Valens Global is a private firm focused on addressing threats posed by Terrorist Groups and Violent Extremist Organizations across the world.
Valens Global provides governments, non-governmental organizations, and corporations with clear, in-depth, and innovative services. Our risk assessments, situational forecasting, training, research, and strategic action plans provide our clients with all the tools necessary to safeguard their interests, assets, and personnel against the evolving threats prevalent in today’s world. The team at Valens has conducted research in dozens of languages including Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, French, and Somali.
Government clients have included the Canadian Department of National Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Department of State.
Commercial clients have included Google's Jigsaw, a Fortune 500 hotel chain, major oil and gas companies, top national advocacy and anti-hate organizations, and top law firms around the world.
|Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, PhD, Founder / CEO of Valens Global and Valens Labs, is a prominent scholar, practitioner, and entrepreneur, described by The International Herald Tribune as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community.” His career has focused on understanding how terrorist groups and other violent non-state actors (VNSAs) are changing the world, and helping governments and private clients fashion creative solutions to save lives and safeguard their interests.|
Background Experience - Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. Previous positions he held include senior advisor to the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Community Partnerships, and fellow with Google’s think tank, Jigsaw.
Known for his rigorous scholarship, Dr. Gartenstein-Ross is the author or volume editor of twenty-three books and monographs. He has published widely in the popular and academic press, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and Terrorism & Political Violence.
Dr. Gartenstein-Ross on Russia, the US, and Syrian Peace Talks CNN News
Roy G. Taylor is a current Chief of Police with over 40 years of experience in a wide-range of federal, state, local, and private criminal justice positions. He delivers comprehensive and intelligent Law Enforcement and Security Services to federal, state, and local governments, and is authorized to work on private or government properties including parks, any government owned buildings, land, public housing communities, hospitals, schools, or similar areas. Mr. Taylor's experience and expertise includes use of force and firearms instruction; recruiting, selection and assignment; employee supervision, evaluation and retention; curriculum development; policies and procedures design and implementation; canine utilization; budgeting; public relations; and emergency management. Current Positions:
Sidney P. Blum, CPA, CFE, CPEA, CFF has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Royatly Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Intellectual Property Economic Damages, Royalty Audits, and General Economic Damages. 2017 California CPA of the Year & 2012 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Mr. Blum is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA.
As a world leading Royalty Auditor and Risk Advisor, Mr. Blum has deep knowledge of Georgia-Pacific factors and other major influencers on reasonable royalty rates for patent litigation. He led the national royalty audit practices for Big 4 firms Ernst & Young and KPMG where he also wrote the global methodologies for both firms. He is one of five members of the Board of Regents with the 80,000 member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Clients: Mr. Blum's clients have included Adobe, Amgen, Beats Electronics, DGA, Disney, Dolby, DreamWorks, DTS, DKNY, Ed Hardy, General Electric, General Motors, IGT, IMG, Marvel, Mattel, McDonalds, Microsoft, MLB, WWE, UMB Bank, Justin Bieber, STeven Spielberg, Harley-Davidson, and the NFL to name a few. Commonly audited industries include consumer products, electronics, software, apparel, media and entertainment, aerospace, automotive for trademarks, patents and copyrights. Expert witness testimony on royalty audit standards.
Mr. Blum’s two books published by Oxford University Press and LexisNexis on financial terms in contracts are leading sources of valuable information for attorneys and contract negotiators. He has also made numerous presentations to law firms, professional groups, universities, and others regarding contract compliance and auditing.
Capt. Kenneth M. Sanders has over 30 years of experience in the field of Law Enforcement. The last 15 years, Capt. Sanders served as the Director of one of the largest Police Academies in Louisiana, training approximately 10,000 people per year. Upon retirement, he was the Senior Master Instructor for the state, and responsible for all curriculum development and all instructor development for the entire state.
Internal Auditor / Assessor / Consultant: At the request of law enforcement agencies, jails, and prisons, Capt. Sanders conducts internal assessments for compliance with applicable law, policy, and standards. He also writes and edits new lesson plans, revises existing lesson plans, and works within state agencies as the final editor of legal training for law enforcement academies and officers.
