Steven is passionate about building innovative reoccurring revenue business models, generating attractive shareholder returns, by driving high EBITDA margins through aggressive P&L management and visionary leadership. His operating and investing thesis is data driven and focused in the security services and defense sector. He has an in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurial management experience as an operating executive growing early stage start-ups into successful cash flow positive businesses.
Steven has a unique combination of public and private sector leadership experience. He began his entrepreneurial career as Co-Founder and CEO of BlackBox GPS, a SaaS Telematics company, where he had a successful exit in 2009. Shortly thereafter he founded a security services business attracting private equity investments sharing a similar investing thesis. His public sector leadership experience was gained in state law enforcement working in various operational capacities.
Steven is CEO at S3 Security and Managing Director at SPGH, Inc. He invests and advises early stage companies that provide private law enforcement, central station dispatch, video monitoring surveillance, physical security, and reality-based training. In addition, he operates in a reserve leadership law enforcement capacity.
Steven graduated form Eastern Illinois University with a BA in Corporate Communication and is completing his MA in Homeland Security from American Military University. He is a Board Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Southeast Region Chapter, American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), and International Chiefs of Police Association (IACP). He enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, the bio-hacking, and triathletes.
Tulika has been in the field of accounting for almost 18 years now. She has a degree in Accounting & Economics (Commerce) from India and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Coggin College Of Business, University Of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL. She also has a certification from the National Association of Certified Bookkeepers.
Tulika used to work as a Tax Associate for H&R Block before joining WideEye Surveillance.
Tulika has lived in Florida for 8 years now and likes to volunteer at her kid’s school whenever she has free time. She loves to spend time with her family. Her hobbies include cooking, watching movies, listening to music, Zumba and hiking. She also enjoys volunteering at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and American Cancer Society.
Tallahassee and Gainesville, FL Senior Operations Manager
Jon brings over 12 years of security expertise to S3 Security. After he graduated high school in 1995 he began his security career working alongside military professionals as a Personal Security Detail officer and crowd control specialist. Jon has advanced training in roadside interviewing and evading honesty detection, De-escalation tactics. Most notably, Jon is also an ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) certified trainer for civilian response to active shooter events awarded through Texas State University.
As the Senior Operations Manager, Jon oversees the Gainesville, FL and Tallahassee, FL security operations. In his 5 years of service to S3 Security, he has received multiple awards for exceptional leadership and dedication to S3. Jon’s primary responsibilities include directing two separate mobile security teams that oversee 33 sites and are responsible for the safety and security of over 20,000 individuals on a day-to-day basis. Jon is also responsible for logistics, account and personnel management, assisting with company training, and overall strategic growth. Jon is also the liaison between S3 and the local law enforcement agencies who protect and serve our communities.
Jon joined S3 in 2012 and immediately recognized the company’s goals were in line with his own – providing unmatched security services and building positive professional relationships with the clients and the residents we serve.
In his downtime, Jon enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, shooting, tactical team training, boxing, and mixed martial arts.
John has been a professional, private equity and venture capital investor for 20 years, and has been through several capital markets and economic cycles. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both publicly traded and private companies and has been an Executive Chairman of the Board, as well as Chairman of Audit and Compensation Committees. He’s a company builder with deep experience in the management of executives and personnel, sales and marketing, finance and financial analysis, business operations, strategic and business plan development, M&A, and executive recruiting.
John loves working with CEOs and management teams in optimizing their business so they can dominate a target industry segment. He does this by aiding them in organizing to create an environment of disciplined operational execution and the high impact application of a company’s competitive economic advantages.
He began his career as an officer with United States Naval Intelligence, and when he left the Navy, he worked for Fidelity Investments as a quota bearing sales representative. He started as a venture investor in 1996 at BancBoston Capital and went on to become a General Partner at M/C Venture Partners (now M/C Partners) and then a Managing Director at Key Venture Partners, both in the Boston area.
He has had successful investments across a range of industries from Telecommunications and Data Centers to Cloud Computing Software, Security Services, Energy Services, and even Waste Management. The common thread among these projects has been a services-based recurring revenue model or a unique economic advantage enabled by the application of information technology. Most recently, he is the Managing Partner of Unit Economic Investors in Boston and Jacksonville, FL.
See his LinkedIn profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/jpwardjr
B.A., Middlebury College
M.B.A, Amos Tuck School — Dartmouth College
M.P.A, Kennedy School of Government — Harvard University
Favorite book is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with The Republic of Plato a close second. He loves his family, country, heroes, Nantucket, kiteboarding, and an occasional icy cold beer – in that order.