Henry DeGeneste is the President of his own security consulting organization after holding senior executive positions in the public and private sectors. His firm, HDG Consulting, Inc. provides advice and assistance to clients on a broad range of domestic and international issues involving operational risk, crisis management, criminal justice management, and public policy administration. With over thirty years experience in senior leadership roles, he is currently focused on providing strategic advice to corporations and institutions of higher education to manage risk and develop emergency and security programs. Prior to establishing HDG Consulting, Inc., he was a Managing Partner at Security Directors Advisory Group (www.securitydirectors.com ). He is a Member of the Advisory Board for WorldAware (www.worldaware.com). He has also served as an Advisory Board member for KeyPoint Government Solutions (www.keypoint.us.com) Previously he served for fifteen years as Senior Vice President of Global Security at Prudential Financial (www.prudential.com), and was the Vice Chair of the firm’s Crisis Management Committee. Prior to his tenure at Prudential, he had a distinguished twenty-three-year career at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (www.panynj.gov) serving as the Director of Public Safety and Superintendent of Police.
Henry is a published author, and guest lecturer at many colleges and universities on crisis and risk management, emergency preparedness, international terrorism, transportation policing, aviation, rail and seaport security. He served for over fifteen years on the faculty of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. A trusted voice in risk management and law enforcement, Henry is actively involved in a wide variety of civic and public policy organizations, such as being a member of the Leadership Council of The Southern Poverty Law Center, the New York State Assembly Task Force “Unified Against the Challenges of Terrorism” and the International Association of Chiefs of Police as a life member.
He is also the former Chair of the New York City Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security and a former Commissioner of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. He also served as the President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He is a sustaining member of the Police Executive Research Forum.
DeGeneste is active in the community through volunteer work and his service on several boards of directors including but not limited to, the World Trade Center Foundation, the Police Foundation, Washington, D.C., the Learning Disabled Access Foundation, the New York City Law Enforcement Explorers, Boys Choir of Harlem, Urban League of Hudson County New Jersey, Corporation for Justice and Opportunities, Inc., Newark, New Jersey, the Essex County New Jersey Offender Aid and Restoration organization, Chair of the United Hospitals Medical Center of Newark, New Jersey Foundation, Chair of the Greater Ocala Community Development Corporation, Ocala, Florida, Public Policy Institute of Marion County, Inc., Ocala, Florida, Awake Marion, Ocala, Florida and Marion’s United for Public Education, Ocala, Florida.
He has received numerous awards for his volunteer and charitable work including the “Pride of New Jersey” award from Governor Tom Kean, “Volunteer of the year” from New Jersey Special Olympics, the “Whitney M. Young” award from the National Urban League and the “Distinguished Service Medallion” from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Henry earned his B.A. in Business Management from Adelphi University. He is also a David Rockefeller Fellow, a Leadership New Jersey Fellow and a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, is Certified in Homeland Security-Level III and is a life member of the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State.