Litigation Support - A Subject Matter Expert, Capt. Sanders has provided expert witness services to private law firms, law firms retained by law enforcement agencies and officers, the FBI, the US Attorney, and the Department of Justice. Representing both plaintiff and defendant, he has been used for Grand Jury Investigations, written opinions, oral opinions, and courtroom testimony.
Capt. Sanders has been retained in US District Court for cases related to Traditional Law Enforcement, Jails, and Correctional Facilities. Areas of Expertise:
Timothy A. Dimoff, CPP, is a nationally recognized authority, consultant, author and trainer offering total package solutions relating to employee issues including workplace violence, substance abuse, management training, FLMA /discrimination issues, bullying, sexual harassment, documentation procedures, liability reduction, hiring/firing and pre-employment screening procedures, corporate investigations, internal theft, and security analysis/vulnerability assessments.
As founder and president of SACS Consulting & Investigative Services, Inc., one of the nation’s leading security consulting firms, Mr. Dimoff has over 40 years of experience in Security and Human Resource matters serving both the public and private sectors. He is multi-certified in the security field. He is board certified by ASIS as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP?) which is internationally recognized as the “gold standard” certification for security management professionals, demonstrating their knowledge and competency in seven key domains of security.
Mr. Dimoff is also an A.L.I.C.E Certified (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training instructor; a member of InfraGard, a joint professional organization between the FBI and security professionals to work collectively against crime, terrorism and to improve educational abilities and knowledge for the private sector; a member of NOITR, a joint professional organization between the Secret Service and IT security professionals to work collectively against crime, terrorism and improve educational abilities and knowledge for the private sector with emphases in the IT and internet areas; and is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
Mr. Dimoff has written dozens of security-related articles and has authored four books. He also provides media commentary and profiling analysis for TV, radio, internet and print media worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology from Denison University.
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Risk and Threat Analysis Management, LLC is a recognized leader providing Investigations, Security, Emergency Management, Executive Protection and Fire Safety consulting services. Their services have helped law firms, healthcare facilities, educational institutions and and individuals mitigate risk, and ensure regulatory compliance with Federal and State agencies.
Risk and Threat Analysis Management professionals possess years of investigative, executive protection, law enforcement, private security, fire safety and emergency management within project management experiences that guide clients as they manage threats around the world. They are prepared to provide proactive threat analysis, protection, consulting, investigations, and security training.
Principal, Alan J. Robinson, brings over 35 years of Security / Law Enforcement experience to the security, safety, fire safety, emergency management field. Mr. Robinson is a former Supervisor, Protection Services for Disney-ABC, Inc. in New York, where he coordinated the security of millions of dollars in equipment for both Reagan Presidential Inaugurations. While at Disney-ABC, he was credited with creating the first hostage negotiation training class after an incident at ABC News in Washington, D.C.
For the past 25 years, Mr. Robinson has been the Director of Protection and Security Services/Emergency Management for Atlantic Health System; a hospital system based in New Jersey where he manages: Public Safety and Security, Fire/Life Safety, Emergency Management, Investigations, and Special Events for a healthcare system that approximately 10 million square feet of physical plant and campus, spread throughout New Jersey.
Mr. Robinson directly and indirectly manages over one-hundred (100) security officers, investigators, fire safety officers, emergency management officers, and contract law enforcement officers. He has successfully navigated numerous external agency regulatory compliance surveys including those from the “Joint Commission,” State Department of Health, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, and New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism.
Gregory D. Lilyhorn, BSCrJ, CFC, LPI, CPP, CAS, CHS-V
Accredited practitioner with over forty years of diverse broad-based knowledge in security management and law enforcement. Substantial experience in various pubic and business sectors and unique environments such as high-risk or high-profile properties including data centers, banks, high-rise buildings, hospitals, drug clinics, homeless shelters. Trusted and knowledgeable with extensive and diverse contacts in national corporations, healthcare, commercial property, criminal justice, government, non-profits, law enforcement, legal, religious and educational fields.
