ADVISORS AND CONSULTANTS
Peter Dordal J
ESI Board of Directors Member
Pete Dordal began his career with 8 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Beirut, Lebanon with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion and then at Quantico as a combat skills instructor. He has a degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of over 25 formal military, law enforcement and security training courses. Pete graduated from ESI in 1984 while still in the Force Recon Unit, and Pete is the principal advisor and consultant on ESI's PSD Protective Operations training program.
Mr. Dordal began his private security career with Vance International, which Garda acquired in 2006, where he served as executive protection team leader for a Middle Eastern ambassador to the U.S. and trained the Saudi Arabian Secret Service in advanced protection techniques. During the first Gulf War he went to Saudi Arabia to train that country's Secret Service in advanced protection techniques.
Garda World, the Consulting and Investigation / Global Risks Group of Garda World Security Corporation, one of the most trusted consulting, investigation and security firms in the world, recently appointed Peter Dordal, an accomplished security expert with 26 years experience, as Managing Director of International Security Operations for Garda World. In his position, he is responsible for the delivery of security services to a variety of government and commercial clients in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr. Dordal joined Garda World from a private security services firm he founded in 2004, where he provided specialized business and security consulting to corporate clients, the U.S. government and security business owners. Most recently, Mr. Dordal, who holds top secret security clearance, provided security management services to select U.S. government agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During his career, Mr. Dordal served as President of a large security and investigations firm providing investigative, protective and training services to individuals, corporations, the U.S. Government and friendly foreign nations. He conceived, designed and executed the creation of a security & investigations platform with the acquisition and integration of six companies in three years and oversaw the security of 24,000 employees in 23 countries.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Dordal spent eight years in PSD protective operations and served in Beirut Lebanon. He has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the McColl Graduate School of Business and a degree in security administration. A frequent media commentator on terrorism and security issues, he sits on the Board of Directors of Nevins, Inc. and Executive Security International, Ltd., one of the oldest security training academies in the U.S.
Board of Directors Member
For over 35 years Tony Scotti has trained governments, corporations, law enforcement agencies and military organizations to protect themselves from vehicle violence. He has trained
- Security professionals from more than eighty Fortune 100 corporations
- Protection specialists employed by dozens of high net worth families and individuals
- Special Agents from various Federal Agencies
- Instructors for police, military and government units
He has combined his experience working in High Risk Areas and his engineering skills, (He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University) to pioneer most of the concepts used in Security Driver Training. His training programs are developed from hands-on, life experiences that can only be acquired from working in the high-risk areas of the world.
Going on his 5th decade Tony has conducted training programs in such far flung places as Colombia, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. His training programs have been conducted in over 30 countries. He has trained students from sixty-four countries and conducted training programs on five continents. He has conducted more training programs in more locations than any other private training institution in the world.
Tony Scotti was elected to ESI Board of Directors 2010.
CORPORATE SECURITY & THREAT MANAGEMENT STAFF
A Protective Intelligence Program
Robert E. “Rick” Colliver (FSO, ASO)
Rick Colliver has served as the global security director for two multi-national corporations with operations in 24 time zones, and has managed protection details in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. He is the course developer and lead instructor in the Principal Protection program at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and is an adjunct instructor in protective operations through several police, military and academic organizations. He has current security clearances with the US DoD and DHS, and serves as a board member for both the American Board for Certification in Dignitary and Executive Protection, and for the Protective Security Council.
Rick is the co-author and narrator of School Safety and Security; An All-Hazards Approach (http://seem.findlay.edu/products/displaydd84.html?241q7p6vq=EDEE) and a contributing author to Gruber’s Physical and Technical Security; An Introduction (Thomson Delmar, 2005) (http://www.amazon.com/Physical-Technical-Security-Robert-Gruber/dp/1401850669). He is currently completing a companion text for academic and certification protection programs entitled, Principal Protection; Lessons Learned, (due out in the winter 2011) which he reports, is not another “how-to” book on protection, but rather a “why-to”. A contributor to both online and print media, his articles can often be found at www.bodyguardcareers.com.
Rick is a frequent speaker at industry and professional meetings and has been the Master of Ceremonies for the annual Award of Valor presentation at the Ohio Statehouse since the Ohio Military Hall of Fame’s inauguration on July 7, 2000.
Throughout his career, he has held certifications as an OPOTA Instructor (1984), CPP (1988), CFE (1989), Rescue SCUBA Diver (1994), EMT (1995), and CHS III (2006). However, he now maintains only one certification in Protective Operations Management, because, as he puts it, “No one likes going to meetings”.
Richard Roth, Executive Director
Mr. Rich Roth is the Executive Director And Chief Operating Officer of CTI with over 35 years of experience in the field of security. While with the U.S. Secret Service, one of Mr. Roth’s principal tasks was to conduct assessments of buildings, and special events that the President and the Vice-President attended, including the homes of two former Presidents.
Mr. Roth was the security consultant on the DOE’s analysis of the Former Soviet Union for Nuclear Sites in the USSR. As such he developed reports of the Government of the status of their security including year 2000 compliance.
Mr. Roth has been a trainer for the U.S. State Department’s Anti-terrorism Assistance Program (ATAP) as well as for the U.S. Sheriff Association’s High Security Trials program. He is an instructor on the development of security plans and procedures, and also conducts physical security assessments and bomb search and evacuation procedures.
Mr. Roth has served on the FAA’s ASAC subcommittee developing a universal access control system as a paid consultant, and as the CTI lead on the Gore Commission’s required Computerized Airport Vulnerability Assessment Program for the FAA. He was on the founding ASAC sub-committee, which developed the original Recommended Security Construction Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design and Construction, and had management oversight of CTI’s contract with the FAA for the facilitation of the new Recommend Security Construction Guidelines for the Airport Planning, Design, and Construction Document.
