ESI Faculty and Instructors

Bob Duggan
Behavioral Intelligence and Clues to Dangerousness

Bob Duggan founded Executive Security International in 1980 with an obsessive interest in human behavior, especially bad behavior. In 1973, Bob was a co-partner and founder of The Aspen Academy of Martial Arts where his interest in the precursors of attack sharpened. The linkage between the martial arts and the establishment of a professional school for bodyguards was rooted in his belief that these precursors to physical assault were observable and therefore predictable.

After working close protection for celebrities and families of high personal wealth abroad and in the U.S., he was convinced that his anecdotal observations of body language and movements in a crowd were clues to intentions. In the search for a scientific basis for his intuitive feelings about the predictability of assault, Bob investigated assaults on public figures and the research of behavioral psychologists. In 1985, he discovered the work of Dr. Paul Ekman and his pioneering study of the connection between facial expressions and primary emotions. Ekman’s practical applications are fixated on deception detection; he does not claim that his research is relevant to aggression.

Bob Duggan believes that a trained observer can detect the pre-indicators of assault. They are always present and observable to the person who looks for the unexpected. Whether there is scientific proof of the Behavioral Cues or not, there is enough evidence to act. Bob’s class on Behavioral Intelligence and Clues to Dangerousness is a critical skill, which compels a protective agent to adopt a strategy of Preemptive Intervention or he is left with reacting to an attack after the fact.

Barry Wilson, President
Anlance Protection
Director of Training
Executive Security International

Prior to forming Anlance Protection, Barry served in the US Army in the early 70s. He attended Colorado State University , managed several businesses, and later became involved in security consulting, specializing in Executive Protection, Uniformed Security, and Undercover Surveillance.

After graduating from Executive Security International located in Aspen Colorado , Barry formed Anlance Protection in 1991. Anlance has provided Executive Protection for celebrities, political and religious figures, corporations and individuals. Some of These figures include country singer Travis Tritt, actress Stephanie Kramer, and during the visit of Pope John Paul II to Denver , Barry was involved in the protection of the visiting cardinals, bishops, and the media center. Short-term protection has been preformed for Former Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle , Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, and Former Secretary of Education William Bennet. In addition, Anlance agents have protected Fortune 500 Corporations and individuals for the Forbes 400 list both nationally and internationally.

Barry is a member of the ESI Alumni Association, the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the County Sheriffs Association of Colorado, and the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He is an instructor at Executive Security International, Starkey International and a guest instructor at Axiom International in South Africa.

Corporate Security Management Instructors

Filippo Marino CEO, Tegumen

Filippo Marino is the Founder and Managing Partner of Tegumen, a risk mitigation advisory firm focused on intelligence-driven brand, operations and personnel protection strategies. Over the course of his career, Filippo has developed, led or optimized security, intelligence and risk management operations as both an adviser and functional leader. In his most recent corporate role, he established and managed McDonald’s Global Risk Intelligence & Executive Protection programs. Filippo also led the brand’s intiatives and best practices in the areas of Workplace Violence Prevention, Crisis Management, and major event security, including Olympic Games and FIFA old Cup. His career started as an officer of the Italian Army and spanned across 25 years, many of which as a successful consultant to Fortune 500 companies and High Net-Worth individuals. He holds a Magna Cum Laude B.A. degree in Behavioral Sciences, and has obtained multiple certifications in security and protection services. He is a California Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and an accomplished firearms instructor, scuba diver, skydiver, mountaineer and survivalist.

Rich Roth, Executive Director,
CTI Consulting

Mr. Rich Roth is the Executive Director And Chief Operating Officer of CTI with over 35 years of experience in the field of security. While with the U.S. Secret Service, one of Mr. Roth’s principal tasks was to conduct assessments of buildings, and special events that the President and the Vice-President attended, including the homes of two former Presidents.

Mr. Roth was the security consultant on the DOE’s analysis of the Former Soviet Union for Nuclear Sites in the USSR. As such he developed reports of the Government of the status of their security including year 2000 compliance.

Mr. Roth has been a trainer for the U.S. State Department’s Anti-terrorism Assistance Program (ATAP) as well as for the U.S. Sheriff Association’s High Security Trials program. He is an instructor on the development of security plans and procedures, and also conducts physical security assessments and bomb search and evacuation procedures.

