Security Solutions Consultants
Our expert Security Solutions team has over 100 years of combined experience at the highest level of security and law enforcement. No team is more highly trained and no team is more experienced at providing custom safety and security solutions.
Dan has more than 36 years of law enforcement experience, and retired as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Grand Rapids, MI Police Department. The vast majority of his career Dan has been involved in tactical operations and high-profile special events. Dan has held every rank and position on his former agency’s full-time Special Response Team, including Commander. Dan has instructed and been certified on numerous topics including – firearms, Master submachine gun, Senior Master TASER® Instructor, distraction devices, aerosol projectors, specialty impact munitions, tactical chemical agents, Simunition® scenario instructor and safety certification, clandestine lab mitigation, tactical team operations, and active violence response. He has served on the National Institute of Justice Technical Working Groups for Less-Lethal technology and SWAT, served as a Training Board member for TASER® International, and has participated in numerous International Law Enforcement Forums.
John was a distinguished member of the U.S. Secret Service for 25 years. He retired as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge – Rowley Training Center where he directed Special Operations training. He also developed and coordinated the HAZMAT and Medical Response training for the U.S. Secret Service HAMMER and White House medical units. John also served as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge – Vice Presidential Protective Division. He supervised agents who provided daily protection to the Vice President of the United States and managed operational security arrangements for the Vice President and his family. John also supervised the Counter Surveillance Unit which conducted vulnerability assessments of sites visited by the Vice President. John also served with the Service’s Presidential Protective Division and the Counter Assault Team. From 2010 to 2012, John was Vice President of Global Security for Goldman Sachs. There he directed security processes for the Goldman Sachs Washington, DC Office, to include the executive protection of Goldman Sachs chief executives and critical infrastructure and facilities protection of Goldman Sachs offices.
In addition to his work with Firestorm, John is Associate Director of Consulting Services for UnitedHealthcare Global Risk and provides security analysis, threat assessment, mitigation, policy development, contingency planning, and training to Fortune 500 companies, large international non-profit organizations, and universities both here and abroad.
Todd retired from the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) in 2016 after 27 years of service. His career at the USSS included working in the Presidential Protective Division, where he served under President Bill Clinton. During his career with the USSS, Todd also worked as an operator with the Counter Assault Team and as a lead instructor for Protection, Control Tactics and Emergency Medicine and as the Secret Service’s National Fitness Coordinator at the James J. Rowley Training Center. After the 9/11 terror attacks, Todd was promoted to the Detail Leader for the second lady and in charge of protection for Vice President Cheney’s immediate family. In 2004, Todd was named the Special Agent in Charge of the Dayton Resident Office, where he also served as the supervisor for the USSS Southern District of Ohio Electronic / Financial Crimes Task Force. Todd also worked as the lead instructor for investigative and protection courses at the International Law Enforcement Academies located in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Shawn Smith retired from the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) in 2017. During his time at the USSS, Shawn spent a significant amount of time on risk assessment and mitigation, particularly with risks posed by individuals. In addition to his work with SEC, Shawn manages the Investigations and Risk Services for a multi-billion dollar international company, including coordinating the global security for their events around the world.
Joe, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs has taken his experience and expertise working as a security consultant for the last six years. This included working overseas for Blackbird Technologies in a myriad of harsh and extreme environments in support of our military intelligence and special ops communities. Joe was also the primary lead instructor for the Vigilance Group, teaching others how to live safely in a dangerous world with a vigilant mindset.
Christopher J. Toledo
Chris has 34 years of Federal and city law enforcement experience, which includes a substantial background in transnational organized criminal investigations and VIP/executive protection with the United States Secret Service. During his career, Chris served as the Agent-in-Charge and was the Department of Homeland Security /U.S. Secret Service Attaché for a nine-country region based at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. Chris was formally recognized by host nation and international law enforcement partners for superior support in criminal investigations, executive protection and liaison. During his time overseas, Chris managed and directed security and operational planning for numerous high-level protection details to include President Obama, Antalya, Turkey for the G20 Summit; Vice President Biden, Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey; Vice President Biden, Belgrade, Serbia; Former President George W. Bush, Windhoek, Namibia; DHS Secretary, Ischia, Italy for the G7 Summit; Vice President Pence, Podgorica, Montenegro for the Adriatic Charter Summit. Chris has been a supervisory iinstructor at the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) from 2006 – 2017, teaching courses in: Protection Operations and Tactics, the Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Seminar, to include instructing Command Level International Military and Law Enforcement personnel in protective and tactical operations in Africa and Eastern Europe.
James retired from the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) in 2018 after 22 years of service. During his career with the USSS, Jim has conducted hundreds of “Protection Advances” (Security Assessments) both domestically and abroad. Many of these assignments were during major events, deemed National Special Security Events by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. James was also assigned as a Lead Advance Agent during several presidential campaigns. In addition, James has trained local law enforcement personnel on protection concepts and served as an instructor at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary.
Marvin O. (Dell) Spry
Marvin O. (Dell) Spry is an adjunct instructor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation teaching national security matters to new agents and analysts in training at the FBI Academy. He formerly served as a senior management consultant with Dorrean, where he taught an advanced course of instruction to FBI personnel concerning human intelligence (HUMINT) collection, intelligence tradecraft, and counterintelligence matters.
Prior to Dorrean, Spry served with the Department of the Army as the Intelligence Community Outreach Coordinator for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization after retiring from a distinguished twenty-year career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a counterintelligence supervisor. At the FBI Spry primarily worked on counterintelligence, counterespionage, counterterrorism, and insider threat investigations. His tenure included 12 years of management experience at both headquarter and field office levels. While assigned to the FBI headquarters Spry was a member of the National Security Council Counterterrorism Working Group, and was liaison to the CIA Counterintelligence Center, Counterespionage Group. He was the lead investigator for the FBI in the Aldrich Ames investigation for which he received the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in a Counterintelligence Investigation and the CIA Director’s Meritorious Service Award.
During his FBI career Spry conducted investigations in the countries of the Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom whose governments presented him with Letters of Recognition. He was also involved in investigations in Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, and Cuba, where he established liaison with both the intelligence services and law enforcement services. He also performed humanitarian relief work in Ethiopia, Cambodia, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Sri Lanka.
He is a volunteer consultant to the non-profit organization Association for the Recovery of Children; a group of former Special Forces and Special Operations personnel who operate globally to rescue American children from abduction and trafficking.
Spry lives in Johns Creek, GA with his wife Susan. They have two children, Rachel and Steven, and two grandchildren Cynthia and Peyton.