Tim Sutton is a Senior Security Consultant and Cannabis Security Practice Leader at Guidepost Solutions. He has nearly 35 years of security experience. His expertise includes operational security management, program development, loss prevention, physical security, risk assessments, and technical security systems design and implementation. He has worked with clients in diverse sectors including medicinal and adult-use cannabis, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing, and multi-use properties. Tim is a Director on the ASIS International Professional Standards Board, and a member of the ASTM International D37 Committee on Cannabis Standards. Sutton has worked as director of security for Greenhouse Group and its Grassroots and Herbology banners, responsible for enterprise security risk management in all markets. Sutton has authored Master Security, Emergency Action and Fleet Safety Plans along with security training and operations manuals. He also conducted new hire background investigations and security advances at dispensaries.
Prior to Greenhouse, he worked as the director of security for Revolution Enterprises with similar security responsibilities.
Sutton has spoken at a number of cannabis industry events covering security subject matter. He first entered the cannabis industry in 2013 as a security consultant when he authored security content for the extremely competitive Illinois permit application process winning two cultivation permits and three dispensary permits. After winning five IL permits, Mr. Sutton has provided security consulting services and authored consistently winning security plans and content for applications and operations in multiple states.
In addition to operational security director roles within the cannabis industry, Mr. Sutton has worked as a hospital security director, manufacturing facility security coordinator, and retail director of loss prevention and security. He also has held several positions within a security integrator operation including account executive, senior systems engineer, and licensee in charge and today is the only triple board certified cannabis security consultant with actual experience in the industry and is considered the preeminent cannabis security subject matter expert.