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Why Most Medical Marijuana State License Applications Fail.

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10 Most Important Steps Every Executive Takes To Be Protected At Home

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For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Growers‎

Our Medical Marijuana Security Plan Can Give You a Competitive Advantage.

If you’re applying for a medical marijuana grower or dispensary license, The Lake Forest Group can assist in the state application process by writing a holistic security plan that based on our extensive industry knowledge, can give you a competitive advantage. Download our free report, “Why Most Medical Marijuana State License Applications Fail.”

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Helping to Protect High Net Worth Individuals and their Families

Competencies: Security Consultancy; Event Security, Risk Management; Security Assessment; Policies and Procedures

Do You Have An Industry Best Practices Active Shooter Plan?

Competencies: Emergency Preparedness; Emergency Management; Training; Workplace Violence, Policies and Procedures

Entrepreneurs in the Medical Marijuana Industry

Competencies: Security Consultancy; Security Management; Security Assessment; Policies and Procedures

Strengthening Supply Chain Across Multiple Continents

Competencies: Supply Chain, Risk Assessment, Program Development, Policy and Procedure Creation, Security Management, Training

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Leadership Profile

G. Michael Verden

Michael Verden draws on his experience as founder of the strategic security firm The Lake Forest Group, Hillard Heintze, the National Basketball Association (NBA), and an extensive career as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service.

As Owner and CEO of The Lake Forest Group, Mike has led numerous large-scale security engagements, including projects with major entertainment venues, gaming facilities, commercial properties, and much more.

As Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Hillard Heintze, Mike managed complex projects for higher educational institutions, utility companies, property management firms, pharmaceutical operations, financial services, manufacturing and distribution plants, and professional sports.

In his capacity as Senior Director of Security for the NBA, Mike managed and coordinated global security, as well as designed and implemented site security measures, emergency evacuation programs, and contingency procedures.

Mike was a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service for 21 years and finished his career as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Dignitary Protective Division at USSS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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G. Michael Verden, Owner and CEO

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