Active Shooter Prevention Expert and Policy Advisor Chris Grollnek continues his pursuit for National Security through innovative Strategic Contractors for the rest of the nation. In the past year, Chris made a commitment to change the ideals of safety conversations from family dinner tables to professional conferences.
We as a Nation must be able to tap into the talent pool of true experts in their own right for advice without worrying about learning to defend ourselves. Instead, this coalition will assist in everyday business and family members to help make better decisions while out in public environments and how best to remain safe. We will achieve this through blogs, radio interviews, news media and video messaging. Visitors – I am proud to introduce the “Best of the Best” from each specialized field found inside the broad security industry.
The strategic partnerships found below could feature in Homeland Security Periodicals as the “who’s who” of National Security and beyond. Many claim “expert” in their titles; this coalition of actual experts from each of their respective fields have spent their entire lives defending and creating areas for others to remain safe and venues to make that mission possible. Welcome all and thank you for the support going forward.
Richard (Rik) Kirchner, JR. | CEO
Region: Annapolis, Maryland
Richard (Rik) Kirchner, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of KIRIK International, Inc., and Executive Director of the Institute for Surveillance & Threat Detection, a first of its kind educational center dedicated solely to the discipline of Surveillance Detection and Behavioral Detection, delivering Antiterrorism and Threat assessment, development, and implementation to High Value Target and Critical Infrastructure/Key Resource program managers for comprehensive Threat Detection programs with subject matter expertise in Hostile Surveillance, Threat Detection, and Threat Management. Additionally, KIRIK provides policy guidance and support to both government and private sectors in prevention and mitigation of physical security risks and Threat Detection program integration into existing security ecosystems. KIRIK conducts its training and education in defensive programs and threat management program reviews to federal, state, and local governmental agencies and law enforcement, as well as multinational corporations, small and mid-sized businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Kirchner possesses over twenty-five years of combined United States military, federal law enforcement, and private industry security experience coupled with many years of business management. For eight years he was employed by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency as a Senior Law Enforcement Supervisor; Special Agent; Antiterrorism Officer; and Counterintelligence Officer. Preceding the Department of Defense, Mr. Kirchner worked in the global corporate security department of Bechtel Group, Inc. where he was assigned as the Executive Protection Leader for The Hon. George P. Shultz, former United States Secretary of State.
A highly sought after Subject Matter Expert and speaker on terrorist surveillance operations, as well as, scope and criticality of Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR’s) and SAR systems, Mr. Kirchner has delivered original briefings and presentations to senior decision-makers including United States Congressional Legislators and Senators, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Transportation Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and numerous other governmental agencies. He was detailed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Threat Review Unit, located at the National Counterterrorism Center, which launched the eGuardian Suspicious Activity Reporting system for the Department of Defense; As Director, Office of Threat Detection, at the US Pentagon, Mr. Kirchner maintained first hand involvement in the eGuardian Suspicious Activity Reporting system pilot program for the Department of Defense. Additionally, Mr. Kirchner served at the National Joint Terrorism Task Force (N-JTTF) and Interpol with global contact and travel representing DoD interests with international implications.
Founder and former Chairman of the Multi Organizational Surveillance and Actionable Intelligence Cooperative (MOSAIC) which serves as a US Federal government ad-hoc working group created to standardize Surveillance & Countersurveillance operations and increase multi-agency operational Surveillance & Countersurveillance communications, therein providing near real-time actionable intelligence. Currently, MOSAIC has over forty federal, state, and local agencies as active members.
Mr. Kirchner holds a Top Secret – Sensitive Compartmental Information (T/S SCI) security clearance. He is a member, or former member, of good standing with the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), Navy & Marine Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association (N&MCEODA) and is listed in the Worldwide Who’s Who registry for executives, professionals, and entrepreneurs.
CEO Tarani Training | Contact Steve
Region: United States
Global Leader in Force Protection Training
Professional educator, author and keynote speaker Steve Tarani has served the U.S. Defense, Law Enforcement, and Intelligence communities for over 25 years as a respected Protective Programs subject matter expert and service provider to numerous high/ low-profile US federal agencies. Mr. Tarani, formerly sworn in the states of CA and NV, is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, Protective Programs Educator and formerly on staff at the US Dept. of Energy (DOE) National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirtland Air Force Base (NM). Specializing in active shooter preparedness, he is a federally certified force options instructor actively contracted by the US Department of Defense, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, and throughout the private sector. At the time of this writing, Steve is a federal contractor, published author of eight books, active protective agent and remains an advisor to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US Department of Defense, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Click on https://www.SteveTarani.com/about/ for more info.
