Clifton P. Cox, Founder, President/CEO
In 2003, Clifton P. Cox (Patrick) had a vision of creating a world-wide security and investigations company that focused on protecting our freedom. With his knowledge, background and approximately 16 years of combined experience in the security environment, investigations, security consulting, management and general public safety, Patrick’s vision came into existence. Patrick is the visionary and founder of Strategic Intelligence Solutions (S.I.S). He has had the pleasure of honorably serving in the US Marine.
In addition to Patrick’s plethora of experience, he holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities and received the honorary title of Doctor of Humanities by the Anointed by God Ministries Alliance for recognition of his life experiences, and his dedication and contributions to building better communities.
Patrick’s experience combined with his education has helped him become the mastermind behind SIS.
Yaminah N. Graves, VP of Training & Business Development
Dr. Yaminah N. Graves is a dynamic organizational development professional with extraordinary relationship building skills. She has been responsible for helping SIS to achieve financial goals and objectives and increase operating performance. She communicates the company strategy to the executive management team and creates businesses assessments, while solving internal issues as they arise. She identifies ways to maximize revenue and exploring new opportunities for growth. As an avid coach and mentor for the SIS team, she attracts, retains and motivates the team. She improves the functioning of organizational strategies in the areas of marketing, training and development, and performance management. She conducts security related assessments and operational performance while training and implementing new procedures. She has been extremely successful in developing and facilitating cooperative relationships among employees and management through innovative process/program design, coaching and vibrant presentation skills.
Yaminah has a very unique blend of relationship building and training skills which focuses on the strengths of management and the employees to ultimately achieve results for the success of the organization and motivate and challenge the entire team to adapt new skills and change behaviors. Ensure highly productive relationships and partnerships for the benefit of the organization.
Yaminah sets the goals for SIS, monitors work, and evaluates results to ensure that departmental and organizational objectives and operating requirements are met and are in line with the needs and mission of SIS. Yaminah is very successful in working alongside community leaders, executive directors, major donors/funders and government officials. She nurtures, mentors and coaches our internal team and our networks of alliances to exchanges knowledge and information to promote change and growth within the organization.
Yaminah is a Licensed and ordained Chaplain and is active on many Board of Directors of various not for profit organizations. Yaminah holds a Master’s of Science degree in Organization Behavior with a concentration in Training and Development from Polytechnic University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University at Albany.
Larry Schaefer, Director of International Business Development
Lawrence D. Schaefer’s has extensive international and national experience in high risk and top secret security, personnel management, and protection.
Mr. Schaefer is currently employed by the U.S. Capitol Police, serving as a Communications Expert. He holds numerous certifications with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), as well as in emergency management, incident management, emergency communications, continuity operations, exercise development, and facilitation. During his 29-year career he has participated in security operations for seven Presidential Inaugurations, fourteen Presidential State of the Unions, two Presidential Laying in State funerals, several conventions, head of state and VIP visits, and Congressional Gold Medal Ceremonies. His expertise includes:
- Organized and implemented the first evacuation plan for the U.S. Capitol Building which evolved into the present day Capitol Campus Evacuation Program
- First Vice-Chairman, liaison, and mediator to the U.S. Capitol Police Officers in several Union related issues
- Created and implemented a state-wide Junior Leadership Program, including the supervision of a State-wide Multi-Team Training Program
- Created and implemented a battalion-wide Physical Security Program, Safety Program, and Security Program for the Maryland Army National Guard (MDARNG)
- Created, Implemented, and Commanded three new Tactical Quick Response Teams for deployment in response to state-wide critical incidents determined by the Governor
- Oversee training and briefings for senior officers, high level dignitaries, and other VIP’s
As a personal business owner and entrepreneur, Mr. Schaefer was the CEO of the successful Koi Pond business for ten years, including the design, installation, and management of a number of commercial and residential custom-created water features and fountains, lights, plants, and imported Koi. His former clients included the Rotunda Condominium Complex in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the Sanderling Condominium Complex in Centerville, Virginia.
His capabilities also include working with several executive federal agencies to create a Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP), facilitating exercises to test various security plans and strategies, and reporting final evaluation summaries to the Executive Office by FEMA, participating in several National Public Safety Communications Interoperability Standards for organizations, organizational structure, humanitarian assistance, project development/management and marketplace training.
Jeannette Placeres, Director of Talent Management & Administration
As Director of Talent Acquisition/HR, Jeanette Placeres leads recruitment with a constant focus on acquiring talented professionals with a passion for the security and investigations industry. Jeanette joins us with over 15 years of diverse experience in Human Resources, Training and Development, Career Services and Education.
Jeanette’s talent and love of challenges landed her a position of Director of Career Services for five locations within the Mid-Atlantic Region where she successfully built the department from the ground up. Her continued success includes developing new created positions, training manuals, procedures and policies, marketing material, recruitment bonus plans and relocation packages.
Jeanette holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Behavior with a concentration in Human Resources from Polytechnic University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Jeanette, the forever student, holds a second graduate degree where she graduated Suma Cum Laude from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.
Jennifer Logan, Senior Director of Human Resources
Oversees all human resource functions including recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, learning and development, employee relations and career services, payroll, information management, and leadership development, as well as all aspects of the personnel system.
Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in human resource management with extensive senior-level experience in corporate, entrepreneurial and consulting roles. Jennifer joined Sam’s Club in November 2008, bringing a wealth of talent to the members-only warehouse operating segment that serves the needs of individual and small-business members. Through her experience, Jennifer has gained extensive experience with talent acquisition and development, employee relations, HR strategy, process improvement, driving operational effectiveness and change management. Prior to relocating to Virginia, she served as the Market Human Resource Manager at Walmart Stores Inc., serving CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD and Northern VA. There she was responsible for leading and directing all aspects of human resources. Prior to the Walmart Stores, she worked as an Executive Team Relations Leader with Target and Human Resource Manager with Lowes Home Improvement.
Jennifer is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their resources and talent and helping individuals make the most of their job search and developing core competencies. In addition to her accomplishments in HR/OD, Jennifer has also provided career transition services for more than 15 years through one-on-one coaching, group workshops and educational seminars at colleges/universities and nonprofit organizations.
Jennifer attended University of Maryland University College and studied Human Resources. Jennifer holds a HR certification from Cornell University,Achieve Global certified trainer, Expert Trainer certification and IMAL Human Resource certifications.