President: Vik Solem
Vik Solem started MEI Security (then Mabuhay Enterprises Inc.) in 2007 to provide Cyber Security Consulting to commercial organizations, and Physical Security Training to individuals seeking to raise their security awareness. Vik has worked in a number of areas in the security field including small start-ups, large for-profit companies, and university environments.
Vik Solem has been in the Security field for many years. Ever the engineer, he started taking things apart (and putting them back together) at a time when telephones had dials instead of buttons.
Vik’s love for security continues to pull him toward areas related to managing both digital and physical risk. He enjoyed cryptanalysis conversations with folks from the l0pht years before he joined AtStake. His love for martial arts includes both the art and the self defense aspects.
Vik holds the following certifications.
- ISC2: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- NRA: Range Safety Officer
- NRA: Basic Pistol Instructor
- NRA: Basic Rifle Instructor
- MSP: Massachusetts Basic Firearms Safety Instructor
- PHI Training: Certified Instructor, S.A.V.E Curriculum
Vice President of Operations: Phil Barrows
MEI’s Vice President of Operations, Phil Barrows, came to the Security Industry following 30 years in Manufacturing and Distribution in the Boston area. Phil’s areas of expertise include analog and digital electronics, beam delivery systems including lasers and optics in the medical and industrial imaging and material processing fields. Focused primarily on hardware, Phil has contributed to the growth of teams, departments and companies from inception up to $20M annual revenue and has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Phil is also a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving NORAD Air Space Defense installations.
Vice President, Training: Todd Mahan
An expert in Martial arts with more than a decade of instruction experience, Todd Mahan is serious about personal safety. He has served as an EMT in the Boston area 10 years and he served in the United States Air Force Security Forces. Needless to say, Todd likes to be outside in the action.
During his four years in the Security Forces, Todd was a member of the first Security Forces units to be front line troops since Vietnam, he served two tours in Iraq, and he was selected and trained for a 15 person CRT team (think SWAT for a military base). He was one of the two people chosen to become trainers for the team and its preparedness.
During his time in Iraq he was lauded for response and control of personnel on BIAP (Baghdad International AirPort) during rocket attacks in location and helping find origins of launch.
In addition to being chosen for security duties for visiting dignitaries to Baghdad and being awarded letters of outstanding performance of duty from the highest ranking enlisted person in Baghdad, Todd was personally given a certificate of commendation from the Security Forces commander for actions taken under fire. (4 awarded out of 400 personnel)
Todd is also a third degree Blackbelt, with more than a decade of experience teaching Martial Arts, and he is a certified firearms instructor.