John Robuck

Managing Director, Security Finance

John Robuck

Managing Director, Security Finance

Mr. Robuck is Managing Director of the Security Finance lending practice within Capital One Bank’s Commercial and Specialty Finance business. In this role, Mr. Robuck leads a team in the underwriting and structuring of senior asset-based and cash-flow financings for middle-market businesses. Specific sectors of focus include alarm monitoring, public safety, government contracting, defense/homeland security, and systems integration businesses.
 
Prior to joining Capital One in 2011, Mr. Robuck served as Director of CapitalSource Finance’s Security Lending Group where he helped to develop the growth strategy for the business and identified opportunities with new private equity sponsors, intermediaries, and businesses, while continuing to build a portfolio of well-performing, high-yield senior loans. Mr. Robuck has an established presence in the physical and government security markets and participates in several security industry conferences as a panelist and has been often quoted in industry publications. Mr. Robuck also held various other underwriting and portfolio management positions at CapitalSource Finance prior to his work in the Security Industry.
 
Mr. Robuck has more than 14 years of senior debt investment experience and more than 12 years of specific security industry experience.
 
Mr. Robuck obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree with a dual concentration in Finance and International Business from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Jeff Kessler

Managing Director, Institutional Research

Jeff Kessler

Managing Director, Institutional Research

Mr. Kessler is a Managing Director in the Institutional Research Group. Mr. Kessler has more than 25 years of experience covering security industry for the investment community. He joined Imperial Capital in 2008 from Lehman Brothers where he had served 21 years as the senior security/business services analyst. He was named in December 2006 by Security Magazine as one of the industry’s “25 Most Influential Leaders.” In addition to publishing the Security Industry Annual, and Imperial Capital’s Security Monitor, Mr. Kessler co-founded the Securing New Ground industry conference, which is run by the Security Industry Association and is now in its 17th year. Mr. Kessler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science / economics from McGill University, a Master of Arts degree in political science/economics from McGill University, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Michael Kim

Senior Vice President, Institutional Research

Michael Kim

Senior Vice President, Institutional Research

Mr. Kim is a Senior Vice President in the Equity and Industry Research Group covering the security and technology sectors. Mr. Kim joined Imperial Capital in 2007 and brings over 15 years of sell-side and buy-side equity research experience. Prior to Imperial, he was an investment analyst for a growth equity hedge fund and was previously a senior research analyst at Roth Capital Partners and Robertson Stephens, where he provided primary equity coverage on the digital media technology sector. His investment insights have been featured in numerous financial media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, and CNBC. Mr. Kim holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.

Thomas Lynch

Director for Security Technology

Thomas Lynch

Director for Security Technology

Thomas Lynch is the Director for Security Technology at IHS Markit Technology. IHS Markit have been providing research on the Security and Critical Communications market now for over 15 years and is a recognized leader in security research and market intelligence. Thomas and his team of global experts focus across video surveillance equipment, safe cities, public safety, future communications technologies such as LTE, command & control and Cybersecurity.

Thomas holds an Distinction at MBA from the University of Leicester in International Business, is a Chartered Marketer, Chartered Manager and has nearly 20 years operational, engineering communications and security experience and is recognized as an international speaker and critical communications and security market expert.

Angela McKay

Director, Government Security Policy and Strategy

Angela McKay

Director, Government Security Policy and Strategy

Ms. Angela McKay is Director of the Government Security Policy and Strategy Team within Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft. She focuses on driving strategic change, both within Microsoft and externally, to advance trust in the computing ecosystem. Ms. McKay leads Microsoft’s public policy work on cybersecurity, cloud security, and norms, and on public sector use of cloud. Her team includes professionals working on these topics across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.
Ms. McKay combines technical expertise and public policy acumen to develop policies that improve security and stability of cyberspace, and support development, growth, and innovation. She serves on the Board of Councilors for the East West Institute, a think tank focused on international conflict resolution, and as Microsoft’s Point of Contact for the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, which provides the President of the United States with recommendations to maintain reliable, secure, and resilient communications.
Ms. McKay previously led Microsoft’s cybersecurity policy work in the U.S., and its work to increase cybersecurity capacity internationally. Before joining Microsoft in 2008, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton on cybersecurity policy and communications resiliency, and at BellSouth Telecommunications as an engineer. Ms. McKay holds a Bachelor’s of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Paul M. Rosen

Chief of Staff

Paul M. Rosen

Chief of Staff

Paul Rosen has more than a decade of experience serving in all three branches of the federal government leading government teams, working with the private sector, managing external affairs, and solving some of the most complex and sensitive legal, policy, and regulatory issues. He has also focused on federal prosecution of financial crimes, cybersecurity, data privacy, technology matters, and management of large government organizations, budgets, and personnel.
Mr. Rosen is currently the Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security. In this role, he oversees for the Secretary 240,000 employees, a $60 billion budget, and 22 federal agencies in the third largest department in the United States government. Mr. Rosen also advises the Secretary on all operational, policy, and legal matters, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, border security, aviation security, trade and travel, immigration, federal disaster response, and criminal law enforcement matters. Mr. Rosen previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor at DHS, and Chief of Staff at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
From 2010-2013, Mr. Rosen worked as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and for the Department of Justice Criminal Fraud Section, where he prosecuted a range of financial crimes including securities fraud, bank and mortgage fraud, FCPA, money laundering, insider trading, corruption, bankruptcy fraud, and government and procurement fraud. In recognition of his work, in 2012 the Council of Inspectors General recognized Mr. Rosen with its Integrity and Efficiency Investigation Award of Excellence.
At the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Rosen also served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. From 2006-2009, Mr. Rosen served as Counsel to then-Senator Joseph Biden, Jr. on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
Prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Rosen was a law clerk to the Honorable Gary Allen Feess, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.
Mr. Rosen graduated from the University of Southern California School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado.

Will Schmidt

Managing Director

Will Schmidt

Managing Director

William Schmidt currently holds the position of Managing Director within CapitalSource’s Security Lending group. His primary responsibilities include developing new client relationships and structuring, underwriting, and funding transactions within the security and government services markets. Prior to joining CapitalSource in 2004, Mr. Schmidt had broad financial and operational experience in the security alarm industry with positions at SLP Capital and Dealers Monitoring Acceptance Corp (DMAC). At SLP Capital, Mr. Schmidt held the position of Vice President of Dealer Relations, Senior Vice President of Embrasure and Senior Vice President of the Special Asset group. Prior to SLP Capital, Mr. Schmidt worked at DMAC, initially as a Regional Sales Manager and later as Director of Dealer Relations. In the latter position, his responsibilities included managing DMAC’s field service operation as well as managing all aspects of the acquisition of accounts from the DMAC dealer network. Mr. Schmidt holds a M.B.A from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve, and he earned his Bachelor of Science in business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Justin Siller

Director, Security and Building Technologies Research Portoflio

Justin Siller

Director, Security and Building Technologies Research Portoflio

Justin Siller is the director for the security and building technologies research portfolio of IHS Markit. He joined the company in 2008. Justin manages a team of analysts in the US, the UK, and China with direct responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the group. Specific research areas of focus include electronic physical access control, intruder alarms, alarm monitoring, fire detection and suppression equipment, digital security, explosives detection equipment, entrance control equipment, building automation equipment and smart home. Justin has personally authored over 25 studies on end-equipment markets in the electronic security industry, where his particular areas of expertise are fire detection and suppression equipment and services and entrance control. Justin’s work on numerous custom research studies has helped some of the world’s technology providers find prospective channel partners, understand historic installed base and retrofit trends, forecast regional growth, and enter new product markets.