Randy was one of the most featured officers on the popular television series “COPS”, having appeared in three separate seasons which led to his being cast in a role as a police officer in the Academy Award winning film, “CASINO” with Robert Deniro and Sharon Stone. Other film and TV roles followed, including “FOOLS RUSH IN”, “MISS CONGENIALITY II”, “THE ROAD HOME”, “CLOVERS MOVIE”, “AMERICA’S MOST WANTED” and a co-starring role opposite James Caan in the pilot episode of “LAS VEGAS”.
Randy was born and raised in Princeton New Jersey, where after graduating High School, he joined the Princeton Borough Police department becoming one of the youngest Police Officers in the state. He served the town for ten years before joining the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department where he served for almost 24 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant.
BRIAN WHITTEN, CEO
CEO, The Wounded BlueBIO
It isn’t every business executive who can seamlessly shift gears to help lead through the chaos while integrating merging companies, to turnaround an underperforming business unit, or to lead a cross-disciplinary strategic initiatives team. But this is a primary part of Brian Whitten’s signature offering: he is differentiated by an uncommon complement of executive management expertise, combined with strong business acumen, allowing him to view a business with a wide lens then narrow down to connect the dots, identify business drivers, understand complex issues, take action, and drive results.
Having recently served as the Vice President of Marketing and Recruiting of his Family’s 3rd generation national insurance company. Brian was responsible for oversight of a staff of 25 employees, hundreds of agents and a multi-million dollar corporate budget. In addition, Brian was the direct contact for several Fortune 100 companies, numerous government agencies and large membership organizations business relationships.
Advancing through a series of multiple promotions over 20 years at his family’s national insurance company, Brian’s leadership has expanded beyond the boundaries of a traditional business executive and he has led many strategic initiatives that have had positive impact on multiple business areas, driving down costs, increasing revenue, and improving overall performance of various business units. Brian evaluated and played a leadership role in many transactions for the Family Insurance Business, including overseeing business development resulting in a consistent increase in annual revenue during his time with the company and its subsequent merger with Acrisure , the 6th largest insurance brokerage firm in the world!
Most recently, as an entrepreneur, Brain honed his abilities in business leadership and innovation by co-founding and launching 14 businesses in a period of less than 18 months. He understands every aspect of business and entrepreneurship, most notably that leadership and taking care of employees lie at the center of any success story. Brian carries on that spirit into charitable work and promoting social responsibility. Most notably, his family foundation, The Whitten Giving Fund, is at the center of his charitable core — supporting, inspiring, and giving to those in need and providing assistance to multiple diverse local, regional, national and global causes.
Brian graduated from The University of Auburn with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He holds Insurance licenses in all 50 states for Life, Health, Disability, Accident, Cancer, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, Dental, Hearing, Vision and Annuities He enjoys giving back to his community, boating, fishing, hunting, playing golf and spending quality time with his Belgian Malinois “Rambo”.
Terence Davis, CFO
CFO, The Wounded BlueBIO
Terence Davis, who resides in Las Vegas, is vice president of West Valley National Bank with a branch at
Desert Inn and Jones.
He had a successful career in marketing and the entertainment industry until 2015, when he joined the
WVNB, first in California and then in 2018 he came to Las Vegas to find a new branch location. In one
year West Valley was voted as Best Bank in Las Vegas!
Terence is responsible not only for the Nevada bank’s business but also oversees the bank’s portfolio
of doctors and dentists and new business at branches in Arizona and California.
Davis graduated from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he was recently honored as the
Distinguished Alumni of the Year. He went on to receiving a master’s degree in entrepreneurship from
Fort Hays State University.
At UWO, Davis was named Outstanding Graduating Senior.
He’s a member of Sigma Pi National Fraternity.
His previous employment was with Loewi & Co. as a NYSE registered broker. He went on to positions
as diverse as the Worldwide Director of Merchandising and Sales for Hasbro Corporation and President
of Great Music Inc. In Malibu, CA. where he also founded the Malibu Symphony Association,
Malibu Music Awards, and served on the boards of many other nonprofits such as the Malibu Chamber
of Commerce, and Pepperdine University Crest Associates.
Terence couples his work in finance and improving the lives of others as his daily agenda. His attorney
wife Elyse claims “he’s a workaholic who will never retire, but loves what he does.” They have a son and
daughter who are both successful adults.
Eddie Richardson, COO
COO, The Wounded BlueBIO
Eddie Richardson, originally from Brockport, NY, is a retired disabled police officer who resides in Lexington, SC with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Jordan. They have two boys, Jonah and Caleb, who reside in Columbia and Charleston, SC.
