On Air Guest – Don L. Rondeau is President & CEO of Total Security Services International (TSSI, Inc.)
Posted in Special Guest CEO on 05. Mar, 2011
Don L. Rondeau, President & CEO and Member, Board of Directors
Don L. Rondeau is President & CEO of Total Security Services International (TSSI, Inc.). He is credited with taking TSSI, Inc., a once small but well-respected consulting company, to a multi-million dollar international operation. Under Mr. Rondeau’s direction, TSSI, Inc. secured its first federal contract as a prime contractor. His approach to business is quite legendary. TSSI, Inc. operations executive Sam Beatty states, “When Mr. Rondeau took over the leadership of our company, we were not operating at our best. Like many companies that existed before September 11th and the creation of DHS, we had the skill set necessary to protect, but lacked the ability to engage industry and agency alike with credibility. Sam Beatty continues, “We were solid before, but we are the best we have ever been since Mr. Rondeau acquired the company”. Prior to taking charge over TSSI, Inc., Mr. Rondeau had already established himself as a homeland security professional with a broad range of distinguished positions, appointments, and awards. He is the author of Red Teaming: The Don L. Rondeau Method, a non-fiction book that chronicles his development of an anti-terrorism exercise methodology designed to identify potential terrorist tactics and targets. This methodology has its foundation in some of the investigative work he directed for Fortune 1000 companies. His method proved invaluable at identifying persons responsible for dozens of armed robberies and assaults. After the terrorist attacks of September 11th, he evolved the methodology to meet the challenges of terrorism. Mr. Rondeau has served as an executive consultant and service provider to the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration where he lends his expertise to secure the transportation infrastructure for our Nation.
Mr. Rondeau began his career by serving in the United States Coast Guard where he spent rewarding time training recruits. From there, Mr. Rondeau found his way into various executive asset protection roles, most prominently serving as Directors of Asset Protection for two Fortune 1000 companies for nearly a decade. During this time, Rondeau successfully ran the investigations and oversaw the prosecution of hundreds of offenders involving cases of embezzlement, robbery, fraud, and other financial crimes and schemes. Here, Rondeau honed his ability to organically conduct full-scale investigations that culminated into successful resolution and prosecution, all while responsible for keeping the company operating at its maximum efficiency and effectiveness – a unique, multi-disciplined role. Mr. Rondeau understands how to effectively conduct security operations and protect profitability. Most telling is that under the direction of Mr. Rondeau, the security divisions created a positive return on investment for the corporations. The security department that actually pays for itself and improves the bottom line is indeed a rare phenomenon.
Using his asset protection background, Mr. Rondeau launched his own company, Rondeau & Smith, Inc., a due diligence corporation. He navigated the complexities associated with taking a company “public” via an accredited investor stock offering. While running the company, Mr. Rondeau served as a contract investigator for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and also teamed with several international security groups for special security projects. Later, Mr. Rondeau served as the Chief of Security/Director of Client Services for the Embassies of the State of Kuwait and Qatar. In this capacity, Rondeau directed the physical, personal event and travel security for the embassies and their residences in coordination with local law enforcement and in compliance with U.S. Department of State Regulations. The staff he directed included a contingent of highly skilled, armed special police officers who operated in the complex and politically sensitive embassy environment. Business luminaries such as former Washington Redskin, Superbowl Champion Rick “Doc” Walker and renowned economist, Jeff Thredgold, served in leadership positions in support of Mr. Rondeau.