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 is an Executive Leader and an elected Government Official. As the Chief Executive Officer of Threat Management Group, he is responsible for engaging in National Security Policy, providing guidance to the overall success of his organization and ensuring customer satisfaction through systemic Quality Assurance processes.
As the Berkeley County District 5 Councilmember, his responsibilities include accountable representation to the citizens of Berkeley County, sustainable and responsible economic development and most importantly, ensuring that the citizens he represents have a safe and prosperous environment to live and raise their families.
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Prior to his election on 6 November 2018, he held a position on the Board of Directors for the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce and served as a City Councilmember for Goose Creek.
Brandon is 4th generation military and a proud Father of the 5th generation. His daughter, Ashley, is currently serving in the United States Air Force. His family originates from Pamplico, SC, a small town in Florence County, with family ties in Williamsburg county that date back to the early 1700’s. Brandon grew up in Turkey, Japan, and several coasts in between while his father served in the USAF before joining himself in 1996.
Brandon’s previous work with USAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) included 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.
During this time in Iraq, he gained experience as the Agent In Charge (AIC) while on various special missions by protecting members of numerous intelligence agencies, US military VIPs and several diplomats. 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.
These diverse life experiences helped Brandon develop and refine his Core Principal of “SBQ”. Safety, Budget, and Quality, specifically in that order. The first and most important factor is providing a safe place to work and live. Next, all things must be done within a well-developed budget. Finally, once safety is confirmed and the budget is followed, Quality of Life should be exemplified.
Brandon is a graduate of U.S. Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD), U.S. Navy Dive School, US Army Air Assault School, U.S. State Department Worldwide Personal Protective Services and other certified DOD, DOS, DOE, DTRA and civilian courses.
He enjoys time with his family, friends, golf, and snowboarding.
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.