He began his service in law enforcement with the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 2006, earning the MK Bullard Award in 2008 for Aggressive Traffic Enforcement. In late 2010 he was hired at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department where he quickly achieved the rank of Corporal, a shift supervisor. During his tenure he received the Medal of Valor among other citations and awards for on-duty heroics. While working full time at the Sheriff’s Department, he also worked for the Pelion Police Department and The University of South Carolina Police Department. During this period, he also completed his Bachelor’s in Psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from South University.
Ambushed in 2016, he was thrown into the realm of workers compensation and forced to retire in 2017 from severe spinal trauma. His retirement initially consisted of assisting other wounded officers in any way that he could, culminating in walking legislation onto both the floors of the House and Senate in Washington, DC. Since its inception he has been a certified peer and the Peer Coordinator for The Wounded Blue charity, assisting in telephone and physical on-scene callouts for trauma and outreach in the law enforcement community.
Sgt. Bob Bemis (RET)
Advisory Board Member Senior TrainerBIO
Sergeant (Ret.) Robert Bemis retired in 2017 as a Supervisor in the Operational Training Division at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Sgt. Bemis spent more than a decade as a trainer in many police disciplines, specializing in officer safety, self defense and civil disorder tactics. He worked in previous assignments as both a Patrol Trooper and Patrol Supervisor, at several stations in western Pennsylvania. Sgt. Bemis was also assigned to the Forensic Services Unit, investigating major crime and accident scenes with emphasis on evidence collection and fingerprint analysis.
In March 2015, Sgt. Bemis was severely injured while assisting a disabled motorist along an interstate highway. Following months of hospitalization and rehabilitation, Sgt. Bemis returned to his duties at the Academy, and continued teaching for more than a year before retirement. He shares the experience of his final 22 months in law enforcement as author of the book – Forged in Scars & Stripes: A Trooper’s Victory Over Critical Injury.
Following retirement, Sgt. Bemis continues to provide training on a variety of law enforcement subjects, and travels to raise awareness to the hazards present to emergency responders along our highways. As a member of The Wounded Blue organization’s S.E.A.L. Team (Support, Education, Assistance and Legislation), he is an advocate for disabled and injured officers everywhere.
He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving on active duty from 1986 to 1992. As a Military Policeman, he performed high-level security assignments, first as a member of the helicopter squadron responsible for transporting the President, also known as “Marine One”; and later, for the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.
Advisory Board MemberBIO
Clarissa Burt is an award-winning international media personality, producer, director, author, public speaker and supermodel.
With hundreds of television and film credits to her name, this
Who’s Who of International American and American Women brings 30 years of broadcast industry experience in both International and American markets. Her brainchild In the Limelight Media is an online multimedia portal consisting of video/podcast/digital magazine provides educative, entertaining and empowering content the savvy entrepreneur with a social conscience.
Her signature beauty, wellness and lifestyle brand celebrates women through her signature for pillar philosophy; look good, feel good, be good, greater good. Clarissa’s book The Self-Regime is due for fall 2019 distribution.
Ms. Burt’s extensive social work garnered her to private audiences with Pope John Paul II. As a woman’s advocate and leader of social change for a new standard of living, Clarissa was instrumental as Ambassador to United States for the Walking Africa campaign toward African women the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Clarissa is the first American to present on live Russian television at the Kremlin. She was recently given the Woman of Excellence Award by the Women’s Economic Forum.
A self-made business success and former United States Marine, Ron Coury came to Las Vegas in 1973 and first worked as a casino dealer and realtor. Coury’s first business was the Suburban Lounge West. He went on to open or acquire over 20 successful firms including seven auto dealerships in California and Las Vegas, Suburban Graphics, an International gaming supply company, Thirstbusters Casino, Presidential Limousine Service, Glass Supply Inc. and the Castaways Casino. Coury is a property partner in Henderson Kia. He is currently serving as a Board member with Square Panda, Inc., The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Foundation and the Walker Furniture Store’s group. Coury formerly served as a Founding Board member for Nevada First Bank and as Board Chairman for the Marine Corps Support Council of Southern Nevada.
Michael founded, managed and operated four construction and land development companies from 1984 to 2009 and was responsible for establishing a higher standard of growth in New York’s Hudson River Valley, by which all others were judged. Michael successfully scaled design, construction and renovation of custom homes ranging from $750K to $8.5M and built a portfolio yielding average net profits of $2.5M annually.
