Steve is a 4-time entrepreneur and venture capital backed CEO in the security services sector. His portfolio companies are tech-enabling a centuries old security services industry by combining video surveillance technologies, mobile patrol services, on-site services, and state of the art reporting technologies. His visionary leadership offers commercial real estate customers a significant ROI while providing a safe and secure environment. Steve’s companies are fast growing with a vibrant, merit-based culture and are dedicated to being the next generation of tech-enabled security services that customers need in today’s complex security environment.
At 23, Steven began his entrepreneurial career as Co-Founder and CEO of BlackBox GPS, a leading SaaS Telematics company, which he sold in 2009. Following his passion, Steven transitioned to a specialized Law Enforcement agency working in several sworn operational leadership capacities. During his 7-year law enforcement tenure, he recognized the need for an innovative security services business model due to increased crime and pension deficit challenges. Steven founded an integrated security services business attracting venture capital sharing a similar investing thesis. The success of the initial security services company lead to the launch of multiple venture capital-backed innovative companies within the security sector.
Steve is the CEO at S3 Security and Overwatch Capital. He is an Investor, Board Member, and Operating Partner for several private companies in the security sector. Steve serves as a Board Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Southeast Region Chapter and is a member of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BA in Corporate Communication and earned an MA in Homeland Security from American Military University.
Chief Operations Officer
Jennifer graduated from Florida International University in Miami Florida with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She began her career as an Occupational Therapist with a specialty in Orthopedic Care in clinical outpatient and homecare settings. Jennifer received continuing education under Matheson Model in Functional Capacity Evaluations and partnered with National Worker’s Compensation Networks.
During her career in Occupational Therapy Jennifer found a niche in building relationships with her patients, physicians, and medical device manufacturers. After a successful career in therapy, she transitioned into Orthopedic Device Medical Sales. Jennifer excelled as Regional Sales Manager for a leading Orthopedic Brace Company growing her market to the highest revenue producing within the company.
After a successful tenure in medical sales Jennifer was recruited to build a customer service function for a venture capital backed portfolio of security services businesses. After several years of building the customer service function and significantly increasing customer retention, Jennifer was recruited to manage the company’s day-to-day Finance and Administration Department. Jennifer worked closely with her team focusing on cash flow management, accounts receivables, accounts payables, payroll, and human resources. Jennifer sat on several committees appointed by the Board of Directors including the Compensation Committee.
As Jennifer’s grassroots in business and entrepreneurial experience grew so did the portfolio of security companies. In January 2017, Jennifer transitioned to Chief Operations Officer. Jennifer’s experience in leading sales, marketing, customer service, and finance roles brings the business a unique intuitional knowledge base and an innovative perspective to the security sector. Jennifer lives in her hometown Jacksonville Beach, FL and in her off time, she enjoys boating, traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.
Director of Operations — Jacksonville, FL
Patrick Seal is the S3 Security, Business Operations Manager responsible for the Jacksonville, FL market. Patrick has years of business management experience gained in logistics industry where he held a management role for one of the largest freight brokerages in the nation. Prior to working in the logistics industry Patrick owned and operated a restaurant franchise in Neptune Beach, FL responsible for running all aspects of the business.
Patrick attended the University of North Florida with a focus on communications and marketing. His experience in logistics and small business has allowed him to gather a vast knowledge of expertise focused in commercial Operations, Business Development, and Customer Service. Patrick is dedicated to tech-enabling a centuries old services industry by providing security services and improved processes to S3 Security commercial and multi-family real estate customers providing a safe and secure environment.
Patrick is married and has two dogs, in his spare time he can be found enjoying the many trails that Jacksonville, FL has to offer with his wife and dogs. He is also an avid fisherman and enjoys spending time along the river and ocean.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Wes spent his childhood on the first coast of Florida. After graduating from a highly ranked college preparatory high school, Wes attended Florida State University where he graduated in three years with his bachelor’s degree. In addition to obtaining his degree during these years, Wes attended the Police Academy where he graduated first in his class.
Upon graduating, Wes was hired as a police officer in the City of Tallahassee. Throughout his career in law enforcement, Wes served the community in multiple capacities including units addressing street-level narcotics and other quality of life issues plaguing communities. Due to a significant increase in the city’s violent crime, Wes was then asked to transition to a violent crime task force partnering with several federal agencies. Through this partnership, numerous firearms and illegal drugs were seized and taken off the streets of Tallahassee. Additionally, Wes assumed a primary role in the successful prosecution of numerous violent offenders in both federal and state courts. As a result, there was a drastic drop in the city’s violent crime rate. Wes was then asked to move into a new role as a Field Training Officer where he had the opportunity to train several new police officers. One of the high points of Wes’ career was during his tenure as an Entry Team Member of the SWAT Team. In this role, Wes had the opportunity to execute numerous high-risk search warrants and respond to high-risk incidents such as hostage situations and armed barricaded subjects.
Wes was then given the unique opportunity to transition into the private sector to serve as an Account Executive in the security industry. Through Wes’ nearly 7 years of law enforcement experience, he brings a valuable knowledge base and experiences into the security industry. This combines two of Wes’s passions, the security/protection profession and strategic business management. Wes currently leads the go-to-market function and plays a vital role in the companies strategic growth initiative.
Wes is passionate about being on the forefront of the security industry and adopting new innovative approaches in an effort to serve our clients in the highest and most effective manner.
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.
Finance & Administrative Specialist
Cayla was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She attended the private high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, where she excelled as an honor roll student. After graduation, Cayla moved to Jacksonville where she pursued her education at the University of North Florida. Throughout the course of her four-year studies, she double majored in Finance and Transportation Logistics. She was awarded with the Dean’s List and successfully graduated in 2017.
As an active member of her sorority, Cayla participated in various community volunteer work throughout Jacksonville. She also belonged to the Finance Club at the University of North Florida.
Cayla’s hobbies include cooking and exercising and in her free time she enjoys bike riding on the beach, boating, and traveling to new places.
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.