The SMSI Leadership Team – Diverse, Talented and Experienced
SMSI has assembled a team of diverse, talented, and experienced professionals thereby allowing the firm to respond to a wide range of security needs be it hospital security design, workplace violence prevention, or active shooter mitigation just to name a few. The team includes specialists in healthcare, computer and data security, as well as experts in school and lodging security. The SMSI team includes social psychologists and sociologists in order to address those behaviors that can adversely affect the bottom-line. After all, the goal of any successful crime prevention program is to positively reinforce desired behaviors while discouraging undesired and criminal behavior in the workplace. The Leadership Team of Bill Nesbitt, CPP, Certified CPTED Practitioner, Ron Lander, CPP and Don Bitner, CPP, strategically partnered with some of the best security expertise in the world, can respond to a wide range of security and loss prevention needs.
When a crime occurs, including in the workplace, three conditions must pre-exist in order for that crime to occur. They are motive, means, and opportunity. An effective crime prevention program must address each of these three preconditions in order to deter both crimes against both people and property. SMSI has the expertise to meet each of these three preconditions within a wide range of settings. The goal is to anticipate, deter, and prevent security problems.
William H. Nesbitt, CPP, Certified CPTED Practitioner
Bill has been a security professional for more than 30 years. He divides his time between providing security expertise and consulting experience to a wide range of clientele and providing forensic security expertise as an expert witness in security driven litigation.
Bill has provided security consulting and training services to a broad array of industries such as healthcare, shopping centers, biotech companies, apartment and condominium complexes (HOA), manufacturing plants, supply chain, food processors, construction sites, educational facilities, and sports and entertainment venues. These services include, but are not limited to, complete security assessments, analysis questionnaires, outsourced management support, project management and security design.
As a court certified security expert, Bill has testified in about 600 cases over the past 30+ years, covering 40 States. These cases have largely been premises liability claims, asserting the inadequate provision of security. Although the majority of these cases have been personal injury lawsuits, there have a significant number of property crime cases, such as cargo theft. Another category of litigation has involved the assertion of intentional torts such as use of excessive force, racial and ethnic profiling, false arrest and breach of privacy.
Bill is a member of the ASIS International’s Healthcare Security Council and has previously served the Physical Security Council and the Crime and Loss Control Council. He is an often sought after speaker on a wide array of security topics.
Ron Lander, CPP, CMAS
Award-Winning Certified Security Specialist
Ron Lander, Certified Protection Professional and Certified Master Anti-Terrorist Specialist, is President of Ultrasafe Security Specialists and a retired Sergeant with over 23 years on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ron is also Executive Vice President of Technology for Security Management Services International (SMSI).
Ron’s experience in law enforcement ranges from burglary, property and high-technology crime investigations to supervision in the Juvenile Investigations Bureau, the Undersheriff’s Office and Data Systems Bureau. Ron’s security experience includes 17 years as Vice President of Lander Security Systems and nearly 20 years as a Security Consultant and Integrator.
Ron’s company, Ultrasafe Security won the 2006 “Sammy” Award for the “Best Integrated Installation” in Northern America. This coveted award is considered the “Oscar” of the security industry and the installation was featured in the July, 2006 issue of Security Sales and Integration magazine.
In September, 2008, Ron was the first recipient of the Roy N. Bordes Memorial “Council Member Award of Excellence” for his over 14 years of contributions to ASIS Councils and his countless lectures throughout the world on the behalf of ASIS and the security community.
Ultrasafe Security was also named his city’s “Business of the Year” in 2004.
Ron is also frequently invited to lecture internationally on matters such as “Planning for Violence in the Workplace”, “Living Defensively”, “Disaster in the Data Center”, “Researching the Internet for Security Professionals”, “Computer Security/Security Awareness”, “Computer Security for the Road Warrior”, “Security Technologies Utilizing The Internet”, and “Computer Forensics”. He also co-chaired the ASIS Committee that organized the International Y2K Solutions seminar in Washington, DC in June of 1999, and was Chairman of the local Alarm Association and ASIS chapter.
Ron has authored magazine articles on security matters and has been a recognized speaker at ASIS International Conferences for over a dozen years. In 2004, Ron co-authored the book, “Cyber Threat Levels Response Handbook”, which is a tool for computer security specialists to determine the appropriate level of security for their venue, based on the Homeland Security Threat Condition Level. He was also one of only a handful of recipients worldwide of the ASIS Presidential Award of Merit and the ASIS Region 3 “Outstanding CPP” Award for his “superior work” in the area of “Protection of Sensitive Information.”
Ron’s consulting skills and expertise have been tapped by high-profile estate owners, celebrities, grocery and department stores, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, the hotel/restaurant industry and law firms throughout the country.
Mr. Lander was Certified in 2003 as an Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CAS) by the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board of Alexandria, Virginia, and certified as a Master in the field (CMAS) in October, 2004.
Ron is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the Unilateral Apprenticeship Training Program (UATP) for a consortium of the California Alarm Association (CAA) and California Automatic Fire Alarm Associations (CAFAA). This program trains apprentices to prepare for the California Fire-Life/Safety Electrician Certification exam, and journeymen who must receive continuing education units.
Mr. Lander was also the Treasurer of the Norco Chamber of Commerce for over four years, and has been a member of Kiwanis International and a former member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s High Technology Crime Investigation Professional Services Reserve (PSR) Unit. Ron was also Chairman of the Norco Police & Fire Safety Commission during the Commission’s 4-year term. He is also Vice Chairman of the ASIS International Information Technology Security Council and Legislative Chairman of the California Alarm Association. Ron is also an active member of the Riverside County Court-Community Planning Committee.
Donald P. Bitner, CPP
Donald P. Bitner, CPP is a security consultant with more than 35 years of diverse experience. Don is a Board Certified Protection Professional (CPP), certified in security management.
Don’s experience includes 14 years with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and 21 years with Amgen, Inc. He has direct experience in investigations, security system design and operation, security organization design, security management, fire prevention, crisis management, brand protection, supply chain security, physical security controls, workplace violence prevention, travel security and security awareness training. At both UTC and Amgen, Don had the opportunity to establish security programs – at UTC as part of special program activities and at Amgen he developed the entire security program for the company.
As the senior security person for Amgen, Don also gained experience in creating and implementing security processes and procedures in both domestic and global security environments. He traveled extensively and coordinated security operations in countries throughout the world.
At Amgen, Don established and managed the aviation program for the company. He hired the staff (pilots, mechanics and schedulers) and coordinated flight operations for the executive staff. In this role, he gained experience in working with aviation personnel, understanding aviation operations and buying, reconditioning and selling aircraft.
Don is an active member of ASIS and on four occasions has held the position of Chair of the Santa Barbara Chapter.