The Welsh-Sullivan Group Team
Judith Welsh Sullivan, owner and partner of the Welsh-Sullivan Group, served in the U.S. Secret Service for twenty-three years. The majority of her career was spent in the Intelligence Division culminating as the Senior Intelligence Research Specialist overseeing the analysis of protective Intelligence information. After a short leave of absence to accompany her husband on his assignment to the U,S Embassy in London, England, she resumed her Secret Service career assigned to the Strategic Planning Division for the Office of Protective Research. Soon after, she assumed the role as writer and editor for the Director of the Secret Service. In that role, she contributed to a number of key and strategic communications to the media, Congress, and the general public concerning security issues involving Secret Service jurisdiction. During her tenure in the Intelligence Division, Judy provided analytical support to several high profile investigations, including the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.
Judy earned her BA degree in political science from Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.
John L. Sullivan, Managing Partner and Owner of the Welsh-Sullivan Group has more than thirty-nine years of Fortune 200 corporate security and Federal Law Enforcement experience. John served in the U.S. Secret Service for twenty-three years where he held senior positions in the Intelligence Division, US Embassy London England and the Office of Inspection. While in the Office of Inspection, he supervised and co-authored the Air Defense section of the congressionally mandated White House Security review. He also served for two years as the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the US Agency for International Development overseeing a global investigative effort to combat fraud, waste and abuse in US foreign aid programs.
John was the global security Director for Texas Instruments Inc, a Fortune 200 Semiconductor Company with design and manufacturing assets in 36 countries. As Director, he was responsible for all security at TI locations including subsidiaries worldwide. Under his leadership, Texas Instruments was one of the first twenty corporate applicants to be certified and validated for the Department of Homeland Security, Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism C-TPAT program. Texas Instruments was also certified and validated to the C-TPAT Tier III level in 2007. In addition, he held executive oversight of the TI Flight Department which consisted of two Global Express aircraft, crews and maintenance.
John is the past Chairman of the National Business Aviation Association Security Council; he provided business aviation security expertise to the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) for a Threat-Vulnerability Integration Study of General Aviation; currently serving as a member of the Department of Homeland Security's TSA Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) industry working group; serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Security Management Association; serves as Secretary of the Board for the McKinney Airport Development Corporation; and is the past Chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association Anti-counterfeiting (SIA ACTF)Task Force where he led the Texas Instruments and SIA ACTF effort to stem the flow of counterfeit electronic components into the aviation and medical device sipply chains.
As Chairman of the SIA ACTF, he met with Chinese government and industry officials and was an invited speaker at the opening ceremony for the China Reliable Electronic Component Supplier (RECS) at the Peoples Great Hall in Beijing and at the opening ceremony of the International Component Center (ICC) in Shenzhen China.
John has contributed to a number of articles appearing in Business Week, Aviation International News, Business & Commercial Aviation, the Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journal, and the EE Times on both business aviation and electronic component counterfeiting.
John holds a BS in Business Management from Saint John's University in New York City and an MS in Applied Behavioral Science and Organizational Development from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland. In addition.he attended the year long British National Police Staff College, Senior Command Course at Bramshill, England as well as executive education courses at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the University of Chicago, School of Business. The American College of Forensic Examiners has designated him Certified Homeland Security - CHS III (ID#101384), Preparation and Response.
Prior to his law enforcement and corporate security career, John was a Marine Corps Naval Flight Officer flying in the F4-J Phantom in Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons VMFA-235 and VMFA-312.
Independent Security Consultants Affiliated with the Welsh-Sullivan Group
Cliff P. Deckard, Deckard and Associates LLC. Senior Consultant for Threat Management and Physical Security has an extensive range of experience in law enforcement, security, physical and personal protection, protective intelligence, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and management. His federal law enforcement career spanned more than 36 years with four very different agencies.
In 1973, Cliff began his career in law enforcement in the U.S. Secret Service. His assignments included field office assignments in San Francisco, Chicago, and Milwaukee, two permanent protective assignments assigned to the Vice President of the United States, and three Secret Service headquarters assignments in Intelligence and Inspection. He was the Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee Field Office, supervising all Secret Service responsibilities (criminal investigations and protection) in Wisconsin. While assigned to the Intelligence Division, he supervised the analysis and investigation of domestic and foreign intelligence and information potentially impacting the security of U.S. and foreign leaders. To accomplish this task he worked closely with the U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies on a daily basis. He supervised the initiation of the Secret Service’s participation in the first 15 Joint Terrorism Task Forces throughout the United States.
