John R. “Rick” Phillips
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
John R. “Rick” Phillips began his career as a Law Enforcement Specialist upon graduation from the United States Army Military Police Basic Course in 1972. During Rick’s career as a Military Policeman, he served as a Nuclear Security Specialist participating in, planning and executing security operations both overseas and in the United States at normal military installations as well as special facilities that stored and transported nuclear weapons. Rick was later promoted to Law Enforcement Command where he supervised patrol operations and a Tactical Response Unit. After completing his military service, he pursued a career in law enforcement that included training and application in both Patrol and Investigative roles before moving to the private sector. After serving in a Senior Management position with a national corporate security firm for 8 years, Rick founded The Phillips Group, Inc. in 1990. Operating on an International level, this firm provided a full range of Corporate Security Services to numerous Fortune 500 companies. Since 1994, Rick has been associated with several venture capitalist groups regarding the due diligence and acquisition processes of various international concerns. Upon acquisition, Rick reviews and establishes the security protocols and serves as the external CSO until divestiture.
Rick also assisted in the initial planning and implementation of security at the Georgia International Horse Park, site of the 1996 Olympic Equestrian Venue. Rick has provided personal security and risk management services to retired high-ranking military personnel, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Rick now consults with a select clientele in the Public Utility, Chemical and Steel Industries on matters of internal security and employee misconduct investigations. Rick also leads one of the Nation’s Premiere Special Operations Units, working with companies on various Special Security needs.
Rick is a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS), Physical Security Manager (PSM), a Maritime Security Manager (MSM) certified by the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board, and a Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies certified Classroom and Firearms Instructor. Rick provides training in both the Public Safety and Private Security Communities on matters of Corporate Security, Specialized Security and Counter-Terrorism measures.