About Ken Wheatley

Ken Wheatley MA, CPP, San Diego Security Consultant, Premises Liability Expert Witness


Ken Wheatley MA, CPP  has 41 years combined experience as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force; an FBI Special Agent; a Senior Vice President with Sony Electronics' global operations, and a 2 -time entrepreneur.

As an FBI Special Agent, he worked a variety of investigations and undercover operations involving kidnapping, espionage, drugs, fugitives, and violent criminal apprehensions. 

During his tenure at Sony, he led various operations, domestically and internationally, such as: Corporate Security (including 6 Olympics, Retail, R&D, Supply Chain, IT Security, Investigations, New Construction, Tenant Improvements, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions), Dealer Sales Compliance (over 1000 stores), Brand Integrity, Business Continuity, Corporate Resilience, Competitive Intelligence, Non-Financial Risk Management, Food Service, Ground Fleet, Administrative Services, and Temporary Staffing, with a staff of 18, and a budget of $100 million.

He received his BA from Florida International University and his MA from Webster University (summa cum laude). He's also attended senior executive programs at: Harvard JFK School of Government; Kellogg School of Management and the University of Michigan Business School.

He earned his Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Board Certification from ASIS International and has maintained that designation since 1997.

He received his Certifed Protection Specialist (CPS) designation from the Executive Protection Institute. 

And he's a State licensed private detective.

Ken also served on National University’s School of Engineering, Technology and Media Advisory Board, and was an adjunct instructor at UCSD Extended Studies; Grossmont College Administration of Justice; American Nursing Institute, and Florida International University School of Business.

He has addressed numerous professional associations, business groups, government entities, and conventions, internationally, in the areas of: investigations, crisis management, meeting security, global supply chain security, IT security, business risks, six sigma, corporate espionage, business continuity and resilience, emerging trends, environmental issues, & workplace violence prevention.

Ken has guest lectured on business management, emerging trends, and international security at the California State University San Marcos College of Business Administration; the University of California San Diego (UCSD) HR Management Program; the University of Phoenix Human Resources program; the University of Redlands School of Business, and National University.

He’s been featured or quoted in the San Diego Business Journal; CSO (Chief Security Officer) magazine; Oracle’s Profit E-Business magazine; Meeting News magazine; The 10 Immutable Laws of Power Selling by James DeSena; Building Operating Management magazine; Re-Thinking Corporate Security in the 9-11 Era by Dennis Dalton, and interviewed on several radio and TV stations.

In 2012, Ken was selected as the California Co-Director of the Lung Cancer Alliance, a Washington DC based non-profit. From 2015 to 2017 he served as the Chairman of the Lung Cancer Subcommittee with the California Dialogue on Cancer Coalition (CDOC) formed by the California Department of Public Health. The CDOC was tasked with revising/updating the 5 year California Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.

Current or Former Board of Directors

  • Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) - National Board of Directors, Vice President of Education, President of San Diego Chapter

  • International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) - (Chair of various committees and Former Secretary, Treasurer)

  • International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety Foundation (IAHSS) - Research Papers Coordinator

  • GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer - National Ambassador Council

  • International Security Management Association (ISMA) - the worldwide organization of Chief Security Officers for the Fortune 500 and Global 200 (President 2007)

  • International Organization of Standardization (ISO) / Technical Committee (TC) 8, Ships and Marine Technology, Geneva. Chairman’s Strategic Advisory Group (CSAG), and U.S. representative on the project team assigned to address the global ship piracy issues.

  • Red Cross Board for San Diego and Imperial Counties
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America (Carlsbad chapter)
  • Citizens Review Board on Police Practices, appointed by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (Team 2 Leader)
  • High Technology Crime Investigation Association (Secretary)
  • San Diego Mid-County Transportation Management Association (Chairman and President)
  • San Diego Metro Transit Board Light Rail Study Group
  • Private Sector Security Advisory Group with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Homeland Security Policy Task Force and the Pandemic Planning Workgroup, Washington, D.C.
  • Two international cargo security advisory groups with U.S. Customs & Border Protection


Ken Wheatley, security consulting, security management consultant, training, security expert witness

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