Mike Tucker c. 1991

Celebrating 30 Years – Team Tucker

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Mike Tucker c. 1991

Knowing your WHY can help you act with purpose. –Simon Sinek

Imagine for a moment that it is 1988.

Picture a young man with a very good job, a beautiful wife, and three very young children.

For many of us, earning a good living and providing for our families is all the “Why” we need…but not for Mike Tucker.

  • Why couldn’t security professionals get the unbiased information they needed to protect their critical assets?
  • Why did so many companies treat their customers like they were commodities and not valued partners?
  • Why didn’t companies understand that employees do their best work when they are inspired and valued?
  • Why weren’t public and private security professionals building alliances and collaborating for the best outcomes for the communities that they served?

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

There are just those people who are born leaders, and Mike Tucker is one of those people. And so, Risk Management Associates – RMA – was born based on traditional values including the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do to you”.

In Mike’s own words:

  • Integrity and character must be at the forefront of any endeavor.
  • Provide the right service to meet the client’s needs.
  • It is a privilege to serve our clients, and that must be reflected in our actions.
  • We will strive to offer quality, professional services that we are unequivocally proud of and that encourages a positive reputation for this company and all associated with it.
  • We will strive to offer a secure, pleasant work environment.

Growth and change

Between 1988 and 1996, the company grew into national company from its office in Raleigh, NC, by partnering with clients to develop security controls that were appropriate to their organization, industry, and culture. We did this by providing vendor agnostic security consulting, system design, and investigative support.

It was an exciting time for many industries. We were very fortunate to work closely with companies including IBM, Glaxo, Burroughs Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Sara Lee, Champion Knit Products, Pepsi, Wake County GSA, First Citizens Bank, First Union Bank, Womble Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, and Smith Anderson. Some of these organizations continue to be customers today.

In 1996, the company had the opportunity to support Sara Lee and Champion Knit Products at the Atlanta Olympics. Together we developed a multi-faceted approach to protect company executives, employees, and special guests of company. We also worked with the US Secret Service on their behalf to identify and eliminate the sale of counterfeit jerseys and clothing. This was a huge undertaking that included “boots on the ground” for a six-week period of time led by Mike Tucker.

Upon returning from the Atlanta Olympics, Mike realized that something wasn’t right. In 1996 was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was 40 years old.

Parkinson’s Disease – Taking the next steps

At Protus3 we talk a lot about leadership and the responsibilities that come with being a leader. Anyone who knows Mike knows that he is one of those leaders who during the worst of times not only survives but thrives.

Mike had always hired based on “fit”. You can teach anyone how to do something, but attitude and the willingness to do the right thing is a critical component of any member of the team. Because of and with his leadership and that of the folks he surrounded himself with, the company continued to thrive even after he left the business in 2004 due to progression of Parkinson’s.

Protus3 at 30

In January 2018, Risk Management Associates, Inc. d/b/a Protus3 was 30 years old. We are very proud to say that the foundation and principles that Mike Tucker built 30 years ago are just as relevant and alive today at Protus3. As a team, we revisited our mission and vision in 2017 and developed the Protus3 Pledge which we apply to everything we do:

  • Be Helpful
  • Be Accurate
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Informed
  • Be Invested

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary and in honor of Mike Tucker, we would like to invite you to join Team Tucker from Protus3.

Moving Day NC Triangle
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Dorothea Dix Park
Registration Opens: 9:00 am
Walk Start time: 11:15 am


Join Team Tucker here


Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement. After Alzheimer’s disease it is the most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder affecting 7 to 10 million people worldwide. Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women and the incidence of the disease generally increases with age. There is no cure and so awareness and donations are critically important to support research and services for patients and their families.

Together we can make all the difference!

celebrating 30 years