Vern Abila is an accomplished broad-spectrum security, investigative and training professional with nearly 30 years of comprehensive, large scale leadership and operational experience in diversified domestic and international fields. For the past nineteen years, Vern has been the President and CEO of Abila Security & Investigations. Inc. (ASI) and has led ASI from a micro business operating from his home to a successful multi-million-dollar worldwide organization, earning the Colorado Small Minority Businessperson of the year for 2012. Vern has consulted and served on a multitude of contracts to forward-thinking close-in protection of domestic and international VIPs, Fortune 100 and 500 companies, celebrities, utility companies, behavioral healthcare institutions, Hospitals, K-12 schools, faith-based organizations as well as mission specific training for law enforcement and military units throughout the world. Under Vern’s leadership ASI has provided logistics support services ranging from military and law enforcement equipment sales to the provision of foodstuffs and medical supplies, fixed-wing and rotor aircraft around the globe to NGO’s and corporations for disaster and humanitarian relief operations.
Vern’s core competencies are corporate complex litigation investigations, threat and vulnerability assessments, surveillance and counter-surveillance operations, specialized critical incident training, logistical support, riot control tactics, overseas courier services, along with a wide variety of low and high-threat protective details, pre-employment screening services. Mr. Abila is considered a subject matter expert by the U.S. Department of State in VIP Protection, Critical Infrastructure, National Leadership and Diplomatic Security for their Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program.
Mr. Abila served on a US Department of State contract, to serve as team leader for the protective service detail to Ambassador Robert Frowick, Special Envoy for the Dayton Peace Accord & Head of Mission for the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Bosnia-Herzegovina. In his capacity he was part of the team responsible for the planning, coordinating and implementing of a security package that encompassed the personal security of the Ambassador his headquarters and residence. Mr. Abila received several letters of commendation from Ambassador Frowick and other entities involved for his role in stopping an attack on the motorcade carrying Ambassador Frowick, President Zubak, and President Izetbegovic.
Mr. Abila has also served in the Republic of Haiti, performing duties as a member of the US Department of State’s, Presidential Security Advisory Unit (PSAU). He served as Assistant Detail Leader for the protection team assigned to protect Haitian President Rene Garcia Preval and former President Jean Betrand Aristide. He was also tasked with providing formal and on the job training for the Haitian Secret Service in areas such as close-quarter combat skills, principles of protection, hand to hand combat, attack on vehicle and principle drills and physical training. In addition, Mr. Abila was selected to be part of a three-man team assigned to develop and train an elite Counter Ambush Team (CAT) for the Haitian Secret Service motorcade.
Mr. Abila has also served in Bogotá, Colombia as an Instructor for the US Department of States Presidential Security Program. He served as a training officer tasked with formal training in Protective Services for the Colombian Minister of Defenses Team. Subjects were; Principles of Protection, Explosive sweeps, Advances, Defensive Tactics, Terrorist Operations, Walking Formations, Motorcade Operations, Counter-Terrorist Driving, Surveillance Detection, and was the range master of the firearms course.
Mr. Abila currently sits on the Colorado Board of Directors for the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and has also been awarded Diplomate status with The American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, certified in Diplomatic and Executive Protection. He is also certified in Homeland Security at Level III, from the Global Society of Homeland & National Security Professionals (GSHNSP) and a Member, American Society for Industrialized Security (ASIS).