Our Team

Executive
  • Amy Walden

    Chief Executive Officer
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  • Michael Walden

    President
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  • Scott Cochran

    EVP, Chief Financial Officer
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  • Lauren Tudor

    EVP, Sales/Marketing, Learning/Development
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  • Dick Wong

    EVP, Federal Services
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Amy Walden

Amy Walden

Chief Executive Officer
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8220

As Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Walden Security, Amy has been a leader for Walden Security for nearly 30 years. She oversees all business activities related to owning and operating a profitable privately-held security corporation. She is responsible for reviewing and reporting all company financial information, key performance metrics and staff utilization.

EXPERIENCE
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Walden Security
911 Operator and Dispatcher at Chattanooga Police Department
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
National Association of Security Companies
Junior League of Chattanooga

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 

Michael Walden

Michael Walden

President
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702- 8215

As President and Co-Founder of Walden Security, Mike brings nearly 30 years of experience and knowledge to the company. He is involved heavily on developing and implementing long-term plans to achieve overall corporate growth. Mike oversees all business activity related to owning and operating a profitable, privately-held contract security corporation, while actively being involved in client relations and conducting daily business development activities to generate large-scale commercial and government deals.

EXPERIENCE
President and Co-Founder of Walden Security
Sworn Law Enforcement Officer at Chattanooga Police Department
United States Navy
American Society for Industrial Security Board Member
Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Chattanooga Crime Stoppers Board Member
Hamilton County 911 Board Member
Building Owners and Managers Association Board Member
Sam Walton Business Leadership Award
Mass Mutual Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Chapman College
CPP / American Society for Industrial Security

Scott Cochran

Scott Cochran

EVP, Chief Financial Officer
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8227

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Scott brings nearly 20 years of financial experience and knowledge to the position. Scott oversees all aspects of the company's accounting operations for commercial and Federal Services Divisions, including payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, financial reporting, cash flow management and budget. He also focuses on developing procedures designed to achieve corporate growth and profitability goals.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Walden Security
Vice President / Chief Account Officer / Controller / at Krystal Company
Corporate Tax Compliance Specialist at Arthur Andersen / Ernst & Young

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Tennessee Technological University / Master of Business Administration
Tennessee Technological University / Bachelor of Science in Finance
Tennessee Technological University / Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
CPA / State of Tennessee

Lauren Tudor

Lauren Tudor

EVP, Sales/Marketing, Learning/Development
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8225

Lauren first began working with Walden Security in 2005 as a service provider, where she helped build the Walden Security brand. The success of this collaboration presented her with an opportunity to join Walden as Director of Marketing, where she established and managed the company’s marketing and communications department. Today, she serves on the Walden executive team overseeing the sales, marketing and learning and development functions. With Lauren’s many years of experience with the company, she has found herself wearing many hats within the organization. She provides hands-on leadership and support to her teams, collaborates closely with all functional groups within Walden and helps direct and oversee company initiatives. Her commitment to Walden is apparent through the growth of the company since coming on board. Under Lauren’s leadership, the company has grown from $27 to more than $200 million in annual revenue.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing / Learning and Development at Walden Security
Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Walden Security
Vice President of Marketing at Walden Security
Director of Marketing at Walden Security
Account Executive at Realm Communications
Sales Representative at Graphic Solutions Group
Sales Representative at Superior Press Printing

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Kennesaw State University / B.S. Business Administration and Management, emphasis on Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Dick Wong

Dick Wong

EVP, Federal Services
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702- 8233

As the Executive Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security, Dick has more than 36 years of law enforcement and security experience including his previous employment managing an Army command’s force protection program which involved operational responsibility for the volatile geographical region encompassing 27 countries throughout the Middle East and the former Soviet Republic states. He is responsible for managing all hands-on operational aspects of the Federal Services Division and provides strategic guidance to 45 Program Directors and Managers for Federal contracts spanning multiple cities and facilities.

