OUR PEOPLE

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Frank Rodman

President and Co-Founder

Frank Rodman is a security executive with over twenty-five 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 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.

David Niccolini

Executive Vice President and Co-Founder

David Niccolini co-founded TorchStone Global in 2010, and was intimately involved in the creation of the original business plan and go-to-market strategy of the company. As a contributing member of the executive leadership team, Mr. Niccolini was integral in raising initial capital from a group of private investors, while growing the TorchStone brand into a self-sustaining and profitable entity. He has directed security and investigative operations across six continents on behalf of multinational corporations, high net worth families, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. government clients. Since TorchStone’s inception, Mr. Niccolini has served as the firm’s Corporate Secretary. Mr. Niccolini graduated cum laude from Duke University.

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Joseph FunkJoseph J. Funk

Senior Vice President

Joe Funk serves as Senior Vice President and is part of the executive leadership of TorchStone. Mr. Funk had a distinguished career with the U.S. Secret Service for twenty-one years. During his tenure, he was the Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Washington, D.C. field office, served on the protection details of former Presidents George H. Bush and William J. Clinton, and protected numerous foreign heads of state.

After leaving the Secret Service, Mr. Funk served as a Senior Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations for the Government Accounting Office, conducting investigations for the U.S. Congressional Select Committees on Homeland Security and Intelligence. As the President of U.S. Safety and Security (now merged with TorchStone Global LLC), Mr. Funk built an impressive business with multinational corporate clients, high profile events and individuals, and international professional sports leagues. In addition, U.S. Safety and Security’s protective assignments have included U.S. Presidential candidates Senator Barack Obama during his campaign in 2007-2008, Governor Mitt Romney in 2011-2012, and Governor Jeb Bush in 2015-2016.

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Mark Lex

Senior Vice President

Mark Lex serves as Senior Vice President and is part of the executive leadership team. Mr. Lex is a performance driven security executive with over 30 years of security industry experience to include 15 years as the senior security executive for three separate Fortune 250 companies that include Abbott, WW Grainger, and Kraft Foods. Mr. Lex served as emeritus faculty and consultant with the Security Executive Council for nearly 10 years. Mr. Lex has a track record of success in steering development and deployment of top-level security programs. Before joining the corporate ranks, Mr. Lex owned and operated several different investigative agencies and security officer companies in suburban Chicago. Most recently, Mark held a position as Director of Security for PayPal responsible for Governance, Risk, and Administration.

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sam wardSamuel D. Ward

Vice President

Sam Ward is a strategic leader with 15 years of experience developing and implementing programs to protect people, physical assets, and information in domestic and international locations. He leads TorchStone’s protective intelligence group, which uses social media listening, public online profile management, behavioral and link analysis, technology, and global security operations center (GSOC) integration to provide our clients with a tailored awareness of potential threats and vulnerabilities.

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 crisis and event management, investigations, risk assessments, executive protection, security operations, and financial management.

He is board certified in security management (CPP) and is a California Private Patrol Operator Qualified Manager. Sam has a Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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william whitesideWilliam 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 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.

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Chris Sanchez

Vice President

Christopher Sanchez has 22 years of experience in the fields of national security, crisis management, forensic investigations, advance threat protection, and site vulnerability assessments. He is currently a Vice President with TorchStone Global and assists clients in all industries to include business, financial, legal, regulatory, and reputational risk.

Mr. Sanchez specializes in conducting site security advances and criminal investigations, as well as physical, threat, and vulnerability assessments to include protective intelligence investigations. He also assists clients in achieving their desired protection from the Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act. Christopher helps professional sports teams manage threats and increase opportunities to teams, players, ownership organizations, and events by integrating key capabilities to help sports organizations and event venues manage threats to their brand, their teams, and their fans.

Previously, Mr. Sanchez was a Managing Director for the Mintz Group and a Director with PwC in the Global Intelligence Practice where he led PwC’s Sports Intelligence team as well as the Enterprise Physical Security practices. Christopher was a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service, where he investigated crimes against the government, acts of terrorism, and spent 5 years on the Presidential Protection Detail. Christopher has conducted multiple security advances for the first family, both domestically and internationally, throughout Europe and the Middle East.

