Steve Crimando, MA, BCETS, CHS-5
Diplomate, American Board for Homeland Security
Diplomate, National Center for Crisis Management
Behavioral Science Applications
Steven Crimando, MA, BCETS, CHS-5, is the Principal in the operational risk management firm Behavioral Science Applications. He is an internationally known consultant and educator specialized in the application of the behavioral sciences in homeland and private security, violence prevention, and emergency management. Steve is a Diplomate of the National Center for Crisis Management; the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; and the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. He holds degrees in public communications, human behavior, and clinical psychology. He is frequently called upon by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the media and the courts to provide insight on workplace, campus, and community crisis prevention and response.
Steve served as a Disaster Field Operations Supervisor for FEMA's behavioral health response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, coordinated onsite psychological operations at New Jersey’s Anthrax Screening Center, and helped coordinate psychological support services at the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Unabomber case, international kidnappings, and other acts of terrorism. He serves as a consultant and trainer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Department of Justice; the National Criminal Justice Training Center; the New York Police Department (NYPD)-Counterterrorism Division (CTD); and the United Nations Emergency Preparedness and Support Team. Steve is a certified law enforcement instructor, the behavioral health specialist with several police trauma teams, and a Police Surgeon-Deputy Sheriff with the Atlantic County, New Jersey Sheriff's Office. He is a trained hostage negotiator and a member of several specialty law enforcement units dedicated to the behavioral response to disasters and terrorism.
Steve is the author of many published articles and book chapters. He has developed human factors-oriented crisis management programs for government agencies, international NGOs, and multinational corporations.
John P. Cronan
Chief, Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit
U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of New York
John Cronan is the Chief of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. In that capacity, John supervises a team of about 15 Assistant U.S. Attorneys who specialize in national security prosecutions, to include domestic and international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence and espionage, economic espionage, cyberterrorism, counter-proliferation and export violations, weapons trafficking, and large-scale narcotics trafficking. Among the cases that John currently is supervising is the prosecution of Ahmed Rahimi for allegedly detonating a bomb in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City on September 17, 2016.
In recent years, John has supervised, among other matters, the successful prosecutions of Ahmed El Gammal for facilitating the travel of a New York man to ISIS in Syria, where he fought and died; Khalid al-Fawwaz, an original member of al Qaeda who, among other things, led al Qaeda's terror cell in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as Bin Laden's London-based media conduit; Evgeny Buryakov, a Russian banker who acted in New York as an agent for the Russian Federation and SVR; and Minh Pham, a trained al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operative who was tasked by Anwar al-Awlaki to conduct an attack against U.S. persons in London. Prior to becoming a supervisor of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit, John prosecuted a number of significant terrorism defendants, including Faisal Shahzad for the attempted bombing of Times Square on May 1, 2010; Abu Hamza al-Masri, a London-based spiritual leader who orchestrated global acts of terrorism; and Sulaiman Abu Ghayth, Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law and spokesperson after 9/11 and arguably the most senior member of al Qaeda to be prosecuted in a U.S. court. In 2009, John served on a Presidential Task Force that reviewed evidence against detainees held at Guantánamo Bay to assess the feasibility of prosecution in Article III criminal court and to make disposition recommendations. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, John clerked for Judges Robert A. Katzmann and Barrington D. Parker, Jr., of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. John is a graduate of the Yale Law School and Georgetown University.
Andew W. Donofrio
(RET) Detective Lieutenant with the Prosecutor's Office, Bergen County, N.J.
President and Founder, Cyberology Consultants
Andrew W. Donofrio is a retired Detective Lieutenant with the Prosecutor’s Office in Bergen County, N.J. Mr. Donofrio was a leading computer forensics examiner for Bergen County with 25 years experience in the field of Law Enforcement and 17 years in the field of computer investigations, forensics, IT security, and penetration testing. He has conducted countless forensic examinations of computer evidence and incident response investigations. Mr. Donofrio has conducted penetration tests and IT security assessments for a variety of industries, including the financial sector (SEC compliance audits), healthcare (HIPPA), retail (PCI compliance audits), and many others.
