ALIVE Active Shooter Survival Program Creator and Lead Instructor
Protective Services Operations Manager, Genentech
Executive Protection Architect and Entrepreneur
Founder, AHNA Consulting Group
Chief Security Officer, Empire Protection
Managing Partner, LeMareschal
Managing Director of Security Operative Consultancy Services and Elite Risk Services
Executive Officer - Global Security, Bloomberg LP
Founder, 3D Executive Services
EP Wired Team
Social Media Manager
Lead Content Writer & Executive Editor
With a philology background, Katarina has always been passionate about studying and practicing languages.
That’s why she’s proficient in four lingos and always looking for new learning opportunities.
As a writer and social media manager, Katarina is always looking forward to meeting new people and exploring different topics. Her favorite things to read about and research include the latest advancements in technology, infamous figures in history, and the occasional murder mystery or two.
When she’s not writing, taking classes, or going to IT conferences, Katarina spends her time reading, running, playing board games, and watching movies.
A zealous reader who honors every word he writes, Stefan has a 10-year track record in the writing, editing, and translation business.
He obtained a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, while also exultant about his strong command of German.
Some of his recent endeavors include hosting a podcast, building a blog about productivity and consciousness, and planting a forest.
When not on the job, Stefan rides his bicycle, takes long runs, and spends time with his wife and toddler.
Wordsmith extraordinaire with an M.A. in Philosophy and a professional background in marketing, media, and business development.
Stefan took the first steps in his career as a journalist and assistant editor in of the biggest daily newspapers in the Balkans.
Since then, he has worked as a writer and digital marketer across a range of industries – legal, mobility, and Saas, as well as edited and published four books and numerous other publications.
James Hamilton is the Senior Vice President – Director of Protection Quality at GDBA.
James is a widely regarded expert on protection recruited by GDBA from the FBI, where he served as the Supervisory Special Agent handpicked to create, develop, and implement the FBI Academy’s Protective Training curriculum.
His courses are currently taught to protectors at the NSA, NYPD, and many other agencies.
• Served as the Personal Security Advisor for the Attorney General and Directors of the FBI.
• Hand-selected for the FBI Tactical Training Unit, responsible for creating and developing the FBI Active Shooter training and guidance program.
• Certified FBI Instructor in Firearms, Active Shooter, Tactical Skills, Emergency Driving, and SWAT Operations.
• Team Leader and Manager for the FBI’s Overseas Survival Awareness Program, widely valued by officials and corporations working in high-risk areas.
• Four years on the Protection Team for the FBI Director, and three years on the Joint Terrorism Task Force that he was selected to create after 9/11.
At GDBA, James has created training initiatives for our protectors worldwide and served as an Instructor at our firm’s Essential Protection Skills Academy and Advanced Threat Assessment and Training Academy.
James also trained and directed his Protection Quality staff to ensure each GDBA protector and protection team meets our firm’s internally mandated training and certification programs.
James co-created GDBA’s Active Shooter Prevention and Response methodology, which focuses on awareness and early detection techniques to improve chances of survival during an attack.
He has led Active Shooter trainings and exercises for schools, universities, companies, and other organizations throughout the world. James earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is also a member of the ASIS Executive Protection Council.
Mr. Caleb Gilbert has been working in the security industry since 1998 and has been a lifelong connoisseur of executive protection.
His education started at ESI in 2002 and since then, his ongoing academic development included over 200, security-specific courses, NREMT, his Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security, Undergraduate Degree in Security Management (Southwestern College), Graduate Certificate in International Security (Stanford University) and a Masters of Art in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Caleb has managed (or worked) protective operations in 36 countries and over 250 (CONUS) cities and is currently the Head of Security for the CEO of PayPal Inc.
Over the course of his career, Caleb has managed and developed executive protection, residential protection, covert protection, and surveillance detection teams for ultra-high net worth, corporate and celebrity principals.
Mr. Gilbert has developed and continues to systematically improve and instruct, Covert Protection (CovPro), low-profile-high-efficiency protection tactics, techniques, and procedures that are currently deployed on protection details worldwide.
As Chairman and President of AT-RISK International, Inc., Chuck Tobin brings over 25 years of experience in security consulting, executive security, investigations, and training.
As the Director of Security/Senior Consultant to three Prime Ministers/Presidential Candidates, Chuck has developed a global political campaign security expertise.
This combined with his knowledge and practice in violence threat assessment, investigations, executive security, and training has led him to many leadership positions in the industry.
Daniel started his way in the security sector over 18 years ago when he joined the IDF Special forces elite unit Dovdevan, which specializing in undercover counter-terror operations. During his service, Daniel participated in dozens of operations in the battle against terror. His team won the General-Major decoration award for arresting the most wanted terrorists at the time.
After 5 years in the Israeli Special Forces, Daniel started his path in the private security industry working with MNC and VIP clients. Daniel relocated to various countries to manage assets and lead the security ops for high net-worth families. During his time abroad he gained experience in different countries around LATAM, MEA, Asia and Europe.
After working around the globe for 6 years, Daniel joined SCS as the Operations manager to manage the company’s international Crisis management and EP ops. After 3 years as the Global Operations Manager, he became the company’s CEO.
In 2019 Daniel got awarded with an associate degree from Ariel University for Chief Security Management and Guided Security Administration from the Israeli Police.
He is the ASIS Israel Chairperson and an active OSAC member.
He speaks 4 languages: Hebrew, English, Spanish and Arabic.
Jared A. Van Driessche is the Director of Global Security at Private Company.
Jared Van Driessche is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of the company’s security, safety, and protective operational planning.
As CEO, Jared leads the innovation and leadership plan of Asgard Technology Group and its first app, ProtectionManager.
Over the course of his diverse eighteen-year career, Jared has planned, executed, and led close protection details for CEOs, dignitaries, boards of directors, celebrities, media, and various public figures on more than 300 international trips to over 80 different countries.
He has extensive international exposure, including the provision of close protection and threat assessment to clients in high-risk environments throughout Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
For over three years, Jared worked as the Director of Operations, for one of the nation’s leading executive protection firms and was responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of all full-time embedded operations worldwide overseeing more than 400 protective and intelligence agents which entailed the cultivation, development and quality control of executive protection programs across the globe.
While working with various industry leaders, Jared has ensured the safety, security, and privacy of numerous at-risk public figures and their families — providing them close-protection in all facets of their life to include: organizing scheduled (and non-scheduled) public appearances, motorcades, planning routes, establishing safe zones, maintaining site/venue security and liaising with foreign protective agents to ensure the safe arrival, stay and departure of traveling public figures.
In addition to his operational responsibilities, Jared has consulted large corporations on workplace violence, emergency planning, business vulnerabilities, executive safety, and threat mitigation practices.
An experienced security director, consultant, trainer, operator, and published author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, Surveillance Zone.
Over 15 years of military and private sector security experience, and a successful record of providing full-spectrum, high-end services to Fortune 500 corporations, foreign governments, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and wealthy individuals.
Professional experience includes security consultancy and risk assessments, terrorist activity prevention, surveillance, surveillance detection, Executive Protection, security training, intelligence gathering, full-spectrum facility security, special event security, low profile and covert security, metal detector operations, estate security, shareholder meeting security, electronic security systems coordination, public speaking, professional writing, executive presentations, account management, business development, recruiting, marketing and strategic planning.
Facility, event, and special project security management.
Terrorist activity prevention: operations and instruction.
Surveillance detection: operations and instruction.
Penetration testing: operations and instruction.
Anton Kalaydjian has over 25 years of security experience providing top-rated security for the world elite, executives, celebrities, and talent across more than 60 countries. Anton built a 5-division operation from the ground up and drove the firm to the largest celebrity protection agency in the Eastern U.S.
Recognized as one of the top Personal Protection Specialists in the world, he stays active in speaking engagements, close protection conferences and security seminars nationwide. Head of Security and Advance for over a dozen multiplatinum, Grammy Award winning Artists, including 50 Cent (2002 – 2005), Ciara (2006-2008) Alicia Keys (2008 – present), Lil Wayne (2010 – present), Ariana Grande (2013 – present), as well as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and more.
A natural-born protector who puts true passion behind each mission. Also recognized for his role as an Event Security Director who’s personally directed & supervised Event Security details for over 1,000 live concerts & events in S. Florida including Ultra Music Festival, Super Bowl LIV, Super Bowl LV, Formula 1, Rolling Loud, College Football Championships and many more.
