Everybody Is Somebody
By Jack Rogers, Sr.
In 1966 Mark Stockton came to Killington Ski Area with his Junior High Class from Pittsfield, MA. It was his first trip to Vermont, but it certainly wasn’t his last. Mark really liked the peaceful beauty of the Green Mountain State.
Two years later in the summer of 1968, Stockton returned to Rutland. He met a couple of buddies and they found employment working for Jim Pak Landscaping. He returned to Pittsfield at the end of the season and took a couple of college courses at Brookline Community College in his hometown.
Uncle Sam was looking for help during the Vietnam War and Mark joined the Air Force serving his time with a hitch in Vietnam. In 1973, Mark took the civil service test and became a fireman in Pittsfield. Mark was the first African American fireman on the Pittsfield department. He served his community for seven years before heading back to his favorite place, Rutland, Vermont.
Stockton took a job at the Inn at Six Mountains where he headed up their security staff for 12 years. He also served on the Rutland Town Volunteer Fire Department. He also married his wife of 31 years, Becky. Becky has been a partner and a motivator of Mark’s ambitions.
In 1994, Mark changed jobs, but not professions, by becoming employed by Deter Security where he headed the security team and held the rank of captain. During this period of time both Mark and Becky pursued their love of the martial arts and ran a studio in Rutland involving many area children in the Art of Karate. Mark is a 7th degree black belt and Becky also has a black belt.
Throughout all of this activity, Mark always had one dream in mind. He wanted to have his own security business. He spent hours estimating the necessary requirements to reach that goal. The first was education. He needed hours of experience before he could sit for the exam. That was the easy part. He also needed to take 25 hours of schooling and firing range courses to get his license to carry firearms in his profession. No problem. Now the harder, he needed to acquire enough money to purchase cars, employ additional help and acquire the necessary uniforms, etc. to be in business.
He closed his Karate School and opened his business, Stockton Security, LLC, 14 years ago. As Mark explained in the old days the business was you call, we haul, that’s all. Not anymore. All of his staff must take a 40-hour course, go through a background check, and meet Mark’s special requirements.
Stockton Security, LLC has grown not only in size but also its client list is much more extensive including the security for both of Rutland’s High Schools and the special events at the grade schools. They also do security for hotels, motels, and area colleges. They are kept quite busy during the ski season in working with Okemo Ski Area.
Mark’s success is based on the customer service that he demands of his staff. Stockton Security has also transported inmates for the State of Vermont. Stockton Security Staff has turnovers but in many cases it’s to take a new job as a full time State Trooper, or with the Sheriff’s Department or the Rutland City Police Dept. Everybody is Somebody is the very key to Stockton Security, LLC. If you need to contact them, you reach them by calling 802-773-8155 or their cell at 236-3024. Someone is always on call or duty.
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