Ed Hinman

Senior Vice President
Associate Services

Ed manages a team responsible for providing resources and advocacy for our Associates and their families.  The Associate Services Division supports our Associates through their career at GDBA, ensuring every Associate feels heard, understood, and valued.  Ed and his team have also developed and implemented GDBA’s CARE (Continuous Asking, Response, and Evaluation) program, an innovative internal communication and feedback system which allows Associates direct communication to our firm’s Executive Board regarding their concerns and recommendations.

He led our Recruitment and Training Divisions, creating and developing the 2‑year Professional Leadership Track (PLT) which provides training academies, mentorship programs, and advancement opportunities for our Protective Security Division Associates.

Ed managed the protection of public figures and their families at their residences, at film locations, and during travel to more than 20 countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.  He also worked alongside the Department of State and foreign law enforcement agencies in support of protective operations for our at-risk clients.

Ed served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, leading operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, and Africa.  He also conducted threat assessments for Ambassadors and senior U.S. State Department officials on their security posture in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. 

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Military History and holds a Master’s degree in Intellectual History.

Ed has authored articles on security and hiring military veterans for Military.com, Task & Purpose, Business Insider, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post.

National Security Experience: Information provided in this brief bio does not include the associate’s background in National Security or military work designated as Secret or Top Secret, and does not include experience that is otherwise non-public.