Anton founded Guardian Professional Security in 2005. Since its inception, the company has reported consistent increased growth, with each consecutive year surpassing its prior. It is now a multimillion-dollar security agency with over 200 employees with offices in Miami, Atlanta and Chicago.
Guardian is an accredited business and has earned a continuous A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau every year consecutively since 2010. Member of the American Society for Industrial Security, the Event Safety Alliance and the 9 Lives Association. He is also a Lead Instructor on “Celebrity Protection” at the Executive Protection Institute (NY).
Brandon Shafikhani is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran and CEO of Samaritan Protective Services. He founded SPS in 2015 with a desire to raise the bar for clients and the security industry. His extensive experience in risk management, domestic & global protective operations and intelligence has earned the trust of clients worldwide. As an experienced Protection Specialist, Mr. Shafikhani has led close protection operations for Fortune 100 executives, royals, international diplomats and high net-worth private individuals and families globally.
Mr. Shafikhani has a degree from American Military University in Counterterrorism and is a member of ASIS International. He is registered with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as an Armed Personal Protection Specialist (PPS), Armed Security Officer, Private Investigator, and Firearms Instructor. Mr. Shafikhani is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and graduate of numerous Security and Executive Protection training programs nationwide.
Heimo is the Chief Awareness Strategist at SAME Solutions, and is on a mission to change the game of physical security awareness training. As an accomplished and strategically-minded Senior Security Manager, he has been in the Middle East and Africa region since 2012. Starting in 2015 he has covered all physical security aspects for Medtronic across the region after having gained substantial consulting experience with International SOS and Control Risks. Before moving to corporate security, Heimo served more than 10 years in the Austrian military with multiple deployments to hostile environments.
Heimo holds a MA in Risk Management and Corporate Security as well as ASIS CPP and CIPP/E certifications.
Lee Brandon is a Physical Security Consultant with 8 years of global experience providing bespoke security solutions to some of the world’s most influential people and their businesses.
Lee is a service orientated leader with a deep interest in protection strategy and emotional intelligence. He has planned and lead protective operations throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, Public Figures and Corporate Executives.
He has also developed and delivered regional training programs to embedded Corporate Security teams. Lee holds various Medical and Security qualifications and is licensed by the Private Security Authority (PSA) in Ireland as well as the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in the United Kingdom.
Justen Charles is the Director of Asset Protection and Family Security for a private family office, where he manages close protection and travel security for an ultra-high net-worth family. He is the director for all security training and protective intelligence initiatives where he leads a team of professionals in threat management and mitigation.
Justen has over 20 years in the security industry. He is a U.S. Marine with multiple combat deployments and a 15-year veteran of the US Intelligence Community where he ran clandestine protective operations in high threat environments throughout Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Justen has protected multiple US Ambassadors, diplomats and Ultra High Net-worth individuals in the course of his long and distinguished career. Mr. Charles attended Pennsylvania State University where he studied International Relations with an emphasis on Russian Studies. He is a graduate of the US State Department High Threat Protective Operations Course as well as many other courses within the US Intelligence Community.
He has an extensive international and domestic protection background and is the author of EP Tips of the Day. He is an avid outdoorsman, a competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and writes poetry.
Benjamin Rakhman, CEO and Founder of Body Armor USA Inc. and VIP Global Security Inc. grew up in Long Island, New York. After working for various security companies as a New York State Armed Security Officer, he found his passion as a Personal Protection Specialist (bodyguard). After graduating from the Executive Protection Institute, Class 64 in May 2009, he was inaugurated into the Nine Lives Associates, a fraternity of security professionals worldwide. Through networking and integrity, Benjamin became Regional Account Manager for The International Protection Group, and its subsidiary company The International Protective Service Agency based in New York City, NY. He also became an assistant instructor for the Executive Protection Institute and Tony Scottie’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute alongside Joe Autera.
After spending years’ operating as a protection agent, he enrolled in extensive private sector training courses for self-development and received various specialized certifications. His credentials include Private Investigation licenses, Firearms Instructor licenses, and Security General Topics Instructor certifications. He also became a GLOCK Armorer, and applied for armed security licenses as in various states. Benjamin is trained in first aid, CPR, AED and has a concentration in tactical emergency medical training. He currently oversees operations for several security companies and serves as a local asset and client liaison for out of state security companies. Benjamin owns and operates his own full service security company called VIP Global Security Inc. registered in New York State. He has 16 years of experience in security management, patrol, covert surveillance, counter surveillance, executive protection, risk assessments, background checks, film sets, security driving and international trip facilitation.