In 1999, Cliff joined the Inspector General’s Office at the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He subsequently became the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, supervising all worldwide investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse in USAID’s $8 billion a year foreign aide program. He directly managed 6 overseas field offices of Special Agent Investigators who conducted criminal investigations of U.S. persons, corporations, and entities involved in USAID programs.
In 2003, Cliff accepted a position as the Deputy Chief of Operations at the National Gallery of Art. Supervising a security force of 350 Security Officers and Special Police Officers, he orchestrated a comprehensive security plan to safeguard the national treasures of the United States, a museum complex of over 1.5 million square feet, and the safety and health of over 4 million visitors per year.
In 2007, Mr. Deckard joined the Pentagon Force Protection Agency as the Director of Threat Management. Cliff was tasked to create a protective intelligence organization within the Agency to collect, analyze, and investigate groups and individuals who might pose a danger to high ranking Department of Defense officials and/or the Pentagon and the Pentagon related components in the National Capital Region ( NCR). In 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Mr. Deckard to the Senior Executive Service position of Deputy Director for Law Enforcement and Security of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. In this position Mr. Deckard supervised the Agency’s 700 police officers, the Criminal Investigations Directorate, the Threat Management Directorate, and the Integrated Emergency Operations Center at the Pentagon. In addition to the Pentagon complex, Mr. Deckard was responsible for the security of an additional 117 NCR buildings and another 70,000 Department of Defense employees.
Cliff's real time experience in physical protection, domestic and international protective intelligence, risk analysis, security systems and technology, comprehensive criminal and ethics investigations, and management is unparalleled. He has had extensive training in crisis management and national security operations and was a member of the National Security Development Program. He has maintained the highest level of clearances in the U.S. Government.
Mr. Deckard’s career is earmarked by his ability to interact and work well with a wide variety of people at all levels throughout very different kinds of organizations. He has been successful working with politicians, the military, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and officials, civilians, and U.S./ foreign businesses and corporations worldwide.
Cliff obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio). He completed the U.S. Treasury Department Leadership Development Program at George Washington University and he recently completed the National Security Studies Program, Elliott School of International Studies, at George Washington University. He has had extensive executive management training in security, intelligence, risk management, access control systems, anti-terrorism, strategic planning, crisis management, emergency operations, and personnel management.
Richard G. Hudak, Managing Partner, Resort Security International, graduated from Harvard University (BA) and later earned Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from InterAmerican School of Law in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From 1967 to 1970, Mr. Hudak served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and was decorated for his actions in combat during the Vietnam War. Following military service, Mr.Hudak was appointed as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was assigned to several offices during his 11 year career investigating criminal matters, conducting background checks on presidential appointments, and working counter-espionage and counter-terrorism cases.
Mr.Hudak’s corporate career includes cross-industry experience as Director of Corporate Security positions in banking (Mbank, Dallas, TX); hotels ( ITT Sheraton Corporation—500 hotels in 64 countries) and most recently with Loews Corporation (a holding company comprised of Loews Hotels, Bulova Watch Corporation, CNA Insurance, Lorillard Tobacco, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Texas Gas, Gulf South).
In addition, Mr. Hudak has been employed as an International Security Consultant with Ackerman and Palumbo, Risk Management Group, and with Resort Security International, a company that he incorporated in Delray Beach, Florida. As an Adjunct Professor, he taught Master’s level courses at JohnJay University, NYC and has lectured at NYU, George Washington University, and at the Hotel ManagementSchool in Lausanne, Switzerland.
In his current capacity as Managing Partner, Resort Security International (RSI), Mr. Hudak provides security expert witness testimony and litigation support for several national law firms. RSI also works with architects and developers during construction of new resorts and hotels to create a practical and cost effective approach to security. RSI conducts security surveys and audits, and provides consultation for existing hotels and resorts, marinas, golf clubs, equestrian and ski operations to ensure that they have reasonable protection and safeguards in place. Finally, RSI provides valuable security expertise to selected vendors of security equipment, technology and services.
