Phil Aronson is President and CEO of Aronson Security Group (ASG), and he is responsible for establishing the corporation’s overall strategic and business objectives and leading it through a highly adaptive and innovative business model.
One of Aronson’s innovations has been the evolution of a business model ASG has dubbed Security Risk Management Services (SRMS), which encompasses the entire lifecycle of a security program. This has entailed expanding the definition of the risk assessment that traditionally anchors the formation of a strategy and plan for the security department to include the operational owners of risk and the performance and role of the security technology architecture.
Aronson has also developed a methodology for implementing SRMS, referred to as the ASG Path to Value, which articulates the steps and metrics in the strategy, planning, implementation and performance management of security’s people, processes and tools that provide security to an enterprise.
Aronson has volunteered his time serving on the board of directors for PSA, the world’s largest cooperative of solution providers. His executives are helping to steer the next generation of the project management discipline, cyber defensibility and advanced integrations. Aronson is on the advisory board for Security Specifiers, the industry’s largest searchable database for consultants, A&Es, manufacturers and integrators, which addresses the need for the physical security industry to more effectively engage with the security specifier community.
In addition, Aronson volunteers his time to the Security Industry Association (SIA), the Door Hardware Institute (DHI) and the International Security Management Association (ISMA). He has also been a member of ASIS for 25 years, and he is a regular speaker on executive panels in their education series, as well as at ISC West and Securing New Ground. Aronson also helped found The Great Conversation, an annual executive risk, resilience and security forum.
Aronson is also a regular columnist with Security magazine.
Wes Bush is chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leading global security company providing systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Bush was named CEO and president in January 2010, and was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2009. He assumed the role of chairman in July 2011.
Bush previously served as the president and chief operating officer of the company. Before that, he served as the corporate vice president and chief financial officer, and, previously, as the president of the company’s Space Technology sector. Prior to the acquisition of TRW by Northrop Grumman, Bush had served since 2001 as president and CEO for TRW’s UK-based global Aeronautical Systems. He joined TRW in 1987 as a systems engineer and served in engineering, program management and business development roles in TRW’s Space & Electronics business. Prior to joining TRW, he held engineering positions with both the Aerospace Corporation and Comsat Labs.
He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he also completed the University of California, Los Angeles’ Executive Management Program. Bush serves on the Board of Directors of Norfolk Southern Corporation, as well as the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Business-Higher Education Forum, Conservation International and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.
Under Bush, Northrop Grumman is working to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) initiatives, including a partnership with the Air Force Association to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity (the CyberPatriot program, which features the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition for middle and high-school aged students, plus cyber-focused summer camps and an elementary school education program).
James A. DeMeo has more than 26 years’ experience in the security industry and is considered a foremost subject matter expert on event security. He is the Founder, President and CEO of Unified Sports & Entertainment Security Consulting (USESC), based in Raleigh, North Carolina. His primary responsibilities are to conduct threat and vulnerability assessments for stadiums, venues and arenas, creating employee-centric training modules for gatekeepers, guest services and security staff working at stadium points of entry and exit.
His goal is to create value for stadium ownership groups by raising the level of professionalism for event staff while reducing employee turnover. Ensuring that staff can connect with fans on a human level enhances an amazing game day experience, he says, emphasizing the benefits of de-escalation and verbal communication skills to a cohesive security program.
DeMeo was part of the AEG Leadership Team that opened the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, in 2012.
He participated as an integral part of a research team including esteemed professors for a poster project presented at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) conference in June 2016 entitled "Professional Sport Security and Marketing Interface: A Delphi Study. Assessing the Influence of Sport Security Operations on the Guest experience: Using the Delphi Method to Understand Practitioner Perspectives," later published in The Journal of Sport Safety (The University of Southern Mississippi).
DeMeo has delivered presentations at several national conferences, and he has spoken at numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. on sport security operations.
He is currently writing a book related to the security industry, dealing with personal and family safety, expected to be published in December 2017.
DeMeo earned his Master of Science degree in sport management from Adelphi University in 2012. He is a member of ASIS International, and has been a member of NCS4 and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).
Tom Fanning is chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. He was elected by the board of directors in 2010, and has worked for Southern Company for more than 35 years, holding 15 different positions in eight different business units throughout his tenure.
Most recently Fanning served as chief operating officer, where he was responsible for Southern Company’s generation and transmission, engineering and construction services, research and environmental affairs, system planning and competitive generation business units. He was also responsible for leading Southern Company’s efforts on business strategy. Previously, he was the company’s chief financial officer, in which role he also served as the chief risk officer and had responsibility for corporate strategy.
Fanning also serves as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Conference of Chairs of the Federal Reserve Banks. He is the immediate past chairman of the Edison Electric Institute. He is on the advisory board of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, the board of trustees of the Georgia Tech Foundation, the board of directors of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the regional governing board of the World Association of Nuclear Operators’ Atlanta Centre.
He is a co-chair of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, which serves as the principal liaison between the federal government and the electric power sector to protect the electric grid from threats that could impact national security. The ESCC has the mission of coordinating efforts to prepare for and respond to national-level disasters and threats to critical infrastructure, and it has served as a catalyst for major initiatives that improve the security posture of the industry. The Council takes action in three main areas: facilitating coordination with the government and other critical infrastructure sectors; improving information-sharing capabilities, tools and technologies; and enhancing resilience, response and recovery efforts.
Fanning earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Management and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Georgia Tech. He has also completed programs at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Michael Gelles is a managing director with Deloitte Consulting, LLP, based in Washington, D.C. He advises a wide variety of clients in law enforcement, intelligence and national security.
Gelles is a known insider threat specialist focusing on cyber and physical security risks, asset loss, exploitation, terrorism, workplace violence and sabotage. He works with government and private sector organizations to improve their insider threat posture with a specific emphasis on people, mission and risk. Gelles had led the development or maturity of more than 30 insider threat programs, including Deloitte’s own program, which entails a number of proprietary innovative solutions. His approach to insider threat is data-driven with large security transformations based on the client’s strategy, operations, workforce and broader culture focused on mitigating enterprise risk.
Previously, Gelles was an executive in federal law enforcement and the chief psychologist for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for more than 16 years. In that capacity, he assisted the NCIS and a multitude of other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with criminal, counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations and operations.
Gelles has been involved in the investigation and debrief of numerous convicted insiders ranging from espionage to sabotage and targeted violence. During his time with NCIS, Gelles participated in “Project Slammer,” a U.S. government study on convicted American spies, and other national security programs associated with the debrief and study of the insider threat.
He is the author of two books, as well as numerous articles, and he is a frequent guest speaker. His books include Threat Assessment: A Risk Management Approach (Taylor Francis) and Insider Threat: Prevention, Detection, Mitigation and Deterrence (Elsevier Press).