Mr. Donofrio graduated Summa Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a BA in Forensic Psychology and Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Protection/Infrastructure Management at the College. Mr. Donofrio holds numerous computer forensic certifications, and has been recognized as a computer forensic expert in New Jersey Superior and Federal Court. His post-graduate work has been in the field of IT security and penetration testing and he holds several certifications in these areas as well. Currently, Mr. Donofrio is founder and president of Cyberology Consultants, a network security and technology consulting company. Through this company, Mr. Donofrio conducts IT related investigations, computer and network forensics, penetration testing, IT security assessments, physical security assessments, security awareness training, incident response investigations, and data intercepts.
Superintendent Paul A. Fitzgerald
Chief, Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis
Boston Regional Intelligence Center
Boston Police Department
Paul Fitzgerald is a Superintendent with the Boston Police Department, with 29 years of experience. He has served as the Chief of the Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis since 2009, and has overall responsibility for Homeland Security and Intelligence matters in the Boston Police Department.
One of the Superintendent’s primary responsibilities is to oversee the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC). This intelligence center is one of 77 Department of Homeland Security recognized and funded fusion centers in the country, and was recognized as the best of the 77 in 2013. As a part of the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), which was created post 9/11 and focused federal support in the most likely high risk cities in America, the BRIC is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information throughout the UASI region, which consists of nine cities and towns including Boston. Superintendent Fitzgerald also commands the Boston Detectives that are assigned to the National Operations Center in Washington D.C., and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) with the FBI Boston. Fitzgerald was the senior Boston Police Officer assigned to work with the FBI on the Boston Marathon terrorist attack investigation in 2013, as well as the 2015 terrorism investigation of a small cell that was plotting to behead police officers in Boston. This case resulted in the shooting of one of the suspects and arrests of two others involved in the plot. The Superintendent has travelled to Israel, London, Los Angeles and New York City to uncover best practices on counterterrorism strategies.
Lori A. Hennon-Bell
Vice President, Chief Security Officer
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Lori Hennon-Bell is vice president and chief security officer at Prudential Financial, Inc., and head of the company's Global Security Department. She is responsible for developing strategies for employee security, asset protection, executive protection & transportation, crisis management; and for creating programs to help associates stay up-to-date with best practices to mitigate risk and respond appropriately in emergencies. Her responsibilities also include intelligence gathering and analysis, contingency planning, 24/7 monitoring, incident response, and event management.
Hennon-Bell joined Prudential in 2005 after retiring from a 25-year career with the New Jersey State Police. At the time of her retirement she was Lieutenant Colonel assigned as Deputy Superintendent of Administration. She established and led the State Police Homeland Security Branch within the state police when it was created in 2004.
Hennon-Bell has an undergraduate degree from Thomas Edison State University and a graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a state certified Public Manager. She also completed numerous leadership and management certificate programs including the School of Staff and Command at Northwestern University, the Executive Management Program, Leading a Global Enterprise, ISMA Security Executive Leadership Program, the Drug Enforcement Administration Leadership Program, and the U.S. Secret Service Executive Protection Program.
Hennon-Bell is a member of the Executive Committee of The Conference Board Council of Corporate Security Directors; co-chair of the Infrastructure Advisory Committee of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness; and chair of the New Jersey Financial Services Sector Working Group. She also is active with ASIS International, CSO Center for Leadership and Development, International Security Management Association, Global Security Executive Roundtable, and Asia Crisis and Security Group.
