Management Team

    • Corporate Leadership

      In 1960 Barbara K. and William F. Peel founded Red Coats, Inc., a commercial office cleaning company. Under their guidance and led by their vision, the Red Coats Family of Companies was born and Admiral Security came under our family umbrella in 1979; growing exponentially since that time.

      Eleanor “Vicki” Wells
      President and CEO

      Vicki has been an integral part of the Peel family business for her entire life. She began her company career in 1970 and worked in various capacities including Operations, Training and Finance.  In 2001, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at American University in DC and began working in our accounting department. In 2004, she successfully passed the CPA exam and became the CFO for the Family of Companies.  Through the years, she has also obtained a DOD Secret Clearance and Corporate Facility Security Officer(FSO) Certification.  In March 2019, Vicki was named President and CEO.  Vicki will also remain CFO for the company and plans to work closely with the Board to continue growth into new business enterprises and expanding markets.

      George D. Vincent
      Executive Vice President

      Mr. Vincent started with Admiral Security Services in 1981 as an Operations/Sales Manager. He is responsible for the overall performance of Admiral Security Services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Regions. He has worked extensively with the Red Coats Family of Companies. Mr. Vincent serves on the Corporate Executive Committee, which directs all company policies and procedures. He has been an active member with the Building and Office Management Association, American Society for Industrial Security, Apartment and Office Building Association. He is the Corporate Security License Holder for the following states – Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. He attended Montgomery College and the University of Maryland with a Major in Criminal Justice.

      Leon A. Beresford, CPP
      Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations

      Mr. Beresford is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations responsible for managing the over-all operations of all Admiral Divisions. He has 30 years of security management experience. He began his management career as a Fire Life Safety Director and Security Manager for a large commercial real estate company in New York City. Previous positions in the industry include: Operations Manager, School Director, District Manager, Director of Operations, and Division Vice President. He also managed the protective services and special police operations, the global operations center (GSOC), executive protection support team, international watch personnel and the emergency hazardous response (HAZMAT) teams at the International Monetary Fund headquarters.

      He is Board Certified by ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). He received his degree in Security Administration and a separate Certificate in Security Management. He received a Certificate of Leadership Excellence from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management and completed the Finance and Accounting program at Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. He has numerous certifications from the Department of Homeland Security in the areas of Incident Command and Threat and Risk Assessments. Mr. Beresford is an active member of ASIS International, AOBA, National Fire Protection Association, Association of Contingency Planners, International Association of Emergency Managers, FBI InfraGard, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Mid Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association. Mr. Beresford volunteer leadership roles include ARVP for ASIS Region 5A, Council Member for ASIS International Security Services Council and Committee Member on the Apartment and Office Building Owners Association (AOBA) Emergency Preparedness Committee.

      Anthony Lavorgna
      Vice-President, Finance

      Anthony Lavorgna joined Admiral Security in 2006. In his role as Vice President of Finance, he provides oversight and support on budgetary and financial matters. Since 1988, he has been employed within the security industry, working with several large, well-known companies in a variety of senior financial roles. Prior to joining Admiral, Mr. Lavorgna owned and operated AHS Consulting, a Security Consulting Company, providing financial analysis and support to a number of US and international based clients.

    • Headquarters/National Capitol Division – Washington DC Metro Area

      Leon A. Beresford, CPP
      Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations

      Mr. Beresford is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations responsible for managing the over-all operations of all Admiral Divisions. He has 30 years of security management experience. He began his management career as a Fire Life Safety Director and Security Manager for a large commercial real estate company in New York City. Previous positions in the industry include: Operations Manager, School Director, District Manager, Director of Operations, and Division Vice President. He also managed the protective services and special police operations, the global operations center (GSOC), executive protection support team, international watch personnel and the emergency hazardous response (HAZMAT) teams at the International Monetary Fund headquarters.

      He is Board Certified by ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). He received his degree in Security Administration and a separate Certificate in Security Management. He received a Certificate of Leadership Excellence from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management and completed the Finance and Accounting program at Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. He has numerous certifications from the Department of Homeland Security in the areas of Incident Command and Threat and Risk Assessments. Mr. Beresford is an active member of ASIS International, AOBA, National Fire Protection Association, Association of Contingency Planners, International Association of Emergency Managers, FBI InfraGard, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Mid Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association. Mr. Beresford volunteer leadership roles include ARVP for ASIS Region 5A, Council Member for ASIS International Security Services Council and Committee Member on the Apartment and Office Building Owners Association (AOBA) Emergency Preparedness Committee.

