TorchStone Acquires U.S. Safety and Security, Expanding Executive Protection Capability and Global Reach

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Joseph J. Funk joins the executive leadership of TorchStone, as the company acquires his firm, U.S. Safety and Security.

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Joining forces now is a strategically sound move for both parties, as we have seen incredible growth over the last two years and look to eclipse that growth in 2017 and beyond.

TorchStone Global, LLC is pleased to announce its acquisition of U.S. Safety and Security, a leader in executive protection, intelligence and investigations. The move comes at a time of record growth for TorchStone, and further expands its global protection capabilities, its international sports and event security practice, and its high profile/high net worth family consulting.

U.S. Safety and Security is led by Joseph J. Funk, who will be joining the executive leadership of TorchStone as a Senior Vice President. Mr. Funk had a career with the U.S. Secret Service for twenty-one years. During his tenure, he was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Washington, D.C. field office, served on the protection details of former Presidents George H. Bush and William J. Clinton, and protected numerous foreign heads of state. After leaving the Secret Service, Mr. Funk served as a Senior Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations for the Government Accounting Office, conducting investigations for the U.S. Congressional Select Committees on Homeland Security and Intelligence. As the President of U.S. Safety and Security, Mr. Funk has built an impressive business with multinational corporate clients, high profile events and individuals, and international professional sports leagues. In addition, U.S. Safety and Security’s protective assignments have included U.S. Presidential candidates Senator Barack Obama during his campaign in 2007-2008, Governor Mitt Romney in 2011-2012, and Governor Jeb Bush in 2015-2016.

TorchStone Chairman Eljay Bowron remarked, “Joe had a distinguished career with the Secret Service. Since leaving government, he has built an impressive reputation in the private security industry though his dedication to customer service and his insistence on operational excellence. Joining forces now is a strategically sound move for both parties as we have seen incredible growth over the last two years, and look to eclipse that growth in 2017 and beyond. This acquisition is an important step for TorchStone.”

TorchStone co-founder Bill Pickle echoed the sentiment, adding “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Joe to our team after many years of knowing him and watching him build such a highly regarded company.”

Mr. Funk will be based in the Annapolis, Maryland office of TorchStone.

About TorchStone: TorchStone Global is a strategic security advisory firm uniquely focused on the distinctive needs of affluent individuals and world-leading organizations. TorchStone’s executive team and their global network offer tailored, discreet, relationship-based security solutions for their clients. Combining state-of-the-art safeguard strategies with cutting edge technologies, TorchStone provides clients around the globe with peace of mind by protecting what is most important to them. For more information, please visit our website at

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