Since then, Mr. Roth has had direct oversight of the development of the specifications for the new biometric access control systems for O’Hare, Boston Logan, Pittsburgh, and Phoenix Sky Harbor airports. These systems have been designed as transition systems to be upwardly compatible with the delayed Transportation Workers ID Card (TWIC).
Before and since 9/11, Mr. Roth has conducted or had oversight of over 2000 vulnerability assessments on a wide range of facilities including the airports, ports, Federal buildings, schools, and a wide range of facilities including the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve Board. As an expert witness, Mr. Roth has conducted assessments of apartment buildings, shopping malls, and hotels.
Todd Faubion, Operational Security Consultant
Todd Faubion is an operational security consultant for Colorado’s leading workers’ compensation insurance company, Pinnacol Assurance. He oversees the threat management program, asset protection and internal fraud investigation, personnel and physical security, emergency response and crisis planning. Faubion joined Pinnacol in 2005 as a senior criminal investigator and moved to his current position in 2009.
Faubion possesses over ten years law enforcement experience, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Regis University, a master’s degree in organizational security from the University of Denver, and is currently completing a second master’s degree in forensic psychology at Argosy University. He is a Certified Protection Specialist and a Certified Fraud Examiner. In the evenings, Faubion teaches undergraduate psychology and criminal justice courses at Everest College in Thornton, Colorado.
Scott Schaeffer, Former Manager of Operations
ASI Global Response
Scott Schaefer managed Kidnap Response Operations for the Houston-based ASI Global Response (www.ASIGlobalResponse.com) until 2012. As the dedicated response consultant for Travelers Insurance, Scott and his team responded to more than 100 kidnap, extortion and piracy events around the world. He is widely sought after to provide direction and insight to the corporate world regarding kidnap prevention and training, crisis management planning and response.
In addition, Scott has been hired as a private crisis consultant for numerous kidnap incidents, including kidnaps for ransom, piracy, threat-related extortions, labor disputes, plant closures as well as customized crisis management planning events. Scott’s deployment has included numerous locations in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to working as a Kidnap & Ransom Consultant, Scott was a employed by the Central Intelligence Agency as a Field Agent. He has taught courses for corporate and government clients in the areas of Intelligence Collection and Analysis, Surveillance Detection and Counter Intelligence
Greg Sherrill, Senior Consultant
Greg Sherrill graduated from ESI in 1984 and soon after built his own security company in Minneapolis, American Security Company, which was bought by Vance International. Through the 90's, Greg was Director of Operations for Vance International Mid-West Division. Until recently Greg was Director of Executive Security for Target stores in the U.S. and worldwide. In late 2007, he returned to a company that he helped form as Senior Vice-President, Heartland Business Intelligence and he still handles most of his old clients on an international basis. Greg Sherrill focuses on importance of predictive and proactive intelligence as the critical role of protection. His experience in corporate protective services has been the development of risk assessment tools as one of the critical skill sets of a protection specialist.
John D. Byrnes, Founder and CEO
Center for Aggression Management®
John D. Byrnes is a successful businessman, author and lecturer. He became interested in the subject of aggression management after concluding that there were no comprehensive training programs dedicated to preventing aggression in the workplace. Therefore, in 1993, he founded The Center for Aggression Management, which is headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Byrnes was selected by the US Department of Labor to represent the United States at the Violence as a Workplace Risk Conference held in Montreal, Canada, and has conducted seminars and workshops for some of our country’s largest corporations, organizations and schools in both Higher and Secondary Education. Byrnes was a keynote speaker at ESI’s Annual Conference and was the keynote speaker at the Protective Services First Annual Conference sponsored by and held at Wal-Mart’s Headquarters; some of the Corporate Executive Protection teams present were: Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HARPO Studios, Kellogg Company, Coca-Cola Company, Amazon and Energy & Maritime Security Services. Byrnes authored "Before Conflict, Preventing Aggressive Behavior," and has written numerous articles for publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, and the Denver Post, while also appearing on radio and television programs across the nation.
Behavioral Intelligence Analyst
Alan Gough is a recognized expert in the detection of deception, truth verification and intelligence gathering in interview environments. His unique method called 'Interview Response Analysis' combines various Behavioral Analysis techniques with Micro Expression Analysis to consistently achieve a high accuracy rate.
Mr. Gough works with various law enforcement agencies throughout Canada and the United States , and conducts highly specialized training programs for both the private sector and government agencies.
Kaaryn Gough, President and CEO
Integra View Inc.
Kaaryn Gough is a Statement Analyst and a licensed Private Investigator in the province of Ontario and has understood and employed the power of words throughout her professional life. She began her career writing advertising copy in 1986 and went on to become the director of advertising for a major clothing manufacturer in New York City. In 1997, she moved to Canada to join the Toronto-based television production company, Ragtop Productions, Inc. There she mastered the skills of script and continuity and film editing. She also worked as a producer and writer on several projects.
In 2003, Ms. Gough earned her basic certification in statement analysis and co-founded Integra View Inc., a company specializing in truth verification services and audio and video forensics. Within three years, she earned her advanced level certifications in the SCAN method of statement analysis from the leading expert in the field, Avinoam Sapir at the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation in Phoenix, Arizona. Engaged by both government and private clients, Ms. Gough has provided statement analysis on a wide variety of cases in both Canada and the United States. She has analyzed statements, interview transcripts, journals and letters. While the area of fraud has constituted much of her focus, she has worked on cases involving sexual assault, child abuse, murder, and theft. Ms. Gough has analyzed the contents of anonymous letters and provided authorities with character profiles of the authors.
