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EDWARD WIDMER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EDWARD WIDMER HAS SPENT HIS CAREER SUPERVISING GLOBAL RISK, EXECUTIVE PROTECTION AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM ISSUES. MR. WIDMER SERVED ABROAD DURING HIS TENURE WITH THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT'S BUREAU OF DIPLOMATIC SECURITY. DURING THIS TIME, HE DIRECTED SECURITY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED, HIGH-TECH U.S. EMBASSIES IN GEORGETOWN, GUYANA.

THE UNITED NATIONS, THE INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK AND TWENTY SOVEREIGN STATE GOVERNMENTS INCLUDING ISRAEL, IRAQ, CANADA, BRAZIL, AND CHINA HAVE CONTRACTED MR. WIDMER FOR THEIR SECURITY NEEDS, INCLUDING DIPLOMATIC PROTECTION, EXECUTIVE PROTECTION SERVICES, AMBASSADORIAL RESIDENCE SECURITY, AND PHYSICAL SECURITY CONSULTING. MR. WIDMER HAS ALSO SECURED EXECUTIVE PROTECTION CONTRACTS WITH THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE, INCLUDING THE SAFE GUARDING OF PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND THE CARTER CENTER WHILE THEY PROMOTED FREE ELECTIONS WORLDWIDE.

COMMERCIALLY, MR. WIDMER HAS PROVIDED SECURITY CONSULTING AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOR CHASE MANHATTAN BANK, ESSO STANDARD OIL, AND IBM, AMONG OTHERS, AS WELL AS FOUR INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES.

HE SERVES ON THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AND THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS COMMITTEES DEALING WITH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM.

MR. WIDMER'S LIFE AND WORK HAVE BEEN GLOBAL IN NATURE. AMERICAN BORN, HE ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL IN THE NETHERLANDS, UNIVERSITY IN GUYANA, S.A. AND GRADUATE SCHOOL IN SWITZERLAND.

MR. WIDMER HAS BEEN A FREQUENT PRESENTER AT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY CONFERENCES, SUCH AS THE ASIS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND THE INTERPOL (INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL POLICE ORGANIZATION) GLOBAL CONFERENCE. HE HAS ALSO LECTURED ON SOCIAL ISSUES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BEIJING, CHINA. HE HAS BEEN IN 76 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING, MOST RECENTLY, NORTH KOREA, WHERE HE WAS A TELEVISED COMMENTATOR ON U.S.- NORTH KOREAN RELATIONS FOR CNN.

CRAIG LAWRENCE, CPP, CAS - MANAGING DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR OF INVESTIGATIONS

CRAIG LAWRENCE BRINGS A UNIQUE SET OF SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE TO UNITED RISK INTERNATIONAL'S CLIENTS. HAVING SERVED AS A CORPORATE SECURITY DIRECTOR FOR A NATIONAL MANUFACTURER, HIS RESPONSIBILITIES ENCOMPASSED THE CREATION OF A CORPORATE SECURITY DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ACCESS CONTROL, CCTV AND INTRUSION DETECTION SYSTEMS, COMPREHENSIVE SECURITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, AS WELL AS THE HIRING, DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING OF A MULTI-SITE, 3 SHIFT GUARD FORCE.

PRIOR TO JOINING UNITED RISK INTERNATIONAL, MR. LAWRENCE WAS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF A SECURITY CONSULTING AND INVESTIGATIONS FIRM. HE HAS HANDLED LARGE-SCALE CRIMINAL, CIVIL AND CORPORATE INVESTIGATIONS, AND PROVIDED INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES FOR CLIENTS SUCH AS MOTOROLA, AT&T, PEPSI-COLA AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. HE HAS ALSO SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTED NUMEROUS IDENTITY THEFT INVESTIGATIONS, AND RECENTLY PROVIDED CONSULTING SERVICES AND COMMENTARY FOR MSNBC AND CNN ON INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS CONCERNING THE SUBJECT.

AS AN INDUSTRY EXPERT ON RISK MANAGEMENT AND CORPORATE SECURITY ISSUES, MR. LAWRENCE'S COMMENTARIES AND PUBLISHED ARTICLES HAVE BEEN FEATURED IN VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS, INCLUDING THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATOR MAGAZINE, FOX NEWS.COM, FORBES.COM, AND WORTH MAGAZINE. HE HAS ALSO APPEARED ON VARIOUS RADIO AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS INCLUDING THE WGN MORNING NEWS, BLOOMBERG RADIO, SKY RADIO, AND "VIEWPOINTS" NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW.

MR. LAWRENCE EARNED HIS B.S. DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE WITH AN EMPHASIS IN SECURITY MANAGEMENT FROM LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO. HE HAS SERVED AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ILLINOIS (NORTH SHORE) CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INDUSTRIAL SECURITY (A.S.I.S. INTERNATIONAL), AND HAS BEEN A SPEAKER AT THE A.S.I.S. NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING TRENDS IN SECURITY PRACTICE AND TECHNOLOGY. IT WAS DURING THIS CONFERENCE THAT MR. LAWRENCE UNVEILED UNITED RISK INTERNATIONAL' INNOVATIVE "ORGANIC SECURITY" CONCEPT.