Roselyn G. Smith, Ph.D. FL PY7219
Licensed Psychologist | Critical Incident Recovery Specialist
Dr. Smith is a Clinical Psychologist in the Pinecrest area of greater Miami, Florida. Additionally, she is a Critical Incident/Disaster Mental Health consultant to the University of Miami (main campus) for critical incident planning and response, and previously to the U.M. Miller School of Medicine, Center for Disaster Epidemiology and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP Center), where she assisted in the development and presentation of responder resiliency, disaster stress management, and Psychological First Aid (PFA) curriculum. She has been an invited participant in tabletop disaster planning sessions with the Palm Beach County Department of Public Health and was an advisor to the former Mayor of the City of Coral Gables, Florida on disaster-related matters. Dr. Smith provides critical incident psychological support to numerous private entities and is one of few mental health professionals, nationwide, qualified to conduct Psychological First Aid training for continuing education credit to medical, mental health, and social work professionals. She has also presented Psychological First Aid and resiliency training to thousands of responders, safety managers, military, public health officials and other private and public sector lay personnel across the United States and internationally. Prior to returning for her doctoral studies, Dr. Smith worked as a marketing and corporate development executive in the healthcare and passenger transportation industries where she was the corporate spokesperson in the midst of crises and on a routine basis. Dr. Smith has presented disaster behavioral health and responder resiliency seminars with the former United States Assistant Surgeon General of the United States for Mental Health Care and also conducts corporate and public sector leadership development, stress management, and mindfulness training for increased focus and work-related performance, as well as frequently being called upon to present keynote addresses to diverse organizations and associations.
Blaze Defense Systems
Program Manager at Blaze Defense Systems – Specializing in Military, Law Enforcement, EMS & Fire Rescue
Region: Birmingham, Alabama
Justin, program manager and research developer of Blaze Defense Systems & Blaising Fire & Water, Inc. based in Pelham, Alabama is a 13 year commercial fire and safety veteran. Justin has represented fire protection, medical, armor, respiratory protection, customized tactical systems, less lethal devices and much more on a national and global level. Justin offers a long, strategic record of developing unique kits and items to first responder teams, to assist in “bridging the gaps” between law enforcement, Fire and EMS.
Mr. Partridge has developed many items used widely in the first responder world today, such as backpack deployment systems for tactical / military teams, rapidly deployable carrier systems for fire suppression devices, medical gear, breaching tools and many other items. He has developed backpack kits for first responders to address active shooter scenarios and mass casualty situations. Also, accompanying his backpack response kits, Justin put together a consumer model available for the public to purchase for their own personal response use for home, office, car or classroom.
Justin specializes in applying his expertise and product knowledge to further the education of the end users of his products. While educating the end user, knowledge and confidence give the user a much stronger will power to use the gear effectively, as its design. Education is the key to confidence, geared with the correct tools.
For more information on Justin, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him at (205) 664-3473.
President, Alvarez Associates
Region: Northern California/West Coast
Area of expertise: Workplace Violence Prevention/Behavioral Threat assessments
Having been a Security Director for a national critical infrastructure, City Police Officer and now a national recognized expert in violence prevention,Hector Alvarez has built over 25 years of experience helping keep organizations safe. Mr. Alvarez now has the privilege and honor of working full-time with organizations to build safer communities through security assessments, training sessions and behavioral threat assessments. Mr. Alvarez established one of the nation’s most progressive “civilian focused” active shooter prevention programs; highly trained armed guards, force option simulators, safe rooms, threat assessment teams and regular training for employees. He has personally evaluated and managed hundreds of potentially violent situations, developed numerous violence prevention programs and trained thousands of security officers, employees and managers in workplace violence prevention.
He understands the challenges communities face addressing the threat of violence because he has lived them. He has also witnessed the collapse of civil order first- hand as responder to both the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Twice he has been named “Reserve Officer of the Year” by the Folsom Police Department. He has contributed to several books and has studied, written and been published extensively on the issue of workplace violence prevention.
