ITG® Consultants, Inc. is a Veteran Owned Small Business, based in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States. We provide a variety of training, consulting and security management services as they relate to security programs pertaining to executive and high risk environment security operations. Three business groups, Training, Consulting and Operations have been established to provide structure for all corporate operations and to serve our clients.
At ITG® we recognize that there are competitors who offer similar Executive Security Assessment Programs under various trade names. However, our staff of professional consultants uses a proven methodology, compiled from over seventy years of experience with protective security operations, ranging from single agent/negligible threat environments to that of Heads of State level, supervising literally hundreds of security agents and complex security functions. We have collectively conducted PSVA®s in varied threat environments on a global basis, including for Heads of State and in High Risk Environments. Our strengths lie in two main areas: (1) With the varied backgrounds of our staff, we’ve seen more than one approach to security problems and have personal experience with what works and what doesn’t; (2) When hiring ITG® you are not just hiring an individual, but rather obtaining the services of a corporation that has a collective support process for both its consultants and its clients. These aspects combine to provide our clients with the best, most cost effective and efficient solutions that can be found in the security market place today.
The staff and faculty consists of a mix of full time and adjunct instructor staff all of whom are dedicated to sharing skills, knowledge and abilities from the coaching and mentoring perspective:
Full Time Staff
- David L. Johnson
- Gale R. Ericksen
- Jake Ashton
- Jennifer K. Ashton
- Ron Bacigalupo
- Ed Castillo
- Gregory W. Faught
- David R. Horsely
- Gordon W. Gray
- Lon Hudson
David L. Johnson, DABSHS, CHS-V
President, ITG® Consultants, Inc.
Mr. Johnson provides executive leadership for ITG® Consultants, Inc., and is responsible for profit and loss, business development and strategic relationships. He also serves as the director of the Operations Group, providing program management and supervision for executive and high risk environment security operations.
Over the last thirty-two years of providing both public and private sector protective services, Mr. Johnson has coordinated Presidential, Cabinet, Ambassadorial, and Senior Executive level protective programs. He has protected political figures and corporate executives in environments with threat levels ranging from negligible to that of imminent assassination attempts by state sponsored terrorist organizations. He has also managed large scale security contracts and operations in Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr. Johnson retired from the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command with over 20 years of military service. His career culminated in being assigned as Chief, Investigative Support for the US Army’s Protective Services Unit which provides worldwide protective responsibilities for the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and their foreign counterparts when visiting the United States. Among his accomplishments within the US Army, Mr. Johnson was responsible for establishing, training and equipping the first protective organization within the US Army to use modern methodology in response to the attempted assassination of General Frederick Kroesen, then Commander in Chief US Army Europe by the terrorist organization known as the Red Army Faction. He personally led other high risk security operations such as serving as then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell’s advance security element to Mogadishu, Somalia during Operation Restore Hope, conducting a security assessment for the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General to Somalia and the training of a United Nations protective team to support that official, and establishing a surveillance detection team that is credited with countering a planned assassination of a nationally known public figure during classified operations.
Mr. Johnson worked with the US State Department in leading a twenty-month dignitary protection operation for Haitian Presidents Jean Bertrand Aristide and Rene Preval during Operations Restore and Uphold Democracy. In this capacity, Mr. Johnson designed and implemented the complete security program for the Office of the President and the presidential family. He contributed significantly to establishing the security environment necessary for the first peaceful democratic transition of the Office of the President in the 184 years of Haitian independence. Mr. Johnson subsequently, planned, coordinated, and led a seventeen-month protective operation in another high threat environment for the US Ambassador coordinating the electoral process for the three formerly warring regions of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Republic of Srpska. The relationships which he has fostered during his distinguished career in Protective Services provide a wealth of domestic and foreign resources located throughout The Americas, Europe, and Asia.
As one of the architects of the U.S. Military’s current Executive Protection School originally located at Fort McClellan, Alabama, Mr. Johnson has continued to instruct personnel in the private sector. As an expert in high threat environments, he is an educator and author of several training programs on conducting advance operations, hostage negotiations, and Evasive Driving. As part of his own distinguished education in Protective Services, Mr. Johnson was one of the first Americans to ever be selected for training at the British Army’s Close Protection Training Course. As a graduate, he remains one of only a few Americans to have ever received the certification necessary to serve on the personal protection detail for the British Royal Family.
Mr. Johnson has been the recipient of many awards and honors for his efforts in the field of dignitary protection including the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five US Army Meritorious Service Medals, and official US State Department recognition. He has been awarded Diplomate status with The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security and is Certified in Homeland Security at Level V, the highest level of certification available from the organization.
Gale R. Ericksen, CPP, CSHIII
Vice President, Consulting Services
Mr. Ericksen provides executive leadership to the consulting business group and is responsible for the oversight of all consulting projects and Personal Security Vulnerability Assessments. He also serves as a Senior Instructor and Subject Matter Expert in the training programs provided by The International Training Group®.
Over his twenty-five years experience of international law enforcement, executive & dignitary protection and training, Mr. Ericksen has coordinated Presidential, Cabinet, Ambassadorial, and Senior Executive level protection details. Mr. Ericksen has served in all capacities on Executive Protection Details from; Advance Security Agent, Follow Car Driver, Close-in Protection Agent, Command Post Agent, Personal Security Officer, Detail Leader and Director of Presidential Security Operations for national and foreign dignitaries, VIPs and a Head-of-State.
Most recently, Mr. Ericksen has performed personal security missions for corporate executives, their family members and Hollywood celebrities on three different continents, in varied threat environments. Mr. Ericksen also provided protection for jewels valued at approximately 20 million dollars, belonging to a world-renowned and haute couture designer at an international event in Shanghai, China.
Mr. Ericksen joined The Presidential Protection Unit (PPU), Haiti in 1998 and served at every leadership level on this complex and demanding high threat protective operation. As the Director of Presidential Security Operations, Mr. Ericksen was responsible for the in-country oversight of contract obligations with the Government of Haiti, as well as daily operations of both the protection team and the Presidential Security Training Team (PSTT), providing entry level and in-service training programs for Haiti’s law enforcement agents assigned to their internal Presidential Security Unit for both inner and outer cordon security forces.
In 2004, Mr. Ericksen performed operational and contractual management duties in the Middle East to include, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq. He managed oversight of contractual compliancy and provided operational knowledge and experience to security protective teams in Iraq. In 2005, Mr. Ericksen served as Operations Manager for a private sector detail of 120 agents in New Orleans, LA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, providing security and life support services to clients, and was able to establish that operation five days before the US Government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency was able to establish a presence in that region.
After service in the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division Command (CID), Mr. Ericksen worked with protection details in Bosnia & Herzegovina, for the U.S. appointed Ambassador to the Organization for Security & Cooperation, Europe (OSCE). The OSCE Ambassador was responsible for coordinating the electoral process for the formerly warring regions of Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Republic of Srpska.
Mr. Ericksen served in the U.S. Army for over twelve years, in the Military Police Corps and CID, as a Special Agent. He was responsible for conducting felony criminal investigations, personal security vulnerability assessments, and providing personal protection to cabinet level and senior military officials within the U.S. Government and visiting dignitaries. He served as a primary unit trainer, 526th Military Police Detachment, Fort Greely, Alaska; Division Physical Security Manager, 6th Infantry Division, Fort Greely, Alaska; Chief, Criminal Investigative Support (CIS), Hawaii District Office, 6th Region, USACID, and District Training Officer, Hawaii District, 6th Region, USACID.
Mr. Ericksen is a graduate of Central Texas University, with a degree in Law Enforcement, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation School, Warrant Officer Candidate School and Warrant Officer Leadership Course. Mr. Ericksen has received additional training and experience in Hostage Negotiation, Crime Scene Examination, Advanced Fraud Investigation, Advanced Techniques of Interview and Interrogation, Counter Narcotics Operations, Unit Training Officer, Physical Security Operations, Protective Services Training and Evasive Driving.
Jacob L. Ashton
Mr. Ashton serves as a Senior Instructor with ITG®, providing assistance and expertise in the Training Services Division. In the past, he provided executive leadership to the training business group as the Vice President, Training Services and was responsible for the oversight of all training programs and course management efforts.
In over twenty years of providing public and private protective services, Mr. Ashton has coordinated Cabinet, Ambassadorial, and Senior Executive level protective programs. He has protected senior US government officials and foreign government leaders in environments with threat levels ranging from negligible to that of imminent assassination attempts by state sponsored terrorist organizations.
In addition, Mr. Ashton led the protection team for the executive staff in one of the largest labor disputes in US history in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007.
Prior to joining ITG® Consultants, Inc., Mr. Ashton served as Course Manager and Senior Instructor for The International Training Group. He was the project manager for the largest private security contingent and personally led 120 private sector agents into New Orleans, LA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina providing security and life support services to private sector clients and was able to establish that operation five days before the US Government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency was able to establish a presence in that region.
Mr. Ashton retired as a First Sergeant/Special Agent with the US Army Criminal Investigation Command. During his service he was a Personal Security Officer, Shift Leader, Protective Agent, and First Sergeant with the Army's Protective Services Unit, which provides worldwide protective operations for the Secretary of Defense, The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other designated senior DoD officials and their foreign counterparts.
Mr. Ashton also served as a Master Instructor at the US Army's Protective Services Course in both military and civilian capacities. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in executive protection to include planning and operation functions, motorcade operations (including evasive/technical driving and accident avoidance), watercraft and aircraft operations, unarmed self-defense against attack, threat assessment, security formations, command and security post operations, improvised explosive devices (IED) searches for vehicles and buildings, firearms tactics training (pistol and submachine gun), and site advances. He has provided instruction for federal, state, and local law enforcement and anti-terrorism students. Mr. Ashton was a major contributor in the development of the US Army's first Protective Services Manual, and served as a Division Manager at the US Army Military Police School, where he managed 45 resident courses for multi-service military, civilian and foreign nationals, and supervised over 30 instructors across over a dozen disciplines.
Mr. Ashton is a certified Master Instructor; Police and Security Driver Instructor; Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor; Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Instructor; CDT® Tactical Master Instructor; LRT™ (Last Resort Tactics™) Survive Instructor; Defensive Tactics Instructor; NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor; POST Certified Instructor with San Joaquin Delta College & Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department; and Range Master. In addition, Mr. Ashton is currently an Advanced Marksmanship Instructor with the United States Coast Guard.
Mr. Ashton has been the recipient of many awards and honors for his efforts in the field of dignitary protection including the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two US Army Meritorious Service Medals, and five US Army Commendation Medals. He currently holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management.
David R. Horsely
Mr. Horsley serves as a Senior Instructor with ITG® Consultants, Inc., providing assistance and expertise in the Training Services Division. He is a graduate of all ITG® Courses.
Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Horsley has provided security and investigative services for politicians, major corporations, their officers and employees as well as clients in the sports and entertainment industry. These services include but are not limited to: investigations, surveillance and counter surveillance, security assessments and consulting, with a primary emphasis on providing personal protection. He has worked closely with numerous human resources and public relations personnel to assist with workplace violence issues and difficult employment terminations as well as other security concerns.
Prior to this, Mr. Horsley worked with Specialized Training and Consulting Inc., a law enforcement tactical training facility at which he designed and instructed firearms and advanced tactics courses to meet the requirements of specific law enforcement agencies as well as select corporate securities entities.
Mr. Horsley worked a 34-month period in the Republic of Haiti where he was responsible for protecting two of that country’s democratically elected Presidents. During the assignment, Mr. Horsley was a member of the close-in protective detail, being promoted to Assistant Detail Leader, as well as serving as the unit’s armorer and senior instructor.
After completing his detail in Haiti, Mr. Horsley worked as a private security contractor for two U.S. companies in Iraq, providing for all aspects of personal security for U.S. contract engineers. In addition, he was assigned as team armorer and was responsible for weapons maintenance and inventory as well as familiarizing new personnel with the multiple weapon systems utilized in this type of environment..
During the Post-Katrina recovery efforts, Mr. Horsley supervised several security companies that were contracted to protect multiple F.E.M.A. trailer distribution sites. His responsibilities also included the development and implantation of all site security procedures and to conduct investigations of all criminal, negligent or unusual activities involving those sites or the personnel assigned to those sites.
Mr. Horsley is a certified Range Master and Personal Protection Instructor with the National Rifle Association as well as a certified Glock Armorer. In addition to his work with ITG®, Mr. Horsley currently operates his own security firm in California.
Jennifer K. Ashton
Mrs. Ashton serves as an Instructor with ITG® Consultants, Inc., providing assistance and expertise in the Training Services Division. She is a graduate of all ITG® Courses.
She has worked in the executive protection and private investigations industries since 2002. As a Protection Agent, she has protected corporate executives, families, estates & property and proprietary information both in the US and abroad. Mrs. Ashton assisted in the creation of a newly established security team in Europe and has worked inner cordon protective details at international events.
Most recently, Mrs. Ashton has provided protection for jewels (and the celebrities who modeled them) valued at approximately 20 million dollars, belonging to a world-renowned and haute couture designer at international events in Shanghai and Beijing, China. Mrs. Ashton was also part of the management team for security in one of the largest labor disputes in US history in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007.
Within the investigative world, Mrs. Ashton conducted investigations across the field to include due diligence, insurance fraud, and domestic investigations. She is well versed in surveillance and counter surveillance techniques, undercover assignments, interviewing, multi-media equipment and reporting.
Mrs. Ashton has previously held multiple roles (Business Development Consultant, Project Specialist and Office Manager) with a consulting firm in San Francisco, CA specializing in Leadership/Management Training & Development. With this firm, she worked both behind the scenes with design/delivery consultants and with external clients from multiple industries (high-tech, bio-tech/pharmaceuticals, retail, consumer goods, etc.). Mrs. Ashton has also worked in Human Resources, holding a generalist role for an international retail corporation based in San Francisco, CA. Her work in the human resources field involved recruiting, benefits, compensation/HRIS, employee relations, and corporate training.
Mrs. Ashton is a certified CDT® (Compliance, Direction, Takedown) Tactical Master Instructor, LRT™ (Last Resort Tactics™) Survive Instructor, and an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Communication from Saint Mary’s College of California, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Mr. Bacigalupo serves as an Instructor, providing assistance and expertise in the Training Services Division. He is a graduate of all ITG® Courses.
Currently, Mr. Bacigalupo is a full-time Correctional Lieutenant for the California Department of Corrections. He is responsible for the training and supervision of 54 correctional officers and 10 correctional sergeants that provide transportation throughout California for Department of Corrections Inmates. In over twenty years of CDC experience, he has managed and trained correctional cadets at a basic academy and managed the firearms program for the California Department of Corrections. Mr. Bacigalupo served as a Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) Commander for approximately 10 years at several correctional facilities in California.
In addition, Mr. Bacigalupo is a firearms and chemical agents instructor for a P.O.S.T certified police academy. He has worked several details for The Steele Foundation that include Work Place Violence Issues and security of private venues in the Bay Area. Also, he was on one of the first security details in New Orleans directly after Hurricane Katrina, providing security and protection to clients in the affected area.
With over 32 years of active and reserve duty in the Army National Guard, Mr. Bacigalupo retired as a Command Sergeant Major of a Military Police Battalion. He served as a Senior NCO for approximately 600 men and women, as well as other assignments including: served as Senior Operations Sergeant Major for Operation Noble Eagle at Fort Lewis, Washington after 9/11; worked in the Crises Action Center at State Headquarters which provided emergency information to general staff officers during State declared emergencies; served as the Senior NCO in charge of approximately 35 enlisted personnel; served a tour in the Ukraine as the Senior NCO providing logistical and training support to the Ukraine Army and NCO Corps; served in Saudi Arabia as a First Sergeant to a Combat Military Police Company assigned to the 89th Military Police Brigade during Desert Storm; and served several tours in Korea during Team Spirit.
During his career, Mr. Bacigalupo’s has been awarded numerous decorations, both military and civilian, including his highest achievements of Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medals.
Edward J. Castillo
Mr. Castillo serves as an Instructor with ITG® Consultants, Inc., providing assistance and expertise in the Training Services Division. He is a graduate of all ITG® Courses.
He has spent 8 years of providing public and private security services/instruction within the Military, Law Enforcement, and Private Protection field. Mr. Castillo served on State Department training details and private protective details both domestically and internationally.
In addition to ITG®, Mr. Castillo served as a team leader and instructor for United States Investigative Services (USIS) on the State Departments Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, where he instructed Dignitary Protection courses in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Castillo has worked with other private sector security companies as a relief agent, providing personal protection services in Pakistan for a humanitarian relief group, as well as conducting cross border protection services between the US and Mexico. Also, he was on one of the first security details in New Orleans directly after Hurricane Katrina where he conducted room clearing operations re-securing over 2,000,000 square feet of property, worked on personal security details, and conducted convoy operations.
Mr. Castillo served 8 years with the United States Army Reserves, five of which he was assigned to a training division as a weapons instructor. He has also served briefly as a Law Enforcement officer within the State of California and is currently obtaining his EMT-B certification.
Mr. Castillo earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s of Science Degree in Telecommunications Management.
Gregory W. Faught
Mr. Faught serves as an Instructor with ITG® Consultants, Inc., providing assistance and expertise with the International Training Group. He is a graduate of all ITG® Courses.
Mr. Faught’s expertise with ITG® is provided in the realm of Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Improvised Explosive Devices. In addition to his current assignment, Mr. Faught’s Collateral Duty is as an FBI certified Hazardous Devices/Bomb Technician. He has planned and continues to conduct training for the FBI accredited regional Bomb Squad he serves with on topics ranging from Explosives Safety and Destruction, IED Render Safe Procedures, to various IED Recognition and EOD exercises. These courses have been conducted not only for EOD personnel, but also Police, SWAT, Fire Department and Executive Protection personnel. In 2008, Mr. Faught designed and presented training to all officers and first line supervisors in his agency on IED/Explosives recognition, including live explosives demonstrations. Also in 2008, Mr. Faught co-presented a seminar with Mr. David Johnson on IED’s at the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security’s National Conference in San Diego.
Currently, Mr. Faught is a full-time Police Officer with a department in central California of approximately 400 sworn personnel, which is noted for its challenging work environment due to its high crime rate. With over 22 years of experience in diverse police settings, he has held several assignments such as: Uniformed Patrol Officer, Street Crimes Unit member (Conducting high profile street level drug interdiction, Gang impact, Prostitution, and regular operation in a plainclothes capacity to purchase narcotics from street level dealers) Hit & Run Investigator, Auto Theft detail, and currently is his departments Rangemaster/Armorer. In this capacity, Mr. Faught oversees and is responsible for all day to day operations of the department’s firearms training facility which includes all aspects of firearms training, scheduling, and maintenance of the facilities six active ranges and range house. He holds an Advanced Certificate from the CA Peace Officer’s Standards and Training commission and is certified by his department as a Master Police Officer.
Mr. Faught served in the California Army National Guard with the 76th Infantry Detachment-Pathfinder (Airborne) from 1982-1987, and in this capacity led independent Pathfinder operations as a team leader on numerous occasions. He served in the US Army Reserve from 1987-1988 with the HHC 3rd Battalion/12th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in an administrative position where he was allowed to continue to utilize his knowledge as a Pathfinder until entry into law enforcement. He received an Honorable Discharge.
During his career, Mr. Faught has earned two Gold Medals as a competitor in the “Police Action Pistol” event during the California Summer Olympic Games in “A” Class. He was the Event Coordinator/Match Director for the 2004 California Police and Fire Games “Police Action Pistol” competition with over 300 individual and team competitors. He also was the top Law Enforcement participant at the National Tactical Invitational hosted and held at Gunsite Training Center.
Gordon W. Gray
Mr. Gray serves as an Instructor with ITG® Consultants, Inc., providing assistance and expertise with the International Training Group. He is a graduate of all ITG® Courses.
Mr. Gray has worked in Public Safety since 1977 and retired in 2009 from the Stockton Police Department, a large department in central California of approximately 445 sworn personnel, which is noted for its challenging work environment due to its high crime rate.
With years of experience on diverse police settings, he has held several assignments such as: Uniformed Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Narcotics, Street Crimes Unit member (Conducting high profile street level drug interdiction, Gang Impact, & Prostitution Stings), Traffic Officer, SWAT Team Member and Major Collision Investigator. He holds an Advanced POST Certificate and was certified by his department as a Master Police Officer.
Over his thirty-two years experience of law enforcement, Mr. Gray has had the pleasure to serve on several Executive level protection details while they visited the City of Stockton. These details included Presidential, Governor, Senator, Assembly Members, and Ambassadorial guests of the city. Mr. Gray has served as an Advance Security Agent, Follow Car Driver, Close-in Protection Agent, CAT-Team Member, Command Post Agent, and Personal Security Agent to dignitaries and VIPs.
In 2000, Mr. Gray was honored to be chosen by his department as "Officer of the Year." In 2004, he was the Shooting Events Manager for the California Police & Fire Games, hosted in Stockton. Mr. Gray was responsible for the coordination of all shooting venues, and participant safety during the games. He managed five event coordinators and the successful and safe competition for over 500 competitors in Small Bore Rifle, Large Bore/Long Range Rifle, Shotgun, Sporting Clays, Practical Pistol Individual & Team, and Cowboy Action Shooting.
In 2009, he was awarded his department's "SWAT Service Metal" for serving 21 distinguished and dedicated years on the SWAT Team. While on the SWAT Team, Mr. Gray served as Assistant Team Leader of the Sniper Team where he was responsible for the monthly firearms training, scheduling and maintenance of the sniper weapons. Mr. Gray has participated in several SWAT Competitions throughout California, both as a competitor and coordinator being responsible for scenario planning, execution, and scoring.
Mr. Gray is a certified FBI, California POST Certified Instructor with San Joaquin Delta College and NRA Law Enforcement Range Master and Firearms Instructor in Handgun/Shotgun, Patrol Rifle and Precision Rifle.
Mr. Hudson serves as an Instructor with The International Training Group (ITG®), providing assistance and expertise in Law Enforcement SWAT Tactics, Weapons Instruction & Personal Protection. Mr. Hudson is a graduate of ITG’s Executive Protection Agents Training Course (EPATC), Executive Protection Handgun Training Course, Executive Protection High Risk Environment Weapons Program, and the Surveillance Detection (SD) Training Course.
Mr. Hudson is a retired, twenty-two year law enforcement veteran. The most recent 16 years were spent with the Stockton Police Department, where he proudly served 10 years with the department SWAT team. Mr. Hudson was selected to be part of a very busy police tactical team, where he was given the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become a proficient SWAT Operator and Sniper.
Mr. Hudson currently works as an Executive Protection Agent, providing services to high net worth individuals, VIP’s, corporate CEO’s and private corporations. Mr. Hudson’s private sector experience includes both domestic and international experience.
Mr. Hudson brings to the training environment executive protection relevant experience gained from his tactical missions, along with his current Executive Protection career, where he passes that knowledge and experiences to the students in a positive training experience.