BACKGROUND

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SecuritySpecifiers was established in 2010 by Ray Coulombe, a 30+ year
security industry veteran, to address the need for the physical security industry to more effectively engage with the specifier community. In 2017, Ray initiated the highly successful CONSULT Technical Security Symposium.
In 2015, Ray was awarded SIA's Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award by SIA for his role in leading the CSI Division 28 update effort. He is on the Electronic Technician Association’s (ETA International) competency boards for Information Technology Specialist and Electronic Security Networking Technician certifications, both of which he holds. He sits on the PSA Security Network Education Advisory Board, and he writes the Tech Trends column for Security Technology Executive (STE) and Security Business magazines. Formerly, Ray was COO and co-founder of SyPixx Networks and has played a significant role in the development of several other technology companies in the industry. Early in his career, Ray served as a Captain in the United States Air Force, where he was involved in the development and production of TV, laser, and infra-red guided missiles. He holds a BSEE from Cornell University; Masters degrees in Management from MIT and Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; a graduate certificate in Cyber Security from the University of Rhode Island; and numerous professional certifications. He belongs to ASIS, IEEE, ETA International, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
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ADVISORY BOARD


Listed below are Industry Leaders who have graciously provided their time and advice to SecuritySpecifiers as Advisory Board members.

Phil Aronson

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Phil has been a leader in one of the most innovative and fastest growing areas of the risk, resilience and security industry: Security Risk Management Services (SRMS). As the former owner of Aronson Security Group and key executive for ADT Commercial, he has leveraged his experiences in every evolution in the industry. From redefining the role of a service provider to the expanded definition of risk management and the master planning of technology deployments, he has been dedicated to helping the industry create a path to value for the executives managing the risk and opportunity of their organizations.
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Scott Bain

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Scott is Founder and CEO of Safer Cities, an Auckland, New Zealand-based firm offering an integrated approach includes consulting on CCTV infrastructure and connecting security assets, along with a complementary range of managed services. The company's overwhelming focus is on the public safety sector. Prior to founding these companies Scott held leadership roles at Cisco in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. As a senior sales engineer and product manager for Cisco’s CCTV business unit Scott worked extensively with public safety and service providers to design and deliver complex network and security solutions. Early in his career, Scott earned CIsco's prestigious CCIE certification, attesting to his outstanding technical capability.
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Jerry Blanchard, CPP

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Jerry Blanchard has led Risk Management Associates, Inc (dba Protus3) as Chairman and CEO since 2012. Protus3 is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and specializes in physical security consultancy. Jerry has been in the security industry for thirty-one years since his departure from the military. Following his military service and while working in corporate security for Northern Telecom, Jerry managed the corporate security operations and security systems network in the Research Triangle Park. Jerry then had the opportunity to become the first Loss Prevention Manager for Crown Crafts, a medium sized textile company. Finally, having set up a successful security program at Crown Crafts, Jerry made the move twenty-five years ago to Protus3 where he continues to enjoy the opportunities to work with many great organizations.
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Benjamin Butchko, CPP, CSC

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Benjamin Butchko is the President/CEO of Butchko, Inc. Ben is an accomplished strategic planner and senior security engineer in the field of risk analysis, threat assessment, security consulting, system design, and project planning for national and international projects. He develops Security Master Plans and deploys solutions for enterprise projects in petrochemical, industrial, medical, corporate, and science research industries. He is a regular presenter on security assessment, strategic planning, design, and deployment.
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Lorna Chandler, CPP

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Lorna Chandler is CEO of Security By Design, Inc., a security consulting firm whose services include vulnerability analyses, feasibility studies, training programs, and designs for the integration of systems for physical security, fire, and data center failure mode monitoring. Lorna spent thirteen years with Chevron Corporation where she gained experience in the design and specification of software, quality assurance, control procedures, and physical security issues in the areas of credit, accounting, lock-box banking, credit card processing, data processing and public relations. Lorna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, University of California, Irvine and has been active within the security industry since 1974, earning the CPP certification in 1986.
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Brian P. Coulombe, PE, SICC

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Brian P. Coulombe, is Senior Manager, Physical Security, Americas at Amazon. Previously, he was Principal and Director of Operations at DVS Security, a division of Ross and Baruzzini. Brian is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds an MBA from Yale University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University. Having joined DVS in 2006 as an engineer and project manager, Brian has managed numerous security engineering and design projects, including the World Trade Center (NY), Independence National Park, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Princeton University Firestone Library. Prior to DVS, Brian worked as a project engineer for TransCore ITS, deploying intelligent transportation and network-based communication systems.
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Josh Cummings, PSP, CISSP, SICC

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Joshua Cummings is Executive Vice President, Technology at Paladin Technologies. Josh has over 20 years of physical security experience in design, cyber security, and integrating technologies. At Paladin he leads a national team of Designers, Systems Engineers, Estimators and Drafters who serve to design and engineer solutions to solve our customer’s most complex challenges. Additionally, Josh serves leading efforts in training and professional development programs across the Paladin footprint. He regularly presents on technology and cyber security for PSA Security, Security Specifiers, ISC West, and SIA. Josh is the chair of PSA’s Cyber Security Committee and has received both his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP – www.isc2.org) and Physical Security Professional (PSP – www.asisonline.org) certifications. He also is a contributor to the Security Industry Association’s Security Industry Cyber Security Certification (SICC).
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Forrest Gist, PE, CPP

