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MONTE GOULD | IMTT President and CEO

He is a former (honorably retired) State of California Peace officer (27 ½ years of service) and SWAT (HRT) member (22 ½ years), former US Marine, and US Army Special Operations Forces (24 years of service) active and reserve SNCO. His last SWAT assignment was as an Assault Team leader and Master SWAT state instructor. He has participated in multiple combat, foreign & domestic and counter-narcotic missions; combat operations with US, Dutch and French Special Forces including the elite French “Commandos Hubert”. Further working as a contractor in High-risk protection teams with heads of state and clients throughout the world.  Monte has attended numerous Civilian Law Enforcement, Army, Marine and Navy special operations related schools, and extraordinary training. He is a certified Firearms Instructor, holding numerous NRA, FBI, State of California and manufacture certification relative to weapons instruction and Executive protection. Throughout his career he has attended over 130 different schools, classes and advanced instructor trainings. Monte is also a certified “SPEAR” Law Enforcement / military instructor. He possesses specialized knowledge of Hostage rescue in fortified locations / heavily reinforced target locations, urban operations and CQB. Membership ID numbers; NTOA # 995 & SFA # A-3863

PAUL TURPIN | IMTT Executive Vice President / Chief Instructor

Mr. Turpin retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant of Special Forces after 21 years of service. He began his career as a Scout/sniper with the 82nd airborne division where he specialized in reconnaissance and sniper operations. He also refined his marksmanship skills during two tours with the Marksmanship Training Unit where he successfully competed in high-power rifle competition. Paul's last 12 years of service were with the 7th SFG(A) where he continued to refine his long-range rifle marksmanship skills, as well as the other myriad of skills required to be successful in special operations such as language ability. Paul is able to teach in both Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Paul now works as a peace officer for a major state agency where he teaches basic and advanced firearms skills, chemical agents, expandable baton and instructor development. He also serves as an advisor and instructor for his department’s Tactical Operations Unit and Hostage rescue units.

THOMAS TAYLOR / IMTT Advisor and Primary Instructor

Tom has worked on the close protection teams for fours governors while with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. In 1989, he is a former Commander of the Governor’s Security Division for eight years. He worked in senior positions in protective operations for the Pope, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and every U.S. President since Gerald Ford, handling protective assignments in Russia, Japan, Korea, China, Ireland, India, Italy, Greece, Turkey, The Philippines, Thailand, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Following the September 11 attacks, Taylor was named the Patrol’s Anti-Terrorism Coordinator. After leaving the Patrol, he headed a team of anti-terrorism specialists that evaluated the vulnerabilities of Missouri’s most critical assets.He served two terms as president of the National Governor’s Security Association (NGSA). In that capacity, he was Senior Security Consultant for the National Governor’s Association (NGA) in Washington, D.C., and helped formulate security plans for NGA events nationwide. Taylor has trained hundreds of people in dignitary protection and survival tactics and is a regular instructor at the Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy at UCLA’S Conference Center. He was selected to serve on the Development Team for the MOSAIC Threat Assessment System currently used by the U.S. Supreme Court, the CIA, the US Marshals Service, and agencies protecting governors of twelve states. Thomas Taylor currently works as Special Projects Manager for Gavin de Becker and Associates, a firm that advises and protects high-risk public figures. He served as detail leader for the large security team protecting Arnold Schwarzenegger during his campaign for governor of California. The Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM) in Florida published Taylor’s book, Dodging Bullets - A Strategic Guide to World-Class Protection, in 2000. His name appears in the acknowledgments of Gavin de Becker’s bestsellers The Gift of Fear and Fear Less, and also the 1998 Secret Service report Protective Intelligence and Threat Assessment Investigations, for his assistance in reviewing these documents. In 2008, Taylor co-authored a groundbreaking book on public figure protection, Just Two Seconds – Using Time and Space to Defeat Assassins. His debut novel, Mortal Shield, was a finalist for Foreword Magazine's "2008 Book of the Year" Award. His latest book, Armored Men, is a sequel to his first novel and has just been released.

IMTT is humbled and honored to have this gentleman as one of our team members, advisor and instructor. It is truely a pleasure to have Tom assisting us in the execution of Professional level Executive protection training world-wide.

