President and Chief Executive Officer
Throughout his 35-year career in the Security Industry, Aria Kozak has been responsible for conceiving, implementing and operating many highly successful business activities, including growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, as well as developing, cultivating, and maintaining long term relationships among the senior management of many major companies within the industry.
Mr. Kozak began his career in the Security Industry after completing a distinguished tour of duty in the Israeli Military and migrating to the United States. From 1976 to 1990, Mr. Kozak founded and built Universal Alarm Systems Inc. into one of the nation’s largest and most successful Burglar Alarm and Armed Guard Response companies. Kozak sold Universal to ADT in 1990.
In 1996, Mr. Kozak began a High-End Integration Company called IntelliSec Inc., which engineered, installed, monitored and serviced many of the most complex projects in the nation. In 1999, Kozak accepted a partnership investment by Patricof Venture Inc. to lead the Venture Fund’s efforts to acquire and consolidate other Integration companies with a goal to grow IntelliSec into one of the nation’s largest Integrators.
In an unrelenting effort to develop a new approach to providing security services, Kozak worked and consulted with several major security industry partners from 2002, establishing Elite Interactive Solutions, Inc. in 2007.
With Elite, Mr. Kozak is revolutionizing the security guarding and monitoring industries by implementing a unique, proprietary combination of methodologies, processes and systems to truly differentiate Elite from the industry status quo of failing to provide true loss and crime prevention.
Mr. Kozak possesses proven entrepreneurial intuition and vision.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
As EVP and COO for Elite, Mr. Hook oversees the day-to-day operations of the company. These duties include management of corporate security, IT and systems security, finance, human resources, and administration. He has over 20 years experience in C-level management of communications technology, and IT systems and security, including CIO positions for San Jose Airport, and Los Angeles World Airport. He also has 15 years experience at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he served most recently as the Director of the Communications Technology Services Division. At UCLA he oversaw the 70,000 customer, telecommunications, network connectivity, and Internet Service Provider business. His UCLA experience also included Chief Information Officer and Chief Financial Officer roles for UCLA’s 1,000-member staff Facilities Management Division. He has served multiple corporations, municipalities, universities, and airports, managing information technology, telecommunications, networking, internet and web based services.
Mr. Hook also served as President of LCH Technology Partners which provided professional consulting services in the management of technology. His experience includes CIO for Los Angeles World Airports. He also served as CIO, CFO, and Director of the Communications Technology Services Division for UCLA. Mr. Hook is an MBA graduate of Harvard University.
VP of Security, Forensics and Engineering
Mr. Aragon joined Elite ISI in 2009, bringing with him his nearly 20 year experience in advanced security surveillance systems and solutions. Throughout his career, Aragon has demonstrated oversight, planning, design, engineering and delivery of innovative security surveillance systems. Aragon’s experience includes serving in all aspects of the Monitoring and Security Industries, ranging from Client Account Management and Sales Support, Remote Guarding and Video Surveillance Security System Engineering, Product Development and Project Management. His background allows him to easily interface with engineers, contractors and system integrators to ensure product solutions meet customer requirements.
Principal accomplishments include selling, engineering and implementing large-scale government projects for the Riverside Unified School District, Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and Los Angeles Housing Authority.
Chief Business Development Officer
As Elite’s Chief Business Development Officer (CBDO), John Bankes is responsible for all Elite’s sales and marketing activities. He is a proven successful leader with over 20 years experience in leading rapid sales expansion across multiple industries, building businesses, organizations, and successful teams that consistently overachieve. John’s experience includes an impressive list of business accomplishments that range from owning his own consulting business to acting as the CBDO for a tier one automotive supplier. Key success factors for John include entrepreneur and overachiever characteristics he has demonstrated throughout all of his career ventures.
In his sales responsibilities, John has a proven track record of creating highly motivated sales management teams dedicated to achieving exceptional results by exceeding sales targets, driving increased revenue, profitability, and market share. Specific experience includes documented skills in sales, management, leadership and negotiation. While CBDO at another entity, John was able to drive global sales to higher levels than previous years, by generating both new sales with existing customers as well as by the addition of significant numbers of new customers. During the last 5 years of his 10-year tenure with IHS, John was responsible for growing the business from $5M annual to over $100M.
VP of Finance
Michael Zatulov is Elite’s Vice President of Finance. Based on working in growth stage as well as mature corporate entities on financial planning, reporting, and growth initiatives for both domestic and international companies, Michael has a proven track record of developing strategic and financial business priorities, successfully establishing a trajectory of sustainable organizational business growth, and providing key performance metrics to leadership. He brings sophisticated experienced in working as a financial executive in fast paced team settings, alongside key company leadership and executives. That experience ranges from identifying opportunities for short and long term strategic goals as an effective contributing member of the executive team, to detail financial responsibilities for accounting and financial reporting activities. Michael earned received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Director of IT
As Director of IT for Elite, Jonathan is responsible for the company’s and its clients’ 24/7 technology environments. This includes all IT and network management, engineering and maintenance. He oversees the installation, operation and integration of back-office and command center infrastructure, including client facing and client site based IT and network systems. Jonathan is also in charge of all company and client-based wired and wireless telecommunications, internet, LAN and WAN networking. Responsibilities include Elite’s technology specifications, selection, installation, operation, and security for all computer systems and environments.
Over the last 7 years, Jonathan has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the company’s vital command center; building the computing and network environments, selecting and installing all software, training Technicians and Command Center supervisors, and integrating command center infrastructure with client site systems. His deep experience and keen vision has often placed him in front of vendor system engineers, leading them in understanding their own systems’ potential. He has overseen numerous change management/system overhauls, including virtualizations, major software and storage migrations. Jonathan ‘s role has been critical for the company’s and its clients’ peace of mind; guiding Elite through a robust and complex IT evolution.
Law Enforcement Advisory Board
Elite relies upon the expert advisement of law enforcement experts from around the country.