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FIRST PREVENTERS EXECUTIVE BIOGRAPHIES
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FIRST PREVENTERS – 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization
First Preventers is direct to action entity that, through donations, fundraising, and grants, helps to provide schools, organizations, and communities with access to the trailblazing First Preventers model of Prevention, Response, Options (P.R.O.). Utilizing expert partnerships to create a safer space for students, employees, community members, and others by preventing more incidents and tragedies before they happen.
ZERONOW - © ZeroNow a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization
ZeroNow was formed to increase the pace and scale of technology innovation, standards, funding for campus safety, and awareness designed to bring about real change now. ZeroNow brings stakeholders and subject matter experts together with a common goal of ending school shootings.
Shaffer Security Group, LLC
The Shaffer Security Group leads the way in Security Consulting and Risk Assessment services for organizations throughout the United States and abroad. From special event security planning, where we create strategic security plans that have ensured the safety of over 100,000 civilians and staff members, to situational awareness training for personnel to proactively think about security threats and risks and how to respond to an active threat appropriately.
Awareity provides an evidence-based, community-wide Pre-Incident Prevention platform that eliminates common gaps and dangerous silos that research shows almost always keep critical pre-incident indicators from getting to the right team members in the right places at the right time. The Pre-Incident Prevention platform empowers Threat Assessment Teams with central, secure, confidential, privacy-compliant tools so team members can take proactive actions to save lives, reputations, and bottom lines for organizations and communities.
Omnilert is transforming public safety with an industry-leading prevention platform that combines our emergency mass notification system with advanced AI-powered, visual gun detection.
The WINGSHIELD™ mobile shelter-in-place device (a patented product) was designed with users of ALL abilities in mind while carefully considering today’s threats and weapons. Its everyday use as a whiteboard makes it completely functional, and its ballistic capabilities make it revolutionary. Additionally, it’s affordable – no retrofitting or construction permits are needed for schools, businesses, or places of worship to contend with.
The AMBERBOX Gunshot Detection system provides immediate and precise gunshot detection and notification. AmberBox automates the emergency process to significantly reduce response time and remove human error. The cloud-based AmberBox delivers real-time data on rapidly evolving active shooter incidents. Monitors locations, track perpetrator movement, and respond immediately with pre-programmed security features.
KINETIC TACTICAL TRAINING SOLUTIONS LLC
KTTS LLC is a Veteran owned company dedicated to the pursuit of the continued evolution of active shooter response by first responders and supporting agencies. To include doctrine in tactics, operations, mission command, and training management, KTTS has developed an Active Shooter Response Doctrine that is regionally centric, relevant to all sizes of law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies, and applicable to the full spectrum of threat from Lone Wolf to Complex Coordinated Terror Attacks (CCTA).
COO, FIRST PREVENTERS
ACTIVE SHOOTER PREVENTION EXPERT
FORMER UNITED STATES MARINE
RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
With extensive experience in small-to-medium-sized consulting businesses, Chris organized and lead a workplace violence coalition comprised of 7 companies, known as The First Preventers. As the Chairman, Chris is dispatched to events around the world as needed.
Before his current endeavors, Chris served 12 years as a United States Marine and Marine Corps Senior Drill Instructor. During his service, he was awarded several commendations. He received record-setting accolades, including Drill Instructor of the Quarter, the number one spot on the Meritorious Promotion list to a “Staff Rank” – reserved for the top one percent of Special Duty Marines.
Chris served as a Police Corporal, Narcotics Detective, SWAT Operator, and Element Leader and Police Officer for the city of McKinney, Texas, between 2002-2012, and indefinitely retains his retired Master Peace Officer license in the state of Texas. He was selected early in his career by his peers and supervisors to serve as President of the McKinney Police Association.
