Leadership

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Barrington (Barry) C. Pinto

President and Chief Executive Officer

The President and founder of AWICS Security & Investigations, Mr. Pinto has over three decades of federal and state investigative and military leadership experience.      Mr. Pinto formed the company in 2000 and since has assembled a talented team of professionals comprised of a diverse range of physical security management experience within military, law enforcement and security, human resource and facility security operations.  Mr. Pinto has extensive experience in law enforcement, site security assessments and close protection support operations for both personnel and assets security.  Under his leadership AWICS Security has acquired the capabilities and experience to perform in the fields of Governmental and Commercial Security, Transit Security, Explosive Detector Canine Security, Security Training and Private Investigations.  Mr. Pinto holds armed guard / patrol operator / private investigations / security consulting licensing in numerous states and is an approved vendor for various local government agencies throughout the Eastern Region.  He also enabled AWICS Security to become a provider within the Service Contract Act (SCA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), DOL Wage Determinations, as well as contract labor agreements.  AWICS Security is headquartered in New York State with offices located in Brooklyn, New York and Geneva, New York.

Mr. Pinto’s military career includes Military Police and Investigator duties and assignments with Military Police Detachments in the Federal Republic of Germany, 7th Infantry Division at Ft Ord, California, as well as Military Police Brigades in and around the States of New York and New Jersey.  His operational deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (2), Army Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal (2), both the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device.  Additionally Mr. Pinto has been awarded the Overseas Service Ribbon (3), the Army Service Ribbon, and the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon.

As AWICS Security’s President Mr. Pinto provides a unique combination of analytical skills, leadership, experience and education.  Mr. Pinto essentially oversees all aspects of the company operations.  Since AWICS Security covers an extensive area with multiple locations, his challenge is that of being responsible for portions of the overall area, including ensuring that policies and procedures evolve within the company.  Mr. Pinto has been an instructor and guest speaker at several community business expos and police community relations events.  He continues to be an integral part within AWICS Security at a strategic and operational level.

Stephan A. Sciarabba

Business Development Manager

The Business Development Manager for AWICS Security & Investigations, Mr. Sciarabba has extensive experience as a Security Manager, Protective Security Specialist, and Law Enforcement / Security Trainer at both the state and federal employment levels. He is a veteran of both US Military and US Government special operations units, and a former operator in a highly classified government counter-terrorist program.

Between 2003-2010 he deployed to the Middle East and Africa supporting Operations Iraqi / Enduring Freedom serving as both a Security Manager and a Security Operator on programs and operations for the Department of State and the Department of Defense.  He has also performed high-risk Protective Security Detail (PSD) missions for a broad range of high profile government officials and visiting diplomats close protection teams. During his last two tours in the Middle East and Africa Mr. Sciarabba was used primarily as an adviser and instructor under the Department of State responsible for training and mentoring the Afghan Border Police (ABP).  He was also assigned a U.S. Representative consulting and assessing for the African Peacekeeping Forces (ACOTA) deploying to the Sudan region of East Africa; on the fundamentals for the reinforcement of their units security tactics.

Mr. Sciarabba is a decorated US Army veteran (retired) who participated in major military actions spanning three decades, and having served in Special Operations, Airborne and Light Infantry (Mountain) Divisions. His duties included Assistant Brigade Engineer Officer, Company Operations / Training Officer, Platoon Leader and Engineer Sergeant. He was also a Service Rifle Instructor and competitor with the elite United States Army Marksmanship Unit. On active duty he participated in Operations Urgent Fury (Grenada), Just Cause (Panama), Restore Democracy (Haiti), JTF-6 Border Patrol (Nogales, Arizona), as well as European Reinforcement in the Federal Republic of Germany. As the Assistant Brigade Engineer Officer for Operations in Haiti, Mr. Sciarabba was responsible for entire ground mobile reconnaissance missions controlling all engineer supply and logistical assets during a 6-month deployment to a Combat Theater of Operations. While performing Border Patrol duties for the JTF-6 in Nogales, Arizona he led a 35 member task force of Special Forces personnel in providing security and surveillance to a region along the U.S. and Mexican Border in support of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. He has graduated from over 30 formal schools regarding special operations and leadership applications to include; Basic and Advanced Leadership Development Schools, Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC), Airborne and Air-Assault Schools, Sniper School, Advanced Demolitions School, Jungle and Mountain Warfare Schools, Nuclear Biological Chemical Warfare School, Master Fitness Trainer Course, and the Army’s Equal Opportunity Representative Course.

Mr. Sciarabba holds a Degree in Business Management and has completed advanced law enforcement training in Tactical Security / Shift Supervisor Officer, Armed Customs Protection Officer, FEMA Emergency Management Officer, IEC Infrared Surveillance Systems Operator, Dieter Close Quarters Defense Modules I & II, and the Anti-Terrorist Tactical Driving Course. Additionally he is registered as a Certified New York State Security Guard Instructor, a Law Enforcement Firearms Trainer and an NRA Instructor. He is one of only a few individuals in the world to have simultaneously attained the “Distinguished Rifleman Badge”, the “Presidents Hundred Rifle Badge”, and the “German Armed Forces Marksmanship Gold Badge (Schutzenschnur)” –     the three highest awards commissioned by the United States Government for excellence in service rifle marksmanship and competition.

Mark A. Peddy

Executive Director

As Executive Director for AWICS Security & Investigations, Mr. Peddy brings over 18 years of experience in Governmental Security, Industrial Security, Prime Contractor and Law Enforcement support management operations to the company.  Mr. Peddy served as the Regional Coordinator for the Department of States Worldwide Personal Protective Services (WPPS) program in Iraq.  During this time he oversaw a 1200 person program directly responsible for the protection of U.S. Diplomats in Iraq to include the US Ambassador and visiting dignitaries, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Vice-President of the United States, Director of the FBI and various members of Congress.

Mr. Peddy has been involved with the intelligence community as a Security Manager overseeing the daily security operations of a 23-acre secured compound occupied by the National Geo spatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in the Washington, DC area.  While serving in this capacity he supervised the collection of intelligence data concerning suspected surveillance of the facility by foreign persons including the deployment of Explosive Ordinance Personnel when the threat was alerted on suspicious activity.

Mr. Peddy served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry from 1989 – 1995 and again from 2001 – 2004.  He was meritoriously promoted on two separate occasions and has been decorated for his role in combat operations during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  During Mr. Peddy’s second tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom he was designated to write and instruct the first Urban Warfare Course for the new Iraqi Army.  This was a project that was directly supervised by General David Petraeus.

Mr. Peddy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership, and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Project Management.  He has also attained the coveted Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.  Mr. Peddy is an experienced Facility Security Officer (FSO) and is familiar with NISPOM, DCID, ICD and FAR regulations.  He is sanctioned by Lockheed Martin as a certified Workplace Investigator and a Basis of Estimation (BOE) subject matter expert.  Mr. Peddy has numerous certifications from the public and private sectors respectfully as well.