About Us

Local Awareness — Regional Scale — International Standards

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Secure Pointe is a boutique international business risk consultancy practice. We founded the firm in 2010 to help our clients address local security challenges, implement the proper level of duty of care, and provide tailored security solutions.

Secure Pointe has extensive experience throughout Mexico, Latin America and other high-to-extreme risk environments around the globe. We provide client and situation-specific solutions that address our clients’ concerns.

We are headquartered in Houston, Texas, with regional offices in Mexico City, Mexico and Georgetown, Guyana.

Our Directors have more than 100 years of collective experience solving highly complex risk-related issues, and we complement our in-house capabilities with a carefully cultivated network of in-country specialists and international consultants.

Our clients include security executives within multinational companies who are responsible for protecting personnel and assets — as well as their company's reputation.

Discretion, integrity, and responsiveness are Secure Pointe’s core values, and no client engagement is initiated without complete alignment on those principles.

At Secure Pointe we believe that cultural specialization matters in security and risk management. In fact, we believe it is critical. This is why we focus on the Latin American market, applying deep regional experience, linguistic ability, and cultural knowledge to help our clients navigate the often complex situations that confront them in the region. Our focus allows us to provide our clients with solutions that are not only based on a deeper understanding of the environment, but also solutions which are less likely to result in friction points within the cultures where they operate.

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The Secure Pointe Team

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Mark D. Carlson

CEO & President

More than 30 years of business experience in security and intelligence operations in medium to high-threat operating environments. Has held senior executive positions with the world’s leading risk management corporations, including Control Risks and Pinkerton Inc. MBA from Hofstra University and MA from Vanderbilt University in Latin American Studies.

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Michael Woodrum

COO, Managing Director, Operations

An international security risk management expert with extensive experience assisting international oil companies and extractives companies protect people, assets, and reputation in complex territories. His experience spans assisting major oil companies entering new markets and technology startups. A former partner multi-national risk consulting company Control Risks. During his tenure he assisted numerous multi-national corporations protect their people across Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Holds an MA in Economics from University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

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Dave Gaddis

Managing Director, Guyana/Andean Ridge

Over 30 years of experience in the security risk management services and U.S. Federal law enforcement. Recently held the positions of Director of Corporate Security for two global insurance companies overseeing security risk management for more than 20,000 employees working across 15 countries. Formerly held operational and senior management positions in Miami, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico and Colombia overseeing international task force operations throughout Latin America.

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Tatiana Gomez

Managing Director, Mexico & Central America

More than fifteen years of experience in public safety and private security in Mexico. Previously General Director of Communication and Social Liaison and Spokeswoman for the Attorney General of the State of Sonora, leading inter-institutional coordination with the different levels of government at the national level. Responsible for the creation and direction of the Citizen Links Foundation with Security, which generated dignified conditions of work for police forces and strengthened their bonds with civil society. An important result of this joint effort was the strengthening of the Specialized Unit in the fight against kidnapping for ransom and extortion. Graduate of the University of Arizona with BAs in Political Science and Italian Studies. Mexican National, fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.

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Andrew Benkard

Managing Director, Development

Most recently the Marketing Director at BCMS North America, a boutique international investment bank. Extensive experience in marketing and sales with organizations such as Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, and early stage startups. BA, Vassar College and an MBA from Columbia University.

Karin Turnoff

Administration & Finance Manager

Secure Pointe

At Secure Pointe we believe that cultural specialization matters in security and risk management. In fact, we believe it is critical.

This is why we focus on the Latin American market, applying deep regional experience, linguistic ability, and cultural knowledge to help our clients navigate the often complex situations that confront them in the region.

Our focus allows us to provide our clients with solutions that are not only based on a deeper understanding of the environment, but also solutions which are less likely to result in friction points within the cultures where they operate.

Find Us

Houston, Texas (Headquarters)
9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 8210
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
+1 (346) 345-4250

Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Insurgentes Sur No 377, PH 2
Colonia Hipodromo Condesa
Mexico City, (CDMX), Mexico C.P. 06100
+52 (55) 5035-8029

Georgetown, Guyana
120 Karona Avenue
Happy Acres
Georgetown, Guyana
+1 (346) 345-4252

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