Following his successful tenure of Board leadership, Chris was selected to attend the coveted Internal Affairs and Ethics InvestigatorCourse at the International School of Police Management. In 2010, Chris began his post-graduate work and earned a Master’s ofScience Degree in Administration of Justice and Security with an emphasis on active shooter events. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was later inducted into the National Honor Society. Chris also holds AA and BS degrees from accredited universities.
Notably, one of Chris’ most significant achievements was being selected to advise the Makenzie Institute in Canada on the phenomena of active shooters in America and abroad. The Makenzie Institute is a globally recognized Canadian-based public policy institute for research and comment on issues impacting political and social stability, specifically terrorism, organized violence, and security.
Chris Grollnek is now internationally recognized as one of the leading experts and authorities on the phenomenon of active shooter events and domestic terrorism prevention. He has appeared on numerous national television networks, including FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN, and continues syndicated radio broadcast programs.
FOUNDER & CEO, FIRST PREVENTERS
VIOLENCE PREVENTION EXPERT
AUTHOR, THE FIRST PREVENTERS PLAYBOOK FOUNDER, AWAREITY
In 2020, Rick published his book titled The First Preventers Playbook – How to Intervene, Disrupt, and Prevent Tragedy Before It Strikes. The First Prevention Playbook shares the findings of Rick’s extensive research, lessons learned, and successful case studies so more leaders can take advantage of the life-changing benefits and results.
Rick is also the founder of Awareity, a privately held organization that helps organizations and communities address sharing challenges, fears, pains, costs, and consequences associated with mounting violence (shootings, workplace, school, nurse, domestic, gang, community, etc.), mounting stressors with drugs, suicides, and depression, and mounting cyber breaches (phishing, ransomware, etc.)
TERRORISM, PERSONAL SECURITY, AND ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT EXPERT / FORMER FBI AGENT WITH TENURE ON THE HOSTAGE RESCUE TEAM
Mr. Shaffer’s assignments include Supervising the Dallas FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the San Francisco Field Office where he worked on a Drug & Gang Task Force, the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), and he was the first FBI Legal Attaché assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary.
Mr. Shaffer started his professional career as a line officer in the US Coast Guard where he served for eleven years and commanded the Coast Guard Cutter Point Steele.
His most recent endeavors are the launching of his new book title: “Stay Safe – Security Secrets for Today’s Dangerous World” and hosting Investigation Discovery Channel’s docu-drama, “Body Cam – Behind the Badge”.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy; and a Master’s Certificate in Strategic Intelligence from the Australian Institute of Police Management.
Mr. Shaffer currently is the founding partner in SHAFFER SECURITY GROUP (www.shaffersecuritygroup.com), global security and tactical training specialty firm based in Dallas, Texas.
EXPERT PRACTITIONER OF BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC COUNTER TERRORISM AND HIGH-RISK LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS
Chuck Savickis is a retired FBI Special Agent with 28 years of vast real-world operational experience confronting and resolving the most dangerous, urgent, and complex threats arrayed against the United States both domestically and globally. Chuck is recognized throughout the Special Operations community as an expert practitioner of both foreign and domestic Counter-Terrorism and High-Risk Law Enforcement Operations.
Chuck is a 17-year Veteran Tactical Operator of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). The FBI HRT is the sole US GovernmentNational Domestic Counter Terrorism Unit. During his tenure at HRT, Chuck performed every aspect of this high-risk mission set and was promoted to the highest level of operational command. During this time, he achieved numerous commendations and awards for his operational success.
Chuck’s first FBI assignment was in New York City where he worked for 6 years conducting large-scale Organized Crime and Narcotics Investigations, as well as, Undercover and SWAT Team assignments. He received multiple awards for the success of his case work.
Prior to his career in the FBI, Chuck served 5 years as a US Navy SEAL and deployed around the Globe in direct support of United States foreign policy.
Post FBI Chuck continues to work in the professional security realm. He currently owns and operates successful private security consulting business. He works with clients throughout the United States and abroad to ensure client safety and organizational resilience. He advises Federal, State, City, and Local Tactical Units on organizational best practices to maximize their operational effectiveness. Chuck is also the current Chief of Operations with WINGSHIELD Inc., working to provide a failsafe solution to the growing active shooter threat that now threatens the public across all venues.
