As CEO of RMI International, Richard (Rick) Rodriguez Sr. is familiar with the challenges organizations face due to the continuous changes evolving within the security arena. He began his career with the Vivitar Corporation in 1991 as a Project Manager, functioning as liaison between the company and Department of Defense clients, and was responsible for field response during emergency situations. In 1993, he moved to Omega Corporate Security, Inc. where he was assigned as Branch Manager. There, Rick managed branch operations and handled all employee and client relations, while concurrently training as an Executive Protection Specialist. In 1994, he was chosen as part of an elite group of Security Relations Specialists for International Corporate Security Ltd. to oversee operations in Bangkok, Thailand. As Vice President, Rick managed international security relationships with dignitaries from numerous countries throughout South East Asia. He was also responsible for the executive protection of corporate executives and high profile personnel traveling in Thailand, and surrounding countries.
His last assignment in South East Asia was to aid the office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Interior and the Foreign Trade Office in Thailand with executive protection requirements. Upon returning to the Continental U.S., he was employed as the International Crisis Management Administrator and Executive Protection Specialist for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. During this time, he envisioned a tremendous need for Protection Specialists within large corporations, and subsequently founded RODBAT Management, Inc. (now RMI International) to fill that need. To date, Rick has served over thirty clients in almost twenty countries on executive protection details, and he has made a name for himself in the private security industry through his unwavering commitment to detail, planning, and execution of comprehensive personnel and asset protection programs. Rick prides himself on being able to locate and motivate security professionals, and leads people with those assets through extensive training and development, detailed direction, and a personal commitment to accomplish his client’s security objectives.
Lupe Rodriguez began her career in finance over 20 years ago, starting with Security Pacific Bank (SPB) where she began as a teller before quickly rising through the ranks in the central cash vault. Her rapid rise is contributed to her ability to quickly and effectively grasp financial issues and implement immediate solutions.
Upon Bank of Americas' acquisition of SPB, Lupe left the bank to further develop her financial capabilities by accepting a position with Bullet Freight Systems, as an assistant to the credit manager. During her tenure she was responsible for many financial aspects dealing with the issuance of credit and collections.
In 1996, when Rick founded RODBAT he asked his wife's help in building a true American dream, a successful American minority owned company who could address the unique security needs that faced the world. In true form Lupe embraced the vision wholeheartedly and currently oversees all financial aspects of their company. Her job includes managing and overseeing annual sales in excess of 10 million dollars.
Rick Rodriguez Jr. is a highly decorated veteran of the United States Army. He served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and one tour in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Throughout his military career, he served in a variety of leadership positions from Team Leader to Operations Sergeant, including two years as a Senior Drill Sergeant. Mr. Rodriguez has achieved a high level of accomplishment via military education programs highlighted by multiple Noncommissioned Officers Courses, Drill Sergeant School, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course, Unit Prevention Leader, Protective Services Training, and Combative Instructor. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
After faithfully serving his country, Rick Jr. decided to depart from military service and return home to help support his family’s business. Since 2012, he has served in many capacities from Operations Manager, to VP of Quality Control. Currently, he serves as the President of RMI, which includes oversight of customer relations, quality control, and operations policy for the corporation.
Rick Jr and wife Marisa lived the military life… moving every few years to another state or country. They now enjoy their time living near family and raising their 4 sons. Rick Jr enjoys coaching his son’s sports teams and spending time with his wife.
Serah Larison started her career with RMI as a part time receptionist nearly 13 years ago while in college. At the time RMI was a small growing Security company with only a hand full of employees. Serah proved herself quickly by taking on any task and learning as much as she could about the company. From scheduling to payroll, maintaining employee files and negotiating employee benefits, there really isn’t a position Serah hasn’t worked in.
Serah’s dedication and relentless work ethic paid off as she now works as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. Working side by side with HR Manager, Richard Aparicio, their departments main focus is creating a pleasant working environment as well as aiding in employee relations.
Serah is the perfect person for the job, she is fair, honest, always professional and cares for RMI and the RMI Family.
In her spare time Serah enjoys spending time working in the garden with her husband and daughter or reading a good book.
In June 2017, Serah became a Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management.
Shahar has overseen all nationwide operations, training, and quality control programs for RMI, since 2008. His duties include ensuring and maintaining compliance with all client contractual requirements as he interacts with other department heads within the company.
Shahar served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Captain and Company Commander. Shahar also has extensive security industry background experience, dating back to 1990, where he has served in various positions such as: East Coast Regional Security Director, Chief Security Supervisor, Security Consultant and Instructor and his present title is Vice President of Operations and Training. He is a graduate of Marshall University.
