Walden Security | Team (2023)

Executive
  • Amy Walden

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Walden Security | Team (1)
  • Michael Walden

    President Walden Security | Team (2)
  • Julie Chase

    EVP, Human Resources Walden Security | Team (3)
  • Scott Cochran

    EVP, Chief Financial Officer Walden Security | Team (4)
  • Fin Johnson

    EVP, Federal Services Walden Security | Team (5)
  • Jon Mitchell

    EVP, Commercial Services Walden Security | Team (6)
  • Lauren Tudor

    EVP, Sales & Marketing Walden Security | Team (7)
  • Dick Wong

    EVP, Federal Services Walden Security | Team (8)

Walden Security | Team (9)

Amy Walden

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8220

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walden Security, Amy Walden has been a leader for Walden Security for more than 30 years. She oversees all business activities related to owning and operating a profitable privately-held security corporation. She is responsible for reviewing and reporting all company financial information, key performance metrics and staff utilization.

EXPERIENCE
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walden Security
911 Operator and Dispatcher at Chattanooga Police Department
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
National Association of Security Companies
Junior League of Chattanooga

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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Michael Walden

President

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702- 8215

As President and owner of Walden Security, Michael Walden brings more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to the company. He is involved heavily on developing and implementing long-term plans to achieve overall corporate growth. Michael oversees all business activity related to owning and operating a profitable, privately-held contract security corporation, while actively being involved in client relations and conducting daily business development activities to generate large-scale commercial and government deals.

EXPERIENCE
President of Walden Security
Sworn Law Enforcement Officer at Chattanooga Police Department
United States Navy
American Society for Industrial Security Board Member
Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Chattanooga Crime Stoppers Board Member
Hamilton County 911 Board Member
Building Owners and Managers Association Board Member
Sam Walton Business Leadership Award
Mass Mutual Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Chapman College
Certified Protection Professional / American Society for Industrial Security

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Julie Chase

EVP, Human Resources

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8229

Julie Chase brings more than a decade of specialized knowledge to Walden Security as the Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Throughout her tenure at Walden Security, Julie has served in positions for both the Federal Services Division (FSD) and the Commercial Services Division (CSD) bringing a wealth of experience to the senior executive level. She has significant experience within the Benefits, Medical and Human Resources Departments. In her role as EVP, she oversees the Human Resources activities of the corporation for both FSD and CSD.

In her most recent role with Federal Services Division as the Director of Human Resources, Julie developed one-on-one communication with management and peers, implemented processes and procedures with learning and development, and enacted new labor relations programs to assist our staff. Her interactions were never limited solely to HR; she played an important role in the leadership of FSD in all areas, dealing with over 3,000 field-level personnel as well as the entire FSD staff.

Julie holds her PHR and is a certified ADA Coordinator. She is also a member of the Society for HR Management (SHRM), the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and the Chapter of Chattanooga Women Leaders.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Walden Security
Director of Human Resources, FSD at Walden Security
Medical Support Manager at Walden Security
HR Administrator at Walden Security
Benefits Coordinator at Walden Security
Marketing Director at HealthSource of Chattanooga
Office Manager at HealthSource of Chattanooga
Leave Management Specialist at Unum

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Education – Exercise Science / University of Tennessee

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Scott Cochran

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8227

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Scott Cochran brings more than 20 years of financial experience and knowledge to the position. Scott oversees all aspects of the company's accounting operations for commercial and Federal Services Divisions, including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, financial reporting, cash flow management and budget. He also focuses on developing procedures designed to achieve corporate growth and profitability goals.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Walden Security
Vice President, Chief Account Officer and Controller at Krystal Company
Corporate Tax Compliance Specialist at Arthur Andersen at Ernst & Young

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Tennessee Technological University / Master of Business Administration
Tennessee Technological University / Bachelor of Science in Finance
Tennessee Technological University / Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
CPA / State of Tennessee