As a licensed private investigator, Ms. Gough works for Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation, a Toronto law firm specializing in fraud investigation and litigation.
Kaaryn has been a presenter and keynote speaker at a number of professional conferences and has lectured on the topic of The Detection of Deception and Statement Analysis to both government and private agencies.
D. Anthony Nichter, ARM, CHE, CPP, CPS, CDTI
Forensic Witness Hospitality Industry
D. Anthony Nichter is a veteran in the security tradecrafts with over 25 years of active service involving research, writing, teaching, consulting, and protecting. He has conducted senior management-level seminars throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Australia on behalf of private organizations and governmental tourism ministries. Further, he has provided consultative and protective services to private companies, corporate executives, high-profile celebrities, and public agencies. He has conducted over 125 security site surveys, threat assessments, loss prevention audits and risk analyses.
Mr. Nichter has acquired several certifications over his career. He is Board Certified in Security Management with the American Society for Industrial Security (CPP). He is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) with the American Hotel and Lodging Association; a Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor (CDTI) from Monadnock International; a Certified Handcuff Instructor (PATH) from Personal Protection Consultants; a Certified Protection Specialist (CPS) from Executive Security International and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the Insurance Institute of America.
In 1982, Mr. Nichter graduated from one of the foremost personal protection training institutions of its kind in the country, Executive Security International of Colorado. Utilizing that training, Nichter enjoyed a successful career for several years providing celebrity, estate and executive protection to various clients throughout the United States.
In 1992, Nichter introduced the first State of Nevada Security Directors’ Training Course in Reno, Nevada. In 1997, Nichter completely re-engineered the 48-hour Hotel and Casino Security Officer Loss Prevention Course for the Community College of Southern Nevada. As a Certified Hospitality Educator, Mr. Nichter taught hotel security and innkeeper law as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) for several semesters. Currently, he is a faculty member at the Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN) teaching casino security, asset protection, and civil law under the theory of tort negligence. Additionally, Nichter heads up the CCSN Department of Public Safety’s Task Force that has developed a prototype Associate in Applied Science in Hospitality Security (AAS) rated for 33 credit hours.
He sponsored, graduated, and certified as CPO’s one of the largest groups of security officers in Las Vegas history while he was the security training manager for the MGM Grand Hotel, Casino, and Theme Park.
As a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Nichter has actively participated on three international standing councils: the Academic Security Council, the Lodging Security Council, and the Gaming and Wagering Protection Council. As one of the founding members of the Gaming Protection Council, he served as its chairperson for two consecutive terms in 1999 and 2000 and successfully sponsored annual seminars tailored specifically for resort security professionals from around the world. As an academic advisor to the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), Nichter assisted in the development of the first Certified Casino Security Officer distance-training program. He is also a member and speaker for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
In addition to developing his secular career, Mr. Nichter has been an avid student of both ancient combat systems and Eastern Philosophies. His personal studies include the integration of traditional martial disciplines and Zen Buddhism. The culmination of his studies and dedication resulted in his ordination as a Zen Buddhist Priest of the Hsu Yun Order in March 2005.
EXECUTIVE PROTECTION STAFF
Barry Wilson, President,
Prior to forming Anlance Protection, Barry served in the US Army in the early 70s. He attended Colorado State University , managed several businesses, and later became involved in security consulting, specializing in Executive Protection, Uniformed Security, and Undercover Surveillance.
After graduating from Executive Security International located in Aspen Colorado , Barry formed Anlance Protection in 1991. Anlance has provided Executive Protection for celebrities, political and religious figures, corporations and individuals. Some of These figures include country singer Travis Tritt, actress Stephanie Kramer, and during the visit of Pope John Paul II to Denver , Barry was involved in the protection of the visiting cardinals, bishops, and the media center. Short-term protection has been preformed for Former Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle , Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, and Former Secretary of Education William Bennet. In addition, Anlance agents have protected Fortune 500 Corporations and individuals for the Forbes 400 list both nationally and internationally.
Barry is a member of the ESI Alumni Association, the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the County Sheriffs Association of Colorado, and the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He is an instructor at Executive Security International, Starkey International and a guest instructor at Axiom International in South Africa.
Elijah J. Shaw
CEO, Icon Services Corporation
Elijah Shaw is the President and CEO of Icon Services Corporation a full service agency specializing in Executive and VIP Protection. In addition to his corporate portfolio, which contains Fortune 500 companies and historic families, his long-term celebrity clients have included Multi Platinum recording artists Usher Raymond and Kelly Rowland, Supermodel Naomi Campbell, and Hip-Hop megastar 50 Cent. Involved extensively with international travel that takes him across the globe, he acts as a liaison to his clients, providing close protection and security consultation and staffing worldwide.
Elijah is the current director of the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA), and also holds the position of Managing Editor of the NABA co-produced Circuit Magazine in which he writes an ongoing column entitled, Keeping Your Edge. He is a seasoned expert at dealing with the media on topics related to the executive protection industry and has been featured in prestigious publications such as Portfolio, Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine. In addition he has been interviewed for his expert opinion by major shows such as The Today Show and E! News. www.industry-icon.com
Lieutenant Thomas A. Taylor (Ret.)
Tom joined Gavin de Becker & Associates after serving thirty years with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. His involvement in protective operations began in 1974, when he was assigned to the Governor’s Security Division. He has since been assigned to the protective details of four governors, eventually serving as commander of the Governor’s Security Division for eight years.
Tom has served key roles on protective operations for the Pope, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and every U.S. President since Gerald Ford. He has handled protective assignments in Russia, Japan, Korea, Italy, Puerto Rico, China, Canada, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, India, Thailand, The Bahamas, the Philippines, and Israel.