Chuck is a graduate of Framingham State University, the US Naval Special Warfare Center, The FBI Academy, and the WhartonBusiness School Critical Mission Team Concentration.
AUTHOR AND PRESIDENT OF KINETICTACTICAL TRAINING SOLUTIONS LLC
POLICE OFFICER CITY OF MERCER ISLAND, WA (RETIRED) 19-YEARS SERVICE
MASTER SERGEANT, UNITED STATES ARMY(RETIRED) 20-YEARS SERVICE
Hyderkhan served 19 years as a law enforcement officer for the state of Washington, in the city of Mercer Island. There, he served as a patrol officer, bicycle officer, and marine patrol officer. He served as a SWAT officer on the tactical response unit (TRU) and a civil disturbance bicycle officer, where he served as part of a regional civil disturbance asset. Officer Hyderkhan also served as the agency active shooter response trainer, where he planned, organized, and managed the agency response and training. Officer Hyderkhan was also utilized as a regional active shooter instructor by the Coalition of Small Police Agencies and the Seattle Police Department as a larger Tri-County active shooter training organization.
Preceding Mr. Hyderkhan’s law enforcement career, he served 20 years as a professional soldier for the United States Army. Entering service in 1980, Hyderkhan served from private to master sergeant. He served in all roles within an infantry rifle squad and as a platoon sergeant and 1st sergeant of a company. Hyderkhan’s lion’s share of service was in the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. Outside of the regiment, Master sergeant Hyderkhan served in the 7th Infantry Division as a Pre-Ranger Instructor and in the 10thMountain Division, as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Division pre-ranger course. Master Sergeant Hyderkhan finally, served as the senior non-commissioned officer of the University of Washington Army ROTC program.
Through Hyderkhan’s 39 years of law enforcement and military experience, Kinetic Tactical Training Solutions LLC is dedicated to the pursuit of evolving the active shooter response in tactical, training, and command doctrine.
RETIRED CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
CO-FOUNDER OF OPERATIONAL STRATEGIC SERVICES
COFOUNDER & CEO OF WINGSHIELD, INC.
My name is Rebecca Rush and I am the mother of two school-aged children. One of my greatest fears is, “when I send my children to school this morning, could this be the day that they don’t come home to me?” I know that I am not alone in that thought. Countless parents that I speak with share the same concern. Many older children have these same, similar thoughts, and as a result, many have developed anxieties. They know that with the current protocols, a bullet will pierce through any door that they hide or barricade themselves behind. I also wonder why our hats are hung on “we have a camera system” in place. When was the last time that a camera system prevented an active shooter?
The horrific events of Sandy Hook Elementary, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida, and numerous others led me to the realization, that if it could happen there, surely, it could happen in my own town. Through years of prayers, God shared a design for our product; The Windshield. Its revolutionary technology was tested at HP White Laboratory, a world-renowned lab, where the Wingshield passed every ballistic test.
As a result, we created a Wingshield Team that is equally as dedicated to our tangible, yet affordable, life-saving technology. Our patented Wingshield, is a mobile ballistic shelter-in-place device, which does not require retrofitting or construction. The Wingshield is the option for all schools, houses of worship, government centers, shopping malls, office buildings, executives, and beyond, need. The Wingshield creates a safe room and gives peace of mind to everyone, especially parents, students, and educators.
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FOUNDER & BOARD PRESIDENT, ZERONOW
Having defined the emergency notification market for higher education and campus environments, Ara continues to strive to set the pace in technology, knowledge, and customer enablement through critical communication advancements with the goal of empowering those responsible for protecting lives during a crisis.
He sits on the National Advisory Council for the VTV Family Outreach Foundation in an effort to provide advice, ideas, and guidance to support and ensure the success of VTV and its initiatives on a national level. Ara has been a mainstay on national media outlets for discussions related to emergency notification systems’ role in campus safety.
