North America Executive Leadership Team
Our North America leadership team comprises business leaders in regional, business and functional areas. Read their biographies to find out more about their skills and experience.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER – EAST AND CANADA
Skills and experience: Drew has more than 34 years of security industry leadership experience and is responsible for continuing to drive growth and excellence in our core guarding business. Prior to joining Allied Universal, Drew was President of G4S Secure Solutions (USA) where he spearheaded the company’s operational improvements, managed relationships with marquee clients and provided hands-on involvement in new business initiatives.
Career experience: Drew began his career with the Wackenhut Corporation in 1987 and was consistently promoted to various leadership roles prior to becoming President of G4S Secure Solutions (USA) in 2008. Drew holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
Current external commitments: Drew has been active in various security industry organizations. He has served as board member and chairman of the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services’ Private Investigation, the Recovery and Security Advisory Council and is a member of ASIS International.
Chief Operations Officer – West and Mexico
Skills and experience: Mike Smidt’s security industry experience spans more than 35 years, and over 18 with Allied Universal, formed by the merger of AlliedBarton Security Services and Universal Services of America in 2016. As COO of Allied Universal, he has oversight of more than 100 offices, 150,000 plus security professionals and over $6.5 billion in annual revenue. He previously served as President, Northwest Region for Allied Universal. Prior to that post, he held senior-level roles at various security companies, including Securitas and American Protective Services, Inc.
Current external commitments: Mike is an executive board member of the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates (CALSAGA), and serves as Allied Universal’s licensing manager in California for the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). He has also been a member of ASIS International since 1992.
Southwest Regional President
Skills and experience: Steve Claton brings to his role as President of the Southwest Region over 20 years of proven leadership experience in both the security and commercial real estate industries. At Allied Universal, he leads one of the company’s largest regions and directs many of the company’s procedural best practices and technology advancements on a national scale.
Career experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal in 2008, Steve served as Vice President for The Irvine Company, where he oversaw various functions, such as property operations, acquisitions, development, security, engineering and landscaping. Additionally, he previously held senior-level positions at Insignia/ESG and The Shorenstein Company.
Current external commitments: Steve’s industry affiliations include Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Institute of Real Estate Managers, ASIS International and the ASIS Chief Security Officers Roundtable, and Touchstone—an exclusive think-tank of security industry executives. He serves on the Advisory Board for BOMA-Greater Los Angeles, and is a proud member of the Board of Directors for both Community Service Programs and Friends of Fragile X. He is also an avid supporter of Autism Speaks.
Northeast Regional President
Skills and experience: Caress oversees more than 26,000 Security Professionals in eight states. Kennedy previously was Managing Partner for the Northeast Region at AlliedBarton Security Services, which merged with Universal Services of America to form Allied Universal in 2016.
Career experience: Prior to joining the company in 2011, Caress held senior-level positions where she was responsible for regional and national operations at COMSYS, Global Employment Solutions, Norrell Corporation, Thomson Financial and Xerox.
Current external commitments: Caress is a Board Member of the NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers and the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City. She also serves on the Executive Committee of NYC Workforce Development Board and is an Advisory Board Member of St. John’s University Homeland Security Academic Program. She earned her Certified Protection Professional (CPP) security management designation from ASIS International in 2016.
Southeast Regional President
Skills and experience: Delmar has extensive experience managing startups, corporate, city, large operations and government contracts and boasts a consistent record of meeting financial and customer service goals. Currently, as President of the Southeast Region, he has responsibility for more than 21,000 security professionals.
Career experience: DelMar’s security career spans over 30 years. He entered the industry as a manager trainee for Allied Security, Inc. in 1986, and since then, has moved up the ranks to hold several senior-level positions such as District Manager, Vice President and Managing Partner, as the company evolved.
Current external commitments: He has received numerous awards and recognition, such as the Dr. Mortimer Feinberg Leadership Award, President Award, Budget Achievement Award (20-times), and the National Service Excellence Award for three years.
Country Manager, Mexico
Skills and experience: Alberto leads all the company’s operations in Mexico, including security personnel, Allied Universal® Risk Advisory and Consulting Services and Allied Universal® Technology Services.
Career experience: With nearly 30 years of successful executive leadership experience in multinational organizations, Alberto joined G4S Mexico in 2019, which rebranded as Allied Universal in 2022.
Northwest Regional President
Skills and experience: Eric McGarty has been with Allied Universal since 2002. Since joining Allied Universal, Eric has held various roles in the Northwestern Region. In his current role as Regional President of the Northwest Region, Eric is responsible for all operational, financial, and administrative functions in his region.