Mr. Roth has served on the FAA’s ASAC subcommittee developing a universal access control system as a paid consultant, and as the CTI lead on the Gore Commission’s required Computerized Airport Vulnerability Assessment Program for the FAA. He was on the founding ASAC sub-committee, which developed the original Recommended Security Construction Guidelines for Airport Planning, Design and Construction, and had management oversight of CTI’s contract with the FAA for the facilitation of the new Recommend Security Construction Guidelines for the Airport Planning, Design, and Construction Document.

Since then, Mr. Roth has had direct oversight of the development of the specifications for the new biometric access control systems for O’Hare, Boston Logan, Pittsburgh, and Phoenix Sky Harbor airports. These systems have been designed as transition systems to be upwardly compatible with the delayed Transportation Workers ID Card (TWIC).

Before and since 9/11, Mr. Roth has conducted or had oversight of over 2000 vulnerability assessments on a wide range of facilities including the airports, ports, Federal buildings, schools, and a wide range of facilities including the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve Board. As an expert witness, Mr. Roth has conducted assessments of apartment buildings, shopping malls, and hotels.

Meb West, CEO
Seven Spears Security International

Meb West is part-owner and CEO of Seven Spears Security International: A security consulting firm specializing in overseas security support operations for multi-national and international companies. Meb brings to bear his experience from 26 years as an Army Ranger on behalf of his clients to provide proactive and realistic mitigation measures that enable operations in even the most challenging of international arenas.

As a graduate of Wharton Business School and IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, he understands the importance of building any security program on a foundation of solid business principles that bring quantitative value to key stakeholders and which support the strategic vision and culture of the company. Meb has a Master’s Degree in Security Management from American Public University. He graduated from ESI in 2010 and has helped instruct topics such as Threat Assessment and Mitigation, Technology in the Security Industry and the famous shooting curriculum.

Meb has amassed numerous certifications in the security industry to include the American Society of International Security (ASIS) – Certified Protection Professional (CPP), the National Institute for Business Continuity Management (NIBCM) – Certified Continuity Manager (CCM), American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS) – Level III (CHS-III), the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB) – Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CAS), Executive Security International (ESI) – Certified Protection Specialist (CPS) and Certified Security Specialist (CSS), and multiple FEMA certifications.

Greg Nelson

Mr. Nelson is a privacy, protection, and preparedness advocate, with over twenty-five years of security industry experience building value-added security strategies for businesses, organizations, communities and individuals. His expertise draws on a deep and diverse background which includes professional and volunteer experiences in the public and private safety sectors, as well as years of corporate security work with various Fortune 500 companies.

Greg was an original member of Microsoft’s Executive Security Team, participating in the protection of company leaders until leaving to manage and operate a company providing specialized protective medical training. Upon returning to the Seattle area, he held the position of Security Director at Marchex, a mobile marketing solutions company. His career has included teaching tactical skill sets, as well as strategic topics, such as disaster planning and business continuity.

Greg has participated in various associations and professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, ASIS International, the International Tactical EMS Association, and the International Bodyguard Association. He has obtained several professional, business and industry credentials, including certifications from Cambridge, PMI, CUPIM, NRA, PHTLS, NREMT, DRJ, and FEMA.

Caleb Gilbert

Mr. Gilbert is currently working as a protection manager with protective operations successfully completed in 32 countries and over 200 domestic cities. Mr. Gilbert currently manages both the covert protection and surveillance detection teams for an ultra-high net worth principal.
Mr. Gilbert developed and continues to systematically improve and instruct, low profile protection tactics, techniques and procedures that are currently being deployed on protection details worldwide.

Robert E. “Rick” Colliver (FSO, ASO)

Rick Colliver has served as the global security director for two multi-national corporations with operations in 24 time zones, and has managed protection details in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. He is the course developer and lead instructor in the Principal Protection program at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and is an adjunct instructor in protective operations through several police, military and academic organizations. He has current security clearances with the US DoD and DHS, and serves as a board member for the American Board for Certification in Dignitary and Executive Protection, and a council member for the Protective Security Council.

His book, Principal Protection; Lessons Learned (TERRAPIN Publications, 2011), is not another “how-to” book on protection, but rather a “why-to”, and is used as a supplemental text at some of the top executive protection schools in the country. Rick is the co-author and narrator of School Safety and Security; An All-Hazards Approach (University of Findlay, 2002) and a contributing author to Gruber’s Physical and Technical Security; An Introduction (Thomson Delmar, 2005). A contributor to both online and print media, his articles can often be found at

Rick is a frequent speaker at industry and professional meetings and has been the Master of Ceremonies for the annual Award of Valor presentation at the Ohio Statehouse since the Ohio Military Hall of Fame’s inauguration on July 7, 2000.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from The Ohio State University and has completed graduate work in Organizational Behavior through the University of Phoenix, and Crisis Management through the American Military University. He maintains his law enforcement credentials through the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office, where he supports their Principal Protection Unit. Since 2005, Rick has also served on the Public Health and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Advisory Committees for the Ohio Homeland Security Division, Ohio Department of Public Safety.