Mr. Hudak is an active member of ISMA, ASIS, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, VFW, American Legion, Harvard Club of NYC and Palm Beach, and the Harvard Varsity Club. He is on the Board of Advisors for I-OnAsia, PPM-2000, IdentityTheft911 and as a Board of Director for Safemark Systems, Inc. Mr. Hudak has authored numerous published articles regarding contemporary issues in security management and has appeared on both radio and television programs. Mr.Hudak was featured on the cover of Security Magazine, January, 2007 edition.
Mary Welsh Mauzy, Data and Research Management. Mary has 15 years experience with a large research firm as a data manager. This included collecting data, maintaining databases and verifying the accuracy of the data. Using these databases, she produced reports for analysis, project management, and to respond to inquiries from participants. She also tested new software to ensure accurate accumulation and reporting of data. She served as a point of contact for various research participants including large medical centers. As a data manager, Mary also prepared written reports and edited reports prepared by others for accuracy, clarity and grammar. Mary served as a purchasing agent issuing orders for supplies and equipment and followed up to insure timely receipt. She has extensive knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, and Access.
Mary earned a B.S. degree from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV
Peter Linden Jones BA- Senior Consultant for Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia and East Africa Peter served in the British Police service for 32 years, serving with Cheshire Constabulary in operations and Criminal Investigation from the rank of Constable to the rank of Acting Assistant Chief Constable. He served as a Divisional Commander and for a time was Staff Officer to Her Majesties Inspector of Constabulary.In 1995 he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with Hampshire Constabulary, ultimately taking responsibility for all support services. He served with the inter-services Security Committee (Royal Army, Navy and Air Force.)
He was responsible for the UK police strategy to deal with criminal and terrorist threats from the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents.Since leaving the police service he has worked as a consultant for the European Commission regarding assistance to Albania in the fields of incident management and organized crime. He has lectured to senior police officers in Muscat, Oman on the subject of organized and major crime investigation. He has worked in Seattle in a contract arbitration case. He is an associate lecturer at the British Police Staff College.
Peter holds a BA in Politics and Sociology, attended the Senior Command Course and has attended the FBI National Academy at Quantico.
John J. Goglia, John Goglia LLC is a Senior Aviation Safety Consultant. Mr. Goglia served as a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board from August 1995 to June 2004. With more than 40 years experience in the aviation industry, he was the first Board Member to hold an FAA aircraft mechanic’s certificate.
As a Board Member, Mr. Goglia distinguished himself in numerous areas of transportation safety. In particular, he was instrumental in raising awareness of airport safety issues, including the importance of airport crash fire and rescue operations and the dangers of wildlife at airports. He played a key role in focusing international attention on the increasing significance of aircraft maintenance in aviation accidents. He pressed successfully for greater integration of civilian and military safety information, becoming a featured speaker at national aviation symposiums attended by military leaders and major defense contractors.
John was an outspoken advocate for greater compassion and sensitivity in dealing with surviving family members of victims of transportation accidents. He worked diligently to ensure that families received timely and forthright information following transportation accidents. In recognition of his dedication to helping grieving families, the National Air Disaster Alliance awarded him its 2001 Aviation Safety Award.
He is a former Professor of Aviation Science and Director of the Center for Integrated Emergency Management at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. As such, he was responsible for creating a world-class program for preventing and preparing for disasters, from natural disasters such as forest fires to man-made ones such as aircraft accidents.
In addition, John held numerous positions in the airline industry and was involved for more than 20 years as a union flight safety representative on accident investigation teams.
Numerous aviation groups have recognized John’s contributions to aviation safety. In 2006, he was awarded the annual Air Transport Association (ATA) Nuts and Bolts award. This award is the highest award given by the ATA and honors those with outstanding service and contributions to the airline industry over an extended period. In 2004, Aviation Week & Space Technology awarded him the coveted Laurel for his outstanding service as an NTSB Board member. In 2002 and 2003, the Society of Automotive Engineers presented him with the Marvin Whitlock Award for outstanding management accomplishment and the Aerospace Chair Award for outstanding leadership.
John Goglia is recognized across the world as an expert in aviation safety. He frequently serves as a keynote speaker at various events across the world including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul conference, Society of Automotive Engineers, and other various panels and meetings. John’s extensive experience is also often quoted in numerous news articles and on-air interviews.
