Sheri is the S3 Security General Manager. Sheri brings over eighteen years of experience in Human Capital and Service Management. Prior to S3 Security, in one of her most recent roles she was VP of Support Services for a company where she ran the back office operations including Recruiting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting and Marketing. Sheri has a strong customer service orientation coupled with her ability to lead people and drive results around business objectives. In addition to her strong client service and people skills, she also brings effective consultative, communication and analytical skills. Sheri has both a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University.
Sheri is an active member of the volunteer community in Jacksonville where she has served on the boards of The American Red Cross and Big Brother and Big Sisters. She is also a 2009 Class Member of Leadership Jacksonville. Sheri lives in Ponte Vedra Beach and is a married to a retired Navy helicopter pilot. They have a daughter who is a freshman at FSU. In her spare time Sheri loves walking the beach, Jacksonville Jaguars football and her dalmatian named Camo.
Director of Operations — Jacksonville, FL
Patrick Seal is the S3 Security, Director of Operations responsible for the Jacksonville, FL market. Patrick has years of business management experience gained in logistics industry where he held a management role for one of the largest freight brokerages in the nation. Prior to working in the logistics industry Patrick owned and operated a restaurant franchise in Neptune Beach, FL responsible for running all aspects of the business.
Patrick attended the University of North Florida with a focus on communications and marketing. His experience in logistics and small business has allowed him to gather a vast knowledge of expertise focused in commercial Operations, Business Development, and Customer Service. Patrick is dedicated to tech-enabling a centuries old services industry by providing security services and improved processes to S3 Security commercial and multi-family real estate customers providing a safe and secure environment.
Patrick is married and has two dogs, in his spare time he can be found enjoying the many trails that Jacksonville, FL has to offer with his wife and dogs. He is also an avid fisherman and enjoys spending time along the river and ocean.
Tallahassee and Gainesville, FL Senior Operations Manager
Jon brings over 12 years of security expertise to S3 Security. After he graduated high school in 1995 he began his security career working alongside military professionals as a Personal Security Detail officer and crowd control specialist. Jon has advanced training in roadside interviewing and evading honesty detection, De-escalation tactics. Most notably, Jon is also an ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) certified trainer for civilian response to active shooter events awarded through Texas State University.
As the Senior Operations Manager, Jon oversees the Gainesville, FL and Tallahassee, FL security operations. In his 5 years of service to S3 Security, he has received multiple awards for exceptional leadership and dedication to S3. Jon’s primary responsibilities include directing two separate mobile security teams that oversee 33 sites and are responsible for the safety and security of over 20,000 individuals on a day-to-day basis. Jon is also responsible for logistics, account and personnel management, assisting with company training, and overall strategic growth. Jon is also the liaison between S3 and the local law enforcement agencies who protect and serve our communities.
Jon joined S3 in 2012 and immediately recognized the company’s goals were in line with his own – providing unmatched security services and building positive professional relationships with the clients and the residents we serve.
In his downtime, Jon enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, shooting, tactical team training, boxing, and mixed martial arts.
Finance & Administrative Specialist
Cayla was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She attended the private high school, St. Thomas Aquinas, where she excelled as an honor roll student. After graduation, Cayla moved to Jacksonville where she pursued her education at the University of North Florida. Throughout the course of her four-year studies, she double majored in Finance and Transportation Logistics. She was awarded with the Dean’s List and successfully graduated in 2017.
As an active member of her sorority, Cayla participated in various community volunteer work throughout Jacksonville. She also belonged to the Finance Club at the University of North Florida.
Cayla’s hobbies include cooking and exercising and in her free time she enjoys bike riding on the beach, boating, and traveling to new places.
Client Success Manager
Racheal moved to Jacksonville, FL from Milwaukee, WI. She studied Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and proceeded to work in the high-intensity, wellness-driven world as a personal trainer and Exercise Specialist (ACSM certified) with the YMCA. Her passion for travel later led her to work for HealthFitness. Traveling 100% of the time, she became adept at managing diverse teams of medical professionals all over the U.S.
