The Blackstone Inc. Team Leader
The Blackstone Inc. team is led by Samuel Blackstone, a crisis management executive and graduate of the FBI National Academy, who spent over twenty years as a special agent with the United States government as a foreign intelligence officer and criminal investigator involved in counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, and criminal investigative activities. He directed and supervised dignitary protection operations globally for two Secretaries of Defense, senior presidential cabinet officials and foreign dignitaries of cabinet ranking, with dignitary protection responsibilities that included handling personnel extrications around the world.
In the private sector he directed a global crisis and risk program for one of the largest insurance financial service companies in the U.S, where he supported the Board of Directors, Chairman/CEO on domestic and international executive protection matters, business intelligence, due diligence inquiries and risk and crisis management assessments. Additionally, he evaluated and upgraded the security systems for all the corporate facilities in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Mr. Blackstone has managed corporate crisis and risk programs; investigative services, asset recovery and personal threats; personnel crisis management programs, workplace violence issues and performed personnel extrications operations from hostile environments (including extortion response options).
Mr. Blackstone provides security and risk management analyses to fortune 500 corporations, major legal firms, high level law enforcement agencies, the U.S. intelligence community and numerous federal and state government enforcement agencies. He is recognized as a subject matter expert to the Department of Homeland Security concerning matters of risk management and target hardening; guest lecturer, both in the U.S. and abroad, on such topics as “Crisis and Infrastructure Challenges”.
He is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and a former member of U.S. Army Special Forces. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and Personnel Management, and an Executive Management Fellow from a prestigious U.S. University, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
The Blackstone Inc. Team
Today the Blackstone Inc. team provides a host of services regarding crisis and risk management within the U.S. government and multinational corporations to handle matters pertaining to physical security, executive security, protection of proprietary assets, emergency planning, and special solution matters.
The team maintains close working relationship with members of the:
With that in mind, the Blackstone Inc. Crisis Management Team is comprised of a select group of senior professionals with diverse and direct experience in crisis issues and reputation crisis management, public affairs, community, government and financial relations, and internal and cyber communications.
With backgrounds and experience ranging from the executive branches of government to multinational corporations, broadcast and print journalism, law enforcement, foreign intelligence and special operations backgrounds, the Blackstone Inc. team has provided strategic Crisis and Risk Management services to some of the largest corporations globally for more than 25 years