Michael moved ahead of the recent financial collapse to fund and manage a successful mortgage portfolio and expanded business to Nevada. In 2009 Michael executed a successful sale of his New York companies and partially retired. After a four-month retirement, he then started a chain of title loans stores in Nevada. Michael’s business plan was to become competitive with all other title and short-term lenders throughout the Las Vegas Valley and offered rates 50% less than his competition. In one year, he established his business and opened three stores serving every corner of the Valley – by offering competitive rates, it caused his competition to drastically lower their rates in order to be competitive in the marketplace
In 2017, as the U.S. Economy recovered Michael diversified into the physical security and risk management sector. Michael helped finance, appoint and organize the Invictus International Holdings LLC. Board of Advisors and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Michael is also a contributor to business development across the U.S. and Central America. At the same time, Michael has also been recently appointed to the Wounded Blue Board of Directors, a nationally recognized 501c3 organization, supporting wounded law enforcement and military personnel. Additionally, Michael has been a lifelong supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and is a huge supporter of local Las Vegas non-profit organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Three Square Food Bank and Opportunity Village.
Michael currently resides in Henderson, Nevada with his three children, and frequents Southern California. Among his notable achievements, he also had early successes in the import of exotic automobiles and “supercars” during the early 1980’s. Additionally, he organized and maintained compliance, customs and EPA/DOT approvals. He also successfully owned and operated a sporting goods store in Port Chester, New York from 1977 to 1982.
Jeffrey B. Edwards is the Firm’s accounting services practice leader and has been with the firm since August of 2000. In addition to managing tax engagements, he is often called upon to consult with and structure start-up business ventures. Previously Edwards was the Controller for American Asphalt & Grading Company and Westar Development. With his construction background, Edwards provides realistic and timely insight for his clients as well as for the PBTK team on industry-specific tax matters. He is regularly called on to speak on accounting topics such as business start-ups, budgeting, and not-for-profit accounting.
Real estate and construction, restaurants, wholesale distributorships and other retail sales, not-for-profit
Tax preparation and review, representation before the Internal Revenue Service; tax planning and advisory services for individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely-held corporations; small business structure and set-up; structure real estate transactions
Accountant with Deloitte & Touche; Controller for American Asphalt & Grading Company; Controller for Westar Development
BS Business Administration (accounting emphasis) University of Nevada, Las Vegas
MS Accountancy University of Nevada, Las Vegas
CPA certifications and permits
Other certifications, permits, awards, distinctions
Boy Scouts of America, Treasurer – The Wounded Blue
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants
Advisory Board MemberBIO
Justin is a Managing Director – Investments in The Princeton Sharpe Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. He began his career in 2005, helping serve clients’ investment needs by utilizing the vast resources of a national boutique, while maintaining a local focus. He prides himself on truly understanding the group’s clients. He has a great deal of experience working with multi-generational client families, establishing college savings plans, devising retirement strategies to not outlive their income, and working to build estate plans.
He strongly believes that proper asset allocation, based upon a client’s individual investment profile, followed by careful investment manager selection and ongoing monitoring are the keys to managing volatility and risk. Justin was named as one of the Top 500 Americas Next Generation Wealth Advisors in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as Best in State Wealth Advisor in 2018 and 2019 by Forbes/R.J. Shook . He ranked amongst the top five for the state of New Jersey.
Justin earned his B.S. in General Business and Marketing from the University of Maryland, with a citation in Public Leadership and memberships in a number of collegiate honorary societies. In addition, he holds the following FINRA registrations: General Securities Representative (Series 7), the Uniform State Law Exam (Series 63) and the Uniform Investment Advisor Law (Series 65). He is insurance licensed as an agent for Life, Accident, Health and Sickness in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. In addition, Justin has earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner® from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.
Justin lives in Princeton, NJ and is involved with numerous non-profit organizations. He currently is an active member of the West Windsor Fire Company No. 1. He also enjoys teaching tennis, playing golf and competitive running.
BERNARD B. KERIK is one of the most dynamic, undisputed, controversial and accomplished leaders in law enforcement, correction, and national security in the United States. For more than thirty years, he served his country with distinction, honor, and valor, most notably as New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history.
Prior to the NYPD, for close to six years, he served as First Deputy, and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, overseeing the New York City jail system, including Rikers Island, the largest and most violent jail system in the country at the time. Through his leadership, the department achieved unparalleled success in management, accountability, and safety and security.
