With many decades of cumulative security, investigative, military, law enforcement, intelligence, and risk-mitigation experience, the growing TorchStone team offers world-class, in-house capabilities.
By combining a global network of security professionals, cutting edge technology solutions, proprietary technologies and peerless industry experience, TorchStone differentiates itself within an unstructured security industry.
Eljay Bowron, is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of combined government and private sector experience. Mr. Bowron's distinguished government service includes his appointment and tenure as 18th Director of the United States Secret Service, where he had final determination over the protection of the President of the United States, many other high ranking government officials and foreign heads of state. He also served as Inspector General in the Department of the Interior and held senior positions at the Social Security Administration and Government Accounting Office. Mr. Bowron’s considerable leadership abilities have also been demonstrated in his prior role as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vance International, a prominent global security and consulting firm.
Frank Rodman is a security executive with over 25 years of qualitative experience building pragmatic security solutions. He has worked with diplomats, business leaders and ultra high net worth families to develop sophisticated strategies to avoid risk. Prior to TorchStone, Mr. Rodman served as head of global security and investigations for the family partners of Ziff Brothers Investments, one of the largest private investment firms in the United States. Mr. Rodman was also a senior security consultant for Dell Computer Corporation, where he developed and personally executed protection plans for the company's founder and Chairman. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr. Rodman served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service, where he led protection teams for U.S. diplomats and visiting dignitaries, and managed security at diplomatic facilities abroad.
William Pickle is the founder of The Pickle Group, LLC; a Washington, D.C. based Business Development and Governmental Affairs firm. Prior to this, Mr. Pickle served as the 37th Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate. In this role, Mr. Pickle was the Chief Operating Officer of the Senate, responsible for the day to day operations of the Senate as well as for oversight of the U.S. Capitol Police Department. Previous to being nominated and elected to this position by the Senate, Mr. Pickle served as the first Senior Executive Service Security Director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Prior to the creation of TSA, Mr. Pickle served as the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Labor. The bulk of Mr. Pickle's public service was with the United States Secret Service where he rose through the Agent ranks to become Deputy Assistant Director. During this 25 year career, he served in numerous senior positions to include Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division during the 2000 Presidential Election, as well as head of the Secret Service Legislative Affair Office during President Clinton's first Administration. Mr. Pickle is a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran who served as an infantryman and door gunner with the First Cavalry Division in 1968-69. Today, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Digital Defense Group as well as Director and Senior Advisor for a number of telecommunications and technology corporations to include Hysky Communications, Koolspan Technology, Criterion Systems and Cornerstone Associates. He is a former member of the 2004 Presidential Election Advisory Committee and a current member of the Presidential Medal of Valor Committee. Mr. Pickle continues to hold Top Secret Clearance with the United States Government.
David Niccolini is a security executive with over 16 years of experience across multiple industries, in both the private and public sectors, and among domestic and international clientele. Most recently, Mr. Niccolini served as Director at Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a private security firm headquartered in the Washington, DC area. In that role, he led all corporate strategic initiatives and account management activities, as well as managed all private sector business development. While at TIS, Mr. Niccolini was also intimately involved with multiple opportunities within the U.S. public sector, and with allied foreign governments. Before joining TIS, Mr. Niccolini spent several years in the pharmaceutical industry, and was also a manager with a consulting firm advising the utilities sector across North America. From the latter, he has retained his training in Structure Analysis and his expertise as a both a process specialist and a project manager. Mr. Niccolini graduated from Duke University cum laude.
Mike Massa is a risk management expert with a diverse background spanning 22 years. Most recently, Mr. Massa was Managing Director and Global Head of Risk Intelligence at Deutsche Bank, where he also led the Americas and UK-Middle East-Africa Security and Risk Management Groups for the global investment bank. Responsible for large distributed teams, he managed real crises such as the 2010 Chilean earthquake, the 2009 London G-8 riots, and the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, and provided specialized support to banking operations and large enterprise projects. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Massa was a founder of Sentek Consulting, a commercial and government consultancy specializing in Command and Control networks, Integrated Intelligence and Imagery and Open Source information management. Mr. Massa has also delivered technical and financial services, including offshore software development in Asia, the Middle East and the U.S., as well as large-scale enterprise systems (Enterprise Resource Planning) integration for KPMG. Earlier in his career, Mr. Massa served as an Officer in the US Navy (SEAL), operating in more than 50 countries across Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, including missions to Pakistan, Somalia, Kenya, and the Arabian Peninsula.
Tim Wilson is a decorated veteran of the New York City Police Department, where he achieved the rank of 1st Grade Detective. He served the majority of his police career in the Executive Security Section and Dignitary Protection Unit of the elite Intelligence Division. Mr. Wilson coordinated protective security for Mayor Koch, Mayor Dinkins and Mayor Giuliani, as well as for numerous visiting dignitaries, politicians and celebrities. After his public service, Mr. Wilson was appointed the Deputy Director of Security for Giuliani Security and Safety. There he continued to provide protective security as a team leader and confidential aide to former Mayor Giuliani. He helped coordinate security and logistics for Giuliani’s daily schedule and for numerous domestic and international trips, including the Mayor’s official trip to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy as a U. S. Presidential Delegate. Mr. Wilson went on to form and lead the executive protection team at a privately held financial firm, where he coordinated security operations for one of the wealthiest families in the United States. His knowledge of high-level protective security is unparalleled. As a Senior Consultant at TorchStone Global Mr. Wilson manages executive protection and counter-surveillance services for some of the most prominent individuals and organizations in the world.