Career experience: Before joining Allied Universal, Eric was the Fire Protection and Construction Specialist with HILTI, and was the General Manager with Aramark Uniform Services.
Current external commitments: Eric earned his Certified Protection Professional (CPP) security management designation from ASIS in 2002. He is also a certified trainer for both CPR/EAD, First Aid, and Times Mirror for customer service. Eric is an active member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), Building Owners Management Association (BOMA), and IFMA.
Central Regional President
Skills and experience: With over 17 years of industry experience, Justin Nagy is responsible for overseeing and directing all operational, financial, and administrative functions within his region. He directs key initiatives in areas such as human resources, operations, business development, contract compliance, quality, and risk management.
Current external commitments: He maintains associations with ASIS International and BOMA. He uses his industry affiliations to keep Allied Universal up to date with best practices for protecting clients.
Regional President, Canada
Skills and experience: Appointed in February 2022, Darren is responsible for the manned guarding, aviation and technology integration lines of business in the Canadian market.
Career experience: With more than 25 years of security industry experience, Darren joined G4S Cash Solutions in 1997 starting as Operations Supervisor and worked his way up to General Manager Mississauga/Greater Toronto Area (GTA). On the sale of the cash business in February 2014, Darren remained with manned guarding and was appointed to Director Commercial Operations GTA and Durham Region. In March 2015, he was promoted to Regional Vice President, GTA. In December 2016, he took up the position of Regional Vice President Central, Eastern and Operations Support and in 2017 was promoted into his current role as Senior Vice President, Manned Guarding.
Mid-Atlantic Regional President
Skills and experience: John is responsible for the operational leadership of manned guarding operations in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has nearly 30 years of strategic security industry experience with in-depth expertise in implementing Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM) programs, project management, organizational resilience, finance and business management.
Career experience: Previously, John led the Mid-Atlantic Region at G4S and served in senior corporate security leadership positions in the financial services, energy and utilities, commercial real-estate, and telecommunications sectors.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in information security management, an associate degree in criminal justice and also served in the United States Marine Corps as a non-commissioned Officer. John is an active industry volunteer and served as President of ASIS International in 2021.
Midwest Regional President
Skills and experience: As Midwest Regional President, Brian oversees the financial and operational success of more than 21 offices, 24,000-plus security professionals, with over $1.1 billion in annual revenue.
Career experience: Brian first joined Allied Universal in September 2016, following the company’s acquisition of Apollo International, Inc., where he held a variety of roles, including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations during his 12-year tenure with Apollo.
Current external commitments: Brian is active in numerous industry associations, including ASIS International, International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for RB Foundation.
Florida Regional President
Skills and experience: Bob Wood’s security career spans over 30 years. He joined Allied Universal in 2012 as Senior Vice President before being promoted to President of the Northeast Region. He now leads the Florida Region.
Career experience: Previously, Bob was VP of the Security Officer Services Division, T&M Protection Resources in New York from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that role, he held key management positions at one of the largest protective services firms in the U.S., with responsibility for operations in the Mid-Atlantic, New England and New York regional markets.
Current external commitments: Wood earned board certification as a Certified Protection Professional from ASIS International and his Certified Fraud Examiners designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He was selected as “Enlisted Man of the Year” in 1985 while serving in the Army National Guard’s 114th Infantry 50th Armored Division, and earned the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009.
President, Technology Services
Skills and experience: Carey Boethel leads Allied Universal® Technology Services (AUTS). Carey joined Allied Universal in April of 2019 via the company’s acquisition of Securadyne Systems, a nationwide systems integrator that he founded in 2012.
Career experience: In his previous role as CEO of Securadyne Systems, Carey led the sponsor-backed business to become one of the fastest-growing and largest companies in the industry, taking it from investment thesis to $72 million in annual revenue. Allied Universal’s acquisition of Securadyne created AUTS, the company’s platform for technology services.
Current external commitments: Carey’s board experience includes the Security Industry Association; Securadyne Systems, where he served as Chairman; ZOCCAM, a Dallas-based fintech company; PSA Security Network; and nFACT, a Dallas-based proptech company where he serves as Chairman.
Executive Vice President, Enterprise Accounts
Skills and experience: Chuck is responsible for all aspects of integration planning and execution for some of Allied Universal’s largest and strategic customers. He joined Allied Universal in 2021 as part of the G4S acquisition and has more than 22 years of security industry experience.
Career experience: At G4S, Chuck was Executive Vice President of Global, Enterprise and Strategic Accounts where he managed more than 100 direct reports globally, supported more than 100 clients and more than $800 million in revenue. Prior to working in the security industry, Chuck served in the U.S. Army Military Police where he retired in 1998.
