Annapolis Group

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The Annapolis Group, Ltd. describes itself as "a full service strategic security and risk management consulting firm." [1]

The firm says its "staff, associates, and alliance partners throughout the world have come from within the United States Secret Service, U.S. Federal and international law enforcement and intelligence communities, as well as the national research laboratory and corporate communities." [2]


Working for the Democrats

In January 2004, the Democratic National Committee hired Annapolis Group "as a security consultant for [their] July convention" in Boston. "John Vezeris, the managing director for The Annapolis Group, and his partner, Joseph Masonis, stand to rake in some $ 75,000 to serve as liaisons between the DNC and the Secret Service, which is in charge of convention security," reported the Boston Herald. [3]

Verzeris, the Herald added, was "the man who tossed former Green Party candidate Ralph Nader out of the 2000 presidential debate in Boston. ... This will be Vezeris and Masonis' third Democratic convention." [3]

Horse racing

In 2002, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hired the Annapolis Group, to "develop a strategic security plan for the big event." [4]

Emergency travel assistance

In October 2000, the Annapolis Group announced a partnership with Assist America and Security Management International, to provide "proactive threat and risk assessments and, if necessary, emergency countermeasures, for travelers and expatriates exposed to pending or potential critical events." A press release said the "SecurAssist" program would address "business security issues arising from terrorism, violent crime, political instability, product tampering, kidnapping, extortion, and other safety concerns." [5]


Services offered include: [1]

  • Strategic security planning and management
  • Risk assessment
  • Crisis management, disaster recovery and business resumption planning
  • Contingency planning
  • Event planning and management
  • Protective services - asset and personal protection, for "individuals or large groups anywhere in the world" [6]
  • Tourism security management
  • Technical security services


SourceWatch resources

Contact information

Suite 136, 3 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-544-5940
Fax: 410-544-6914

Suite 323, No. 2 Lansdowne Row, Berkeley Square
London, W1X 8HL
Phone: 44-0208-911-2210 / 0800-093-0585 (Toll free in UK)
Fax: 44-0207-493-4935

Email: annagrp AT

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Our profile," Annapolis Group website, accessed April 2008.
  2. "Our management and staff," Annapolis Group website, accessed April 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ellen J. Silberman, "Security man who tossed Nader hired for Dem's Hub convention," The Boston Herald, January 7, 2004.
  4. Mike Spellman, "Breeders' Cup could be sellout for first time," Chicago Daily Herald, June 13, 2002.
  5. Press release, "SecurAssist Adds a New Dimension to Emergency Medical Travel Assistance," Business Wire, October 11, 2000.
  6. "Protective services," Annapolis Group website, accessed April 2008.
  7. "John Vezeris," Annapolis Group website, accessed April 2008.
  8. "Joseph A. Masonis," Annapolis Group website, accessed April 2008.
  9. James Ridgeway, "Cops and Former Secret Service Agents Ran Black Ops on Green Groups", Mother Jones, April 11, 2008. (Additional reporting by David Corn, Jennifer Wedekind, Daniel Schulman, and Nick Baumann).
  10. Press release, "Governor Beshear Appoints Members to Kentucky State Corrections Commission," States News Service, April 9, 2008.


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