Benjamin also has a large network of affiliated security companies, allowing him to provide security coverage globally. Benjamin’s client base is comprised of high net worth families, corporate CEO’s and a number of celebrities. After working with hundreds of public and private clients in a multitude of security operations, Ben’s passion for protection work took on an added element, protecting the protectors. He became the CEO and founder of Body Armor USA Inc., holds a state body armor contract, and provides personal protective equipment to Law Enforcement, Military, Security, Corrections, and various other sectors. Ben takes great pride in all aspects of the protection community. Benjamin is an avid competitive shooter and participates in sanctioned matches all over the country.
Denida Zinxhiria Grow is the Founder and CEO of Athena Worldwide, Athena Academy and Nannyguards. And since February 2020 she also serves as a managing partner for Le Mareschal LLC based in Seattle, WA.
Denida is an experienced and well trained Executive Protection Specialist, Security Consultant, and Instructor with 19 active years in the private sector. She has been operating in different countries and cultures and has managed security teams of all sizes. She uses her personal experience as an Executive Protection Operative and Security Consultant to help others learn what it takes to master the ins and outs of the Security Industry and Empower Women in the security industry. Her experience working with female protectees and children motivated her to create the Nannyguards training program as well as the Security Awareness and Training for Personal Assistants and Household Personnel. Denida believes that anyone who is around the client must be able to identify and react to threats.
Denida holds a BSc in Counselling and Psychology. She has contributed as a private investigator and skip tracing investigator for different Law Firms and Financial Institutions as well as for organizations that fight human trafficking. She is committed to professionalism, confidentiality, honesty, transparency, and the improvement of her clients’ lives both in safety and daily security operations. As a security professional, her philosophy is deliver security and peace of mind to clients anywhere in the world while also protecting their confidentiality. On her free time she offers voluntary work to communities and Non Profit Organizations that support education and welfare of women and children minorities.
· Providing Covert and Overt Security Details.
· Working as a Solo Protector.
· Providing PA services along with Close Protection Services.
· Logistics and Managing Clients’ daily schedules.
Adam Scholl is a former Law Enforcement Officer who served on Federal Task Forces with both the FBI and the US Marshals Service. After leaving LE Adam worked as a contractor for the US Department of Defense for 6 years training US Military Personnel in variety of skills ranging from combatives, firearms and tactics to high threat driving, surveillance and counter surveillance. Currently Adam is a independent security contractor working for LaSorsa and Associates and several other security providers. Adam is also a Renzo Gracie BJJ Black Belt and a Krav Maga Black Belt and regularly teaches combatives classes under his company Scholl Security Group.
Justin Hanson is the CEO and founder of SpecVIP Protection Group Inc., a company committed to excellence in local and international VIP Operations, based out of Canada. Justin’s two main focuses are helping those in Close Protection or helping others by selectively applying aspects of Close Protection towards achieving operational, career or business success goals.
Justin has worked in the protection industry for over two decades with a mix of both private and public sector experience. For almost his entire professional career, Justin has been a dedicated trainer of professionals in Law Enforcement, the Military and Private Security; focusing his efforts on a variety of specialties. Some of these specialties have included hard skills like defensive tactics, driving, combat casualty care, and several others. He is also a leader, mentor and instructor developer in many of these disciplines; with a commitment to reinforcing the immense value of soft skills.
For nearly the last decade, Justin has been almost exclusively focused on Close Protection operations, with experiences that have taken him all over the world. As a lifelong learner and experienced entrepreneur, he uses his knowledge, training and experience in order to help others achieve their maximum potential.
Justin is also very passionate about helping his community and in 2019 was recognized by Avenue Magazine Edmonton (now called EDify Edmonton) as one of their Top 40 under 40, in the community leader category.
Justin can be reached via LinkedIn or the contact form on his corporate website and is happy to answer any questions you may have or help you in any way he can.
