Executives and Team Members

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 B. Bowron, Chairman

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 E. Rodman, President

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 H. Pickle, Director

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 T. Niccolini, Executive Vice President

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.  

William Whiteside, Vice President
Bill Whiteside has twenty-six years of public and private sector experience in the security industry. He has served with the U.S. Justice and Treasury Departments as both a Deputy U.S. Marshal and as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. He served in various capacities and specialities to include fugitive apprehension, protection of Federal Judges and U.S. Attorneys, high threat trials and the Witness Protection Program. He has protected U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, the Secretary of the Treasury and Foreign Heads of State. Mr. Whiteside has a wide-ranging criminal investigative background in financial crimes, bank fraud, telecommunications fraud, asset forfeiture, intelligence gathering, threat assessments, surveillance and counter-surveillance. After his government service, Mr. Whiteside managed AT&T's Global Executive Protection program, and then became Director of Global Executive Protection for Citigroup, where he had the responsibility for the safety of their CEOs, Presidents, CFOs, Board of Directors and other senior executives and their families, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Whiteside has advised U.S. officials, senior government staff, foreign government and private security teams, Chairman and CEO-level executives with an expertise in risk assessment, threat administration, executive advance work and protection. He has extensive experience in tactical planning and budgeting for large-scale security assignments and investigations, and has managed additional responsibility for aircraft, ship, ground transportation, residential security, as well as event security and protocols. With a high level network of domestic and international security and business assets, Mr. Whiteside serves as an advisor to high net worth individuals and families, to include industry leaders and celebrities. He manages comprehensive security assessments, due-diligence, surveillance, counter-surveillance, investigations and risk mitigation programs. He designs and coordinates personal and residential protection programs and global travel security for multiple high net worth families.

Carol Marshall, Senior Consultant
Carol Marshall is a global security consultant with over 25 years of international experience in corporate, private and public sector security. Ms. Marshall has traveled extensively, executing security in diverse cultures and in high threat environments. She led the strategic development and deployment of security programs for SC Johnson in over 70 countries. She lived in Singapore for several years while directing Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific Regional Security Program for 16 Asia-Pacific countries that included 40 subsidiaries. Prior to that, Ms. Marshall held several security management positions at Dell Computer. She was Dell’s Global Logistics Security Manager, served as their Asia-Pacific Regional Security Manager based in Malaysia and was also on the Dell Executive Security Detail that provided personal protection for the Dell family. Before joining the private sector, Ms. Marshall was a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service. She served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Security Detail, as well as at various overseas posts, including the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ms. Marshall has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska. She holds a board certification in Security Management and obtained an International Security Management Association Leadership Certification at Georgetown University in 2010.

Timothy J. Wilson, Senior Consultant
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.

Ira Shinske, Senior Consultant
Ira Shinske is a dynamic security professional, with 27 years of extensive experience and achievements in federal law enforcement, with an emphasis on executive protection, crisis management, physical security, major event planning and international programs. Mr. Shinske started his federal law enforcement career in1987 when he joined the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service (DS) as a Special Agent. During his 15 years at DS, Mr. Shinske traveled and worked in over seventy countries. He served as the Regional Security Officer in Caracas, Venezuela from1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000 Mr. Shinske was a detail leader for the protection of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, serving Madeleine Albright, Bill Richardson and Richard Holbrooke during their tenure.  In 2001 he served as the U.S. Department of State agency coordinator for the United Nations General Assembly and the World Economic Forum in New York City. In 2002 Mr. Shinske joined the United States Federal Air Marshal Service as a supervisor. During his 12 years with the Federal Air Marshal Service he was responsible for the training and hiring of agents as well as agency liaison with airlines, airport management and police.  Mr. Shinske continues to hold a top secret clearance.      
Lance Root, Olympics Project Manager
Lance Root has over 25 years of international security and law enforcement experience. He has an extensive record of security program design, development, implementation, and oversight.  Mr. Root is a pro-active, results-oriented, performance-driven leader, who has successfully led hundreds of personnel, managed multi-million dollar budgets, and implemented integrated security programs spanning government, military, civilian and corporate personnel, facilities, and interests. As a Supervisory Special Agent in the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Root has protected American diplomats and facilities around the world. Most recently, he completed a tour of duty as the senior Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where he supervised a staff of 89 special agents, investigators, U.S. Marines, and contract guards. He has previously served at U.S. diplomatic posts in Kabul, Mexico City, Guatemala City, Sarajevo, Tel Aviv, and at the US Mission to the United Nations. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Root served as the Regional Security Officer and Pan American Games Security Coordinator at the American Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Root is trilingual in English, Portuguese and Spanish.   He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Economics from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
Samuel D. Ward, Director of Intelligence
Sam Ward is a strategic leader with demonstrated skills in team building, managing large numbers of employees, collaboration, and running complex security programs in high impact, global organizations. He has ten years experience in developing and implementing strategies to protect people, physical facilities, and information in foreign and domestic locations. As a Special Agent in the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. Department of State, Sam served in the New York Field Office, the DS Command Center in Washington, and at the Regional Security Office, U.S. Embassy Berlin. Sam is proficient in emergency and event management, investigations, risk assessments, security technology, operations and budgeting. He has a Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Peter T. Quinn, Executive Protection Manager
Peter Quinn has served for over 20 years with the Suffolk County Police Department, including 10 years assigned to the Emergency Service Unit (ESU). Mr. Quinn is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT-D), hazardous materials technician, and firearms instructor. He was selected to instruct at the first statewide Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) school certifying all SWAT officers in New York. Prior to joining the Police Department Mr. Quinn spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps where his awards included the Combat Action Ribbon. Mr. Quinn has an extensive background in event security and executive protection throughout the United States, including at least 12 years experience on protective assignments for high profile and high net worth individuals. Pete is an avid marathon runner and triathlete.