Christopher W Martin
Loriakin Seven Protection
Region: Fort Meade, Maryland
Adapt, Evolve, Protect … Exhausting every resource to ensure the safety and trust of our clients and community… to perpetuate our protection culture through relationships and create an impact that builds trust and strengthens our community…
To perpetuate my team’s evolution as an honorable, integrity based culture through it’s relationships and reliability. By building strong bonds with other entities in executive protection, counter surveillance, deception recognition, and behavioral analysis, we are able to develop more effective and efficient measures to ensure the safety of our clients, and communities.
We remain deeply focused on building a protection “culture” where a tangible impact can be made on people’s lives to fully enrich our community and ensure the safety of our clients and associates. This cohesive environment, built on trust and integrity, is our priority and the catalyst to our mission success.
To be the most beneficial piece to my team, I pride myself on my work ethic, perseverance, and ambition; to constantly evolve as a vital asset. My ability to adapt to any environment, and “do it right the first time” attitude, is constantly driving me forward. Fueled by my ambition, these qualities afford me the opportunity to become more rounded, and continually grow as a knowledgeable, quiet professional.
With the myriad of experiences, and the amount of training that has been endured by my associates and I, we have evolved into accomplished leaders and essential assets in the protection of our communities, and country.
Clifton P. Cox CEO/President STRATEGIC INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS | SIS
Region: Baltimore, Maryland
Clifton P. Cox (Patrick) is a multifaceted professional with a plethora of experience from various security environments. He’s specialized in Executive, VIP, Dignitary, Security and Close Protection, maintaining the highest confidential and ethical standards. He’s also a licensed private investigator and honorably served in the US Marine Corp. He has experience in Armed Security, Prisoner Transport, and Physical Risk Assessments, just to name a few.
His experiences in executive/close protection, investigation and security show his versatility and ability to work in multidisciplinary environments. Mr. Cox focuses on the success of every event, project, and/or business commitment, and is an absolute extraordinary and valuable individual. With over 16 years of leadership and executive protection experience, Mr. Cox has an incredible ability to handle difficult situations with diplomacy, and he perceives events and occurrences accurately; all while maintaining strict confidentiality of highly sensitive information and successfully getting the job done. Mr. Cox is a highly skilled professional and operator who is extremely familiar with removing opportunity from the risk environment while assessing and being proactive and reactive. He specializes in providing personal protection for CEO’s, corporate executives, VIPs, government officials, dignitaries, politicians, along with their families; celebrities, entertainment professionals, corporate events, conventions, domestic and international affairs to give you an idea of some of his expertise.
In addition to his security related services, Mr. Cox conducts investigations in areas such as Workers Compensation/Liability Fraud, Workplace Violence, EOE Investigation, Criminal Investigation, Matrimonial/Child Support Investigations and more. Mr. Cox attained Dignitary Protection Training Certification from ISA (Independent Security Advisors) which was hosted by Prince Georges County Maryland Police Training and Education Division (Accredited by the Maryland Police Training Commission). Also, Mr. Cox obtained Executive/Close Protection Certification from TRS International Group (TRSIG). Please send request for training list and references..
James A. DeMeo, M.S.
Founder & President at Unified Sports & Entertainment Security Consulting, LLC
Region: Austin, Texas
Sports Security Specialist with an expertise in Brand Protection & Risk Mitigation for the Event Management Vertical. 24 + years Security/Law Enforcement/Consulting experience.
*Attendee: NCS4-National Sports Safety And Security Conference & Exhibition, July 8-10, 2014, Indianapolis, IN. Received Latest Training, Education, and Career Development Resources with respect to the Sports Security Industry. http://www.ncs4.com/
*Featured Article/Publication-Pan Stadia & Arena Management Magazine: Summer 2014, “Safe & Secure”-Industry experts offer their insights on the vital role of safety & security at sporting events and venues”. http://www.psam.uk.com/
*Skype Presentation: 09/02/14 @ The Univ. of Georgia/Part of the International Center for Sport Management’s Fall 2014 Lecture Series.
