THE PEOPLE BEHIND SUNSTATES
Our executives’ extensive experience spans two continents, providing the highest levels of security and safety for clients from many cultures. They know security, law enforcement, banking, property management, technology and many other industries. Most importantly, they understand and live the values of honesty, integrity and trust that are the foundation of everything we do for every client.
Kathryn J. Burrell
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
After a career in human resources and success in leading a multi-million-dollar company in England, Kathryn co-founded Sunstates Security with Glenn Burrell in 1998. She has built a culture of professionalism, dedication and a client-first attitude that is the foundation of Sunstates Security. Kathryn also is responsible for every aspect of managing both the company and relationships with clients and partners, continually driving changes that lead to operational efficiencies and greater client satisfaction. As a certified WBE member and a member of ASIS International, she prizes accountability above all else at every level of Sunstates.
Glenn P. Burrell, CPP
Glenn learned law enforcement as an officer in London’s Scotland Yard, pioneering a SWAT team in Norfolk, England, and as a leader guarding the Queen’s private estate and royal family within the elite Royalty Protection Unit. He gained a wide range of experience with anti-terrorism activities, oil rig and shipping interventions teams, unarmed combat, accident crime scene investigations, and SWAT team response. His extensive expertise is now part of the DNA of Sunstates Security, as is his dedication to the highest standards of client service. Glenn is a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners and ASIS International. He also holds the coveted Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation from ASIS International and a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews.
Denis J. Kelly
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Denis has worked in virtually every capacity over 30+ years in the security industry, beginning as a front-line officer and rising to a C-level executive position. Having seen the industry prize growth through consolidation over client satisfaction, he joined Sunstates Security to help build a security firm that believed in organic growth and maintaining a client-first philosophy, while treating employees as the trusted partners they are. An All-American college baseball player, he earned a BA in sociology and criminal law from Eastern Connecticut State University. He is a member of ASIS International, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
A 20+ veteran of the security industry, Robert has been a manager at all levels. He has overseen security for clients in many markets, including corporate campuses, financial, pharmaceutical, healthcare, commercial properties, malls, government, educational and industrial sites. To ensure Sunstates Security clients receive the highest possible level of service, he is dedicated to providing security officers with the education, tools and opportunities they need to excel. Robert graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta after studying Criminal Justice and Business Management. He is active in professional networking organizations, such as ASIS International, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Prior to joining Sunstates Security, Robert was responsible for the finances of the world’s second-largest uniformed security guarding and integrated technology services company. At Sunstates, he provides strategic insights, financial management and leadership to help Sunstates efficiently support security officers and clients. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING
Roberta began her security career 33+ years ago as a file clerk while earning a BS in marketing from William Paterson University in New Jersey. She has managed successful marketing campaigns for a variety of regional, national and international security firms, but far prefers Sunstates Security’s ability to answer to its clients, not shareholders. Roberta has not only helped Sunstates provide custom-tailored security solutions for individual customers but also helps clients network, learn from each other and share best practices. She holds professional memberships in ASIS International, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Community Association Institute (CAI), North Carolina Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (NCACLEA), and Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
VICE PRESIDENT, QUALITY ASSURANCE
Ryan began his career as a security officer, and over the past 20 years, his experience has spanned corporate offices and campuses, financial services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, retail, government, commercial real estate and industrial settings. He is responsible for multiple quality assurance programs and strategies at Sunstates Security, ensuring that Sunstates continually exceeds its mission with every client. He studied Law Enforcement Science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Ryan participates in industry organizations such as ASIS International, where he has served as regional chairman for three years and on the board for five years; the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA); and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL
A licensed attorney with over a decade of experience in corporate law, workers’ compensation and benefits compliance, David joined Sunstates Security in 2017 as the Legal, Compliance & Risk Management Director. In 2021 he was promoted to Vice President, General Counsel to reflect his increased scope of responsibility. Dave manages a legal and compliance team responsible for all company and employee licensing, background investigations, and compliance audits, as well as providing legal support for the company. His expertise in contract drafting, HIPAA, data analysis, employee benefits and corporate and legal compliance make him a strong resource and essential member of the Sunstates Security management team. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is a licensed through the State Bar of Illinois and US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
A member of the Sunstates Security management team since 2016, Laura initially joined the company as a corporate recruiter. Her strong work ethic and experience in recruiting, employee relations, organizational development and benefits administration made her well-positioned to advance into the role of Human Resources Manager with the further promotion in 2021 to Human Resources Director. In her current position, Laura has oversight of all employee policies and benefits, including management of health care benefits, and oversees a team of four recruiting and human resource personnel. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a Board Certified Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR).
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