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Meet Allen Beach of Argus Rising in Flower Mound

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allen Beach.

Allen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After spending years in corporate America, I launched my first business Argus Connection (A Technology Services Company) that quickly grew into a Multi-million dollar corporation. I sold Argus Connection in 2009 and after taking several years off and writing a book about my experience as an Entrepreneur (Be A Wolf available at www.beawolf.com) I started Argus Rising (A Drone Training Company) in 2015. Since that time, we have been training Individuals, Law Enforcement and Fire and Rescue personnel across the nation. I consider entrepreneurship one of life’s greatest adventures offering untold rewards, both professionally and personally

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting a company is never without its challenges, for Argus Rising it was the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) constantly changing flight rules and certification requirements, it took us 9 months to initially get FAA certified for flight training.

Obstacles are a constant way of life when starting and running a company, learning not to panic when it looks the bleakest is key to survival, apply patience and persistence and most barriers will fall away.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Argus Rising – what should we know?
We started by training individuals on how to make money with a Drone, primarily photography and inspection services but in 2015 we were approached by a local DFW law Enforcement agency and they asked us to develop a course specific to law Enforcement and Fire & Rescue. We jointly developed a 5-day “Boot Camp” specific to First Responders. We not only train the team on how to pass the rigorous FAA Drone Pilots test but we also teach each individual how to fly actual missions from Search and Rescue to a Hostage situation to an Active Fire scene. The development of new courses and even new search and rescue procedures has truly been rewarding. Our Research and Development Director Brian Twing is a genius when it comes to applying the latest technology to first responder requirements.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Brian and Zach Twing (Father and Son Team) joined the company in 2015 and since there was little to no funding they invested their own time in research and development putting Argus squarely at the front of Drone Technology and Training. Alissa Bell also devoted her own time providing course development, Alissa was uniquely qualified for this role, she is an FAA Certified Pilot, an FAA Certified Drone Pilot and has an MBA in education with 7 years as an educator (Sometimes you just get lucky!) Chad Woodside, a Detective with the Hurst Police Department was one of the first to see the potential uses of Drones for First Responders, he approached us and encouraged us to develop what is now the 5-day Boot Camp which we teach Nationwide and Finally the ROCIC (Regional Organized Crime Information Center) in Nashville, TN. The ROCIC is federally funded to provide first responder training, they contacted us to be a training partner and we know provide our unique brand of drone training in partnership with the ROCIC.

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