JIM MCGUFFEY, M.A., CPP, PSP, PCI
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, VSM and an ARCOM medal. He then served eight years as a police officer where he earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Jim then joined the Armored Car industry as a supervisor where he earned a Master’s 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, Financial Controllers, District Managers, Transportation Managers, Coin Managers, Currency Processing Managers, ATM Managers, and Training Managers.
During 26-year tenure in the security/logistics/transportation industry, Jim was responsible for managing and protecting assets at 50 high risk facilities, several-thousand armed guards and 1,000 armored vehicles. It is his profit & loss experience that separates him from other consultants and helped him realize the importance of recommending cost effective security measures to mitigate risk by balancing security and safety with productivity.
As a Regional Director/VP, Jim has 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. Coin-processing was a manufacturing business utilizing Brinks technology. Raw coins were picked up in bags at various financial institutions and returned to Brink’s Coin Centers, where the coins were verified and dumped into large processing machines patented by Brink’s. As coins passed through the machines, plastic was 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, New York Times and other Canadian and US news media and publications. He is considered a global expert in the security risk assessment process and is Vice President for the Charleston Region and Board Member for South Carolina Infra-Guard, an FBI sponsored organization where critical infrastructure private sectors share best practices to protect against terrorist and criminal attacks.
Jim is one of approximately 220 security professionals world-wide to hold all three ASIS Board Certifications in Security Management, Physical Security and Investigations which are accredited by American National Standards Institute under ISO/IEC 17024: 2012 and ISO. In addition, CPP, PCI and PSP are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) for college credit and CPP has received the SAFETY Act Designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Jim has served as staff and lead instructor for 55 Antiterrorism Administration Assistance (ATA) courses, training federal, state, local law enforcement and private security professionals in the following countries, visiting many on multiple occasions: Afghanistan, Egypt, Columbia, Jordan, Mexico, India, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Pakistan, Philippines, Tunisia, Jamaica, Qatar, Chad, Niger, Mauritania, India, Senegal, Argentina, Indonesia, Yemen, Libya and Saudi Arabia Kingdom.
As part of the ATA Program, Jim has supervised security risk assessments in the aforementioned parts of the world at the following facilities: Water Treatment Plant, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals, Electric Power Plants, Hotels, Malls (13 stories), Hospital, Sports Stadiums, Secretary of Energy facility, Secretary of Interior facility, Military Training Centers, Department of Interior facility, National Police Headquarters, 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 and numerous government critical infrastructures.
Jim continues to serve 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 served as a consultant for numerous financial institutions and capital investors considering investing or acquisitions of security companies.