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Fin Johnson

EVP, Federal Services

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-803-6821

For more than 35 years, Fin Johnson, Executive Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security, has worked in municipal, federal and international law enforcement, security, public safety and emergency services. Fin is a retired Police Lieutenant (California), former FBI Special Agent and Coast Guard veteran. In his current role, Fin is responsible for managing all aspects of the Federal Services Division and provides strategic guidance to over 50 program directors and managers for federal contracts including over 3,000 personnel in multiple states, cities and sites.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Vice President and Chief Operating Officers at Ahtna Professional Services, Inc.
Manager, Security and Emergency Preparedness at TID – Water & Power
Professional Mentor to the Afghan National Police, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Kabul - Afghan Police Program
Police Lieutenant at Turlock Police Department
Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Los Angeles Field Office
Police Officer / Police Sergeant at Turlock Police Department
Navigator – Maritime Law Enforcement with the United States Coast Guard

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
California State University – Dominguez Hills / M.A. Public Administration
University of San Francisco / B.S. Organizational Behavior
Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy / Special Agent Academy
Los Angeles Police Department / West Point Leadership Program

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Jon Mitchell

EVP, Commercial Services

Corporate | Atlanta, GA 404-937-1743

Jon Mitchell is responsible for overseeing customer accounts in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas as Walden Security’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Services Division. He first joined Walden Security in 2018 as Regional Vice President over Walden’s largest Branch that services Georgia and Florida. Jon has 18 years of progressively responsible security management, growth leadership and law enforcement experience along with an outstanding record of increasing efficiency through diligent leadership and team building. His industry savvy and mobile workforce reporting knowledge has supported an increase in supplying efficient, cost-saving remote technology services for our customers company-wide. Jon is equally active in the community and with professional organizations, including ASIS International’s Atlanta Chapter.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President, Commercial Services Division at Walden Security
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Vice President of Operations at mobotour
Retired Sergeant at Atlanta Police Department
Manager of Security Services at Whelan Security
Unit Manager at Guardsmark Inc.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Bachelor's Degree in Government, emphasis in Criminal Justice / Northwest Missouri State University

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Lauren Tudor

EVP, Sales & Marketing

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8225

Lauren Tudor first began working with Walden Security in 2005 as a service provider, where she helped build the Walden Security brand. The success of this collaboration presented her with an opportunity to join Walden as Director of Marketing, where she established and managed the company’s marketing and communications department. Today, she serves on the Walden executive team overseeing the sales and marketing functions. With Lauren’s many years of experience with the company, she has found herself wearing many hats within the organization. She provides hands-on leadership and support to her teams, collaborates closely with all functional groups within Walden and helps direct and oversee company initiatives. Her commitment to Walden is apparent through the growth of the company since coming on board. Under Lauren’s leadership, the company has grown from $27 to more than $300 million in annual revenue.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Walden Security
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Learning and Development at Walden Security
Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Walden Security
Vice President of Marketing at Walden Security
Director of Marketing at Walden Security
Account Executive at Realm Communications
Sales Representative at Graphic Solutions Group
Sales Representative at Superior Press Printing

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Kennesaw State University / B.S. Business Administration and Management, emphasis on Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

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Dick Wong

EVP, Federal Services

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702- 8233

As the Executive Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security, Dick Wong has more than 36 years of law enforcement and security experience including his previous employment managing an Army command’s force protection program which involved operational responsibility for the volatile geographical region encompassing 27 countries throughout the Middle East and the former Soviet Republic states. He is responsible for managing all hands-on operational aspects of the Federal Services Division and provides strategic guidance to 45 Program Directors and Managers for Federal contracts spanning multiple cities and facilities.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Director of Operations, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Program Manager, Force Protection Analysis Cell at Third Army / U.S. Army Central / Coalition Forces Land Component Command
Senior Lead Management Analyst at Management Analysis Incorporated
Director of Security and Law Enforcement Policies and Programs at HQ, U.S. Army Forces Command

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Florida State University / B.S. in Criminology
Central Michigan University / M.S. of Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy / Graduate of Executive Management

Senior

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Ebonè Bell

Corporate Recruiter

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423.702.8208

Corporate Recruiter Ebonè Bell sources corporate and branch security talent in Walden Security’s markets, which include 35 states and territories in the United States. She also supports the regional recruiters at each Walden Security branch, training them on company policy and procedures. Ebonè joined Walden Security in 2020 as Recruiter at the Chattanooga Branch. In addition to recruiting for several of Walden’s largest clients in the region, she created a step-by-step recruiting guide, streamlining and improving efficiency for Walden’s field recruiting process. She also helped launch Walden Security’s newest office in Memphis, TN, sourcing branch personnel and training the new human resource hires. Prior to joining Walden Security, Ebonè worked in various human resource and account management positions, with a track record of progressive responsibility and promotions. During her time as Account Executive for Management Recruiters of Chattanooga-Brainerd, Ebonè was awarded Account Executive of the Month in January 2021 due to her strategic sourcing results.

