Corporate Court Ranking (2071): #6
Corporate Slogan: “Making the World a Safer Place”
Corporate Status: AAA, public corporation
World Headquarters: Detroit, UCAS
President/CEO: Damien Knight
Major Shareholders: Damien Knight (23.7%), Arthur
Vogel (24.1%), Gavilan Ventures (12.2%)
Seattle Division: Ares Seattle, 3600 Evergreen Way, Everett
Division Head: Karen King
Major Divisions and Notable Subsidiaries:
Ares Arms: Fleche Armaments (Miltech Systems), Israel Military
Ares Consumer Products: BacteriTech (Biotech/Genetech), Cerebrotech
(Cyberware, Optics), Crystal Optics (Electronics/Cybernetics), General Dynamics (Electronics), Leviathan Technical (Communications/Electronics/Cybertech), Lifescape (AR/Sim/Software), Quick Trigger Systems (Software), Unlimited Technologies (Hybrid Technologies/Research)
Ares Heavy Industry: Ares Integrated Solutions (Heavy Industry/Nanotech), General Motors (Heavy Industry/Automotive), Honda-GM (Automotive), MosTrans (Automotive/Naval)
Ares Services: Ares Global Entertainment (Sim/Trid Production), Executive Protection Services (Personal Security), Hard Corps (Security Service Provider), Info Santé (Medical
Service Provider), Mercury Express (Delivery Service), Quantas (Airline), Wolverine Security (Security Service Provider), Truman Distribution Network (Media/Entertainment)
AresSpace: AresSpace Commsat (Aerospace/Communications), AresSpace Lifters (Orbital Construction/Transport), NASA Consulting Inc. (Aerospace/Orbital Management)
Ares has a growing presence in Seattle, represented by their new corporate headquarters at the renamed Ares Plaza (formerly Cross Plaza) in Everett. Executive VP of Ares Seattle Karen King, a veteran of the company, runs operations. Ares has played smart in Seattle over the years, building up their presence and investment slowly. Rather than trying to compete directly with local aerospace giant Federated-Boeing, Ares has offered cooperative
projects, including research and development investments that are paying off in new materials, control systems, and other engineering the corp can apply to the other markets
where it operates.
The blood-red structure of artificial stone and copper-tinted glass near Lake Washington in
Bellevue that was Ares’ former corporate HQ now holds their Seattle shipping operations, overseeing all shipping by Ares-owned trucking, shipping, and air-freight companies in and out of the metroplex, reaching all across North America and the Pacific Rim. Ares is the number-one supplier to WeaponsWorld outlets in Seattle, and they have upped their contracts for security and military vehicles in the metroplex, supplying the Metroplex Guard and their own subsidiary, Knight Errant.
<<< Karen King is ex-military, like a lot of Ares higher-ups. She was a Major in the UCAS Army Rangers and served in Ares security before she became an exec. She clearly still keeps in shape and is taking full advantage of the company health plan because she looks good for a woman in her late 50s. She’s always been willing to make use of covert assets in the past, but likes a light touch and rewards a job well done, while being quick to tie up any loose ends resulting from sloppy work, usually by hiring somebody else to get rid of the fuck-ups.Hard Exit >>>
Knight Errant Security Services
Seattle Division: Knight Errant Seattle, 715 NE Third Street, Renton (training academy)
Division Head: Ellen Ward
Of course, no discussion of Ares in Seattle would be complete without talking about Knight Errant, their security services subsidiary. The Knights only recently moved to the top-slot of security service contractors in the metroplex, taking the spot formerly held by Lone Star Security Services. This meant a major increase in the size of their Seattle operation in a fairly short period of time. Fortunately, KE had been planning for the day they would take over in Seattle, and their training academy has been working overtime to turn out new officers. As a stopgap they’ve hired a lot of contract workers, including quite a few former Lone Star employees, but they’re requiring anyone who wants a permanent job to go through academy training.
This makes Knight Errant VP Ellen Ward Seattle’s Chief of Police Services. A veteran who worked her way up through the company’s ranks, Ms. Ward combines administrative skill and leadership with a fair amount of political savvy. She stepped right into working with the governor’s Cabinet without missing a beat, and shows nothing but confidence in KE’s ability to handle things in Seattle.
<<< Hey, Bonds, enough with the love-letter to Ellie Ward. She doesn’t even bat for your team.Kat o’ Nine Tales >>>
<<< I just call things as I see them, Kat. Ward has a spotless record with KE, and has taken on a big job in Seattle. Time will tell if her outward confidence is justified or just for show.
And just for the record: although Ellen Ward has been with her partner Michelle Ayers for some years now, prior information suggests she’s a switch-hitter.