In addition to his training programs for corporate security and law enforcement audiences, Rick is a Concealed Carry Instructor, holding multiple certifications from the NRA, and is proud to be an affiliate instructor with John Farnam’s Defense Training International, with whom he has taught such programs as Advanced Defensive Handgun, Defensive Firearms for Protection Specialists, Crisis Shooting and Urban Rifle/Shotgun.

Throughout his career, he has held certifications as an OPOTA Instructor (1984), CPP (1988), CFE (1989), Rescue SCUBA Diver (1994), EMT (1995), and CHS III (2006). However, he now maintains only one certification in Protective Operations Management, because, as he puts it, “No one likes going to meetings”.

Kaaryn Gough, CEO and President
Integra View Inc.

Kaaryn Gough is a Statement Analyst and a licensed Private Investigator in the province of Ontario and has understood and employed the power of words throughout her professional life. She began her career writing advertising copy in 1986 and went on to become the director of advertising for a major clothing manufacturer in New York City. In 1997, she moved to Canada to join the Toronto-based television production company, Ragtop Productions, Inc. There she mastered the skills of script and continuity and film editing. She also worked as a producer and writer on several projects.

In 2003, Ms. Gough earned her basic certification in statement analysis and co-founded Integra View Inc., a company specializing in truth verification services and audio and video forensics. Within three years, she earned her advanced level certifications in the SCAN method of statement analysis from the leading expert in the field, Avinoam Sapir at the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation in Phoenix, Arizona. Engaged by both government and private clients, Ms. Gough has provided statement analysis on a wide variety of cases in both Canada and the United States. She has analyzed statements, interview transcripts, journals and letters. While the area of fraud has constituted much of her focus, she has worked on cases involving sexual assault, child abuse, murder, and theft. Ms. Gough has analyzed the contents of anonymous letters and provided authorities with character profiles of the authors.

As a licensed private investigator, Ms. Gough works for Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation, a Toronto law firm specializing in fraud investigation and litigation.

Ms. Gough has been a presenter and keynote speaker at a number of professional conferences and has lectured on the topic of The Detection of Deception and Statement Analysis to both government and private agencies.

John Rose M.A.
President of Holston International Training And Consulting LLC

John actively served in law enforcement for over 18 years, during his career he has participated in protection assignments to include, President Regan, President George W. Bush, VP Gore, Elizabeth Dole, Barbara Bush, and several celebrity visitors to jurisdictions he was working in as a Law Enforcement Officer. As a private contractor in 2011 John provided training for the Guatemalan Secret Service (SAAS) in executive protection. In 2006, John traveled to Israel to study counter terrorism with police and security forces. In 2008, he returned to Israel, as an Academic Fellow with Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) to further his research on terrorism. John is a graduate of the FBI National Academy session #197. He holds a M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from East Tennessee State University, where he is an Adjunct Instructor and delivers classes on Counter Terrorism, and Workplace Violence.

In April 2009 John was a presenter at the European Association of Threat Assessment Professionals annual conference in Berlin Germany. In 2010 John presented at the Gavin de Becker & Associates Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy. John also currently instructs at Executive Security International (ESI) in Colorado, one the world’s premier Executive Protection Schools. John has recently had an article published in The National Tactical Officers Association Journal The Tactical Edge on the topic of Suicide Terror Attack Response Training.

Executive Protection Instructors

Elijah Shaw, President
Icon Services Corporation

Elijah Shaw is the President of ICON a full service agency specializing in Executive and VIP Protection. In addition to his corporate portfolio, which contains Fortune 500 companies and historic families, his long-term celebrity clients have included Multi Platinum recording artists Usher Raymond and Kelly Rowland, Supermodel Naomi Campbell, and Hip-Hop megastar 50 Cent.

Involved extensively with international travel that takes him across the globe, he acts as a liaison to his clients, providing close protection and security consultation and staffing worldwide. Elijah is the current director of the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA), and also holds the position of Managing Editor of the NABA co-produced Circuit Magazine in which he writes an ongoing column entitled, Keeping Your Edge. He is a seasoned expert at dealing with the media on topics related to the executive protection industry and has been featured in prestigious publications such as Portfolio, Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine. In addition he has been interviewed for his expert opinion by major shows such as The Today Show and E! News.

