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Derek Porter Chief Executive Officer

Derek Porter has over 18 years of experience in multiple facets of the security industry. He passionately advocates for safety and security for people and their assets which has led him to create one of the best security companies in Denver. As a former special operations Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (F.A.S.T.) Marine, he has implemented cutting edge maximum security practices both as a Marine and as a private contractor operating over the course of 2 deployments to Iraq..

Derek’s background in security for the Denver area is truly impressive; he has worked in the executive protection world and has practiced security consulting for over a decade with industry-specific consultation for the cannabis industry as well as government, pharmaceutical, education, healthcare, oil & gas and several other industries. Derek has a B.S. in Business Management from California State University and a M.S. in Security Management (Summa Cum Laude) from The University of Denver. Derek holds dozens of security certifications including being board certified by the American Board of Homeland Security and a Business Identity Theft certification from the Institute of Consumer Financial Education to name a few. His level of experience has made him the perfect leader to manage security services for businesses in Denver.

Derek has been involved in strategic partnerships since 2012 and is on the Board of Directors for Helix TCS, inc, a leading national conglomerate in the cannabis industry. Derek is also the Co-founder and COO of The War Writers’ Campaign, Inc. He wrote his first book to help fund The War Writers’ Campaign called “Conquering Mental Fatigues.” Derek is a huge veteran advocate and prides himself on hiring U.S. Veterans to join the Security Grade Team.

David Beckett Partner/VP of Operations

David Beckett has worked in the security field for the last 12 years. He started his career in home security working for a small ADT dealer out of Indiana. The job moved him from Rochester, NY to Hartford, CT. In Connecticut, David opened the branch for Defender and soon after was promoted to Installation Manager. His branch became #1 in the company, growing his territory into NY, RI, VT, NH, MA, NJ, CT & NYC. With the success of this region, Defender was on the rise, going from the 4th largest ADT dealer to #1 in the nation. The standards and practices he implemented are still in place today set forth nationwide by corporate.

In 2008, David moved to Denver and opened his own security services company. He signed on with four local ADT dealers providing installations for them all. After a few years of non-stop hard work and dedication, he decided to shift gears. He began working for larger companies, expanding his knowledge in home automation and networking.

Becoming familiar with fire codes and regulations from commercial high-rise buildings, he also gained an expansive background in all aspects of low voltage. David helped to design and install the new state of the art security system, at a major national armored car facility. The system design included redundant security measures with retinal scanners for employee identity, employee tracking and people counting etc.

In 2014, David was offered a position at the only cannabis security services company in the Denver area. Initially getting hired as the Project/Inventory Manager, he excelled rapidly and was promoted to Operations Manager. He quickly improved business, with production ten times higher than ever before.

Staying up to date on the latest technologies helps David consult customers with knowledge of the best security systems and designs in the industry today. With a management team that has this much experience, you can always count on Security Grade to provide the best security services in Denver. David is a member of CEDIA and has taken courses in Remote Access Security & Best Practices, Art of Project Documentation, Home Theater Design, IP Networking & Setup, Z-Wave Technologies, Project Management Principles and Art of Managing a Whole Home System. David has also been factory trained on many products including GE, DSC, Honeywell, Denon, URC, Optex, Paxtox, HIK Vision, Exacq and Speco. After developing solid business relationships with Derek and Ben, the trio plan on taking the industry by storm by offering the best fully comprehensive security solution on the market.

David Keyes Operations Manager

David Keyes has been working in the security industry for years.  He received extensive training in the protection of high-value assets and transportation security by the U.S. Air Force and Army.  He distinguished himself among his peers as a Lead Vehicle Commander and Loadmaster during 2 tours to Iraq, escorting millions of dollars in assets to high-ranking military and government officials over thousands of miles.  During these tours he earned multiple Army Commendation Medals for actions-under-fire and protection of his unit and mission.

When he transitioned to the civilian world, he wanted to continue to make a difference in the safety and security of others.  David has a multitude of certifications in security and disaster/emergency management from various organizations including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to name a few.  David continues to seize every opportunity to further his knowledge and skill within the security and protection industry.