Our company was started in 1993 as Imperial Security in order to service events at the then newly built Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The Imperial name quickly became synonymous with quality guard services in Philadelphia.
In 2002, our current owner purchased the company and grew it into a leader in security services - servicing apartment buildings, shopping centers, industrial sites, retail stores, construction projects, all while still servicing event clients in and around Philadelphia.
In 2017, we decided to focus all of our attention on the thing we loved most - events! Imperial Security was sold and the events division was rebranded as Imperial Events Security Services and we've since expanded into servicing clients throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Our management team has decades of experience in all types of events and our experience translates to knowledgeable, professional security staff working our events, often side by side with ownership and management of IESS. We are proud to be small enough to devote attention to each and every client we have but large enough to be able to handle any project.
Sandy started with Imperial in 2001 to help the then-owners with expanding their event services offerings. At that time, Sandy had spent over a decade managing convention services departments for several major hotel brands in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
In 2002, Sandy purchased Imperial Security and continued to grow the business over the next 15 years. Imperial at the time serviced many non-event clients like retail stores, industrial locations, apartment buildings, etc.
In 2017, the non-events portion of Imperial Security was sold and the events portion was rebranded to Imperial Events Security Services in order to focus 100% of the company's efforts on Sandy's true passion - events.
Sandy is an involved-owner and is the company's sales person, designing and building event security schedules for all of our conventions and trade shows. Sandy is often on site for our events, working side by side with our supervisors and staff.
Sandy is a Certified Hospitality Professional, possesses a Detective's License in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, and is a certified Pandemic Compliance Officer.
Yousef joined Imperial in 2011 after spending over a decade with a national retailer, managing regional loss prevention functions for a group of stores. Starting as an Operations Manager, Yousef quickly made a difference in Imperial's operations with his organization and back-to-basics style.
Tasked with managing the day-to-day operations of IESS, Yousef is always on the lookout for new methods, technologies, and resources to help keep IESS smart and efficient.
Yousef grew up in South Florida and served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with an agency there as well as an Auxiliary Police Officer with a local PA police department. Yousef not only has valuable law enforcement experience in these roles but worked to coordinate security for many public events large and small.
Yousef is a Certified Sport Security Professional, possesses a Pennsylvania Detective's License, is a certified crowd manager, is Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ), and is a member of several industry associations.
Yousef also serves as the security director for many large events we service such as the Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia Auto Show, and the Citadel Country Spirit USA Music Festival.
Mark Casasanto, Sr. began his career in the hospitality industry almost immediately upon graduating high school in Philadelphia. Enamored with the idea that he could potentially work at the same hotel that The Rolling Stones stayed at, he began his career as a Bellman at The Barclay hotel and has never looked back.
After almost 15 years of catering to Philadelphia’s elite and visiting celebrities as part of the Guest / VIP Services Teams of Trusthouse Forte (Forte) Hotels and Cunard International Hotels, Mark joined Comcast-Spectacor as Lead Concierge (Concierge Services Manager). He was tasked with creating an entirely new department of Premium Services Representatives while preparing for the closing of the CoreStates Spectrum and grand opening of The CoreStates Center.
Mark later joined the Philadelphia Phillies as they prepared to close Veteran’s Stadium and open Citizen’s Bank Park. As Assistant Director of Premium Services, his focus became primarily overseeing security and the guest experience for the Diamond Club at the new ballpark. He is one of the few industry professionals to have opened and closed two pairings of sports venues in the same city.
Mark joined IESS in 2008 and currently serves as our Director of Operations. “Senior”, as he is commonly referred to these days, leads our staff of management, supervisory and line staff in all geographical areas of operation.
Edward is a Brooklyn, NY native who came to us from the retail management world, where he served as the assistant store manager for H&M at their global flagship store located in Times Square, New York. While he was with H&M he was also responsible for assisting in the strategic planning, and execution of the annual H&M fashion runway show, located in the heart of New York City. He brings with him years of experience in business operations, employee development, & event planning / execution.
Since becoming promoted to Operations Manager, Edward has expanded his expertise with various training courses and certifications such as Crowd Safety Fundamentals by NCS4 & IIRSM, active shooter preparedness through DHS, Hospitality & Tourism Essentials course online through NYU.
Edward is a certified COVID Compliance Officer and graduate of the Event Leadership Course with the School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality Management at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Chante is a native of Philadelphia, a mother of two beautiful daughters and two granddaughters, and the newest addition to the IESS management team.
Chante came to IESS in 2019 as a support supervisor with experience working major events such as the Firefly Festival, Made in America, and Unity Day in addition to handling VIP and Media access at concerts and sporting events held at both Lincoln Financial Field and the Wells Fargo Center.
She quickly demonstrated herself as a valuable member of our team and was promoted in mid-2021 to Operations Manager. Chante currently oversees our team of event supervisors and lead guards and manages the deployment and operation of all our sporting and concert venues.