Who we Are


Ed Hagan

Senior MerLion Consultant

“I appreciate the opportunity to continue training security teams with purpose.  There are real threats out there and training focused solutions to complex security problems is very satisfying work!”

Strategic Advisory Committee.

The MerLion team navigates a consistent and professional course with the guidance of an experienced top-tier Strategic Advisory Committee.  In a Leader-Mentor style, the “SAC” recognizes that while people, equipment and processes make a business, people are always at the core.  That in mind, MerLion’s “People are your Platform” mantra drives a people and performance based approach to your operations as your ultimate protection solution.

Arnie Tyler

Captain, U.S. Navy, Retired

Arnie founded MerLion to continue bringing executive risk management guidance to clients operating in regulated, complex and/or conflicted environments.  His teams have protected critical assets and operations for corporations, the U.S. Navy, the energy industry, and governments to accomplish goals that matter: opening markets for safe South American business operations in South America, re-opening energy projects in contested waters and shore bases of West Africa, stewarding global resources through recycling classified U.S. warships, and protecting humanitarian supplies passing through critical international ports. His integration of vetted intelligence, coordination of necessary resources, and integrity of logistics allow you to focus on maximizing safety, efficiency and margin anywhere you need to operate.

Scott Jerabek

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired

Scott is MerLions Strategic Advisory Committee Lead and brings unparalleled strategic experience to your table.  His experience is based in the Surface community of the US Navy and while he began as a Naval officer on a battleship he branched into in securing maritime interests around the world focused on ports, waterways and critical onshore operations and supply chains beginning in the Arabian Gulf.  He capped his career supporting security interests in Latin America and finally managing existential threats to national security.  Admiral Jerabek is a celebrated mentor of leaders world-wide, and is at your disposal as a leader of MerLion’s Strategic Advisory Committee.

Bill Irwin

Captain, US Navy (Retired SEAL), and Police Officer, Retired SWAT)

Bill brings solid leadership and operating experience to the MerLion team from his time in Special Operations and as a police/SWAT officer in Missouri.  Bill continues to serve in his role as an Adjunct Professor for the Kansas City Community Colleges in the field of Public Safety. From peace and security efforts in the heartland, to planning kinetic operations globally, to leading search and recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, to coordinating with the Department of State to achieve regional security goals in the Middle East, Bill brings unique “red cell” and operator focused perspectives to securing your business interests and achieving your strategic goals.

Norman Lofgren

Norm Lofgren, Captain, US Navy, Retired (Naval Aviator).  Legal Advisor to MerLion Advisory Group and Senior Counsel at Gray Reed & McGraw, LLP.

Norm has been selected numerous times for inclusion in the “Best Lawyers in America” and “Texas Super Lawyer” lists.  He brings substantial experience in: (i) business structuring; (ii) advising businesses and individuals in both US and international operations; (iii), corporate and partnership tax planning and compliance; (iv) both domestic and international transactions involving natural resources.  This legal expertise, coupled with his international operational military experience, brings a powerful combination to MerLion’s leadership.  Prior to entering the private practice of law, Norm served as a trial lawyer for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and as Tax Counsel for a major international energy company.


Ed Hagan

Senior Chief Bosuns Mate, US Navy, Reserve

Ed is a premier trainer and operator in the security operations environment.  His expertise has been requested “by-name” numerous times by senior officials to address critical asset anti-terrorism plans and implementation, patrol boat crew training and operations in ports and adjacent littoral waters, and developing security cooperation between nations. From executive protection to convoy security to securing critical supply chains serving NGO and Department of State agendas Ed Hagan brings you unparalleled security operations and training expertise to achieve your corporate goals in any theater of operations.

Steve Morris

US Secret Service, Retired. Consultant, Physical Security Specialist.

Steve brings the knowledge, relationships and experience that over 23 years in the United States Secret Service instills in its’ agents.  He has assessed technological needs supporting security of US Presidents and other key US Leaders conducting literally hundreds of advances both foreign and domestic.  He is an Interagency Training Center trained Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Agent and expert in counterterrorism tools and techniques.  He maintains expertise in physical security measures such as secure communications, security cameras and intrusion detection systems.  He has also taken point roles on consulting projects to US international partners advancing their security programs and practices to meet developing threats in their sphere of influence. Steve Morris brings MerLion clients capabilities in electronic surveillance integrated into effective incident mitigation plans. Once again you have one of the best giving you an operational advantage.

Randy Dobbins

Master Chief, US Navy (Retired). Consultant, Performance Motivation

Randy embodies “deck plate leadership” at its finest!  Bring a leader of team players into your security operations and enhance your team effectiveness and productivity.  As a result of his clear standards and motivational efforts for mid-level leaders and operators alike Randy’s teams have achieved numerous awards for professional, focused, and effective unit security operations. Make the security practices of your business ventures focused, efficient, and cost effective with quality teams behind your efforts.

Judith Manongas Tyler

Interpreter – International Facilitator Consultant, Special Projects

Judith brings MerLion a unique capability to converse in languages other than English.  She has worked extensively in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and is fluent in Arabic as well as the Filipino languages of Tagalog and Besiah. Judith also represents a network of linguists MerLion has at our disposal to translate and facilitate discussions in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean to name a few. Make sure your intentions and goals are aligned in the regions and countries your team operates – bring local linguistic expertise into your process!

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