MR. LAWRENCE IS A LICENSED PRIVATE DETECTIVE, A BOARD CERTIFIED PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL (CPP), A CERTIFIED ANTI-TERRORISM SPECIALIST (CAS), A STATE-CERTIFIED PRIVATE SECURITY & DETECTIVE INSTRUCTOR, AS WELL AS A NATIONALLY CERTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR AND TACTICAL OPERATIONS SPECIALIST. FLUENT IN SPANISH, MR. LAWRENCE HAS MANAGED INVESTIGATIVE AND SECURITY ASSIGNMENTS IN MANY LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES, INCLUDING MEXICO, PUERTO RICO, COSTA RICA AND COLOMBIA.

DANIEL R. DEVINE, CPP, CFE, CHS - DIRECTOR OF CONSULTING

DANIEL DEVINE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR OVER THIRTY-FIVE YEARS. MR. DEVINE'S CAREER BEGAN IN THE UNITED STATED MARINE CORPS WHERE HE SERVED AS A CORRECTIONS SUPERVISOR AND MILITARY POLICEMAN. AS PART OF HIS DUTIES, MR. DEVINE WAS A PART OF A SPECIAL RESPONSE UNIT THAT PROVIDED SECURITY FOR THE SUBIC BAY (PHILIPPINES) NAVAL BASE. MR. DEVINE'S UNIT WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE CAPTURE OF 269 ISLAMIC EXTREMIST AND COMMUNIST INSURGENTS, AND RECEIVED THE PHILIPPINE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION AS WELL AS THE U.S. MARINE CORPS MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION.

SINCE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING HIS MILITARY SERVICE, MR. DEVINE HAS HELD A VARIETY OF POSITIONS IN THE MANAGEMENT, SUPERVISION, AND TRAINING OF SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL. MR. DEVINE HAS SERVED AS THE DIRECTOR OF SECURITY FOR TWO FORTUNE 1000 COMPANIES, AND HAS CONSULTED IN LOSS PREVENTION AND SECURITY FOR HUNDREDS OF PRIVATE CLIENTS.

MR. DEVINE HAS CONDUCTED IN-DEPTH RISK ANALYSES AND SECURITY VULNERABILITY STUDIES, AND DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED SECURITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AS WELL AS TRAINING PROGRAMS AND STANDARDS FOR SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE HOLIDAY INN CORPORATION, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AND ILLINOIS ARMORED CAR CORPORATION. IN ADDITION, HE HAS DESIGNED COMPLEX ACCESS CONTROL, CCTV, INTRUSION DETECTION AND ALARM SYSTEMS FOR LARGE INDUSTRIAL SITES, SCHOOLS AND BUILDING COMPLEXES.

MR. DEVINE DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED A 300-HOUR STATE AND FEDERALLY CERTIFIED TRAINING PROGRAM FOR A NATIONAL SECURITY TRAINING SCHOOL.

MR. DEVINE IS AN ILLINOIS STATE CERTIFIED SECURITY INSTRUCTOR, AN A.S.I.S. BOARD CERTIFIED PROTECTION PROFESSIONAL (CPP), A CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINER (CFE) AND IS CERTIFIED IN LEVEL III HOMELAND SECURITY (CHS). FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, MR. DEVINE HAS BEEN AN ILLINOIS STATE LICENSED PRIVATE DETECTIVE AND PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTOR.

BRUCE R. TALBOT - DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

MR. BRUCE R. TALBOT HAS SPENT 25 YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPERVISING BOTH STREET PATROL AND INVESTIGATIVE UNITS, COMMUNITY POLICING UNITS, AS WELL AS THE DARE DRUG EDUCATION PROGRAM. PRIOR TO HIS PROMOTION TO SERGEANT, HE WAS ASSIGNED TO TEACH ONE OF THE FIRST DARE PROGRAMS IN ILLINOIS. HE HAS RECEIVED THE AWARD OF MERIT AND WAS NAMED POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR (2000) BY THE ILLINOIS STATE CRIME COMMISSION.

