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DISTINGUISHED EXPERIENCE

Global Guardian's Leadership team is comprised of highly experienced former military special forces operators, federal security personnel and seasoned business professionals. The blend of backgrounds ensures both a high level of subject matter expertise on security matters and duty of care requirements that come with an international corporate footprint.

20+

Average Years of Professional Security Experience on Executive Management Team and Board

100+

Combined Years of Business Experience on Executive Management Team & Board

150+

Combined Years of Military, Law Enforcement & US Intelligence Leadership experience on Advisory Board

Our Leadership Team

Our clients’ safety is our sole mission. Our team is dedicated to providing world-class service and brings decades of experience to ensure you receive industry-leading protection.

Executive Management

Dale Buckner

Chief Executive Officer

Dale Buckner

Chief Executive Officer

  • 24 year US Army Veteran, Colonel (Retired)
  • Extensive Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations experience
  • Commanded 5 organizations including an Infantry Reconnaissance Platoon, Special Forces Scuba Team, Special Force Counter-Terrorism Team, a Special Forces Counter-Terrorism Task Force, and a Special Troops Battalion
  • Numerous combat and classified deployments including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Chile, Panama and Haiti
  • Quoted in CNN, Politico, NPR, The Hill, Bloomberg, Conde Nast Traveler, and other major media outlets
  • BS, Mansfield University; MPA, Central Michigan; MBA, TUI University; Masters Certificate, Cornell; Senior Fellow, Tufts University (Fletcher School)
Mark Post

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Post

Chief Operating Officer

  • Chief of Operations, South and Central Asia Mission Center, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Deputy Division Chief, Africa, Directorate of Operations, CIA
  • Chief of Station, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Africa, CIA
  • Deputy Chief of Station, South Asia
  • 26 years of service in the Directorate of Operations, 15 years deployed overseas, CIA
  • BA, Washington State University
Willem Straatman

Chief Financial Officer

Willem Straatman

Chief Financial Officer

  • Previously Head of Finance at Basin Holdings, a global industrial holding company
  • Investment banking experience with Deutsche Bank in New York
  • BA Economics, University of Chicago
Mark Street

Chief Information Officer

Mark Street

Chief Information Officer

  • Former EVP of Technology at the Bay Club Company
  • 20+ years of Technology experience
  • Bachelors of Electrical Engineering (Hons)
Spencer Livingston

Chief of Staff

Spencer Livingston

Chief of Staff

  • Global Guardian's Chief of Staff
  • Operational and business development executive at Basin Holdings
  • Business development experience at Pine Brook Road Partners and Blackstone
  • BA, Harvard University
Corey Johnson

Senior Director of Security Operations

Corey Johnson

Senior Director of Security Operations

  • 5-year US Marine Corps Veteran
  • Previous experience working as Special Deputy US Marshal for the World Bank
  • Previous experience working as United Nations Senior Security Officer serving on the Emergency Response and Canine Teams
  • Holds instructor certifications in a variety of security disciplines
Andrew Vanderburg

President, Asset Security

Andrew Vanderburg

President, Asset Security

  • President of Global Guardian Asset Security

  • 18 years of security experience, including time spent an integrator, compliance manager, service manager, operations manager and Vice President

  • Prior to joining Global Guardian, served as a Senior National Account Manager for five of his security companies' largest clients, which included four Fortune 500 companies

Brian Raymond

Executive Vice President, Client Risk Management

Brian Raymond

Executive Vice President, Client Risk Management

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Senior Operations Officer (Retired)
  • 21 Years in the Directorate of Operations, Recognized Counterterrorism and Crisis response expert
  • Commander US Navy Reserve Retired, (SEAL), 23 years
  • B.S. Norwich University
Chuck Costanza

Executive Vice President, Client Engagement

Chuck Costanza

Executive Vice President, Client Engagement

  • 30 years of global experience in government and the private sector
  • Nearly 2 decades as an expatriate in Europe and the Former Soviet Union
  • Former senior advisor at the US Department of State; provided strategic assessments of how climate will shape America’s security, to include emergent geopolitical threats
  • 18 years as Managing Director of GHG Strategy, a boutique risk advisory firm with clients spanning Fortune 500 to startups
  • Senior Project Manager at ICF Consulting and the World Bank
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross; MA, Harvard University
  • Speaks Russian and German
Angie Grandizio

