About the Author

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During his 30 year career in homeland security, Harold G. (Tex) Midkiff, CPP, CFE, has served in many leadership capacities , most recently as Vice President, Western Region for Pinkerton Government Services, Inc.  Based in El Segundo, California, he reported directly to the President, PGS Government Division and was responsible for the largest portfolio in the company.

 

Pinkerton is the oldest name in private security.  The Pinkerton National Detective Agency, usually shortened to the Pinkertons, was a private U.S. security guard and detective agency established by Allan Pinkerton in 1850. Pinkerton had become famous when he foiled a plot to assassinate president-elect Abraham Lincoln, who later hired Pinkerton agents for his personal security during the Civil War. (At the time of Lincoln’s assassination, his security was no longer handled by Pinkerton, but by U.S. Army personnel.) Pinkerton’s agents performed services ranging from security guards to private military contracting work. At its height, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency employed more agents than there were members of the standing army of the United States of America.

 

Before joining Pinkerton, Mr. Midkiff retired as an AVP for Guardsmark, LLC, an international contract security provider headquartered in New York, NY.  As a senior executive, he has been responsible for the management of as many as 22 branch offices and over 4000 security personnel. His accomplishments include: Regulatory and Compliance Policy – when he served as Facility Security Officer (FSO) and Compliance Officer for a major corporation, Security Consulting – when he conducted multiple security risk assessments and best-practice audits across the country for a national sports concern following the events of 9/11, and Learning and Development – when he wrote, directed and produced a leading security contractor’s first computer-based interactive training module on letters and parcel bombs.

 

Mr. Midkiff graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas in 1976 while working full-time in security for the Texas Department of Corrections.  He is both a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and is Board Certified in Security Management, having written and lectured extensively on the subject. 

 

Other honors include: National Chairman for the 1985 Annual Seminar & Exhibits, appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Society for Industrial Security, Charter Board Member of the Dallas Police Department/Private Security Joint Information Committee, ASIS Regional Vice President for the State of Texas in 1986, and United Way Leadership Registry – Sapphire Circle, 2001-2002.