About

David S. Katz

David S. Katz

David S. Katz – CEO
A former senior Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), David is an expert in investigations …
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Mark Novak

Mark Novak

Mark Novak – President
A retired Captain with the New York City Police Department, Mark served over twenty years …
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Frank Papalia

Frank Papalia

Frank Papalia – Vice President Fire and Life Safety
Frank is a retired New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Lieutenant, he has over 20 years of experience with the FDNYs …
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Kevin Schamberger

Kevin Schamberger

Kevin Schamberger – Vice President Fire and Life Safety Operations
A retired FDNY lieutenant, Kevin has 29 years of experience with the FDNY battling fires and responding to emergencies …
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Global Security Group, Inc. (GSG) was founded in 2001 shortly after attacks of 9/11 with a clear mission; meet the security and life safety needs of the private sector using the most highly trained and experienced former law enforcement officers and firefighters. We have met that goal and now have a core group of former US Special Agents and senior officers from both the Police and Fire Departments of the City of New York with unequaled experience in their respective fields.

GSG’s Fire & Life Safety Division is managed by two retired officers with the FDNY, Kevin Schamberger and Frank Papalia. Their extensive real world experience as firefighters and fire officers is matched only by their abilities to serve the needs of the private sector. It is because of their exceptional talents that GSG’s Fire & Life Safety Division is widely regarded as the finest in New York City with respect to Local Law compliance and among the finest throughout the world for all Fire & Life Safety issues. Both Kevin and Frank are also principals in our firm.

GSG’s Protective Services Division owes it’s success largely to the management style of our President & Chief Operating Officer, Mark Novak. A retired Captain with the NYPD, Mark is a practiced hand at organizing security at major events. His experience in being the senior officer during high profile events and emergencies while an officer with the NYPD is the reason our firm is so adept at providing security at large-scale stadium events, film festivals and movie production sets.

GSG also maintains a high-end Investigative Services Division which benefits from the management of both Mark Novak and our Chief Executive Officer, David Katz. Mark’s supervisory experience as the Captain of one of New York’s busiest Detective Divisions enables GSG to handle the largest and most expansive investigative assignments. David’s experience as an extremely active and successful Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and his legal background has led to the implementation of an investigative structure that meets or exceeds the standards required by the United States Department of Justice with respect to our report writing and evidence handling practices.

Our Consulting Division, as you may imagine, benefits from the diverse background of our senior managers. Our knowledge of federal state and local law enforcement as well as Fire / Life Safety and Emergency Management allows GSG to prepare fully comprehensive security and life safety assessments which identifies areas in need of remediation. The broad technical knowledge of our Chief technology Officer, Gary Gumowitz, further broadens our abilities in this regard. Gary, a former owner of an international telecommunications firm, has an extensive knowledge of current technologies and their application to our industry.

It is our Training Division which is perhaps one area where GSG truly stands alone. Our CEO, David Katz was a former Special Agent Instructor at the DEA/FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. This experience at what is arguably the most prestigious law enforcement academy in the world has carried over to our training practice. Simply stated, GSG provides instruction that is at least the equal of the training available at the DEA/FBI Academy and the Academies of the New York City Police and Fire Departments. Our trainers are carefully recruited from these academies and we retain only the best. The effectiveness of an instructor is measured by the performance of their students and the members of our training staff have a proven record of turning out well-prepared and qualified students. Our law-enforcement and tactical instructors have trained literally thousands of federal agents, police officers, military specialty units, tactical teams and foreign counterparts. Our fire officers have taught thousands of fire fighters and first responders the skills they need to respond to emergencies in one of the most challenging venues in the world – New York City.

Put this unparalleled level of skill, experience and integrity to work for your firm. Contact us at 212-285-2400 or by email to info@globalsecuritygroup.com.