Currituck Small Business Spotlight: Centurion Security Services

From left, Robert J. DeFazio, owner of Centurion Security Services, Inc., with his business partner, Timothy F. Schisler, VP of Operations. 

Robert DeFazio is the owner of Centurion Security Services, Inc. Since 2015, Centurion Security has provided trained, state-certified security officers to anyone looking to secure and preserve the integrity of their local business and/or community in the Outer Banks.

Q: Have you always lived in Currituck or did you relocate here?

A: We have called Currituck home since 2002.

Q: What was it about Currituck County that most appealed to you?

A: Aside from the tranquil atmosphere, probably the genuine people and their sense of community. People here are always willing to help one another.

Q: Why did you decide to start your own business?

A: We know, that with the summer, vast numbers teem our beautiful shores and when winter comes, numbers tend to dip, so we wanted to be both a supplement to local law enforcement, as well as an aid and a resource for our fellow residents.

Q: What’s the best part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?

A: The cooperation and aid that you get from other small business owners. One thing about Currituck and the Outer Banks, in general, is that everyone genuinely wants one another to succeed.

Q: What’s the hardest part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?

A: I imagine this is probably the most common answer, but, the seasonal nature of the area, workforce, and housing.

Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a business in Currituck County?

A: Do your research, utilize local resources, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Q: What’s one thing you wish you could change about your business?

A: To raise awareness regarding the demands of the field. Security can be a thankless job because people are often unaware of what it actually entails.

Q: What do you most want people (in Currituck County and beyond) to know about you and your business?

A: Living here since 2002, we truly consider ourselves to be official locals, and one thing we want to convey, is that we are here to help our fellow locals, whether it be ensuring the security of their businesses or communities.

Currituck Small Business Spotlight is presented by Currituck County Economic Development.

Currituck Small Business Spotlight is presented by Currituck County Economic Development.

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