Lieutenant Thomas Taylor (Ret.)

Tom joined Gavin de Becker & Associates after serving thirty years with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. His involvement in protective operations began in 1974, when he was assigned to the Governor’s Security Division. He has since been assigned to the protective details of four governors, eventually serving as commander of the Governor’s Security Division for eight years.

Tom has served key roles on protective operations for the Pope, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and every U.S. President since Gerald Ford. He has handled protective assignments in Russia, Japan, Korea, Italy, Puerto Rico, China, Canada, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, India, Thailand, The Bahamas, the Philippines, and Israel.

Tom attended the CIA’s Threat Management Conference, at which he met Gavin de Becker, beginning a 18-year association in the study and practice of protection for at-risk people.

For nine years, Tom was elected as a member of the executive board of the National Governor’s Security Association (NGSA), five years as secretary and four years as president. In that capacity, he served as the security consultant for the National Governor’s Association (NGA) in Washington, D.C., and helped formulate security plans for NGA events all over the nation.

Following the September 11 attacks, Taylor was named the Anti-Terrorism Coordinator for all Patrol operations. Upon retirement, he served as an anti-terrorism consultant for the Patrol, in charge of a four-member critical asset protection team.

Tom co-authored Just2Seconds, a book based upon the study of more than 1600 incidents of public figure attack. Tom’s book, Dodging Bullets – A Strategic Guide to World-Class Protection, was published in 2000 by the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) in Florida. The book has been reviewed by top public figure protection groups all over the world, including the International Bodyguard Association (IBA) in Ireland, the World-wide Federation of Bodyguards (WFB) in Great Britain, and the Close Quarters Protection Operators Association (CQPOA) in the United States. His name appears in the acknowledgments of Gavin de Becker’s bestsellers The Gift of Fear and Fear Less, and also the 1998 Secret Service report “Protective Intelligence and Threat Assessment Investigations,” for his assistance in reviewing these documents. He has written four novels on protection, Mortal Shield, Armored Men, Tiger’s Heart, and Last Came Anarchy

Christian Reece, CPR, AED, First Aid

After spending much of her life traveling with her family in the military and growing up in the security industry, Christian settled on a college and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Shortly after her college graduation, she took a position with Foremost Response, a security company with coverage encompassing most of the western slope of Colorado. She quickly took on large executive protection projects managing up to 75 people at one time and protecting individuals such as: John McCain, Lil’ John, Bam Margera, Shaun White, Jake Burton of Burton Snowboards, and many more. She has worked in conjunction with the Republican National Committee as well as the Secret Service. During her time with Foremost Response, Christian became an Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training Instructor (OC/Pepper Spray) as well as a Practical and Tactical Handcuffing Instructor.

Christian also began volunteering her time for the Red Cross as a Health and Safety Instructor and was quickly elected to the Red Cross Board of Directors’ Executive Committee as an advisory member. She also found time to become a Nationally Registered EMT and Phlebotomist where she gained invaluable firsthand knowledge of emergency medicine. She began working for Executive Security International in 1998 as an administrative assistant and is now the lead medical instructor. Taught in a hands-on manner, her classes are fun, educational, and surprising; you just never know what might happen next! Upon successful completion of her ESI/Red Cross medical course, each student will receive several nationally recognized certifications in CPR, AED, First Aid, and more. Christian’s courses continue to be ranked, by ESI students, as one of the favorite courses ESI has to offer.

Naomi Dunn, Advances

Naomi first began her career in the EP industry when she was selected for a two-year special duty assignment supporting an executive-level DoD leader whilst serving in the U.S. military. A small three-man detail with a high-tempo mission, Naomi spent a busy two years conducting advances and protective operations around the world and throughout the U.S.

Upon completing her enlistment, she sought to broaden her experience in protective operations, and over the next seven years worked for several companies in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. While working overseas, Naomi worked primarily on commercial contracts providing her with the unique experience of operating in austere environments with teammates and clients from diverse backgrounds, countries and operating methodologies. Tasked with missions having little to no DoD or DoS support, pre-planning and detailed advance work became the recipe for success resulting in zero incidents negatively impacting the clients’ various missions.

As well as having extensive experience in the EP industry, Naomi is also an honor graduate of Executive Security International’s Executive Protection course and Corporate Security Management course. Currently, Naomi works as an Advance Specialist for AS Solution.

