his life savings of $200 in his pocket, he quickly found small roles on “Hunter” and “Cagney & Lacey.”

However, the acting work wasn’t enough to pay the bills, so Perry took a job as a security guard.

“I became a security guard at the Sherman Oaks Galleria — and I fell in love with it,” he said.

He then took a job in security at Robinsons-May in Sherman Oaks.

“I found myself loving the security industry and the people I would meet — all races, all creeds, all regions and high profile individuals,” he said.

He also attended Pierce College taking classes in business marketing.

Perry is the founder and president of Kadima Security Services based in downtown Los Angeles.

The company, just 4 1/2 years old, employees more than 300 and provides security for property, investigations, camera service, bodyguards, special events, construction sites, loss prevention and security to high profile clients.

“I enjoy my work that keeps Americans safe,” he said.

Perry has provided security services to the famous and the infamous.

Among his highest profile clients was Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

“He is a good guy who was involved in something very tragic,” Perry said.

Perry found himself in the limelight when he served as Murray’s driver and security escort during the trial. He said he took the case because he felt the exposure would be good for business.

“People ask me, ‘How can you drive someone like that?” Perry said. “I tell them, he’s a client. I don’t make an opinion on whether they are innocent or guilty. They need security, and I provide it.”

Perry has also rubbed shoulders with former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

“The thing that amazed me is how soft their hands are,” he said. “When I met Bush, he actually turned to me and asked who I was. That really impressed me.”

Perry moved with his wife and family to Stevenson Ranch more than four years ago. He serves as a delegate to the Stevenson Ranch Community Association. He has plans to run for the board in the next election.

“When my wife and I were looking at homes in Stevenson Ranch, I saw a woman in a late-model BMW pull over and get a pair of gloves out of the trunk of her car and pick up a piece of paper on the road.

“She put the paper in her trunk, took the gloves off and drove off,” he said. “I told my wife, ‘I want to live in a community where people care enough to do something like that.’ At that moment, I decided I wanted to live in Stevenson Ranch.”

Perry has been married 22 years to his wife, Paulina. They have three children, Mirage, 20, Justin, 16 and Adam, 11.

In addition to his business, Perry’s passions include boxing and food.

Perry served as a director of the World Boxing Hall of Fame for two years.

He also owns a Silver Spur Rolls Royce, which he calls “my baby.” Perry drives the car only rarely.

Perry has appeared on CBS2 and KCAL9 news as a security expert.

H advises SCV homeowners to keep their garages locked and to play a radio on a talk station in the house when they leave.

“I use that trick,” he said. “It makes people think there is someone home when they hear people talking inside.”

It takes Perry a little more than an hour to drive home to Stevenson Ranch from his downtown Los Angeles office.

“I really love the SCV, and when I get over the hill and get off the freeway at Lyons and make that left and head toward my house — I get to live that tranquility, which is a different world from Los Angeles.”

Perry, who does motivational speaking to youth, is also interested in getting more involved in the community life of the SCV.

“I think one of the greatest things about living in the SCV is that there are so many wonderful people here,” he said. “I feel privileged and proud to live here.”

Perry still remembers that woman who picked up a single piece of paper off the street.

“If I see something in the street, I stop and pick it up,” he said. “I feel blessed to live in this community. We need to keep it beautiful and healthy for our children and families.”

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

661-287-5590

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