Steve Vitale, serving as the Executive Vice President and Principal at P4 Companies, brings a wealth of expertise in strategizing integrated guarding solutions, overseeing operations, and steering sales and marketing initiatives. With a relentless commitment to excellence, Steve is driven by his dedication to offering top-tier security solutions, particularly in fostering synergistic public-private partnerships between security firms and public law enforcement. His focus on evolving security programs encompasses the development of officers, management, and technological advancements.
Boasting over a decade of experience in the security industry, Steve’s career commenced at Securitas Security Services, USA in 2012. He initially embarked on his journey as a Business Development Manager in North America, concentrating on the downtown Chicago BOMA market. His responsibilities soon expanded to include Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he diversified into various sectors beyond commercial high rises.
Steve’s adeptness in nurturing long-term client relations and spearheading a successful team selling approach led to his promotion in December 2016 to the role of Pacific Region Vice President, overseeing California and Hawaii. In this capacity, he partnered closely with the CEO, focusing on sales, technology, and operations. Managing over 15,000 frontline staff and numerous Area Vice Presidents and Business Development Managers, Steve played a pivotal role in enhancing the region’s integrated guarding program, sales leadership, and operational efficiencies, contributing to a remarkable $350 million in top-line revenue and overseeing an $800 million security portfolio.
In June 2020, Steve transitioned back to Chicago to join P4 Companies as Executive Vice President and Principal. He has been instrumental in forging partnerships within various Chicago communities, including Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Hyde Park (University of Chicago), and Evanston, as well as business districts like the West Loop and Back of the Yards. Under his guidance, P4 developed an innovative off-duty police patrol program, deploying armed, off-duty/retired law enforcement officers in marked vehicles equipped with advanced technology, all monitored by P4’s cutting-edge Security Operations Center. This initiative has significantly reduced crime frequency in patrolled areas, as evidenced by data compiled by P4’s Director of Intelligence.
The program’s success, gaining national recognition and media coverage, is a testament to Steve’s leadership and P4’s commitment to community collaboration. It showcases the efficacy of public-private partnerships in enhancing public safety and enjoys the support of law enforcement, political leaders, business heads, and residents. P4 continues to expand its reach, including new contracts in Downtown Chicago’s Business District and the West Loop.
Apart from his professional achievements, Steve is deeply involved with Strong Futures in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, addressing the needs of young adult males who are justice-involved or face other barriers to stability. Through Strong Futures, Steve supports these individuals in gaining employment and becoming responsible members of society. He actively advocates for this program and contributes to offering these young adults opportunities within P4’s client base, including roles in security, landscaping, janitorial work, property management, and engineering.
Steve is committed to making a tangible difference in the public and private security sectors, focusing on targeted strategies, profit and loss oversight, and elevating operational quality. His track record of leading diverse professional teams to success in dynamic business environments is noteworthy. Currently, he holds positions as an Officer and Vice President for the Illinois Security Professionals Association (ISPA) and is a board member of Catholic Charities Chicago. His dedication to values, culture, and community impact continues to shape his distinguished career.