MR. TALBOT HAS BEEN QUALIFIED IN CRIMINAL COURT AS AN EXPERT WITNESS IN THE FIELD OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL IMPAIRMENT DUI TRIALS IN ILLINOIS AND TEXAS. MR. TALBOT HAS TWICE BEEN CALLED TO TESTIFY AS AN EXPERT WITNESS BEFORE TWO UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEES. HIS TESTIMONY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. MR. TALBOT HAS WRITTEN A TOBACCO CONTROL LAW, WHICH HAS BEEN HELD UP AS A NATIONAL MODEL LAW BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

SINCE RETIRING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, MR. TALBOT HAS BECOME A NOTED NATIONAL SPEAKER ON THE TOPIC OF GATEWAY DRUGS. MR. TALBOT'S SPECIALTY IS TEACHING DRUG AND ALCOHOL RECOGNITION CLASSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR CORPORATIONS SUCH AS K-MART, ACE HARDWARE, WW GRAINGER, AND JOHN DEERE & CO., AS WELL AS NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S PRESTIGIOUS TRAFFIC INSTITUTE. HE HAS BEEN A GUEST INSTRUCTOR AT THE MASSACHUSETTS, CONNECTICUT, RHODE ISLAND, INDIANA, IDAHO AND LOUISIANA STATE POLICE ACADEMIES. MR. TALBOT IS THE LEAD DRUG/ALCOHOL INSTRUCTOR FOR THE NORTHEAST MULTI-REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR POLICE OFFICER IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR THE NINE CHICAGO COLLAR COUNTIES. HE WAS ALSO THE CHARTER DRUG/ALCOHOL INSTRUCTOR FOR THE (CHICAGOLAND) SUBURBAN POLICE ACADEMY AT THE COLLEGE OF DUPAGE.

A PUBLISHED AUTHOR IN BOTH THE POPULAR PRESS AS WELL AS SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH JOURNALS, MR. TALBOT'S RESEARCH HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE JOURNAL OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (VOL. 2, NUMBER 3, 1999) AS WELL AS THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.

MR. TALBOT HOLDS A MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE FROM ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY AND A B.S. DEGREE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, AND IS A GRADUATE OF THE SCHOOL OF POLICE STAFF AND COMMAND AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY.

MR. TALBOT'S PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE:

EXPERT WITNESS: US SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE AND US SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.
FEATURED PRESENTER, US SURGEON GENERAL'S INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE ON SMOKING & HEALTH.

EXPERT WITNESS, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON TOBACCO CONTROL.

PANEL MODERATOR AND PRESENTER FOR THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL'S NINTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADOLESCENT CHRONIC DISEASE CONTROL, WASHINGTON, D.C.

SESSION PRESENTER BEFORE THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S NATIONAL CONGRESS ON ADOLESCENT HEALTH, WASHINGTON, D.C.

FEATURED SPEAKER BEFORE THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY'S NATIONAL PUBLIC ISSUES CONFERENCE, OTTAWA, CANADA.

FEATURED TELEVISED LUNCHEON SPEAKER, THE CITY CLUB OF CLEVELAND, OHIO.

SEMINAR PRESENTER, NATIONAL DARE OFFICERS CONFERENCE, NASHVILLE, TN AND PHOENIX, ARIZONA. WISCONSIN STATE DARE OFFICERS CONFERENCE, MADISON, WISCONSIN SHERIDAN HOTEL.

DAVID C. THOLLANDER, ESQ. - DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT / GENERAL COUNSEL

MR. THOLLANDER'S CAREER BEGAN WITH THE UNITES STATES ARMY AS A 98G, VOICE INTERCEPTOR. TRAINED IN RUSSIAN AT THE DOD'S DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, MR. THOLLANDER SERVED WITH U.S. ARMY RESERVE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE UNITS, INCLUDING THE 12TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP. UPON DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, MR. THOLLANDER WORKED AS A LOSS-PREVENTION DETECTIVE FOR SEVERAL LARGE NATIONAL RETAIL CHAINS.

SINCE GRADUATING LAW SCHOOL, MR. THOLLANDER BECAME A LICENSED ATTORNEY, AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE LAW IN ILLINOIS AND MICHIGAN. HE IS SIMILARLY LICENSED TO PRACTICE BEFORE THE UNITED STATED DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, EASTERN DIVISION (GENERAL AND TRIAL BAR) AND THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH CIRCUITS. MR. THOLLANDER HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH REPORTED DECISIONS BY THE ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT, ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT, SIXTH AND SEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS AND THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT. HE HAS ALSO AUTHORED AND CO-AUTHORED NUMEROUS APPELLATE BRIEFS, WHICH HAVE RESULTED IN PUBLISHED OPINIONS IN BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL COURTS, INCLUDING THE U.S. SUPREME COURT.

IN ADDITION TO HIS ROLE WITH UNITED RISK INTERNATIONAL, MR. THOLLANDER IS ALSO THE PRINCIPAL OF THE THOLLANDER LAW FIRM. MR. THOLLANDER HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN LITIGATION AND LITIGATION AVOIDANCE RELATED TO EMPLOYMENT, CORPORATE/BUSINESS RISK ANALYSIS, TRADE SECRETS, TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, AND THEFT OF PROPRIETARY INFORMATION AND DATA. MR. THOLLANDER HAS ALSO SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED NUMEROUS FORTUNE 500 INSURANCE COMPANIES IN A VARIETY OF LIABILITY-RELATED DISPUTES.

MR. THOLLANDER EARNED HIS BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO. MR. THOLLANDER CONTINUED HIS EDUCATION BY ATTENDING DEPAUL LAW SCHOOL, GRADUATING IN 1989.