Books by Thomas A. Taylor


Dodging bullets just 2 seconds Armored Men Mortal shield

JOHN WHITEHEAD / Eastern US representative and staff instructor

Mr. Whitehead is a 26 veteran of Law Enforcement. His last assignment as a Lieutenant he was responsible for the training and certification of over 1200 peace officers which included a support staff and budgetary responsibilities. He served in SWAT for over 18 years rising to the rank of SWAT commander and in charge of a 21 man unit. John is also a Certified Martial Arts Instructor, who holds a Fifth degree Black Belt in Japanese Go Ju-Ruy Karate and Martial Arts weapon systems. He is currently studying Jeet Kune Do, Kali Filipino Martial Arts and several other fighting systems. John is a former United States Marine earning the rank of Sergeant and severed at various post throughout the world. He was also served as a salvage / recovery and rescue combat diver.  John is a certified in multiple disciplines and holds numerous certifications, qualification and professional licenses. He worked as an adjunct instructor for a professional academic institution as a course instructor for over 5 years. John has developed and taught Self-Defense Courses, firearms and Edged Weapons for many agencies through out California and the Untied States.  

IMTT is proud and honored to have John as part of our team and an instructor. 

JOHN ROSE

"IMTT is honored and privileged to have Mr. John Rose on staff. He actively served in law enforcement for over 18 years in positions ranging from Patrol Officer, K-9 Handler, K-9 Trainer, SWAT Operator, and Departmental Training Officer. His last rank held was that of Division Major with a large sheriff’s office in TN. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds numerous State P.O.S.T. certifications in multple disciplines to include but not limited to patrol tactics, response to active shooters, defensive tactics, firearms, and K-9. John developed the Counter Terrorism Tactics for Patrol Officers class that is taught in the regional police academy in Tennessee where he has been an instructor since 2003. In addition John has lectured extensively on the topics of leadership, supervision, ethics, and terrorism. Mr. Rose has completed and is certified as a counter-terrorism instructor after lengthy studies and numerous courses at the Counter Terrorism Training Division of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco Ga. To enhance his studies and gain experience in the field he traveled to the Middle east and worked with elite units, counter-terrorism groups and special military units of the Israeli defense forces. The goal of which is to protect critical infrastructure, schools, retail malls, VIP’s and to mitigate the tactics used by Suicide Bombers. John is our Vulnerability Assessment / Threat assessment instructor and expert. He holds a Maters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from East Tennessee State University, where he guest lectures on the topic of terrorism.

DARREN HORVATH

Darren is a world leader in the global martial arts community, He has studied martial arts for a over 20 years and is currently the personal full time student of the 34th grand master Masaaki Hatsumi, Darren lives in Japan for the sole purpose of training in this 1000 year old warfare martial art and currently teaches at the grand master's dojo 5 days a week. His teaching expertise is sought after from both civilian military and police the world over and he spends time every year travelling the world to teach this combative art at seminars and private classes. Bujinkan Ninjutsu has been recognised by most major police and military the world over for its proven efficiency in dealing with life and death situations. Tactics, unarmed and armed fighting, knife defence and attack, knife on knife, using a gun without firing, disarming an armed attacker (gun, knife or other), close quarters combat (both with and without weapons) and stick fighting are just some of the specialties of Darren's teaching.

MIKE KARPELA

Mike is instructor trainer for the national police for the ASP baton, OC-spray, service handgun and weaponless defense. Mike has studied martial arts for over 20 years. He has been an active duty full time officer for over 13 years. He has written two books and is a published author in numerous magazines in Finland. He speaks fluent English, Finnish, Swedish, some Russian, and some Spanish. He is one of the most respected and known law enforcement and security instructors in Scandinavia today. Besides his official role in the law enforcement community. Mikes specialty is threat assesment and conflict management, work place violence prevention. Mike has taught large hospitals, broadcast companies, politicians, government officials and pharmaceutical companies in security awareness.

 

JARRETT

Jarrett is a Rangemaster and primary weapons instructor for Handgun introduction class & CCW courses in the Ridgecrest region of Kern county California. He is a former United States Marine and combat veteran. Jarrett served in combat operations in Iraq in the USMC. Since 2004 he has been employed as a full-time Police officer for the state of California. He has completed basic through advanced weapons courses and holds multiple instructor level ratings with his agency as well as state certifications. He has served as an adjunct instructor for IMTT and successfully completed the apprentice program. We are honored and very proud to have him on board as part of our team.

