Team Profiles

Pilum Defense Agency is a Total Investigation & Protection Solutions Firm. We offer a range of unparalleled services; Civil, Financial, Corporate, Criminal Defense Investigations, Asset Research, Digital Forensics, Surveillance, Close Protection, and Training.

Veteran-owned and veteran-run, we were founded by former U.S. Marine Corps and Navy SEAL combat proven personnel. More than 80 percent of our investigators, and advisors have served in the U.S. Military.
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Executive Team

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Michael ManchaChief Executive Officer/Chief investigator

Stephen BarelaExecutive Vice President/Lead Investigator

Management Team

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Jordan SmithDirector
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Robert SmithSenior Asset Manager
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Travis KemperSoftware Engineer/Data Scientist

Team Members

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Ralph VillarruelSenior Investigator/ Laundering-Drug traffic Expert
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Britney VanHattonSenior Investigator

Mike McCoolSenior Investigator
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Rod GagnonCertified Fraud Examiner/Senior Asset Analyst
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Andrew SchmidtSenior Asset Analyst
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Josh SheldonSenior Investigator
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Lauren RemmeyProject Coordinator
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Laura WeynaLead Investigator
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James McGuinessResearcher
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Sean Keely Researcher

Jerry SilvaLead Investigator
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Danny PadillaLead Investigator/Firearms Instructor
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Carole PensieroLead Investigator