I’m a US Marine, Executive Protection Agent, and Security Industry Leader with 15+ years of experience operating in high threat domestic and overseas environments protecting a wide range of high-profile clientele, including a United States President, government leaders, iconic C-Suite executives, and celebrity clientele. I leverage a diverse protection background and rapid problem-solving skills to deescalate potentially dangerous situations, safeguarding individuals and families, in top-level operations in over 26 countries. I have successfully trained and supervised 200+ US Marines, commanded 45+ foreign guards, and executed 75+ high threat motorcades in hazardous regions. I have hands-on experience leading, defining, and delivering strategies for new and established executive protection programs leading to improved operations; working collaboratively with law enforcement, private sector security contractors, intelligence, and foreign protective agencies to ensure seamless execution and optimal outcomes.
Adam Taylor is the Managing Partner of Kinetic Intelligence, a Private Intelligence Agency focused on enhancing client interests in trade secret protections, proprietary data, insider threats and global risk management. He formally served as the corporate security operations lead at a major multinational, covering security operations planning, intelligence and assessments for projects in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean. He is a founding member of ExxonMobil’s Security Intelligence Response Center and has operated on a variety of high threat security assignments in support of US Government programs.
Chris Story is a security professional with over 25 years’ experience managing, conducting,
and consulting in protective security and intelligence operations.
Chris is a senior protective operations leader, consultant, and specialist trainer with an
extensive operational background in domestic/international arenas. He has developed
HNW, corporate and government protective and security operations programs using riskbased intelligence driven protection strategies, techniques, and technology.
Chris brings significant experience in standard and non-standard protective security and intelligence
operations with tangible experience in permissive, semi-permissive and high-risk
environments. He spent 3.5 years in Iraq and 4.5 years in Afghanistan in various protective
roles, and has evaluated HNW, corporate and government security programs for security
Chris sits on The International Protective Security Board, an organization dedicated to professionalizing and furthering education in the protective industry and is an ASIS
member. He holds a BA in Security Management from American Military University, an MA
in Management and Leadership from Liberty University, and an MBA from Keller School of
Management. He is a 14-year US Army Veteran. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Host of Conversations in Close Protection, a podcast about the close protection industry and those
Experience in the security industry, as well as a military officer, has uniquely qualified Chuck to take on a typical day’s work of planning, strategic development, tactical deployment, and management of globally sized risk management teams. Chuck has the experience and insight needed to provide top-level security and intelligence leadership, and the business acumen for corporate budgets and fiscal matters. He is responsible for globally-focused teams that produce critical data on which the enterprise relies on to enable decision-makers.
Chuck transformed corporate executive protective, event security, and intelligence services to function beyond their traditional roles of protection and information provider, to that of a strategic enabler. He now manages the Strategic Threat Intelligence program, focusing on tracking and providing insights into hybrid threats affecting the enterprise.
Along with a corporate career, Chuck is a military officer, retiring with 30 years of service. Like many others in today’s guard and reserves, he has served in numerous overseas contingencies with distinction and has received multiple decorations, once with valor.
I’m passionate about ENTREPRENEURSHIP, SAFETY, SECURITY, and EDUCATION; my resources, contacts, and expertise are at your service:
ENTREPRENEUR: At age 20 developed my first family-run business in TOURISM, at age 27 incorporated two companies in the field of EXECUTIVE PROTECTION and CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS, by the time I was 32 incorporated an ONG dedicated to PROJECTS INCUBATION; I have also developed in the fields of SAFETY, HEALTH, and EDUCATION.
CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS: 15+ years experience in due dilligence and corporate investigations at a regional level (field agents in 12 countries), currently INTELLENET International Intelligence Network member, ASIS Investigations Council member. PCI certified by ASIS
EXECUTIVE PROTECTION: 20+ years experience leading EP teams in Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela (resources all over Latin America), currently IBSSA country representative, ASIS Executive Protection Council member. CPP and PSP certified by ASIS
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH: 12+ years experience in OSH local legal compliance requisites, ISO management systems implementation, consulting, audits, corporate training. Curretly University OSH Masters Professor, ASSP professional member
COACHING – TRAINING: My life passion is behavioural modification, Security / Safety executive and team coaching, adult learner training. PCC certified by ICF, currently IFPO board member.
