Meet Our Team
Co-founder / President / CEO
Mr. Robinson has nearly 20 years of both military and civilian experience conducting intelligence analysis, security planning, and military operations. Co-founder and CEO of Tactical Intelligence International, Mr. Robinson has personally performed comprehensive risk analyses, vulnerability assessments, and security operations in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Central Africa. Mr. Robinson has been contracted by the United States Army, Marine Corps, and Federal Agencies including the FBI to develop courses of instruction in counter-terrorism, high-threat PSD, underwater security, anti-piracy, and surveillance / counter-surveillance.
As an Intelligence Officer, Dave’s Navy tours included the Intelligence Directorates (N2/J2) at SEAL Team 2, United States Central Command, DIA, and the Pentagon, as well as two U.S. Navy warships. He has been deployed multiple times, most recently conducting reconnaissance missions and maritime intercept operations in Somalia and the Arabian Gulf. Dave has been featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 for his initiative in Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy, and regularly performs as a keynote speaker.
Professional Licenses, certifications and skills: Certified Strategic Debriefer, Pilots License, Florida Private Investigator’s License, Florida Firearms License, Advanced Open Water Scuba Certified, American Sailing Association certifications. Dave also speaks French and Spanish, and holds an active Top Secret / SCI security clearance.
Schools: Dave earned a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University with a double major in Foreign Affairs and Political Science. He has completed advanced courses in Intelligence Studies including the Defense Strategic Debriefing Course, Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Course, Expeditionary Warfare Intelligence Course, and the CENTCOM Collection Managers Course.
Chief Operations Officer
As TII’s Chief Operations Officer, Commander Matt “Smoker” Robinson oversees all company operations, ensuring quality control and business practice efficiency. Matt is former Naval Aviator with over 20 years of military service, conducting deployments to Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. He has over 500 carrier landings on 10 different aircraft carriers, and has been recognized as the U.S. Navy’s Pilot Instructor of the Year. Matt recently returned from a deployment as the Officer in Charge of a UAV squadron at a forward operating base in Regional Command East, Afghanistan.
Matt previously worked for Lockheed Martin as the Lead Systems Engineer for the F-35 Pilot Training Project, successfully leading a $635 million development program. He has extensive experience as a Project Manager for both commercial and government clients worldwide, successfully executing over 50 defense contracts awarded by the U.S. Military and Department of Homeland Security. Matt is currently the Commanding Officer of his reserve unit at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL.
Schools: Commander Robinson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
Corporate Security Director
Mr. Gould has nearly 20 years of security-related experience, providing executive protection for some of the world’s highest profile executives, celebrities, and government officials. He has an extensive background planning, organizing, and leading security details in Russia, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States. Other responsibilities have included Shift Leader and Agent in Charge (AIC) of high and low profile security details, facilitating logistics operations, instructing tactical training exercises, and conducting security assessments for large corporations, small businesses, and private clients estates. Tim recently concluded a contract providing close protection for the Founder / CEO of a major social networking website. A former Security Specialist with the US Air Force, Mr. Gould has been TII’s Corporate Security Director since 2005.
Professional licenses, certifications, and skills: Florida Private Investigator’s license, Florida & New Hampshire Firearms license, Advanced First Responder medicine, CPR & AED certified. Tim is also a two-time Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, avid hiker, tennis player, and an advanced level snow skier.
Schools: ESI Advanced Executive Protection Academy, Vance Tactical Security Academy, DeBeckers’ PSD Academy.
Johnny Beltran is a former Navy SEAL and decorated combat veteran who served in Afghanistan and Asia in support of the Global War on Terror. As a SEAL he functioned in critical leadership positions such as platoon point man, department head for the Intelligence, and Special Reconnaissance (SR) platoons cells, and the special activities cell.
While deployed, John conducted numerous Direct Action assaults and SR operations against both Taliban and Al-Qaeda insurgents. Additionally he assisted in developing new technology to improve the tactics for long-range reconnaissance operations. In 2002, he was awarded the Purple Heart for a life-threatening gunshot wound he sustained in Afghanistan during a firefight with insurgents.
John has provided tactical training and security consulting to Military and Law Enforcement SWAT teams in the US and internationally. He has performed as a lead instructor for TII in tactical marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat, and high-threat PSD operations. Units trained include the Army’s 3rd ID, 4th ID, and the US Coast Guard’s International Training Division. He additionally served as the Lead Instructor for the U.S. Navy EOD Combat Skills division.
