Member of the Board of Directors
Robert A. BermanChief Executive Officer
Member of the Board of Directors
Robert A. Berman is the CEO of Novume. Over the past two decades, Robert has held the office of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of both public and private companies in the hospitality, gaming, telecommunications and finance industries. During his career, he has worked with many leading financial firms and institutions to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in both corporate debt and equity, which was in many cases used to transform smaller businesses into fast growing, larger enterprises.
As General Partner of Avon Road Partners, LP, a limited partnership founded in 1999, Robert has overseen numerous investments in multiple sectors where Avon has played a strategic role.
Robert co-founded and was CEO of Cinium Financial Service Corporation, a privately held, specialty finance company which entered the Inc. 500 as 287th in 2012 and reached 49th in 2013. Prior to Cinium, Robert combined a publicly traded hospitality company with a privately owned racetrack to create Empire Resorts, a publicly held gaming company. As CEO of Empire, he raised more than $110 million while restructuring its non-core assets. Empire is now completing the development of a $1.3 billion mixed-use resort in New York scheduled to open in 2018.
From 1996 until 1999, Robert was Chairman and CEO of Hospitality Worldwide Services a publicly traded company he co-founded, which became the premiere service provider for the hospitality industry. Under his leadership, HWS grew from a small company with under $25 million in net revenues in 1996 to more than 3,000 employees on several continents with net revenues exceeding $229 million. While at HWS, Robert was also instrumental in forging partnerships with institutional investors including ING and Apollo Real Estate leading to the acquisition, repositioning and sale of multiple hotel properties across the country including such landmarks as Philadelphia’s Warwick Hotel.
Robert’s community involvement includes founding and funding the Project Dream Foundation which has provided college scholarships for deserving high school students based on their traits of work ethic, athletics and community-mindedness.
Harry Rhulen is President of Novume. Harry joined Novume as one of the co-founders of Firestorm Solutions, LLC which Keystone acquired in January 2017.
Over the eleven years prior to joining Novume, Harry and his co-founders built Firestorm into a nationally recognized brand in preparedness and crisis management. Firestorm is well known for its contributions in handling some of this nation’s worst crises, as well as providing thought leadership in the prevention of catastrophic events.
Prior to building Firestorm, Harry was CEO of Frontier Insurance Group, Inc., a NYSE traded public company with U.S. and European operations. Mr. Rhulen has extensive due diligence experience having participated in over thirty M&A transactions. He has lead several public offerings raising more than $350 million.
Harry, while serving on the board of the American Insurance Association, testified before Congress to expand the opportunities for financial service companies. Harry has worked as a consultant in many industries using his risk, crisis, and business management skills, as well as his public company, legal, bankruptcy, and due diligence experience to help his clients.
Harry has served on the boards of several profit and not-for-profit entities. He has received humanitarian awards for many of his efforts, including the “Quality of Human Life” Award from the American Red Cross. Harry graduated Cum Laude from the College of Insurance and has both a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Degree from Syracuse University.
Suzanne LoughlinChief Administrative Officer
Suzanne Loughlin is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and General Counsel of Novume. She is also a founder of Novume subsidiary, Firestorm Solutions, LLC.
Suzanne has extensive consultative experience in the development of crisis management and communications, workplace violence, emergency response, and business continuity plans for clients ranging from some of the world’s largest global companies to educational institutions and governmental entities.
Suzanne’s career experience includes serving as a Director and Chief Administrative Office of Frontier Insurance Group, Inc., a public insurance holding company, where she was responsible for HR, IT, corporate communications, facilities, government relations and internal audit. She was also a litigator with a major New City law firm and Managing Attorney of a law firm with multiple offices throughout the country.
Suzanne’s hands-on crisis management experience, combined with her training and practice in legal exposures, enables her to provide critical decision support to clients in urgent crisis events. Suzanne is a regularly requested speaker by associations and organizations in a variety of industry sectors, and she has inspired hundreds of groups and thousands of listeners on the topics of crisis management, workplace violence, emergency response and communicable illness planning. Her presentations, both entertaining and instructive, equip the audience with actionable ideas and suggestions for preparedness so that they can keep disruptions from becoming disasters.
Suzanne is a licensed attorney in New York. Suzanne has completed extensive Emergency Management Institute training, including Emergency Management Professional Development Series Certification from FEMA. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Suzanne holds a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School and a BS in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.
Very active in her community, Suzanne serves as a board member of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency, Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development, and Rhinebeck Bank. She serves as President of the Trevor Loughlin Foundation, Inc. which issues grants to individuals battling acute catastrophic illnesses and all blood cancers. Its signature event, the Rhulen Rock Hill Run & Ramble 5K, has raised over 1.7 million dollars during the past 25 years, benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the foundation, and it has added more than 665 names to the international bone marrow donor bank.
Suzanne has received numerous awards for her service, including the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious “Americanism Award”; the “Women Who Make a Difference” award from Sullivan County Community College; Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development’s “Distinguished Service Award”; Catskill Mountain Business & Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year Award”; the American Heart Association’s “Community Volunteerism Award”; and the Sullivan County Childcare Council’s “Child Advocate of the Year” Award.
Riaz LatifullahExecutive Vice-President of Corporate Development
Riaz Latifullah is EVP of Corporate Development for Novume. His comprehensive cross-functional general management and leadership experiences include those in finance, operations, business development and marketing. Riaz most recently served as KeyStone Solutions’ founding CFO handling finance and SEC reporting roles from inception through KeyStone’s Regulation 1A offering, which raised over $5 million, and most recently Novume’s merger with Brekford. Prior to joining KeyStone, Riaz was the CFO of the American Grandparents Association and Grandparents.com responsible for directing and overseeing the company’s finance and accounting activities as well as SEC reporting. Riaz spent 13 years with AARP where he served as Vice President, Financial Management performing CFO and CAO duties for AARP’s for-profit subsidiary responsible for finance, contracting, budgeting and forecasting, HR, compliance, IT and facilities, and had responsibility for growing AARP’s royalty revenue from $240 million to over $700MM. While with AARP, Riaz also served as Senior Director Strategic Markets and Director Brand Operations, and as an in-house entrepreneur, creating and launching five start-up operations that were significant changes for the organization.
In other positions prior to AARP, Riaz served as General Manager for TV on the WEB, an internet video production company, a Government Relations Representative for the US Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Foundation, and an Investment Banking Associate for Ryan, Lee and Company. His passion for racing sailboats led to his involvement with the Challenge for the America’s Cup and helping to create and coach Japan’s America’s Cup team.
Riaz holds an MBA from Stanford University, and MSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Marine Engineering from the US Merchant Marine Academy.
Riaz’s volunteer roles are focused on helping high school through graduate school educational organizations. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the governing board that sets the vision and strategy for academics, athletics, investments, facilities and development for the largest private high school in Washington, DC and serves as Chair of the Finance and Investment committee responsible for the endowment, budget and funding a $25M capital improvement plan that delivers on the strategic vision. His other volunteer roles include serving as an interviewer for a major university’s undergraduate and graduate school programs, and interviewing and counseling students applying for nominations to federal academies.