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SocoSIX is comprised of a multigenerational team drawn from the worlds of active or recently retired Special Forces professionals, as well as the upper echelons of cutting edge corporate security providers. This leadership team and key partners represent over two centuries of combined experience in the military, diplomatic, intelligence, and security fields, while capturing the youth, vigor and technological prowess required for corporate success in the 21st Century.

Our unmatched talent alongside our highly experienced corporate and private security experts provides SocoSIX clients a full spectrum of solutions to achieve domestic and global security results.

Key Principals

Colonel Richard T. Ryer (Ret.)


Richard T. Ryer acts as a resource for clients with international and special overseas requirements. Colonel Ryer is the former CEO and co-founder of Apollo International, an industry leading physical security company based out of Boston. Prior to Apollo he served as a combat pilot, an Air Officer Commanding at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Air Attaché to Saudi Arabia, security assistance staff officer reporting to the United States European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation in Montevideo, and the Defense and Air Attaché to the Philippines.

Ambassador Mark G. Hambley (Ret.)

Managing Partner

Mark Hambley develops discrete solutions for public, private, and governmental individuals and entities on a range of physical risk, travel, intelligence, assessment, surveillance, technological, and cyber-related issues. Mark is a veteran of over 32 years in the U.S. Foreign Service that included exposure to global political, economic, and environmental currents, with particular emphasis on the Middle East where he served as U.S. ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon.

Executive Leadership

James M Manzi II

Chief Executive Officer

James brings a unique skill set to SocoSIX, combining his extensive United States Army Special Operations background with a career of exceptional service as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Colonel Manzi has more than 30 years of special operations and law enforcement experience with a distinguished career engaging our Nation’s most difficult enemies, both domestic and abroad.

Shannon Pressley

Chief Financial Officer

Shannon Pressley is responsible for the development of all corporate functions related to human resources, finance, and contracts. She also promotes relationships with the growing list of SocoSIX domestic and international partners and affiliates.

Steve Lisle

Chief Revenue Officer

Steve Lisle fulfills an architectural role and is a key driver of company revenue. His focus is in developing go-to-market strategies and launching technology to enhance the service capabilities for SocoSIX customers.

Patrick Smith

Executive Vice President

Pat Smith plays an instrumental role in strategic planning, operations, and leadership management within SocoSIX. Through his more than twenty years playing critical executive roles in local, national, and international contract security companies, Pat developed a sterling reputation as a pro-active developmental leader and strategic operator.

George K. Butson

CPP, Managing Partner

During his more than thirty-year distinguished career, George held progressively important management and executive positions with recognized firms in the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey security markets, culminating in his appointment as the Apollo International President and COO for the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2016, he was one of the Founding Partners of SocoSIX Strategies, LLC, focusing on market development and in a business operations advisory capacity. George is a U.S. Army veteran and Life Member of the Association of West Point Graduates.

Dennis R. May

Chief of Investigative Operations

Dennis May, a military veteran with over 25 years of distinguished service as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, brings a high level of investigative, tactical and crisis response management experience to SocoSIX. In addition to serving as the Chief of Investigative Operations, Dennis acts as an advisor to the CEO and senior management team through his role as Chief of Staff.

Paul Roderick

Director of Operations

Paul Roderick, a military veteran with over 10 years of experience as a Special Forces Operator in the U.S. Army and 15 years of experience in the commercial and private aviation industries, brings his vast knowledge of security and flight operations, flight crew support and training host nation forces to SocoSIX. Paul is responsible for overseeing day-to-day security operations and monitoring global risks and threats.