Advisory Board

MICHAEL A. CRANE
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
IPC International Corporation.

Michael A. Crane is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of IPC International Corporation. IPC International is a full service international security consulting, investigative, and protective services company licensed in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the UK. IPC International specializes in providing innovative security solutions to business risks.

Mr. Crane started his career while in law school working for the Illinois Bureau of Investigation and the Chicago Police Department. As an attorney for the Chicago Police Department, Mr. Crane was an Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent of Inspectional Services.  He then became a trial attorney in the Cook County State Attorney’s Office and thereafter moved to a Chicago law firm, handling both civil and criminal cases.

He has lectured extensively on workplace violence, legal liability in the security industry, and taught at Webster University in the graduate program for Security Management. He has been called as an expert witness in security related litigation. 

In 2001, Mr. Crane was selected to participate in the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group’s, Workplace Violence Planning Meeting held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In June 2002, he again was invited to attend the FBI’s Violence in the Workplace Symposium held in Leesburg, Virginia. This select group of law enforcement and private security leaders helped direct the FBI’s efforts in workplace violence education, prevention and response leading to the publication of the FBI’s Workplace Violence-Issues in Response.

Mr. Crane has been designated a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International (ASIS) and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is a member of the ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission and is overseeing the development of the first Workplace Violence Prevention ANSI Standard. He is also the Legal and Crisis Management instructor for the ASIS Asset Protection Course.  He is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and formerly served as a member of their National Board of Directors.  He is a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

He served from 2005-2009 as the first Chairman of the Private Sector Committee of the Illinois Terrorism Taskforce.  In this capacity he advised the Private Sector Alliance Project comprised of the Infrastructure Security Awareness Program of the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC) and the Mutual Aid Response Network Program for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Mr. Crane is a 2009 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


Alan Orlob
 

J. ALAN ORLOB
Vice President, Corporate Security
Marriott International Lodging

Alan Orlob is the Vice President of Corporate Security for Marriott’s International Lodging Organization. In his role, he oversees all safety and security operations and manages the crisis management program. 

Prior to working for Marriott, Alan was the corporate security director for Al Ghanim International, managing a close protection detail and had been the Director of Public Safety at Snowbird, Utah.  He served with U.S. Army Special Forces, both active duty and reserve for a combined total of 24 years.

Mr. Orlob is a member and former committee chairman of the U.S. State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), a security advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, DC based think tank; and organized the Hotel Security Group, a group of hotel corporate security directors from the major hotel chains.

Mr. Orlob has been a frequent speaker on terrorism in different venues worldwide, especially in how businesses identified as soft targets can protect themselves against the threat of terrorism.  He has written several articles on this subject as well as a chapter in the book, Homeland Security, published by McGraw Hill.

Mr. Orlob is a member of the Board of Directors of ISMA, the International Security Management Association. He has served as a consultant with the U.S. State Department’s Anti-terrorism Assistance Program on hotel security and was a stakeholder on a RAND initiative on counter-surveillance. In his role, he has consulted with several foreign governments on hotel security.  Following the Mumbai terror attacks, Mr. Orlob testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security in January, 2009 at which Senator Lieberman introduced him as an internationally recognized expert on hotel security and terrorism.


 Robert Tucker
 

ROBERT S. TUCKER, Esq.
Chairman & CEO
T & M Protection Resources

Robert Tucker has directed the strategic growth and diversification of T&M Protection Resources since becoming a principal in the company in 1999. Prior to that he spent nearly a decade in law enforcement management, serving as Special Assistant to the District Attorney of Queens County, New York, where he developed an extensive network of contacts in the law enforcement community in the New York metropolitan area, while managing administrative aspects of a major urban prosecutor’s office. This experience enabled him to work closely with high level members of the New York City Police Department and the City administration, as well as with the FBI, Secret Service and the United States Attorney’s Office, where he still maintains valuable relationships.

Today, Robert Tucker is leading T&M to national and international prominence as a sophisticated, multidimensional security and investigative services company that provides corporations and high net-worth individuals with a full range of products and discrete solutions that enable them to respond to the threats and risks of the 21st Century.
 

Mr. Tucker, a graduate of George Washington University and the Pace University School of Law, is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a Director of the Federal Drug Agents Foundation, President of ALDONYS (Association of Licensed Detectives of New York State), Vice President of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, a member of the Pace University School of Law Board of Visitors, a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization, Metro Chapter) and a member of the Dean’s Council of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center. In 2009, Governor David Paterson appointed Mr. Tucker to serve as a Vice Chairman of the New York State Security Guard Advisory Council. Mr. Tucker was elected to the Citizen’s Nominating Committee of Scarsdale, New York in November 2009.