*Featured in Security Magazine, Oct, 1, 2014, “How Technology Mitigates Risk at Sporting Events”
*Attendee-IAVM/AVSS-Year 1 School, March, 2015, Grapevine, Texas. http://www.iavm.org/avss/avss-home
*Attendee-Austin FBI LEEDA-24th Annual Executive Training Conference, May 4-6, 2015, ATX.
Founder Guard 911 | Hero 911
Nate McVicker is a veteran police officer and nationally recognized speaker and trainer in the field of criminal interdiction. Along with a retired Colonel from the Illinois State Police and technology experts Nate created an innovative, life-saving smartphone app to combat our nation’s #1 act of domestic terrorism: the active shooter.
The Company, Guard911, has one mission in mind, reduce the police notification time to these senseless acts of violence. During every one of these incidents there remains one common denominator, a shorter police response time can and WILL save lives.
Guard911 released their first service in August 2014 called SchoolGuard which is offered to K-12 schools and is active in several schools across the nation. The second service, CampusGuard911, is now available as well as services to the private sector.
The Guard911 services work in concert with the Hero911 Network which is a nonprofit (501c-3) foundation (www.Hero911.org). This is a smartphone app free and exclusive to federal, state and local law enforcement officers who can download the app from the Apple or Google Play stores. There are thousands of police officers from all 50 states and Canada who have downloaded the Hero911 app. These officers will be alerted, on or off duty, if they are ever in close proximity to an armed intruder or active shooting emergency through a Guard911 protected property. Of over 1 million apps in the Apple App Store alone, the Hero911 app is the ONLY app ever approved where there is a police vetting phase.
Grant Kauffman is the owner of 12 Rounds Media, LLC, a media production company based in McKinney, Texas. Working in the media production industry for nearly twenty years, specializing in professional boxing, Grant has the ability to capture evolving world events as they occur and few in the production industry can say they posses that candid ability.
Grant possesses a wide range of skill sets including writing, directing, producing and editing. He is the author of the novel Project 14: The Legend of Beelzebub’s Bluff, book one in a four-book middle grade adventure series. Always the avid storyteller, Grant not only has a background in creative services, but also in promotions and public relations. He firmly believes in the enduring power of a well-told story to entertain and inform people of all ages.
Current projects include producing a TV pilot called Your RV Life, a series about the recreational vehicle lifestyle, and is working on the sequel to Project 14. He also recently released a collection of unnerving short stories called Rattlebone Tales, Volume 1 which is available in paperback and as an eBook on Amazon.com.
He holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Grant is a proud single father who raises his three children in McKinney, Texas.
President | Spherical Defense
Region | International
Chris Magee, President of Spherical Defense, is an experienced professional in many facets. After leaving the United States Army, Chris attended Executive Security International. There he received certifications in Personal Security Details (PSD) and Corporate Security Management, graduating as Honor Graduate. Soon after Chris took a job as Director of Operations at WSS Security Services. There he led security details, ran surveillance operations, conducted physical risk assessments, along with many more tasks.
It was his time as Director of Operations that Chris noticed a wide gap in the capabilities of the average security officer and those who can truly call themselves professionals. In response he has created Spherical Defense.
Spherical Defense aims to bridge the gap between those striving for success and those who have reached success. They do that by offering free education in the form of podcasts, The Sphere, and articles, The Blogoshere. Every week you will find leading experts from the many sectors of the industry being interviewed by Chris. In addition you will be able to find evaluated courses, textbooks, and conference information in his many articles.
Chris learned in the military that communication is critical; so feel free to contact him by email, email@example.com, or phone, (203) 414-3208.
“We are only as strong as our weakest link. Why not work together to lift up the industry so that we all succeed?”
Roberto “Justice” Narvaez | CEO ELITE T.W.O.
