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Todd Wilcox, Executive Chairman

Todd Wilcox

Executive Chairman

Todd Wilcox is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Defense. He founded Patriot Defense in 2005 with the purpose of Serving those who defend America®. Todd is a decorated combat veteran, former CIA case officer and a successful entrepreneur and business leader.

Prior to 2005, Todd Wilcox served as an Arabic-speaking CIA Field Operations Officer (C/O) focused on the Middle East and Counterterrorism issues. His last assignment before founding Patriot Defense was as the CIA Liaison Officer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force – Orlando Office. Todd joined the CIA in 1997 after serving in the U.S. Army. He was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tampa’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program and spent the early part of his military time as a rifle platoon leader in the 101st Airborne Division with a combat tour during Operation Desert Storm. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army Special Forces where he earned the coveted Green Beret. As a Special Forces A-Team commander in 1st Special Forces Group, he served in East Asia where his team was focused on counterterrorism issues.

After serving as Patriot Defense’s Chief Executive Officer for 10 years Todd stepped out of the CEO role to become Executive Chairman in 2015. In this position, Todd leads the company’s vision and oversees the acquisition strategy and subsequent integration of acquired companies. Todd’s professional and business success has been recognized by the induction into the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame, the Wall Street Journal, Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Orlando Business Journal’s Veterans of Influence Award. Todd has served on the board of directors for the National Defense University Foundation, Rand Corporation’s Center for Middle East Public Policy, and the Orlando Economic Partnership. Todd is an active member of the Young Professionals Organization (YPO) and serves as the Treasurer of Business Force, a non-profit political action committee.

Brian Scott, Chief Executive Officer

Brian Scott

Chief Executive Officer

Brian Scott serves as Chief Operating Officer of Patriot Defense Group, which he joined in 2007. Prior to joining Patriot Defense Group, he served over 10 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an Operations Officer (C/O) specializing in the Middle East and Counterterrorism issues serving in six Middle East stations and two Chief of Station assignments during that time.

Mr. Scott joined the CIA after serving two years in the White House as a Special Assistant for Public Liaison on the staff of former President William J. Clinton where he routinely managed outreach and policy events for the President, Vice-President, First Lady, and other senior cabinet members. Brian Scott went to the White House from the U.S. Army where he had progressed to the rank of Captain with assignment highlights including 10th Mountain Division Long Range Surveillance Detachment, a Defense Intelligence Agency assignment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and as 82nd Airborne Division Civil-Military Affairs Chief during a multinational forces and observers peacekeeping mission in Sinai, Egypt.

Mr. Brian Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude from Methodist College with a B.A. in Political Science. He holds memberships in the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and Association of the U.S. Army.

David Vacala, Managing Director of Advanced Tradecraft Training

David Vacala

Managing Director of Advanced Tradecraft Training

David Vacala serves as Managing Director of Advanced Tradecraft Training of Patriot Defense Group, which he joined in 2013. Prior to joining Patriot Defense Group, Mr. Vacala served with the U.S. Government for 30 years, 26 of which were with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an Operations Officer and Senior Operations Manager. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in Russian Civilization. After graduating, Mr. Vacala joined the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as an Intelligence Analyst. In 1987, he joined the CIA as a Career Trainee with the Directorate of Operations, now known as the National Clandestine Service (NCS).

During his career with the NCS, Mr. David Vacala’s overseas assignments included tours of duty in Egypt, Sri Lanka, Germany, India, Nepal, and Iraq. He served as Chief of Base in a priority South Asian country as well as Chief of Station in another South Asian country. Mr. Vacala served two tours as an NCS Field Tradecraft Instructor at the CIA’s Special Training Center.

Upon retirement from the CIA in 2012, Mr. David Vacala was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal by the CIA in recognition of exceptional achievements in support of CIA intelligence and operational missions.

Christopher Berry,

Christopher Berry

Mr. Christopher Berry is the Director of Operations for Patriot Defense Group. Mr. Berry draws on over twenty years of experience in the law enforcement community. Mr. Berry graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 1990. He began his career with the Orlando Police Department and in 2001, became a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force where he remained until his retirement. In 2007, Mr. Berry founded Special Interest Group, LLC as a training and consulting company providing services to various commercial and government entities. In 2013, Mr. Berry joined the Patriot Defense Group.

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