Rose Littlejohn
 

ROSE LITTLEJOHN, CFE
Managing Director, Security
Meeting and Events Services and US Travel
PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Rose Littlejohn is the Managing Director, Security, Meeting and Events Services and US Travel at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Rose is responsible for the strategic design and implementation of the firm’s crisis management, background screening, physical security, information security, travel security, forensic investigations and security awareness programs.

Prior to joining PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Rose was the Director Global Security and Ethics Officer for American Standard Co. Within this role, she was responsible for security operations in over 30 countries. Her accomplishments include the design and implementation of a global background investigation and drug-free workplace program, workplace violence, security guards management and the Corporate Ethics and Compliance program. Within this role, Rose presented to the Senior Management Leadership Committee and the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining American Standards Co., Rose was the Global Security Senior Manager responsible for Europe, Africa and the Mideast Avon Products. Within this role, she designed and implemented global physical security standards, crisis management and disaster recovery programs. Rose conducted complex investigations in Poland, Russia and South Africa that resulted in recognition from Senior Management. She participated as a key team member in the resolution of lengthy and complex kidnappings overseas.

Rose Littlejohn holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is currently a candidate for a PHD. Rose is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix. She is also a graduate of the Cornell University College Program and holds the designation of a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Rose served as the Chairperson on the Secretary of State’s Overseas Security Advisory, Committee for Security Awareness and Innovation (2003-2006) and is a member of the Domestic Security Advisory Council (DSAC).  She served as the Chairperson for the Economic Crime Council, American Society of Industrial Security and also was the Program Leader for the International Security Management's Association (ISMA) Georgetown University’s Leadership Program.

Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York (2007) and Board of Directors of International Security Management Association (ISMA) (2008).

Rose has consulted with The Conference Board on Women & Travel Security Programs and has authored an article entitled “Women at Work” and Making a Place for Ethics.


WILLIAM L. CROSBIE
Chief Operating Officer
Amtrak

William Crosbie started in the railroad industry as a Signal Gang Helper ‘C Class’ for the Canadian Pacific during the summers of 1985, 86 and 87. He graduated from Queen’s University in 1988 with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He became a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario in August of 1990. He spent the first six years of his career traveling Canada and the United States designing and commissioning railway signal and communication systems for the Canadian Pacific Rail.

In April of 1996, he joined the Toronto Transit Commission with the mandate of rebuilding the TTC’s electrical systems in the aftermath of the fatal August 11, 1995 subway crash. As the TTC’s Signals/Electrical/Communications department head, he was responsible for repair, maintenance and engineering of all Commission, Metro Coach and Wheel-Trans electrical based systems.

In July of 1998, he transferred to the TTC’s Subway Transportation department with the mandate of implementing standard operating procedures for emergency situations in the wake of a catastrophic tunnel fire. As the Subway Transportation department head, he was responsible for all train operations, ticket collection and operating the 24 by 7 control center.

In January of 2001, he became the President & CEO of FibreTech Telecommunications Inc. where he completed the merger of the fibre optic assets from three local electric utility companies and the installation of 650 km of fibre optic cable in the Region of Waterloo. As President & CEO of the fiber optic telecommunications firm, he led the corporation from a loss in fiscal year 2000 to a profit in 2001 and 2002.

On January 6, 2003, he joined Amtrak as Sr. Vice President, Operations, responsible for promoting system-wide consistency of railroad operations and directs Amtrak’s six major areas: Mechanical, Engineering, Transportation, System Security, including the company’s nationally accredited police department, as well as the Environmental Health and Safety, and Operations Planning Departments. Mr. Crosbie lead the operations team that included 18,000 employees and supported Amtrak’s rail service through 46 states ensuring the safe and on-time operation of more than 265 Amtrak weekday trains and commuter rail systems nationwide.

On December 18, 2006, Amtrak underwent a company-wide restructuring to drive the vision and the future of the company and Mr. Crosbie was named Chief Operating Officer. The following departments continue to report to him:  Transportation, Engineering (Infrastructure), Mechanical (Rolling Stock), Police, Environmental, Health and Safety; and Reliability Centered Maintenance.

In September 2008, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA with a Masters of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense).


Carlos Torres
 

CARLOS D. TORRES
Vice President
Emergency Management
Consolidated Edison Company

Carlos D. Torres is the vice president of Emergency Management at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Incorporated. Mr. Torres joined Con Edison in 1985 as a management intern and he has held numerous management positions throughout his career. Before his work in Emergency Management, Mr. Torres was the general manager of Construction Services; earlier in his career, Mr. Torres held positions in Con Edison’s various business units, including director of Electric Operations Emergency Management; project manager in Emergency Management; section manager in Bronx-Westchester Electric Operations – Overhead; section manager of Manhattan Electric Operations – Underground; manager of Steam Construction; engineer in Steam Engineering; various supervisory and engineering  positions in Gas Engineering and Operations.