Senior Vice President, Government & Corporate Solutions

Angie Grandizio

Senior Vice President, Government & Corporate Solutions

  • 6 years, Security for Department of State, Federal Reserve, USDA, US Treasury, Department of Homeland Security
  • 2 years, Account Manager, International Monetary Fund 
  • 16 years, Washington Post, Market Strategy & Product Development 
  • BA, Hollins University
Mike Haley

Senior Vice President, Business Operations

Mike Haley

Senior Vice President, Business Operations

  • U.S. Navy with Seal Team Six (Retired)
  • Special Operations Programs Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (Retired)
  • Extensive experience across the risk spectrum, with specific expertise in crisis management, travel risk management, executive protection and overall risk consulting
  • Previous roles include:
    • Senior Director G4S Corporate Risk Services, Eastern Region
    • Senior Program Manager, Lockheed Martin (Strategic National Stockpile) at the Center For Disease Control (CDC)
    • Special Advisor, Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
    • Counter-Terrorism Advisor, Los Angeles Port Police (LAPPD)
    • Security Specialist, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • Vice President of Operations, SecurAmerica, LLC
  • BA, Loyola University, Maryland

Mike Coleman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Government & Corporate Solutions

Mike Coleman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Government & Corporate Solutions

  • 26 year Army Veteran, Colonel (Retired)
  • Special Forces Officer with extensive Special Operations experience in the Middle East and Central/South America
  • Garrison Commander Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras
  • Extensive experience in program management and government contracting
  • BA, Mansfield University; MA, Webster University; MA, U.S. Army War College
Seth Krummrich

Vice President, Client Risk Management

Seth Krummrich

Vice President, Client Risk Management

  • 28 year US Army Veteran, Colonel (Retired)
  • Extensive Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations experience
  • Commanded 5 organizations including a Reconnaissance platoon, Special Forces Team, Regional Survey Team, Special Forces Battalion, and the Fort Irwin CA Garrison
  • Numerous Combat and classified deployments to include Iraq, Afghanistan, and over 18 Horn of Africa, Middle East, and Central Asian countries
  • Extensive experience in program management and government contracting
  • BA, Tulane University; MS, Naval Post Graduate School; Senior Fellow, Stanford University (Freeman Spogli Institute-FSI)
Adam Clary

Vice President, Global Risk Management

Adam Clary

Vice President, Global Risk Management

  • Air Force Intelligence Officer with over 20 years of leadership in national-level programs, extensive security cooperation & international affairs experience
  • Southeast Asia Diplomat, numerous combat deployments to Iraq, Iraqi Intelligence Directorate Instructor, Operational Experience in Europe, and Africa.
  • Led intelligence operations globally formulating imaginative solutions for large no-fail problem sets; designed & executed operations that directly altered National Strategy
  • Executive Leadership Program - Air War College Strategic Studies; Global Leadership Course - Royal Thai Air Force Command Staff College, Policy, and Plans; MS - Henley-Putnam University (Summa Cum Laude) Intelligence Management, BA - University of Maryland Global Campus Business Management

Shannon Scully

Vice President, Marketing

Shannon Scully

Vice President, Marketing

  • Former Vice President of Marketing at The Bay Club Company
  • Founder, Footprint MKTG – Marketing consultancy specializing in hospitality, wellness, travel, leisure, and sport services
  • BA, University of California Berkeley
Jimmy Hester

Vice President, Client Relations

Jimmy Hester

Vice President, Client Relations

  • Currently serves as Global Guardian Vice President of Client Relations
  • Decorated Combat-Commander with multiple combat tours and classified operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, and Africa
  • Served in the United States Army Infantry and as a Special Forces Green Beret for 19 years.
  • Commanded 5 organizations including an Infantry Scout Platoon, Long Range Surveillance Detachment, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Team, Special Force Counter-Terrorism Company, and a Special Forces Counter-Terrorism Task Force.
  • Led growth efforts of Basin Power Solutions, a subsidiary of Basin Holdings from 2019-2021
  • Served as Vice President of International Operations at Global Guardian from 2013-2019
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University
Paul Grant

