Richard Podkowski – Chief Security Officer
Chief Security Officer and founder Richard Podkowski has over twenty years of federal law enforcement experience gained as a Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. His domestic assignments include the protection and coordination of advance security plans for U.S. Presidents, senior government officials, and foreign heads of state. He also had numerous assignments protecting U.S. and foreign officials in various international venues. Richard is a fluent Polish speaker.
He also has extensive investigative experience with organized criminal enterprise, financial critical infrastructure investigations, Homeland Security, and other protective intelligence initiatives. His domestic duty station assignments included Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
Richard was also a Senior Criminal Investigator assigned to a special EPA Office of the Inspector General investigative task force in 2012. The task force was comprised of former federal Special Agents reactivated to investigate potential frauds involving stimulus funding by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Corporate Security Experience & Risk Mitigation
Richard has extensive corporate security experience as a senior management member of the global corporate security team with the Altria Group, Inc., a Fortune 100 corporation, formerly known as Philip Morris USA.
It allowed him to achieve success with domestic and international initiatives that included corporate and criminal investigations, compliance and due diligence investigations, HR support, consumer product brand protection, supply chain security, executive and event protection, and other corporate enterprise security responsibilities. He also provided strategic enterprise risk mitigation assessments of corporate facilities, transportation operations, and corporate assets. He formulated strategic policies and protocols to protect the corporate enterprise.
High Value Consumer Products
His investigative responsibilities within the tobacco and high value consumer products industry included anti-counterfeiting strategies, black market, stolen, and illegally imported contraband products, and illicit trafficking.
Currently, Stillwater Consultants is providing strategic consulting services in the emerging legalized cannabis industry. Stillwater has the insights and skills to provide complete enterprise risk mitigation and operational security strategies.
Stillwater Consultants has developed both domestic and international resources that will deliver proven results to Stillwater clients with value and integrity. Richard is an active member of professional security and law enforcement organizations including:
- ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security)
- ATAP (Association of Threat Assessment Professionals)
- Midwest Cargo Theft Unit Task Force and similar other regional task forces
- Freightwatch International
- Fraternal Order of Police
- Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service
Model of Global Security Services
The Stillwater model of global security services is based on superior qualifications, experience, and industry insights. Strategic partners who are dedicated active and former career law enforcement and corporate security professionals supplement Stillwater’s capabilities.
Our collective experience comes from career achievements in both law enforcement and the private sector. Stillwater strategic partners include former executive police officials who served with major metropolitan police departments and federal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Local and state law enforcement and regulatory agency liaison relationships extend the reach of Stillwater’s capabilities.
Chicago Based Risk Management
& Security Services
Stillwater professional risk management and security services are based in Chicago and are regionally available for client consultation throughout the U.S. International client engagements are strategically developed and coordinated in Chicago.
Stillwater Consultants, LLC is licensed and insured in the State of Illinois.
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