Obsidian Strategies is a top-tier security consulting and threat mitigation firm. Our team has over 100 years of combined experience in the areas of risk management and threat protection.
After working for decades in the areas of Military Intelligence, Special Operations, and Federal and local Law Enforcement, we founded a consulting firm to put our experience to work for you.
We exist to provide you with innovative, threat protection needs by getting to know you, your operation, your protocols, and your procedures as well as studying your individual culture and philosophy through a sensory based, custom-tailored approach.
Every year billions of dollars are spent dealing with the aftermath of tragic events that with proper mitigation strategies could have been minimized or even eliminated. Obsidian Strategies offers a unique approach to a multitude of risks and threats; from terrorism, criminal activity and internal violence to asset and property protection, or to disaster preparedness. Utilizing the Obsidian team's quantifiable expertise and experience you can protect the lives and property of your company, your home and family, or institution’s people as well as lower your exposure to the financial risk associated with the threats in our world today. Obsidian’s goal is to maximize your control and lower your risk to threats and help you plan for minimum impact in the event you must react.
• An Inside-Out Approach – As every problem is unique, so is every solution. Obsidian’s professional team gets to know you, your enterprise, or home environment before they make an assessment that will deal precisely and specifically with the threats and risks that affect you.
• Customized Solutions for All Budgets – Different price structures for government, non-profit, faith-based, commercial facilities, or personal and private residences.
• Dynamic Follow Through Service – Up to one year after your assessment, if your risk factors shift, we will re-asses your threat paradigms and make an addendum or changes to the assessment, at no cost to you.
• “Fusion” Planning Concept – Obsidian has an aggregate of 100 years in planning and executing joint, multi-discipline operations in the Military, Law Enforcement, and training environments. The Obsidian assessment method takes into account our multi-faceted experience, intelligence and data analysis/collection capability, and all hazard/all threat risk matrix.
• Develop and Provide Training – Post-assessment, Obsidian Team Members provide training to your employees, or family members, in “best practice” methods to secure your facility or home. Weather that is active shooter/lockdown procedures, or personally-tailored practical "table top" exercises, we ensure every client has not only the tools, but the training as well.
• Global Perspective, Multi-Cultural Sensitivity and Understanding – The Obsidian Team possesses In-house linguistic capabilities (Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew).
The strategies and solutions we create for our clients are based on years of experiences forged in the crucible of warfare and law enforcement. The results we produce are functionally precise and help our clients form a sound security plan to protect what matters most.
STUART - Chief Executive Officer
Stuart co-founded Obsidian Strategies after developing an expansive and successful 20 years of elite experience in high threat environments. Stuart sets himself apart as a demonstrated expert and consummate professional in all facets of mission planning, organizing, managing, and executing complex security operations in global threat situations. He has international experience which encompasses real-world applications operationally, strategically, and tactically within the fields of military and law enforcement operations.
Stuart developed his military expertise while serving in Special Operations as an Officer assigned to one of the highest priority combat units in the military. Stuart has led troops in intense combat situations, training, and Counter-terror tactics. His solid reputation and elite experience is known internationally among Special Operators and is highly regarded, revered, and respected.
Stuart has spent a decade developing, perfecting, and enhancing a comprehensive aviation security training program for a major part 121 air carrier. This work has become a national model for integrated, behavioral-based crew member security programs throughout US commercial aviation.
Stuart has been an active duty law enforcement officer assigned to Homeland Security and Counter-terror duties in one of the nation’s most notorious violent crime cities. During his Law Enforcement career he was tasked to stand up a Criminal Intelligence Unit for his agency which collects, analyzes, and mitigates threat information while operating within the federal and state intelligence and counterterrorism frameworks.
As a result of his extensive experience in the security and counterterrorism fields, Stuart is highly sought after as a regular instructor and speaker on the topics of limited signature operations, urban and covert surveillance, aviation security, crew member self-defense, rapid-cognition and behavioral assessment, threat mitigation and risk management, psychology and history of terrorism, and counterterrorism.
Stuart has professional experience conducting executive protective services, including having performed protective details for multiple Presidents of the United States, Prime Ministers of Israel, as well as other high profile politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities.
Stuart is fluent in three languages and has conducted threat assessments and protection operations in North America, South America, Asia, and the Middle East since 1990.
PHILLIP - Chief Financial Officer
Phillip is a highly decorated veteran police officer with over 20 years of experience in one of the most violent crime cities in America. He spent over a decade assigned to a Special Operations Tactical Unit, serving as the Team Leader and Primary Instructor. He has extensive experience in High Risk Entry, Hostage Rescue, Barricaded Persons, Dignitary Protection, Homeland Security and Risk Management.
Phillip is certified as a breaching instructor, firearms instructor, tactics instructor, and has held classes for his agency’s Organized Crime Unit where he developed a Mechanical Breaching Course, which earned law enforcement educational accreditation. Additionally, Phillip has instructed law enforcement in the use and deployment of less-lethal munitions and diversionary devices. As a Special Operations Team Leader, Phillip worked closely with incoming dignitaries and U.S. Secret Service agents to conduct site assessments and venue security. Phillip has worked private protection security as detail leader, advance agent and personal protection officer to provide protection for elected officials, high profile celebrities and business executives. In 2014 and again in 2016, Phillip was assigned to his department's Office of Homeland Security Unit as a Detective where he investigated criminal activity involving Domestic and International Terrorism, Sovereign Citizen movement, and specific hate groups. Additionally, as a Detective for Homeland Security he worked closely with other local law enforcement agencies, along with state and federal agencies in the areas of counter-terrorism and dignitary protection.
Phillip was promoted to Lieutenant after having been assigned to a specialized violent crimes unit. While working closely with federal law enforcement and the United States Attorney's Office, many violent offenders have faced federal prosecution and conviction.
His commendations include being the Special Operations Officer of the Year - 2012, and earned a Medal of Valor - 2013.
MICHELLE - Chief Training Officer
Michelle is a career instructor. She has over 23 years experience of teaching in inner city Metropolitan schools, and private curriculum. She graduated with honors to earn a Master's Degree in Instructional Effectiveness. In her career as a professional educator, she has pioneered individual specialized curriculum to precisely align effective learning objectives with long-term, measurable results, including special needs learners.
Outside of the classroom, Michelle has been assigned to train the entire Metropolitan school district of a major Tennessee city. She retains multiple certifications in the field of Education, including multiple titles of "Highly Qualified" under the No Child Left Behind Federal Education standards.
Whether developing specialized curriculum, helping align organizational goals, or creating custom-tailored training plans for your organization, team, or family, you can trust Michelle's two decades of proven effectiveness.
RON - Chief Legal Counsel
Mr. Kerr is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law (JD), Vanderbilt University School of Business (MBA), and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He has 25 years of legal and business experience concentrated in Real Estate and small business operations. Mr. Kerr is a retired Captain in the United States Navy Reserve with 30 years of experience in the Intelligence Community.
Ron’s career as an Intelligence Officer has included assignments to Special Operations commands, the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense staff, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and Joint Operational Commands throughout the Intelligence Community. His wealth of Intelligence experience, coupled with his business background and legal expertise, makes Ron an invaluable asset to the Obsidian Strategies team.
- Threat, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessments
- Threat Mitigation Planning
- Emergency Action Planning
- Active Shooter Planning and Response
- Workplace Violence Prevention
- Home and Family Protection
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