Tom attended the CIA's Threat Management Conference, at which he met Gavin de Becker, beginning a 18-year association in the study and practice of protection for at-risk people.
For nine years, Tom was elected as a member of the executive board of the National Governor’s Security Association (NGSA), five years as secretary and four years as president. In that capacity, he served as the security consultant for the National Governor’s Association (NGA) in Washington, D.C., and helped formulate security plans for NGA events all over the nation.
Following the September 11 attacks, Taylor was named the Anti-Terrorism Coordinator for all Patrol operations. Upon retirement, he served as an anti-terrorism consultant for the Patrol, in charge of a four-member critical asset protection team.
Tom co-authored Just2Seconds, a book based upon the study of more than 1600 incidents of public figure attack. Tom’s book, Dodging Bullets – A Strategic Guide to World-Class Protection, was published in 2000 by the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) in Florida. The book has been reviewed by top public figure protection groups all over the world, including the International Bodyguard Association (IBA) in Ireland, the World-wide Federation of Bodyguards (WFB) in Great Britain, and the Close Quarters Protection Operators Association (CQPOA) in the United States. His name appears in the acknowledgments of Gavin de Becker’s bestsellers The Gift of Fear and Fear Less, and also the 1998 Secret Service report “Protective Intelligence and Threat Assessment Investigations,” for his assistance in reviewing these documents. He has written four novels on protection, Mortal Shield, Armored Men, Tiger’s Heart, and Last Came Anarchy.
Special Agent Joe Bannon Ph.D. (Ret.)
CEO Bannon Institute
Dr. Joe Bannon is a 1990 graduate of Executive Security International's Advanced Executive Protection Program. As a Retired Special Agent with the California State Attorney General's Office, Department of Justice – Criminal Intelligence Bureau – Anti Terrorist Unit; he was formerly assigned to the Joint Agency Anti-Terrorist Task Force in Los Angeles as a Tactical Intelligence Agent. This Anti-Terrorist Team conducts covert operations; investigates classified and top secret intelligence information and threats to National Homeland Security, while pursuing and locating violent and dangerous terrorists with an emphasis on Al Qaeda and other enemies of the State and its allies.
Prior to 9-11, Joe was assigned to the Department of Justice "Violence Suppression Unit" in Los Angeles where he served as a cross deputized Special Deputy United States Marshal on “America’s Most Wanted” Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team. The mission statement of this unit was to target violent repeat offender, homicide, murder for hire and other such classified criminals who use weapons in the commission of serious crimes, and to impact the proliferation of weapons and explosives into the state. This targeting included single violators, criminal enterprises, street gangs, triads and other forms of organized crime, including terrorist and armed militia groups.
As an additional duty, Bannon's team functioned as a highly trained Tactical Entry / Special Weapons and Tactics "S.W.A.T." unit that assisted other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies with the service of extremely high risk search and arrest warrants. Bannon further investigated threat and murder for hire cases that were perpetrated against law enforcement officers, other public officials and their families. His team also investigated robbery, extortion and any other crime of a violent nature. All members of Bannon's team were certified experts and expert instructors in close quarter battle, defensive tactics, martial arts, tactical raid planning, helicopter air assault, undercover / covert operations, infiltration, surveillance, sharp shooting / marksmanship and special weaponry.
Prior to becoming a Federal and State Special Agent; he was a member of the Police Counter Sniper Team, Street Patrolman and Sergeant / Investigator with the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Bureau in the following capacities: Hate Crimes Unit; Dignitary Protection Unit; Mayor's Protection Detail; Administrative Narcotics Division; Major Dealer and Cartel Section; and Violent Gang Task Force.
As an undercover task force agent covertly assigned to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration "D.E.A," he was the undercover agent in charge of one of the largest covert narcotics operations in the history of the State of California which made international headlines when state politicians were implicated in the support of illegal drug trafficking.
During the years 1992 through 2002, as a Criminal Investigator; Intelligence Officer; Federal Taskforce Agent and Dignitary Protection Specialist; Joe was assigned as the allied agency counterpart to the United States Secret Service - Presidential Protection Detail as close quarter protection agent of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, and other high profile foreign and domestic dignitaries. Bannon also served on the F.B.I. Witness Protection and Relocation Program.
In August of 2000, Special Agent Bannon was appointed Tactical Commander in charge of the unprecedented executive protection operation for the Attorney General during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. His performance and training of an extremely large protection detail was a difficult assignment. While the potential for violence against a high profile political figure is always very great, Special Agent Bannon had to carry out a covert protection operation in such a manner that neither his client nor the public were aware of the level of protection provided. This operation, his performance, and advanced training of government agents; sheriffs and police officers was considered one of the most comprehensive training programs and operational successes for his agency, that he was awarded the Department of Justice - "Exemplary Service Award."
Joe Bannon is considered to be one of the most highly decorated and diversely trained and experienced law enforcement officers in the nation. He has received numerous medals of valor; awards; commendations from several agencies and the President of the United States of America. He is the founder of the Surgical Strike System of Dim Mak - Kung Fu, a 10th Degree Black Belt Grandmaster and 11 time inductee into the United States, American Police, and International Martial Artist Hall of Fame.
Joe was the Secret Service character study for Gerard Butler and Technical Advisor for the movie, “Olympus Has Fallen,” directed by Antoine Fuqua where the White House is attacked by an enemy terrorist organization and “Special Agent Mike Banning” (Gerard Butler) saves the President and the United States all in one day.
At the Bannon Institute, Joe Teaches Combat Neuropsychology and develops Psycho-Physical Warfare Training Programs for both Military and Law Enforcement as well as PTSD Debriefing Programs.
