CEO & Founder

Matt Bogaard has over twenty-five years’ experience in government and the private sector, in crisis management, disaster planning and response, business continuity, intellectual property protection, workplace violence prevention, high-risk travel, threat assessment, security design, special event planning, and investigations. His consulting covers clients in entertainment, video gaming, financial services, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and retail industries around the globe in a variety of locations.

Prior to founding BGI, Matt was Head of Corporate Security at DreamWorks Animation SKG. In this entertainment-technology environment, he oversaw security initiatives worldwide. Before his appointment at DreamWorks, Matt spent fifteen years in law enforcement in a variety of assignments including investigations, recruiting, training, media relations, and community outreach. As a detective, he investigated kidnappings for ransom and highly complex financial fraud, among others. Matt has been trained by the FBI, DHS, and LAPD on high-risk threat assessments.

Matt is Certified Business Continuity Planning Professional and an Infrastructure Liaison Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Matt earned his Doctorate in policy from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on how emerging technology is changing the face of corporate security. He earned an MA in public administration at the University of Southern California, and a BA in sociology at the University of Michigan. Matt is adjunct faculty at USC and UCLA, and in 2013, he was named to the Security 500 list as a Top Security Leader. He is a frequent guest speaker, accomplished entrepreneur, industry leader, and he has advised on Hollywood-produced television shows.