I’m a certified bilingual professional based out of Ecuador – Latin America – specialized in Use of Force Training, Executive Protection, Occupational Safety and Health law, ASIS standards and CPP – PSP – PCI certifications, IFPO CPO – CSSM certifications, ISO 45001 – 9001 – 17024 – 18788 standards, with expertise on integration of HSSEQ Health, Safety, Security, Environment, Quality Management System in Latin America.
Timothy Gill is a seasoned Senior Executive and Intelligence-Security Advisor with more than 30 years of success in the public (FBI, CIA, DoD) and private sector. As an active member of the National Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Mr. Gill frequently advises Fortune 500 industry executives, U.S. Government national security officials on risk mitigation measures. Currently serving as Director of the National Human Trafficking Intelligence Center, Mr. Gill provides expert consultation on using innovative intelligence in neutralizing transnational human traffickers.
Throughout his executive career, Timothy held leadership positions at the FBI, CIA, U.S. EPA including 12 years managing joint FBI-CIA operations against international terrorism. Tim is a recipient of two CIA awards for his dedicated leadership in the takedown of two international terrorism leaders sought by the U.S. Government. In private industry, Mr. Gill applied his joint leadership skills in the protection of several Fortune 500 executives and entertainment personalities.
Tim also worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), serving on the White House Core Group on WMD Terrorism managing the formulation of a joint report to the President of the United States on a comprehensive response to WMD terrorism. Additionally, while serving in EPA’s Office of Emergency Response, he conducted numerous on-site field inspections and was involved in numerous field sampling operations at former DoD WMD manufacturing and disposal locations.
For several years, Tim served as a Senior National Security Advisor at CSRA Inc. in support of overseas Department of Defense operations designed to counter the threat of illicit weapons proliferation. Tim designs and teaches courses on behavioral analysis, crisis and consequence management response and intelligence analysis/operations and targeting.
Timothy also co-founded a successful private security firm, Specter Security Group, LLC (SSG) – a disabled veteran-owned company–focused on serving multi-variant clients with protective intelligence, tactical training and downrange executive protection. Timothy regularly advises media outlets on national security, intelligence and security issues as well as several private equity investment firms on business intelligence matters. As a thought leader in his field, Timothy continues to advise many public and private sector CEO’s, organizations and governments around the world on critical security issues.
Michael Julian is the Creator of the ALIVE Active Shooter Survival Training Program, and President/CEO of MPS Security & Protection and National Business Investigations, Inc. (NBI), Legal Investigations, Corporate Investigations, Surveillance, and Corporate Security Services. After more than 5 decades in business, NBI continues to locate people and assets around the globe, has conducted thousands of civil, criminal, corporate and industrial investigations and provides security services to corporations, businesses, high net worth individuals, celebrities and special events throughout the US.
NBI operates a special private security division devoted exclusively to the protection of persons and facilities at risk. The MPS Security & Protection division of NBI focuses solely on Personal Security and Protective Services.
Michael created the A.L.I.V.E. Active Shooter Survival program and now teaches active shooter survival throughout the world. His book, 10 Minutes to Live: Surviving an Active Shooter Using A.L.I.V.E., was published in January 2018 and is sold internationally.
Specialties: Licensed Private Investigations, Legal, Criminal, Background, Asset, Due Diligence, Locates, Surveillance, Theft, Undercover, Counter Espionage and Intelligence Investigations, Threat Assessment, Union Labor Strike Security, Executive & Asset Protection, Risk Management and Security Programs.
Jerry Jacobs is an honorably retired Lieutenant from the California Highway Patrol, where he served as the Commander of the Governor’s Protective Detail. While on the Governor’s Detail, he led head of state level protective detail across the globe. Since retirement, Jerry has been providing consulting in the unique areas of protective detail leadership and development through Jacobs Corporate Solutions.
Christian West is an executive protection architect and entrepreneur with decades of international experience.
A hands-on professional who leads from the front, Christian has developed and led protection programs in more than 170 countries for more than 25 years. He has worked all areas of protection from undercover to high-risk, government, corporate, celebrity and high net worth, and has advised governments on maritime security, large event and critical infrastructure protection. Christian has served as a close protection agent, team leader, EP specialist, EP manager and high-level consultant for many Fortune 500 companies and has also directed security efforts for world tours for major artists and the world’s largest IPO.