EXPERIENCE
Corporate Recruiter at Walden Security
Recruiter at Walden Security (Chattanooga Branch)
Account Executive at Management Recruiters of Chattanooga-Brainerd
Project Coordinator at Infrastructures and Communication Solutions
Operations Manager at Mass Tort Support
Data Entry Analyst/Executive Administrative Assistant at Infrastructures and Communication Solutions

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Georgia State University / B.A. History and Political Science

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Drew Burrows

General Manager

Chattanooga, TN 423-825-4512

Since starting with Walden Security 12 years ago, Drew Burrows has worked in various positions with our company. In his most recent roles, Drew served as General Manager for the Knoxville Branch as a Senior Operations Manager based at the Atlanta Branch. During this time, Drew oversaw and nurtured key accounts located in Metro Atlanta and multi-state books of business. His contributions have also extended beyond his region to support a critical multi-state transition for a national account. Outside of work, he remains an active member with several industry organizations: the Building Owners and Managers Association, the International Facility Management Association and the Institute of Real Estate Management.

EXPERIENCE
General Manager at Walden Security
Senior Operations Manager at Walden Security
Operations Manager at Walden Security
Property Manager at Walden Security

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Business Finance Studies / University of Tennessee at Knoxville

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Alecia Clark

Director, Human Resources, Commercial Services

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8244

As director of human resources for Walden Security, Alecia Clark leads our local human resources teams to source, screen, select and place security officers for more than 3,000 positions across our Commercial Services Division. A hands-on leader, Alecia plans, develops and administers HR policies and programs, and provides expertise and guidance in the areas of recruiting, onboarding, employee relations, performance, compliance and retention. Alecia joined Walden Security in 2014 as human resources assistant for our Atlanta office and subsequently earned several promotions, which led to her most recent role as human resources manager for the Georgia/Florida region. Prior to joining Walden Security, she worked for more than 10 years in various human resources and customer service roles within the retail industry. Alecia is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a SHRM Certified Professional.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Human Resources at Walden Security
Human Resources Manager at Walden Security (Atlanta Regional Support Center)
Human Resources Assistant at Walden Security (Atlanta Regional Support Center)
Manager at RSL Atlanta
General Manager at Vogue Collection Inc.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Business Administration / North Carolina A&T State University
Web Design and Graphic Design / Art Institute of Atlanta
Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM- CP)

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Jason Crowe

Director, Learning/Development

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8237

As Director of Learning and Development, Jason Crowe brings more than 10 years of experience in developing and delivering training programs. Jason leads Walden Security’s Learning & Development team in partnering with Training Managers, Operations, Human Resources personnel and an assortment of subject matter experts in our regional branches to develop and provide training to our staff and security officers. His expertise and support consists of but not limited to: role-based training, professional development, contract specific training, systems and compliance training and training events in an effort to continually refine the development of all of our key personnel here at Walden Security, starting with our security officers.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Learning and Development at Walden Security
Training Operations Manager at Mohawk Industries
Area Manager at Pacific Sunwear

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EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Middle Tennessee State University

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Chris Dempster

Regional Vice President

Nashville, TN 629.203.6803

Regional Vice President Chris Dempster oversees the Nashville, Memphis and Louisville markets, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the security industry. He leads all aspects of the day-to-day operations for the Nashville Branch and is dedicated to client relations throughout his region. Chris’ focus on building high-performing teams has been the foundation for his excellent track record of exceeding sales goals and improving customer service. During his time at G4S Secure Solutions, Chris’ leadership turned his branch into one of the most profitable branches in the Southeast United States, and his market into one of the most-improved markets nationwide. He brought his branch through the COVID-19 pandemic largely by having built solid relationships with his clients and was one of the only branch leaders in his region to achieve his sales goals during that time. In addition to his sales and growth achievements, Chris sets high client satisfaction standards for both himself and for every team he manages. His hiring philosophy involves recognizing a willingness to learn and taking responsibility for his team’s success. This emphasis on team-building has resulted in high employee retention and a proven history of highly satisfied clients.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Market Vice President at G4S Secure Solutions
General Manager at G4S Secure Solutions
Business Development Manager at Universal Protection Service
General Manager/Business Development Manager at Universal Protection Service
President/CEO at Industrial Security Services Corporation