EXPERIENCE
Executive Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Vice President, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Director of Operations, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Program Manager, Force Protection Analysis Cell at Third Army / U.S. Army Central / Coalition Forces Land Component Command
Senior Lead Management Analyst at Management Analysis Incorporated
Director of Security and Law Enforcement Policies and Programs at HQ, U.S. Army Forces Command

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Florida State University / B.S. in Criminology
Central Michigan University / M.S. of Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy / Graduate of Executive Management

Leadership and Key Personnel
  • Paige Amoroso

    Corporate HR Recruiter
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  • Jennifer Black-Patel

    Director of Finance
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  • Patty Boyd

    Regional Vice President
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  • Abi Browning

    Director, Human Resources Federal Services
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  • Jason Crowe

    Director, Learning/Development
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  • Dan Foran

    Regional Vice President
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  • Suvankar Ganguly

    Regional Vice President
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  • Chuck Hellriegel

    Director of Training, FSD
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  • Kim Hunt

    VP, Risk Management
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  • Vicky Johnson

    Director of Accounting
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  • Jon Mitchell

    Regional Vice President
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  • Lauren Preston

    Director of Marketing
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  • Aaron Schafer

    Remote Monitoring Supervisor
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  • Kurt Schmissrauter

    VP, General Counsel
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  • Mick Sharp

    Vice President, Federal Services
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  • Jeff Smith

    Regional Vice President
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  • T. Dee Smith

    Director, Human Resources
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  • Shane Taylor

    IT Manager
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  • Zach Winchester

    Regional Vice President
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Paige Amoroso

Paige Amoroso

Corporate HR Recruiter
Corporate/ Chattanooga, TN 423.702.8252

Paige is responsible for sourcing, interviewing and onboarding corporate and branch staff, including senior leadership. Passionate about people, Paige helps Walden Security find candidates with the right experience, background, and commitment to Walden Security’s standard of excellence. Promoted to her current role from the Chattanooga Branch, where she served as a recruiter, Paige excels at ensuring employees’ onboarding experience is the best it can be. She brings experience supporting HR initiatives for the City of Chattanooga and the insurance industry to her recruiting role.

EXPERIENCE
Corporate HR Recruiter at Walden Security
HR Assistant at Walden Security
Student Manager for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., HR Management and General Management / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Jennifer Black-Patel

Jennifer Black-Patel

Director of Finance
Corporate 423.702.8207

Jennifer is a finance and accounting professional with extensive business experience focused on corporate accounting. As Director of Accounting at Walden Security, Jennifer leverages her finance and accounting skills by leading and coordinating the company’s financial and accounting processes, planning, reporting and budget management. Jennifer works closely with her team to provide exemplary customer service to security officers and clients.


EXPERIENCE
Director of Finance at Walden Security
Administrative Spend Manager at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Director of Accounting at Walden Security
Operations Accounting Coordinator at Walden Security
Accounting Manager at Southeast Company, Inc.
Accounting Manager at Increte Systems

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Finance / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
A.S., Business / Chattanooga State
AAT, Management & Supervisory Development / Georgia Northwestern
Bloomberg Essential Cerfitications including Commodity Essentials, Equity Essentials, Fixed Income Essentials and FX Essentials

Patty Boyd

Patty Boyd

Regional Vice President
Dallas, TX 214-296-5600

Patty brings over 32 years of security experience to Walden Security. In Patty’s role as Regional Vice President of Operations, she supports our Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma region overseeing HR, Sales and Recruiting and Training teams. She is actively involved with implementing services with new client contracts, and maintains a positive work environment while cultivating exceptional client relationships and employee satisfaction. While meeting goals and implementing procedures is something she focuses on, she also invests an abundance in time with her employees and places a strong emphasis on an open-door policy. Patty understands in order to exceed customer expectations, it starts internally with her regional team along with her security officers.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Human Resources Manager at Day & Zimmermann Security Services
Human Resources Manager at Admiral Security
Security Supervisor and Security Director at Barton Protective Services
Security Officer, Assistant Supervisor & Supervisor at Wynne/ Jackson

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
University of Texas at Tyler / Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Abi Browning

Abi Browning

Director, Human Resources Federal Services
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8244

As the Director of Human Resources for the Federal Services Division at Walden Security, Abi works with a dedicated team of HR professionals overseeing employee selection processes, resolution of employee relation issues, employee compensation and benefits administration and workforce planning strategies for all government contracts. Abi is a senior member of our Walden HR team, PHR certified, who has spent her career implementing new staffing and recruiting techniques to ensure successful application selection.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Human Resources, FSD at Walden Security
Senior Recruiter at Aerotek
Marketing Specialist at Nissan North America

