Revolutionizing the security industry; empowering veterans to continue to serve.
JONATHAN MCCONNELL, ESQ. – PRESIDENT
Jonathan served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. On his first deployment to Iraq, he commanded 3D Platoon (reinforced) Lima Company, 3D Battalion 2D Marines. Jonathan was charged with quelling the insurgency on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq and received personal combat decorations. On his second deployment to Iraq, Jonathan was the Executive Officer of Weapons Company 3D Battalion 2D Marines as well as 1ST Mobile Assault Platoon Commander. During this deployment, he maintained Battle Position Da’Nang in the Al Anbar Province near the Syrian border. His company was co-located with an Iraqi Army infantry company in which he was charged with training and conducting joint operations.
Upon completing his second tour in Iraq, Jonathan earned his law degree from the University of Alabama Law School and passed the Alabama Bar. In response to the attack on the Maersk Alabama in 2009, Jonathan, with his fellow Marines, sought a cost-effective solution to combating piracy. In 2009, Jonathan formed Meridian.US and began positioning embarked security teams on U.S. flagged vessels.
CAPTAIN HUNG NGUYEN, USCG (retired)
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Captain Nguyen has over 30 years of experience in operational risk management and regulatory compliance. He successfully led the implementation of the International Safety Management Code, the Maritime Transportation Security Act, and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
As a Co-chairman of the Joint Department of the Homeland Security and the Department of the Interior Deepwater Horizon Casualty Investigation, he identified many safety improvement recommendations that have been enacted by the U.S. Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization.
Captain Nguyen’s awards include Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Department of Transportation 911 Medal, and four Coast Guard Achievement Medals. He also received the Congressman James Sener Award for Excellence in Marine Investigations.
JOSHUA SIMONSON – VICE PRESIDENT,
Josh served with Meridian as a maritime security team leader, as well as its operational manager over all maritime operations before transitioning to Vice President over all International Operations.
Josh served In the United States Marine Corps Infantry from 2003–2013, deploying on three combat deployments with Lima Company, 3D Battalion 2D Marines. Josh then went on to a Special Duty Assignment at the School of Infantry East (SOI East), where he filled the billet of a Marine Corps Combat Instructor, Master Platform Instructor of Infantry Tactics and Battalion Curriculum Developer. After his time at SOI East, Josh deployed with 2D battalion 2D Marines on the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as an Infantry Platoon sergeant. While deployed on the 22nd MEU, Josh was the assistant TRAP (Tactical Recovery of Aircraft Personnel) Leader for all NATO TRAP missions in the Mediterranean and Libya during NATO Operation Unified Protector in 2011. Josh honorably finished his time with the United States Marine Corps, while earning numerous personal and combat decorations, before transitioning to Meridian.
JASON R. WILBUR – VICE PRESIDENT,
CORPORATE AND REGULATORY SECURITY
Jason served with Meridian as a maritime security team leader since 2012 until transitioning into a senior management position. Before joining Meridian full time, Jason successfully operated his own safety & security company as well as a firearms training academy.
Jason served in the United States Marine Corps Infantry from 2005-2009 with Weapons Company, 3D Battalion 2D Marines. During Jason’s first deployment to Iraq, he served as the Fire Direction Center (FDC) Chief for the Battalion’s 81mm Mortar Platoon as well as a turret gunner in a Mobile Assault Platoon. He also participated in mounted and dismounted patrols conducting cordon-knocks, searches, raids and gathering intelligence. Jason deployed to a Iraq a second time as a section leader for a mobile assault platoon, leading over 100 combat mobile patrols on top the numerous personal security details and quick-reaction missions.
MCPO JEREMY W. MICHELS, USCG (retired) – VICE PRESIDENT, RESPONSE SERVICES
Master Chief Michels specializes in risk mitigation and management, security, regulatory compliance, business continuity, disaster recovery, and incident and crisis management.
Master Chief Michels has over 36 years of practical experience in facility and Maritime security, risk and security vulnerability assessments, regulatory compliance, crisis management and business continuity in both government and private sector companies. He has served in management and as a senior consultant in both Fortune 100 companies as well as the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard where he honorably retired with the rank of Master Chief (E-9). Master Chief Michels’ awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals with Operational Distinguishing Device, three Coast Guard Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbons, Humanitarian Service Award, the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism ribbon, nine USCG Good Conduct Medals, the 9-11 Department of Transportation Service ribbon and various other unit and service awards.