Louie R. (Ray) Wood

Special Consultant / CPP / Tampa


Mr. Wood is a Certified Crime Prevention Practitioner in Florida with over 40 years of experience in policing, crime prevention, and loss prevention management in the hospitality industry. With wide experience in both management and tactical/strategic functions, his expertise includes physical security, procurement of systems, pre-planning of new construction, and related safety and security assessments.

Mr. Wood served as the Master Deputy Sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, providing experience in modern policing and evaluation of security and police personnel. He is a skilled investigator having worked in Burglary, Auto Theft, Robbery, Homicide, and Special Operations, including Intelligence, Narcotics, and Vice-related crimes. He has numerous honors as a Crime Prevention Practitioner and Planner. Mr. Wood has been a member of the American Society for Industrial Security since 1995 serving as Vice-Chairman of the Hospitality Committee, member of the Claims and Litigations Management Alliance, and has made numerous training presentations in more than five countries to police agencies, tourism groups, and hotel companies.

Mr. Wood also has substantial knowledge in apartment and congregate living facilities, having managed safety and security for complexes in more than 50 locations totaling over 11,000 units. He is well versed in the planning for these complexes to include technical equipment and placement within blueprints. He also has experience in the opening of these complexes and staffing.

Mr. Wood is a proven expert in rendering solutions and assessing hotel and resort security and safety issues with valuable experience in the field. He is well versed in technology and systems to improve and manage properties around the world. Due to his extensive background, he provides expert witness testimony on security, safety, and standard of care related issues for law firms.

Education and Certifications

• Public Administration, M.S.: Webster University
• Human Resource Development, M.S.: Webster University
• General Studies, B.S.: Barry University
• Certified Crime Prevention Practitioner: Florida
• Certified Protection Professional (past): American Society of Industrial Security