With encouragement from friends and family, after 5 years of traveling for work, Racheal took a job with Safe&Fair—a local, health-conscious snack company—as a Customer Outreach and Sales Manager. Much of her time was spent building relationships with clients while growing sales within her designated sales region.
In April 2018, Racheal joined the S3 team. She is excited to bring her knowledge, experience and charisma to build great client relationships while providing helpful solutions to customers as well as to the rest of the S3 team.
In her free time, Racheal enjoys trivia Tuesdays and beach time with her boyfriend. She also volunteers at Southside Baptist caring for children while their parents learn English. As an unapologetic extrovert, Racheal loves being with people and on any given Sunday during football season, you’ll find her in a crowded place airing the game. “Go Packers!”
Channing Doughtry, is a Florida native. He attended University of South Florida in Tampa, and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Criminology. His focus in Criminology and passion to serve, lead Channing to join S3 Security and Enlist in the Air National Guard, Security Forces. Prior to joining S3 Security, he held a management role with a Fortune 500 company with a focus in sales and operations management.
Channing comes from a military family, his dad served 25 years in the United States Navy, with that Channing has lived in some unique areas one being in Key West, Florida. Channing enjoys the great outdoors, particularly freediving and spearfishing. On his days off he also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and family, as well as working out and driving on the beach!
John has been a professional, private equity and venture capital investor for 20 years, and has been through several capital markets and economic cycles. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both publicly traded and private companies and has been an Executive Chairman of the Board, as well as Chairman of Audit and Compensation Committees. He’s a company builder with deep experience in the management of executives and personnel, sales and marketing, finance and financial analysis, business operations, strategic and business plan development, M&A, and executive recruiting.
John loves working with CEOs and management teams in optimizing their business so they can dominate a target industry segment. He does this by aiding them in organizing to create an environment of disciplined operational execution and the high impact application of a company’s competitive economic advantages.
He began his career as an officer with United States Naval Intelligence, and when he left the Navy, he worked for Fidelity Investments as a quota bearing sales representative. He started as a venture investor in 1996 at BancBoston Capital and went on to become a General Partner at M/C Venture Partners (now M/C Partners) and then a Managing Director at Key Venture Partners, both in the Boston area.
He has had successful investments across a range of industries from Telecommunications and Data Centers to Cloud Computing Software, Security Services, Energy Services, and even Waste Management. The common thread among these projects has been a services-based recurring revenue model or a unique economic advantage enabled by the application of information technology. Most recently, he is the Managing Partner of Unit Economic Investors in Boston and Jacksonville, FL.
See his LinkedIn profile here: www.linkedin.com/in/jpwardjr
B.A., Middlebury College
M.B.A, Amos Tuck School — Dartmouth College
M.P.A, Kennedy School of Government — Harvard University
Favorite book is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with The Republic of Plato a close second. He loves his family, country, heroes, Nantucket, kiteboarding, and an occasional icy cold beer – in that order.
Board Member and Advisor
Steve is a 4-time entrepreneur and venture capital backed CEO in the security services sector. His portfolio companies are tech-enabling a centuries old security services industry by combining video surveillance technologies, mobile patrol services, on-site services, and state of the art reporting technologies. His visionary leadership offers commercial real estate customers a significant ROI while providing a safe and secure environment. Steve’s companies are fast growing with a vibrant, merit-based culture and are dedicated to being the next generation of tech-enabled security services that customers need in today’s complex security environment.
At 23, Steven began his entrepreneurial career as Co-Founder and CEO of BlackBox GPS, a leading SaaS Telematics company, which he sold in 2009. Following his passion, Steven transitioned to a specialized Law Enforcement agency working in several sworn operational leadership capacities. During his 7-year law enforcement tenure, he recognized the need for an innovative security services business model due to increased crime and pension deficit challenges. Steven founded an integrated security services business attracting venture capital sharing a similar investing thesis. The success of the initial security services company lead to the launch of multiple venture capital-backed innovative companies within the security sector.
Steve is the CEO at Overwatch Capital. He is an Investor, Board Member, and Operating Partner for several private companies in the security sector. Steve serves as a Board Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Southeast Region Chapter and is a member of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BA in Corporate Communication and earned an MA in Homeland Security from American Military University.