Region: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Robert “Justice” Narvaez is the CEO of ELITE T.W.O. (Tactical Waterborne Officer & Tactical Weapons & Operational training) a Veteran owned business with a multi missioned purpose providing the first “Maritime Active Shooter Concepts and Strategies course. As the lead trainer, Robert “Justice” Narvaez understands the complexity and critical training it takes for a unified team to meet its mission’s goal. In over 20 years in the United States Coast Guard /Federal Officer/DHS Robert has trained 2,500+ U.S. LEO’s and 600+ foreign military and federal forces. Robert, a vital former member and trainer for the Deployable Operations Group (D.O.G.) led Anti-Terrorism missions INCONUS and OCONUS including a specialized team in the Commissioning Court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that oversaw movements of the five Terrorist responsible for the attacks on 9/11. Robert has trained with and in SWAT tactics for 9 years. These tactics enabled him to develop many specialized “Real World Strategic Survival” training programs that would be utilized by Federal Agencies within DHS. His experience led to the implementation of a West Coast Special Response Team. Robert has also been responsible for training members of various CST-WMD (Civil Support Teams), conducted operations with USBP, CBP, US AIR MARSHALL’s Orange County Sheriff’s department, LA Port Police and LAPD.
Robert has been certified and completed several day/night Active Shooter Strategies courses through LASD and FEMA Course IS-00907 Active Shooter. Certified through DHS/FEMA in: Law Enforcement Prevention & Deterrence of Terrorist Acts – Instructor / Train the Trainer, certified in Force Encounter Analysis: Understanding Human Performance during Critical Incidents.
Robert has conducted over 3000+ LE missions that included Alien Migration Interdiction, Human Trafficking, and Narcotic Smuggling in the Caribbean, California, Texas, Central America and Columbia. Throughout his military career Robert has been awarded 1 Coast Guard Commendation Medal, 4 Coast Guard Achievement Medals, 1 Navy Joint Service Achievement Medal, and 1 Army Achievement Medal for his dedication, knowledge, and professionalism.
At ELITE T.W.O., we do everything to ensure the quality of training you and your agency receive is of the highest caliber. Your safety is our highest priority. Our responsibility is to provide you and your agency with Elite Tactics and Techniques resulting in effective and successful missions. We set our self apart with an unwavering integrity and strict code of ethics providing the safest training to Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement, Military, Private Sector and Civilians in our Homeland. We will provide the most current training best suited to your agencies specific mission. Through constant engagement we will assist in the change and or implementation of training programs, Law Enforcement Missions, Contingency Plans and Real World Strategic Survival.
Dr. Joshua Sinai
Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence at the Resilient Corporation
Region: United States
Dr. Joshua Sinai is Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence at the Resilient Corporation (www.resilient.com) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, CRA (www.cra-usa.net), in Alexandria, VA. He is a veteran analyst in terrorism and counter-terrorism studies, having worked on these issues in the U.S. government, academia, and the private sector. He also specializes in active shooter prevention, with his pocket handbook, “Active Shooter – A Handbook on Prevention” published by ASIS International in January 2013, and is being updated and revised for its second edition. Dr. Sinai has also published several articles on preempting active shooters during the formative pre-incident phases.Dr. Sinai has published more than 100 articles and hundreds of book reviews. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Region: United States
#1 Best Selling Author ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Staff Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security whose motto is Semper Paratus (Always Ready). He is a 4 time Boston Marathoner, Private Investigator and is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. As a Security and Privacy Speaker his “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news.
America’s Leading Authority on Juvenile Homicide
Region: United States
Phil Chalmers is America’s Leading Authority on Juvenile Homicide and Juvenile Mass Murder, and has interviewed over 200 teen killers and school shooters, along with numerous serial killers, mass murderers, and sexual predators. The reason for these interviews is to delve into the minds of the offenders, and to explore why they killed, and if society could have stopped them. Phil has also been studying youth culture for 25 years, and is an expert in youth behavior, youth culture, and youth entertainment. Phil has been studying juvenile homicide and juvenile mass murder for 20 years, and is the author of “Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer” and “The Encyclopedia of Teen Killers.”
Phil has interviewed and interacted with numerous crime personalities, including Charles Manson, David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, The Hillside Strangler, serial killer Danny Rolling, and school shooters Luke Woodham from Pearl, Michael Carneal from Paducah, Barry Loukaitis from Moses Lake, Mitchell Johnson from Jonesboro, Jamie Rouse from Lynville, and many more. He has also interacted with many personalities, including The First 48’s Joe Schillaci, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Jessica Simpson, Dateline’s Chris Hanson, Metallica, 2 Live Crew, Insane Clown Posse, Howard Stern, Montel Williams, Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch, and many more.