Our consultants are our best asset…and your greatest ally. SMR’s team enjoys an outstanding reputation and proven track record within the Security and Human Resource management communities. We are executives, security management specialists, authors, leaders and stewards in our communities. Get to know us!
Our Core Team
Jerry J. Brennan,Co-Founder and Chief Executive
Jerry is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive for the Security Management Resources® Group of Companies (SMR Group). He is a respected veteran of international big business and has brought a wealth of executive security leadership to the SMR offering. Prior to SMR, Jerry enjoyed a 26-year career in domestic and international enterprise risk and security leadership roles for Mobil Oil Corporation; Chicago Board Options Exchange; Panduit Corp.; and was a Resident Advisor to the Director General of the Royal Commission in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Before transitioning to the private sector, he spent several years in Europe working with various international authorities and served with the US Marine Corps. Additional relative career highlights include: Authored the book “Security Careers: Defining Jobs, Compensation and Qualifications”; Chaired the International committee that developed/ published the ANSI Chief Security Officer Organizational Standard for ASIS International; Regularly writes and speaks on security topics for the media and professional groups; Tapped by Security Magazine as one of their Top 25 Most Influential People in the Security Industry; Currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Security Foundation and is a member of SHRM.
Joanne R. Pollock,Co-Founder and Chief Administrative Officer
Joanne is the Co-Founder and Chief Administrative Officer for SMR Group. Joanne brings to SMR a 20-year career working across diverse functional areas including HR, Sales & Marketing, Technical Support and IT Services. Her executive experience is with leading global organizations such as Sprint, BDM International, Mobil Oil Corporation, Software AG, GTE Telenet and Boeing Computer Services. She has a solid record of working successfully with CEO’s, Presidents and leadership teams. A long-time member of ASIS International, Joanne currently develops and manages the implementation of SMR’s administrative, legal and related global support services functions.
James A. Butler, Managing Director, EMEA & Asia Pacific
James is SMR Group’s Managing Director for Security Management Resources® Limited in the United Kingdom and Security Management Resources® Asia in Hong Kong. He has 13+ years of recruitment experience within the corporate security risk sphere. Prior to SMR, James spent over eight years heading an international security recruitment brand working with FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. His security recruitment experience spans a range of industries globally, and he is well-regarded in the security community. A long-time member of ASIS International, James actively participates through their Young Professionals group, is a member of the Security Institute and, as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, is involved in the WCoSP membership committee. He currently serves on a steering group for the Association of Executive Recruiters, a specialist sector group of The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
Ryan C. Powell Manager, Technology & Information Security
Ryan is SMR's Manager, Technology & Information Security. A skilled technology consultant who managed his own company prior to joining SMR, Ryan advises on and oversees SMR’s computing infrastructure. Previously Ryan had a 10+ year career working for a consumer products company where he managed a technology staff. More recently he was a senior engineer at a technology consulting firm. He holds certifications as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and as a Microsoft Certified Professional, and is a Microsoft Partner specializing in Cloud migration.
Meet a Few of Our Senior Advisors
John E. Sullivan, Senior Advisor
John, a Senior Advisor with SMR Group, works with SMR’s clients to counsel and advise through the various talent management solutions SMR offers. Prior to joining SMR, John was located in London as the Vice President, Security & Crisis Continuity Management at BP, plc, where he led a well-respected worldwide security program. Previously he was the Director of Security for Amoco Corporation, working both in the US and internationally. Prior to joining the private sector, John was an intelligence officer with NCIS. John’s areas of specialization include corporate security, risk management, business continuity, executive management and strategic planning.
Jack H. Cage, Senior Advisor
Jack, a Senior Advisor with SMR Group, was a co-founder of Antigua Partners, Inc., where he focused on executive search and assessment and worked with leaders from both the public and private sectors. Jack additionally spent 10 years in executive recruiting and search at Heidrick & Struggles and Korn/Ferry International. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and retired as a colonel following a 22-year distinguished career with the US Army. He is an award-winning author and holds a master’s in social psychology and a doctorate in organizational psychology. A certified coach, Jack is accredited in the Hogan suite of assessments as well as Lominger’s Leadership and Team Architect, and assists SMR by providing a complete understanding of the individuals and teams he profiles.