      Keith Williams
      Vice President of Support Services

      Keith Williams is Admiral’s Vice President of Support Services responsible for oversight of the training and development, quality assurance, special services and compliance departments in support of our core mission. He was formerly the Director of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Office of Risk Management in the Executive Office of the Chief of Police. In this role, Dr. Williams supervised a staff of auditors, analyzed MPD practices, and prepared reports with recommendations directly to the Chief of Police. The Office of Risk Management is the primary liaison with the DC ORM for OSHA inspectors that also conducts special investigations, provides ethics reviews, and processes and analyzes all civil claims.

      Keith worked his way through the Department, including as a Lieutenant, holding numerous positions in patrol, Homicide Division, and served as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Operational Services. In his rank as Captain, Dr. Williams was promoted to Commander of Crime Scene Investigations Division and was tasked with completing and move to the new Consolidated Forensics Laboratory. Following that, he spent time as the head of the Metropolitan Police Academy before returning to the Office of Risk Management.

      Keith holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Justice, Law and Criminology & Public Administration from American University and a Master of Science of Management from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland. Dr. Williams is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University’s Professional Studies Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and Information Management Programs; instructing in courses such as Leadership, Values and Ethics, Strategic Planning and Budgeting, and Strategic IT Investment and Performance Management. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in AU’s Justice, Law and Criminology Program, teaching Policing in America and Critical Issues in Policing courses.

      Dr. Williams published numerous articles on policing and has presented before the United States Department of Justice, as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police-American University around policing topics. He completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Death Investigation School, and Interview and Interrogation School programs among other trainings such as the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Interview and Interrogation Training, and the Public Safety Institute’s Advanced Investigative Techniques Training. Keith is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and ASIS International.

      Don Orcutt
      Divisional Director of Operations

      Don Orcutt has over 30 years’ experience in the security and safety industry with 28 years of management experience.

      Don began his management career serving as an Area Operations Manager in Raleigh North Carolina for a Regional based company. Don quickly rose through the ranks achieving positions as Branch Manager, District Manager, Regional Manager and Senior Regional Manager. Prior to the security industry Don served as a police officer in North Carolina and achieved the rank of Lieutenant.
      Don served Honorable in the United States Marine Corps. Don was one of the first responders to the 1983 terrorist bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon.

      Don joined Admiral Security Services in November 2009 where he was assigned to a large commercial real estate portfolio. Don has a proven record of accomplishments in the success of the security and life safety program. In May of 2015, Don was promoted to the position of Director of Operations and oversees the security operations for a region staffed by several hundred security professionals.
      Don is a certified CPR/AED instructor and is an active member of the ASIS National Capital Region Chapter and the ASIS Maryland Chapter. He is active with AOBA, IREM, and the Special Olympics.
      Don completed the FEMA Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program and several FEMA courses.

      Don chaired the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Committee for several years with outstanding results and enhanced the relationship with our law enforcement community and the private sector. Don is committed to enhancing security professionalism in the District of Columbia because of his oversight of many high- end commercial real estate buildings in District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions.

      Will Gilmer
      Divisional Director of Operations

      William “Will” Gilmer is Admiral’s Divisional Director for the District of Columbia. William Gilmer has over 23 years of experience in the security and safety industry. He began his security management career serving as the Account Manager for a large Montgomery County Communications site. He has held several other security management positions including Operations Manager and Client Value Manager. He was eventually promoted to District Manager in the District of Columbia and later Director of Operations for Maryland. While in these roles William was recognized on several occasions as the top performer in the local and regional markets. William was presented with four Manager of the year awards (2009, 2011, 2012 & 2014) and two Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of the Year Awards (2012 & 2014).

      Mr. Gilmer has been responsible for leading and overseeing large University, Medical, Retail and Commercial Real Estate portfolios. He has had the responsibility of directing teams as large as 1200 employees who were directly responsible for overseeing 30,000 hours per week in security officer coverage.

      Mr. Gilmer is an active member of ASIS, and actively volunteers on boards and committees of local associations. He has a Master’s Degree in Theology and is constantly continuing his knowledge in the safety and security field.

    • Northern Virginia Division

      Vince DiPiero
      Regional Vice President

      Vince DiPiero has over 30 years of operations and sales management experience in the private security industry. Vince has often been recognized for his expertise in developing important client portfolios. Throughout his career, Vince has held prestigious positions to include Senior Vice President, Vice President of Operations and Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing for both global and regional security providers within the US.

      Throughout his career, Vince has worked directly with some of country’s largest Commercial Real Estate and Fortune 500 companies as well as Healthcare and Higher Education Institutions. Due to his innovative approach in providing integrated security solutions and community-based security techniques, Vince is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and he has been tapped as a speaker for ASIS, IAHSS and IACLEA events.