Over the last five years John has successfully migrated his skills from the Special Operations community, and applied them to the professional business world, consulting on new technology, product development, and marketing. With the recent acquisition of a Value Added Reseller Agreement by TII for the ProHawk video enhancement system, John continues to provide technology and training solutions to government and corporate clients, helping to keep America one step ahead.
Don Weiss, Senior Chief SEAL (Ret)
Mr. Weiss has more than 20 years of service as a U.S. Navy SEAL operator, including Operations Chief at United States Special Operations Command, and Training Officer at Naval Special Warfare Unit One in Guam. Don was responsible for the installation and administration of IDS/Access Control hardware and software, and wrote the Command Physical Security and AT/FP Instruction for NSWU One, governing day-to-day security operations. He has 11 years of experience conducting security surveys and facility assessments worldwide with USSOCOM’s Integrated Survey Program/Regional Survey Teams (ISP/RST). In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing and conducting contingency surveys in foreign countries, liaising with various law enforcement and government agencies (e.g. MCIA, DoS, NCIS) to ensure requirements and standards are met. Don is a certified Company Security Officer (CSO) and maintains a current Top Secret / SCI security clearance.
Professional Courses and Certifications: Don is a Certified Facility Security Officer, Company Security Officer, and Vessel Security Officer, as well as an Emergency First Response Instructor. He possess his Captain’s License, and is a PADI Open Water Diver Instructor.
Schools: Don received a BS degree in Business Management from Regents University in New York, 1999.
Jeff Ogborn, CSEIP
Mr. Ogborn is a U.S. Navy veteran, with over 20 years of security-related experience, Project Management, and Systems Engineering. Jeff has performed for TII as a Protection Specialist, Counter-Terrorism instructor and Security Operator since 2008. He has provided protective services to high-net-worth clients, and conducted security assessments, planning and training to ports and commercial vessels operating in High Risk Waters. Jeff has further provided waterborne security operations and training for Law Enforcement Agencies and Marine Patrol units nationwide, including Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, San Francisco PD, and the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Ogborn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and has numerous certifications for electronic security systems including intrusion detection, access control, and CCTV cameras.
Professional Licenses, Certifications, and Skills: SATCOM and Wireless Tech: HUGHES PES, Direct Way, Okimo, Gilat, Avigilon, Trango, and MicroTek. Access Control: HIRSCH Access Control, LENEL Systems, Radionics, DSC, ADEMCO / Honeywell Systems, Diebold – LYNX, Matrix Access Control, Keri Systems. Intrusion and Fire: DSC, ADEMCO, Radionics, Silent Knight, Moose, ITI, Caddx, Paradox, Fire Lite, Silent Knight, Gentex, EST. CCTV: Pelco, Honeywell, Vicon, DynaPel, Dedicated Micro, Verint, I3, ONSSI, Genetec, AGENTVI, Mate USA Digital Recording- Command Control Systems, ONSSI, Genetec, Intelli Site, ORSUS, iMAP
Schools: BS in Electrical Engineering from the Cleveland Electrical Institute, and an AA in Criminal Justice.
Ben has over 10 years of experience working with the DoD and Private Security sectors, with a focus on training, physical security, and vulnerability assessments. He has deployed multiple times to austere locations including the Middle East and South America, as well as numerous at sea deployments providing vessel security aboard commercial ships transiting high-risk waters. Ben was the Assistant Team Leader on a US Department of State contract supporting humanitarian operations in Bolivia, Peru, conducting site security surveys and PSD operations in areas of civil unrest. He further provided physical security and personnel escort duties, working alongside U.S. military personnel at a forward operating base in Northern Afghanistan. Ben has provided courses of instruction in combatives to Army’s 101st Airborne Division and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and is one of TII’s primary self-defense and hand-to-hand combat instructors.
Schools: Ben has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Intelligence Studies from American Military University, with advanced certifications in Intelligence. He is a certified protection specialist, weapons instructor, and Florida Licensed Private Investigator.
Karl J. Gannon, LtCol USMC (Ret)
Federal & DoD Support
Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) Gannon served for 23 years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, completing his final tour with the Marine Corp’s Training and Education Command as the Ground Combat Standards Branch Head and Assistant Chief of Staff / G6. LtCol Gannon has served as an Infantry Officer as well as a Communications and Information Systems Officer, holding multiple billets and Commands in both Military Occupational Specialties. LtCol Gannon served in both OIF and OEF.
