Company Background

Global Security Management Agency At a Glance

  • Founded in 1993
  • Native American, Veteran-Owned Small Business
  • SBA Certified 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business
  • Headquarters in Antioch, CA
  • 24-Hour Operations Fusion Center
  • Satellite offices in Long Beach, Oakland, Rohnert Park, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton and Sunnyvale


Sba 8a logo Veteranowned

Global Security Management Agency is a Veteran-Owned, SBA Certified Native American 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business that offers full-service security management operations to the commercial and government sectors. From protective intelligence that begins with vulnerability and risk assessments, to providing highly trained professional security officers on site, we are a one-stop source that can manage the full security lifecycle during both normal and crisis operations. Global Security Management Agency provides winning security programs for small and large businesses alike. Our assessment and field application of security strategies and technologies are second to none. Since our inception in 1993, we have provided security services for organizations including retail centers, financial institutions, hospitals, government facilities, stadiums and event venues, manufacturing and biomedical facilities, schools, and more.

Executive Leadership

Richard Sparks, Chief Executive Officer

As the founder and CEO of Global Security Management Agency, Richard Sparks brings over 24 years of dynamic project management and operational experience within the U.S. government and private enterprise. Mr. Sparks’ military and civilian experience includes commercial and residential physical security, vulnerability and risk assessments, and security cost/benefit analyses of all types of critical infrastructure.

Mr. Sparks currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and serves as a Battalion Commander. He served multiple tours in Afghanistan as the International Joint Command (IJC) TRADCOM Chief, Senior PSYOP Planner and PSYOP Task Force Deputy Commander.

Mr. Sparks’ distinguished career includes worldwide assignments in psychological operations, physical security, law enforcement support, collection systems automation, intelligence operations and planning numerous complex operations for both the U.S. government and private enterprise organizations.

Gloria Decambra-Sparks, Chief Financial Officer

Gloria Decambra-Sparks is the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Global Security Management Agency. Gloria brings over twenty years of experience in corporate financial management and human resources management to GSMA. As co-founder and minority stockholder, she plays an integral role in the company’s organizational performance and long-term strategies. Gloria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. Gloria is an inductee to the National Honor Society in Psychology.

John C. Horton, Executive Vice President - Federal Sector

John Horton is Executive Vice President, Federal Sector for Global Security Management Agency. He is a visionary and strategist who possesses over 35 years of progressive management and leadership experience. Mr. Horton is a proud U.S. Navy veteran who enlisted at age 17. He earned four college degrees, including a B.S. in Management from FIU, and also studied abroad at Oxford Brookes University (formerly Oxford Polytechnic) in England before becoming a DoD civilian and working for the U.S. Army in Italy and Germany.

After leaving government service, he further honed his management skills in the private sector. Mr. Horton worked primarily in the healthcare industry, managing hospital departments including security. He also served as a productivity and efficiency consultant before becoming a government contractor. During his career, Mr. Horton has excelled at the executive level with several prestigious firms, specializing in corporate development, business development, program management, and strategic planning. For the past 16 years his primary efforts have been in support of professional services-related projects with a focus on program management, IM/IT, GWOT support, call/response centers, subject matter expert support, telemedicine, statistical analysis, help desks, informatics, administrative support, and medical logistics.

The 8(a) Advantage

Global Security Management Agency is certified by the Small Business Administration as an 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business. Working with an 8(a) offers many benefits to government agency customers, including:

  • Sole source directly to GSMA – directly set aside and award a sole source contract to GSMA without lengthy contracting delays.
  • The 8(a) certification equals quality performance. 8(a) businesses are subjected to rigorous reviews of ownership, daily management, operations, experience and financial status. Only those that demonstrate viability are accepted into the program.
  • Minimize the length of time involved in contracting to save time and expense.
  • Federal agencies may receive credit for the amount of work awarded to an 8(a).

Effects-Based Security

Global Security Management Agency is unique in using an effects-based approach to security operations programs. This is a mindset, a way of thinking in as much as it is an emerging methodology. This approach to planning, executing and assessing security operations uses an explicit focus on effects, allowing us to create successful long-term outcomes that are responsive to people, property and processes.

The effects-based security process involves:

  • Developing security plans that link objectives to desired effects (including direct, indirect, physical effects and behavioral effects).
  • Identifying the mechanisms through which these effects are achieved.
  • Linking the effects and mechanisms to specific actions that need to be taken by the security force to create those desired effects.

Effects based security