Team

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Henry C. Harrison

Henry Harrison founded American Security in 1975 after retiring from the South Carolina Highway Patrol. He was named State Trooper of the Year in 1967. Since founding American Services, Harrison has been actively involved in working on behalf of the law enforcement community, serves on several local board of directors and is a supporter of numerous charitable organizations. His board positions have included positions with Summit Bank, Union Bank, Customized Companion Care, Herlong-Bates Insurance, Pacific Gateway Capital Group and Tri-County Technical College. He is also a member of the S.C. Sheriff's Association, American Legion (Post 3), Blue Ridge Electric Co-op, and Urban League. Former South Carolina Governor David Beasley awarded Mr. Harrison the Order of the Palmetto which is South Carolina's highest citizen award, for his work and contributions to the state.  

President, American Services
Jim. M. Ward

Jim Ward began his textile career with J. P. Stevens in 1956 at the Dunean Plant in Greenville, South Carolina where he started out in an entry level position. He eventually trained in every manufacturing and service department which gave him valuable insight into all areas of plant operations. He worked his way through various management positions, and in 1988 was named Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of J. P. S. Converter and Industrial Business where he was responsible for Sales, Marketing, and eleven manufacturing plants in four states.

Mr. Ward lives in Greer, South Carolina with his wife Ann. They have six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

President, Action Staffing
Lisa Marshall

Lisa Marshall has lived in South Carolina almost all her life. Her early career opportunities ranged from customer sales and service to account manager for a tool and equipment company and a position as IT team leader working with contract programmers to develop applications to access data necessary to support business decisions and operations. These opportunities provided her with a professional foundation and gave her a broad understanding of manufacturing, technology and business operations that make her such an effective and insightful manager for Action Staffing.

Lisa joined our team when we were still just American Services, Inc. She served with Henry Harrison and Jim Ward who are still leading, inspiring and “making our teams great” today. She now serves as the head of Action Staffing, leading, managing and believing in her team, just as she learned from Henry and Jim. Her leadership continues to exemplify the company’s first goal to “Walk in the Customer’s Footsteps.”

Ms. Marshall has been instrumental in the many successes that Action Staffing has enjoyed over the years as it has expanded from that small beginning to where it is today, supporting manufacturing, distribution, IT, education, entertainment and medical companies. She finds tremendous satisfaction in seeing how Action Staffing has played such a key role in the growth, advancement and success of our associate companies. She attributes much of that success to the corporate and branch team members—hard working professionals who act quickly and diligently to resolve issues and exceed our clients’ requirements. But she also recognizes it’s the employees who work through the challenges to make it happen every single day, one assignment at a time, who are ultimately responsible for our successes. These employees, numbering in the thousands, use their experience, skills, training, education and resourcefulness to overcome the difficulties and accomplish the task, providing well for their families and earning a profit for our clients.

Executive Vice President, Action Staffing
Donna F. Bishop

Donna Bishop was born in Clinton, South Carolina in 1971 and her family moved to Newberry, South Carolina in 1973. She graduated from Newberry High School in 1989 and soon there began her career.

On May 17, 1999, Donna began working with Action Staffing as an on-site coordinator in Clinton, South Carolina at Renfro Corporation. After having worked with Action Staffing just over a year, she was promoted to District Coordinator.

It wasn’t long until Donna began traveling to nearby Duncan, South Carolina to work with additional Action Staffing accounts and promoting Action Staffing service to companies located in Clinton, Laurens, Newberry and the surrounding upstate counties. During this period, Donna was promoted again, this time to District Manager. As District Manager she would be responsible for Clinton, Spartanburg and Anderson counties. All site coordinators and district coordinators for those areas reported to Donna. This would allow Donna to focus on promoting and really growing Action Staffing.

Donna was able to grow the business, landing many new accounts for the company, while still providing first class service to her current clients. The rapid growth of Action Staffing in these areas prompted American Services to open a branch office in Clinton, South Carolina in 2004.

Donna was promoted to Executive Vice President of Action Staffing in June, 2007. Since that time she has assisted with the startup of many new staffing accounts and American Services’ offices.

Donna is a wife and mother, married to William Michael Bishop, II, and has one son, William Cameron Bishop, a step-daughter, Kodie L. Harriston, and a grandson, Robbie Harriston. The family resides in Mountville, SC located in Laurens County.

Corporate Operations and HR Director, American Services
Carole Ann Owens

Carole Ann has an extensive background in corporate operations with 27 years of management experience including 17 years in the security industry.  At American Services, she oversees the corporate services for all three divisions of the company, including Human Resources and Accounting.  Carole Ann is also an officer of the Board of Directors for American Services where she serves as Secretary.