Advisory Board

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Chuck Andrews

Mr. Andrews is an internationally networked law enforcement and security executive with over 30 years of experience in the Law Enforcement and Corporate Security industry, having held titles of both Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer in his career. Most recently, he served as the Global Security Director for NSS Labs, one of the world’s leading information security research and advisory companies. Prior he served as the Security Director for First Data Corporation – TeleCheck. Mr. Andrews also served as the Sr. V.P. (COO/CSO) for a financial institution in Colorado overseeing an $80 million operation. He is the Regional Vice-President for ASIS International, overseeing the state of of Texas, a member of the exclusive CSO Roundtable, an sits on the International Boards of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigator (IAFCI) and the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP). Board Certified as a CPP with ASIS International, he also holds other global board certifications as a CFE, CFCI and ICPS.

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George Birnbaum

Mr. Birnbaum is one of the world’s most foremost political advisors, having consulted and managed political campaigns throughout Europe and the Middle East, and widely acclaimed for bringing social media strategy into political campaigning in these regions. Working in partnership with legendary American conservative political consultant Arthur Finkelstein, they are credited with having led the successful election campaigns for Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon, Chancellor of Austria Alfred Gussenbaurer, Prime Minister of Bulgaria Sergey Stanishev, Prime Minister of Romania Colin Taricaneau, Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, and President of Servia Boris Tadic. Mr. Birnbaum also served as Chief of Staff for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term as Prime Minister.

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Paul Brisbane

Mr. Brisbane has had a long and distinguished career in the security industry. Most recently, he served as Vice President of the Federal Systems Division for ADT Security, responsible for selling and managing Federal Government projects. Mr. Brisbane built the division from $20 million to over $300 million in annual sales, eventually managing a star of over 200 sales and technical support personnel. While at ADT, he managed the security industry’s largest GSA schedule, using it to generate over $50M in sales annually, built a transportation security business from the ground up into a group that provides services to over 60 airports nationally, and developed and built the Integrated Systems Business unit within ADT’s Fed Systems group.

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Douglas Callen

Mr. Callen recently retired as the Chief Security Officer for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) where he served since February 2002. Mr. Callen managed the agency’s internal security programs, including physical, personnel and information security as well as the liaison activities with federal, state and local law enforcement and security elements, the international law enforcement community and transportation security officials. Prior to joining TSA, Mr. Callen served as the Director for Intelligence, Office of the Secretary, at the Department of Transportation. Before serving in the Dot, Mr. Callen had an extensive career with the U.S. Secret Service. His assignments included the Buffalo, New York and Boston, Massachusetts, field Offices and the New Hampshire resident agency. In 21 years with U.S. Secret Service, he coordinated protective activities for three U.S. Presidents, as well as a protective assignment with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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Stephen Cercone

Stephen Cercone is a former chief of police from California with almost 30 years of law enforcement experience. He is currently the Global Director of Public Safety & Justice Solutions for Oracle, leading company efforts to bring Oracle solutions to the global market for greater police efficiency, investigation, crime reduction and suspect apprehension. Prior to working at Oracle, Mr. Cercone served at Accenture in the Police Services division for North America. Previously, Mr. Cercone served as Chief of Police for the Seaside Police Department in California. He also served with the San Mateo Police Department in California and the Bellevue Police Department in Washington state. Mr. Cercone has extensive experience in criminal investigations, emergency management and SWAT. In 2010 Mr. Cercone founded Police Chief Consultants LLC, representing police and security technology companies. He currently serves on the advisory board of the International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership at the University of San Francisco. Mr. Cercone is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, holds an Executive Certificate from the California POST Commission and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

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Terence Flyntz

Mr. Flyntz has more than 25 years of experience as the owner and CEO of several cyber security services and product development companies that had over 300 million dollars in sales. He has also consulted with several Federal Government Agencies and was recently the System Security Engineering Lead for the design and development of the Security Architecture at the new DHS Headquarters. Mr. Flyntz holds and owns a half dozen patents for cyber security systems developed for the Department of Defense. This includes a NIAP EAL4 Validated Security Product developed and sold by DST to the U.S. Navy and other government customers. Mr. Flyntz recently developed and copyrighted a Cyber Insurance Risk Management Framework for assessing the cyber risk for commercial companies and has a patent pending for a cyber risk scoring system. He currently is the CTP for Delta Security Technologies, a company he founded. Mr. Flyntz holds a BS in Electronincs Engineering from the State University of New York and a JD from American University. He also holds a CISSP certification.

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Erik T. Landsness

Erik T. Landsness is a Vice President with Broadmark Asset Management, a San Francisco Bay Area-based RIA. Previously he was an executive with Revere Capital Advisors for five years. Prior to joining Revere, Mr. Landsness held held execrative positions with Wells Fargo’s private bank, West LB Panmure, Thomas Weisel Partners, and Volpe Brown Whelan. Erik began his career in London with Yorkon Securities (now Macquarie Capital Markets) in 1996. Trained as an investment banker, he has acted as a broker, advisor, and business development officer across financial class disciplines from public and private equity to wealth management and venture capital. In 2006, Erik was introduced to the security and defense technology world by joining the Steele Foundation, a multinational risk management and business intelligence company, where he was tasked to stand up the firm’s private client practice. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of California and an MBA from Richmond College in London, England.

