Charles Read is a Certified Security Consultant and the author of MAXIMUM SECURITY Defusing the Threat and PRINCIPLES OF SECURITY CONSULTING. His troubleshooting and problem-solving services have been sought by executives from Fortune Companies, law offices, accounting firms, and police departments since 1993. The author's vast and diverse expertise was honed during concurrent military and law enforcement careers. His security consultations include leading the pre- and post-merger security consulting project for PricewaterhouseCoopers, directing security nationwide for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and serving as the Assistant Chief of Police in Sea Gate, NY. His tenures with the New York State Police and Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General include providing dignitary protection to the Governor and the state's first family, firearms training, special weapons, major criminal investigations, and assignment to several high-profile joint federal task force operations. Most recently Mr. Read served as the Town Manager/Chief Executive Officer of an upscale community in coastal North Carolina. Among his many military accomplishments was Major Read's service as a Chief of Security Police within the elite U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command where he led and directed force protection activities in support of special operations missions in the United States, England, Korea, Japan, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Read received his degree from Excelsior College and is a graduate of the PENN State Police Executive Development Institute and the University of North Carolina, School of Government. He served for many years as a Certified Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureaus and as an Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice and Leadership Development at Valley Forge Military College.