As an advocate for entrepreneurship education, Ara serves on the advisory board for the new Academies of Loudoun STEM magnet school and founded the Lemonhead Council where business leaders help future entrepreneurs succeed through peer advisory sessions. He recently testified to the United States Congress about the role government and entrepreneurs play in creating thriving communities through technological innovation and entrepreneurial development.
Retired Senior Federal Law Enforcement Supervisor
Michael is a Retired Senior Federal Law Enforcement Supervisor with over 26 years of experience and leadership in complex criminal investigations, strategic management, problem-solving, and creating strong liaisons and partnerships with other Federal agencies, and State and Local law enforcement. Michael led and supervised Federal Agents from multiple agencies and Task Force Officers from numerous state and local Police Departments. Michael is well versed in the Subject Matter of Active Shooters Inventor of the WINGSHIELD, a ballistic mobile-shelter-in-place device, and Co-Founder of WINGSHIELD™ Inc. Michael has the ability to assess risks and implement and develop operational plans, manage resources and to train team members. Michael has expertise in both Domestic and International Drug Trafficking Organizations, investigating Foreign Counter-Intelligence (FCI) and International Terrorism operations, including physical surveillance and electronic surveillance, tactical operations, and building cohesive and productive teams to achieve vital missions and goals. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting, a graduate of the FBI Academy Special Surveillance Group (SSG), and graduated from the DEA Academy as a Special Agent in Quantico, VA.
MELVIN DUGGER M.S.
Senior Advisor of Steering Committee – Active Shooter Prevention Project
Retired FBI Special Agent, and the Owner and Principal Consultant at TBR Consulting LLC
Glenn Norling is a retired FBI Special Agent, and the Owner and Principal Consultant at TBR Consulting LLC, founded in 2020, providing world-class emergency planning, crisis management, and active shooter preparation consultation services and training.
Glenn is a certified FBI crisis manager, an FBI instructor, and FBI adjunct faculty. Throughout his 20-year career, he worked as a field investigator, a field supervisory special agent, as well as a supervisory special agent at the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group in Quantico, Virginia.
Glenn has trained over 15,000 people in active shooter awareness and preparation since 2014. Glenn has a passion for preparedness. He has extensive experience in national-level training exercises, as well as local critical incident and special event planning, training, preparation, and response. He is a court-designated expert witness for school emergency drills and has written numerous articles for law enforcement publications.
Prior to the FBI, Glenn served for ten years in the United States Air Force as an acquisition program manager, managing both multimillion-dollar weapon systems and state-of-the-art modeling and simulation training systems, separating at the rank of Captain.
Glenn holds a BA in physics from Ohio University and a MA in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. He is a proud Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
He is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association, the National Association of School Resource Officers, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and the Society of Retired Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Glenn is a lifetime member of the FBI Agents Association.
Glenn is also an avid outdoorsman, shooter, Gunsite graduate, and member of the American Warrior Society. He and his family live in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California.
Mike has served as the on-scene commander for numerous high-priority incidents, including domestic terrorism, international terrorism, fugitive matters, and FBI SWAT resource deployments.
Prior to his work in Newark, Mike held leadership roles in the FBI Philadelphia Division, which included oversight for hazardous materials response teams, weapons of mass destruction directorate, airport liaison, and the office’s bomb technicians. Mike led dozens of active shooter training provided to school administrators and tabletop exercises with businesses for critical incident preparedness. Mike is an expert at building partnerships between the FBI and the private sector, including within the academic community, as well as in the healthcare, tech, and logistics industries, based on the strong belief these relationships bolster information sharing and integration to enhance public safety.