Greg Sherrill, Senior Consultant

Greg Sherrill graduated from ESI in 1984. Greg went on to build a very successful firm in Minneapolis. Metropolitan Security and Investigative Services.Which was bought by Vance International one of the top International Security/Protection companies.Until 2003 Greg served as Managing Director serving a number of his past clients. In 2003, Greg join Target as Senior Group Manager of Global Security/Executive Protection.

Greg has served his clients needs in over 30 plus countries working with clients on issues concerning Security systems, Physical Security, Executive Protection, investigations, risk/threat assessments’ and mitigation and CEO/Celebrity stalking /harassment.

Greg has been called upon to speak at Industry/Association meetings and has provided professional consulting for some of the top Executives and their families in corporate America.

Mr, Sherrill focuses on the importance of predictive/proactive intelligence playing a critical role in protection and risk mitigation. His experience in both domestic and international protective/risk mitigation services has been the development and understanding of the importance of risk assessment tools as one of the critical skill sets of a protection specialist operating in a global environment.

Today Mr, Sherrill serves as a Director for Pinkerton consulting/investigations one of the most respected brands in the industry.

Larry Lamer, CPS

Larry Lamer’s security career spans almost 25 years. He is a graduate of the ESI’s Executive Security Program (1990) and the Protective Intelligence course in 2004. He began his security career in the US Air Force as a Security Specialist protecting nuclear weapons, crypto equipment and one of kind Air Force assets. He was hand selected for the operational phase of the Ground Launched Cruise Missile program and spent 2 years in Europe securing missile installations, as a rapid response leader, unit medic, and as a trainer of security details.

In civilian life, Larry worked primarily in the healthcare, hospitality, and investigations. He developed security policies and procedures for a company of 3000 employees, made over 800 arrests, and he was a team leader for a security/surveillance team for the largest UFCW strike in California history. Larry also taught arrest control techniques at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy and was a member of a Multi-Agency Terrorism Taskforce. Currently, Larry is the Director of Security for an 85$ million Colorado resort whose guest list include, well known country musicians, CEO’s of major corporations and political figures.

Lee has taught surveillance and counter surveillance techniques at ESI for 13 years.

Lee Lamer, CPS

Lee is a 1991 graduate of ESI. Lee spent 4 years in the U.S. Army and then moved into the Health Care Security Field where he was instrumental in developing new security programs to include Violent Patient Control. Lee began a career in investigations in Undercover operations and graduated from ESI’s Protective Intelligence program. In 2002 Lee began working for Wal-Mart as an investigator and Asset Protection Manager, and now manages five Wal-Mart stores in Colorado. Lee has received commendations from Federal, State and local Law Enforcement agencies for assisting in identity theft investigations and investigations of Organized Retail Theft groups operating throughout the U.S. Lee has taught surveillance and counter surveillance techniques at ESI for 13 years.

Keith Buckner, Army Sergeant Major, (Ret.)

Keith brings a wealth of knowledge to the ESI shooting program. He served our Country for over 31 years and retired as an Army Sergeant Major. His duties included Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor, Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant School Instructor, in addition to being a graduate of the United States Army Sergeant Major Academy. Shortly after retiring from the Army he attended the ESI Executive Protection and the PSD programs. He currently serves as the Range Master/firearms instructor for both the Executive Protection and PSD programs. In his down time he enjoys working periodic security details throughout the country.

Keith has attended a multitude of shooter and instructor development programs including the Sig Sauer Semi-Automatic Pistol Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, Active Shooter Response Instructor, Master Firearms Instructor, and the NRA LE Tactical Shooting Instructor Program. Keith brings a lifetime of professional as well as military experience with the majority in training and operations to his role as ESI Range Master.

Tony Pagni

Officer Pagni began his affiliation with ESI in 1982 as a student of Hwa Rang Do under Bob Duggan's instruction. During the same period, Tony began his training in ESI's firearms program as a range hand and assistant shooting instructor. In 1985, Tony graduated from ESI's Executive Protection Program and continued on to become a Certified Firearms Instructor under John Farnum.

While Tony's firearms training responsibilities with ESI grew, he served as an instructor in Farnum's Defense Training International. He traveled extensively with Farnum as a consulting firearms instructor for a number of police agencies. In addition, Tony trained under the late Lance Webber, the former head of the Roaring Fork Valley Joint Law Enforcement Training Association, and received Firearms Instructor Certification from Dick Barber of Barber Consulting Inc. In 1991, Tony was appointed by Dick Barber as Head Instructor of ESI's Tactical Ranges that included Protective Detail Drills and Single Shooter/Multiple Target section. In 1995, Tony was granted certification as a Security Consultant by the Colorado Board of Higher Education. Tony has taught for ESI in a number of locations in the U.S. and in Mexico.