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Criminal Justice / University of Phoenix
Richardson Consultative Selling Training Program

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Chris Fecko

General Manager

Dallas, TX 972.626.5035

As General Manager of Walden Security’s Dallas and Austin Branches, Chris directs all department activities, including operations, sales, human resources, 24/7 field supervision, training and administration. He brings more than 25 years of security industry and law enforcement experience from such organizations as Securitas, GardaWorld and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Over the last six years, Chris served as District Manager for Securitas’s South Region, driving client satisfaction and security services initiatives. As a leader, Chris focused on employee retention strategies, which included specialized coaching and training programs as well as new measures to ensure overall compliance. Chris played a major role in implementing a structured training program for key national clients known as the Initial Officer Training program. This program resulted in improved customer relations, job knowledge expansion and security officer retention. He also developed Key Performance Indicators for Fortune 500 clients, bringing increased value to quarterly reviews with clients, and improving rapport, trust and company image. In addition, he consistently generated $10 million in annual revenue for his region, garnering profits in excess of 30% year over year.

EXPERIENCE
General Manager at Walden Security
District Manager at Securitas Security Services USA
Director of Operations & Safety at On-Site Fuel Service, Inc.
Branch Manager at GardaWorld/ATI Systems International
Reserve Deputy Sheriff at San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Criminal Justice, Chapman College
Criminal Justice, Citrus College
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Academy
Associate Protection Professional, ASIS
Certified Director of Safety, NATMI/University of Central Florida

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Jan Harvey

Director of Talent Acquisition

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423.702.8206

Jan serves as the Director of Talent Acquisition for both CSD and FSD, working to support recruiters, streamline their processes and procedures and improve the overall retention rate at Walden Security. She works within WinTeam, Kwantek and other platforms the company utilizes to assist recruiting efforts across 14 commercial branches and the corporate branch. The purview of her work includes 29 states and two U.S. territories.

Jan has been with Walden Security since 2015 and was hired on as an HR Administrator before working her way up to Project Manager and then earning a promotion to HR Manager. In her previous role, her skillset helped recruit and staff the USMS contracts, including seven of 12 U.S. Judicial Circuits. She traveled to dozens of job fairs and represented Walden Security while simultaneously supporting her team and the incumbent officers.

Jan has improved the processes for supervisors and maintained strict compliance. In 2015 she was awarded the Above and Beyond award for her loyalty and dedication to her team, her co-workers, and the support she provides to the field.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Talent and Acquisition at Walden Security
HR Manager at Walden Security
Project Manager at Walden Security
HR Administrator at Walden Security
Director at Chick-fil-A

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Organizational Leadership / Bethel University
A.S. Business Management / Chattanooga State
PHR
Member of the Society for HR Management (SHRM)

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Kim Hunt

VP, Risk Management

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702- 8216

Kim Hunt brings 35 years of experience to our Walden Security team. Prior to Walden, Kim worked as a personal and commercial independent insurance broker specializing in contract security. WIth this experience, she is able to bring intimate knowledge of how the insurance world works. She is constantly striving to make sure Walden has the best protection and the most competitive price to protect our clients, our employees and our company.

EXPERIENCE
Vice President of Risk Management at Walden Security
Insurance Agent at Huffaker & Trimble
Insurance Agent at AGA, Inc.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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Vicky Johnson

Director, Accounting

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-803-6809

Vicky Johnson is a finance and accounting professional with extensive business experience focused on corporate accounting in multiple industries. She has implemented accounting and payroll systems and effectively organized and managed corporate mergers. Vicky brings strong detail orientation, organization and team-building skills to Walden. As Director of Accounting, Vicky provides oversight and leadership for all accounting functions, ensuring company accounting procedures and policies conform to generally accepted accounting principles. She helps coordinate company financial planning and budget management as well as overseeing the payroll, billing, A/R and accounts-payable teams who are responsible for the company’s accounting procedures and policies.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Accounting at Walden Security
Director of Brewery Accounting at CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
West Coast Division Controller at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group
Assistant Controller at Golden Gallon, Inc
Accounting Manager at Dixie Industries, Division of Columbus McKinnon Corporation
Accountant at Gentry & Co.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Accounting / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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Ed Leitgeb

Regional Vice President

Charleston, SC 843-804-8038

As regional vice president (RVP) for Walden Security, Ed Leitgeb directs the local branch teams in North and South Carolina, which include the Charlotte, Charleston and Greenville markets. Ed oversees operations, human resources, field supervision, training and administration for the branches. He brings more than 30 years of experience to several critical areas, including quality management, site inspections and new contract start-ups. In his role, Ed also enforces company and customer policies and compliance requirements, and supervises all financial activity for his region. Before his promotion to RVP, Ed served as General Manager for the Charleston, SC market, and has held leadership positions at various security firms throughout his career. Ed is an active member of ASIS, a professional organization for security professionals, and is a certified SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) security officer.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
General Manager at Walden Security
Regional Manager at Sunstates Security
District Manager at US Security Associates
Area Vice President at Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Police Science / City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
SLED certification

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James Matthews

VP, Federal Services

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-803-6822

As vice president of operations for Walden Security’s Federal Services Division, James Matthews directs the U.S. Marshals Service Court Security Officer Program, which includes six U.S. Judicial Circuits. Bringing nearly 50 years of local and state law enforcement and federal security management, James provides day-to-day leadership over government and contract requirements, operational systems and processes, and overall department performance. He is also responsible for monitoring staffing needs for ongoing department growth, mentoring and guiding department leadership, leading all business development and strategic planning, and enforcing customer and company policies.

After starting his career with the U.S. Air Force Security Police, James pursued a path in law enforcement, where he served the Louisiana State Police for 26 years in various capacities, including Lieutenant, Public Information Officer, SWAT Team Commander, State Police Narcotics Unit Supervisor, Racing Investigations Unit Supervisor and Executive Officer for Troop G in Northwest Louisiana. He later served in several court security capacities, ranging from court security officer to 5th Circuit Contract Manager, maintaining responsibility for the U.S. Marshals Service contract in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

EXPERIENCE
Vice President of Operations, U.S. Marshals Service at Walden Security
Contract Manager with the 5th U.S. Judicial Circuit
District Supervisor for the Western District of Louisiana, 5th U.S. Judicial Circuit
Court Security Officer, 5th U.S. Judicial Circuit
Sheriff Deputy with Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office
State Police Trooper with Louisiana State Police
Police Officer with Shreveport Police Department
Security Police with the United States Air Force

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Criminal Justice / Louisiana State University

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Johnna Pace

Director of Operations, Federal Services

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8236

Johnna Pace serves Walden Security’s Federal Services Division (FSD) as the Director of Operations. She oversees all FSD contracts and provides operational leadership in every aspect, including customer satisfaction, proposal development, budgets and billing. She also manages Walden Security’s FSD procurement partnerships and equipment inventory.

A 10-year veteran of Walden Security, Johnna leads with a pragmatic and precise approach, qualities valued by her government clients. Her reliability and dedication to the department launched her career in operations after starting in accounting. After two years with Walden Security, she was promoted to Operations Account Coordinator in which she orchestrated all new account transitions and facilitated ongoing contract requirements, such as pay rates, bill rates, vacation policies and budgeting information.

In her most recent position, Johnna served as FSD Operations Manager for a federal account in which 2,500 court security officers supply more than 90,000 weekly service hours throughout 24 states. A proven performer, Johnna earned the Spirit of Excellence Award from Walden Security in 2015.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Operations at Walden Security
Operations Manager at Walden Security
Operations Accounting Coordinator at Walden Security
Payroll Specialist at Walden Security
Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Payroll at Steam & Control Services

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Business Administration, Emphasis on Accounting / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
A.A.S. Accounting / Chattanooga State Community College

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Lauren Preston

Director, Marketing

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8217

Lauren Preston joined Walden Security’s Marketing team in 2017 and quickly made her mark as a strategic thinker and innovative problem solver, supporting the company’s brand and sales activities and serving as a subject-matter expert on the company’s CRM and marketing automation solutions.As Director of Marketing, Lauren leads the company’s marketing and communications department, including brand management. Prior to Walden, Lauren gained critical experience as a marketer within the cloud-based software and healthcare industries, where she executed strategic projects to build the brands and reputations within those markets. She is excited to bring a collaborative, team approach to the marketing team while enhancing Walden’s brand position.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Marketing at Walden Security
Marketing Specialist at Walden Security
Marketing Specialist at SIGNiX
Marketing Coordinator at The Little Clinic
Director of Recruiting and Selection at Northwestern Mutual Financial

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Business Administration, emphasis on Marketing / Middle Tennessee State University

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Kurt Schmissrauter

VP, General Counsel

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8224

As a Vice President and General Counsel at Walden Security, Kurt Schmissrauter collaborates with personnel across all business functions to ensure that Walden Security operates within a safe legal framework to better fulfill its mission and minimize risk. Kurt utilizes his business acumen and legal experience in providing executive leadership with advice and counseling on the broad range of legal issues that may arise in day-to-day business operations.

EXPERIENCE
Vice President, General Counsel at Walden Security
Associate General Counsel at Walden Security
Associate Attorney at Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Commerce and Business Administration / University of Alabama
J.D. / Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

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Pat Silberman

Director, Operations, Commercial Services

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-803-6827

As Director of Operations, Pat Silberman ensures performance standards and customer commitments are met. He oversees the company's daily activities, ensures best practices are implemented and assists other CSD staff members in order to increase efficiency and overall success. Pat also supports the branches' continued progress as the Director of Operations.

A leader with Walden Security since 2014, Pat's contributions span all areas of operations, including compliance, personnel management, cost efficiency and customer relations. In his most recent role as Senior Operations Manager of the Chattanooga Branch, Pat oversaw all dedicated account managers and the 24/7 field supervision team. Most notably, Pat beta-tested and subsequently trained several Operations Managers throughout the company on a proprietary officer scheduling verification procedure. To stay informed on industry standards, he is an active ASIS International Tri-State Chapter member.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Operations at Walden Security
Director of Compliance at Walden Security
Senior Operations Manager at Walden Security
Operations Manager at Walden Security
Sales Executive at Quickcue
Majority Owner/Managing Partner at Eco Waste
Salesman at American Foam Insulation
Regional Sales Manager at DSI Security Services
Security Manager at Proud Larry's Restaurant

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Criminal Justice / University of Mississippi

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Dana Smith

DIRECTOR, HUMAN RESOURCES, FEDERAL SERVICES

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423.702.8253

Dana Smith serves Walden Security’s Federal Services Division as the Director of Human Resources. In her role, she supports more than 3,000 security officers and supervisors. The purview of her work includes 28 states and two U.S. territories, including seven of the 12 U.S. Judicial Circuits. As the Director of HR, Dana focuses on improving employee relations as well as processes and procedures – both internally and out in the field.

Dana began her career with Walden Security in 2012 as an HR Administrator until she was promoted to HR Manager. In that role, she played an integral part in transitioning the seven USMS Circuits, the Alabama National Guard and the Social Security Administration contracts. Throughout these transitions, Dana focused on organizing travel and onboarding. She also represented Walden Security at the dozens of job fairs hosted throughout this transitional phase all over the country.

Her devotion to supporting security officers and supervisors across the country and her team does not go unnoticed. Dana earned the Above and Beyond award in 2012 and 2015. In 2014, she earned the Spirit of Excellence award.

EXPERIENCE
Director of HR at Walden Security
HR Manager at Walden Security
HR Administrator at Walden Security
Life Enrichment Director at Independent Healthcare Properties
Event Director at BrightSpace
Promotion Director at Clear Channel Communications
Assistant Property Manager at Towermarc Corporation

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
A.S. Specialized Business Management / Everest Institute

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Jeff Smith

Regional Vice President

Knoxville, TN 865-470-2248

As Regional Vice President, Jeff Smith brings more than 6 years of experience in the security industry. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Knoxville branch, along with assisting in business development for the region. He has a successful background in sales and management where he has been able to expand new business while maintaining excellent relationships with current customers.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist at Astra Zeneca
Branch Manager at Southern Pipe and Supply
Branch Manager at Hughes Supply
Strength and Conditioning Coach for University of Tennessee Volunteers
Offensive Lineman for Pittsburg Steelers
Offensive Lineman for Jacksonville Jaguars
Offensive Lineman for Kansas City Chiefs

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.A. / University of Tennessee at Knoxville

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Shane Taylor

IT Manager

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8246

Shane Taylor manages the network infrastructure for Walden’s corporate headquarters and commercial and federal sites nationwide. He also oversees the team that provides around-the-clock support to Walden’s Command Technology Center (CTC), which provides 24x7 remote-monitoring services for clients. Shane brings more than 20 years of IT management experience, and has both a Master’s degree in Network Security and an MBA in IT Management. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Meraki Network Operator (CMNO).