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Human & Organizational Development / Vanderbilt University
PHR

Jason Crowe

Jason Crowe

Director, Learning/Development
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8237

As Director of Learning and Development, Jason brings more than 10 years of experience in developing and delivering training programs. Jason leads Walden Security’s Learning & Development team in partnering with Training Managers, Operations, Human Resources personnel and an assortment of subject matter experts in our regional branches to develop and provide training to our staff and security officers. His expertise and support consists of but not limited to: role-based training, professional development, contract specific training, systems and compliance training and training events in an effort to continually refine the development of all of our key personnel here at Walden Security, starting with our security officers.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Learning and Development at Walden Security
Training Operations Manager at Mohawk Industries
Area Manager at Pacific Sunwear

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Middle Tennessee State University

Dan Foran

Dan Foran

Regional Vice President
Nashville Regional Support Center 629-203-6803

As Regional Vice President for our Nashville Regional Support Center, Dan oversees all activities for West Tennessee and Kentucky, including operations, training, human resources and administration – as well as a pool of more than 500 active security officers. He plays a vital role in developing and fostering existing and new client relationships. Dan brings 15 years of progressively responsible security management and growth leadership to the role; he most recently served as Vice President of National Accounts at one of the nation’s largest security services firms. Dan considers his biggest strengths understanding customer needs, identifying growth opportunities and building high-performance teams across business development, operations and other support functions.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Vice President, National Accounts / General Manager Midwest Business Unit/District Manager/Branch Manager for a leading contract security services firm

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Business, with an emphasis on Business Management / University of Alabama at Huntsville
Member, ASIS International, Nashville Chapter

Suvankar Ganguly

Suvankar Ganguly

Regional Vice President
Charlotte, NC 980-298-6290

Suvankar is the Regional Vice President our Charlotte Support Center that services Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Suvankar is responsible for providing professional security services that exceed our corporate and client expectations. He is an accomplished contract security executive with over 28 years of experience in the guarding industry. He has built a national reputation in achieving customer satisfaction through an innovative approach to operational excellence. He is passionate about evangelizing for positive industry change through engagement, transparency and purpose.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Regional Vice President of Operations at AlliedBarton Security
Regional Manager at Day & Zimmermann Security Services
General Manager at The Wackenhut Corporation

Chuck Hellriegel

Chuck Hellriegel

Director of Training, FSD
FSD/ Chattanooga, TN 404.937.174

As Director of Training for Walden Security’s Federal Services Division (FSD), Chuck oversees the training operation by creating and implementing training plans and ensuring contract compliance for Walden Security’s officer force in support of federal government contracts. A 30-year industry veteran, Chuck brings law enforcement and security operations experience along with strong interpersonal skills to the instruction environment. FSD requires its officers, all armed, to be trained across many disciplines and be able to respond to a higher level of emergencies and calls for service than typically required for unarmed contracts. Chuck has written and implemented numerous training plans for federal contracts, including running one of Walden Security’s largest government contracts that averaged 10,000 weekly service hours. Chuck is certified across many disciplines and holds trainer licenses in multiple states.

EXPERIENCE
Training Director for FSD, Walden Security
Field Support Manager – Training and Compliance for Whelan Security
Director of Training – Commercial/Regional Training Manager/Deputy Project Manager -Training Coordinator/HR and Training Manager for Walden Security
Operations/Billing Payroll for Barton Protective Services
Director of Public Safety for Jacksonville University
Captain of Police Operations for Medical College of Georgia
Patrol Officer – Lt. for University of Georgia Police Department

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Master of Public Administration / Georgia State University
B.A., Psychology / University of Georgia
Certified Classroom and Firearms Instructor – GA, AL and SC

Kim Hunt

Kim Hunt

VP, Risk Management
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702- 8216

Kim brings 33 years of experience to our Walden Security team. Prior to Walden, Kim worked as a personal and commercial independent insurance broker specializing in contract security. WIth this experience, she is able to bring intimate knowledge of how the insurance world works. She is constantly striving to make sure Walden has the best protection and the most competitive price to protect our clients, our employees and our company.