Executive Vice President
After leaving the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain in the early 1990s, Brian has pioneered corporate executive protection services internationally for Fortune 500 companies, high-net-worth families and NGOs. He is also co-author of "Corporate Executive Protection: An introduction for corporations and security professionals" and the Subject Matter Expert Chair of the ASIS Executive Protection Council. Brian has provided protection at the highest levels of corporate and philanthropic environments for 22 years in more than 35 countries. With his demonstrated ability to align security operations with both the client’s organizational goals and personal preferences, Brian uses his strong relationship building, collaboration, and project and vendor management expertise to create protective strategies that deliver program efficiencies and customer satisfaction. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Sociology.
As an Executive Vice President at AS Solution, Brian works with many clients as a strategist and advisor, as well as being a leader of business development, marketing, and social media for the company.
Director of Global Security, Trust & Safety
George is the Director of Global Security, Trust and Safety at Square, Inc., a global payments and financial services company located in San Francisco, CA. Square is best known for it’s innovative credit card processing and point of sale platform, empowering millions of small companies to grow and manage their businesses. Square Cash allows customers to send and receive money instantly through a mobile device serving millions of customers daily. Square Capital helps small businesses finance growth without having to navigate complex financial industry barriers, providing instant access to cash. Square leads the industry with innovative solutions that facilitate commerce and economic empowerment. With offices in the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, Square processes over $40B annually. George manages risk to company operations, products, brand, and intellectual property. His team is responsible for security infrastructure in global real estate, investigations for fraud and theft, global mobility and travel risk management, intelligence, executive protection, business continuity, and resiliency including the payments platform disaster recovery capability, threat management, and workplace violence.
Prior to Square, George was the Director of Corporate Security at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA. Pixar’s culture helped develop the values of trust, creativity, and collaboration that have become a roadmap for program development in building high-functioning teams that serve and provide value to the organization. While at Pixar he worked with the Disney Global Security team, ESPN, ABC, Lucas Film, and Marvel Studios, to build cross-functional relationships that manage risk. George is a distinguished law enforcement professional having served 26 years with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, where he retired in 2009.
George is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International, and served as Chapter Chair for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. He is a member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) where he serves on the Education Committee. George is also a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) through the Disaster Recovery Institute International. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and a Bay Area native, residing in San Francisco.
Raymond O'Hara, CPP
President and Founder, Global Security Risk Management Alliance (GSRMA)
Executive Vice President, International Services
As Executive Vice President of International Services for AS Solution, Raymond O'Hara is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of the company's practice areas. His role entails the development and executive administration of the company's core services in support of client needs globally.
Ray brings more than 30 years of experience in the consulting and investigations services field, corporate security, and law enforcement to his position. His experience includes managing large-scale security consulting and investigations projects in emerging markets and developing international executive protection, crisis management and response plans. Most recently, he led the consulting and investigations business for a multi-national security corporation; a position that involved work in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America, as well as the supervision of field offices in the United States. Ray previously served as corporate security manager for Weyerhaeuser Co. and GTE, where he was responsible for security programs involving the protection of employees and business operations.
Prior to entering the corporate security sector, Ray was a supervising detective for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Ray has served as Chairman of the Board and President of the ASIS International Board of Directors and has served as President of ASIS’ Professional Certification Board and Chair of the ASIS International Investigations Council. He is board certified in security management by ASIS International and is considered a Risk Vulnerability Expert, with experience in analyzing and categorizing business vulnerabilities, homeland security initiatives, terrorism and political threats. He is a founding member and the first Chair of The Alliance for Enterprise Security Risk Management, a partnership of leading international security organizations formed to address issues surrounding the convergence of traditional and logical security.
James P. O'Neill
New York City Police Commissioner
James P. O’Neill was appointed the 43rd police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2016. He had served previously as chief of department, the NYPD’s highest uniformed rank. He was instrumental in developing the neighborhood-based policing model that is renewing and recasting the NYPD’s patrol function to provide greater police and community interaction and collaboration.
Widely experienced in both the patrol and the investigative sides of the department, Commissioner O’Neill is a hands-on police practitioner and a dedicated police reformer. He speaks with urgency about "the need for police to evolve" if they are to succeed in connecting with communities and keeping people safe in the 21st century.
