Chairman Rick Smith
As CEO, Rick leads the company with a constant focus on delivering innovative solutions that make communities safer. Rick’s quest to create technology solutions to reduce world violence began in 1993 when he founded TASER with his brother Tom. Since then, TASER ECDs are now in more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 40 countries.
Rick graduated from Harvard Cum Laude, received his MBA from the University of Chicago with a master's degree in international finance from the University of Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. He is a co-winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year® and named one of the “2010 Most Admired CEOs and Top-Level Executives” as sponsored by The Phoenix Business Journal and holds 14 patents.
Treasurer Dwight Henninger
Chief Henninger has been a member of the IACP Executive Committee for five years, served as the Chair of the Environmental Crimes Committee and a member of the Financial Review and Homeland Security Committees. Dwight is Chief of Police in Vail, Colorado where he has served since 2002. He leads a 63-person organization that serves over two million domestic and international visitors annually. Additionally, Dwight leads a county-wide communications center that provides communications services to 13 agencies in Eagle County and assistance to the Colorado Department of Transportation
Foundation Executive Vice Chair Vincent Talucci
Vincent Talucci currently serves as the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), an organization with over 21,000 members from over 100 countries around the world. As the Executive Director, Mr. Talucci is responsible for ensuring that the IACP builds upon over a century of success addressing issues at the forefront of the law enforcement profession, to include, advocacy, training, technical assistance and exchange of information. Leading a staff of over 100 professionals, Mr. Talucci provides strategic advice and counsel to the IACP leadership and membership on the critical issues they confront each day. Prior to his present appointment, Mr. Talucci was Deputy Executive Director, Director of IACP's Programs and Research Activities Directorate, and oversaw a broad range of core association services: police operations and management evaluations; promotional testing; executive search and placement; and oversight of federally-sponsored efforts including the National Law Enforcement Model Policy Center, Discover Policing, and IACP Center for Social Media. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Talucci served as Principal Advisor for Law Enforcement, State and Local Government Practice, with SAS, a worldwide software industry leader in predictive analytics and information integration services. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Talucci served with the IACP, progressing to Director of the Division of State and Provincial Police (S&P), facilitating the efforts of the S&P Executive Committee, forging strategic directions to address critical issues facing state and provincial law enforcement, and leading efforts in information sharing, homeland security, traffic safety, and innovative technology. Before joining IACP, Mr. Talucci worked with the National Institute of Justice, USDOJ, where his responsibilities included the substantive and programmatic management of criminal justice initiatives. Mr. Talucci completed his undergraduate work at Rutgers University and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Stephen Blauer is senior vice president of Blauer, headquartered in Boston, MA. In this capacity he manages product design and development, marketing, and sales. Blauer is also responsible for corporate strategic vision and planning, and international business opportunities. He is the author of fifteen US patents. Blauer is a privately owned third generation family business specializing in protective outerwear and uniforms for public safety professionals. The major products include Gore-Tex and CROSSTECH outerwear, rainwear, safety vests and apparel, uniform shirts and pants, and uniform accessories. Blauer has been with the company for 21 years. He began his career in direct sales and sales management. Blauer is a volunteer in several respected industry organizations. These include: International Safety Equipment Association, SACOP SafeShield, a public, corporate, military partnership with the goal of eliminating police officer injury and death, International Association of Chiefs of Police Foundation Board, and the National Law Enforcement Museum Advisory Committee.
Chief Terry M. Cunningham
Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Chief Terry M. Cunningham has 30 years of experience as a police officer, 13 as Chief of Police. During his distinguished career in professional policing, he has served as President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Vice President for four years and Chairman of the Legislative Committee for the past eight years. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Walter McNeil
Chief Walter McNeil was chosen as the Police Chief for the City of Quincy, February 28, 2011. When appointed by Governor Charlie Crist on February 20, 2008 as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Walter McNeil had more than 29 years of law enforcement experience. In this role, he is responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing the nation’s third largest prison system with a total annual budget of $2.3 billion and a workforce of over 20,000 employees. While serving in this position, he has continued to emphasize his commitment to public safety through a common sense approach to addressing recidivism.
Secretary McNeil was head of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice when appointed to the position of Secretary of Corrections. While at the Department of Juvenile Justice, his priority was to ensure the efficient operation of the state juvenile justice system through the provision of an appropriate mix of programs and services for juvenile offenders.
Mark Schmidl is Vice President at Motorola Solutions and has a long and established career with them over the past 32 years. Early in his career, he held various sales and first level management roles in the industrial and commercial market space. From 1997 through 2001 he was named a Motorola International Vice President and resided in Singapore where he led Motorola’s Communication business in South/Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, he held various leadership positions as Vice President for Strategic Projects, Territory Vice President, and is currently Motorola Regional Vice President, leading Motorola’s Government and Public Safety business throughout the Western United States.
Since 2001, Mark has been primarily responsible on Motorola’s Government and Public Safety business. That responsibility has required his focus on a number of organizations involving Motorola Public Safety customers. As a result of this he has continually attended conferences at both the National and local levels and supported sponsorships, on behalf of Motorola, for the following organizations: Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO), Major Cities Chiefs organization (MCC), International Association of Police Chiefs (IAPC), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Fire Rescue International (FRI), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). In addition to this, he has had direct involvement with sponsorships for various Police and Fire foundations across the Western US.
Mark is a graduate of Illinois State University and currently resides in San Diego with his wife, Diane. They have two children, both boys, ages 24 and 18.
Doug Thomas is the Director, Counterintelligence Operations and Investigations for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He leads a staff that is responsible for providing advice and guidance relative to investigations, counterintelligence and counterterrorism matters impacting the Corporation; he is the primary face to the Intelligence Community. His primary roles are to identify intelligence and terrorism threats to Lockheed Martin Corporation, work with internal and external partners to mitigate those threats, and provide oversight over security-related investigations across the enterprise.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Thomas was the Principal Deputy Director of Counterintelligence for the Nation following a mini-confirmation process by the White House, and the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence. He was the counterintelligence advisor to the Director of National Intelligence and the President of the United States. Mr. Thomas chaired the National Counterintelligence Operations Board, which was comprised of the Directors of Counterintelligence for each of the agencies within the Intelligence Community. Mr. Thomas retired from this position on October 1, 2011.
Previous to his role within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Thomas was a Special Agent for 25 years with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. In September of 2009, he retired as a member of the Senior Executive Service and last served as the Executive Director.