In addition to his ongoing efforts to professionalize the EP industry through leadership roles in ASIS and the IPSB, Christian is a sought-after speaker, EP trainer, and security advisor in Europe and the United States. An active blogger who has written dozens of blogs on executive protection, Christian has also co-authored two successful books on executive protection: Corporate Executive Protection: An Introduction for Corporations and Security Professionals (2016) and Public figures, Private Lives: An Introduction to Protective Security for High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices (2018).
Christian has successfully founded, led and sold two leading executive protection companies, AS Solution and West Security. He founded Asgaard Technologies to bring to market ProtectionManager, the world’s first app suite designed exclusively for the executive protection industry. Christian is also an advisor/investor in Stabilitas and RaySecur. Christian founded EP Access in 2021 to provide high-quality online courses for EP professionals.
Mac’s company, the AHNA Consulting Group, is the culmination of over 30 years of operational, training and consulting experience in the Executive Protection & Security Industry. Specializing in mitigation, containment, and control of a myriad of threats from terror and criminal threats to natural disasters and public safety, Mac brings real world knowledge and expertise to all facets of his performance. Having conducted Executive Protection operations for Fortune 500 CEOs and C-suite executives, UHNWI and families and other VIPs, Mac brings decades of international experience to his company and clients.
As a hospitality & fixed asset Subject Matter Expert, Mac conducts security assessments and designs security master plans as well as routine and emergency procedures for hotels, business facilities, and critical infrastructure the world over. Working extensively with owners and operators in the private and government sectors worldwide he possesses and in depth understanding of the challenges facing the hospitality businesses and infrastructure in today’s world. Mac has published many articles on hotel and general security and is a regular speaker at security conferences the world over as well as SME to governments, major television and print news outlets.
Mac leads training programs in Covert Close Protection and Surveillance Detection, Hotel and Hospitality Security, Security Awareness & Suspicious Indicator Identification, Event Security, Emergency Response Procedures and Counterterrorism. Mac has taught, non-security employees, managers, security professionals, government units and C suite executives as well as hotel and event facility guards and employees.
Born in South Africa, Mac has served in two militaries as well as government service, living in Africa, Europe, USA and the Middle East whilst operating around the globe. This facilitates him with an excellent multi-cultural understanding which allows him to provide tailor-made, relevant and practical security and safety solutions.
Josh Reeve is a Protection and Security Specialist with nearly 20 years experience in Private Security and Law-Enforcement (State and Federal).
Throughout his career, he has benefitted from significant training and experience that now sees him working for some of the highest profile clients in the world. In 2013, Josh founded Empire Protection, a boutique provider of elite Protection, Security and Risk Management Services.
The brand has expanded organically and now includes holistic services, including Travel Security Programs, OSINT Programs, Cyber Security, Management Consulting and more. Together with his Business Partner Ryan Tindall, Josh created the Empire Institute during the COVID Lockdown – an E-Learning platform aimed at providing professional development opportunities for those in Security, First Response or related fields.
All programs have been created by Josh and his team and demonstrate their skills and knowledge as well as providing valuable information and career expanding opportunities to the market.
I am an experienced Executive Protection Specialist with 30 years of experience as Senior operations in Executive Protection, Covert EP, Surveillance/Counter Surveillance, Protection, Asset location/Secure/Transport field, Private Consulting, Risk Mitigation & Elimination as well as Executive/Personal Assistant to numerous multi-cultural clientele, experienced in different countries, cultures and security areas.
I am a Former U.S. Marine/3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance, Former Firefighter, EMT-I/Trauma, private military/security contractor and HNW/UHNW contractor/consultant.
I’m crosstrained for private, civilian, celebrity, corporate, VIP, and foreign dignitary, and have both CONUS/OCONUS-DoD/DoS career experience.
With progressive exposure to national and international security, I design and execute successful risk and threat assessments and implement security plans and strategies to mitigate risk and enhance security.
I am an adaptable, innovative security leader, committed to professionalism, confidentiality, honesty, transparency, and improvement of clients’ safety and daily life security operations.
I have strong problem-solving and decision-making skills and can work effectively and efficiently under pressure and in challenging environments with the ability to develop and implement effective action plans that will best suit the client.
