Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Wes spent his childhood on the first coast of Florida. After graduating from a highly ranked college preparatory high school, Wes attended Florida State University where he graduated in three years with his bachelor’s degree. In addition to obtaining his degree during these three years, Wes attended the Police Academy where he graduated first in his class.
Upon graduating, Wes was hired as a police officer in the City of Tallahassee. Throughout his career in law enforcement, Wes served the community in multiple capacities including units addressing street-level narcotics and other quality of life issues plaguing communities. Due to a significant increase in the city’s violent crime, Wes was then asked to transition to a violent crime task force partnering with several federal agencies. Through this partnership, numerous firearms and illegal drugs were seized and taken off the streets of Tallahassee. Additionally, Wes assumed a primary role in the successful prosecution of numerous violent offenders in both federal and state courts. As a result, there was a drastic drop in the city’s violent crime rate. Wes was then asked to move into a new role as a Field Training Officer where he had the opportunity to train several new police officers. One of the high points of Wes’ career was during his tenure as an Entry Team Member of the SWAT Team. In this role, Wes had the opportunity to execute numerous high-risk search warrants and respond to high-risk incidents such as hostage situations and armed barricaded subjects.
Wes was then given the unique opportunity to transition into the private sector to serve as an Account Executive in the security industry. Through Wes’ nearly 7 years of law enforcement experience, he brings a valuable knowledge base and experiences into the security industry. This combines two of Wes’s passions, the security/protection profession, and strategic business management.
Currently, Wes serves as the General Manager of WideEye Surveillance. In his role as the General Manager, Wes manages each facet of the company, which includes business development/sales, operations, IT, and the financial departments. Wes is dedicated to establishing a high-caliber company culture where each employee believes in the “why” of what they do and is passionate about offering a high level of service on a daily basis. Wes also serves as the direct liaison to the Board of Directors.
Wes is passionate about being at the forefront of the security industry and adopting new innovative approaches in an effort to serve our clients in the highest and most effective manner. For more information, see Wes’ LinkedIn profile.
Director of Operations — Jacksonville, FL
Patrick Seal is the Director of Operations responsible for the Jacksonville, FL market. Patrick has years of business management experience gained in logistics industry where he held a management role for one of the largest freight brokerages in the nation. Prior to working in the logistics industry Patrick owned and operated a restaurant franchise in Neptune Beach, FL responsible for running all aspects of the business.
Patrick attended the University of North Florida with a focus on communications and marketing. His experience in logistics and small business has allowed him to gather a vast knowledge of expertise focused in commercial Operations, Business Development, and Customer Service. Patrick is dedicated to tech-enabling a centuries old services industry by providing security services and improved processes to commercial and multi-family real estate customers providing a safe and secure environment.
Patrick is married and has two dogs, in his spare time he can be found enjoying the many trails that Jacksonville, FL has to offer with his wife and dogs. He is also an avid fisherman and enjoys spending time along the river and ocean.
Finance & Administrative Specialist
Cayla was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She attended the private high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, where she excelled as an honor roll student. After graduation, Cayla moved to Jacksonville where she pursued her education at the University of North Florida. Throughout the course of her four-year studies, she double majored in Finance and Transportation Logistics. She was awarded with the Dean’s List and successfully graduated in 2017.
As an active member of her sorority, Cayla participated in various community volunteer work throughout Jacksonville. She also belonged to the Finance Club at the University of North Florida.
Cayla’s hobbies include cooking and exercising and in her free time she enjoys bike riding on the beach, boating, and traveling to new places.
John P. Ward, Jr.
John has been a professional, private equity and venture capital investor for 20 years, and has been through several capital markets and economic cycles. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both publicly traded and private companies and has been an Executive Chairman of the Board, as well as Chairman of Audit and Compensation Committees.
He’s a company builder with deep experience in the management of executives and personnel, sales & marketing, finance and financial analysis, business operations, strategic and business plan development, M&A, and executive recruiting.
John loves working with CEOs and management teams in optimizing their business so they can dominate a target industry segment. He does this by aiding them in organizing to create an environment of disciplined operational execution and the high impact application of a company’s competitive economic advantages.
He began his career as an officer with United States Naval Intelligence, and when he left the Navy, he worked for Fidelity Investments as a quota bearing sales representative. He started as a venture investor in 1996 at BancBoston Capital and went on to become a General Partner at M/C Venture Partners (now M/C Partners) and then a Managing Director at Key Venture Partners, both in the Boston area.
He has had successful investments across a range of industries from Telecommunications and Data Centers to Cloud Computing Software, Security Services, Energy Services, and even Waste Management. The common thread among these projects has been a services-based recurring revenue model or a unique economic advantage enabled by the application of information technology.
Most recently, he is the Managing Partner of Unit Economic Investors in Boston and Jacksonville, FL. See his LinkedIn profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/jpwardjr
B.A., Middlebury College
M.B.A, Amos Tuck School — Dartmouth College
M.P.A, Kennedy School of Government — Harvard University
The Personal Stuff:
Favorite book is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with The Republic of Plato a close second. He loves his family, country, heroes, Nantucket, kiteboarding, and an occasional icy cold beer – in that order.
Board Member and Advisor
Steve is a 4-time entrepreneur and venture capital backed CEO in the security services sector. His portfolio companies are tech-enabling a centuries old security services industry by combining video surveillance technologies, mobile patrol services, on-site services, and state of the art reporting technologies. His visionary leadership offers commercial real estate customers a significant ROI while providing a safe and secure environment. Steve’s companies are fast growing with a vibrant, merit-based culture and are dedicated to being the next generation of tech-enabled security services that customers need in today’s complex security environment.
At 23, Steven began his entrepreneurial career as Co-Founder and CEO of BlackBox GPS, a leading SaaS Telematics company, which he sold in 2009. Following his passion, Steven transitioned to a specialized Law Enforcement agency working in several sworn operational leadership capacities. During his 7-year law enforcement tenure, he recognized the need for an innovative security services business model due to increased crime and pension deficit challenges. Steven founded an integrated security services business attracting venture capital sharing a similar investing thesis. The success of the initial security services company lead to the launch of multiple venture capital-backed innovative companies within the security sector.
Steve is the CEO at Overwatch Capital. He is an Investor, Board Member, and Operating Partner for several private companies in the security sector. Steve serves as a Board Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Southeast Region Chapter and is a member of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BA in Corporate Communication and earned an MA in Homeland Security from American Military University.