At ESI, Joe teaches Advanced Executive Protection, Protective Intelligence, Counter Surveillance, Defensive Tactics, Combat Firearms, Witness and Dignitary Protection for Law Enforcement and PSD Special Operations.
Meb West, President
Seven Spears Security
Meb West is a former Army Ranger and decorated combat veteran of both OEF and OIF. He served in the Army for 17+ years and has overseas experience in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Meb owns Seven Spears Security International, LLC and is a partner in Sentinel Worldwide, LLC. Both companies specialize in security services and advance work. Meb has run the gamut of specialized security duties. He has conducted extensive advances in both domestic and international arenas, conducted in-depth initial entry advances, provided asset and personal protection to clients in Africa and the Middle East, and managed many high threat operations. Meb has amassed numerous certifications in the security industry to include ASIS Certified Protection Professional, ATAB Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, and ESI Certified Security Specialist. He is a graduate of the Gavin DeBecker Advance Threat Management Academy. His experience and expertise have awarded him a coveted instructor position at Executive Security International, where he teaches prospective agents the nuances of Threat Analysis, Assessment, and Management. Meb is a professional who is always seeking out the latest innovations and opportunities in the security industry. He is determined and dedicated to his clients and extremely loyal to his fellow security professionals.
Meb has a Bachelors of Science degree and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Security Management.
Kevin Kowalczyk, Vice President
Before beginning his career in the Executive Protection field, Kevin Kowalczyk served as a Volunteer Firefighter- EMT for Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins Colorado. Assigned to an Engine company he experienced all aspects of responding to Fire and Medical emergencies. From this Kevin attended Executive Security International where he trained in Advanced Executive Protection, Completing this training in 1999.
After graduating from Executive Security International, Kevin Kowalczyk began working for Anlance Protection (www.anlance.com). Through this position he had the opportunity to climb the ranks of the private security division of the company from 1999 to 2002. In 2001 Kowalczyk was assigned as the director of uniformed security operations which included Uniformed Armed Security for private corporations, associations, city, county, and the federal governments. Contracts included uniformed security services for FEMA, transportation of juvenile prisoners for local law enforcement, power plant protection, medical facilities, public buildings and private organizations.
In 2002 Kowalczyk moved over to the Executive Protection Operations and began coordinating national and international protection operations. His Executive Protection experience consists of operations in most major US Cities, Bogota Colombia, and throughout Mexico. Over the past 6 years Kowalczyk has moved on to be the Vice President and Operations Director for Executive Protection.
In 2003 Kowalczyk returned as an affiliate instructor for Executive Security International and has continued teaching at bi yearly resident trainings. In 2005 he was promoted to staff Instructor and joined the senior instructor staff.
Over the past 9 years, Kowalczyk has managed personnel and Security operations in 5 countries and trained security personnel to operational guidelines and quality standards. He currently holds instructor positions with Executive Security International, T.R.I.A.D, (Training Regime Incorporating Aggressive Disciplines) and as a certified firearms instructor for the National Rifle Association.
Kowalczyk has continued his education throughout his career by completing training as an Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Fighter 1, ASP baton certification, Police nunchuck certification and PPCT Arrest Control tactics. He has previously held Instructor Certifications for Bodyguard personal defense products and sudden custody death syndrome/ positional restraint asphyxia.
Craig Gundry, Senior Partner
Critical Intervention Services
Mr. Gundry is a 1989 ESI graduate and a founding owner of Critical Intervention Services, CIS, which is a multi-million dollar security company in Clearwater, Florida. CIS is lead by a team of ESI graduates: K.C. Poulin, CEO of the company and Tim O'Rouke, who heads CIS training division and Craig Gundry. Craig Gundry is the Founder and CEO of Palladium Media that is a multi-media design company. Craig developed an extensive On-line security education curriculum that focuses on a wide spectrum of security issues on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Craig wrote and produced ESI's CD ROM course on Bomb Countermeasures and is recognized internationally as an expert lecturer and author on improvised explosives.
Christian Holybee Reece, AED
After spending much of her life traveling with her family in the military and growing up in the security industry, Christian settled on a college and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Shortly after her college graduation, she took a position with Foremost Response, a security company with coverage encompassing most of the western slope of Colorado. She quickly took on large executive protection projects managing up to 75 people at one time and protecting individuals such as: John McCain, Lil’ John, Bam Margera, Shaun White, Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards, and many more. She has worked in conjunction with the Republican National Committee as well as the Secret Service. During her time with Foremost Response, Christian became an Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training Instructor (OC/Pepper Spray) as well as a Practical and Tactical Handcuffing Instructor.
Christian also began volunteering her time for the Red Cross as a Health and Safety Instructor and was quickly elected to the Red Cross Board of Directors’ Executive Committee as an advisory member. She also found time to become a Nationally Registered EMT and Phlebotomist where she gained invaluable firsthand knowledge of emergency medicine. She began working for Executive Security International in 1998 as an administrative assistant and is now the lead medical instructor. Taught in a hands-on manner, her classes are fun, educational, and surprising; you just never know what might happen next! Upon successful completion of her ESI/Red Cross medical course, each student will receive several nationally recognized certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid, and more. Christian’s courses continue to be ranked, by ESI students, as one of the favorite courses ESI has to offer.
Larry Lamer, CPS
Larry Lamer’s security career spans almost 25 years. He is a graduate of the ESI’s Executive Security Program (1990) and the Protective Intelligence course in 2004. He began his security career in the US Air Force as a Security Specialist protecting nuclear weapons, crypto equipment and one of kind Air Force assets. He was hand selected for the operational phase of the Ground Launched Cruise Missile program and spent 2 years in Europe securing missile installations, as a rapid response leader, unit medic, and as a trainer of security details.
