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Sabre International Energy Expo Interview
•When was Sabre International established?
Sabre International was formed in late 2003 as a direct need to provide training and security support services across the globe. Sabre’s initial foray into this area of expertise saw it involved in the reconstruction process in Iraq. Since those early days the company has grown considerably and is now providing these services and more on five continents and in more than ten countries.
Sabre’s CEO and founder Thomas McDonald’s experience of more than 20 years in the UK Special Forces has been the basis on which Sabre’s corporate vision and mission has been developed. With this, and the changing pace of conflict across the globe and along with the need for experienced and dedicated companies to evolve, Sabre has expanded its reach by utilizing its diverse experience to provide innovative solutions.
Sabre’s growth, experience and diversification has certainly been due to the company’s eagerness to draw on internal expertise and also, where knowledge was lacking, to search globally for the essential know-how that would ensure specific projects were receiving the level of proficiency they required.
Now, for more than five years, Sabre has helped revolutionize the high level security industry with its passion to adapt and its ability to provide solid and integrated solutions for a broad range of needs. These expanding requirements are where Sabre is able to draw on its global presence to help customers by offering an invaluable service to assist them in defining and delivering a positive future.
•Who are the key management and their background?
Sabre International is an Iraqi registered, privately owned company. The owner and CEO, Mr Frank McDonald has his headquarters in the IZ in Baghdad, which allows decisions to be made quickly and effectively in Iraq. This also assures and reaffirms the company direction with clients and partners.
Thomas (Frank) McDonald CEO
As a former long serving member of the British Special Air Service and Sabre’s founder, Frank has been able to guide and facilitate Sabre’s entry into the global security market and build on its successes. During the years Frank has also developed strategies and has taken the company into new markets where our solutions have become widely accepted and called for on a global scale. Frank’s vision of a company that is able to provide end to end solutions has come to fruition and is today still the force behind Sabre International.
Alex Breingan Executive Manager
Alex is a former member of the UK Armed Forces and brings with him a wealth of experience that covers operational deployments to successfully owning and running businesses in Europe. As Sabre’s General Manager, Alex has been able to expand the company’s global reach and diversify its range of services. Alex’s determination for constant innovation and corporate interfacing has allowed Sabre to move into new markets offering turnkey solutions to not only the security industry but also a broader range of clientele.
Eddie Haines Executive Manager
Eddie is a former long serving member of the New Zealand Special Air Service and also brings to Sabre an extensive background in business, both in Australia and New Zealand. Eddie’s dual based knowledge of military operational procedures and also high level business has enabled him to apply complex military templates to Sabre’s corporate ethos and develop these to suit specific client needs. Eddie’s ability to utilize this knowledge in the private military sector has allowed Sabre to develop winning plans and life saving strategies for our customers.
•What are some of the big projects ad work Sabre International has done in Iraq?
Sabre is currently involved in more than thirty long term contracts and projects across Iraq with the US Government, Government of Iraq and private sectors. The company’s focus is on establishing broad operations that will see Sabre’s long term investment in Iraq’s future. Sabre is also committed to an Iraqi first policy in promoting and assisting the interests wherever we are able to. With our extensive range of operations and expertise, Sabre is able to offer a complete package to clients and industry. Self sustainment is critical to ensuring the ongoing operations.
Sabre is currently involved projects such as, Site Security, Personnel Security, PSD, K9 teams, Logistics, Site Surveys and Assessments, Life Support, Training IT & Communications, Constructions, Maintenance, Vehicle Servicing & Repairs and Travel.
•What are the future plans for Sabre International?
Sabre is constantly building and diversifying its activities to ensure a continual involvement in the reconstruction of Iraq and also assisting in the development of countries across the globe. Sabre has invested heavily in the local economy, constructing and establishing its headquarters in Baghdad with a view to remaining in Iraq in the long term.
•What are some of the significant partners working with Sabre International?
In building a future in Iraq, Sabre aims to partner and bring in the industry required for the growth and sustainment of Iraq business and industry. For example Sabre has partnered with Cisco Systems in order to bring world class solutions to networking and hardwire integration to key and strategic developments in Iraq, such as Baghdad International Airport.
•How important is the Oil Law in Iraq to Sabre International?
The Oil Law is important to Sabre International in so far as the benefits of the oil resources are utilized for the growth and development of Iraq. Iraq needs the investment of foreign companies to quickly develop a sustainable oil industry, which can only benefit the Iraq people. Long term the Oil Law will realize the development of Iraq to the betterment of its people.
•Do you see any problems recruiting technical staff in Iraq?
Recruiting technical staff into Iraq present challenges for private industry but one which can be easily overcome through the use of reputable security companies already entrenched in Iraq. Security of the oil sites and the protection and the safety of personnel remain unique issues for oil companies operating in Iraq. However these are no different from solutions Sabre International has already been operating under since 2003, and has developed its company resources to be able to meet these challenges. Since 2003 Sabre International has not suffered a single loss of life or serious injury to its clients or staff. This is a testament to its operating procedures.
•In your opinion what would the next few years look like for the oil business in Iraq?
The next few years will see a massive investment and influx of oil industries and associated commerce. Whilst the real revenue will take a number of years, the re-development of the oil industry will have positive flow on effects to Iraqi business and employment in the construction, manufacturing and importing industries.
•What do you think of the Energy Expo and why did Sabre International decide to participate?
The Expo is an important milestone in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq’s future is the development and harnessing of its natural resources for the benefit of the country. The past years have seen people of Iraq suffer extreme inequality.
The Expo is important to bring in the industry and investment required to exploit the resources to the full potential. Iraq requires foreign investment to immediately kick-start the development of the oil industry. The Expo is a ideal opportunity to bring together these industries required and to demonstrate that Iraq is ready for investment in it future.
Sabre International aims to be a part of this development as we have the expertise and resources to offer foreign investors and companies an immediate and safe footprint in Iraq. Very simply Iraq’s future is in the Oil industry.
•What would you like to get out of the event?
Sabre offers an in-country solution for industries to safely operate in Iraq. We have demonstrated our capability to operate in Iraq from 2003 when hostilities were still very prevalent, through to the changing climates in Iraq as business and people rebuild and move on with their lives. Sabre has adapted to the current situation and is now seen as a preferred security provider in Iraq. This is due to the professionalism and experience of our personnel and the strategic direction of the company by the CEO and Executives in the way Sabre operates in Iraq.
The Expo is an opportunity for Oil Companies and investors to see and speak with a professionally organized security company who can offer services to their meet their safety and security requirements, construction, logistical and life support.
•How can we encourage other companies to participate?
It is important to establish partnering companies to bring in the commercial, retail and manufacturing industries. Iraq is still in a reconstruction period and will be for awhile. Security stability and political uncertainty have contributed to some companies to sit back. However the future of Iraq is the oil resource; that is a certainty. It is with companies working together to provide expertise and security that we will see more contributions from other corporations.
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