Chad is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive who began his career in law enforcement as a Crime Scene Investigator in Miami. He was involved in countless complex forensic investigations and testified in state and federal courts throughout the southeastern United States before retiring as a Detective Sergeant with numerous commendations.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he established Wackenhut Corporation’s security operations in Russia and Ukraine when their military and police forces were downsized. Chad worked closely with American law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as the ex-Soviet police, military, and judicial systems to create the infrastructure and laws that allowed an American security firm to have a major presence in Russia. Chad held the title of Director, Russian Operations.

Following several successful entrepreneurial ventures, in 1995 Chad founded American Builders Supply, a building products manufacturing and distribution company with over 10 locations and $150 million in annual revenue. Following Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC’s acquisition of the company. Chad helped grow ABS into the largest independent distributor and manufacturer of doors, millwork, trusses, and lumber in Florida and the 54th largest in the nation.

Having survived the Cocaine Wars in Florida in the 1980s, worked with the remnants of the KGB and Soviet military in the 1990s, and then lived through the housing collapse during the 2000s, Chad can handle anything. In addition to his business career, Chad is an acclaimed novelist and contender for The World’s Most Interesting Man.

 Chad Barton