EXPERIENCE
Vice President of Risk Management at Walden Security
Insurance Agent at Huffaker & Trimble
Insurance Agent at AGA, Inc.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Vicky Johnson

Vicky Johnson

Director of Accounting
Corporate/ Chattanooga, TN 423.803.6809

Vicky is a finance and accounting professional with extensive business experience focused on corporate accounting in multiple industries. She has implemented accounting and payroll systems and effectively organized and managed corporate mergers. Vicky brings strong detail orientation, organization and team-building skills to Walden. As Director of Accounting, Vicky provides oversight and leadership for all accounting functions, ensuring company accounting procedures and policies conform to generally accepted accounting principles. She helps coordinate company financial planning and budget management as well as overseeing the payroll, billing, A/R and accounts-payable teams who are responsible for the company’s accounting procedures and policies.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Accounting at Walden Security
Director of Brewery Accounting at CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
West Coast Division Controller at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Group
Assistant Controller at Golden Gallon, Inc
Accounting Manager at Dixie Industries, Division of Columbus McKinnon Corporation
Accountant at Gentry & Co.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Accounting / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell

Regional Vice President
Atlanta Regional Support Center 404-937-1743

Jon is the Regional Vice President of Operation for the Atlanta Support Center, Walden’s largest branch that services Georgia and Florida. Jon leads cross-functional teams of HR, Sales, Recruiting and Training that consistently exceed client expectations. Jon has 18 years of progressively responsible security management, growth leadership and law enforcement experience along with an outstanding record of increasing efficiency through diligent leadership and team building. He’s a major advocate of mobile patrol technology to improve Officer performance while on patrol and ultimately deliver better outcomes for our clients.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Vice President of Operations, mobotour
Retired Sergeant, Atlanta Police Department
Manager of Security Services, Whelan Security
Unit Manager, Guardsmark Inc.



EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Bachelor in Government (emphasis: Criminal Justice) / Northwest Missouri State University
Member, ASIS International, Atlanta Chapter

Lauren Preston

Lauren Preston

Director of Marketing
Corporate/ Chattanooga, TN 423.702.8217

Lauren joined Walden Security’s Marketing team in 2017 and quickly made her mark as a strategic thinker and innovative problem solver, supporting the company’s brand and sales activities and serving as a subject-matter expert on the company’s CRM and marketing automation solutions. As Director of Marketing, Lauren leads the company’s marketing and communications department, including brand management. Prior to Walden, Lauren gained critical experience as a marketer within the cloud-based software and healthcare industries, where she executed strategic projects to build the brands and reputations within those markets. She is excited to bring a collaborative, team approach to the marketing team while enhancing Walden’s brand position.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Marketing at Walden Security
Marketing Specialist at Walden Security
Marketing Specialist at SIGNiX
Marketing Coordinator at The Little Clinic
Director of Recruiting and Selection at Northwestern Mutual Financial

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S. Business Administration, emphasis on Marketing / Middle Tennessee State University

Aaron Schafer

Aaron Schafer

Remote Monitoring Supervisor
Corporate/ Chattanooga, TN 423.702.8250

Aaron manages our RemoteCheck remote monitoring services for clients nationally from Walden Security’s Command Technology Center (CTC) in Chattanooga, TN. He performs technology demonstrations of our remote-monitoring service and integrates client hardware systems with our software. Aaron brings 15 years of security experience, including supervising an emergency operations center for 88 facilities in two countries. Aaron also is an Army veteran who led combat missions. He’s proficient in DNA, CCTV, Milestone and Graphic User Interface/Fire Panel computer programs.

EXPERIENCE
Remote Monitoring Supervisor at Walden Security
Emergency Operations Center Supervisor at Walden Security
Military Police for U.S. Army

Kurt Schmissrauter

Kurt Schmissrauter

VP, General Counsel
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8224

As a VP and General Counsel at Walden Security, Kurt collaborates with personnel across all business functions to ensure that Walden Security operates within a safe legal framework to better fulfill its mission and minimize risk. Kurt utilizes his business acumen and legal experience in providing executive leadership with advice and counseling on the broad range of legal issues that may arise in day-to-day business operations.

EXPERIENCE
VP, General Counsel at Walden Security
Associate General Counsel at Walden Security
Associate Attorney at Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, P.C.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Commerce and Business Administration / University of Alabama
J.D. / Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Mick Sharp

Mick Sharp

Vice President, Federal Services
Corporate | Chattanooga, TN 423-702-8234

As the Vice President of Operations in the Federal Services Division, Mick directs the day-to-day operations of over 2,500 armed security officers on federal and state government contracts providing security services at multiple sites, installations and facilities in 25 states. Mick directs the activities of the FSD staff which services more than 80,000 productive hours per week (hpw). Of special note, he has co-authored numerous “award-winning” proposals resulting in more than 100,000 hpw in Government contract hours during his tenure with Walden Security. Mick also serves as co-negotiator representing Walden Security during collective bargaining agreement (CBS) negotiations with the various unions and associations representing our Government contract workforces. Prior to Walden Security, Mick served for nearly 30 years in the U.S. Army retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006.

EXPERIENCE
Vice President of Operations, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Director of Operations and General Manager, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
Director of Human Resources, Federal Services Division at Walden Security
CEO / Battalion Commander with U.S. Army
Program Director with U.S. Army
Senior Operations Officer with U.S. Army
Senior Human Resources Officer with U.S. Army
Senior Training Officer with U.S. Army
CEO / Battalion Commander with U.S. Army

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
M.S., Human Resources Management / Troy State University at Montgomery
M.A., Master of Military Operational Arts and Science / Air University, Maxwell AFB
B.S., Economics / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Regional Vice President
Knoxville, TN 865-470-2248

As Regional Vice President, Jeff brings more than 6 years of experience in the security industry. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Knoxville branch, along with assisting in business development for the region. He has a successful background in sales and management where he has been able to expand new business while maintaining excellent relationships with current customers.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist at Astra Zeneca
Branch Manager at Southern Pipe and Supply
Branch Manager at Hughes Supply
Strength and Conditioning Coach for University of Tennessee Volunteers
Offensive Lineman for Pittsburg Steelers
Offensive Lineman for Jacksonville Jaguars
Offensive Lineman for Kansas City Chiefs

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.A. / University of Tennessee at Knoxville

T. Dee Smith

T. Dee Smith

Director, Human Resources
Corporate Headquarters 423-702-8248

Dee directs a team of HR professionals as they plan, develop, advise, and administer human resources policies and programs for the Commercial Services Division. Dee brings 12 years of comprehensive Human Resources experience. She has a proven track record of building trusting relationships using sound judgment in matters of confidentiality, taking appropriate risks and leading with integrity.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Human Resources at Walden Security
Benefits Manager, Walden Security
Human Resources Benefits Administrator at Chattem, Inc.
Human Resources Representative, Shaw Industries
Project Specialist, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
HR Benefits Specialist, Five Star Food Service
Management Operations Specialist, Chattanooga Housing Authority
HR Administrator, Southern Health Partners

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Master of Business Administration / University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science, Human Resources Management and General Management / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Shane Taylor

Shane Taylor

IT Manager
Corporate/ Chattanooga, TN 423.702.8246

Shane manages the network infrastructure for Walden’s corporate headquarters and commercial and federal sites nationwide. He also oversees the team that provides around-the-clock support to Walden’s Command Technology Center (CTC), which provides 24x7 remote-monitoring services for clients. Shane brings more than 20 years of IT management experience, and has both a Master’s degree in Network Security and an MBA in IT Management. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Meraki Network Operator (CMNO).

EXPERIENCE
IT Manager at Walden Security
Network Administrator at Winder Laboratories
Auditor at The Audit Group
ERP Analyst/IT Support at Procter & Gamble North America

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
M.S., Network Security / Capitol Technology University
MBA, IT Management / American University
B.S., Business Information Systems / Bellevue University
Cisco Certified Network Associate
Certified Meraki Network Operator

Zach Winchester

Zach Winchester

Regional Vice President
Chattanooga, TN 423.825.4511

As Regional Vice President for our Chattanooga Regional Support Center, Zach oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Chattanooga and Birmingham markets. With 12 years of client service, operational and financial management experience, Zach is responsible for making sure we keep our promises to exceed our customer’s expectations. Teamwork and community are of paramount importance to Zach, who also believes in providing his operations, human resources and training teams with the resources, direction and support to give our customers unparalleled service.

EXPERIENCE
Regional Vice President at Walden Security
Director of Operations for Market Street Partners, LLC.
Controller for Redpoint Sales Team
Owner and President of Fast Break Athletics
Consultant for Chattanooga Sports Committee

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Business Administration / University of Alabama

Sales
  • James Kelly

    Director of Business Development, National Accounts
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  • Rebecca Fann

    Business Development Manager
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  • Derek King

    Business Development Manager
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  • Brandon Shepherd

    Business Development Manager
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  • Ellie Whitesell

    Business Development Manager
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James Kelly

James Kelly

Director of Business Development, National Accounts
Chattanooga, TN 704.916.6606

As Director of Business Development, National Accounts, Jim Kelly is responsible for leading our team of Business Development Managers and expanding the Walden Security national accounts program. Jim brings 29 years of industry experience to Walden, most recently serving as Vice President of National Account Sales/Operations for one of the nation’s largest contract security services firms. Jim was a six-time recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for Outstanding Sales and Revenue growth. He brings a strong vertical market focus in logistics, supply chain management, manufacturing, food service and healthcare and leverages his hands-on experience to address unique customer requirements. Jim has an extensive Operational background holding positions from operations management, district management to region responsibilities. He holds memberships in the American Society for Industrial Security, International Facilities Management Association and Community Association Institute.

EXPERIENCE
Director of Business Development, National Accounts, Walden Security
Vice President, National Accounts Sales, US Security Associates
Vice President of Business Development, US Security Associates
District Manager, Nationwide Security / US Security Associates

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
Campbell University

Rebecca Fann

Rebecca Fann

Business Development Manager
Nashville, TN 615-391-9127

As Business Development Manager, Rebecca works with both the Nashville Branch and Corporate Office to assist in company initiatives and growing client relationships. With Walden for nearly 10 years, she is focused on continuous communication with clients, prospects, office staff and our officers. Rebecca has a strong background in Walden Security as she was promoted within and began her career with our Human Resources department. She attributes much of her success to her organized personality and strict attention to detail. One characteristic she prides herself on is always being an available, accessible resource, both internally and externally, to those around her.

EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Human Resources Clerk at Walden Security
Sr. Provider Relations Associate at Cigna Healthcare
Human Resources Specialist/ Administrator at Wood Personnel Services

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.A. in Marketing, minor in Human Resources / Union University

Derek King

Derek King

Business Development Manager
Atlanta, GA 404.937.1758



EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Account Manager for Centerline Driver
Business Development Manager at SecurAmerica, LLC.
Business Development Manager at Guardsmark
Sales Consultant for Synergy Human Capital
Vice President and Business Development at Staffing Time
Metro Sales Executive at Manpower
Area Vice President at Randstad In-House Services
Area Supervisor at Bally Total Fitness

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.A., Political Science / William Paterson University

Brandon Shepherd

Brandon Shepherd

Business Development Manager
Charlotte, NC 980.298.8802

Brandon heads up business development for the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland. With more than 16 years of combined experience in contract security and law enforcement, he possesses in-depth knowledge of customers’ security environments. Prior to his current role in business development, Brandon served as a senior operations manager for our Charlotte and Chattanooga offices. He considers his biggest strength his knowledge of security best practices and prides himself on his consultative sales approach with customers.

EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Senior Operation Manager at Walden Security
Operations Manager at Walden Security
Security Supervisor at Walden Security
Federal Officer at US Customs and Border Protection
Federal Officer at TSA

Ellie Whitesell

Ellie Whitesell

Business Development Manager
Knoxville, TN 865.470.2248

Ellie oversees business development activity for our Knoxville and Tri-Cities areas. With 20 years of sales experience, Ellie listens to her clients’ needs and works with the Knoxville team to translate those needs into solutions. The East Tennessee native considers her biggest strength relationship building and making a priority of what matters most to her customers.

EXPERIENCE
Business Development Manager at Walden Security
Sales Representative for DPM Enterprises, Inc.
Inside Sales Representative for Pilot Travel Centers, LLC.

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATIONS
B.S., Education in Sports Management, Business Minor / University of Tennessee, Knoxville