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Forrest Gist, Global Technology Lead - Security for Jacobs, has over 30 years of security expertise gained through design and construction management of over 250 security projects on a wide variety of critical infrastructure sectors including aviation, marine, high tech, data center, water/wastewater, electrical and nuclear power, banking/finance, food, correctional, education, health care and military. Forrest is Jacob’s subject matter expert in risk assessments and security planning and specializes in security risk assessment services, identifying security threats, vulnerability assessments and developing mitigation plans and upgrade recommendations. He has deep subject knowledge in video surveillance technology, particularly in planning large enterprise video management systems and within the areas of video analytics, video storage and bandwidth. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) and ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP). In his spare time, he enjoys international travel, exploring remote areas where cell phone coverage is limited, and expanding his vinyl record collection.
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Maria Gonzalez, CPP

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Maria Gonzalez, CPP, a 20+ year security industry veteran, is a Principal, Senior Consultant, and Team Lead TEECOM. Her consulting experience includes responsibility for engineering, design, needs assessment, planning, construction administration, and coordination for massive construction, redevelopment and relocation projects across the nation. Maria has led projects in a number of vertical markets, but has focused on commercial, educational, cultural, and workplace market sectors. Further, Maria has been involved as a contributing author for a number of industry publications and articles including the book “Women in the Security Profession: A Practical Guide for Career Development” by Sandi Davies. And she has been a guest speaker for security-focused podcasts and radio shows. Maria balances her time as a security leader at TEECOM with being a mom to her boy Jack.
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James E. Henry

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James E. Henry was formerly Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Securitas Electronic Security. From November, 2001 through December 15, 2010, Jim was Chairman and CEO of Henry Brothers Electronics (HBE), founded as an electronic repair shop in 1950, where Jim first worked as an installer, and, then as a systems engineer and designer. After a sale and repurchase, Jim took HBE public in 2001 and expanded the company footprint, with national scope and offices in seven states, as well as three subsidiaries.. In December 15, 2010 HBE merged with Kratos Defense and Security Solutions and subsequently sold in 2018 to Securitas Electronic Security.
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R. J. Hope, CPP, CPS, ABCP

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RJ Hope is a Principal & Director of Corporate Security & Travel and Facility Security Officer at Burns & McDonnell Engineering, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. He is directly responsible for the physical security, personnel security, business continuity and crisis management, cleared operations, and employee travel for Burns & McDonnell. These distinct mutually supportive groups, under a singular command and control structure, enable Burns & McDonnell to be responsive to the needs of their employee-owners, work sites and clients to support their overall mission of making their clients successful. With a 20+ year background in security operations and consulting in a large diversity of industries Mr. Hope strives to bring his diverse background and project experience forward to find innovate solutions and approaches to help support Burns & McDonnell as this organization continues to grow. RJ is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
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Geoff Kohl

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Geoff Kohl is the senior director of marketing for the Security Industry Association (SIA). As senior director of marketing, Kohl is responsible for delivering strategic marketing direction to expand the awareness of SIA and its product and service offerings, and he serves as the manager of the Securing New Ground conference. Kohl entered the security industry in 2004 to launch SecurityInfoWatch.com as its founding editor-in-chief and associate publisher and went on to serve as editorial director of Cygnus Security Group, then publisher of SecurityInfoWatch.com, Security Dealer & Integrator magazine and Security Technology Executive magazine. In 2011 he founded the Secured Cities conference. He holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and Bachelor’s degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of the South.
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Andrew Lanning

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Andrew is Co-Founder of Integrated Security Technologies, established in 1998 in Honolulu. He served as a missile weapons technician in the United States Navy and earned a combat action ribbon during Persian Gulf Operation Praying Mantis. Andrew serves on the Board of Directors and as the Defense Industrial Base Sector Chief for the FBI’s InfraGard Hawaii Members Alliance, on the Board of Directors for the National Defense Industry Association Hawaii Chapter, and as the Hawaii ambassador for the National System Contractors Association’s (NSCA) Ignite program. He is a graduate of the Honolulu FBI Citizens Academy, an active member of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, and the host of Security Matters, a community-based weekly webcast. Nationally, Andrew serves the security industry through membership on PSA Security Network’s Cyber Security Committee, the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Cybersecurity Advisory Council, and the SIA Women in Security Forum steering committee. In 2019 Andrew was honored to receive the PSA Security Network President’s Paul Marcus Award for industry leadership as well as SIA’s Jay Hauhn Award for industry partnership.
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Charles LeBlanc, P.E., CPP

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Charles LeBlanc is an Associate Principal and Project Executive at IMEG Security Group and was a principal with BLW Security Group prior to merging with IMEG in 2018. IMEG is a full service engineering firm and the IMEG Security Group specializes in physical security consulting, planning, and design services. Charles is a licensed Professional Engineer with a B.S in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a specialist in assessing security system features and integrating those features with facility operations. He has developed and deployed successful and innovative solutions for new and retrofit projects in many industries including medical, energy, financial, corporate, education, lab, and research.
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Frank Pisciotta, CSC

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Frank Pisciotta is the Founder and President of Business Protection Specialists, Inc. (BPS). BPS is an independent security consulting firm providing clients with an array of security consulting services to help organizations prevent crime and keep their people, assets and information safe. Frank is an expert in physical security assessments and is versed in multiple risk assessment methodologies, security system design and security program development. Frank was board certified in Security Management as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International in 1994 and is currently a Certified Security Consultant (CSC), through the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC). Frank is the immediate Past President of IAPSC and the leader of the Technical Standards Committee. He is on the ASIS International Risk Assessment Standards Technical Committee and on the Agriculture and Food Defense Council. He has managed over 3,500 domestic and international consulting engagements.
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