For over a decade, TMG has been supporting Counter Terrorist Operations around the globe and is staffed with former High Threat Executive Protection, Special Operations Forces (SOF), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological, Explosive (CBRNE) and other elite military and law enforcement professionals.
TMG has a solid reputation as a go-to company for training, technical support and specialized equipment production and logistics. We have continued to increase capabilities and be a “force multiplier” because of our solid relationships with our clients and partners.
Brandon Cox is an Executive and an elected Government Official with a lifetime of government experience. As the Chief Executive Officer of a Government Contracting Firm, he is responsible for managing multiple directors, staff development and guiding the overall success of his organization. As a government leader of the 8th largest city in South Carolina, his legislative responsibilities include appointing judges, establishing law and representing his constituents. In addition, he is a voting member on the Board of Directors for South Carolina’s largest county Chamber of Commerce. Because of his unique position, Brandon integrates civic, political, economic development, commercial and government contracting while building partnerships that provide efficient solutions.
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Prior to his role as CEO, Board Member and City Councilmember, Brandon gained experience during his time spent in combat zones while on various special missions, by participating in high threat protection details and during his career within the military. He has worked with the professionals in the United States Secret Service (USSS), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of State (DOS), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and other foreign dignitary security details.
His previous work with the United States government includes operations in North Korea, Australia, Europe, South West Asia, South East Asia and other hostile zones. He later utilized those experiences while performing high end, high threat security for a private military contracting firm in Iraq.
While holding a GS-15 (O-6) equivalent position, he was responsible for performing Personal Security Detail (PSD) work as the Agent-In-Charge (AIC). He protected members of various intelligence agencies, US military VIPs and numerous diplomats. During these High Threat Diplomatic Security missions, Brandon acted as the personal bodyguard for his clients while maintaining a sixteen man PSD Team as they traveled to locations throughout Iraq.
Additionally, he was responsible for coordinating the offensive, defensive and security posturing of multiple agencies ground, air and space assets to ensure the clients safety in hostile environments. During his time as the AIC, his team never lost a principal or a team member. It was during this dangerous period where he acquired a deep understanding of his clients and their needs for security, training and solutions.
Brandon has led TMG’s global effort for over a decade providing Subject Matter Experts (SME’s), High End Live Fire Mission Planning and Counter IED products to various military, foreign and civilian units in Europe, Asia, Malta, Libya and Afghanistan. Under his leadership, Threat Management Group has developed from a start-up company to the well-branded, multi-million dollar corporation of today.
Brandon is a graduate of the U.S. Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD), U.S. Navy Dive School, US Army Air Assault School, U.S. DOS Worldwide Personal Protective Services as well as other certified DOD, DOS, DOE, DTRA and civilian courses. He enjoys time with his family, a round of golf and a good cigar.
Mr. Luke Ryker is a proven innovator and integrator. As the Vice President of TMG’s Corporate Development enterprise, he manages US and international business relationships, TMG Corporate Development staff, Marketing, Business Development, Capture and Proposal efforts. Since his appointment as VP of Corporate Development, TMG’s Qualified Prime Business Development Pipeline has grown over 600% and now measures in the hundreds of millions in potential revenue. In addition to the massive growth in TMG’s pipeline, Mr. Ryker’s expert diligence has increased the overall contract “win rate” to the highest level in company’s history.
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Prior to TMG, Mr. Ryker began his career in the late 90’s in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) career field where he executed a wide variety of operations including multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan where he earned various medals including the Bronze Star, Combat Action Medal and an Achievement Medal with Valor.
He and his team were forward deployed to the Middle East Immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001 and participated in the initial invasion of Afghanistan. After his brief return home he was then deployed to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he supported Operation DISTANT TREMOR and coordinated with air and ground assault forces to perform direct action and fulfill EOD operations. In addition to Iraq and Afghanistan he deployed to Pakistan and Uzbekistan where he established a strategic level capabilities enhancing COCOM regional capabilities.
In later operations he supported the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the Department of State to secure both U.S. and foreign dignitaries. After his honorable discharge from Active Duty in late 2008, he continued his civilian career as a certified instructor at the US Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) and later at the Security Forces Regional Training Center.
After his time at NAVSCOLEOD, he was selected by Threat Management Group (TMG) to generate the unique requirement for the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) initiative at the Ground Combat Training Squadron (GCTS) in Northern Florida. As the sole IED Subject Matter Expert, he was responsible for gathering real time intelligence for manufacturing realistic IED training aids and presenting real-world IED training scenarios while improving the combat survivability of deploying US forces. Recognized as TMG’s Lead Integrator, he trained 3000+ personnel prior to their deployment into Iraq, Afghanistan and other hostile locations.
Students received training in advanced site security techniques as well as combat marksmanship, convoy security and were introduced to Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) Tactics, Techniques and Procedures. Mr. Ryker’s exemplary work led him to be recognized by the US government Program Manager as the Lead Subject Matter Expert and his training program declared to be the model program other sites were mirrored after.
Mr. Ryker’s professionalism in the execution of life saving training garnered multiple promotions and his move to TMG’s Corporate HQ in South Carolina. While working at TMG Headquarters, Mr. Ryker initially worked as the Head of TMG’s Products Division. Building on the success of the Products Division, he expanded his role to include oversight of TMG’s Training Division, the creation of the new Threat Alarms Division and eventually was promoted to Vice President of Operations.
Mr. Ryker’s multiple combat deployments forged the dynamic leader he is today and has been proven under fire.