Our Team


John Rafferty

President & CEO


This company was formed by John Rafferty, a retired lieutenant from the New York City Police Department, in 2009 and has strong roots in law enforcement under his leadership. John is a successful visionary and has worked effortless to build and expand the company to what it is today, one of the most well known reputable security companies in NY and NJ.

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 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 had a proven track record for getting guns off the streets. He 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 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.


Michele Rafferty

Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer


Michele Rafferty was one of the founders of WATCH GUARD 24/7 in 2009 and resumed her role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2012. She manages the company’s financial risk, budget planning, and insurance programs. She plays an integral part in implementing strategy and various objectives in both the financial and administrative divisions of the company.

Prior to WATCH GUARD 24/7, Michele worked for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies where she had over 10 years of experience in commercial insurance and risk management. She brings this extensive knowledge of risk assessment not only to oversee WATCH GUARD’s operations but to our clients to ensure the proper security plans are in place and our clients are properly protected.

Michele graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John University with a degree in Computer Science and Information Technologies.



Chris Fitzpatrick

Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

 

Christopher (“Chris”) Fitzpatrick joined the WATCH GUARD 24/7 Executive Team in January of 2017. He currently holds the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Chris oversees all of the day to day operations of the company and is a key developer of strategy and vision for the company. Prior to accepting his current role, Chris held the position of Vice President of Business Development for FJC Security Services. Chris managed, mentored and motivated his team of Sales professionals, who were responsible for building longstanding new client relationships. Chris’ team was responsible for developing and retaining business throughout the Private, Aviation, and Local Government sectors. For the Years 2014-2016 the Business Development Group achieved the highest new revenue numbers, in the FJC 28-year history. The group produced more than seventy-six million in new revenue for the commercial division. During the same period, the Local Gov’t team produced, more than one hundred seventy-eight million, in new business revenue.

Chris began his career with FJC back in 2010 in a sales capacity. In 2011 Chris was promoted to the Executive Director, in charge of the Commercial and Aviation Divisions. In 2012 Chris was promoted to Vice President of Business Development. Prior to FJC Chris had 29 years of successful business development and facility/security and management experience. Chris spent 20 years working with two Fortune 500 manufacturing companies in several sales and management capacities, at the local and national level.

Chris currently reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, and Owner John Rafferty of WATCHGUARD247, LLC.



Melissa Considine

Vice President of Human Resources

Melissa Considine was appointed Vice President of Watch Guard 24/7 LLC in June 2017, with responsibility for driving growth in businesses through an effective human resources and people strategy. She is responsible for planning, staffing, talent management and succession processes, as well as compensation and benefits, employee relations, leadership development and training.

She is also in charge of a variety of corporate-wide areas including payroll and administrative services.

Prior to joining Watch Guard 24/7, LLC, Melissa served as Senior Director of Global Recruitment at FJC Security Services, Inc. Her background includes more than 33 years of extensive related HR and Operational experience with American Airlines.

Melissa is a graduate of Rider University in New Jersey. She is also active in various civic and community organizations in the New York area.


Gary Mercer

Director of the Southeast Region

Gary currently oversees all business operations in the South East Region. His responsibilities include scheduling, 24/7 dispatch, random field inspection program, contract compliance, training, equipment & fleet management, and client relations.

Gary is a retired New York City Detective after 20 years of service, trained in Dignitary Protection and other areas of policing including narcotics and investigations. Gary is Clery and Active Shooter Certified and has instructed both clients and officers on both.

After retiring, Gary joined the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office as a Lead Investigator, serving for three years and providing witness and prisoner protection and security. In 2008, Gary joined FJC Security Services as Director of Client Relations where he was responsible for overall client satisfaction and handling of client complaints. Throughout his eight years at FJC, Gary was promoted to the position of Executive Director of Operations and was charged with the running of approximately 168,000 weekly hours of security services.




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