Client First Mission
Values and Success
Our Management Team
James Garcia IIICEO/President of The COGAR Group, Ltd
James Garcia is the CEO/President of The COGAR Group, Ltd. James has more than 35 years of experience with various strategic intelligence and security organizations and projects throughout the world. When he served as a U.S. Army Warrant Officer, James specialized in developing, managing, and executing intelligence field operations for the Defense Intelligence Agency. In addition, he managed human intelligence operations, risk analyses, and field programs in the counter-terrorism and force protection arenas for federal organizations including the Department of Defense and the State Department. After retiring from the Army, and prior to starting COGAR, James was the Program Manager/Chief of Operational Security for the Missile Defense Agency. He was responsible for effectively and efficiently managing security programs for Missile Defense Agency installations located in the National Capital Region, Alabama, Colorado, and overseas. James is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International), and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
Wesley E. SturdivantChief Operating Officer
With over 30 years of contract administration, operational management, and business development acumen in the federal and public sector arenas, Wes Sturdivant is pleased to serve The COGAR Group, Ltd as Chief Operating Officer. He has facilitated the negotiations of millions of dollars in service contracts and has helped Prime Contractors and the Federal Government in reaching their various Small Business goals. In the commercial market a highlight was the award of contracts for several major Athletic venues such as Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Ravens Stadium, FEDEX Field Washington Redskins Stadium (formerly Jack Kent Cooke Stadium), and Bowie Bay Socks Stadium. Working with the federal government, it was an honor being a part of the only U.S. Security firm to be honored twice by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the Small Business Achievement Award in 2007 and 2009. Wes understands what the industry wants and plans to leverage these relationships to help propel The COGAR as an industry leader. Wes leads the team with an emphasis on employee recognition and development, program efficiencies and innovations, strategic partnering and relationship building, and stakeholder equity. He is also fortunate to serve with a longtime business associate, Frank J. Polievka, Jr., who is Vice President of Operations.
Frank J. Polievka Jr.Vice President of Operations
Mr. Polievka currently serves as Vice President of Operations. Mr. Polievka is responsible for developing and cascading the organization’s strategy/mission statement to the lower-ranking staff, and implementing appropriate rewards/recognition and coaching/corrective practices to align personnel with company goals. Planning daily operations by prioritizing customer, employee, and organizational requirements within the company. His responsibilities include managing the Operations and administration of subcontracted security for Federal contracts. He develops Operational and Administrative policies and procedures as well as provides Security briefing to cleared personnel on safe guarding classified information on contracts. He also holds the title of Chief instructor for all training curriculums, Firearms, and Defense Tactics. He is also responsible for the development of structured training material, lesson plans, Post Orders site specific material for Federal contracts. Besides being a certified GLOCK Armorer Mr. Polievka is a Certified Firearms Instructor in MD,VA,NC,GA and a current NRA Law Enforcement Handgun Shotgun Instructor.