RMA Announces Promotions

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Risk Management Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the election of Jerry T. Blanchard, Jr., CPP as Chief Executive Officer; Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP as President; and Michael R. Epperly, Esq. as Vice President & General Counsel effective November 1, 2012.

Jerry BlanchardRMA has the pleasure to announce that Jerry T. Blanchard, Jr. has been named Chief Executive Officer. Jerry previously held the position of Senior Vice President for the past five years and prior to that has held positions of increasing responsibility for over 18 years at RMA. Jerry has worked on hundreds of security assessments and security system designs providing individualized and customized solutions to our clients. In his new position, Jerry will work with the RMA team, management and consultants, to insure that our clients are our number one priority. Jerry will continue to provide the highest quality security consulting, security systems designs, product research, technical security assessments, and computer forensics services to our clients. Jerry is a leader in the development of security solutions for customers throughout the US and globally. He served four years in the United States Army, three years as a member of a special operations unit with duties that included special weapons, special warfare tactics, and communications. He is an expert in a variety of security areas, is a Certified Protection Professional, and has been an integral leader in the security industry supporting clients throughout the U.S. and globally. A North Carolina native, Jerry is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College.

Christine PetersonWe are delighted to announce that Christine L. Peterson has been promoted to President. Chris previously held the position of Vice President for the past five years and prior to that has held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, security consulting, accounting, and human resources over the last 21 years. In her new role, Chris will ensure that the company provides exceptional service and return on investment to all RMA clients present and future. Chris will continue to be responsible for the financial, human resources, compliance, facility security, client engagement, and public relations areas of the business as RMA continues its growth from a regional security consulting firm to a nationally recognized firm. In addition she is a Certified Protection Professional and an Industrial Security Professional specializing in vulnerability assessments, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and background investigations. She was recognized in 2012 by the Triangle Business Journal as a Woman in Business. Chris is a graduate of Campbell University.

Mike EpperlyRMA is excited to announce that Michael R. Epperly, Esq. has been promoted to Vice President & General Counsel. Mike served as legal counsel, investigator, and consultant for Risk Management Associates since 2010. Mike will continue as legal counsel, consultant and investigator with the utmost attention given to our clients and the services we provide. His new responsibilities will include program management of client cases in the areas of vulnerability and threat analyses; criminal, civil and administrative investigations; personal protection assessment and operations; operational security analyses; and technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) to ensure individual attention to each customer. Mike will continue developing and presenting training courses in investigative and privacy law, corporate compliance and ethics, threat assessment, and DNA evidence. Until recently, Mike served as a Lieutenant, United States Navy Reserve, where he provided tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence support to U.S., joint and multi-national military forces. His duty stations included Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Naval and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center. Mike is a graduate of Radford University and Campbell University Law School.

Michael LongmireAt RMA we are sad to announce that Michael R. Longmire will be retiring as President/CEO of Risk Management Associates, a position that he has held for over five years. However, we are pleased to say that Mike will continue to provide his security and investigative expertise to RMA clients and to the RMA management team in an advisory/consulting role and as a continued member of the Board of Directors. Mike has been a member of the leadership team since 2002. Mike has been instrumental in RMA’s ability to win and manage significant projects throughout his tenure. His vision has provided RMA with growth opportunities by focusing on client security and investigative needs and restructuring our organization to meet those needs during challenging economic times.

Please join us in congratulating Jerry Blanchard, Chris Peterson, and Mike Epperly on well-deserved promotions. To Mike Longmire, we would like to say “Thank you” for everything you have done for RMA.

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