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DOMINIC, IMTT Arizona / Nevada Representative & staff Instructor

Dominic was a member of the US Army for eight years. He served an Infantryman and Special Forces soldier.  He is a graduate of the Special Forces Q course (18D), he specialized in emergency medicine.  Nic was present in some of the heaviest fighting in Iraq and his unit was one of the highest decorated units in that conflict. He further participated in numerous direct action raids as a member of Special Forces. He holds numerous advanced medical ratings and specialized treatment certifications. He further completed the combat diver course and numerous courses during his tenure with the US Army. He possesses extensive real world combat experience treating wounded. He has multiple and numerous combat deployments in support of GWOT to Afghanistan, Iraq and other regions of the globe. He has earned numerous combat awards, Combat Infantryman badge and many others. Nic is our lead instructor for our Tactical Medic program and all medical courses conducted by IMTT. 
IMTT is proud and honored to have Dominic as part of our team and instructor staff.

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BRIAN LEVY / IMTT  Eletronic Countermeasures advisor & expert

Brian designs and creates large scale security, sensor, and surveillance systems which protects millions of dollars worth of inventory and equipment on a daily basis. Brian has 20 years in the technology industry and sees each project as an opportunity to solve real world problems with mission critical engineering. Brian’s focus is on industrial and commercial security and he scours the industry for the best of breed solutions that fit each project. Whatever the application, Brian brings a strong passion to his work and believes that security is only valuable if it meets the standards of prosecutable evidence and the needs of the customer. No matter the technical challenge, Brian can create an industrial plan of action to which meets or exceeds the clients's security requirements.

CHRIS WHITE, Instructor

Chris is 20-year veteran of the United States Navy (SEAL Teams) where he retired as a Chief (SO7). He has multiple combat tours and was assigned to three different SEAL teams as well as Naval Special Warfare Development Group during his active duty service. His key billets include: Assault Team leader, Platoon Chief and Platoon LPO at Development Group. He spent 6 years in instructor and training assignments during his career. Since his retirement, he has worked as an instructor and contracted operator at numerous high threat security providers in the Middle East and Africa. He continues to deploy in support of contingency operations and high threat protective details spending approximately 120 days a year overseas. He holds an extensive list of Department of Defense and Special Operations Command certifications and qualifications.

 

 

 

 

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTORS

MARK ANDERTON

Marine First Sergeant (retired) of 24 years and a combat veteran. Beginning his career as a infantryman with First Battalion First Marines; First Marine Division where he specialized in marksmanship as a Scout Sniper operator, Chief Scout Sniper, Primary Marksmanship Instructor and Tactics Instructor.  He later served as the Chief Instructor at Special Operations Training Group, Special Missions Branch instructing the first MOS awarding Sniper School Okinawa, Japan.  Mark is a qualified dynamic entry Breacher, Rappel Master, Navy parachutist and Marine Combatant Diver.  He served in combat operations in the Persian Gulf War, Iraq in operations earning multple combat awards to include Valor commendations for actions under fire. He is a NRA rifle and pistol instructor teaching rifle & handgun as well as CCW courses. We are extremely proud and honored to have Mark on our team.

LARRY SIMMONS

Ret. United states Navy with the Rank of Commander, Former commander USN SEAL Team #5. Larry has been involved in Special operations since DEC 1966 and is still active throughout the community. He begin his Navy career as a enlisted man earning his way to the final rank of USN Commander. He has operated in clandestine and covert operations with the CIA , US State department, DEA, and numerous other federal agencies to include JSOC. He has deployed into multiple conflicts, low intensity operations and well operations other than war. Larry has also earned two master degrees in education and operations research analysis. He is also a author of three novels (Silent option, Broken Seals and Free enterprise.) multiple magazines articles in professional journals. Operating his own company Special operations consultants INC. (SOC Inc.) he still travels throughout the world. There are few men in the world today who possess Larry's level of training, expertise and real world experience. Speaks multiple languages. He specializes in executive protection, development of security procedures, overseeing development of leadership / administrative personnel and management level training.

