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Switching to Careers that Boast Flexibility, This Encore Couple Found "Security"

For Dan and Lee Ann Platschorre, they’ve discovered Encore lives featuring job security in, well, security jobs.

Lee Ann split her first career between real estate and education, including 25 years as a board member with Godwin Public Schools. Dan spent some 20 years driving a truck, putting his wheels down in every state but Hawaii, Alaska and California.

But for the better part of the last decade, both have been putting in miles via their feet, serving as security personnel for DK Security, a full-service firm that was founded by a former FBI agent and federal marshal.

It was actually Lee Ann who first climbed on board, almost 10 years ago. Dan, when asked why he followed in her wake, deadpanned that “She made me.”

Such is their relationship – she the amiable Chatty Kathy and Dan a master of one-liners and gentle sarcasm. It works for them, and it works for DK, as both are leaned on by the firm to serve in many capacities and at myriad venues throughout West Michigan.

Lee Ann has put in as many as 32 hours weekly, most recently as supervisor. Dan works a wide range of hours – none some weeks and upwards of 40 during others.

Their work can take them into educational settings, businesses and various public places that include the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place and wherever else people gather.

It’s made for some interesting up-close meetings with a list that reads like a Who’s Who of Grand Rapids – as well as national and international celebrities ranging from heads of state to personalities like Tom Brokaw, Lily Tomlin and Betty White.

“I have to say I’ve enjoyed the variety of people and things we’ve been exposed to,” says Lee Ann, though she admits that working for a concert earlier this month at the Van Andel that featured a trio of bands in Rob Zombie, Pop Evil and Disturbed isn’t her cup of tea. “Not fun,” she says with a wry smile.

Still, it gets them both out of their Wyoming home to experience things they might otherwise not see and hear.

For the most part, their responsibilities center around keeping order, providing directions, and protecting the public. “Our job is to keep people safe and secure,” says Dan.

Particularly appealing about being employed by DK, says Dan, is the ability to work flexible hours. “You can pick and choose,” he says, “and get paid for it.”