Experience That Makes a Difference
IPC has over 30 years of experience protecting the patrons and assets of large-scale venues with millions of visitors every day. This gives us the unique expertise to handle the challenges of securing your most complex environments.
At IPC we develop a forward-thinking solution for your unique situation based on our years of experience. The quality of our people starts at the top with our highly respected Management Team, among the most experienced in the industry. Under its leadership, IPC has the resources to quickly and accurately assess and anticipate security needs from a variety of perspectives.
Meet the members of IPC’s Management Team.
Howard L. Kaplan, Founder, President & CEO
Mr. Kaplan is a long-time member of many industry-related security task forces and subcommittees. He has been instrumental in helping to define and shape the professional direction of security and public safety in the modern shopping center environment. Mr. Kaplan began with one shopping center in 1978 and systematically added properties to the IPC portfolio to become what is today the nation’s largest provider of shopping center security services.
Mr. Kaplan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Criminology. He is a former police officer and holds numerous security and private investigator licenses. In 1989 he was inducted into the Who’s Who in Security, and in 2005 he accepted an appointment to a federally funded special committee that is sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Defense. He is a recent past chairman of the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy charity and holds the title of Chairman Emeritus with the organization.
Donald P. Lantz, Sr. Executive Vice President
Mr. Lantz has been co-owner of IPC International Corporation since joining the company in 1981. He has helped IPC become an industry leader in full-service security and public safety. He has provided expertise and training related to management of private investigations and security-related functions, including: corporate, individual, community crime, employee theft, asset investigation, background investigation, fraud, embezzlement, missing persons and more.
Mr. Lantz joined IPC after more than 20 years with the Northfield Police Department where he served as Deputy Chief of Police from 1974 – 1981. His educational background includes: Northwestern University, Police Administration Training Program; Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy; Northeastern Illinois University, B.A, Criminal Justice; Webster University, M.A., Management, M.A., Public Administration; Kennedy-Western University, PhD, Business Administration.
Kenneth W. Hamilton, Executive Vice President
Mr. Hamilton joined IPC International in 1978 and has been influential in virtually every aspect of the identity and growth of the company. He also has been a high profile leader in the global shopping center security community. Mr. Hamilton is primarily responsible for the business development, contract administration and marketing efforts of IPC. His past positions at IPC have included General Manager, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Operations. Mr. Hamilton presently serves on the Board of Directors of IPC International Corporation.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hamilton has been individually responsible for the development of security concepts and practices that have become widely adopted as standards within the industry. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and participated in advanced studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, ASIS International and the International Downtown Association.
Joseph A. Marcello, Executive Vice President, Managing Director, National Portfolio–East
Mr. Marcello joined IPC in 1990, and has served in numerous management roles with increasing responsibilities.
Mr. Marcello is a Certified Protection Professional as recognized by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Also, he has received certification from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division as a Trainer for Level I Security Officers in the State of South Carolina.
Mr. Marcello is a frequent author and lecturer within the Shopping Center industry with 30 years of Shopping Center security services experience. He has worked in both proprietary “in House” and contract security programs, giving him a unique perspective on what is best for an individual center or portfolio of centers.
Brian L. Neimeyer, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, National Portfolio–West
Brian Neimeyer has over thirty years of professional management experience within the contract security industry. Joining The Wackenhut Corporation (now G4S) in 1978, he spent twelve (12) years in various management roles in several major markets including serving as a Director of Operations at the organization’s World Headquarters in Florida. In 1990, he began a fourteen (14) year career with U.K. based Securicor, serving as a Senior Vice President of the Company.
In April 2008, Brian joined IPC International Corporation, and is currently the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the West/Southwest Region. Brian’s responsibilities are to oversee all aspects of the company’s presence within the Western United States, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. Mr. Neimeyer holds an A.A.S. Degree from Northampton College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Florida International University. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and ASIS International. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).
Michael A. Crane is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for IPC International Corporation
Mr. Crane started his career while in law school working for the Illinois Bureau of Investigation and the Chicago Police Department. As an attorney for the Chicago Police Department, Mr. Crane was an Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent of Inspectional Services. He then became a trial attorney in the Cook County State Attorney’s Office and thereafter moved to a Chicago law firm, handling both civil and criminal cases.
He has lectured extensively on workplace violence, legal liability in the security industry, and taught at Webster University in the graduate program for Security Management. He has been called as an expert witness in security related litigation.
Mr. Crane was selected to participate in the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group’s, Workplace Violence Planning Meeting held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He was later invited to attend the FBI’s Violence in the Workplace Symposium held in Leesburg, Virginia. This select group of law enforcement and private security leaders helped direct the FBI’s efforts in workplace violence education, prevention and response leading to the publication of the FBI’s Workplace Violence-Issues in Response.
Mr. Crane has been designated a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International (ASIS) and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is a member of the ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission and oversaw the development of the first Workplace Violence Prevention ANSI Standard. He is also the Program Director for the ASIS Asset Protection III Course. He is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and formerly served as a member of their National Board of Directors. He is a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
He served from 2005-2009 as the first Chairman of the Private Sector Committee of the Illinois Terrorism Taskforce. In this capacity he advised the Private Sector Alliance Project comprised of the Infrastructure Security Awareness Program of the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center (STIC) and the Mutual Aid Response Network Program for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Mr. Crane is a 2009 graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Scott M. Strong, Executive Vice President and and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Strong is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for IPC International. Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the CFO plans, directs, monitors, coordinates, interprets and administers all functional activities and policies related to the treasury and finance, accounting, budgeting and financial analysis within IPC. In addition, Uniformity Inc., an IPC International Company, also reports to Mr. Strong.
Mr. Strong came to IPC in January 2008 with over 17 years of experience in a wide variety of service oriented industries. He has management experience in accounting, budgeting, cash management and information systems.
Mr. Strong earned a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Iowa Wesleyan College and received his CPA in August of 1993.