Throughout his FBI career, Mike demonstrated a commitment to enhancing information sharing and building relationships to thwart terroristic and criminal efforts around the world. Mike led multiple units at FBI Headquarters Counterterrorism Division, where he created and managed the e-Guardian threat monitoring system. This platform streamlined the process for federal, state, and local partners to share terrorism-related information seamlessly in the post-9/11 world. FBI executives also selected Mike to lead the White House Office of the Program Manager Suspicious Activity Reporting initiative, which aimed to efficiently share information in the international arena on potential criminal and national security threats.
Mike is the recipient of numerous awards, including the FBI Director’s Medal of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership. Mike is a father of three children and a loving husband living in South Jersey.
Founder & Lead Consultant
A-Train Tactical, LLC
Aaron Witt is the Founder and Lead Consultant for A-Train Tactical, LLC.
A-Train Tactical is an incident management consulting firm specializing in helping businesses, schools, and houses of worship prepare for, respond to, and recover from critical incidents using real-world solutions. A-Train Tactical also assists organizations by developing site-specific Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) and scenario-based training exercises to increase overall response capabilities.
Aaron earned his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Ferris State University in 2003 and has over 21 years of experience in the Criminal Justice field. Early in his career, Aaron learned the importance of physical security while working as a Corrections Officer at a maximum-security prison.
In 2011, Aaron attended FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute located in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he completed the necessary training and became certified as a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP).
Aaron has over 19 years of experience as a federal Law Enforcement Officer and serves as a third-level manager for his current organization. Most importantly, Aaron has a passion for emergency preparedness, self-reliance, and the drive to help others recognize their potential.
The week after September 11, 2001, Justin started working for Blaising Fire and Water, Inc. as a fire and safety technician. For the past 21 years Justin has worked with first responders from local levels and abroad. Justin has worked with state and local fire marshals in the southeast on fire suppression components and capabilities over the years and hosted training events for earned CEU’s in conjunction with major manufacturers in the industry being a supporting tool in the training. In 2008, Justin branded the division “Blaze Defense Systems” as a division with Blaising Fire and Water, Inc. Over the past fourteen years Justin has developed many unique safety devices and tools that have offered security and peace of mind to many first responders, military, and private citizens that have procured the products on a personal or fleet level.
Justin is the program manager and sales director for developing gear for first responders and rescue professionals, to allow them to stay in the fight longer. Through years of testing and evaluation, they have launched some really incredible products that have revolutionized response time and self confidence in first responders. We provide critical solutions to critical problems.
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Founder of Crisis Response Leader Training, Inc.
Tod is a Subject Matter Expert on emergency and crisis response with extensive combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan (for at least six months per year, every year) from 2003 to 2014. Tod has held the ranks of Private through Sergeant, and Lieutenant through Major.
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DARYL R. PARKER, CCDI
President and Founding Partner
Daryl Parker retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 after a distinguished 20-year career in the U. S. Marine Corps. His long list of accolades includes numerous personal decorations, and two combat action awards. He spent his last tour on active duty with a Top Secret security clearance at the National Security Agency in Maryland.
Following his military career, Daryl became a police officer in Texas, progressing from patrol officer to Lieutenant in charge of criminal investigations, where he was also certified as a police supervisor in Enhanced Incident Management. He became a certified law enforcement instructor, and was selected as the Lead Instructor at a regional police academy, where he taught a variety of courses to both police cadets and in-service officers.
Daryl left law enforcement to finish his education, earning a BA from UNT in Public Administration, and an MLS from SMU in Human Rights and Social Justice. During this time, he began volunteering with the Innocence Project of Texas, which led to him becoming a licensed private investigator working on complex post-conviction and cold cases. Today, he is the President of Blackfish Intelligence, one of the largest private investigations firms in the country, and is a board-certified criminal defense investigator. His work has been featured on 48 Hours, in The Atlantic magazine, and various other podcasts and news articles.
He is also a nationally recognized firearms expert, having competed in both rifle and pistol marksmanship, instructed military and police firearms courses, appeared on several firearms-related television shows, and testified during criminal trials regarding firearms safety, training and operation.
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