Executive Vice President, Executive Protection and Intelligence Services
Skills and experience: Brian Jantzen joined Allied Universal in 2020 and is the Executive Vice President and head of the Executive Protection and Intelligence Services business. He is responsible for strategic service delivery and leadership of the teams that collaborate with clients across all business verticals to start, fix and run global protective and intelligence programs. This organization also delivers as-needed protective support and secure transportation services all over the globe.
Career experience: Prior to Allied Universal, Brian was the Executive Vice President for AS Solution North America, Inc. where he was responsible for protective program strategy development and global protective service delivery for multiple Fortune 500 organizations and ultra-high net-worth individuals.
Prior to entering the executive protection field, Brian served in the United States Marine Corps, both enlisted and commissioned officer, and is a combat veteran of the First Gulf War.
President, Regulated Security Solutions (RSS)
Career experience: Gene is responsible for all facets of Allied Universal’s nuclear security business, which includes growth, client retention, security operations, P&L adherence, CBA negotiations and corporate liaison for G4S's consulting and technology businesses. Gene holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Florida State University and is a graduate of Cornell University’s G4S North American Leadership Development Program.
Skills and experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal, Gene led the G4S nuclear security business. Previously, he was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent and member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), where he managed domestic terrorism investigative matters while providing security solutions and technical expertise to external government entities.
President, Compliance and Investigations
Skills and experience: Mike leads the Compliance and Investigations business, which provides professional and innovative investigation solutions to the insurance industry.
Career experience: Mike founded this division as MJM Investigations in 1989, which G4S acquired in 2008. He has served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, as well as the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He has also had the privilege of serving on the Privacy Task Force and the Emerging Issues Committee of the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud.
President, Deposita™, An Allied Universal® Company
Skills and experience: Brian is responsible for the continued growth of Deposita™, An Allied Universal® Company, which provides innovative, technology-enabled services that helps clients optimize their cash cycles. Brian and his team built the business from the ground up.
Career experience: Brian joined Allied Universal from G4S, where he held several technology related leadership positions over more than 20 years. Previously, he held a number of senior-level Information technology management positions during his 10-year tenure at Diageo, the world’s leading spirits company. Brian also worked for Xerox Corporation and GE during his career.
President, Risk Advisory and Consulting Services
Skills and experience: Ty’s 30-year corporate security background includes executive, Chief Security Officer (CSO) and other senior-level positions in myriad sectors such as energy, consumer products, transportation and logistics and high-tech industries.
Career experience: Prior to Allied Universal, he was the Senior Vice President of Global Security at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Ty also served as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member for Andrews International, where he helped grow the company into one of the largest private security and risk mitigation services firms in the U.S. He is board certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC), as well as Six Sigma certified.
President, Chief Merger & Acquisition Officer and Head of Strategy & Investor Relations
Skills and experience: Michael works with the company’s executive leadership team to develop and execute the strategic direction for the organization to continue driving strong, consistent and profitable growth.
Career experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal, Michael served at Warburg Pincus’ Industrial and Business Services group in London and New York. Prior to that, he worked at Thomas H. Lee Partners and at Banc of America Securities’ Leveraged Acquisition Finance Group.
Michael received a bachelor’s in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Human Resources Officer - North America
Skills and experience: Geoff is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of Allied Universal’s North America business plan, specifically in the areas of talent management, talent acquisition, recruitment, employee engagement, employee benefits and diversity and inclusion (D&I).
Career experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal, Geoff led all North America human resources efforts for G4S. He has an extensive background in employee and labor relations with expertise in occupational and environmental safety as well as training initiatives. Geoff has held various executive-level positions, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources for The Brink’s Company, Vice President of Human Resources for a Division of C.R. Bard Inc. and Corporate Director of Human Resources with Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Skills and experience: Jim has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations with vast expertise in growing market share across diverse platforms and geographies.
Career experience: For more than 23 years, Jim worked for KONE — a global market leader in the elevator, escalator and smart building solutions industry. He joined KONE in 1996 and quickly distinguished himself as one of the top sales producers in the U.S. A few years later, he joined a group of emerging leaders in Brussels, Belgium, to develop and implement a new global operating model and led several strategic development projects focused on sales innovation and creating new sources of revenue. As Vice President of the Pacific Southwest for KONE, Jim was responsible for strategic direction, sales transformation, profitable growth and customer satisfaction for a multi-division business in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada where he was recognized nationally for record increases in sales and profitability.
Executive Vice President - North America Operations
Skills and experience: As the Executive Vice President of Operations, Michael Kirkman is responsible for operational excellence efforts across the North American regions, executing the operational integration of acquisitions and procurement.
