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Joseph M. Saponaro, President and CEO

Joseph M. Saponaro

President, principal and CEO

• Founder of Elite Investigations Ltd.
• 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

Gary Weksler

Executive Vice President, principal and COO

• Founder of Elite Investigations Ltd.
• 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

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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

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Senior Vice President

• 35 years of security industry experience
• Certified Protection Professional (CPP – by ASIS International) President and 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

Ken Grossberger

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

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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.

Ali Badiane is VP Of Finance

Ali Badiane

VP of Finance

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

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

AVP of Sales & Marketing

Security Guard & Investigative Services