Executive Protection Specialist
Chris Davis has been a Police Officer with the Suffolk County (NY) Police Department for more than twenty years. He spent the last twelve years assigned to the elite Emergency Service Unit, where his responsibilities include tactical assignments, high risk warrant service, and diplomatic protection. Mr. Davis is a New York state certified firearms instructor, hazardous materials technician, and emergency medical technician.
For the last twelve years, Mr. Davis has gained extensive experience in the field of executive protection, providing services in New York, Los Angeles and the Middle East. Since 2012, he has been working with TorchStone’s high profile and high net worth clients on short-term executive protection assignments. Mr. Davis is also certified in high risk defensive driving and has completed the Emergency Vehicle Operators Course.
Michael T. Georgoulis
Executive Protection Specialist
Mr. Georgoulis is a twenty-six-year police veteran and a Sergeant with the Danbury, Connecticut Police Department. A full-time instructor, Mr. Georgoulis supervises his agency’s firearms and tactical training program. He is a state-certified instructor in numerous disciplines, including firearms, active-shooter response tactics, and police use of force.
Mr. Georgoulis serves as the primary Use of Force Instructor at the Connecticut Police Academy, is one of the select few Senior Master TASER Instructors in the world, and has served as a guest instructor at federal law-enforcement tactical schools for over ten years. He has created FEMA compliant all-hazards plans for large public venues in Danbury and presents training programs in civilian response to active-shooter scenarios for commercial and corporate audiences throughout the Northeast.
A twelve-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Mr. Georgoulis served on active duty for nearly two years following the September 11th attacks. He deployed to Kosovo in 2002 and Iraq in 2003, where he was a Scout-Sniper Team Leader. His personal awards include the Combat Action Ribbon and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Mr. Georgoulis studied Justice and Law Administration at Western Connecticut State University. For the last several years, he has been working as a team member on short-term executive protection assignments for TorchStone’s high profile and high net worth clients.
Global Security Consultant
Carol Marshall is a global security consultant with more than twenty-five years of international experience in corporate, private, and public sector security. She delivers strategic solutions for clients in the areas of risk assessment and mitigation, threat avoidance, executive protection, facility security, and supply chain integrity.
Ms. Marshall has traveled extensively, executing security in diverse cultures and in high threat environments. Prior to joining TorchStone, she led the strategic development and deployment of security programs for SC Johnson in more than seventy countries. She lived in Singapore for several years while directing Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific Regional Security Program for 16 countries that included 40 subsidiaries. Before Microsoft, Ms. Marshall held several security management positions at Dell Computer. She was Global Logistics Security Manager, 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 an International Security Management Association Leadership Certification from Georgetown University.
Gary C. Raphael
Gary Raphael has more than 27 years of experience assisting affluent and high net worth individuals and families. His particular area of expertise is personal insurance with a special focus on property valuation, loss prevention, and claims management. As a senior executive at Ace Private Risk Services, Fireman’s Fund, and AIG, he established a reputation for implementing high-touch risk management programs and delivering groundbreaking loss prevention solutions to policyholders. These solutions earned him insurance industry recognition and awards. As an expert in risk management he has been quoted in numerous media outlets including Barron’s, Fox Business, Private Wealth, Reuters, and TheStreet.com.
In his collaboration with TorchStone, Mr. Raphael is helping to develop an innovative program designed to proactively identify and pragmatically address the growing safety concerns of the wealthy. Mr. Raphael’s experience in the insurance marketplace is an excellent complement to the specialized talents of the global TorchStone team.
Mr. Raphael has been a licensed property adjuster and a licensed insurance agent who has successfully completed Antiterrorist Defensive Driver and Surveillance Detection training. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Babson College and attended the Masters in Business program at Johns Hopkins University.
Olympics Project Manager
Lance Root has more than twenty-five 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 proactive, 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 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 previously served at U.S. diplomatic posts in Kabul, Mexico City, Guatemala City, Sarajevo, Tel Aviv, and at the U.S. 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 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.
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 specialties 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. Using his expertise in risk assessment, threat administration, and executive protection and advance work, Mr. Whiteside has advised U.S. officials, senior government staff, security teams from foreign governments and private firms, and Chairman and CEO-level executives. 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.
With a high level network of domestic and international security and business resources, 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.
Timothy J. Wilson
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, where 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.