During his final tour, LtCol Gannon led the Marine Corps’ effort in the Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) initiative; designed to improve the ability of small unit leaders across the MAGTF to improve their intuitive ability to assess, decide, and act while operating in a more decentralized manner. From the SUDM effort he assisted in the Marine Corps’ development of the Infantry Squad Leaders Small Unit Leader Course (ISULC) and Infantry Squad Leader Training Continuum. LtCol Gannon is also contributing author to the “Making Good Instructors Great (MGIG) USMC Cognitive Readiness and Instructor Professionalization Initiatives” subsequently awarded best paper at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2012. LtCol Gannon later oversaw the program management of the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program, designed by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and implemented at the Marine Corps Schools of Infantry as a non-material solution to counter-IED and counter-sniper training. Combat Hunter trains Marines to observe, profile, and locate dangerous targets.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, LtCol Gannon oversaw the project management of a number of DoD contracts supporting the United States Marine Corps, the Under Secretary of Defense for Plans and Readiness and the Office of Naval Research. He currently provides Federal Contract and Training Program support to Tactical Intelligence International.
Schools: LtCol Gannon is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Ciara.
Royce de Melo
Regional Sales Director / Security Specialist
Mr. de Melo is an ex-member of 4 Royal Canadian Regiment Light Infantry, with experience in Central America, the Middle East for 20 years, and several years in sub-Saharan Africa. His professional areas of expertise include security management (e.g. nationwide operations in Iraq), close protection (CP), procurements and sourcing, training projects, country risk assessments, and hostage negotiation. Mr. de Melo has worked in varying capacities supporting high-threat security and humanitarian efforts in volatile environments throughout the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. In the early 90s, Mr. de Melo was the only reporter/analyst to ever be embedded with Egypt’s Mukhabarat (Secret Police).
Mr. de Melo has carried out security and intelligence analyses, internal investigations, and close protection in both low and high-risk zones for small companies and multi-billion dollar corporations as a senior consultant. He has performed as an adviser in the successful handling of hostage situations and negotiations in the Middle East and Africa.
Harry Evans, MSgt USMC (Ret)
Harry is retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant who holds an MS in Criminal Justice and has decades of experience in domestic and international law enforcement, in addition to his current assignment as the Lead Profiling SME Instructor for the Marine Corps Combat Hunter Program at the Marine Corps Schools of Infantry at Camp Lejeune, NC and Camp Pendleton, CA. As a Law Enforcement Professional (LEP), Evans has worked with Afghan National Police and Afghan Government officials as a Battalion LEP and as the Investigative and Surveillance Unit (ISU) LEP in Afghanistan, a clandestine law enforcement unit comprised of local Afghans. In those roles, Evans investigated fraud/corruption/criminal acts committed by Afghan National Police and other Afghan Government Officials, preparing cases for prosecution by the Afghan Ministry of Interior. Additionally, Evans investigated insurgent/terrorist cells, provided risk analyses, instructed and accompanied US Marines during collection and processing of physical evidence, and provided training in criminal investigation to the Afghan National Police and the Afghan Border Police.
Prior to his work in Afghanistan, Evans served in Jacksonville, NC, as Patrol Officer, Narcotics/Vice Investigator in Special Operations Division, and Detective in Criminal Investigations, where he specialized as a Field Training Officer, Gang Investigator, Homicide Investigator, Sex Crimes Investigator, Police Academy Instructor, Fraud Investigator, and Internal Affairs Investigator.
As a Combat Hunter Instructor, Evans provided instruction in Combat Profiling and Combat Tracking for all Combat Hunter (CH) courses, and is the Combat Profiling Lead/SME for the USMC Combat Hunter Program. In this role, Evans supports the continued development and refinement of CH curricula, media, and doctrine and assists in the research of current and emerging enemy Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures. Evans also provides instruction on all Combat Hunter topics to Marine and contracted civilian instructors at both Schools of Infantry located at Camp Lejeune, NC and Camp Pendleton, CA. Evans currently instructs and develops Situational Awareness / Predictive Profiling for the DoD Ministry of Defense Advisors (MoDA), Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW), and the DoD Educational Activity (DoDEA) programs.