Management Team

The executive management team of Advantor is comprised of some of the most respected names in the industry. Our team of experts is experienced in securing the world’s highest-profile organizations, utilizing the latest innovations to ensure the most advanced protection. These seasoned professionals are the driving force behind numerous patented and patent-pending technologies and seek to define Advantor as a world-class company delivering the most advanced, intelligent security systems.

Richard Clifton

Chief Executive Officer

As Advantor’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Clifton is responsible for the overall operational and financial management of the company. He brings more than 35 years of executive experience in the areas of finance, service operations, treasury, reporting, strategic direction, compliance and administration. While at Advantor, Mr. Clifton has served in several roles including Chief Operating Officer, Treasurer & Controller in which he provided executive leadership for all facets of the operations, financial, administration and information technology areas. Mr. Clifton holds an Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Crummer Graduate School of Business (Rollins College) Winter Park, Florida.

Jeffrey Whirley

President

As Advantor’s President, Mr. Whirley is responsible for the expansion of existing markets, the identification of new markets and the strategic positioning of these channels. He has been involved in commercial, industrial and national security for 45 years and frequently presents at industry security and technical meetings, both domestically and internationally. In the past 25 years, his focus has been the development of systems integration business for Advantor, including design, provisioning, training, and contractor support of these turnkey systems. Mr. Whirley has been instrumental in developing business and relationships with such major customers as the US Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Energy and the National Laboratories with a focus on WMD security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation issues globally.

Mike Ollivier

Vice President and Air National Guard Market Manager

As Advantor’s Vice President, Mr. Ollivier is responsible for overseeing all aspects of program management and business development within the government market. He has over 35 years of experience in commercial, industrial, and government security, ranging from the operation of commercial central stations to the design and system integration for large-scale DoD systems. He works extensively with the Army, Air National Guard markets as well as International support of FMS.

Grant Herring

Vice President, USAF Market

As Advantor’s Vice President of US Air Force and US Air Reserves Sales, Mr. Herring has for the past 10 years been responsible for overseeing all aspects of program management and business development within the Air Force and Reserve market. He also has over 27 years of experience in the Air Force that includes fighter aviation instructor and flight examiner, operational test manger and evaluator, NATO staff officer, and acquisition officer at Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He also served as commander at the squadron, group and agency levels.

Jennifer J. Rivas

Director of Contracts

As Director of Contracts, Ms. Rivas is responsible for oversight of Advantor’s Contracts Department which includes the functional areas of contract administration, contract compliance, and configuration management. Ms. Rivas brings over 10 years of experience in the electronic security and defense industry to her position. While at Advantor, Ms. Rivas has served in several roles, including Customer Program Manager, Contract Administrator, and Contract Manager including management of Advantor’s GSA Schedule. Ms. Rivas holds Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and certificates in Security Management and Federal Contracting.

Mike Lanktree

Director of Fulfillment

As Advantor’s Director of Fulfillment, Mr. Lanktree manages all aspects of procurement, order fulfillment, product testing and integration, product quality control, and export compliance for Advantor products. Mr. Lanktree is a veteran of the industry with over 40 years of experience in commercial, industrial and government security. He has served in numerous capacities through the years ranging from technician, production manager, and quality assurance engineer, to Director of Fulfillment.

Richard Harrison

Director of Services

As Advantor’s Director of Services, Mr. Harrison manages all aspects of Services for Advantor. His primary focus over the last 8 years has been oversight of major sustainment programs across Advantor’s customer base. He brings more than 30 years’ experience in the government security installation, service and project/ program management. Mr. Harrison also has extensive experience in management and engineering of Dept of Defense perimeter and facility security systems, protecting the most critical weapon systems. As a retired US Air Force Security Forces member, Mr. Harrison was directly involved with his assignments including HQ ESC, HQ ACC and HQ AMC, in the development of physical and electronic security standards protecting mission critical assets.

Chase Perkinson

Director of Installation

As Advantor’s Director of Installation, Mr. Perkinson manages the installation program area both CONUS and OCONUS including customer project quality control, project field compliance requirements and all aspects of the company’s installation policies, objectives and initiatives. He is responsible for strategic planning, resource acquisition as well as development/enforcement of personnel training requirements. He directly oversees Project Engineers as well as Support, Program and Field Project Managers to ensure installation requirements and objectives are being met across the world.

Emily Staggs

Director of Training
As the Director of Training, Ms. Staggs manages all aspects of operational and technical end-user training for Advantor’s hardware and software installations. She is responsible for all on-site training as well as seminars held in our Orlando Training Center. Ms. Staggs also oversees the creation of all Advantor Documentation and Literature. She is also the leader of Advantor’s Employee training initiative ensuring that all Advantor Field Personnel remain current on their product certifications as well as Information Assurance compliance.