As the vice president of Emergency Management, Mr. Torres oversees the corporation’s focus on instituting emergency management principles in all its operations. The cornerstone of this effort is based on the fostering of the Incident Command System as the company’s operating procedure for response to incidents and has continued the tradition of outreach and cooperation between Con Edison and the many federal, state, and local agencies and organizations the company works with during events of local and national concern.

Mr. Torres has been a member of numerous industry organizations including the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and has served as committee chairperson of the International District Heating Association (IDEA). Mr. Torres is a member of the Contingency Planning Exchange as well as on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Greater New York.

Mr. Torres holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management both from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Mr. Torres resides with his wife, Carmen, and his three sons, Christopher, Alexander and Anthony, in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.


JOHN RAVITZ,
Chief Operating Officer,
American Red Cross in Westchester County

John Ravitz currently serves as the CEO of the American Red Cross in Westchester County.  Ravitz joined the Chapter in October of 2007.

As CEO, RAVITZ oversees the Red Cross’s core service delivery areas: Disaster Services, Health and Safety Services and Services to the Armed Forces and Internal Services. The Red Cross in Westchester County annually  trains more than 18,000 people in critical life saving courses, responds to more than 100 local disasters and provides service to over 170 military families. Ravitz leads a staff of ten and a core group of 500 volunteers.

Prior to the Red Cross Ravitz, served as the Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing all operations of the Board executive and five borough offices and its 350-fulltime employees Ravitz also served as governmental liaison with federal, state and city agencies and with the Office of the Mayor and the Governor.

In an earlier tenure, Ravitz served as a New York State Legislator for the East Side of Manhattan for twelve years.  Ravitz was a member of Assembly Committees on Education, Children and Families, Health (ranking member), Higher Education and Mental health. As Assistant Minority Leader Assembly he coordinated key legislation before the New York State Assembly and as the Assistant Minority Whip he directed the floor debate for the 52 members of the Assembly Minority Conference.

A community advocate Ravitz organized more than 60 Town Hall meeting on a variety of issues sponsored an annual Senior Health Care Fair and coordinated Project Kidcare to help parents compile proper identification materials for their children.

Ravitz has received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Action Committee’s “Legislative Recognition Award”, The New York City Council’s  “Community Service Award”, The New York State Conference of Mayors’s “Good Government Legislative Award” and the Burden Center for the Aging “Lifetime Recognition Award”.

Ravitz and his family live in Pelham, New York.


WILLIAM D. KELLEY JR.
Senior Fellow,

Department of Homeland Security

William D. Kelley, Jr. has a distinguished record of service in operations, administration, teaching and research concentrating on public safety and domestic preparedness. Mr. Kelley is currently a consultant at the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on research and strategic planning regarding prevention, mitigation, response and recovery relative to incidents and acts of terrorism with special emphasis on evidence based education and training strategies and programs for executive level personnel. His experience includes several consecutive positions similar to his present one which began in 1998 contiguous with the creation of a key DHS predecessor agency at the U. S. Department of Justice. He has been directly involved in supporting the management of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) since its inception in 2002.

Mr. Kelley’s experience in the operation and administration of local, state and federal criminal justice systems is extensive. Following professional assignments at local and federal correctional facilities he was Senior Policy and Budget Planner for public safety in the Georgia Office of the Governor. Subsequently, he was appointed by Governor Busbee and Governor Harris as Director of Georgia’s Criminal Justice State Planning Agency. He held this position from 1980 to 1991. From 1991 through 1992, he was a fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Justice. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Kelley was staff coordinator for public safety strategic planning at the 1996 Olympic Games. Mr. Kelley has also served on the faculty of two colleges in Georgia: West Georgia (1973-74) and Georgia State University (adjunct 1986-97). From 1997 to 2003, he was a faculty member for the U. S. Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program’s Senior Crisis Management Seminar for sub-cabinet level officials from over 40 different countries.

Mr. Kelley received a B.S. and a M.S. in Urban Life and Criminal Justice from Georgia State University in 1971 and 1974. He has directed and participated in studies and task forces on numerous criminal justice issues as well as written on policy and operational issues in the public safety and domestic preparedness arenas. He was a contributing author for RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM: ASSESSING THE NEEDS OF THE STATE AND LOCAL JURISDICTIONS (1999) and THE ODP TRAINING STRATEGY (2000). Mr. Kelley is currently working with Dr. William Pelfrey on research related to evolving developments in counter terrorism training and education.