Pete Dordal Jr., is the Senior Vice President of GardaWorld, a global risk management company that provides security and risk mitigation services to the US, UK, and Canadian governments, international NGOs and commercial clients with primary focus on the development, defense, diplomatic, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Dordal is an accomplished security practitioner and business leader with 26 years of experience gained in the U.S. military, public law enforcement and the private security industry. At GardaWorld he is responsible for the company's strategic development and global sales efforts throughout the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Europe and specific emerging markets.
Mr. Dordal joined GardaWorld from Tryon Advisors, a boutique firm he started in 2004 that provided specialized business and security consulting to corporate clients, federal agencies, and security business owners. While at Tryon he worked mostly on behalf of the US Government providing high-level protective consulting services in Iraq and Afghanistan supporting the Global War on Terror.
He is the former President of SPX Security & Investigations, a unit of SPX Corporation previously based in Charlotte, North Carolina, which provided a range of security and investigative services to Fortune 500 companies, the US government and other friendly foreign nations. At SPX, Mr. Dordal also served as the Director of Corporate Security, and in this dual role oversaw the security of 24,000 SPX employees operating in 23 countries.
Mr. Dordal entered the private security industry in 1989 when he joined Vance International. Among many diverse security assignments he served as the protective detail leader for a Middle Eastern ambassador to the United States. During the first Gulf War, he went to Saudi Arabia to train that country's Secret Service in advanced protection techniques. His professional career began in 1981 with his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving eight years in special operations. He served in Beirut, Lebanon with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in 1982-83.
He has a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the McColl Graduate School of Business and a degree in Security Administration. Mr. Dordal sits on the Board of Directors of Nevins, Inc., a Charlotte-based non-profit organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Executive Security International, Ltd., one of the oldest security training academies in the U.S. In 2012 Mr. Dordal was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA).