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Henry Morgenstern

Henry MorgensternHenry Morgenstern is the President and Co-Founder of Security Solutions International. Now in its second decade, Security Solutions International Inc. (SSI™) is a global company that provides countries with the most updated information, products and training to confront the worldwide threat of terrorism.

From China to Singapore; from Algeria to Nigeria, Europe, Israel, and South/Central America, SSI™ has trained and provided products to more than 3000 agencies in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Emergency Medicine, and specialized equipment training for the world’s premier manufacturers.

The company is proud to be the publisher of the Counter Terrorist Magazine distributed in the US, Europe, and Asia in its 9th year. As well as the organizer of the Homeland Security Professionals Conference in Orlando, celebrating its 12th year anniversary. Morgenstern was the very first editor of the premiere edition of the Counter Terrorist Magazine – now in its 9th year of publication and is the publisher as President of SSI. SSI also held the best Homeland Security conference from 2005 and until last year’s.

He is a widely published author on security-related subjects: IACSP Counter-Terror magazine, The Journal, Fire Chief, Law Enforcement Technology, Law Enforcement Executive Journal, Frontline First Responder, Executive Flyer, The Forum, and many others.

Mr. Morgenstern has also provided commentary for ABC Radio, National Public Radio and has appeared on numerous newscasts commenting on security issues for NBC, CBS,and ABC. He co-authored the seminal text on Suicide Terror: understanding and confronting the threat and published by John Wiley. The book was praised by Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

In November 2010, backed by private investors, Morgenstern created the Homeland Security Network as a portal and social media for bona fide members of Homeland Security each of which is vetted by hand.

He resides in Miami, Florida while in the USA and in Israel. He is a dual US/Israeli citizen.

Henry, through his company Security Solutions International (SSI), pioneered the private training of law enforcement professionals in Israel. As a member of the first law enforcement group to attend this SSI training in Israel, I commend Henry, for the professionalism, attention to detail from start to finish with this international training endeavor. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his organization for law enforcement, homeland security, counter/anti-terrorism training both here and in Israel.”

Frank Kosciow – Former Police Detective (retd) – New Mexico, Former State Trooper New Mexico, Faculty member University of University of Lousiana.

We have been involved in training with Security Solutions International™ (SSI™) for some time. When the opportunity presented itself to bring their active shooter program to our area, we were extremely excited. SSI™ has always provided instructors who are professional operators, knowledgeable in their field, as well as very realistic scenario-basedtraining. This program was no different. The reality-based scenarios designed by the staff clearly had a positive impact on the students. Every day, we see different active shooter situations from foreign and domestic terrorist to the local school shootings. This program prepares the student mentally and physically to analyze the situation, develop a plan, and address the threat posed by the shooter.

Lt. Grady Jordan Leon County Sheriff’s Office formerly Homeland Security Unit and SWAT Team.

Anthony L. Thurston

Anthony L. ThurstonAnthony L. Thurston is the Founder – Chairman of Board / Chief Visionary Officer at Dream Flights International, Inc.

Mr. Thurston has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Business Administration from Missouri Valley College. He held a Board position with the Association of Professional Directors South Texas Chapter. Mr. Thurston specializes in creating and building programs and services for clients or corporations. In 1999, Mr. Thurston founded Dream Flights Luxury Travel, Inc. which later became Dream Flights International, Inc. in 2013. Social Innovation is the bedrock of its culture. We believe in doing business differently to make a difference. Providing a luxurious necessity that automatically funds civil society, recycling dollars from the normal lifestyle purchases of the financially elite who seek to give back is our differentiator.

Mr. Thurston has been the Administrator for a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Hospital and was the Founder and Co-Owner of Financial and Business Consultants of Houston. Mr. Thurston has been married for 31 years, father of three and grandfather of two.

Dr. Sylvestre Okere

Dr. Sylvester OkereDr. Sylvester Okere (Certified Institutional Protection Manager CIPM ll) is a Nigerian-born, Washington DC-based international business and political consultant with a primary focus on industrial security, infrastructure and trade facilitation.

He is a certified corporate security management professional trained as physical security and private detective with over 33 years of experience in providing proactive/agile personal and asset protection services. He is also good at overseeing and managing security outfits in the private and public sectors. His professional service spans are surveillance, security and patrol, transportation security, background checks, real estate, divorce investigations, drug abuse, physical or sexual abuse, infidelity, child custody, information, and records retrieval.

Okere is a prominent African diaspora leader in the United States. He was a former officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service and border patrol (where he served 17 years in the Kano state immigration command. He also served as a special aide to the Assistant Comptroller General of the immigration).

Okere is the founding president of private security and private detective firm: Strategic Groups USA LLC. He began his business career in contract security around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas in January 2004. His company provided high-profile executive protection and dignitary protection, armed and unarmed security guard services, personal and property protection, and surveillance security services to various corporations, government agencies, circuit courts, schools, financial centers, law firms, worship centers, and the diplomatic communities.

He operated his first private security firm, Watchman Protective Services Inc. with over 100 employees, and ran it for more than 10 years which generated more than one million dollars in annual revenue. He successfully developed and implemented a project-cost management strategy for the clients he served. He developed a communication management strategy and frequently reported project status to the government and corporate stakeholders.

Also, Okere is the founding president of the United People for African Congress (UPAC), the umbrella organization that advocates for the rights of African nationals across the United States which empowers and inspires people to run for political offices. Through UPAC, they help lawmakers (in the city, county, state, and federal government) understand the issues in the African community, draft policies and programs of inclusion, diversity, and equity that increase public acknowledgment and respect.

Okere was highly instrumental in the creation of the Maryland Nigeria Sister State program that was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley. He also served as Board of Director for the Maryland Sister State Incorporated as chair of the committee wherein he led the successful trade mission between Maryland and the Nigerian States.

Okere, a former visiting scholar partnered with George Mason University– the largest public research institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia where he was interested in researching the African Diaspora’s involvement in the American political system, and the interface between African immigrant entrepreneurs and American politics– to highlight their contributions across the nation.

As a former African Diaspora Liaison to the National Democratic Party, DNC/ Black Caucus, Okere’s wide networks of governments, private sectors, institutions, civil societies, and faith-based communities, and the United Nations helped distinguish him across the globe.

He is passionate about fostering economic growth and political development across Africa leveraging robust networks in trade relationships. His desire is in making others succeed and thrive as his love and commitment for the service of the community span beyond boundaries and race.

Okere is tirelessly devoted to national service. He volunteered for 7 years at Setting the Captives Free Prison Ministry in Prince George’s County Correctional Services. With that, the UN acknowledged him as International Chaplain, Hon. Sylvester Okere, DD. Ph.D. in Democracy and Good Governance, and as a Fellow Institute of Information Management in Africa.

Okere holds dual citizenship with the United States and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and still shows how proudly patriotic he is.

Sylvester Okere’s Political Affiliation: UNAFFILIATED.

Peder Charles Cox

Mr. Peder Charles Cox
EDUCATION
M.A. History, University of Alabama
B.S. History, Campbell University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Peder Cox is currently an Independent Consultant assisting various clients with their business development strategies, regional strategic studies, business development, capture management and proposal development. He specializes in the areas of Logistics Management, Camp Construction and Services, Logistics and Transportation Management, Manpower Services, Security and Sourcing and Procurement Strategies. Current concentration for his clients has been in Africa and the Middle East in both the US Government and the commercial sectors, especially in the realm of Logistics Management.

Mr. Cox has over 40 years of both national and international experience in the field of Logistics and Transportation Management. He is a retired U.S. Army officer with a broad span of experience in all areas of logistics management, from the strategic to tactical levels, command and control, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and Logistics Support and also Security Operations.

Previously he worked for 2 years for MILSPRAY Military Technologies as their Vice-President for Business Development, for 2 years for Ecolog International as their head of Business Development and Program Support and for 12 years for DynCorp International in all areas ranging from establishing global support operations to running their international recruiting operations and for the last 4 years as a Director of Business Development.

During the period February 1995 thru June 1997 Mr. Cox served as the principal advisor for all logistics and engineering support to the Special Representative to the Secretary General, United Nations Mission in Haiti and then to the Transitional Administrator for the Secretary General, United Nations Transitional Administration in Eastern Slovenia (Croatia). In this capacity Mr. Cox was responsible for the development and implementation of all plans for logistics support, base camp construction, intra and inter-theater transportation.

Mr. Cox previously served as an Adjunct Faculty member with the George Mason University, Masters Degree Program on Peace Operations Policy where he teaches Logistics Operations and Support for Peace Operations. He also was an Adjunct Faculty member of the Lester B. Pearson Peacekeeping Center where he taught the same subject to civilian and military personnel preparing to participate in UN Peacekeeping Operations.

Mr. Cox is married to Ellen Marie Cox who is Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. They met during their assignment to the UN Mission in Haiti. They have three children, Breda, Maura and Aidan.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

International Institute of Management Consultants
Coalition of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

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