Police Commissioner O’Neill began his law-enforcement career in 1983 with the Transit Police, which was then an independent police department. He credits his time on patrol on the trains and platforms of the subway system with helping him learn how to interact and communicate with a wide range of people, a skill he regards as essential to successful police work. He had risen to lieutenant by the time of the 1995 merger of the Transit Police with the NYPD.
As a lieutenant in the NYPD, he worked at the police academy and the warrant squad before promoting to captain and a post as the executive officer in the 52nd Precinct in the northern Bronx. He served as the commanding officer of three successive precincts: Central Park, the 25th Precinct in eastern Harlem, and the 44th Precinct in the western Bronx. He was C.O. of the 25th Precinct when the September 11th attack occurred and remembers being so proud of the way his fellow officers from all across the department came together to help and protect people during that crisis.
It was as C.O. of the 44th Precinct, one of the busier commands in the city, that Commissioner O’Neill began to think seriously about reforming the NYPD patrol model. The precinct workload in the NYPD had long been divided between patrol officers who answered a steady stream of calls for service, and specialty officers who worked at correcting conditions and community outreach. As Commissioner O’Neill saw it, police departments had been asking their patrol officers to connect with community members for generations without ever giving them the time or the opportunity to do so. He envisioned a model with fewer specialists and more generalist officers, who answered calls, worked at problem-solving and local crime-fighting, and collaborated far more effectively with community members.
Promoting to inspector and then to deputy chief, Commissioner O’Neill moved to the investigative side of the department, serving tours as commanding officer of the Vice Division, the Narcotics Division, and the Fugitive Enforcement Division. He worked in all three capacities to keep cases focused on reducing crime and supporting the priorities of precinct commanders.
In March 2014, he was appointed commanding officer of Police Commissioner William Bratton’s office and played a key role in the department’s reengineering process, concentrating on operational reforms. As chief of patrol from June 2014, he began the development of the Neighborhood Coordination Officer plan, anchoring officers in sectors and providing them with off-radio time to connect with community members and work at local problem-solving and crime-fighting.
Appointed Chief of Department in December 2014, he was almost immediately confronted with widespread protests related to the death of Eric Garner during an arrest the prior June. The NYPD’s handling of these protests was deemed a model of restraint and professionalism by observers in the city and all across the country. Also early in his term, he helped lead the department through the shock and mourning that followed the assassinations of Detectives Rafael Ramos and WenJian Liu.
The neighborhood-based policing model – which is a crime-fighting plan above all else – will be in place in half of New York City precincts and all of the NYPD Housing Bureau police service areas by this coming October, serving more than three million New Yorkers. It is the largest, best-funded, best-staffed community-policing initiative ever undertaken in the United States. Commissioner O’Neill’s reforms are taking hold and will have a far-reaching and positive influence all across New York City.
Commissioner O’Neill grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn and was one of seven children. He has two sons himself, Daniel and Christopher. He is an avid hockey player and motorcyclist.
Commissioner O’Neill has a clear vision of where he is taking the New York City Police Department.
"Fighting crime is what we get paid to do," he says. "But we can’t do that unless we achieve full partnership with the community. Unless we have that connectivity, it’s not going to work."
Iain Paterson, CISSP, CISM, MBA
Mr. Paterson is a Cyber Security expert who has spent 16 years in the industry working in Banking, Government, Telecoms and Healthcare sectors. Today he leads a highly-specialized Offensive Security firm that focuses on the technical vulnerabilities that impact critical infrastructure and applications. Throughout his career, he has designed and implemented Cyber Defense strategies to protect highly sensitive systems and networks. He has first-hand experience responding to attacks from Organized Crime, Hacktivist and Nation State attackers. A practitioner first, Mr. Paterson brings a pragmatic CISOs view to building defensive postures and implementing the right controls to protect against data breaches.
