Executive Director of Global Security Operations
Valero Energy Corporation
William Wilkins began his security career as a USAF K-9 law enforcement officer, assigned to U.S. Secret Service Presidential support missions and U.S. Customs counternarcotic operations. He later served as NCOIC of Investigations and worked within Intelligence specializing in threat analysis and security vulnerability assessment modeling. Mr. Wilkins has worked at Valero Energy for almost two decades and served in virtually every security role. Starting his career as a Security Services Officer, he was promoted throughout the organization – working in business intelligence, technical projects, regional security operations, commercial construction, and international security before assuming the role of Executive Director, Global Security Operations. Mr. Wilkins is responsible for establishing, promoting, and maintaining security programs and initiatives throughout the firm’s global network of refineries, terminals, and administration facilities. With over 25 years in the security field, Mr. Wilkins is a court-certified subject matter expert in security policy development, technology deployment, and regulatory compliance. A decorated Air Force veteran, he graduated with honors with a B.A. in Justice Administration, an MBA in Project Management, and completed his Doctorate in Organizational Management at Wayland Baptist University. Active within the community, Mr. Wilkins has served 3 years on the board of directors for ARTS San Antonio.
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