Executive Team

Security Company in Yonkers, New York

Joseph M. Saponaro

President and CEO

Founder of Elite Investigations
Certified International Investigator
Board certified in International Investigations
FBI Citizens Academy Graduate
Industry leader in Private Investigations
New York State licensed Private Investigator
New Jersey licensed Private Detective

Gary Weksler

Executive Vice President

Founder of Elite Investigations
Retired Lieutenant, New York City Police Department
Nationally recognized law enforcement & security Professional
Expert in retail Loss Preventions
Expert in security guard operations
New York State licensed Private Investigator
New Jersey licensed Private Detective

Michael Smith

Senior Vice President

35 years of security industry experience
CEO of Griffin Security Services
Expert in:
Security Guard operations
Risk and Crisis Management
Public Safety
Loss Prevention
Workplace Violence
Internal Audit Controls
Access Control

Jacqueline Martinez

Corporate Counsel

JD, New York Law School
Licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey
Vice President for Human Resources, Elite Investigations, 2015-2018
Founder & Executive Director, Sentient Law Group, PC
Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Administration - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
BA - English Literature, St. Peter's University

Kenneth J. Grossberger

Vice President And Chief Consultant

Security industry executive, consultant and owner for 43 years
Experience as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Master of Science in Protection Management, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Master's in criminal justice, City University of New York
Certified Protection Professional (CPP) - board certified in security management
PhD Candidate- Criminal Justice - City University of New York Graduate Center
Professor - Public Administration and Criminal Justice departments - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Chairperson, Executive Committee - Workers Compensation industry safety group - New York State Insurance Find
Published author - criminal justice and security management journals
New York State Licensed Private Investigator
New York State certified General Topics Security Instructor

Chuck Garelick

Vice President, Special Event Services

Security industry executive and owner for 40 years
BA in Fire Science and Emergency - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York City Certified Fire Safety Director
New York State certified General Topics Security Instructor
Nationally recognized expert in special event security, access and crowd control procedures & security operations.
Personal protection services expert
Personal security advisor to internationally known models, many high-profile clients in the entertainment industry and the corporate world both nationwide and internationally.

Alioune Badiane

VP of Finance, Controller

Mr. Badiane currently serves as Elite Investigations. Comptroller. In this capacity Mr. Badiane is responsible for coordinating and managing all of Elite Investigations. accounting functions. Mr. Badiane is also responsible for the development of accounting strategies to assist our clients.

Mr. Badiane has earned both a Bachelors degree and Masters degree in Accounting / Economics from Saint Peters College, Jersey City, New Jersey. He has received various academic honors including Deans List at Saint Peters College 2004-06 and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Mr. Badianes experience in the Accounting / Economics field includes working as a member of the audit staff at a regional accounting firm where his focus was preparing and reviewing clients business compliance with prescribed accounting practices. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Badiane also served as Business Administrator for a Charter School in New Jersey. His main goal at the institution was to create and implement all facets of the school’s financial structure. With proper preparation, he was able to successfully execute a plan for the school.

Luis Pere Rodriguez

Vice President - Southeastern Region

25 years' experience as an executive in the security industry
BA - Business Administration, minor in Marketing - Universidad Politechnica de Puerto Rico
Associate Degrees in Criminology and Business Finance - Instituto De Educación Universal
Expert in security facilities management, seaport security operations and special investigations
Expert in awareness programs, asset protection evaluations and special activities planning

Nancy Valencia

Assistant Vice President

AVP, Sales & Marketing 2020 – Present
Director, Business Development 2019 -2020
Licensed NYS Private Investigator
Licensed in NY Real Estate & Property Management
Brand Ambassador, 2013-2016
BA, Marketing, Baruch College

Jose Valle

AVP of Operations

Valeria Magana


Robert Jones

Director of Operations

General Manager Northeast Region, Elite Investigations, January 2018 - November 2020
Security Industry Since 2009 with Managerial and Executive Experience
Retired NYPD Sergeant - 26 years of experience
Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
Master of Science in Protection Management - Emergency Management Specialization
Certified Basic Life Support CPR / AED / FIRST AID American Heart Association Instructor
New York State Certified General Topics Security Instructor
Fire Life Safety Director Certification (T-89)
Offices across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida Virginia, Maryland, Puerto Rico and Serving Nationwide.