Clarence is an Army Veteran who, upon graduation from Zephyrhills High School, Florida, in 1997 immediately joined the military. He attended and graduated from United States Army Military Police School, Fort McClellan, Alabama. Serving eight years as a military police officer, his service took him to four overseas tours of duty from being a member of retired General, Tommy Franks’ personal protection team to his final overseas assignment as a team leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon departure from the military, in February 2005, he joined the RMI team as the Western Regional Manager for the American Honda Motor, Co. account location. Clarence was then promoted to the RMI Operations Manager position where he assumed the responsibility of managing multiple account locations for the company.
Clarence currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of Operations and oversees the operations of a larger number of account locations in the western United States. His vast experience and knowledge is a great asset to the RMI team and he is well-respected by his clients as well.
Konnie began her career in Security, in 1994. While working for a major automobile manufacturing company in Ohio, Konnie gained expertise in a variety of security disciplines from the field side, as a line officer and supervisor, to the operations side, as an Account Manager and Security Administrator as well as a Security Systems Administrator for Emergency Services, Project Manager and a Security Special Event Coordinator.
While working at this account location, from 1994 to 2004, Konnie rose through the ranks to eventually oversee the operations of a staff of over 300 security associates, for the protection of 14,000 client personnel.
Konnie joined the RMI International, Inc. team, in 2004, and brought a vast pool of security services knowledge with her, which has helped RMI grow over the years into a company with a reputation for providing quality and professional security services for a host of diverse clients.
Konnie resides in Ohio and currently holds the position of RMI Assistant Vice President of Operations. She is responsible for all RMI operations in the Midwest and eastern United States and provides personalized attention to the needs of all RMI clients in these regions as well as all RMI personnel operating at these accounts.
Richard Aparicio was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1995 and went on to the University of California, Irvine where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Minor in Education in 2000. Richard went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles and in 2008 he eventually earned another Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In 2008 to the present time, Richard has earned several certificates in Human Resources Management.
Richard began his employment in 2000 with a public sector labor union representing city and county employees based in Los Angeles and served as their Membership Services Specialist until he was promoted to Office Manager in 2003 and again promoted in 2007 to Human Resources Coordinator. In 2009, Richard continued to work as a Human Resources Coordinator for a private graphics and printing company. In 2010, Richardjoined the RMI team and became the Human Resources Coordinator. In his role, Richard has been instrumental in enforcing RMI’s policies and procedures while ensuring that all employees understand the importance of their commitment and dedication to RMI and to their fellow co-workers.
While Richard is not vigorously working for RMI, he enjoys playing baseball on several different leagues. Richard is very approachable and is always willing to listen to those who may need some sort of guidance or direction. This is reflected in the time that he shares with his family and friends.
Richard is very proud of the quality service RMI provides to its customers and of all of the hard work of its employees and is looking forward to continuing to serve with you all.
Eyal Landau was born in Amsterdam, Holland. When he was 7 years old he moved with his family to Rehovot, Israel where he went to middle and high school. At age 18, he entered the Israeli military where he served in the Air Force until the age of 21.
After completing his military service, Eyal started working as a security officer, and later as a supervisor, at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. During this time he also worked as a security supervisor for EL AL Israeli airlines and traveled to many locations, including: Egypt, China and many countries in Western Europe.
While working, Eyal got his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Tel Aviv University. In 1993, after meeting and marrying his wife who was also a security officer at the airport, Eyal moved to Amsterdam, Holland where he worked as a security officer for EL AL.
Two years later they moved to Los Angeles with their newborn daughter, where Eyal worked as the assistant security manager for EL AL Israeli Airlines at LAX. During the six years that he worked in this position, Eyal also got a Masters degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV.
After his contract with the airline ended, Eyal worked for Professional Security Consultants (PSC) as an executive protection agent for ten years. Eyal then got the position as the Honda National Account Manager for RMI. Eyal has held this position since June 2011.
Eyal and his wife Limor have three daughters, ages 18, 15 and 12. When Eyal is not working he likes to spend time with his family, read books, and go to the movies.
Gregory Bentley was born in Toledo Ohio in 1958. Gregory joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC), in 1976, where he served as a Military Policeman, Criminal Investigator, Investigations Officer, Special Agent with the Naval Investigative Service and a Military Police Officer. After nearly 21 years of military service, Gregory retired from the USMC in 1997, as a Chief Warrant Officer.
From 1997 to 1998, Gregory managed a team of Insurance Fraud Investigators for a Private Investigative firm in Raleigh NC. From 1998 to 2015, (nearly 17 years) Gregory has been employed in various levels of Management with several nationally recognized contract Security companies in NC.
Over the past 10 years, Gregory was employed with ABM Security Services, where he was the Branch Manager for Central NC. Gregory managed over 300 armed and unarmed Security Officers, with a client annual revenue of nearly 5 million dollars. In addition, for nearly a year, Gregory also managed a team of Aviation screeners, for Private and Chartered flights throughout various airports in NC and surrounding states.
In 1999 Gregory moved to Durham, NC and joined the RMI team, in April 2015, as the Southern Regional Security Manager.
In September 2014, Gregory married his wife Susan and they currently reside in Durham, NC with Gregory’s daughter Gabrielle who is 11 years old.
With nearly 35 years of Law Enforcement and Security experience, Gregory is very proud to be part of a team of Security Professionals whom pride themselves with a committed to excellence at all levels of Security service. Gregory looks forward to leading the RMI Southern Regional team of professionals to a level (second to none), and feared by other Security companies in the region.
Patrick Brigman joined RMI in May 2011 as Site Manager for the AK Steel Middletown plant where he manages 60 employees who do a remarkable job of meeting the client’s needs. Patrick came to RMI after retiring from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer where he served for 23 years. While in the Navy he served overseas on various ships, in addition to his time as a recruiter for the US Navy. On his last tour he served as the Operations and Training Manager for the Security Department on the aircraft carrier USS Truman.
Patrick is currently enrolled at Liberty University where he has completed about 70% of his Bachelors Degree in Government – Politics and Policies. He also two wonderful boys, Jordan (12) and Andrew (11) who keep him on his toes.
Ofelia Q. Juarez, born and raised in Los Angeles, and worked for the Garment Industry for over 20 years. In 2005 she opened and managed her own business with clients such as: Ed Hardy, Charlotte Russe, 7-Jeans, BEBE, Joker Brand, GUESS, DIAMOND, and Forever 21.
Ofelia started her security career in 2008, while attending Rio Hondo College and majoring in Administration of Justice and applied at RMI. She started as an on-call unarmed guard in 2008 on the City of Los Angeles account, and rose quickly into Assistant Manager for the City of Los Angeles account. Within the year working on the account she was able to apply for the manager's position and is now managing an account with over 120 employees who are all armed.
Ofelia lives in the City of Covina and has three beautiful children. Nadine (27) who is an LVN, Adrian (25) works construction and Jeremy (17) who is an Army soldier as well as a senior in high school.
On her spare time Ofelia enjoys spending time with her son Jeremy at Disneyland. She is very proud and honored for the opportunities she has been given at RMI, and feels that with hard work everything is possible.
Natasha Perez comes to RMI with over 20 years of experience as a Telecommunication Specialist in the non-profit industry where she served as Vice President of Phone Room Operations and Client Services for Harris Direct. She has received several commendation letters from a variety of leading national non-profit agencies and was recognized by the National Group of Women in Philanthropy.
Natasha managed a fundraising project between 30 different non-profit organizations, overseeing 4 supervisors and 150 employees. Her efforts raised funds and built support for mainstream causes and candidates, for the nation’s top progressive organizations by maximizing net income and impact for those committed to public interest issues. She has traveled extensively, both nationally and internationally, in support of her husband who served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and was active within the base Ombudsmen programs, where she assisted many military wives and family dependents from all walks of life.
Natasha jump-started her career in the security industry, in 2008, where she has always had a fond interest in law-enforcement and security-related matters. She has had the opportunity to work alongside and provide close protection for mainstream talent, both in the film and music industries, by managing and directing logistic teams for various security organizations and by coordinating, supervising and dispatching zone security for details and special events.
RMI welcomes Ralph Tafuri as the Eastern Region Security Manager for the American Honda Motors account. Ralph joined the RMI team in July.
Ralph is an Army veteran who served in the Military Police Corps from 1978 to 1999. He held positions of progressively increasing responsibility from Company Commander to Chief of Military Police Training for all enlisted soldiers on Active Duty, in the Army Reserve and in the Army National Guard.
Upon his retirement from the military he held various security leadership positions for the DHS, DOD, and private security companies. He successfully managed a security force of 140 armed guards providing security to 42 federal buildings in Oklahoma and parts of Texas. He also was Chief of Guards at West Point Military Base in New York where his 130 armed officers provided access control to critical facilities on the base.
In his spare time, Ralph loves to be with his wife and 3 children and his first grandchild. He also finds time to work on his physical fitness and do a little traveling.