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Security Intelligence experts to join newspaper board

Posted: May 21, 2016 12:42 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2016 12:42 p.m.
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Two new board members are expected to join the Paladin Multi-Media Group, owners of The Signal newspaper and Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal.

Both new members come out of the security and intelligence industry. Combined, Ronald T. Williams and Stephen Rybar have 60-plus years of high security level intelligence work.

The nominations are to be considered at the firm’s July board meeting.

“Ron and Steve are consummate professionals both of which I have successfully worked with over the past 14 years,” said Charles F. Champion, CEO, PMMG and publisher of the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.

“They are first class investigators and their law enforcement expertise will give the Signal and the rest of the Paladin Multi-Media Group Inc. properties an added dimension to their journalistic effort,” he said.

Ronald T. Williams, entered the private sector after 22-years with the United States Secret Service. He now works as a Chief Executive Officer with Talon Companies, a security consulting suite of companies based in Costa Mesa. Williams is involved with all aspects of security consulting, including critical infrastructure protection requiring Top Secret security clearance.

During his tenure with the Secret Service, Williams worked in and supervised all divisions of the Secret Service Treasury department – now rolled up under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - in the Los Angeles Field Office, including supervision of the credit card and financial fraud squad, the counterfeit squad and the elite Counter Assault Team to combat terrorism.

As the Lead Advance Agent, Williams was also responsible for all advance security plans and logistics coordination for Presidential, Vice-Presidential, and foreign heads-of-state visits to Los Angeles, personally protecting Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, as well as dignitaries such as Queen Elizabeth, Yitzhak Shamir, and Pope John Paul. Williams was the recipient of numerous awards including the United States Secret Service Director’s Award for Special Achievement on eight occasions.

In the wake of 9/11, Talon conducted Risk & Vulnerability Assessments to critical infrastructures such as water districts and transportation authorities. He was also asked by the California Gubernatorial delegation in 2002, to meet with Tom Ridge regarding homeland security. Serving as a security analyst and terrorism expert, Williams frequently appears on Fox News Channel as well as other national shows.

Stephen Rybar, the second new board member, has 40-plus years of experience in the security and intelligence industry including a 12-year stint as a Special Agent in Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas offices.

During his FBI career, Rybar investigated bank fraud, white collar crime and political corruption.

Rybar was charged with directing surveillance and undercover operations.

His military service includes two years as an intelligence officer assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division reaching the level of company commander.

This story was first reported for the SCV Business Journal.

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