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Mike Luker

Mike Luker has been in the security and protection industry for over two decades in both the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, he has developed, implemented, and managed large-scale protection and security plans for corporations, political and business leaders, as well as conduct cyber, vulnerability, and protective intelligence investigations.

Mike began his public service career with the Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration before transitioning to the U.S. Secret Service. As a Secret Service Special Agent, Mike participated in domestic and foreign protection assignments, finishing his career as a member of the Presidential Protective Division in Washington, DC. After his Secret Service career, Mike entered the private sector where he managed the Executive Protection and Special Projects program for a global Fortune 50 company. He and his team of EP professionals provided security to Executives and traveled to high threat areas worldwide while managing the day-to-day protection of Executives, residences, and transportation security programs.

In Mike’s current role as Head of Global Security, he oversees the protection of physical, digital, and human assets in the company and its affiliated offices. As an active member of several security boards, he continually engages with peers and thought leaders within the security industry advocating the importance, reputation, and best practices of security and protection professionals.

Mike received a double major degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and attended The University of Tulsa, College of Law, where he was a member of the Student Bar Association, Board of Advocates, and Academic Affairs Committee. He enjoys participating in team sports, distance running, and is an FAA licensed pilot.

Craig Bubeck

Mr. Bubeck currently holds the title, Director of Executive Protection and Internal Investigations for Lenovo, a Global Technology Company. He has 30 years of experience that includes, Naval Special Warfare operations focused on Southwest Asia, Federal Law Enforcement with the United States Secret Service to include field investigations, Presidential Protective Detail, Counter Assault Teams and Vice Presidential Protection Detail. Mr. Bubeck has spent the last 10 years of his career in the private industry managing Corporate Security in both the oil and gas industry and the Technology industry.

Mr. Bubeck is both CPP and CFE certified and has a Bachelor of Science Degree that has no relevance to the work he has been doing his entire career.

Robert Gray

Currently, Robert Gray is the Assistant Vice President of Operations, Physical Security and Executive Security Programs for Cox Enterprises which includes management of the protection of the Cox Family Office and business executives worldwide. Responsibilities include executive protection, protective intelligence, physical security & operations, investigations, risk mitigation, enterprise business continuity programs and disaster recovery.

Previously, Gray was the Director of Global Security for Novelis Inc. Duties included managerial oversight for global physical security, executive protection, business intelligence and threat assessment and crisis management. Gray managed a staff with international responsibilities and duties regarding regional specific operations. This role included the creation and formation of the international security department.

Formerly, Gray was the Director of International Security and Government Initiatives for Western Union. In his role as Director of International Security and Government Initiatives for Western Union, Gray was responsible for an international staff and combating international fraud, money laundering schemes, and government/law enforcement liaison. Gray managed the emerging trends in the money wire industry and identified these trends utilizing current consumer fraud schemes and money laundering practices that manipulate the Western Union, Vigo, and Orlandi Valuta money transfer services. Other duties included executive protection, physical security assessments, and due diligence.

Before joining Western Union, Gray served as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service for 10 years ending as a program manager for an International Financial Crimes program. Gray has served in undercover roles for international terrorism and financial investigations as well as the Public Information Officer for Media Relations and protective intelligence roles. Gray was also a police officer for six and a half years outside of Chicago, specializing in gang intervention.

Gray earned his BA and MA from North Central College, Naperville, IL in Business and Futures Analysis respectively.