Robert W. Ridler
Senior Director of Safety and Security
Robert has been involved with IRONGATE Services since 2004 and became Senior Director of Security in 2008. He oversees safety, security, medical, site evaluations and training services in support of corporate promotional events and experiential marketing initiatives conducted throughout the U.S..
Robert has over 35 years’ experience in law enforcement and private investigation. He retired as a Supervisory Special Agent of the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). While serving with the DEA, he was involved in complex investigations, both domestic and international, focused on complex national and international drug trafficking organizations operating worldwide. In that capacity, Robert was assigned to various overseas posts where he advised the U.S. Ambassador and Embassy Country Team on narcotics and intelligence-related matters, maintained close liaison with high-level U.S. and foreign government diplomatic officials, and provided guidance and training to Paraguayan federal narcotics officers as well as other agencies.
In addition to his career with the DEA, Robert has a wide range of investigative experience in the public and private sectors. Following his retirement from the DEA, Robert joined a major private investigation firm as vice president, where he directed investigations involving physical security, crisis management and response planning.
Robert received a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University. He served in the U.S. Army and is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Robert is fluent in Spanish.