Contributed by Robert Younger, an EO Nashville member, who’s the founder and CEO of Covert Outcomes, a personal investigation and safety agency. He’s additionally the founding father of Operation Rose, a non-profit targeted 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 High Gun award and hit the streets.
5 years of onerous work later, I landed my dream job on the twentieth Judicial District Drug Process Drive. The small unit of six officers produced unbelievable instances—one thing straight out of a film. In 2014, I began working a cocaine trafficking case, which ultimately 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 document case, our unit was dismantled as a consequence of politics. Nashville residents have been left susceptible. Crime skyrocketed.
I liked the job and tried to remain on track. However, after going by my Dad’s dying whereas being mandated to work uniformed assignments and subtracting my extra time pay as a consequence of bereavement go away—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 personal investigations and safety firm.
The corporate has doubled in dimension annually. In March 2021, we have been accepted into EO. 4 years in, and I haven’t appeared again. What a journey!
What was the pivotal second once you determined to begin Operation Rose?
In January 2021, a Metro Nashville Police detective, Jason Mayo, retired from the pressure to work with Covert Outcomes. Jason is a real professional within the discipline of human trafficking— it was his sole focus for a decade with the police division.
With my in depth information in complicated investigations involving trafficking organizations, I believed, “How can we give again to our neighborhood?”
Nashville has a booming tourism trade, and three main interstate highways converge in its downtown space. With 50,000 out there resort rooms, town is called 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 inns. That turned our primary focus: To teach the hospitality trade.
We named it Operation Rose as a result of my father, who misplaced his battle to most cancers in January 2017, used to cross out roses in church—just because it made individuals completely happy. 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 strategy:
- By way of Operation Rose, we ship reside, in-person workshops to native motels and inns to assist managers and staff acknowledge the indicators and indicators of human trafficking. This provides individuals within the trade 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 essential message.
- We provide Workshops In opposition to 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 assist from the local people and media. Now we have scheduled WANT certification lessons for dozens of inns 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 regulation enforcement concerning human trafficking.
By way of our outreach and consciousness, now we have met some wonderful survivors who reside to inform horrifying tales. Non-profit organizations like Operation Rose give ladies 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 could be the place it’s at the moment.
From day one, I set a purpose to get into EO Nashville’s enterprise accelerator program, Catalyst, which has similarities to EO Accelerator in different cities. As soon as I accomplished that, my purpose 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 once you joined EO!?
“When my little brother expressed curiosity in beginning his personal firm, I used to be so excited!” Angela Proffitt stated. “I immediately knew that he would need to set a purpose to undergo the Catalyst program after which qualify for EO membership—to provide him one thing to attempt for. When he known as and advised me he made it, I used to be so pleased with him,” she stated.
“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 onerous work, consistency, growing good relationships, and surrounding your self with optimistic individuals—together with my wonderful lawyer spouse, my sister, and all of my household—pays off.”