Accredited court-qualified expert with “successful court case experience” in offering formal reviews and detail written opinions on civil and criminal matters involving lengthy reviews of negligent property security or security responses. Practiced public speaker, knowledgeable and experienced educator, certified security professional and licensed instructor in police and private security training.
Core Specialties: Expert Witness Opinions, Security Management, Risk Vulnerability Evaluations, Crime Prevention, H.R. Investigations, Case/Opinion Court Presentation, Source Intelligence, Law Enforcement Liaison, Public Speaking, Continuing Education Training, Business Crisis Preparedness-Response, Media Relations, and Complex Private Investigations.
|John C. Villines is a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist and a Board Certified Security Manager. He has been a Security Consultant, Author, Seminar Presenter and Expert Witness since 1979. Mr. Villines' clients include Fortune 100 corporations.|
Education: M.S. Security Management (08); Georgia State University: College of Law (82-85); B.S. Crim Justice (82)
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Venues: Malls, Office Buildings, Hotels/Motels, Apartments, Retail, Parking Lots, Government Buildings, other.
Interbrief.org LLC is one of the nation's most prominent Security Related Premises Liability Consulting firms. With over thirty years of Hospitality and Gaming Asset Protection experience, and ten years of expert witness experience the company is frequently used in advisory capacities for the legal community in addition to local, county, state, and federal agencies.
|Principal, Richard M. Santoro, CPP, is an ASIS International board-certified Protection Professional (CPP) and an experienced Hospitality, Resort, Premises Liability Security Expert. He has 3 decades of corporate security experience that includes responsibility for security operations, risk management, executive protection, physical security, CCTV design and operation, investigations, special events, and labor action preparation. Mr. Santoro's Training Sessions are tailored in scope and length for targeted or combined levels of operations and management. With a focus on leadership, risk management, security, administration, human resources, operations, and facilities, his audiences include all industries in need of security services.|
Ideal Innovations, Inc, (I3) is recognized as an industry leader for Biometric Examination Services, including expert fingerprint identification, latent print identification comparisons, data base system administration, information technologies, Automated Biometric Information System support and biometric data enrollment services.
I3 provides examination services to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We have trained Federal, State, local, international, intelligence and industry professionals. Their instructors are key members of the Organization of Scientific Area Committee (OSAC) for Forensic Sciences, Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG), and the International Association.
Lora S. Sims, CTPE currently serves as the Director of the Facial Identification Training and a Biometrics SME. In this position, Ms. Sims coordinates all training classes as well as many other Face related activities within the company and also provides subject matter expertise on Biometrics for contracts and consulting/expert witness work.
Ms. Sims is an IAI Certified Tenprint Examiner and is the current chair of both the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) and the Facial Identification Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Sciences. She also sits on the IAI Facial Identification Subcommittee.
Ms. Sims joined Ideal Innovations, Inc. in 2008 as a Tenprint Examiner at the DoD DFBA, which transitioned into a Sr. Biometric Examiner comparing multiple biometrics (fingerprints, faces, and irises). In this position, she co-authored a training to competency program on facial identification & comparisons and is responsible for mentoring and training new employees through the tenprint and facial training program while integrating them into an operational environment
Steven Lee Johnson joined the I3 Advisory Board after 13 years of service to the company as Senior Vice President. Mr. Johnson is the current Chair of the Forensics Science Standards Board (FSSB) of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) entity dedicated to strengthening the nation’s use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound forensic science standards and by promoting the adoption of those standards by the forensic science community.
Mr. Johnson served in the past as President and Chair of the IAI, secretary and chair of the IAI Forensic Art Certification Board, past chair of the IAI Science and Practices Committee, chair of the IAI Biometric Information Systems Committee and the chair of the IAI Facial Identification provisional sub-committee. In addition to his affiliation with the IAI, Mr. Johnson is an Associate Member of the International Association of Cranio-Facial Identifiers.
Mr. Johnson worked numerous forensic/biometric support contracts for the Department of Defense (DoD) and was actively involved in the development of DoD forensics and biometric standards. He is an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) and Forensic Artist. Prior to coming to I3, Steve served 20 years in the law enforcement community providing leadership and expertise in criminal investigation and forensic sciences at the municipal and state levels.