Simultaneously, Tony Pagni gained a national reputation as a competitive shooter in three different types of firearms. When ESI's Director of Firearms Training, Dick Barber, retired in 1999, Officer Pagni was the logical choice to fill the position. He has since become a Certified Firearms Instructor with the National Rifle Association, and a certified Armorer. Tony Pagni remains committed to excellence in the area of firearms and shooting instruction.

Officer Pagni has worked in law enforcement as a full-time police officer since 1997. In 2008, Tony changed departments, and is now working for the New Castle Police Department. He was P.O.S.T. certified in 1994. He is instructor for his agency’s fire arms training, defensive tactics and ASP Tactical Baton. Tony’s experience also includes service as the lead officer in his department’s Tactical Insertion Team and he served with joint tactical operations with Trident Drug Task Force and DEA.

Todd Haller
Senior Shooting Instructor

Todd Haller began teaching for ESI as a Senior Shooting Instructor in 2004. He is a Patrol/Training Sergeant with the Snowmass Village Police Department and has been in law enforcement since 1995. Todd is the Training Director for the Roaring Fork Regional multi-agency firearms, arrest control, use of force, and driving training programs. Todd has been a firearms instructor since 2001 in Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun and Select Fire weapons.

Todd has been a Colorado POST Lead Firearms Instructor since 2004 and currently teaching Firearms, Rapid Response, Search/Entry techniques, Use of Force and Arrest Control at the Colorado Mountain College Law Enforcement Academy.

Todd taught and competed in firearms across the nation as part of the Safariland Shooting School and as a guest instructor at the yearly Action Target Law Enforcement Training Camp. In addition, he is an Instructor Trainer for the Colorado POST Handgun Instructor classes for the County Sheriff’s of Colorado Association.

PSD Protective Operations Instructors

Bruce Carleton, Tactical Medic,
Combatives Instructor

Portland, Maine Fire Department
SERE  Combatives Consultant

Bruce Carleton is a career paramedic/firefighter with the Portland, Maine Fire Department. He has worked in urban EMS systems for over 23 years and has a wealth of hands on experience dealing with pre-hospital trauma care. Additionally he is a Tactical Medic with the Portland Police Department's SWAT team, and is an accomplished firearms instructor. He is a noted instructor in EMS, and has taught various EMS topics throughout the country.

Bruce is a graduate of the intense casualty care tactical medical program of the nationally rated International School of Tactical Medicine (ISTM) in Palm Springs, California. In addition, Bruce is a certified technician by the Center for Tactical Medicine, Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support Program (CONTOMS and a Certified Tactical Combat Casualty Care Provider (TCCC), Emergency Medical Technician – Tactical (EMT-T) as well as an Instructor in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS).

Beginning in 2010, Bruce became a Guest Combatives Instructor at the U.S. Navy S.E.R.E. (Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion) School, in Rangeley, Maine. Bruce teaches the elite troops at S.E.R.E. a unique version of Stand-Up Grappling. He is a student of longtime Carlson Gracie black belt, Julio Fernandez. He is an active and successful competitor and coach in submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events, including winning gold medals at the 2002 Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition. Bruce is also a student of UFC veteran and world rated Vale Tudo, and champion, Mike Brown as well as a judge for the recently recognized M.M.A. tournaments in the state of Maine. He is constantly in demand as a defensive tactics instructor and has developed an innovative approach to training and teaching defensive tactics in realistic combative fighting. He has taught numerous police departments, SWAT teams, and EMS units his unique blend of subject control principles and tactics.

Bruce completed Basic and Advanced Crisis Negotiation Courses with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in preparation that he will become his EMS departments principal hostage negotiator. Bruce developed and taught ESI's first responder medical course to resident students for several years and he is a Senior Instructor in ESI’s PSD Combatives and Tactical Med programs. Between 1994 and 2009, Bruce was invited to Mexico to provide medical training for the governor’s protective detail and wealthy industrialists. He is also a lifetime martial artist, accomplished in several martial art disciplines. Bruce currently lives in a suburb of Portland, Maine and he has two sons and the family dog, an Akita.

Executive Security International, Ltd.

715 Horizon Drive Suite 301

Grand Junction, Co 81506


743 Horizon Drive Ste. 200-A
Grand Junction, CO 81506

Phone: 1-800-874-0888