Local Resident Eric Rose Launches Global Security Firm
Writer/ Renee Larr
Photographer / Amy Payne
You might recognize Eric Rose, Owner of Event Risk, from the Emmys Red Carpet, or previously walking with a Kardashian, or hulking over John Legend and other celebrities at events. But he has now planted his flag here in Fishers, Indiana.
Personal and professional security is more important now than ever before. Parents worry about monitoring their children’s online activity. Business leaders and celebrities worry about keeping themselves and their employees safe.
That’s where Eric Rose and his company Event Risk step in to assist.
“Event Risk is a security and risk management company,” Rose says. “Essentially, we do everything from static security guards to executive protection, investigations, risk assessment and social media training for households.”
Rose and his team will go into homes to train families on how to best mitigate risk as it pertains to their household.
“We have a team of employees all over the globe, but a lot of the time I enjoy doing the family training myself,” Rose says. “I will teach parents how to monitor their kids’ social media, but in a way that isn’t intrusive. We teach things like kids need to have a code word when someone picks them up from school. The code word can mitigate a bad situation, but without doing it in a way that is daunting or scary to the kids.”
Another area of expertise Rose offers is travel risk mitigation for executives.
“If a corporation sends an executive to Mexico or the Philippines, we have a bilingual driver security agent that’s ready to pick them up from the airport and take them to the hotel,” Rose says. “We’re able to monitor and report back if there are any issues.”
Rose’s team also trains human resources departments on how to react in the event of workplace violence.
“We have a curriculum in place, but we want to make sure it’s a culture fit for the company,” Rose says. “So we’ll omit certain things or add certain things depending on what they need. We’ll talk about mass notifications, accountability, and roles and responsibilities through a crisis. We forge a curriculum that fits their specific needs.”
Rose started Event Risk in 2019, and it proved fruitful enough to allow him to leave his day job.
“We kind of went from a mom-and-pop type operation to a legitimized corporation overnight,” Rose says.
Rose has employees spread out across the world.
“By the end of the first quarter in 2021 we will have about 400 employees all across the globe,” he says. “A lot of it is based on client need.”
Rose previously held a role as Vice President with a Global Risk Management Firm and was tasked with opening the Indianapolis location in 2016.
“I had never stepped foot in the state of Indiana and neither had my wife,” Rose says. “We knew nothing of Indiana. We ended up loving Fishers and the schools, which is very important to us.”
Rose was then transferred again, this time out of Indiana.
“In 2018 a former client offered me a job to handle entertainment and content protection,” Rose says. “It was a blank check for me to come out there and build a team to handle their events, red carpet premieres and entertainment studio protection. We moved to Los Angeles for the fourth time and we were absolutely miserable.”
Rose often found himself conducting referrals for former clients when his wife of 23 years, Carey, helped him realize he should start his own company.
“I started Event Risk as an LLC and it did gain some traction,” Rose says. “I was already working on an exit plan to try to get out of California. Another former client offered me the vice president of security job at Madison Square Garden. I was transparent with them that I was trying to do this business on my own. I came in and rewrote their policies, got them certified with the Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, and then I submitted my notice.”
Rose was also present during the July 13, 2019 blackout of Manhattan during a Jennifer Lopez concert at the Garden. He and his team of 200 staff were commended by the singer for evacuating 20,000 patrons from the arena professionally without any injuries.
When it came time for Rose and his family to decide where they wanted to live and base the business, they chose Fishers based on their experience living here. The family officially became Fishers residents again in July of 2020.
“I’ve lived many places and none of those places hold the same charm as Fishers,” Rose says. “They did not compare to Fishers for the quality of life, the school district and the people. It’s just little things like someone holding a door for you when you’re going into a store. It’s those little charming qualities that you don’t miss until you leave it.”
Rose has become an advocate for Indiana and Fishers.
“Look, I love traveling to different places like Boston, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles,” he says. “People vastly underrate this area. The people are great, accessibility is great, and of course the schools are great.”
For more information about Event Risk, visit eventriskinc.com or call 1-888-585-8771.