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Malique L. Carr, PH.D.

Licensed Psychologist (CA PSY25110, WA PY60896476)
Associate Director of Intelligence

As TorchStone’s Psychologist and Associate Director of Intelligence, Dr. Carr helps high-profile clients mitigate physical, cyber, and reputational risks. She provides assessments of clients’ online and offline vulnerabilities. She also delivers ongoing, proactive intelligence to clients by filtering raw data from the clear and dark web, identifying emerging threats, and turning the data into actionable intelligence. This intelligence affords clients lead-time to enhance their security and brand management strategies as needed. Dr. Carr also leads TorchStone’s Threat Assessment Team, which assesses behaviors of concern, including those associated with targeted violence, terrorism, stalking, suicidality, and insider threat.

Dr. Carr earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University and is licensed in California and Washington (PSY25110; PY60896476). She obtained her BA from Wellesley College with double majors in Psychology and Media Arts & Science with a concentration in Computer Science. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Portland VA Medical Center MIRECC, the Human Investigations Program through Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine, and an American Psychological Association-accredited internship at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center. She was first author on a well-received article about assessing and managing stalking behaviors in mental health settings in the first volume and issue of the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. Dr. Carr was presented with an award for distinguished service in 2009 by the American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Psychology. Dr. Carr has also been a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals since 2012.

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Howard Snyder

Howard Snyder

Olympics Project Manager

Mr. Snyder is a multilingual security and operations professional with over 30 years of experience in Japan and China in high-visibility events, crisis management, government relations and corporate communications. He is fluent and literate in Japanese and Chinese with a proven ability to lead multi-cultural teams and execute difficult projects on time and within budget.

Mr. Snyder previously served in various roles with the Coca-Cola Company from 2002 to 2017, most recently as Director of Risk Management for China and Korea. In this role, he led proactive and reactive risk management functions, including incident management, crisis communications, corporate reputation and enterprise risk management. As Coca-Cola’s Director of Security and Incident Management at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Mr. Snyder was responsible for security, crisis management and risk assessment for the company’s Olympics activations, including their showcasing center, hospitality programs and government liaison. As the Project Manager for the 2007 Special Olympics Summer Games, Mr. Snyder was responsible for formulating and implementing Coca-Cola’s marketing and hospitality programs, operations and public relations activities.

As Director of Security and Incident Management at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan, Mr. Snyder was responsible for security and crisis management planning, implementation and response for Coca-Cola’s FIFA World Cup activations. He ensured that all potential risks were effectively managed. Prior to Coca-Cola, Mr. Snyder’s experience included roles as Managing Director for Kroll Associates Asia, based in Tokyo; Producer for Nippon Television Network, based in Washington, D.C.; and Senior Manager for Citibank in Tokyo. Mr. Snyder earned his master’s degree in International Economics and Japan Studies from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and his Bachelor of Art’s Degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.

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Tim Wilson

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, 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.

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Lee Fields

Major Events Security Coordinator

Lee Fields has more than 34 years of experience in the law enforcement and security arena, having served nearly 32 years with the U.S. Secret Service. During his Secret Service tenure, Mr. Fields led the Jacksonville, FL Field Office and served as Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations in Washington, DC where he was the Senior Executive Service official responsible for all domestic investigative operations, overseeing 41 investigative field offices, 85 resident and domicile offices, and 68 criminal task forces. In this capacity, he managed a workforce of 2,776 employees, which included both special agents and administrative personnel. Mr. Fields conducted and managed criminal investigations, and protective security advances for Secret Service protectees, including presidential and vice presidential candidates. He also has conducted domestic and international protective intelligence advances, and served in supervisory roles for visiting foreign heads of state.