Career experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal, he was a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wharton and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
President, Enterprise Accounts & Government Services
Skills and experience: With more than 30 years of experience in the security industry, including 20-plus years at Allied Universal, Mimi oversees operational and business development functions where she excels at executing vertical market sales strategies and operational support initiatives.
Career experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal, Mimi held senior-level posts at Gallagher Bassett Investigative Services, Pinkerton Investigative Services and the FBI in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Mimi studied criminal justice at Illinois State University and is a licensed private investigator in nine states. She also is an International Security Management Association (ISMA) graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Current external commitments: Mimi is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)
Skills and experience: Ryan is responsible for overseeing all enterprise compliance globally for the company. With operations in over 90 countries around the world, he contributes to the company’s ESG and sustainability goals by furthering the company’s commitment to the highest ethical standards and corporate social responsibility.
Ryan brings extensive experience handling business, real estate and insurance coverage litigation, insurance policy interpretation, compliance and placement, risk avoidance, transfer and management and labor and employment.
Ryan received a juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. He also served for 12 years in the United States Marine Corps on active duty and in the reserve.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Skills and experience: Mark has more than 20 years of extensive experience in product development, information technology and global operations.
Career experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal, Mark was Executive Vice President & CIO for Education Corporation of America (ECA), where he was responsible for providing strategy and thought leadership to the company’s systems integration, automation and learning technology efforts. In 2006, he founded Landmark Technologies Corporation to provide technology and management consulting services that improve the operating performance of companies with complex global operations.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, received a master's in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Interactive Intelligence and completed the Essentials of Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.
Deborah Tate Pecci
Executive Vice President, Global Employment and Litigation Counsel
Skills and experience: With more than 25 years of experience, Deborah serves as the company’s in-house attorney, leading all labor and employment law functions for Allied Universal.
Career experience: Before joining Allied Universal, she served as a partner with Duane Morris LLP for nearly 10 years, where she counseled and serviced a large client base of various sized employers in every aspect of labor and employment-related issues and litigation.
Current external commitments: Deborah serves as Chairperson of the Legal Forum of National Association of Security Companies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel - North America
Skills and experience: Nancy leads the North America legal team, with responsibility for all legal matters affecting the company’s U.S. and Canada operations, including transactions and integrations, regulatory compliance, contracting, and licensing. Nancy joined Allied Universal in 2005, and has been instrumental in building the legal department’s capabilities to support the company’s growth, particularly in regulatory compliance and transactions.
Career experience: Previously, Nancy served as Assistant General Counsel for Aramark, representing and advising executives on employment matters, intellectual property, franchise arrangements, and licensing. She also served as General Counsel to Frankford Candy and developed its in-house legal department.
Current external commitments: She is professionally affiliated with ASIS International, the Forum of Executive Women, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She is a board member of the Mural Arts Program.
Chief Client Officer
Skills and experience: Ron Rabena’s security career spans more than 45 years—first beginning as an entry-level security officer and working his way up to several senior-level management roles at various regional security companies. As Chief Client Officer, he interacts with the company’s Presidents in the field and works with hundreds of clients every week. He is responsible for client retention, employee relations and building the company culture at the local level.
Career experience: Prior to joining Allied Universal, Ron served as Division President, National Security Operations, for AlliedBarton Security Services from 2012 to 2016. There, he oversaw approximately 55,000 employees in 120 offices throughout 48 states. Additionally, he played an instrumental role in the merger of SpectaGuard and Allied Security, after leading operations of over 88,000 account hours as Regional Vice President for SpectaGuard.
Current external commitments: Ron has several certifications such as Georgetown University Certificate for ISMA Executive Leadership; and Kellogg School of Management Certificate – ISMA Senior Executive Leadership Program. He received the Philadelphia Crime Commission 2013 Civilian of the Year Award; Police Athletic League of Philadelphia 2013 PAL Award; and Heroes Among Us Foundation 2015 Community Hero Award.
Chief Safety and Risk Officer - North America
Skills and experience: Ken Woodlin has been the Chief Risk and Safety Officer for Allied Universal since 2020. He leads the global risk management functions and safety for North America.
Career experience: Ken previously served in officer level roles with Walmart, Inc. - most recently as a Vice President leading a supply chain division of 10,000 associates, having an operating budget of $300 million with $23 billion in internal sales. Due to his large-scale supply chain, compliance and safety background, Ken was selected to lead the start-up and continued leadership of Canopy Growth’s US Operations team – supply chain, fulfillment, manufacturing, enterprise resource planning, quality assurance / quality control and integrated business planning.
He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Widener University Delaware Law School.
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