- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 29, 2004

Vance International/Decision Strategies, a security and investigative firm in Oakton, has hired Clark “Bud” Hall as its new senior managing director.

Mr. Hall is the point of contact for Vance International/Decision Strategies’ international clients, including Fortune 500 companies and law firms. He also is responsible for assisting them in their security needs and investigating their security risks.

The position requires him to be available at all times and work closely with clients from the moment they discover a security problem to the time it is resolved.

“I’m essentially the known quantity with a lot of our international clients,” Mr. Hall said. “If they need someone immediately, they know who to call immediately, and that someone is me.”

Mr. Hall comes to Vance International/Decision Strategies with a variety of experience in the public and private sectors. Formerly with General Electric Advanced Materials, where he managed its chemical-manufacturing global security program, Mr. Hall also served in the FBI as unit chief in the organized-crime section, as an internal investigator for several Senate committees and as the chief investigator for the House Iran-Contra Committee.

“Clients today are looking for business solutions to security and consulting needs, and Bud’s unique background in the public sector gives him a unique perspective on how to combine … security and consulting disciplines,” said Drew McKay, the senior vice president, general manager and deputy general counsel with Decision Strategies/Vance International.

Although Mr. Hall finds working for the private sector different from working for the government, he uses the same skills.

“I find some things different from what I used to do because I’m not following around mob guys on the streets of Chicago, but I find some things similar,” Mr. Hall said. “The investigative skills I used in the FBI are the same skills I use in Vance in that there is fact-finding.”

Mr. Hall lives in Middleburg, Va., with his wife, Deborah. He enjoys researching and writing about Civil War cavalry history. He has written many articles for Blue and Gray magazine and is working on a book about the Battle of Brandy Station.

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