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
Spencer Livingston

President, Specialty Risk and Response

Spencer Livingston

President, Specialty Risk and Response

  • President of Global Guardian's Speciality Risk and Response Division
  • Operational and business development executive at Basin Holdings
  • Business development experience at Pine Brook Road Partners and Blackstone
  • BA, Harvard University
Corey Johnson

President, Special Operations Division

Corey Johnson

President, Special Operations Division

  • 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
Shelly Weisenfeld, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Director

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

Medical Director

  • Medical Director for Global Guardian
  • Emergency department physician with 24 years of experience
  • Master’s in Public Health from San Diego State University
  • Medical Degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Extensive world travel: Africa, Austria, Caribbean, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, South America, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
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
Greg McAleer

Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Risk Management

Greg McAleer

Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Risk Management

  • 23+ years in the U.S. Secret Service, most recently serving as Deputy Assistant Director
  • Leadership experience in USSS Investigations, Protective Operations, and Intelligence
  • Senior leadership experience in joint and interagency roles within the Department of Homeland Security and at the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF)
  • Deputy Director and senior leader of NCIJTF-Criminal Mission Center
  • Senior Executive Service member assigned to the USSS Office of Investigations, managed $42M investigative budget
  • Managed USSS Criminal Investigative Division, Forensic Services Division, and National Computer Forensics Institute
  • Special Agent in Charge of the Investigative Support Division (ISD): Oversaw the Secret Service’s suite of investigative tools leveraged to enhance law enforcement and protective operations
  • BS, St. John’s University, MA, U.S. Naval War College; Executive CISO Certificate, Carnegie Mellon University
Mike McGarrity

Vice President, Global Risk Services

Mike McGarrity

Vice President, Global Risk Services

  • Assistant Director for Counterterrorism, FBI. Led the FBI’s 56 Field Offices and nearly 80 overseas offices in furtherance of the FBI’s mission to mitigate the risk of terrorist attacks in the U.S. and against U.S. interests overseas. Managed a worldwide 24/7 operation to address a fast changing global threat landscape.
  • Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office Criminal Division. Led the largest field investigative division in the FBI.
  • Director, United States Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell responsible for US government enterprise mission to safely recover U.S. nationals held hostage or kidnapped abroad.
  • FBI Legal Attache, Switzerland.
  • Director for Counterterrorism, National Security Council (NSC), The White House.
  • FBI Deputy On-Scene Commander, Afghanistan.
  • Senior FBI leader detailed to the CIA Counterterrorism Center.
  • 23 years of service in challenging assignments working complex threats, deployed to over 20 countries in furtherance of FBI mission.
  • Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Quoted in Bloomberg, USA Today, Washington Post, and other major media outlets.
  • BA, Catholic University; JD, Catholic University magna cum laude; Senior Executive in National Security, Harvard; Member, Committee on Terrorism, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Board of Gov., Five Eyes Leadership in Counterterrorism Program
  • Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive; ODNI Meritorious Citation; DOJ National Crime Victim’s Service Award; Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force National Award
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

  • Previously Vice President of International Operations, Global Guardian
  • 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.

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

Jeff Stacy

Director of Operations

Jeff Stacy

Director of Operations

  • Responsible for overseeing Global Guardian's 24/7/365 Operations Center and personnel
  • Integrates and develops technologies and client Standard Operating Procedures and leads training for Global Guardian security and medical teams
  • Served in the United States Army as a Combat Medic with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • Duties included: Treatment NCO, EMT-B, Combat Casualty Care and Battlefield Triage, and Jump Medic for a Quick Reaction Force
  • Certified Level II by American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS II)
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security from American Military University where he graduated with honors

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
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

  • Helps manage Global Guardian’s current client base and 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, Wyoming 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

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