Christie Sordi, Chief Executive Officer / Chief Financial Officer / Corporate Secretary, began her career in public accounting and has extensive experience in tax, accounting and consulting. During her public accounting career, Christie has always taken a proactive role with clients, performing such value-added services as profit-enhancement studies, operational reviews, performance benchmarking, forensic accounting, cost analysis, incentive compensation programs, estate and succession planning, corporate restructuring, and corporate retreat facilitation. Christie’s counsel has proven instrumental to the success of many companies in a variety of industries and has applied that same drive and counsel to SSC. As a nationally recognized expert, Christie is also frequently called upon as a lecturer and business advisor for companies and industry trade organizations. She has authored numerous local and national articles, also serving as a contributing editor to several publications. A graduate of Hofstra College, Christie holds a Business Administration degree in Accounting. She has completed postgraduate courses in taxation and earned the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) from the National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as her CPA.
Joseph Sordi, Senior Vice President, is expert in intelligence, security issues and strategic assessment of risk mitigation. He is also a seasoned financial investigator working cases with HIFCA and FinCEN during his public service career and is a accomplished Project Manager for in excess of eleven Presidential Declared Disaster Response efforts throughout the United States. As a twenty year veteran of the NYPD, Joe held the rank of Sergeant for fifteen years and was a Detective prior to being promoted. His public service assignments included the Strategic Response Group whereas he was tasked with supervising and responding to Labor/Civil Unrest, Terrorist Acts and Active Shooter Incidents. He was also part of the Reengineering Management Team, Transit Division, Intelligence Division, Weapons of Mass Destruction Team, Detective Bureau and Organized Crime Control Bureau.
He is the founder of a private sector risk management firm with annual sales of in excess of 31 million operating nationwide and in Mexico. The firm provides financial investigative and consulting, security guards and risk management services for Fortune 500 clients as well as U.S. Government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, FEMA, Housing and Urban Development. Joe has been responsible for overseeing a team of contracted compliance professionals within several surveillance teams, which include Options, Commodities, Mutual Funds, Insurance, Annuities, Fixed Income, Blue Sky, Plans of Solicitation and Market Surveillance. In addition this group covers several business units and functions, which include Institutional Investor Group, Institutional Fixed Income Group, Executive Financial Services, Stock Plan Services, Alternative Investments as well as acting as a liaison between the field and the retail trading desks in order to ensure AML compliance.
Joe possess extensive experience in the military, federal law enforcement and intelligence gathering communities. He holds a Master Degree in Protection Management in addition to being a Certified FEMA Emergency Manager and Disaster Planner, HazMat Certificate, a NYS Certified Instructor, a FBI Certified Hostage Negotiator and an adjunct professor for Baruch College, teaching Emergency Management and Business Continuity courses. His background encompasses domestic and international experience as well as training in security management, operations, and logistics. Service abroad includes direct support of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State security and diplomatic activities, commercial security management, and logistical support. His fiscal experience includes allocating a $15 million budget to determine county level threat vulnerability, capability and needs assessment within the Weapons of Mass Destruction Task Force as part of the County Threat Assessment Working Group (TAWG).
Douglas Ruhl, Vice President, is an expert in rapid emergency response and logistics. He has extensive experience in security operations, response and deployment for both natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Mr. Ruhl has numerous degrees and certifications from both the public and private sector and has served in both the U.S. Navy and Army in an operations capacity. Mr. Ruhl is Chemical, Biological and Radioactive disaster trained (COBRA), Auto Crime, Human Trafficking and plain clothes trained. He is also Control and Restraint, Active Shooter and de-escalation instructor and certified in many states as a security officer instructor. His Fiscal experience includes managing a budget in excess of $10 million to determine threat levels, capability, training and security needs of both private and government clients. Mr. Ruhl has been project manager for numerous federal contracts in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, New Jersey and New York. Headed numerous protection details including the 55th Presidential Inauguration detail.
Vincent Chiappone, Chief Operating Officer, is a solutions-focused leader with 20+ years of experience developing and implementing strategies that improve top- and bottom-line growth, control operating costs, cultivate robust company cultures, support operational efficiency, and foster performance-driven teams. A forward-thinking executive brought on to scale Strategic Security’s expansive growth nationwide. A leader that balances experience, business acumen, and intuition with data analysis to guide strategic decision making, align customer and shareholder needs, and attain corporate goals. His areas of expertise include: Sales/Business Development: sales operations, sales strategy formation, revenue growth strategist, contract development and negotiation, customer retention, C-level partnerships, Operations Leadership: operations analysis, operational efficiency, strategic planning and implementation, process improvement, internal systems, controls, competitive and market analysis, crisis management, technological upgrades, database/software implementations, corporate finance & accounting: P&L management, budget administration and management, financial analysis, cost control, reduction and avoidance, human resources, recruiting, interviewing, staffing, team building, talent development, corporate culture and vision.
John Alder, Director of Domestic Programs, oversees SSC’s projects within and outside of the continental United States and has developed its Armed Defense Vessel Operations, a trademarked maritime training program designed to mitigate risks. He has extensive counter surveillance experience regarding security, asymmetric warfare tactics, operations, training, risk assessment and analysis. Mr. Alder has been Program Manager for numerous commercial and federal contracts overseeing and ensuring compliance in Bahamas, California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, New Jersey and New York for in excess of a 2500-man protection program. He began his career in the Navy and then transitioned into law enforcement, serving in a large Florida Sheriff’s Office and then transitioning to a City Police Department. While at the Police Department he served on their SWAT Team covering High Risk Warrant serves and narcotics.
Dennis Cavanagh, Instructor, has 30 years experience as a security training instructor. He is a nationally accredited police and corporate training instructor with extensive experience in hazardous materials, close protection, airport style crowd management and screening, and workplace violence. He has overseen the written policy, development and implementation of an active school shooting plan for a 6000 student school district. He is an SSC Instructor for its Global Training Center, teaching risk assessment, physical security posture, and tactical classes. He has an Associate’s Degree in legal research in addition to being a Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Instructor by the FBI, Certified by American Airlines and FBI in Hazardous Gases, Materials and Explosive Operator, an NFPA Certified Firefighter Instructor, a FBI Certified Critical Incident and Response Team Leader, a NYSP Certified Accident and Crime Scene Reconstruction and Fraud Investigator.
Jim Tingey, CEO & President Financial Service Solutions. Jim serves as the FSS Inc. President and CEO, a Strategic Security Corp affiliate. He has provided multiple business financial, compliance, and operational consulting services over a twenty-five year career in banking and financial technology (FinTECH). Jim has assisted multiple seasoned and startup companies in various full time and interim executive strategic positions. A long-term banking executive, Jim has served in executive management roles for multiple financial institutions, including serving as both EVP and Division President of banking divisions for three separate banks. Jim has also served as an Executive Vice President and a consultant at multiple international banks and has cultivated specializations in electronic banking and payments, audit compliance, operational and specialized product compliance, legal, risk management and finance. Jim’s achievements have including building banking teams whose accomplishments include increasing gross revenue lines in year over year growth of 200% with a standing 50% EBITDA net profitability in multiple business product lines. Prior to banking Jim served for ten years in the Secret Service serving in multiple specialized fields and roles, leaving law enforcement due to injuries sustained on duty. His focus in the areas of Third Party Payments Processors, (TPPP) and Third Party Service Providers (TPSP) for banks have been a focused expertise. The executives of Financial Service Solutions have over seventy five combined years in banking services.