In civilian life, Larry worked primarily in the healthcare, hospitality, and investigations. He developed security policies and procedures for a company of 3000 employees, made over 800 arrests, and he was a team leader for a security/surveillance team for the largest UFCW strike in California history. Larry also taught arrest control techniques at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy and was a member of a Multi-Agency Terrorism Taskforce. Currently, Larry is the Director of Security for an 85$ million Colorado resort whose guest list include, well known country musicians, CEO’s of major corporations and political figures.
Lee has taught surveillance and counter surveillance techniques at ESI for 13 years.
Lee Lamer, CPS
Asset Protection, Wal-Mart
Lee is a 1991 graduate of ESI. Lee spent 4 years in the U.S. Army and then moved into the Health Care Security Field where he was instrumental in developing new security programs to include Violent Patient Control. Lee began a career in investigations in Undercover operations and graduated from ESI’s Protective Intelligence program. In 2002 Lee began working for Wal-Mart as an investigator and Asset Protection Manager, and now manages five Wal-Mart stores in Colorado. Lee has received commendations from Federal, State and local Law Enforcement agencies for assisting in identity theft investigations and investigations of Organized Retail Theft groups operating throughout the U.S. Lee has taught surveillance and counter surveillance techniques at ESI for 13 years.
PSD PROTECTIVE OPERATIONS STAFF
Glen Boodry is a 1992 graduate of ESI and has over 23 years of combined military, law enforcement and federal antiterrorism and counterterrorism experience.
Glen has spent the last eight years as a Team Leader and training supervisor for the US Department of State’s Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Program – Mobile Antiterrorism Training Team (MATT-T) and is currently providing security oversight for a joint DoD/DOE – Special Access Program (SAP).
Glen is a US Department of State (DOS) and Other Government Agency (OGA) validated Subject Matter Expert (SME) of High Risk VIP Protection Operations, Advanced Crisis Response Team (ACRT) Operations, Anti-Kidnapping, Tactical Commander (TC), Critical Incident Management (CIM), Designated Defensive Marksman (Sniper – DDM) Operations, Counterterrorism and Terrorist Operations. Glen has completed assignments throughout the Middle East, Asia, and South America to include Jordan, Mexico, Bangladesh, Qatar, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Bogotá, Colombia.
Glen was the Assistant Deputy Program Manager (ADPM) and training supervisor for the joint US Department of Defense/US Department of State (DoD/DOS), Counterterrorism Special Operations Forces (CTSOF) program in Baghdad, Iraq where he was responsible for the training and the operational advising of Iraqi counterterrorism personnel throughout the country in support of US objectives in Iraq. Additionally, Glen was an original member of the US Department of State’s Presidential Protective Security Detail (PSD) for the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai where he served as a Shift Leader (SL), sniper team leader, and member of the Primary Ring of Security (PRS). In addition to the President of Afghanistan, Glen has provided protection for numerous high ranking foreign dignitaries and US Government officials in high risk environments to include former US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld and former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
Glen began his career in the US Navy where he served as a member of Naval Special Warfare Group One - Special Boat Units (SBU), Naval Security Group Activity and Commander US Naval Forces Central Command (USCENTCOM) during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Upon his discharge from the military, Glen served in law enforcement as a narcotics detective, SWAT Team Leader, and adjunct faculty member for the Idaho State University (ISU) law enforcement program.
Glen is recognized for his professionalism and leadership, as well as his ability to design and implement training programs that immediately enhance the capabilities of the participating personnel. In addition, Glen has received numerous awards and letters of commendation to include a Navy Unit Commendation for “outstanding service while engage in combat operations” from the Secretary of the Navy. Glen is frequently hired by SWAT teams, US Government agencies, and US military PSD protective operations groups to conduct “train-ups” for units and personnel being deployed to hostile environments throughout the world.
Pete Italiano, Lead Trainer
DOE Idaho Training Division, DS/ATAP
Pete Italiano started his career in the Nuclear Security in 1985 for the Department of Energy as a Security Police officer, then in 1987 moving to the Special Response Team where he specialized in weapons, tactics, explosive breaching and self-defenses. He took a promotion to Special Response Team (SRT) Team leader at Argonne National laboratories. Pete then took a job as a lead trainer for the Department of Energy Idaho Training Division where he worked until was offered the Training Unit Manager. During his time with DOE, he was involved in several special programs that took him to Washington, D.C. as a Technical Survey Team Member (special assignment) responsible for conducting assessments of accountability documents, cost assessments and vulnerability assessments for Russian Nuclear facilities and storage areas. (Classified Top Secret)
Pete Italiano was also a member of an elite group of specially chosen and trained personnel to work for the US Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) Presidential Protection Detail (PPD) for the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai in where he was part of the inner Security Close Protection Detail known as the Karzai Protection detail (KPD).
Pete has spent the last eight year as a team leader and training supervisor for the US. Department of States Anti Terrorism Assistants Program (DS/ATAP) as Part of the MATT Mobile Assistants Training Team and in country programs as a subject matter experts (SME) in Advanced Crisis Response Team (ACRT), Crisis Response Team (CRT), Very Important Person Program (VIPP), Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Preventing Attacks on Soft Target (PAST). Pete has delivered courses for the Department of State DS/ATAP to various US and Host Nations (HN) law enforcement and military personnel in Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Colombia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Jordan , Brazil, Jamaica, Liberia, Mali and Senegal.