Mr. Fields’ investigative experience includes conducting criminal investigations of counterfeit currency, forgery, access device fraud and mortgage fraud. His headquarters and protective assignments included the Office of Investigations, Office of Administration, Presidential Protective Division (President William Clinton), Counter Assault Team, Intelligence Division and Forensic Services Division. He also served on several task forces that investigated organized crime.

Mr. Fields holds a Master of Science degree in Management with emphasis in Leadership, as part of an Executive Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Florida.

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Patrick Chase

Patrick Chase

Senior Executive Protection Specialist

Patrick Chase has more than 35 years of police and security experience gained during a career leading protective operations for local and state law enforcement agencies. In that capacity, Mr. Chase has provided protection for corporate executives, elected officials, and high-profile individuals and athletes. Before embarking on his private security career protecting individuals and corporations worldwide, Mr. Chase served as a MN State Trooper where he was the Commander of Executive Protection and Director of Security for the Capitol Complex. Mr. Chase also served on the SWAT, narcotics, and detective units as a police officer in both MN and CO. During his law enforcement career, Mr. Chase received more than 100 awards and commendations. Mr. Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has completed the Police Executive Management Training Course (PERF), Secret Service-hosted Executive Protection Agent and Executive Protection Commanders School, and hundreds of other law enforcement training classes.

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Stephanie Kallab

Stephanie Kallab

Corporate Security Consultant

Ms. Kallab is a corporate security consultant for TorchStone based in Nashville, TN. Prior to joining TorchStone, she served as a Regional Security Advisor for the Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa countries at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. Stephanie also worked at WorldAware (formerly iJet), where she managed and developed corporate travel security programs for multinational organizations. Her analysis has been cited in publications including Travel Risk Management newsletter, the Washington Post, and USA Today. She received a B.A. in International Relations and French Literature from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 and a M.A. in International Security from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris) in 2010. Stephanie was born in Beirut, Lebanon and speaks English, French, and Arabic.

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Jose Calero

Executive Protection Specialist

Jose Alberto Calero has a combined 26 years of extensive experience as a security consultant and a contract government protection specialist. He is skilled at planning advance surveys, private investigations, and counter surveillance. Mr. Calero has been responsible for leading advance security assessments and formulating and executing strategic tactical action and emergency response plans. He has trained and worked extensively with local law enforcement and government agencies around the globe and holds an active US Government Secret Clearance. Mr. Calero has an extensive background in corporate security and executive protection throughout the Caribbean islands and the United States, including more than 10 years of experience on protective assignments with prominent business leaders and high-net-worth families. Mr. Calero holds a private pilot license for Sea and Air and is an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor.

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  • “TorchStone is a leader in the corporate security field and proved to be an invaluable resource to the International Franchise Association during a time of intense stress. We are extremely appreciative of their professionalism and vast knowledge. The IFA will certainly engage TorchStone in the future for any security or risk assessment needs.”

    Robert Cresanti, President & CEOInternational Franchise Association
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  • “Our high net worth clients tend to have complex needs and high expectations. We have confidently recommended TorchStone whenever security concerns are raised, and in every instance they’ve performed brilliantly. We appreciate having a partner who understands and pragmatically resolves the evolving vulnerabilities confronting our clients.”

    Andrew Howard, President and CEOHoward Insurance
  • “TorchStone is a top tier security and logistics partner for SAP. We have given them high stakes, high visibility assignments with big expectations. We couldn’t be more thrilled with their professionalism and achievement of all our objectives. SAP will absolutely continue to engage TorchStone in the future.”

    Nick Tzitzon, Senior Vice PresidentSAP SE
  • “Mitigating threats, physical, cyber or otherwise, is currently a key focus of the private wealth sector. PAM recognizes TorchStone as the leading firm in the space. We are impressed by their team’s ability to provide a layer of protection around high-net-worth clients and family offices.”

    Katherine Goh, EditorPrivate Asset Management
  • “It was a pleasure working with TorchStone during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Their commitment to first class service and their embrace of cutting-edge technology ensured a safe experience for hundreds of VIPs and guests of a high-profile corporate sponsor in a challenging environment."

    Chris Hurst, Chief Operating OfficerStabilitas