SCOTT BURGESS

Dr. Scott Burgess, he is a 27 year Army veteran (Mustang) from the infantry and aviation branches serving with conventional and special operations organizations and foreign military entities. While Dr. Burgess is a subject matter expert in aviation applications, he also instructs at firearms academies, an avid hunter, and is a Texas certified license to carry instructor. Scott was a pilot in command, instructor in military scout and attack aircraft primarily and in the civil sector, but also crewed the F-15E Strike Eagle as a liaison to the Air Force. Burgess has developed curriculum, instructed, and performed training and operations evaluations for entities in conventional, special operations, law-enforcement, and aviation over the last three decades. Dr. Burgess now chairs a major university aviation degree program, conducts aviation safety and UAS research. He serves on the Helicopter Association International UAS Committee, develops UAS training, and application strategies for various disciplines.
Dr. Burgess is in charge of our UAV Drone programs, conducting courses and certification on our behalf to clients world-wide. Military, Law Enforcement, Executive protection and civilian certification and qualification courses.

DAVID DIAZ / TRACKING INSTRUCTOR

Dave is a world class instructor, humble, well-spoken, and comical, an all-around nice guy. He is a former US Marine “Recon” (Ranger qualified) and later US Army Special Forces Senior NCO, he retired honorably after more than twenty years of service. He taught human tracking, anti and counter-tracking tactics, techniques and procedures on five continents: on deserts, jungles to the mountains, and into the urban streets. He is a retired US Army Special Forces/Marine with 33 years of experience in human tracking. Diaz’s unique skill-set has not only bolstered the efforts of United States conventional and special operational units, he has also trained elements of various Allied and NATO troops. Diaz is recognized throughout the military, law enforcement and other agencies, along with the petroleum industries as a subject matter expert in the theory and practice of human tracking. Diaz provides a very realistic empirical and challenging program of instruction that always exceeds the client’s needs. He has fine-tuned his craft through many years of dedication and studying from the finest trackers throughout the world including the Dyaks/Iban of Brunei and Malaysia, Negritos Aborigines of the Philippines, the San of Botswana, US Marines in Vietnam that learned their skill from the Montagnards of the highlands of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Diaz has also exchanged TTPs with Sayeret Ha’Druzim and Ha’Bedouin Trackers of Israel. He was also exposed to the Rhodesian version of human tracking developed by Mr. Alan Savory. Due to Diaz’ exposure to a broad and diverse range of teachings, he has developed various systematic approaches to the art and science of human tracking. Diaz is a published author on the subject of human tracking. His first book Tracking: Signs of Man, Signs of Hope, published by Lyons Press in 2005 is considered a seminal manual in the field of human tracking. The Second Edition was up-dated and published in 2013 entitled Tracking Humans. Dave is one of the few true experts in the world on tracking!

   
  FOREIGN PERSONNEL

MAURICE

Maurice is a long time veteran and serving member of an Elite European Special Forces unit. He holds the rank of Sergeant Major. Maurice specializes in Counter / Anti-Terrorism, long distance marksmanship (Sniper tactics) and specialized tactics training. He holds multiple instructor ratings and qualifications. His background, extensive combat experience, training and professionalism make him uniquely qualified as an instructor for IMTT.

KAI WESTERSUND

Renowned martial artist and edged weapon expert. He is recognized for his innovative and progressive methods in the European Union with the special operations community. He has traveled throughout Europe and Scandinavia training National Hostage Rescue units and elite forces. Kia is also a published author with several books in print.

RONNY MIRON

He is a graduate of Michigan college with a Bachelor of science degree. He is a native Spanish speaker and speaks fluent English. His knowledge of executive protection and security issues is beyond question. His experience includes working on the presidential detail beside the secret service. Ronny is a US Citizen. His formal training includes in excess of 17 different weapons and security related courses of instruction. He is a finished machinist and professional level sail boat racer. His specialty is executive protection, security and maritime security.

   
  SUPPORT PERSONNEL

LISA / Office manager

Manages databases, creates certificates, assists with mailing, advertising, printing projects, public relations, bookkeeping and file organization.

DEAN

IMTT California representative and logistical coordinator

   
  ADVISORS

HERSCHEL DAVIS

Command Master Chief Ret., USN SEAL Team #5, 34 years of active duty. This individual represents the peek of knowledge in special operations. Mr. Davis is a decorated combat veteran. His operational experience and expertise have been present in every conflict the US has been engaged in since 1963. His insight and advice is used as a resource for I.M.T.T.. Occasionally he conducts courses on special request for us. His skill and training do not come on the cheap! He served with and under MR. Charlie Beckworth at SOCOM as a senior NCO. At one point in his distinguished career he was the most senior staff NCO in all the United States Navy SEAL Teams. There just is not the paper to do his experience and reputation worthy in this document. This man is one of the most trained and experienced unconventional warriors that the United States.