      Vince was born and raised in Philadelphia and he attended Temple University in Philadelphia majoring in Business and Criminal Justice.

    • Mid-Atlantic North Division – Baltimore, Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey

      Waynne King
      Divisional Vice President

      Mr. King joined Admiral Security Services in 2004 as an Operations Manager responsible for 57 Class A office buildings in the DC Metro Region, 300 plus Security Officers and over 13,000 hours of security coverage per week. In 2007 Mr. King was promoted to the position of Division Vice President responsible for the Baltimore region, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey areas.

      Mr. King has a combined 34 years of experience in force protection and security. He began his career with a major security company in July of 1994 as a part-time Security Officer and was promoted to the position of Field Manager in April of 1996. He organized and conducted training of newly hired security personnel; established, maintained, and reviewed security standards and policies; and advised Property Managers on security related issues for 29 Class A office buildings.

      He was the Deputy Project Manager supporting the physical security programs within EPA Headquarters and EPA field locations Nationwide.

      He had a distinguished career for 22 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry soldier. Mr. King held jobs of great responsibility during his career to include tours as a Drill Sergeant and Assistant Sergeant of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stationed in Arlington National Cemetery.

      As a First Sergeant, Mr. King managed and trained the nation’s most elite guard force. He was responsible for training and monitoring a guard force of 220 select military personnel on uniform requirements, communications, security, use of deadly force, weapon use, emergency reactions, guard post instructions, and chain of command. He coordinated and conducted information briefings for the press and public; and he was responsible for the execution of ceremonies at the Pentagon, White House, and Arlington National Cemetery.

      Bill Hamilton
      Director of Operations

      Mr. Hamilton has over 23 years of experience in the security and safety industry. Mr. Hamilton attended West Chester University, studying Criminal Justice. Mr. Hamilton started in the security industry as a security officer in 1989. He has worked his way up the ranks. He has held various positions (officer, shift supervisor, site supervisor, roving account manager, single site account manager, area manager, and director of operations) while moving up the ranks. Mr. Hamilton stated with Admiral Security in 2006. He has the overall responsibility of the security operations for the Mid-Atlantic North Division. On a daily basis, he meets with operations management to review the status of our client’s security programs. He is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day operations of each security program.

    • Mid-Atlantic South Division – Central Virginia, Norfolk, Harrisonburg & Lynchburg

      Joe Maslanka
      Divisional Vice President

      Mr. Maslanka, a Certified Protection Professional, has been in the security industry for 24 years. He has worked his way through the ranks, starting in 1994 as a Security Officer for a major security company in Philadelphia, PA. He worked within several disciplines including recruiter, Account Manager, District Manager and Vice President/General Manager overseeing operations in Florida and the Mid Atlantic. Over the course of his career Mr. Maslanka has earned awards for excellence in management and has received recognition for community work, most specifically for outstanding service in honoring Victims of 9/11 by the Miami Police Department in 2003. Mr. Maslanka joined Admiral in 2006, to work in the Richmond Metro area where he and his family have resided since 2004. Under his leadership, Admiral Security Services has realized over 400% growth in the Central Virginia Division.

      Mr. Maslanka served on the Private Security Services Advisory Board for the Department of Criminal Justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia 2007-2012. He is a member of the Richmond, VA chapter of ASIS and received his recognition as a Certified Protection Professional in August of 2006. He also holds membership with Virginia Manufacturers Association and International Real Estate Managers Association where Admiral was recognized as an “Industry Partner of the Year” for 2010; he serves on the board for the Police Athletic League and the Government Sub-committee for the Richmond Business Council for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He is also a third Vice President on the board of the Central Virginia Crime Clinic. Mr. Maslanka is a United States Marine veteran and graduated summa cum laude from Strayer University with a Bachelors of Administration Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources.

      John Pancoast
      Regional Operations Manager

      Mr. Pancoast is a twenty-year veteran of the Richmond Sheriff’s Department, where he rose through the ranks to Captain overseeing training and recruiting. Mr. Pancoast was a DCJS certified instructor for the Sherriff’s Department where he was responsible for training a staff of 400, keeping them successfully compliant and at the ready.

      Mr. Pancoast joined Admiral in June of 2010 and has quickly established several process improvements and efficiencies in the areas of training and recruiting. His leadership and experience have proven a tremendous asset to the overall operations throughout Richmond, and he has been an integral component in the outstanding growth of Admiral Security in the market.