Vice President, Europe & Middle East Operations

Paul Grant

Vice President, Europe & Middle East Operations

  • Two decades of operational experience developing risk and crisis management solutions for corporations on six continents and high net worth individuals
  • Former Head of Counter Terrorist Training and Development of the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorist response capabilities
  • 24 years of operational service within the British military
  • 14 years with Tier 1 United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) as a senior commander. Responsibilities included strategic intelligence, covert operations, counter-terrorism, and VIP close protection units
  • Experience in aiding corporations, heads of states and senior diplomats, international aid organizations and global media groups
Katrina Henry

Vice President, Accounting

Katrina Henry

Vice President, Accounting

  • CPA, State of Florida
  • M.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting, Auburn University at Montgomery
  • B.B.A. in Accounting, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Accounting Background - Banking, Government Accounting, Tax Accounting
  • Military Family Member - Spouse of CMSgt Henry

Julio Figueroa

24/7 Operations Center Director

Julio Figueroa

24/7 Operations Center Director

  • Director of Global Guardian 24/7/365 Operations Center
  • Member of Global Guardian’s Rapid Deployment & Disaster Zone Relief Team
  • CBRN Marine Veteran
  • Completed flight school at Palm Beach State College and Lynn University; holds a helicopter commercial pilot license and commercial drone license
Jay Rooney

Director of Domestic Operations

Jay Rooney

Director of Domestic Operations

  • Vice President of Operations at Red Five Security
  • Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (20 years)
    • Supervisor of the FBI Deputy Director’s Protection Detail
    • Deputy Supervisor of the FBI Director’ Protection Detail
    • Specialized in Organized Crime, International Drug and Counter Terrorism investigation, SWAT Certified
  • US Army Aviation and Intelligence Officer (7 years) - Commanded a UH-1 helicopter unit providing VIP support in Germany and served as the flight operations officer of a RC-12N “Guardrail” military intelligence battalion for the 18th Airborne Corps
  • BA, University of Notre Dame
Mike Ballard

Director of Intelligence

Mike Ballard

Director of Intelligence

  • Former lead intelligence analyst for North America region at UnitedHealth Group
  • Manages Global Guardian’s intelligence network with international partners
  • Operations, crisis management, and cyber analysis expertise
  • MA International Affairs, University of Kentucky
  • BA History, University of Mary Washington
Shelly Weisenfeld, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director

Shelly Weisenfeld, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director

  • Medical Director for Global Guardian
  • Over 25 years of experience in emergency medicine in both community and academic institutions
  • Master’s in Public Health from San Diego State University
  • Medical Degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Extensive world travel in five of the seven continents
Christopher N. White, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Medical Director

Christopher N. White, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Medical Director

  • ABEM Board Certification in Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Degree from Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Master’s of Science in Biology from University of West Georgia
  • Chief Resident - Emergency Medicine Residency 
  • Eglin Air Force Base - 96th MDG/SGOE/Emergency Medical Services
Grant Brown

Account Director

Grant Brown

Account Director

  • Manages Global Guardian’s current client base and leads the onboarding experience for new clients
  • 6+ years of Account Management experience
  • BA International Business and Marketing, George Washington University
  • Former Division-1 Baseball Player at GWU

Shannon Reilly

Account Manager

Shannon Reilly

Account Manager

  • Supports Global Guardian’s current client base and manages the onboarding experience for new family clients
  • Former Global Guardian Account Management Intern
  • BAIS National Security & Foreign Affairs, Double minor in Arabic and Middle East Studies, Virginia Tech

 

Board of Directors

John Fitzgibbons

Chairman

John Fitzgibbons

Chairman

  • Founder, Chairman and CEO Basin Holdings
  • Founder and Chairman: Integra Group, Brookline Real Estate Holdings, Hudson Valley Harvest
  • Chairman: SUNY Research Foundation, Cancer Research Institute
  • BA, Harvard University
Brian Searcy

Board Member

Brian Searcy

Board Member

  • 23 year US Army Veteran, Sergeant Major (Retired)
  • Extensive Special Operations experience, including 16 years with DELTA Force
  • Co-founder and former President of TigerSwan, Inc.
  • BS, Campbell University; MS, Central Michigan University; Executive Leadership Certificate, Harvard University
Rich Aube

Board Member

Rich Aube

Board Member

  • 22 years of experience in the energy sector
  • Managing Director, Pine Brook, Energy Investment Team
  • Significant non-executive Board experience
  • BA, Dartmouth College
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker USA (RET.)

Board Member and Chairman of the Advisory Board

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker USA (RET.)

Board Member and Chairman of the Advisory Board

  • 35th Chief of Staff, US Army
  • Commander, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
  • Commander, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
  • Commander, DELTA Force
  • BS, University of Wyoming; MA, Central Michigan University

Advisory Board of Directors

General James L. Jones (Ret.)

Advisory Board Member

General James L. Jones (Ret.)

Advisory Board Member

  • President, Jones Group International
  • Retired US Marine Corps General; 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps
  • 22nd National Security Advisor
  • 13th Commander U.S. European Command and 14th Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
  • BS, Georgetown University; PHD, Georgetown College
John M. B. O'Connor

Advisory Board Member

John M. B. O'Connor

Advisory Board Member

  • 34 Years of Executive Leadership
  • Chairman: J.H. Whitney Investment Management, LLC
  • Former Chairman of JP Morgan Alternative Asset Management
  • Senior DOD Advisor
  • BA, Tulane, MBA, Columbia University
Dr. Karen L. Kierce

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Karen L. Kierce

Advisory Board Member

  • CEO, RCT International
  • Director, Center for the Behavioral Sciences, SAIC/Leidos
  • Psychologist-Staff/Operational, Military Special Mission Units and National Intelligence Community Organizations
  • Ph.D. Duke University, Psychology and Statistics
James F. Yacone

Advisory Board Member

James F. Yacone

Advisory Board Member

  • Director, Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement, SANS Institute
  • Director Global Critical Incident Response, FBI
  • Special Agent in Charge, Denver Field Office, FBI
  • Chief, Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), FBI
  • BS, West Point, Mechanical Engineering, MA, Criminal Justice
Lieutenant General – Ambassador Dell Dailey (Ret)

Advisory Board Member

Lieutenant General – Ambassador Dell Dailey (Ret)

Advisory Board Member

  • Chair, U.S. Military Academy, Combating Terror Center
  • Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State (DOS)
  • Director, Center for Special Operations (CSO), U.S. Special Operations Command
  • BS, West Point, Engineering; MA, Shippensburg State College
Melvin L. Gamble

Advisory Board Member

Melvin L. Gamble

Advisory Board Member

  • Deputy Chief of Station, European Division, CIA
  • Chief of Station, Africa Division, CIA(DOS)
  • Senior Representative, Latin America, CIA
  • BA, Howard University; MS, International Public Administration, USC
Douglas Wise

Advisory Board Member

Douglas Wise

Advisory Board Member

  • Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Chief of Station, Middle-East, Asia, Europe, CIA
  • Chief, Operational Training, CIA
  • Director of Research and Development, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
  • Pentagon, U.S. Army
  • BS, West Point; MS, Dartmouth College
Kenneth Damstrom

Advisory Board Member

Kenneth Damstrom

Advisory Board Member

  • Managing Director, Chief Security Officer (CSO) Goldman Sachs
  • Managing Director, Chief Security Officer (CSO) Lehman Brothers
  • Vice President, Security, Fidelity Investments
  • Vice President, Security, New York Stock Exchange
  • Special Agent, United States Secret Service
  • B.S. St Johns University
John Giacalone

Advisory Board Member

John Giacalone

Advisory Board Member

  • 30+ years leading global security, criminal, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and intelligence operations in private and public sectors
  • Current Vice President of Global Safety & Security, Investigations, and Business Continuity, Hilton Worldwide Holdings
  • Executive Assistant Director, National Security Branch, Washington, D.C., FBI
  • Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Division, New York Field Office, FBI
  • Section Chief of Domestic Terrorism Strategic Operations, FBI
  • BS, Management and Finance, Adelphi University; MA in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College

Our Values

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How We Operate