IFCPP is honored to welcome our newest member to the Foundation's esteemed Board of Advisors. Most of our members will recognize Armando Leon from the outstanding conference sessions, certification courses, and webinars that he has provided over the last couple of years. Welcome aboard Armando - we can't thank you enough for all that you do for IFCPP, and for the cultural property protection community worldwide!
With over 20 years of Military, Law Enforcement and Security experience, Armando Leon serves as the Director of Protective Services for The Museum of the Bible. Armando oversees the overall security and protection of the Museum in Washington DC, all artifacts stored in an off-site location and any exhibits traveling worldwide. Armando is also the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Armite International Security Solutions, a strategic advisement company in the Washington, DC Metro Area.
Prior to this position, Armando worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for many years. Starting off as an Officer on the Security Contract, Armando rose through the ranks attaining the position of Assistant Project Manager, responsible for coordinating and implementing all of the Contract Security Operations for the Museum.
Before moving to the D.C. area, Armando lived in Miami, Florida and served as a Police Officer in Miami-Dade County. Throughout his time as a Police Officer, Armando worked with several proactive units, and also patrolled some of the worst neighborhoods in the county.
Armando has also served, and continues to serve in the United States Army. His record includes active duty service with the 3rd Infantry Division during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003, and he currently serves with the District of Columbia National Guard, where he holds the position of Operations NCO in a Military Police Battalion.
Armando is a current member of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection (IFCPP) and ASIS International. Armando is a Certified Institutional Protection Specialist, a Certified Institutional Protection Manager II with the IFCPP as well as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) with ASIS International.
Armando has an Associate Degree from Northern Virginia Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University and is currently working on a Master of Business Administration from American Military University.