Jim joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18, serving 3 years, receiving an Honorable Discharge with the rank of E-5, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and an ARCOM medal. He served eight years as a police officer where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Jim then joined the Armored Car industry as a supervisor, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Management, serving 26 years (22-Brinks’ and 4-Loomis) with a total of 20-years in senior level field positions of Area General Manager, District Manager and Regional Director/Regional Vice President. Jim had full P&L responsibility up to $100 million with direct reports including: Loss Prevention Managers, Human Resource Managers, Account Executives, Branch Managers, Controllers, District Managers, Transportation Managers, Coin Managers, Currency Processing Managers, ATM Managers, and Training Managers.  

During his 26-year tenure in the security/logistics/transportation industry, Jim was responsible for managing and protecting critical assets at 50 facilities, several-thousand armed guards and 1,000 armored vehicles. It is his profit & loss experience that benefits an organization when recommending cost effective security measures to mitigate risk, by balancing security and safety with productivity. 

As a Regional Director/VP, Jim had responsibility for all businesses within his region which included: Cash-in-Transit, Coin Processing/Manufacturing, Vaulting Services, ATM Services, Air Courier Services, and Currency Processing Services. Coin-processing is a manufacturing business utilizing Brink’s technology. Raw coins were picked up in bags at various financial institutions and returned to Brink’s Coin Centers, where the coins are verified and transferred into large processing machines, patented by Brink’s. As coins pass through these machines, plastic is melted and wrapped around individuals coin packages and placed inside cardboard boxes where coin centers would verify and package millions of wraps daily for distribution to stores and other customers. 

Jim has been interviewed on security loss events by Good Morning America, CNN HLN, ABC, CBS, New York Times and Canadian and US news media and publications. He is considered a global expert in the security risk assessment process.

Jim is one of approximately 350 security professionals world-wide, holding three ASIS Board Certifications in Security Management, Physical Security and Investigations, accredited by the Department of Homeland Security, the American National Standards Institute, under ISO/IEC 17024: 2012 and International Standards Organization (ISO). In addition, CPP, PCI and PSP are recognized by the American Council on Education (A.C.E.) for college credit and CPP Certification received the SAFETY Act Designation, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Jim has served as both staff and lead instructor since 2012 for 70 Antiterrorism Administration Assistance (ATA) courses, training federal, state, local law enforcement, military and private security professionals in the following countries on multiple occasions: Afghanistan, Egypt, Columbia, Jordan, Mexico, India, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, Jamaica, Qatar, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, India, Senegal, Indonesia, Argentina, Indonesia, Yemen (taught in Jordan), Libya, Bahrain and in the USA, for Saudi Arabia Kingdom. 

As part of the ATA Program, Jim has supervised security risk assessments at the following facilities: Water Treatment Plants, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals, Electric Power Plants, Hotels, Malls, Hospital, Sports Stadiums, Secretary of Energy facility, Secretary of Interior facility, Military Training Centers, Department of Interior facility, National Police Headquarters, a National Control Center for Energy, a National Communications Center, a Government School (ages 5-18), a Mosque, Churches, a National Art Museum, Airports, a Commercial Shipping Pier, a Police College, an International Expo Center, Government Communications Center and other critical infrastructures. 

Jim has been a member of InfraGard since 2013, assuming the role of President, South Carolina InfraGard Member Alliance on August 21, 2022. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.

Jim has served as an expert witness for the security industry, retained by both defense and plaintiff attorneys and organizations in the U.S., Canada, and South America to provide expert opinions in security cases pending litigation and for security training. He has also served as a consultant for numerous financial institutions and capital investors, seeking to  invest or conduct acquisitions of global security companies.  

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Jim McGuffey, M.A., CPP, PSP, CPI
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