Pete’s most recent job opportunities have been with Tom Dale and Associates; Security and Investigations were he worked for NBC Universal studios performing Executive Protection for a principal actor in Cape Town South Africa. Pete has also worked for Warner Brothers performing high threat executive protections in Mexico City, Mexico for executive producer Adam Merims . Working for TDA also took Pete on a Multi mission disaster responds team after the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Missions included Family extraction from Haiti, Locate and Identify remains of high profile ex patriot, and continuing his mission for TDA doing Critical threat Executive Protection (EP) for a High profile physician that included establishing and coordinating security policies and procedure at a Hospital in Porta Prince.
Pete is sought after for his excellent teaching abilities along with his knowledge in the security field where he has received several awards and commendations over the past 27 years.
Jason Perkins served over twenty years in the U.S. Army. He spent the last 15 years of his military career in Special Forces where he started as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. While stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, Jason attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 1997 and completed the Qualification Course two years later. He was among a small number that completed the course on one attempt. Jason was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group in Fort Lewis, WA. While assigned to 1st Group, he deployed to Southeast Asia several times to provide small-unit tactics, medical , counter-insurgency, and counter-drug training.
After September 11, Jason deployed with 1st Group to the Republic of the Philippines for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he was selected to return to Fort Bragg to serve as an instructor for the Special Forces Medical Sergeants Course. Jason taught surgery, anesthesia, and advanced combat trauma management. He was recognized several times for having a high pass rate for his students and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for the three years he served as an instructor.
In 2007, Jason attended the Special Forces Warrant Officer Course and was reassigned to 3rd Special Forces Group. While serving in 3rd Group, he was deployed several times to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as an Assistant Detachment Commander. On one of these deployments, he served as the PSD team leader and assistant team leader for CJSOTF-A (Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan). Jason's last deployment was to Pakistan in 2010, where he trained Pakistani Military forces in the Northwest Frontier. He retired in July 2011. He continues to teach medical, firearms and tactical training.
Bruce Carleton, Tactical Medic
Portland, Maine Fire Department
Bruce Carleton is a career paramedic/firefighter with the Portland, Maine Fire Department. He has worked in urban EMS systems for over 23 years and has a wealth of hands on experience dealing with pre-hospital trauma care. Additionally he is a Tactical Medic with the Portland Police Department's SWAT team, and is an accomplished firearms instructor. He is a noted instructor in EMS, and has taught various EMS topics throughout the country.
Bruce is a graduate of the intense casualty care tactical medical program of the nationally rated International School of Tactical Medicine (ISTM) in Palm Springs, California. In addition, Bruce is a certified technician by the Center for Tactical Medicine, Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support Program (CONTOMS and a Certified Tactical Combat Casualty Care Provider (TCCC), Emergency Medical Technician – Tactical (EMT-T) as well as an Instructor in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS).
Beginning in 2010, Bruce became a Guest Combatives Instructor at the U.S. Navy S.E.R.E. (Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion) School, in Rangeley, Maine. Bruce teaches the elite troops at S.E.R.E. a unique version of Stand-Up Grappling. He is a student of longtime Carlson Gracie black belt, Julio Fernandez. He is an active and successful competitor and coach in submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events, including winning gold medals at the 2002 Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition. Bruce is also a student of UFC veteran and world rated Vale Tudo, and champion, Mike Brown as well as a judge for the recently recognized M.M.A. tournaments in the state of Maine. He is constantly in demand as a defensive tactics instructor and has developed an innovative approach to training and teaching defensive tactics in realistic combative fighting. He has taught numerous police departments, SWAT teams, and EMS units his unique blend of subject control principles and tactics.
Bruce completed Basic and Advanced Crisis Negotiation Courses with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in preparation that he will become his EMS departments principal hostage negotiator. Bruce developed and taught ESI's first responder medical course to resident students for several years and he is a Senior Instructor in ESI’s PSD Combatives and Tactical Med programs. Between 1994 and 2009, Bruce was invited to Mexico to provide medical training for the governor’s protective detail and wealthy industrialists. He is also a lifetime martial artist, accomplished in several martial art disciplines. Bruce currently lives in a suburb of Portland, Maine and he has two sons and the family dog, an Akita.
ESI STAFF IN MEXICO
Rodrigo Muñoz Manautou
Rodrigo Muñoz is a Founder and Director of ESI-Mexico. Rodrigo has been associated with ESI since its incorporation in 1980, and completed both ESI's Executive Protection and Protective Intelligence and Investigation training programs during ESI's earliest years. His association with ESI began as a devoted martial artists under Bob Duggan during the 1970's at the Aspen Academy of Martial arts where he was introduced to Hwa Rang Do and became Mexico's first Black Belt in the art under Mr. Duggan's instruction.
Rodrigo was responsible for the establishment of the first ESI Executive Protection training program for the Governor's office in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, ESI's first police training programs in the state of Nuevo Leon, ESI's Anti-riot training for state prisons, and Protective Intelligence and Investigation for state agencies. Subsequently, Sr. Muñoz became the Chief of Staff for Governor Cavazos, in charge of the governor's personal security, itinerary and political relations. While Chief of Staff, he instituted an ESI program in Protective Intelligence until the Governor's term of office ended in the year 2000. Following the change in the federal government's ruling political party, Sr. Muñoz was recruited to join Hacienda (Federal Treasury) Aduana Mexico (Customs) as the Director of Intelligence. Prior to Rodrigo's recruitment, Customs Intelligence didn't exist. In order to build an intelligence operation to control the flow of illegal smuggled goods into the country, Sr. Muñoz was promoted to Administrator of Intelligence with more than 50 agents under his direction.
Dr. JACK MC GEORGE 1949 - 2009 : WE WILL REMEMBER HIM FOREVER.