      Rick Thornton
      Regional Operations Manager

      With over 20 years of management experience and more than 28 years in the private security industry, Rick Thornton joined Admiral Security Services to work with a company focused on controlled growth and employee development. Rick is a veteran of the US Army and holds certifications as Compliance Agent, Campus Security Officer Trainer and served as a DCJS Certified General Instructor and Firearms Instructor for 11 years. Upon his initial hire with Admiral in 2012 he was thrust into a large transition of a Class A office building and his diligence, experience and determination proved highly successful.

      Mr. Thornton is also a Certified Liaison Officer with the Virginia Fusion Center, DHS/FEMA Certified in Pipeline Security and Active Shooter Instructor.  Rick has proven a tireless worker and employee focused manager and developer of people.

    • New York Division – Rochester

      Leon A. Beresford, CPP
      Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations

      Mr. Beresford is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations responsible for managing the over-all operations of all Admiral Divisions. He has 30 years of security management experience. He began his management career as a Fire Life Safety Director and Security Manager for a large commercial real estate company in New York City. Previous positions in the industry include: Operations Manager, School Director, District Manager, Director of Operations, and Division Vice President. He also managed the protective services and special police operations, the global operations center (GSOC), executive protection support team, international watch personnel and the emergency hazardous response (HAZMAT) teams at the International Monetary Fund headquarters.

      He is Board Certified by ASIS International as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). He received his degree in Security Administration and a separate Certificate in Security Management. He received a Certificate of Leadership Excellence from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management and completed the Finance and Accounting program at Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education. He has numerous certifications from the Department of Homeland Security in the areas of Incident Command and Threat and Risk Assessments. Mr. Beresford is an active member of ASIS International, AOBA, National Fire Protection Association, Association of Contingency Planners, International Association of Emergency Managers, FBI InfraGard, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association and the Mid Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association. Mr. Beresford volunteer leadership roles include ARVP for ASIS Region 5A, Council Member for ASIS International Security Services Council and Committee Member on the Apartment and Office Building Owners Association (AOBA) Emergency Preparedness Committee.

    • North Carolina Division – Raleigh & Greensboro

      Joe Maslanka
      Divisional Vice President

      Mr. Maslanka, a Certified Protection Professional, has been in the security industry for 24 years. He has worked his way through the ranks, starting in 1994 as a Security Officer for a major security company in Philadelphia, PA. He worked within several disciplines including recruiter, Account Manager, District Manager and Vice President/General Manager overseeing operations in Florida and the Mid Atlantic. Over the course of his career Mr. Maslanka has earned awards for excellence in management and has received recognition for community work, most specifically for outstanding service in honoring Victims of 9/11 by the Miami Police Department in 2003. Mr. Maslanka joined Admiral in 2006, to work in the Richmond Metro area where he and his family have resided since 2004. Under his leadership, Admiral Security Services has realized over 400% growth in the Central Virginia Division.

      Mr. Maslanka served on the Private Security Services Advisory Board for the Department of Criminal Justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia 2007-2012. He is a member of the Richmond, VA chapter of ASIS and received his recognition as a Certified Protection Professional in August of 2006. He also holds membership with Virginia Manufacturers Association and International Real Estate Managers Association where Admiral was recognized as an “Industry Partner of the Year” for 2010; he serves on the board for the Police Athletic League and the Government Sub-committee for the Richmond Business Council for the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. He is also a third Vice President on the board of the Central Virginia Crime Clinic. Mr. Maslanka is a United States Marine veteran and graduated summa cum laude from Strayer University with a Bachelors of Administration Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources.

      Samuel Witty
      Regional Operations Manager

      Over the last eleven years, Sam has been a Branch Manager and Director of Operations for a regional security provider, and prior to that position was a leader in a large in-house security program at a major manufacturing facility in the Greensboro, NC, area. Sam is an NC PPSB-certified trainer. He has a total of 27 years of security and management experience, and his breadth of knowledge will be a true asset to Admiral Security.

    • South Atlantic / Florida Division – Miami, Orlando, Melbourne, Tampa, & Ocala

      Gary Conrad
      Divisional Vice President

      Mr. Conrad is responsible for providing business leadership for Admiral’s Florida Region. After a distinguished career in the contract security field, Mr. Conrad was asked to join Admiral Security Services in February 2007 to lead the Florida Region. Mr. Conrad comes from the Atlanta, Georgia market where he excelled and oversaw the Sales and Marketing teams for a regional contract security company as Vice President of Sales. He was responsible for opening six new markets all the while doubling the size of the company and maintaining customer service beyond reproach.

