Contributed by Robert Younger, an EO Nashville member, who’s the founder and CEO of Covert Outcomes, a non-public investigation and safety agency. He’s additionally the founding father of Operation Rose, a non-profit centered on options to stop and fight human trafficking. Robert’s sister, Angela Proffitt, is an EO Nashville member who inspired him to begin his personal firm.
Inform us about your entrepreneurial journey.
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee watching my late father conduct investigations as a federal police officer with the railroad. He had a cool job, and I wished to do the identical factor! After acquiring a bachelor’s diploma at Center Tennessee State College, I entered the Metro Nashville Police academy in 2007. After six months of coaching, I earned the Prime Gun award and hit the streets.
5 years of arduous work later, I landed my dream job on the twentieth Judicial District Drug Process Drive. The small unit of six officers produced unbelievable circumstances—one thing straight out of a film. In 2014, I began working a cocaine trafficking case, which finally led to the biggest cocaine haul and most complicated wiretap case in Nashville historical past. (I documented the ups and downs I skilled in my true-crime thriller, The Good Line.)
Quickly after this file case, our unit was dismantled on account of politics. Nashville residents had been left weak. Crime skyrocketed.
I cherished the job and tried to remain heading in the right direction. However, after going by my Dad’s loss of life whereas being mandated to work uniformed assignments and subtracting my additional time pay on account of bereavement depart—I turned salty. It was time to retire and begin a brand new enterprise.
With encouragement from family and friends, in March 2018, I based Covert Outcomes, a non-public investigations and safety firm.
The corporate has doubled in dimension annually. In March 2021, we had been accepted into EO. 4 years in, and I haven’t regarded again. What a journey!
What was the pivotal second whenever you determined to begin Operation Rose?
In January 2021, a Metro Nashville Police detective, Jason Mayo, retired from the drive to work with Covert Outcomes. Jason is a real professional within the subject of human trafficking— it was his sole focus for a decade with the police division.
With my intensive information in complicated investigations involving trafficking organizations, I believed, “How can we give again to our neighborhood?”
Nashville has a booming tourism business, and three main interstate highways converge in its downtown space. With 50,000 out there lodge rooms, the town is named a trafficker’s paradise.
Jason and I each are Nashville natives and need to proceed to see Nashville develop—however safely! We knew from expertise that an actual downside exists in native motels and resorts. That turned our important focus: To coach the hospitality business.
We named it Operation Rose as a result of my father, who misplaced his battle to most cancers in January 2017, used to go out roses in church—just because it made folks completely satisfied. Once I visited his grave and located a single, nameless rose, I used to be impressed to include Rose into the group’s identify to honor my Dad.
Inform us about Operation Rose and its neighborhood affect.
In January 2021, we launched Operation Rose with a mission to coach and create actionable options to stop and fight human trafficking in Tennessee. Now we have a three-fold method:
- Via Operation Rose, we ship reside, in-person workshops to native motels and resorts to assist managers and workers acknowledge the indicators and indicators of human trafficking. This provides folks within the business information, energy and braveness to talk up in the event that they see one thing suspicious.
- We launched the Operation Rose Ambassadors (ORA) program, the place volunteers can change into ambassadors by reaching out to hospitality associations, church buildings, and different community-based packages that can assist ship this crucial message.
- We provide Workshops Towards Neighborhood Trafficking (WANT), a two-hour certification that Operation Rose human trafficking specialists will ship to your facility, freed from cost.
We’ve skilled an outpouring of help from the local people and media. Now we have scheduled WANT certification courses for dozens of resorts which can be main change in our neighborhood.
I’m excited to see that the neighborhood is able to fight this downside and report any indicators to legislation enforcement relating to human trafficking.
Via our outreach and consciousness, we have now met some wonderful survivors who reside to inform horrifying tales. Non-profit organizations like Operation Rose give girls and youngsters hope that they are often rescued.
How did your sister, Angela Proffitt’s, EO expertise affect your entrepreneurial journey?
Merely put, with out Angela’s assist, information and expertise from the very starting—from naming my enterprise to growing the web site—neither my enterprise nor Operation Rose can be the place it’s at the moment.
From day one, I set a objective to get into EO Nashville’s enterprise accelerator program, Catalyst, which is analogous to EO Accelerator in different cities. As soon as I accomplished that, my objective was to change into an EO member. In a brief three years, I made it!
I inform people who I’ve a secret weapon—my sister Angela. (However don’t inform anybody.)
What was your sister’s response whenever you joined EO!?
“When my little brother expressed curiosity in beginning his personal firm, I used to be so excited!” Angela Proffitt mentioned. “I immediately knew that he would need to set a objective to undergo the Catalyst program after which qualify for EO membership—to offer him one thing to try for. When he referred to as and advised me he made it, I used to be so happy with him,” she mentioned.
“It feels so superior to have an precise member of the family share my EO household stuff!”
Robert agrees: “From dope cop to entrepreneurship, nothing is simple. However arduous work, consistency, growing good relationships, and surrounding your self with constructive folks—together with my wonderful lawyer spouse, my sister, and all of my household—pays off.”