Jack began teaching for ESI in 1983 and based on recent phone conversations with him, I fully expected to bring him to Colorado to teach the Spring 2010 EP class. He was a close friend and brilliant teacher. His ideas and experiences deeply influenced ESI for two decades, and we all will miss him terribly. I will miss his brilliant insights, his lascivious hobbies and his infectious humor. I never knew a man who could store so much information and organize it in a way that it was totally comprehensible to the average person.
He was one of the world’s leading authorities on bio-chemical weapons and their delivery systems; he was awarded his Ph. D. in Russia by scientist whom he opposed during the Cold War. He devoted fifteen years developing software that could identify missile delivery systems, foreign and domestic, and biological/chemical agents contained in them. His expertise in this deadly subject was sought out by the United Nations Weapon Inspection Team prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and it was Jack and his team that uncovered every rocket and chemical weapon harbored by the Hussein regime. I posted on our Web Site a photo of him that first appeared in Time Magazine while he handed up a rocket out of a pit. In 2008, the NSA brought him back to Iraq to inspect rockets uncovered in the desert sands not far from the Green Zone. The military deemed these rockets harmless, but Jack concluded, to the chagrin of the Army brass, that they were filled with Mustard Gas, the same deadly chemical used during WW 1.
Jack worked for other national intelligence agencies. In the early 90’s, he was hired to write the Nigerian Intelligence Service manual that we sanitized slightly and incorporated into our Human Intelligence Collection & Analysis Course. It was from Jack that we acquired respect for the importance of intelligence work in connection with protective services. Most of the material for our VIP Manual was based on Jack Mc George’s lectures at ESI.
He was a national treasure and I and two generations of ESI graduates will miss him.
Bob Duggan, August 19, 2009
Dr. Jack Mc George was the founder and president of the Public Safety Group based in Woodbridge, Virginia. His company served government and industry clients with consulting, training, and data services. Public Safety Group specialized in explosives, chemical and biological warfare, weapons and ordnance, sabotage and the delivery systems. Jack Mc George maintained one of the largest Biological and Chemical Agents data base available to the public, state and federal agencies.
Before joining the Secret Service, Mc George taught sabotage and demolition to Special Forces, served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician with the Marines, and ran a ballistics laboratory. Jack served with the U.S. Secret Service as a specialist in technical security and munitions countermeasures, and worked with other government agencies as an intelligence specialist. During his tenure with the Secret Service, Mc George was responsible for a variety of significant projects and programs including: the establishment of the Service's technical intelligence data system; he served as technical representative to the Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST); and he was technical security coordinator for former President Ford's Mid-East trip, President Carter's trip to Panama and Korea, and Pope John Paul II's visit to Washington D.C.
Jack worked under contract with the United Nations Weapons Inspection Team that specialized in identification of bio-chemical weapons, and he served as one of the first UN Weapons Inspector in Bosnia. In December of 2002, Dr. Mc George was one of the first UN Weapons Inspectors to enter Iraq, and it was Jack Mc George who discovered the first Iraqi rockets shown on CNN during the UN inspection period.
Mc George was a consultant for many national news agencies, including appearances on "20/20", CNN, PBS and BBC. He was the terrorist consultant for nearly all the major network evening news programs for the bombings in Oklahoma City and Africa. Mc George was a CPP, a published author and frequent lecturer on terrorism topics for ASIS, IACP and other professional security groups.
Since 1983, Dr. Mc George taught ESI's courses in Principles of Protection, Electronic Security, Bomb Search & ID, Bio-Chemical Terrorism and Human Intelligence Collection.
With great sadness, I must report that Clay Owen passed away. He bravely fought cancer for five years, continuing to work for the Snowmass, Colorado police department through most of the time during his illness. Clay taught twenty-five years for ESI, and he was remembered by all whom he helped. Clay began teaching defensive shooting and driving at ESI during our first year of operation in 1980. He was a gifted teacher and left his mark of patience and acute diagnostic skill on all of our Senior Staff and hundreds of students who passed through our program.
Clay was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was considerate and thoughtful of others. He had the patience of Job and the insight of a Sage.
The Staff acknowledged the passing of Clay Owen's spirit in a closing Five Elements Ceremony at the ESI Training Facility in White Water, Colorado in September of 2011. We will miss him.
Bob Duggan, President
Executive Security International
After retiring from the Denver Police Department as their firearms instructor, Dick was ESI’s Range Master for fifteen years. Like Clay, Dick left an indelible mark on ESI’s Senior Shooting Staff and he will be remembered.
Eduardo Rodriguez Masso
The recent assassination of an esteemed ESI Instructor, Eduardo Rodriguez Masso in Tamaulipas, Mexico, shocked his family, friends and colleagues. He was gunned down in his office by a hit team dressed as police officers in December 2007. At this date, no suspects are apprehended nor is a precise motivation for the contract killing known.
Commander Masso was the chief negotiator of a special Federal unit that had the responsibility of negotiating the release or the rescue of kidnap victims. In ten years, Masso and his specialist unit negotiated the release of hundreds of kidnap victims and the capture of more than 700 gang members that specialized in kidnapping. Mexico suffers from a growing kidnap industry that has cast a dark shadow over the country and confidence in law enforcement agencies. Commander Masso demonstrated to the Mexican public that acceptance of criminal gangs is not inevitable nor are they untouchable.
I knew Eduardo for fifteen years, and in the Fall of 2007, he taught an Anti-Kidnapping course for ESI in Oaxaca, Mexico. He was a charismatic and effective teacher who spoke with profound passion and experience. Masso was also a close friend of Rodrigo Muños, Director of ESI Mexico and member of ESI's Board of Directors. We will miss our friend.