He has spent ten years working in the Middle-East for the ruling families of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Jordan; and in 2003 was appointed by the White House, as the Interim Minister of the Interior of Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Considered one of the most decorated police commissioners in the history of the New York City Police Department, in the line of duty, he has rescued people from burning buildings, been stabbed, shot at, and saved his partner who had been wounded in a gun battle. He survived the terror attacks on 9/11, and a bomb plot in Iraq. He has been the target of numerous death threats, seized tons of cocaine and millions in drugs proceeds from the Cali Cartel, and brought cop killers, Colombian drug lords and Iraqi terrorists to justice.
His service to his country has been recognized in more than 100 awards for public and heroic service, including the New York City Police Department’s Medal for Valor and 29 NYPD medals for excellent and meritorious service. He has been commended for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, received the DEA Administrator’s Award, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Chuck founded Cornerstone Merchant Services in 2004. By cultivating a culture of integrity and personal responsibility, he led Cornerstone to become the largest credit card processor in Nevada within just a few years. Since founding Cornerstone, Chuck has volunteered time to various non-profit organizations throughout Las Vegas, and he has dedicated himself to strengthening ties between local businesses and the communities around them.
Greg has a passion for “Making a Difference”, building organizational and corporate value through establishment of long-term relationships. His ability to develop & execute on strategic plans, as well as, effectively build & manage teams has led to his success as an entrepreneur, visionary, corporate team member and organizational leader. As someone who has been exposed to many diverse opportunities at every level of the career spectrum, as well as, started and sold many companies, he is a team builder, who is known for assembling world class talent and like-minded individuals who are committed to excellence, professionalism, and delivering results through strategic partnering, consensus building, effective communication and proven leadership.
He brings experience in executive leadership, management, operations, budgeting, sales, marketing, business development, investment, risks analysis, and consulting and has a proven track record for setting and achieving high goals. His personal drive for excellence, willingness to listen and understand, and ability to communicate effectively are hallmarks of his capacity to achieve success at any level.
In the last ten years, he has founded four financial service and technology companies which were acquired by a five billion dollar private equity group. Following the acquisition, he remained a senior executive with the private equity group and consulted for an additional four years in growing their service offerings, ensuring operational efficiencies were maintained and managed corporate strategy. In addition, he has consulted and worked in several executive level positions in various industries over the past 5 years, including founding 12 companies, focused on finance, real estate development, economic development consulting and partnering with global iconic brands and celebrities to launch global private label coffee companies.
Greg is the proud father of Grace and Spencer. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and children, traveling, playing golf and donating his time when an where he can make a difference.
Heidi grew up on a ranch in south central Montana where she learned firsthand the value of hard work, family and neighbors. She graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has worked many years in international business, including textiles and software.
Advocacy and support for the most vulnerable in our country has long been a passion of hers… second only to raising two children, serving as a U.S. Marine and law enforcement wife, and spending time with her three grandchildren. Her husband of 32 years was critically injured during a traffic stop in 2002, ending his career in law enforcement. Their family’s faith and experience following line of duty disability retirement prompted Heidi to write Dependence Day, a book that includes a number of the struggles many disabled officers and their families face – from thankfulness to financial difficulties, isolation, depression and suicidal thoughts. Sharing their story has been instrumental in helping the Paulsons form a support network for injured officers and families. Heidi maintains an online forum for families, allowing these heroes to connect, encourage one another and share resources.
It is no secret that law enforcement life is hard on families. Both the suicide and divorce rate in LE families are way too high. Following line of duty disability, these rates jump even higher. Heidi has coordinated marriage retreats for disabled LEOs and spouses under Hunting for Heroes. She now serves as the VP of the wounded officers division for How2LoveYourCop; and will be continuing the VOWS (Veterans Of the War on our Streets) marriage retreat program, as well as other outreaches to wounded officers and families, through this organization.
Through their personal experience and this growing network, it became clear that a number of state and federal issues pertaining to disabled officers need to be addressed. Heidi has advocated at both the state and federal level on behalf of disabled first responders for over a decade. These efforts have resulted in legislation being passed, as well as bills currently pending in the U.S. House and Senate, with more issues being drafted into bill language for the next Congress. Recently, Heidi has been invited to represent wounded officers in the PSOB Working Group under the direction of Bureau of Justice Assistance (Department of Justice). This is the first time that disabled officers have been represented in this group.
Heidi believes it is truly an honor to represent the heroes who protect and defend communities throughout our country. For far too long, too many have been pushed aside and forgotten by the communities they once served. Heidi knows how consuming the fight to survive one more day can be, and how exhausting it is for the whole family. “It is time that these heroes, and their families, have a voice, and together we are being heard.”
