OUR PEOPLE

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Frank E. 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 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.

David T. 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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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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peter quinnPeter T. Quinn

Vice President

Peter Quinn served for more than 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.

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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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Malique Carr

Malique L. Carr, PH.D.

Associate Director

Dr. Carr (CA PSY25110) earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a double major in Media Arts & Science with a concentration in Computer Science at Wellesley College. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Portland VA Medical Center with the Mental Illness Research and Education Clinical Center, a certificate program in Human Investigations through Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine, and an American Psychological Association-accredited internship at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Medical Center. Dr. Carr’s clinical specialty is providing treatment for child and adult survivors of trauma.

Her work has spanned hospital, community mental health, and school settings. Dr. Carr’s research interests revolve around assessing and managing threats. 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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Michael T. Georgoulis

Associate Director

Mr. Georgoulis is responsible for coordinating and managing protection operations, as well as leading workplace violence training services for clients throughout the U.S. For the last several years, he has also been a leader on executive protection assignments for TorchStone’s high profile and high net worth clients.

Mr. Georgoulis is a twenty-nine-year police veteran and a retired Sergeant with a municipal police department in one of the most diverse cities in the nation. A full-time instructor, Mr. Georgoulis supervised 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.

For eight years, Mr. Georgoulis served as the primary Use of Force Instructor at the Connecticut Police Academy where he created an entirely new training curriculum. Mr. Georgoulis was one of the select few Senior Master TASER Instructors in the world, and 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 and presents training programs in civilian response to active-violence incidents for commercial and corporate audiences throughout the U.S. Mr. Georgoulis is certified as a Tactical Medical Instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training center (FLETC).

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 served as a Scout-Sniper Team Leader, deploying to Kosovo in 2002 and Iraq in 2003. 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.

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Val LeTellier

Val LeTellier

Senior Cybersecurity Consultant

Mr. LeTellier has twenty-five years of risk management experience in the public and private sector. Prior to providing security consulting to Fortune 500 firms and government agencies, he ran intelligence, counterintelligence, and security operations as a CIA Operations Officer and State Department Diplomatic Security Special Agent.

Mr. LeTellier began his career as a Diplomatic Security Special Agent, where he provided executive protection to U.S. and foreign leaders around the world and conducted criminal investigations in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Recruited as a CIA Clandestine Service Trainee, he served eight field tours in the Middle East, West Africa, and war zones. As a Chief of Station, Chief of Base, and Chief of Operations, he led source recruitment, covert action, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism operations.

In the private sector, he co-founded a cyber security firm that leveraged CIA human source and NSA technical expertise to conduct holistic cyber security assessments, develop insider threat programs, and perform risk mitigation. He continues to provide cyber security and operational subject matter expertise to the intelligence community.

Mr. LeTellier holds an MBA, MS in Systems Management, BA in Political Science, an Information Systems Security Certificate, and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).

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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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Carol Marshall

Carol Marshall

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.

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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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Pete Cunneen

Peter Cunneen

Senior Executive Protection Specialist

Peter Cunneen, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, is an accomplished law enforcement and security professional with more than twenty years experience, including nine years assigned to the elite Emergency Service Unit. Mr. Cunneen is a state certified emergency medical technician, hazardous materials technician, and firearms instructor. Past assignments include explosives detection canine handler and anti-gang task force.

Mr. Cunneen started his law enforcement career assigned to the high profile Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan. Throughout his career, Mr. Cunneen has received advanced training and certifications in active shooter response, defensive driving, and dignitary protection. Mr. Cunneen joined TorchStone Global in 2013 and supports our high net worth, high profile clients on executive protection teams throughout the Northeast region. Mr. Cunneen is an avid Crossfit coach and former competitive boxer.

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Matthew O'Malley

Matthew O’Malley

Senior Executive Protection Specialist

Matt O’Malley is an accomplished law enforcement and security professional with over 23 years experience. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant and has served as a supervisor or Commanding Officer in several high profile commands including the Emergency Service Unit, Firearms Training Section, and the Community Relations Bureau. Mr. O’Malley is a state certified emergency medical technician, and firearms instructor.

Throughout his career, Mr. O’Malley has received advanced training and certifications in active shooter response, defensive driving, and dignitary protection. Mr. O’Malley served in the U.S. Army Reserve and deployed to combat operations in Afghanistan in 2011 as Team Leader of a Tactical Psychological Operations Team. Mr. O’Malley joined TorchStone Global in 2013 and supports our high net worth, high profile clients on executive protection teams throughout the Northeast region.

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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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Chris Davis

Christopher Davis

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.

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    Nick Tzitzon, Senior Vice PresidentSAP SE
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    Robert Cresanti, President & CEOInternational Franchise Association
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    Andrew Howard, President and CEOHoward Insurance
  • “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."

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