Julia Pierson, is a former Director of the United States Secret Service and experienced federal law enforcement executive. During her tenure at the agency, Ms. Pierson directed and developed security operations for the President, national leaders and National Special Security Events. Ms. Pierson was instrumental in the agency’s response to the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 terrorists attacks in New York City and Washington DC, and the Boston Marathon Bombing. Ms. Pierson enhanced and integrated Secret Service training, security and threat assessment practices, and modernized technology and communications systems.
Ms. Pierson has advocated and implemented crisis intervention and employee assistance programs to support first responders exposed to traumatic incidents. Beyond her law enforcement expertise, Ms. Pierson is a principal at Security23 providing security consulting services to government and commercial enterprises.
Ms. Pierson frequently lectures on security, crisis and threat management practices to senior government and business executives, including the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, and the Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at John Jay College, in New York City.
Ms. Pierson supports several national charitable organizations including Concern of Police Survivors, supporting families of officers killed in the line of duty, and Boy Scouts of America, law enforcement exploring programs.
A. Kemp Freund, is an experienced and field-tested leader in both law enforcement and military operations, crisis management, training and threat assessments.
Freund first entered public service as a United States Army Military Policeman in 1970. After his initial service he transferred into the Maryland Army National Guard and was hired as a Patrol Officer with the Howard County, Maryland Police Department. Kemp held many positions in media relations, criminal investigations, schools, youth activities and child abuse investigations. In 1984-85 he served on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee as the National Advisor Liaison.
After his police retirement in 1994 he continued to serve in the National Guard as the Operations Sergeant Major for the Provost Marshal, 29th Infantry Division at Ft. Belvoir, VA. In his civilian career he began working with public safety software companies in product analysis and business development.
Staying active in the Guard he served as the Command Sergeant Major at battalion and brigade level positions to include several years as the Noncommissioned Officer School Commandant for Maryland Regional Training Institute. His career postings entailed many short assignments to Europe to work with former Soviet Bloc and communist-trained armies of nations that were working to gain admission into NATO.
From 2005 to until his military retirement in 2011, Kemp returned to being a full-time Soldier serving in a combat assignment in Eastern Afghanistan as an advisor to both the Afghan National Army and Police. Upon his return home he trained National Guard Soldiers for assignments in conflict areas. He currently serves as a Military and Public Safety Consultant to the Federal Business Council, Inc.
Kemp resides with his wife in Maryland and has three grown daughters and five (soon to be six) grandchildren.
Michael A. Yorio is a former defense industry executive who is credited with founding SSI Guardian, the nation’s leading school safety and security provider and wholly owned subsidiary of School Specialty Inc.
He has led the 21st Century Safe School initiative addressing institutional safety from an evidence based best practice approach combining mental health and physical security strategies that contribute to social and emotional learning outcomes and student achievement.
Mr. Yorio also leads corporate legislative affairs, advising multiple state and federal officials and agencies such the U.S. Department of education on school safety and security best practices. Numerous states have adopted legislation based on his guidance and recommendations. In collaboration with College Football Playoff Foundation, he created the 21st Century Safe Classroom and STEM Media Center Makeover Project, an initiative that promotes early literacy.
Michael is a nationally recognized media contributor. He has appeared as an expert guest on Fox News Channel News at Night, Neil Cavuto, Shepard Smith and Dana Perino, Good Morning Washington, Univision, News Max, ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates in markets throughout the United States providing commentary following major mass shootings including MSD, Parkland, Florida, Santa Fe, Texas, Las Vegas, YouTube HQ and EAS Sports Contest.
He serves as National Security Contributor on Living Well with Dr. Peg radio show on KLZ in Denver and has been a guest on radio networks throughout the United States. He has been published in USA Today, Campus Safety Magazine, American School and selected as a contributing consultant on a five-year school security technology research project led by Department of Justice and Johns Hopkins University. He has presented at The National Press Club and has been a guest presenter at National School Board Association national conference, CUBE, EdSpaces, A4LE and Campus Safety Conferences.
He is co-author of STOP The Threat Advanced Active Shooter Training curriculum, which became the first and only training program of its kind to receive professional development CEU accreditation from North Carolina State University. The program combines mental health and physical security best practices that support social and emotional learning. STOP The Threat is also offered by NC State McKimmon Center for Continuing Education and is currently taught as part of an Emergency Management course at Methodist University.
Prior to launching SSI Guardian, Mr. Yorio was a partner in NYX Global Solutions, a private consulting firm trading in mixed global markets. Michael focused on the security and education management sectors where he led such notable projects as School-In-A-Box, an initiative helping underserved students in Afghanistan and Africa. He was also appointed Interim CSO for a private intelligence firm, where he developed the company’s global strategy. Michael authored the US Military Veteran outreach program for IE Business School and recommended the establishment of the IE Intelligence Center based in Miami, Florida.
During his tenure with Xe Services (Black Water Worldwide) a privately held global defense contractor, Michael served as a senior executive, providing leadership in numerous areas such as included leading numerous overseas security training and executive protective services contracts protecting US Presidents, high ranking diplomats and foreign heads of state by elite teams from the special operations, law enforcement and intelligence communities serving the US Government in the War on Terror. He founded the company’s crisis management division, offering executive training, risk mitigation and recovery services to the corporate and NGO channels. Michael congruently served as General Manager for the firm’s digital learning division.
Mr. Yorio has traded in markets across 5 continents.