Brian H. Reich, CPP, MS
Director Global Security
Brian H. Reich, CPP is a corporate security leader where he serves as a Director of Global Security at Capital One. Mr. Reich oversees a team of security professionals responsible for both a domestic and international footprint in the delivery of a host of corporate security services. During his prior law enforcement career, he served in a variety of roles which included uniform police officer, Major Crimes Detective and Deputy Chief where he led physical security protection units, and a variety of specialized investigative units. Mr. Reich is also the former chairman of the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council and past member of the ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB). Mr. Reich is currently the Board Secretary of the NYC ASIS Chapter and a member of the ASIS International Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been a frequent speaker around the country on the topic of public to private career transition having appeared at the FBI National Academy training Conference, the Florida Police Chief's training conference, the NYPD Executive Luncheon forum and numerous ASIS International events.
Timothy Rigg, CPP
Managing Vice President & Chief Security Officer
Global Security Capital One
Mr. Rigg is responsible for the growth, development and implementation of strategic plans and policies that support, promote, and enhance the safety and security of Capital One’s human, fiscal, intellectual and physical assets enterprise-wide. Joining Capital One in December 2014, he brought 22 years of corporate security experience to his role, including both internal investigations and physical security. He has substantial expertise in business continuity, crisis management, corporate compliance & ethics, and executive protection.
Prior to joining Capital One, Mr. Rigg held various security leadership roles, most recently as Chief Security Officer at ALCOA. There, he developed and implemented comprehensive international security programs, led a transformation of the security function to a truly global risk management organization, and provided strategic leadership to Global Aviation.
Mr. Rigg received his BS from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and his MBA from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. He has attended Executive Education Programs in Leadership, Business and Strategy through Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and Georgetown University. He holds a professional designation as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through ASIS International.
Mr. Rigg is a member of the Security Executive Council, as well as the CSO Center for Leadership and Development. He is also a member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) for the Department of State, as well as the FBI’s Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), and holds a Secret clearance through the Department of Homeland Security.
Jared Van Driessche
As Director of Operations, Jared Van Driessche is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of all full-time embedded AS Solution operations worldwide. His role entails the cultivation, development and quality control of executive protection programs that add value directly to the client.
Over the course of his diverse career, Jared has planned, executed, and led close protection details for CEOs, dignitaries, heads of state, boards of directors, celebrities, media, and various public figures on more than 300 international trips to 70 different countries. He has extensive international exposure, including the provision of close protection and threat assessment to clients in high-risk environments throughout Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Bureau Chief, Counterterrorism
New York City Police Department
James R. Waters serves as the Chief of the Counterterrorism Bureau of the New York City Police Department. In this role, Chief Waters oversees the NYPD-FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Citywide Counterterrorism Unit, the Counterterrorism Division, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, World Trade Center Command, Critical Response Command and the Terrorism Threat Analysis Group. He commands over 1,000 uniform and civilian members of the service assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau. In this capacity, Chief Waters supervises the investigations of all major terrorist plots against New York City; oversees the development and expansion of the Domain Awareness System, a unique and complex surveillance system comprised of counterterrorism sensors and law enforcement databases; administers a non-personnel budget of over $100 million per year; directs resource deployment during all high-profile events, including, among others, the Super Bowl, the Papal visit, the New York City Marathon, and the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration; and is responsible for the NYPD's partnership with federal, state and local law enforcement on all counterterrorism-related matters. Chief Waters is the senior advisor to the Police Commissioner on critical matters pertaining to investigative cases, project implementation, budget and management issues, personnel matters, and technology and systems development.
Prior to his present assignment, Chief Waters served as Commanding Officer of the NYPD-FBI JTTF, and has also commanded the Office of the First Deputy Commissioner and the 109th Precinct in Queens.
Chief Waters holds a BS in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, and a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. He is a graduate of the New York City Police Management Institute at Columbia University. Chief Waters has been married to his wife, Joanne, for 34 years and has two children, Erin, 26, and Ryan, 22.