      Mr. Conrad attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and immediately thereafter founded Comtech and GC Communications. After many years of impressive growth, the companies were acquired by a major utilities firm.

      Mr. Conrad is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

      Logan Rees
      Regional Vice President

      Mr. Rees is responsible for providing business leadership for Admiral’s Northern Florida Region. After a distinguished career (over a decade) in the contract security field, Mr. Rees was asked to join Admiral Security Services in August 2011 to oversee the Northern half of the State. Mr. Rees comes from the Tampa, Florida market where he oversaw the Operations, Customer Relations and Sales/Marketing teams for a contract security company as Regional Director of Security Solutions. Prior to that Mr. Rees worked in the Charleston, South Carolina and Memphis, Tennessee markets with both of the world’s largest private contract security organizations.

      Mr. Rees attended BYU-Hawaii and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business.

      Mr. Rees is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Tampa and Orlando).

       

    • Texas Division – ADM Security Solutions – Dallas, Austin and Houston

      George Vincent Jr.
      Divisional Vice President

      George Vincent Jr. joined Admiral Security Services as an Operations/Financial Analyst in March of 2017. Prior to joining the family business George held positions with The JBG Companies (now JBG Smith) in Chevy Chase, MD as a Development Associate working on multimillion-dollar development projects, and spent two years with the Xander Funds, a $2 Billion USD fund based in New Delhi India where he helped manage more than eight million square feet of development across four cites in India.

      Since joining Admiral, George has helped managed Operations for one of Admiral’s largest accounts and has helped to implement financial analysis procedures and processes across the Company.

      George has a BA from the University of Maryland- College Park and an MBA from The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.

      Dave Elliot
      Director of Operations

      Dave Elliott is an experienced leader in the security industry with over thirty-eight years invested into managing and directing security operations. Before joining the security industry, Mr. Elliott served in the U.S. Airforce. Mr. Elliott exemplifies countless skills obtained during his service in the U.S. Air Force which he uses on a daily basis as he leads ADM’s security personnel. Mr. Elliott joined ADM Security Solutions through the acquisition of Sterling Protective Services where he served as Senior Vice President. There he managed Sterling’s overall security force on a daily basis. Prior to Sterling and ADM Security, Mr. Elliott was a part of Bank of America where he was Vice President of Control Center Operations, managing three-alarm monitoring centers in Dallas, Atlanta, and Virginia. In addition to the control centers, Mr. Elliott directed the armed security officers for various bank locations and the console operators in the control centers, while also managing the executive alarm protection for key personnel. Mr. Elliott’s expertise of the security industry and security operations allows him to best assign officers and manage operations for our clients.

      Tydon Bell
      Director of Operations

      Tydon Bell has seventeen years of security experience, of his seventeen years in the security industry, nine of those years have been in operations leadership and management. Mr. Bell is responsible for the daily operations in the greater Houston area for ADM Security Solutions. Mr. Bell has experience in both the private and public sectors. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Bell was a Harris County Juvenile Probation Correction Officer, supervising ten to seventeen years old juveniles awaiting trial and placement. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Bell served in asset protection for various properties and assignments. During this period, Mr. Bell learned the facets of maintaining loyal relationships with clients while balancing the demands of post orders. In 2009, Mr. Bell joined the Texas based company, Sterling Protective Services, Mr. Bell began with Sterling as an Account Manager, there he connected with clients and provided leadership for Officers. Mr. Bell’s dedication to his clients is seen in his ambition to always provide the best service. Mr. Bell became Vice President of Sterling Protective Services, where he applied his leadership, loyalty and discretion to provide the best security service through his Officers and post supervisors. ADM Security Solutions acquired Sterling Protective Services in April 2018. Mr. Bell will continue to provide his expertise in operations and personnel management as the Director of Operations for ADM Security Solutions.

       

      Duane Carter
      Regional Manager

      Duane Carter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey. Mr. Carter has many years of extensive experience in the security industry with specific experience in the areas of; healthcare safety and security, casino and hotel security, and retail and transportation security. Mr. Carter joined ADM Security Solutions through the acquisition of Sterling Protective Services, since 2014, he was Regional Manager over the Austin and surrounding areas for Sterling Protective. Following the acquisition of Sterling, he will serve as the Regional Manager of the Austin branch. Mr. Carter’s professional experience combined with his respectful and personable customer service capabilities, especially aligns him with the ADM Security Solutions’ mission. His responsibilities include all operations, hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of all security personnel. Mr. Carter is in the field leading our security personnel and creating positive accountability for members of our Austin team.