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.
Business Development and Marketing Director
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).
Director of 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).
Director – Legal, Compliance & Risk Management
As Director of Legal, Compliance & Risk Management, Dave is responsible for all legal, compliance and risk concerns at Sunstates Security. He brings over 10 years of legal expertise to the corporate headquarters. He obtained his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School and licensed to practice in the state of Illinois.
For several years Dave owned his own practice focusing on consumer, corporate, criminal, real estate, workers’ compensation, and personal injury matters. He later transitioned to the corporate world, taking on large roles with two international companies. The first company sponsored the Manchester United soccer team and is a global leader in human resources, insurance and risk management. The second company produced many household items that many of us know and love, such as Oreos and Sour Patch Kids.
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).
Corporate support manager
With over a decade of experience, Chris has hands-on experience with all aspects of the security industry. He began working with the company as a security officer in 2010 and over the next seven years was promoted to multiple positions of escalating responsibility to include Site Supervisor, Field Manager and Operations Manager. Upper management recognized his potential and in 2017 Chris was promoted to his current position of Corporate Support Manager. In this role, he provides logistical support to corporate and regional management staff through vehicle fleet management, procurement of equipment and supplies and coordination of Information Technology and telecommunications support. Additionally, he is responsible for operations and facilities management for the Sunstates Security corporate headquarters. Chris holds a degree in Business Administration Management from East Carolina University, is a member of ASIS International, and is committed to ongoing education through industry professional organizations.