EXPERIENCE
IT Manager at Walden Security
Network Administrator at Winder Laboratories
Auditor at The Audit Group
ERP Analyst / IT Support at Procter & Gamble North America

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
M.S., Network Security / Capitol Technology University
MBA, IT Management / American University
B.S., Business Information Systems / Bellevue University
Cisco Certified Network Associate
Certified Meraki Network Operator

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Zach Winchester

Director, Quality Assurance

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-825-4511

As Director of Quality Assurance, Zach Winchester plans, coordinates and directs the quality assurance program to ensure the proper delivery of security services to customers. He oversees and maintains the ISO certification, a Quality Management System (QMS) that provides consistent, standardized security guard force management - including staffing, training, start-up operations, records management and compliance administration. Zach most recently served as the EVP of the Commercial Services Division, where he oversaw CSD's customers in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Georgia and the Command Technology Center (CTC).

Zach's 15 successful years in client services and leadership are attributed to his employee-focused approach. By investing in his employees, Zach advanced the efforts of Walden's Chattanooga and Birmingham Branches as Regional Vice President over the last three years. He carried those experiences to the balance of the Southeast region and the CTC. Zach also takes a partnership approach with his customers to help shape their security needs based on their operational and financial goals for the future. As a community-minded individual, Zach is an ASIS International Tri-State Chapter member and enjoys volunteering with various organizations.

EXPERIENCE
Director, Quality Assurance at Walden Security
Executive Vice President, Commercial Services Division at Walden Security
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Director of Operations for Market Street Partners, LLC.
Controller for Redpoint Sales Team
Owner and President of Fast Break Athletics
Consultant for Chattanooga Sports Committee

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Business Administration / University of Alabama

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Ryan Wright

Director, IT & Security Operations

Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423.654.3467

As the Director of IT and Security Operations, Ryan will oversee all IT and CTC operations, including staff and infrastructure. He works to identify vulnerabilities internally and in the field. He proposes strategic solutions for any areas that may need upgrades or improvements. Ryan develops, implements and evaluates IT, CTC and mobile surveillance projects in line with organizational objectives to improve the processes and procedures of Walden Security’s IT and CTC departments. He brings over a decade of IT and project management experience to Walden Security.

EXPERIENCE
Director of IT and Security Operations at Walden Security
Director of Operations at Echelon Fitness
Director of Expansion at Echelon Fitness
Director of Company IT Operations and Network Security at Viatek Consumer Products
Warehouse Operation Manager at Viatek Consumer Products
Expansion Project Manager at Viatek Consumer Products
Product Owner at Viatek Consumer Products

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Visual Communications / Westwood College

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Rebecca Fann

Business Development Manager

Nashville, TN 615-391-9127

Rebecca Fann leads business development for Nashville and Memphis, TN, and Louisville, KY. She began her Walden career in Human Resources in 2000 before being promoted to Business Development Manager in 2014. Rebecca generated $7.4 million in security revenue during her Walden tenure, and was named Walden’s Top Sales Performer in 2016 and 2018. She and her Nashville colleagues were honored as the 2016 Branch of the Year. Rebecca most enjoys Walden’s personal approach and team attitude. For her, it’s all about the client relationship – her commitment, attention to detail and continued interaction with clients long past the sale has led to new business referrals, strong references and account retention. In the community, Rebecca serves as the Women in Security liaison for ASIS International’s Middle Tennessee Chapter, and is active in both International Facility Management Association and Building Owners and Managers Association International. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her two young sons.

EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Human Resources Clerk at Walden Security
Sr. Provider Relations Associate at Cigna Healthcare
Human Resources Specialist / Administrator at Wood Personnel Services

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.A. in Marketing, minor in Human Resources / Union University

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Derek King

Business Development Manager

Atlanta, GA 404-937-1758

Derek King leads business development for Georgia and Florida, and brings 29 years of sales experience, including five in the security sector where he has sold $10 million in revenue. The value he brings to clients includes thinking from their perspective, educating them on security and always putting their needs first. Derek most enjoys Walden’s people and the level of support he receives from colleagues throughout the company. Derek is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association International and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). In his free time, he enjoys travel, fitness and spending time with his daughter.

EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Account Manager for Centerline Driver
Business Development Manager at SecurAmerica, LLC.
Business Development Manager at Guardsmark
Sales Consultant for Synergy Human Capital
Vice President and Business Development at Staffing Time
Metro Sales Executive at Manpower
Area Vice President at Randstad In-House Services
Area Supervisor at Bally Total Fitness

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.A., Political Science / William Paterson University

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Adrian Peters

Business Development Manager

Charleston, SC 803-397-7522

An industry veteran, Adrian Peters brings more than 20 years of experience in sales from a variety of markets, including commercial real estate, healthcare, education, petrochemical, manufacturing and government services. Throughout his career, Adrian developed custom solutions that strengthened loyalty with his customers on local, regional and national levels by fostering an environment of collaboration. His drive to provide reliable security stems from his service in the U.S. Army and in his civilian career, which included roles such as Vice President of Sales for Security Management of South Carolina and Vice President for Fenix Strategies. Adrian also served as Business Development Manager for Allied Universal Security Services, where he ranked in the top 1% of the sales team, consistently exceeding the company’s annual goals. As Business Development Manager for Walden Security, Adrian analyzes client needs to deliver problem-solving security programs throughout South Carolina with support from his branch teams in Charleston and Greenville. He generates new business and retains clients, ensuring confidence during the sales process. In addition to his career, Adrian is active in various professional organizations, such as the International Facility Management Association, Community Associations Institute, Economic Development Organizations, ASIS and BOMA.

EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Vice President of Sales at Security Management of South Carolina, LLC
Vice President at Fenix Strategies LLC
Business Development Manager at Allied Universal Security Services
Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the U.S. Army – Reserves
Major Account Executive for Aramark Uniform Services
Technical Inspector / Team Leader at Vertex / L3 Communications
Non-Commissioned Officer for the U.S. Army – Active Duty

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Business / University of Phoenix

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Barry Scott

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Dallas, TX 672-296-5600

Barry Scott leads business development at Walden Security’s Dallas Branch. He consults with clients to understand their security needs and ensures customer and client satisfaction. With over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and leadership, Barry’s expertise is invaluable. Out of his decades of industry experience, eight of those years have been spent in the security industry. Barry was the Director of Sales for Scarsdale Security and, most recently, the National Sales Executive for Paradyme Security. The value he brings to this company includes successful team building and project management, technical expertise, and a wealth of sales knowledge. He has also been an active member of the Texas Business Association since 2010.

EXPERIENCE
National Sales Executive, Paradyme Security
Director of Sales, Scarsdale Security Systems
Vice President of Sales, Telaid Industries
Director of Sales, Spencer Technologies
Director of Business Development, Worldlink Integrations
Director of Sales, Federated Service Solutions
Senior National Account Manager, Datatec Systems

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.A. in Marketing at Oklahoma State University

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Brandon Shepherd

Business Development Manager

Charlotte, NC 980.298.6290

Brandon Shepherd heads up business development for the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He brings a deep passion for the security field after a combined 16 years of federal law enforcement and security experience. Prior to his current role in business development, Brandon served as a senior operations manager for our Charlotte and Chattanooga offices. He has received Walden Security’s Spirit of Excellence Award and was part of the team recognized as the 2015 Branch of the Year. Brandon notes that few professions afford an opportunity to have such a profound impact on people’s lives. He takes a consultative approach to deliver exceptional service and resources to his clients. In the community, Brandon is active in ASIS International’s Greater Charlotte Chapter, International Facility Management Association and Building Owners and Managers Association International. In his free time, Brandon enjoys rock climbing, traveling, fitness and quality time with his wife and daughter.

EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Senior Operations Manager at Walden Security
Operations Manager at Walden Security
Security Supervisor at Walden Security
Federal Officer at US Customs and Border Protection
Federal Officer at TSA

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