WHO WE ARE

OVERVIEW

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The Keystone Group is a global security risk management, crisis response, business resiliency and special services provider for business and high net-worth family enterprises. With an understanding of the personal, professional, political, socio-economic, cultural and organizational dimensions of risk facing organizations and  people, The Keystone Group is committed to the security, integrity and longevity of its clients and their interests. Headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C., Keystone's experience ranges across the globe and through all industry sectors.


Our team offers a broad range of experience derived from operating in elite service to federal government, military, law enforcement, corporate and private sectors. With backgrounds ranging from special operations to Fortune 100's, we are as diverse and as accomplished as the clientele we serve.

OUR TEAM

Keystone's Managing Partners serve as its principal consultants, engaging directly with clients at all levels of project management to ensure success.  Our team hails from the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. military special operations and Fortune 100 corporate security at operational, supervisory and managerial levels of service. With decades of unparalleled crisis and security operations and management experience, Keystone consultants are unmatched at providing the best, anywhere, to discriminating clients.

Michael W. Pukish, Managing Partner

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Michael began his career with a Fortune 20, multi-national corporation where he was instrumental in the creation and development of a global corporate security and executive protection program.  After a decade, Michael resigned his position to become a federal law enforcement officer with the United States Secret Service. While there, Michael provided physical protection to the White House complex, the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory, to foreign diplomatic missions throughout District of Columbia, during National Special Security Events and to Secret Service protective details around the world. In 2010, Michael passed selection for the Secret Service HAMMER team, where he ultimately became a team leader and the program’s primary training instructor. In 2014, Michael was recruited back into the private sector as the Director of Corporate Security and Executive Protection for a multinational technology company. In 2016, Michael co-founded The Keystone Group as a Managing Partner and Principal Consultant specializing in corporate security and special risks management. 

Gregory R. Sullivan, Managing Partner

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Gregory first served two decades with the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC, with 16 years as a line and supervisory-grade homicide detective competitively selected to  Critical Incident Team, Secret Service and FBI task forces. Gregory worked closely with numerous federal, state and international agencies in pursuit of complex criminal investigations, managing high-profile critical incidents and public crises. Gregory subsequently established a private security services firm providing broad-range support to at-risk corporations, executives, and foreign dignitaries. He was then hired by a Fortune 200 company to jointly found a corporate security program before departing to cofound The Keystone Group. Here, Gregory enjoys developing unique solutions to special risks for discriminating clients around the globe. Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from George Mason University and has completed thousands of hours of training in management, leadership, law enforcement operations, private security, corporate, aviation and maritime safety and security operations.

Jason W. Wells, Senior Consultant

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 A former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, Mr. Wells was charged with protecting Presidents Obama, Bush (41 and 43), Clinton and Carter, as well as their families and numerous other dignitaries. Author of “Our Path To Safety: A U.S. Secret Service Agent’s Guide To Creating Safe Communities,” Jason left the Service to form the National Advancements for Proactive Safety, a 501(c) committed to educating the public in behavioral threat identification and assessment, specializing in developing reporting systems for education systems and businesses to mitigate behavioral risks. Jason created The OA2 ® Methodology system used to train the public to Observe, Assess, Act ® upon behavioral risks and has been published in Forbes, Huffington Post and Slate. A former U.S. Coast Guard officer, Jason holds an M.S. in Strategic Security and Protection Management from Henley Putnam University and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Strategic Security. 

W. Dale Anderson, Senior Consultant

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A retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and former U.S. Army Special Forces officer with nearly 30 years of crisis management and operational planning experience, Dale was a founding member of the federal interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, where he provided operational oversight as the Crisis Negotiations Supervisor. He has responded both domestically and abroad in support of kidnapping and hostage rescue operations.  While serving with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team as an Operator and Special Mission Planner, Dale deployed to numerous high-risk arrest and aggressive counterterrorism operations.  Dale has participated in security and response planning for National Security Special Events to include national level political events and world championship level sporting events.  He has also served in supervisory roles with the FBI’s International Operations Division and the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.

Drew Pache, Senior Consultant

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Drew has over 25 years of experience in Crisis Response and Emergency Management, with operational experience in over 40 countries.  Drew served as a U.S. Army Special Forces officer and has worked extensively with DoD, DIA and U.S. intelligence agencies wherein he formulated strategic and tactical policy and executed counter-proliferation operations worldwide. In those roles, Drew was responsible for reporting back to the highest levels of National Security policymaking.  In the private sector, Drew served as a senior manager of security operations responsible for emergency management programs overseeing travel safety, security and evacuation planning for large-scale Middle-East based clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Norwich University, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence University, is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional and an Emergency Medical Technician.

Kevin Pearson, Special Advisor

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Kevin is an experienced fraud investigations, fraud risk assessment, anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing review, global corruption and bribery assessments professional.  Kevin served as a Financial Fraud Investigator for a leading secondary market mortgage company and led complex investigations into mortgage fraud schemes perpetrated by industry professionals and third parties, and has worked with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, FHFA-OIG, US Postal Inspectors, and HUD-OIG.  Kevin then led and managed due diligence and internal investigations for a global technology company, working closely with its corporate security and risk management divisions.  Notably, Kevin was responsible for auditing commercial third-parties and their compliance with  FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, and served as  lead investigator for internal fraud/compliance investigations.   Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.  

Ray Vazquez, Special Advisor

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Ray is an experienced cybersecurity professional with over 25 years of service in both consulting and executive roles.  As a corporate cyber security executive, Ray has developed and managed successful programs engaging his extensive cybersecurity and regulatory compliance insights and leadership skills.  During his tenure at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ray led mitigation and intervention hacking and cybersecurity assessments.  He has authored global cybersecurity practice aids for securing financial systems, designed and established the first office of the Chief Information Security Officer at Fannie Mae and, as an entrepreneur, served Fortune 100 companies in designing remediation strategies to reduce the likelihood and impact of data breaches.  Ray is a graduate of Florida International University with both Bachelor of Accounting and Master of Accounting (Accounting Information Systems) degrees.  Ray is an IASCA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC).