Management

Christopher J. Furlow

President

Chris Furlow is President of Ridge Global, the international security and risk management consulting firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. Mr. Furlow manages Ridge Global’s staff and business operations, helping clients strengthen business-to-government and business-to-business relationships, with a particular emphasis on meeting global challenges in the areas of security, preparedness and cyber security. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Mr. Furlow was named Director for State Affairs in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS) where he served as homeland security liaison to U.S. Governors and state officials. In that role, he led development of the network of state homeland security advisors, supported the establishment of new threat/warning protocols and was a member of the OHS Incident Support Group providing intergovernmental coordination support on “incidents of national significance.” During the historic stand-up of the Department of Homeland Security, he was appointed Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), the department’s principal advisory board composed of committees for state & local government officials, first responders, the private sector and academia. While leading HSAC operations, the Council addressed issues from operational information sharing, lexicon and training gaps to grant funding challenges. Mr. Furlow was previously appointed U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and worked with states to promote international trade and economic development initiatives. In the 1990s, he served on Capitol Hill as a senior staff member to U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Furlow is a graduate of Louisiana State University and is a former Senior Fellow of the Homeland Security Policy Institute of The George Washington University. He is currently a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force and its Cyber Security Working Group, promoting policies to support more robust public-private collaboration on cyber security. He serves as Vice Chair of the Private Sector Committee of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House, London).

Steve Kohler

Executive Vice President

Steve Kohler is an Executive Vice President at Ridge Global, the international security, risk management and business consulting firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kohler spearheads Ridge Global's growth initiatives and identifies strategies that further market position of both the company and clients. Mr. Kohler previously served as president of Space Florida, a statewide Special District focused on economic development within the Florida aerospace economic sector. Before that, Mr. Kohler was the president of Winner Global Defense, a privately held company that focuses on military and non-military applications of aircraft countermeasures and laser-based detection technologies. Earlier, he served as senior vice president for Corporate Advisory Services for CB Richard Ellis/Pittsburgh. In that capacity, he specialized in office and industrial real estate development, private and public finance and brokerage, including developing partnerships with public-sector organizations. In June 1996, then-Governor Ridge appointed Kohler to lead the Pennsylvania Governor’s Action Team, where he was responsible for the Team’s configuration of financial incentive proposals for industrial and business expansion projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania. He has also completed two years of continuing education at the Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma and the University of Maryland.

Luke Ritter

Executive Vice President

Luke Ritter is an Executive Vice President at Ridge Global, the international security, risk management and business consulting firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. As member of the senior management team, Mr. Ritter leads the Transportation Secuirty and Risk Management practice areas. His expertise is focused on global trade and transportation operations, security technology, and enterprise risk management. Mr. Ritter is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer. He holds an M.B.A from Old Dominion University, and is a board certified transportation and logistics professional (American Society of Transportation and Logistics). Mr. Ritter has spoken at more than thirty five industry and trade events in the last five years, including keynote addresses at The American Association of Port Authorities Annual Security Conference, and the Logistics Management Magazine Global Supply Chain Conference. He is the co-author of Securing Global Transportation Networks (McGraw Hill), and has recently been published or quoted in: Journal of Commerce, Security Management, Directors Monthly, and Cargo Security International. Mr. Ritter has previous executive experience in business development for a major U.S. defense contractor. Prior to joining Ridge Global, he was the founder and CEO of Trident Global Partners. Mr. Ritter currently serves on the Advisory Boards of: iJET International, Inc., Decision Sciences International Corporation, International Maritime Security Corporation, and HALO Maritime Defense.

Jim Seif

Principal – Energy Consulting Services

Jim Seif is Principal for Energy Consulting Services at Ridge Global, the international security, risk management and business consulting firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. Mr. Seif started his career in the US Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh, PA in 1971, where he prosecuted some of the earliest environmental cases of the modern era. From there, he moved to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Philadelphia as Chief of the Legal Branch, and then in 1975 rejoined the US Justice Department in the Criminal Division in Washington, DC. In 1977, Seif joined the Dick Thornburgh gubernatorial campaign and, following the election, served as Administrative Assistant to the Governor in Harrisburg for six years. In 1985, he was appointed as Regional Administrator of the EPA's six-state office in Philadelphia, serving four years in that post. His next position was with the Philadelphia office of Dechert, one of the nation's largest law firms, where his practice concentrated on environmental issues and the representation of environmental and energy companies. In 1995 Governor Tom Ridge appointed Seif as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In 2000, Seif received a Lifetime Award for Public Service from the National Academy of Public Administration for his 30-year career in state and federal government. Following his work as DEP Secretary, Seif became Vice President for Corporate Relations at PPL, Inc, a Fortune 500 energy and utility company in Allentown, PA, a position he held for six years. Seif currently serves as Chair of the BioChem Technologies, Inc.'s Board, and he is on the Advisory Committee of the Dick Thornburgh Legacy Project at the University of Pittsburgh. He has a political science degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court and in Pennsylvania.

Jocelyn Gamble

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Jocelyn Gamble is the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Ridge Global, the international security, risk management and business consulting firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. Ms. Gamble is responsible for defining, prioritizing and executing the business strategy for Ridge Global and our sister company Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, evaluating partnerships and alliances, identifying company priorities, and planning and leading company initiatives. Prior to joining Ridge Global, Ms. Gamble served as Director of Business Development at Global Security and Engineering Solutions, a division of L-3 Communications, where she captured over $30 million in new revenue. Before that, she served as Director of Client Relations at The Pennant Group, advising clients in the areas of stakeholder advocacy, regulatory issues, marketing and communications strategy, and business development strategy. Additionally, she managed the research, production and delivery of homeland security market updates, policy and legislative tracking services and client presentations. Ms. Gamble started her homeland security career in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an advisor to the Chief of Staff. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Susan Galen

Special Assistant to Tom Ridge

As the chief aide to the CEO, Ms. Galen serves as Secretary Ridge's confidential assistant and additionally manages day-to-day administrative operations. Previously, Ms. Galen was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security beginning February 2003 through March 2005. From June 2001 to January 2003, she held the position of Special Assistant to the President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Following the 2000 Election, Ms. Galen was an Assistant to the Executive Director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. She also served on the George W. Bush Presidential Exploratory Committee beginning in March 1999. Prior to her government service, Ms. Galen worked for EDS Corporation for over 18 years starting in the Government Services Division in Washington DC in 1977. From 1990 through 1995, she worked for the Chief Financial Officer at corporate headquarters in Dallas and Plano, Texas. Ms. Galen worked for Frito Lay Corporation 1996 to 1998 and held the position of Assistant to the Chairman.

Justin Slotnick

Director, Client Support Services

Justin Slotnick is the Director of Client Support Services at Ridge Global, the international security, risk management and business consulting firm founded by Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. Mr. Slotnick is responsible for supporting, managing and developing an array of client support services, including market analysis, issue tracking and project management activities. Mr. Slotnick’s research portfolio includes the critical areas of cyber security, the chemical regulatory environment and emergency preparedness and response. Mr. Slotnick enlists his strong research and data analysis background in preparing presentations, market reports, white papers and other detailed documents for Ridge Global clients and senior management. Previously, Mr. Slotnick served as Associate Director of Client Relations and Support Services at The Pennant Group, where he assisted with business development services and client liaison responsibilities for major accounts. Mr. Slotnick holds a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in English from The George Washington University.