Our Team

John Rafferty

President & CEO

WATCH GUARD 24/7 was formed in 2009 by John Rafferty, a retired lieutenant from the New York City Police Department.

The company has strong roots in law enforcement under his leadership. John was one of the most decorated Lieutenants in the NYPD upon his retirement and the recipient of the Combat Cross, the second highest honor in the police department. He was assigned to some of the busiest and crime ridden commands in Brooklyn, NY and rose quickly through the ranks to sergeant and lieutenant. He brings this extensive experience in dealing with crime and crime prevention, security issues and investigations to the forefront of WATCH GUARD’s day to day operations. John leads with and instills upon his employees the same dedication, attention to detail, and responsiveness that he worked hard to achieve in the NYPD. John is an expert in his field. He is an expert witness providing testimony in court and is frequently featured on Fox News as a commentator on security issues.
John graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program.

Kevin Deane

Director of Security

Kevin joined WATCH GUARD 24/7 with over 20 years experience in the New York City Police Department and the private sector.

Kevin had a distinguished career in the NYPD serving as police officer, sergeant, and retiring as a lieutenant of the elite NYPD’s Counterterrorism Division. He served an integral part in detecting and deterring terrorism throughout Manhattan. Kevin went on to the private sector where he worked for Mulligan Security as a Security Supervisor and Director of Security. He was responsible for a robust team of security guards serving major Class A office buildings in Manhattan. Kevin is currently responsible for overseeing our security operations, client relationships, and supervising a team of field supervisors to ensure the highest quality of service is provided to our clients.
Kevin graduated from Iona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice

Anthony D’Esposito

Director of Security

Anthony served as a decorated detective of the New York City police department before pursuing a career in the private sector.

Anthony worked in some of the most crime ridden areas of New York City and was involved in several high profile cases. He brings extensive investigative experience and crime combatting techniques as well as fire life safety experience. Anthony is a former chief of the Island Park Fire Department. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and received the Public Service Award from the New York Police Chiefs’ Benevolent Association. Anthony oversees our security and private investigation operations. He is integral in implementing strategy, training, and supervision of all field personnel.
Anthony is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English

Keith McGarry

Director of Operations

Keith is a security specialist with over 20 years experience in the security industry.

Keith started his career with Merrill Lynch as an AVP supervising, inspecting, and monitoring security services. Keith went on to G4S Security Solutions as a security manager and Quality Protective Services as an area manager/risk assessment specialist. Keith is well versed in the security and safety requirements of high rise facilities, as well as commercial, residential, retail, and industrial sites. He is experienced in providing inspections and risk assessments of properties. Keith brings his expertise in the security industry to WATCH GUARD managing numerous aspects and directives of the business. Keith is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security – ASIS, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute – ACFEI and Business Espionage Controls & Countermeasures Association – BECCA

Michele Rafferty

Executive Vice President

Michele is a former executive of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Michele had over 10 years of experience in commercial insurance and risk management.

She brings her extensive knowledge of risk assessment to oversee security plans and ensure our clients are properly protected. Michele manages various aspects of the business and is instrumental in the development of company strategy, budget planning, and financial and administrative oversight.
Michele graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John University with a degree in Computer Science and Information Technologies.

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