Meet the Team

Dave Schlecte, CEO

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dave Schlecte, CEO and Founder of Maverick Protection Group believes the team is more important than any one individual. 

His leadership focuses on perpetuating the success of others, leading by example, and his driving passion for industry disruption. Through his work as a Close Protection Specialist and leader of Maverick Protection Group, Dave aims to enhance the lives of agents and those they are dedicated to protecting. Dave has exceptionally high standards for himself, his team, and all Maverick Protection Group companies. 

Maverick Protection Group has provided workplace violence deterrence and response, Labor Union Strike protection and business continuity solutions for the corporate client, covert close protection, C-suite and high profile individual executive protection, secure transportation services, threat assessment, risk mitigation training, and countless other engagements. 

Dave travels extensively with teams throughout the United States His unflinching dedication to clients and staff will take him wherever he needs to go, for as long as he needs to be there.

Craig McKim, President

Mr. Craig McKim is a personal protection specialist and brings a unique perspective on customer service to the security field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration, is a graduate of two prestigious executive protection academies, and has over 15 years of experience as a seasoned hospitality professional.

In 2000, Mr. McKim’s protection career began in nightclub and contract security at many of Las Vegas’ most well-known and successful venues. He spent five years in this role, promoting through the ranks, and was regularly asked to staff selective Executive Protection opportunities. In 2005, Craig began building his expertise in hospitality by accepting a position with Red Carpet VIP Las Vegas, the largest, longest-running and highest rated independent concierge company. With a natural talent for building relationships and anticipating the needs of his clients, he was quickly promoted from VIP Host, to manager, to Director of Operations.

After three years as Director, Craig was brought back to the security industry and completed several different security roles. He served as a force protection guard in Doha, Qatar and an onsite Logistics Manager for the WPPS program through DynCorp International. Craig then earned the opportunity as part of a residential security for a UHNW family outside Philadelphia, PA. His security experience also includes his role as a Security Support Specialist at VxL Enterprises in Fredericksburg, VA facilitated by his longtime executive protection mentor. After building the role and duties for VxL, Craig returned to Red Carpet VIPLas Vegas as the Director of Business Development.

In 2016, Craig McKim opened his own company, Craig McKim Business Development, in Carlsbad, CA. Since then, Craig consults and trains individuals organizations on how to grow their businesses through networking and relationship marketing. In the same year, Craig was asked to be the ambassador for the International Protective Security Board. He is responsible for outreach, consulting and business development for the largest close protection security conference held annually in Las Vegas. He continues to serve the board, his clients and as an Executive Protection professional.

As President of Maverick Protection Group (MPG), Craig brings his wealth of experience and unique perspective of “Service Security” to the protection industry. MPG seeks to disrupt the status quo of the protection industry by offering superior service not only to their clients, but also to their staff, support services and community.