Chief Executive Officer
Damien Flynn has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ACTS since 2015. Prior to this appointment, he held senior executive positions with gategroup, the previous owners of ACTS. He led gategroup’s passenger and cabin services business, Gate Aviation, and from 2012 to 2015 was Chief Commercial Officer for gategroup’s $1 Billion North American division. Damien has more than 20 years of progressive business leadership experience and has held executive roles in strategy, M&A and continuous improvement, across a variety of manufacturing and service industries. Prior to joining gategroup he was Vice President, Strategy and Integration for the $25 Billion Americas division of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker. Damien began his career with management consultants McKinsey & Company, where he spent 6 years advising senior executives on issues of strategy, operations and organization.
Chief Operating Officer
Sam Juchtman has over 34 years of professional experience in the military, maritime and aviation security industries. He is highly skilled in proactive protection against terrorist infiltration. Prior to moving to the U.S., Mr. Juchtman served as a Chief Security for ELAL Israeli Airlines in the Czech Republic and in Cyprus, a dual functional role, including security of the high-risk Israeli Embassy. During his posting abroad, Sam travelled and worked in almost every major airport in Europe and other parts of the world. As COO for ACTS, Sam oversees company operations with commitment to quality of service, compliance with customer specifications, TSA regulations and focus on safety in the work environment.
Rich Fiore has more than 20 years of legal experience, the bulk of it focused on aviation. After eight years and a promotion to Partner with Freeborn & Peters in Chicago, Rich joined United Airlines as Senior Counsel for Litigation & Regulatory. During the subsequent decade, Rich handled many of the airline’s most significant matters, including the 9/11 litigation and its three-billion dollar merger with Continental Airlines, and rose to the senior leadership of the Legal Department as Associate General Counsel of Litigation and Intellectual Property. Among other things, Rich had principal responsibility for advising United’s corporate communications and security departments, and led a 13-member team of attorneys and paraprofessionals. Rich joined ACTS as its first General Counsel in 2017, handling all legal affairs and risk management for the Company.
Vice President Technology & Solutions
Tracy Fuller has over 26 years of experience in the contract security industry. Prior to joining ACTS in 2018, Tracy served as the Vice President of Government Services for the nation’s largest contract security company, overseeing the organization’s aviation and maritime security programs across North America. Tracy represents ACTS to various organizations relevant to aviation security including the AAAE, ACI-North America, ALEAN and Safe Skies Alliance and is an active member in numerous committees and projects for each organization. She has earned the ACE designation in both Security and Trusted Agent through AAAE’s Airport Certified Employee program.
L to R: Bob Nightingale, VP Compliance; Jimmy Williams, VP Operations; Rich Fiore, General Counsel; Sam Juchtman, COO; Damien Flynn, CEO; Jeff Berezo, CFO; Tracy Fuller, VP Technology & Solutions; Steve Forman, VP HR; Jose Castrillo, VP Commercial.
Our leadership team brings over 150 years of combined experience in international aviation security, customer experience, safety, airline ground operations, flight operations, in-flight services, international security, human resources, training, catering and FAA/TSA regulatory affairs. We continually seek to stay on the cutting-edge of the industry expanding our business and continuously auditing our practices to maintain our position as the most trusted aviation security provider in the United States.