John has served on a number of Boards, including the Aviation Technical Training College in Singapore, and is an advisor to a number of organizations, including the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. Most recently, John was a Senior Vice President with JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, consulting on transportation and safety issues. In addition, John writes a regular column for Aviation International News. He also served as the Governor’s appointee to the Boston Area Second Airport Site Selection Board and the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Review Commission. John also operated his own aircraft service company for more than twenty years.
Mike Haer, Michael Haer Security Consultants Consultans, LLC. Personnel Security and Risk Mitigation, offers more than 25 years of Federal Law Enforcement and Fortune 200 corporate security experience. His expertise includes domestic and international investigations, pre-employment screening and employee background investigations, threat and risk mitigation analysis, security management, and executive protection.
Mike began his law enforcement career as a special agent with the FBI. While with the FBI, he conducted both criminal investigations and foreign counterintelligence. He was commended by the Director of the FBI for his design and implementation of a sensitive operation to detect, prevent and neutralize the presence of hostile intelligence threats against the U.S.
Mike later served as Special Agent, Resident Agent-in-Charge, and Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). While with USAID, he lived in Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand; Manila, Philippines; and Washington, D.C. He traveled extensively throughout the world to conduct and supervise a global investigative effort to combat fraud, waste and abuse in U.S. foreign aid programs.
Mike joined Texas Instruments (TI), a Fortune 200 company, and served as Investigations Manager, Personnel and Contractor Security Manager, and interim Key Personnel Protection Manager. While with TI, he managed all investigative activities, both internal and external; the corporate pre-employment screening and discrepancy adjudications program; and the corporate executive protection program designed to ensure the safety of the CEO, Board of Directors, and senior management team.
Mike holds a J.D. degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and is a licensed attorney. He is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.
Todd M. Keil, owner of Keil Associates LLC has more than 27-years of experience in global security operations and management, intelligence and law enforcement, and threat assessment and risk mitigation in the government and the private sector.
Mr. Keil was appointed in December 2009 by President Barack Obama as the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His office was responsible for protecting the assets of the United States essential to the nation's security, public health and safety, economic vitality, and way of life. These assets are divided into 18 separate sectors as diverse as critical manufacturing, banking and finance, commercial facilities and information technology. Mr. Keil served in this position until February 2012. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Keil worked in corporate security management positions at Texas Instruments, Inc., and the Welsh-Sullivan Group, LLC.
Mr. Keil also held numerous key positions at the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service over 22-years of service, culminating his career as the Regional Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he championed protection of U.S. government facilities, personnel, and national security information. In Foreign Service positions at U.S. embassies in Indonesia, Ireland, and Austria, he provided a broad range of security and law enforcement management and risk mitigation expertise, while advising U.S. ambassadors and in primary liaison roles with a wide network of global law enforcement, intelligence, and security agencies. From 1994 to 2000, he held a leadership position on the protective detail that provided personal protection for two Secretaries of State.
Mr. Keil possesses a unique blend of field and high-level management skills and contacts, combined with his expertise in law enforcement, threat and risk assessment and mitigation, and applying business best practices in the private sector and to government operations.
Mr. Keil holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. He has also attended special studies programs at the University of Bonn in Germany and the American University in Washington, D.C.
Greg R. Albanese, Sunset Technologies LLC is a highly qualified, experienced and diversified security expert. Mr. Albanese is a former Westchester County New York Deputy Chief Investigator and headed the TSOG (technical surveillance operations group). In 2003 when the United Nations had to secure their inspection operations in Iraq, Mr. Albanese was called upon to lead a team of experts to assess and secure physical and communications security at the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
Prior to that Mr. Albanese spent three and half years as a full time security consultant for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey assigned to the 45 million dollar World Trade Center security system project. Currently, Mr. Albanese is security consultant to the Time Warner Center and 92Y in NYC. Mr. Albanese is licensed Private Investigator, Member of the IACP, ASIS and NBAA and holds a Masters Degree. His twenty-five years of solid experience in threat assessments, facilities security design and as a recognized technical security countermeasures (TSCM) expert is well documented.
He has been a respected member of the worldwide private sector security community since 1989 serving the United Nations, Federal Government, and New York City in addition to numerous Fortune 100/500 clients.
John P (Jack) McCann, Owner and President of McCann Enterprises - Jack was a member of the NYPD for more than twenty-seven years. His various assignments included the Homicide Squad, Bronx District Attorney’s Squad, and in particular, the Major Case Squad where he was instrumental in the recovery of millions of dollars worth of stolen art and jewelry. He personally was involved in more than 200 investigations of kidnapping for ransom.
As a result of his assignments with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. McCann was sworn in as a deputy U.S. Marshall. He was one of the original members of the Hostage Negotiation Team, and actively practiced as a negotiator for over twenty years.
He served as a member of the Museum, Library and Archive Committee for The American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS). He was a member of the International Policy Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1992 to 1995, from 1996-2003 served on the I.A.C.P. Arson and Explosives Committee and was appointed to the Private Sector Liaison Committee in 2004. He was a past President and Chairman of the Board of the National Law Enforcement Association. He served on the Board of Directors for the International Sentinel Group and the American Academy of Professional Law Enforcement.
Mr. McCann is the current President of Retired Detectives of the Police Department of the City of New York and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Professional Law Enforcement in June of 2007. In the private sector, Mr. McCann was the Director of Security for the Andy Warhol Estate and has provided security services for major international events, such as the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Times News Tour 1995, the Papal visit to New York City 1995, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and the 2004 Athens Olympics. He developed and managed numerous executive protection programs domestically and internationally.
Mr. McCann owns Argus Protective Services that is licensed by the Department of State in both New York and New Jersey.
Melanie Neystel, CEO of The Neystel Associates, LLC- Ms. Neystel has more than 12 years of experience in federal and local law enforcement. Melanie served as Special Agent for the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General (SSA-OIG) for 10 years in the Atlanta Field Division, Dallas Field Division, and Los Angeles Field Division. She has investigated a multitude of cases, including fraud, money laundering, and various homeland security initiatives. In addition, she was actively involved in investigating and detecting internal and external fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement within Social Security Administration (SSA) programs. Melanie conducted sensitive and complex investigations of criminal conduct, which involved obtaining and executing arrest and search warrants, subpoenas, conducting surveillance, coordinating and participating in undercover operations, interviewing subjects and witnesses, eliciting voluntary sworn statements, taking custody of evidence per federal law and agency guidelines, and documenting events and activities in detailed reports. She has presented cases to United States Attorney's offices, Grand Juries, and Local and State prosecutors for adjudication of criminal and civil violations under federal, state, and local law and testified at judicial proceedings.
Melanie was assigned as a mentor for Special Agents new to Federal law enforcement and administered and created training and presentations to various personnel, including private industry, to assist them in detecting, preventing, and making referrals of fraudulent activities. As part of her duties, she assisted other personnel with computer software applications and queried multiple Federal, State, and private databases and collected and analyzed financial records and other documents. Melanie jointly prepared a Management Implication Report (MIR) on a case involving systemic and programmatic weaknesses in SSA systems and procedures that included recommendations for improvement, which resulted in procedural and regulatory changes throughout SSA. Melanie’s casework has been included in the SSA-OIG's Semi-Annual Report to Congress, and discussed at international law enforcement conferences. Melanie served as the Evidence Custodian, a Victim/Witness Coordinator, and a Health and Safety Representative, conducting training throughout various SSA regions.
Melanie, as an assessment team member, provided technical expertise for risk and vulnerability security assessments of two publically held corporations and a municipal airport.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from The University of Alabama. In addition, Melanie has completed many law enforcement, homeland security, and technology-related training courses and received numerous internal and external awards throughout her career and educational endeavors.
Prior to her Federal Law Enforcement career, Melanie worked for The University of Alabama Police Department, as well as various positions in the insurance industry.
Aviation Security & Safety Advisors NetworkTM
A select group of aviation and security professionals providing cost effective security and safety solutions to the aviation community. Each member of the Advisors Network is an accomplished professional in his or her area of expertise. Each brings years of security and safety experience obtained working for the NTSB, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York City Police Department, GA airports, FBO's and Fortune 200 corporate flight departments.
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Welsh-Sullivan Group LLC
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Consultants who maintain a strategic alliance with the Welsh-Sullivan Group are all accomplished professionals in their field of expertise. They are former Fortune 200 corporate security directors, corporate attorneys, U.S. Customs attorneys, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) members and investigators, U.S. Secret Service Agents and Intelligence Specialists, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents, Transportation Security Administration officials, Inspectors General Special Agents, New York City Police Detectives and senior officers, as well as United Nations technical security personnel. Several of our consultants are commercial pilots and Chinese speakers.