Associates




Chris Knott


Prior to entering the corporate world, Chris spent almost a decade as a Naval intelligence officer serving in combat missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and quickly rose to the rank of First Class Petty Officer (E-6). During that time, he supported multiple Navy SEAL teams and held the highest national security clearance, earned five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and 28 Letters of Commendation.

Chris brings a wide array of civilian experience in the field to the job. A certified law enforcement officer in the state of Florida, Chris’ postings have included dignitary protection, SWAT team operator and SWAT competition team member. He directed risk mitigation and security countermeasures planning for private and corporate venues affiliated with the Republican National Convention in Tampa Florida. For the past 7 years, he has provided physical security and client-specific security consulting services for a diverse clientele in the Naples, FL area, ranging from executive protection services to the coordination of security efforts for large scale public and private events.

Chris graduated with honors (cum laude) from Fort Hays University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies. Chris has also been educated and trained in an array of firearms and less lethal devices, defensive tactics, control techniques and compliance strategies. Chris consistently scored above average on agency evaluations, and received high praises and accolades from supervisors and peers. During his tenure, Chris was awarded his agency’s highest Life Saving Medal; the Phoenix Award as a result of reviving a subject who was clinically dead.





Michael Perl


Over the course of more than a decade in the U.S. Secret Service, Michael has planned and executed security operations in more than 25 countries, identifying and mitigating threats and vulnerabilities to sitting and former Presidents of the United States. Michael’s experience also includes advance work and protective services for presidential and vice presidential families in both domestic and international locales, security efforts for high profile events such as the Presidential Inauguration, Republican & Democratic National Conventions, State of the Union Address, G-8 & G-20 summits, the National Nuclear Summit, the United Nations General Assembly Sessions, and the Super Bowl. Michael provided physical protection and conducted protective advance work both domestically and internationally, often in hostile environments such as the Middle East and South America. Michael served with the U.S. Secret Service Special Operations Division and was assigned to the elite Hazardous Agent Mitigation and Medical Extrication and Rescue Team (HAMMER). In this role, Michael provided extrication and rescue capabilities as well as emergency medical and chemical, biological and radiological decontamination and treatment support to the President of the United States.

Michael began his protection career with former President Clinton. Headquartered in Chappaqua, NY, Michael served on the lifetime detail assigned to the former President and his family. He conducted protective advances both domestically and internationally and was a member of former President and First Lady Clinton's close protection team.

Other postings have included the Fort Myers, FL office, coordinating security arrangements throughout the Southwest Florida area, and serving as the region’s chief Federal computer forensic and electronic data examiner; a position in the Secret Service's electronic crimes Special Agent program. Michael conducted forensic examinations/evaluations of electronically stored data for U.S. Secret Service investigations as well as other federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations. Michael founded the SW Florida electronic crimes working group and was a member of the SW Florida financial fraud strike force

As a former member of the Secret Service’s Northeast-based electronic & financial crimes squad, Michael gained intensive criminal investigative experience, launching and leading multiple criminal investigations of multi-district and transnational organized criminal groups, often utilizing new and emerging technologies. He coordinated U.S. Secret Service and multi-agency joint investigations, undercover operations, surveillance, and prepared and executed search and arrest warrants and drafted arrest affidavits.

Michael proudly served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. As an intelligence analyst, he supervised, coordinated, and participated in collection management, analysis, processing, and dissemination of combat, strategic and tactical military intelligence.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Business from Penn State University.

Thomas F. Humann, III
Owner/Licensed Private Investigator/Notary Public

 





Thom Humann started his law enforcement career in 1986 as a Reserve Officer with the City of Brookfield Police Department in Brookfield, WI.  In 1988 he traded that position for a four year tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps, during which he was a part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


After he ended his service in 1992 he accepted a position as a correctional officer with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department in Waukesha, WI.  In 1998 Thom accepted a position as a law enforcement deputy with the Collier County Sheriff's Office in Naples, FL.  During his career with Collier County Thom was promoted to Sergeant, served as supervisor for the award-winning DUI Task Force, received training in traffic homicide investigations and traffic crash reconstructions, became a Certified Drug Recognition Expert, and served as patrol supervisor in the North Naples and Golden Gate Estates districts. 


Thom received seven Century Awards from MADD for making at least 100 DUI arrests in a calendar year and one Millennium Award for making at least 1,000 DUI arrests during his career.  He also received a Phoenix Award from the Collier County Commission for reviving a person who was clinically dead. In addition, Thom has testified in court proceedings as an expert witness on more than one occasion. 


After retiring from the Collier County Sheriff's Office in 2012 Thom started Gulfcoast Consulting Services, which in 2014 evolved into Florida Confidential Investigations, LLC, which is now known as FCIS.  In addition, he is currently a USSF and FHSAA certified soccer referee and officiates recreational, competitive, and high school matches. 


Thom has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Edison College, now known as Florida Southwestern State College and extensive training on a variety of matters from the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida.  Thom is a licensed private investigator in the State of Florida and a Certified Process Server for Florida's 20th Judicial Circuit.  He is dedicated to providing his clients with discreet, professional, and complete solutions for their investigative and personal protection needs.



Working as part of the protection detail for Dr. Ben Carson during a visit to Naples for a Mason Classical Academy event. (photo courtesy of Darren Miles Photography)

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A Florida-licensed Private Investigation and Security Agency based in Naples with the resources to work statewide and beyond.