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Al Martinez-Fonts

Currently head of the Private Sector office at the U.S. chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and is affiliated with Adelphi Capital, LLC and Command Consulting Group. As the former Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Office at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Martinez-Fonts was charged with providing America’s private sector with a direct line of communication to the Department. He worked directly with individual businesses and through trade associations and other non-governmental organizations to foster dialogue between the private sector and the Department. He served under Secretaries Ridge, Chertoff and Napolitano.

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Yuval Rabin

Mr. Rabin currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Beyond Verbal Communication Ltd. Yuval served as Managing Partner and Founder of Oris Investments Ltd., an investment company with a focus on clean technology. Before that, he was Managing Partner at Rabin, Sheves, Lipkin-Shahak and Birger Partners, Inc., where he led business development for Israeli technologies companies in the evolving U.S. homeland security market and was also Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer at BeyondGuide, Inc. From 1985 – 2000, he worked at several technology companies including Esim Inc., Sapiens International and Digital Equipment Corp. – DEC. He completed a five-year program in computer sciences at the IDF computer center. In addition, Yuval was the Chairman of the Peace Generation, where he participated in developing social programs such as day-care centers, after school care, para-military training courses that serve undeprivileged populations. He is a co-founder of the Israeli Peace Initative Program.

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Dennis Raefield

Dennis Raefield has more than three decades of operating experience as CEO and COO of large and small security companies, and has overseen hundreds of millions of dollars in product sales. He advises our clients on matters of corporate governance, operations, compensation structures and sales strategies. Mr. Raefield was President of Honeywell Access Systems, a division of Honeywell International, which manufactures enterprise level access control systems for Fortune 100 clients. Prior, Mr. Raefield was President of Pinkerton Systems Integration (now Securitas), a security systems integration business deploying video, access control and alarms to Fortune 500 clients. He was also CEO of Mace Security, a publicly traded manufacturer of security products and was Owner/CEO of Omega Corporate Security, a west coast systems integrator based in the San Francisco area. Mr. Raefield holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and is a member of ASIS, SIA, ESA, ISIO, CAA and CSAA.

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Rena Riger

For the past decade, Ms. Riger, as CEO of Exclusively Israel, has represented private entities as well as global institutions making their entree into Israel, navigating between government and private corporations to serve her clients’ best interest. Previously Ms. Riger served as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Director of Foreign Affairs (2000 – 2003) while she established relationships in all sectors of Israeli society. Before moving to Israel in 1998. Ms. Riger worked as the Prudential Securities and the Federal Reserve Bank of NY after graduating from Brooklyn College cum laude with a B.S. in computer science. Ms. Riger currently resides in Jerusalem with her husband and four boys.

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Howard Safir

Mr. Safir is currently the CEO of VRI Technologies, a risk consulting firm. Prior, he was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Safir/Rosetti, a premier security consulting company. In 1996, he was appointed the 39th Police Commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Rudolph W. Giullani, after serving as New York City,’s 29th Fire Commissioner for the prior two years. Previously, he was the Assistant Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency and also served as Chief of the Witness Security Division, U.S. Marshall Service. Mr. Safir is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hofstra University and a director of the foundation of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Ned Siegel

Mr. Siegel was appointed by then President George W. Bush as the U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas from October 2007 to January 2009. He was also appointed by President Bush to serve under Ambassador John R. Bolton at the United Nations in New York, serving as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission and as the United States representative to the 61st Session of the United Nations General Seemly. Prior to his ambassadorship, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In addition to his public service, Ambassador Siegel has over 30 years of entrepreneurial successes. Presently, he is Chairman of the Board of The Siegel Group, a multi-disciplined international business management advisory firm specializing in infrastructure, real estate, ports, energy, utilities, technology and financial services. Ambassador Siegel serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of numerous public and private companies, and private equity groups. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and received a JD from the Dickinson School of Law in 1976.

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Brian Tuskan

With over 15 years of corporate security experience as Senior Director of Global Security at the Microsoft Corporation, Mr. Tuskan is a recognized global leader in enterprise security. He has led the Microsoft global enterprise security teams across a number of critical areas, including: physical security operations, technology, intelligence, solution & tools, cloud technology, safety and compliance, communications, retail security, event security and business development. He also led the strategic planning and implementation of Microsoft’s Global Security Operations Centers and is a member of the Microsoft Worldwide Public Safety and Justice Advisory Council. Mr. Tuskan has over 28 years of experience in law enforcement and in the private security sector. He is a subject matter expert in physical security technology (software solutions and integration) and investigations (major crimes, threat management / workplace violence mitigation, asset protection, fraud, compliance, and theft). He spent over 12 years in law enforcement with the City of Redmond Police Department (Washington) and the Honolulu Police Department (Hawaii). During his distinguished law enforcement career, he served as a patrol officer, ATV specialized unit, Specialized Services SWAT tactical team member, criminal intelligence, undercover narcotics detective, and major crimes detective.