Bret Rawson is General Counsel for the Utah Fraternal Order of Police, an organization in Utah that represents more than 4,000 law enforcement officers and is a subordinate lodge of the largest police fraternal organization in the United States, the National Fraternal Order of Police, with membership exceeding 350,000. Mr. Rawson is also a Board Member of the Wounded Blue, a non-profit organization aimed at supporting catastrophically-injured law enforcement officers. As a partner of the law firm, Nelson Jones PLLC, in the greater Salt Lake area, Mr. Rawson’s practice focuses on police problems to include administrative matters before Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) as well as internal affairs and officer-involved critical incidents. Mr. Rawson is also a reserve police officer at a local Utah municipality. Mr. Rawson holds a JD from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and a master’s degree in mass communication from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Mr. Rawson has been married for 28 years and has four amazing children.
Larry is a Managing Director – Investments of the Princeton Sharpe Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. and serves as the Branch Office Manager of the Princeton, New Jersey office. Larry began his financial services career in 1984, serving high net worth private clients, corporate accounts and non-profit. During his career, Larry spent over a decade acting as NASDAQ Market Maker, giving him a unique perspective on the securities markets.
He works closely with the Retirement Services Group, Fixed Income trading desks, Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc.’s Consulting Group and the Insurance and Annuity Department to provide access to the best possible services to our clients. Within Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc., Larry works closely with the group to help tailor investment portfolios rooted in strategic asset allocation for individual and institutional investors. He strongly believes that proper asset allocation, based upon a client’s individual investment profile, followed by careful investment manager selections and ongoing monitoring of portfolio progress are the keys to managing volatility and reducing risk. Larry holds the following licenses: General Securities Principal (Series 24), General Securities Representative (Series 7), General Securities Sales Supervisor (Series 9 and 10), Equity Trader Limited Representative (Series 55) and National Commodities Futures (Series 3).
He also holds the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Exam (Series 63) and the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Exam (Series 65). He is licensed as an agent for Life Insurance in the States of Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Larry lives in West Windsor, New Jersey and has been an active member of a number of non-profit and community organizations including: Twin W First Aid Squad, EVP of the Local Pop Warner Organization, and Chief of The West Windsor Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.
Frank Shankwitz is best known as the Creator, Co-Founder, and first President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an extraordinary charity that grants the wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. From humble beginnings, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is now a global organization that grants a child’s wish somewhere in the world on an average of every 28 minutes.
Frank is a U.S. Air Force veteran and has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. He began as a Arizona Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer, and retired as a Homicide Detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, with 42 years of service. Frank has been featured in numerous publications and television programs, and has received several awards, including the White House Call To Service Award from both President George W. Bush and President Donald J. Trump, and the “Making A Difference In the World” award from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
In 2015 Frank joined six U.S. Presidents as well as Nobel Prize winners and industry leaders as a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In December 2015, following his commencement address, Frank was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Public Service, from The Ohio State University. In December 2015, Frank was identified as one of the “10 Most Amazing Arizonans”, in a front-page article in the Arizona Republic newspaper. In January 2016, Frank was identified in a Forbes Magazine article as a “Forbes Top Ten Keynote Speaker”.
In April 2017, Frank was presented the Unite4:Humanity Celebrity ICON Social Impact Award, joining past recipients Matthew McConaughey and Morgan Freeman. In February 2018, Frank shared the stage with Matthew McConaughey at Universal Studios at the LA City Gala and was presented the first City Gala Hero Award. Frank’s new book, “Wish Man”, was re-released in September 201,8 and is available at Amazon.com. In May 2019, following his commencement address, Frank was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Law, from St. Norbert College. In June 2019, Frank joined 89 celebrities, when he received his “STAR” on the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. In October 2019, Frank received a Lifetime Service Award from Women of Global Change. In November2019, Frank received his “STAR” on the Coronado Island Walk of Stars.
In November 2019, Frank received the 2019 Arizona Ambassador of the Year Award from the Consular Corps of Arizona. Frank’s life story, “Wish Man”, a feature motion picture, was released in June 2019, and has won several awards, including being qualified for an Academy Award. Frank is a board member on several non-profits, including U.S. Vets, The Wounded Blue, Broadway Hearts, Women of Global Change, and Level Up Home Seattle. Information to contact Frank for a speaking engagement is available on Frank’s website – wishman1.com.
Bio coming soon…