-Managed and lead Security Teams of 10+
-Providing Covert and Overt Security Details
-Working as a Solo Protector
-Operating Threat & Risk Assessments
-Tactical/Security Team Driver
-Providing EA/PA services along with Close Protection Services
-Logistics and Managing Clients’ daily schedules
-Leadership and Management
-Communication and Negotiation Skills
-Conflict Management Skills
-Account & Contract Management
-Excellent in Interpersonal Skills
-Positive Attitude & a Good Team player
-Developing and Operating Training Plans
-Extensive Customer Service Skills
-Adaptable and able to work in demanding environments under pressured time and manpower/budget constraints.
-Computer & IT Literate
-Excellent report writing
Tony has worked and trained extensively in the security and safety and risk management fields over the past 20 years. Working across all sectors of the global security industry from customer service-based roles right through to medium and high-risk environments in corporate, event and close protection.
Tony is the Managing Director of Security Operative Consultancy Services and Elite Risk Services and is specialist in the field of security, safety and the management of workplace violence and risk in organisations.
Supporting organisations to develop solutions to their security risk management and conflict management processes through designing innovative training, policy and risk assessments to meet real world challenges.
Expert witness in the use of force and security related fields.
QQI subject matter expert for the security and safety sectors.
Eduardo Jany is a global security executive for a large multinational firm where he has led the award winning unit’s physical security, travel, crisis management and event security efforts covering more than 20,000 people at over 190 offices worldwide through innovative strategies and processes.
Eduardo provided advisory services for public safety and security projects with special emphasis on the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
He retired from law enforcement as a Captain – Assistant Chief of Police after more than 25 years of police service in Florida, Minnesota and Washington State. He held command and supervisory assignments in patrol, SWAT, canine, narcotics and mounted units. He also retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps having served 33 years of combined active and reserve duty in Reconnaissance, Special Operations and Infantry assignments as well as prior service in the Army Special Forces.
He was a Foreign Liaison Officer, force protection and anti-terrorism specialist with overseas assignments in U.S. Embassies, the Department of Homeland Security and NCIS and commanded the Anti-Terrorism Battalion with over 1,200 people at 11 sites spanning six different time zones.
He received a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin and attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate studies. He was a 2014 Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government, and completed the Kennedy School National and International Security Senior Executive Program, the National Defense University Reserve Components National Security Program, and is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the FBI DSEA Academy.
He was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, three foreign parachutist and military free fall badges, several US and foreign awards as well as the Police Medal of Valor and Officer of the Year-Excellence in Service Award.
He serves as Chair of the Latin American Regional Council (LARC-CIC) for the Overseas Security Advisory Council, is a member of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, the FDR Four Freedoms Park Board, the Domestic Security Alliance Council, ASIS, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He is an active volunteer with Bloomberg Philanthropies and a Veteran’s mentor with American Corporate Partners. Eduardo’s Team were the proud recipients of the 2017 OSPA – Outstanding Security Performance Award for Best Internal Security Organization and runners up in 2019 and 2020. A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Eduardo immigrated with his family to the United States in 1968, was naturalized a U.S. Citizen and speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish.
With 20 years of global experience in executive protection, physical security, and security operations management, Martin is one of the leading figures for the modernization and development of the executive protection industry. Martin has participated in, led, planned, managed, and executed security details in more than 85 countries. He has held positions from team member to detail leader, SAIC, operations manager, and director.
Martin’s experience with security for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and corporations also includes program design, recruiting and training agents, technology sourcing, system, and GSOC design, SOP and TTP development, and creating training programs for EP agents other professionals.
Martin believes in being at the forefront of technology and keeps up on the latest developments within the industry and its outliers. Martin has consistently sought the best training ever since he started in the industry. He is a graduate of more than 40 courses.
Martin has also authored and co-authored many blogs and is an active panelist at conferences and webinars throughout the security industry.
In his latest position as Director of Executive Protection Operations and Special Projects, Martin helped ensure the ongoing success of EP Teams totaling over 600 agents worldwide, that covered more than 2300 details a year in 120 countries split between GSS and Embedded teams and covered 6% of the Fortune 500 companies in their portfolio.
Martin is currently the Founder of 3D Executive Services, a Global Executive Protection Advisory and Special Projects Company.
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