Ann Arbor’s Pinkerton Opens Office in Downtown Detroit


Ann Arbor-based Pinkerton, a risk management agency, has opened an office in downtown Detroit in the Globe Tobacco Building on East Fort Street.

“As interest has grown in Detroit and organizations continue to flock downtown, it made sense for us to expand our presence into the city in order to better serve our clients,” says John Lawrence, vice president of operations at Pinkerton. “Having a Detroit office further expands our capabilities to react and scale up quicker in response to client needs in southeast Michigan — and throughout the broader Midwest as a whole.” 

Lawrence says the 1,800-square-foot office, located at 407 E. Fort St. near Greektown, will offer space for several full-time employees and will also serve as a regional hub for traveling Pinkerton executives who are in town for client business.

Lawrence says the new office marks Pinkerton’s second location in Michigan, joining its corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor. The company’s headquarters were previously in New Jersey.

“In 2014, we recognized a strategic opportunity to relocate our headquarters to metro Detroit because of its great potential and the strong level of talent in the area,” says Jack Zahran, president of Pinkerton.

Zahran says Daniel Alabre, a retired U.S. Army colonel with nearly 30 years of military experience, will head the Detroit office. He is responsible for the day-to-day operational functions of the field office.

Pinkerton has 34 offices across the country, along with an additional 25 offices in countries such as Mexico, India, China, and England. Pinkerton provides services such as crisis management, employment screening, and investigative and protective services. The firm has 1,500 employees (40 of those in Michigan) and about 10,000 agents.

Pinkerton got its start in 1850 as a national detective agency and was the head of intelligence for the Union Army during the Civil War.

In May, Pinkerton opened up four new office locations in Germany to increase its presence throughout Europe. For more on Pinkerton and its history, visit​

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