Operations Management - GFI - Security Division
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LARRY COATES 

Compliance Officer
lcoates@guardforce.us

Mr. Coates has come to Guard Force Inc. as a Senior Operational Security Manager. His professional base in operational security and leadership has allowed him to hold a variety of high profile positions. He also serves as Senior Crisis Manager for GFI.

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LEE PARKER

Security Manager - West Coast Region

Mr. Parker comes to Guard Force Inc. with an extensive amount of Security & Law Enforcement expertise.  Mr. Parker served as the Operations Manager for Guard Force Inc. &  US Extradition Service since 2006. Oversee the daily operations of the company. Plan, supervise, coordinate and review operations procedures, logistics, special projects, and personnel.  Directly or through subordinate staff interview applicants, review and or make decisions on employment and other personnel actions for the company. Supervise a 

Mr. Coates is a dedicated Law Enforcement & Security Professional.

He has over 20 years of experience in the private & corporate security field. He has held many positions with his previous employer who was one of the leaders in the Private Corrections Industry. He has proven himself to be a valuable asset in the field of incident management as the Director of Internal Affairs.  He has also held multiple interim positions as a regional and nationwide director when called upon.  His management skills and experience afforded him many opportunities to participate in Special Operations which include the only international transport.

He has experience in all aspects of security, including management at a regional and nationwide level, private protective security, loss management, risk management and correctional situations. His attention to detail and his ability to provide competent testimony reduced the company from exposure to litigation and financial harm.

Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is licensed as a Private Investigator and Security Manager in the State of Florida. Larry holds several Instructor Licenses and as developed courses designed for those new to the industry.  He has participated in training with Homeland Security and FEMA. His knowledge of the industry is vast and he continues to attend seminars and participate in training sessions

staff of 50 plus administrative assistants, field agents, and marketing division.  Prior to working for US Extradition Service he was a Security Site Supervisor. With is vast background and experience as an Operations Manager, he is a great asset to GFI.

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MAJOR ERIC “RICK” WHITE

Coast Guard

Regional Operations Manager

Mr. Erick White to Guard Force Inc. with an extensive amount of Security Management expertise.

Mr. White previously severed as a Pretrial Officer for the U.S. Probations in Anchorage, Alaska.

He has a strong background in Integrated technology, procurement contracting and Drug Testing Coordinator. 

Mr. White is responsible for the Northwestern, Eastern, Western, and Central Regions for Guard Force Inc. contracts throughout the nation.

He is directly in charge of training, logistics and operations for a federal contract Department of Veteran Affairs, and he currently oversees (48) locations with a security staff (275) GFI Officers.  Mr. White brings more than 20 years of combined military and private sector security experience to the GFI team. His skills range from security operations, team building and administrative support to mission-specific training.

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THOMAS VENABLE

U.S. Air Force / Army

Sr. Project Manager

Mr. Venable has served as a senior commissioned officer in the USAF, as a Full Spectrum Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Team Commander (FSIVA), Security Forces Squadron Commander (Provost Marshal/Police Chief), Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer, and Police 

Sergeant/Detective-Crime Suppression Team Supervisor. Venable has been Responsible for Command and Control of a USAF Security Forces (Police) Squadron of 100+ personnel responsible for all law enforcement and force protection functions on a major federal Installation with an annual operating budget in excess of $3 million.

The installation includes commercial retailers, family housing, federal and private offices, corporate, and educational facilities. Responsible for supervising all aspects of day-to-day police operations to include but not limited to: major criminal investigations, classified operations, traffic enforcement and resource/personnel protection. Personally, authored and developed all unit standard operating procedure and unit policies ref day to day operations and contingency operations. Directly responsible for all personnel staffing issues to include hiring, promotions, scheduling and administrative functions (commendations, on the job injuries, etc). Thomas Venable has ensured all training and equipment issues for worldwide deployments were exceeded. Deploy with and command the Squadron in support of any wartime or peacetime contingency. Mr. Venable previously served in a variety of other capacities in the defense and national security field, including serving from 1986-2010 as Counsel to the Special Review Board for the Provost Marshall & Community Policing for the Department of Defense.

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GORDON L. BROOKS SR.

U.S. Air Force

Area Regional Manager

Mr. Brooks Sr. has held many managerial and supervisor positions with Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space company for 25 years retiring in May 1999. Mr. Brooks Sr served as the Business Manager and CFO of The Allen Group for 10 years where he managed to day-to-day operations of the business - Construction Management. Mr. Brooks Sr. has been employed with GFI since 2021. Current duties are outlined below.

An integral member of the Security Management Team, this full-time position reports to the CEO and the Deputy Chief of Operations. Responsible for the administrative aspects of the department ensuring officers needs and concerns are addressed. Will be in the rotation as one of the Security Managers On-Duty during events; responsible for the care and safe operations of performances and events at the various Veterans Affairs facilities. Serves as part of the Incident Management Team, works in coordination and alignment with the Deputy Chief of Operations Site supervisors and supervisors. Sharing oversight and responsibility of incident management. This position requires some evenings and weekends and availability to be on-call as the work hours vary. Other duties may be assigned or modified at the discretion of management