When it comes to life safety, there is no margin for error. That’s why our customers have been relying on American Security to protect their homes, businesses, and facilities since 1979. We have been installing monitoring and maintaining security, fire and interactive video systems throughout the tristate area and specialize in commercial and multi-family housing applications. Our team of certified service and installation technicians, dedicated customer service professionals and well-seasoned sales and account managers are fully dedicated to ensuring that our customers are safe, protected and happy.

Who are our clients?

Chances are you either live, work, shop or pass by buildings protected by American Security every day. Since our inception, we have vigilantly serviced the five boroughs of New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, upstate and the surrounding metro region. From a single-family townhouse to the headquarters of a Fortune 500 company, we strive to ensure a positive and enjoyable experience and ensure that our end product is done in the most aesthetically pleasing and unobtrusive manner possible.

Why American?

Changes in technology are rapid and constant. Furthermore, with increased regulation and evolution in the way business is conducted, our customers need to stay on top of all facets of their business. This is where American Security becomes a partner with our customers by leveraging our strengths and deep industry experience with a forward-thinking approach to problem solving.

We pay attention to the finest details of each job and our motto is “When we’re done, it’ll be perfect. If it’s not perfect, we’re not done.”

The American Security Team:


Sean O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer

Sean has developed a strong track record over more than 15 years of investing in and growing businesses in North America. He has acquired, successfully grown, and integrated multiple businesses over his career by forging long-term relationships with his team to grow through the introduction of new products and services and operational improvements. In 2007, Sean took private one of North America’s largest security and life safety companies, where he oversaw the investment from the boardroom through to the field level, working alongside management to more than double the size of the company. Sean received a BA in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Seth Barcus, Director of Security & Interactive Services

An innovator in interactive remote security services, Seth created a comprehensive remote doorman platform in 2002 and has developed a robust network in the real estate community. As the Director of Security & Interactive Services at American Security, Seth manages the sales team with an emphasis on ensuring that the client experience is the number one priority. With more than 15 years of security industry experience, coupled with a deep passion for what he does, Seth employs his knowledge of emerging technologies to drive enhancements to American Security’s sales approach, ensuring access to the most advanced and attractive products for our clients.

Andrea Yearwood-Squires, Vice President Public Service Division

With more than 20 years of experience in security and life safety, Andrea heads American Security’s Public Service Division. Andrea’s first-hand knowledge and comprehensive understanding of governmental needs serves American Security’s public clients across the tristate region, including the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Under Andrea’s direction, American Security protects over 400,000 NYCHA residents, workers and community members across more than 300 buildings. Andrea’s seasoned customer service and management experience has been a critical driver to American Security’s strategy in both the public and private domains. Andrea received an AAS, with honors, in General Management from the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Shia Tauber, Director of Life Safety

American Security’s Life Safety Director, Shia Tauber, has over 25 years of experience in the electrical, security and fire industries. With his vast knowledge of fire code, his strengths lie in design and project management using a “parts and smarts” protocol. By coordinating with engineers and architects to develop code-compliant design and with electricians to perform the installation, American provides the termination, programming, end-user training, monitoring and servicing, ensuring a seamless client experience with confidence that all systems conform to industry notices of the FDNY and NFPA72. By providing solutions from start to finish through deep relationships with Honeywell’s Fire Division, lunch and learn seminars, continuous liaising for technical support during installation, drafting and expediting services for filing and inspection approval, and continued maintenance and monitoring, American Security’s extensive life safety portfolio has continued to grow under Shia’s direction, while keeping up with ever-changing technology.

Trudi Schlosberg, Director of Administration

With over 12 years of security and life safety experience, in addition to 25 years as an owner-operator of a design and manufacturing business, Trudi spearheads American Security’s talent recruitment program in addition to supporting each division of the organization with the resources necessary to excel. Trudi leverages her customer service experience, which ranges from large national chains to local mom-and-pops, to implement best practices at American Security. Trudi also liaises with clients to ensure they are in compliance with ever-increasing regulatory matters. Trudi received a BA in Sociology from Queens College and a Masters in Special Education / Communication for the Deaf from Adelphi University.

Jeanne Ligouri-Ryder, Controller

Jeanne is a Certified Design Accounting and brings over 25 years’ experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries both in and around New York City. Jeanne has worked with many clients across the spectrum, ranging from large-scale, public clients such as The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to private companies both large and small.  When not helping improve the team’s productivity in the office, Jeanne is actively networking, including hosting the NY User Group and participating in the Society of Design Administrators where she most recently held the position of Treasurer. Jeanne received her BS/BA in Accounting from Thomas Edison State University and holds an AA in Accounting from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Jeanne speaks Spanish and is a NYS Notary.

John Yakawiak, Director of Operations

With more than 35 years’ experience in technical engineering, installation and team management in Life Safety, Security, and Integrated Systems, John is all about driving operational excellence.  While John’s career spans the full spectrum from large, multi-national life safety companies to smaller regional players, his philosophy remains constant: it’s all about the people because a strong team delivers the best life safety service.  John began his career in the electrical construction field where he began as an apprentice and has since progressed to managing the P&L of several divisions. John’s professional training and certifications include: Six Sigma, OSHA 500 Safety Trainer Certification, multiple courses in Leadership, Project Management, Operations Management and District General Management, as well as various manufacturers’ technical training courses including Genetec, Kantech, FST Biometric, and Lenel Access Control.

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