ESC Mission Statement

Protecting the energy industry from emerging physical and cyber threats through a unique public and private partnership of operating companies, law enforcement, academia, and security industry partners.

Who We Are & What We Do

ESC has been a leader in energy security education and networking since 1982.  We have members from across the United States with the heaviest member concentration along the Gulf Coast area.

The purpose of ESC, a non-profit international professional, networking organization composed of Corporate, Company, Individual and Law Enforcement members representing the energy sector, is to:

  • develop opportunities for a meaningful exchange of ideas, information and best practices on energy security.
  • create and enhance international/national networking capabilities on security within the energy sector and key partners.
  • identify key security issues affecting the energy industry and share innovative and proven best practices.
  • enhance the safety, security and business operations of its members, companies, corporations and their associates.

ESC prepares its membership for the new opportunities created by the globalization of the world economy by conducting quarterly meetings and annual conferences for the improvement and education of its members and to enhance business acumen. 

ESC collaborates with various intelligence services, governmental agencies, academic institutions, international associations and law enforcement agencies in order to provide a diverse and complete review of global, regional and local issues.

ESC is a member of the Oil & Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council (ONGSCC) and the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC).

ESC Strategic Alliance with the Security Executive Council


The Security Executive Council is the leading research and advisory firm focused on corporate security risk mitigation strategies and plans. For the last 20 years, the SEC has worked with security leaders to transform security programs into more capable and valued centers of excellence. This alliance will provide ESC members with valuable advanced security leadership research resources and provide an opportunity for ESC members to contribute to the SEC body of knowledge specific to energy sector best practices through participation in sector-specific research initiatives. You may visit them at

Please click below to read the ESC By Laws.

ESC Executive Director

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Dave Leiting, Executive Director 

ESC is managed by Executive Director Dave Leiting.  Dave retired in 2014 as the Director of Security, Eastern Hemisphere and Asia Pacific after a 25-year career with BP. Prior to that, Dave served 10 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. Dave is a US army vet, has an MBA and was also a CFE and CPP. He became a member of ESC in 1991 and was Chairman of the Board for three terms 2007-2009.

ESC Board of Directors

As a non-profit association, ESC is dependent upon the participation of volunteer industry leaders for guidance in the formulation and administration of quality programs and services. These dedicated individuals donate their time and energy to the prosperity of ESC by serving on the Board of Directors. ESC would like to recognize and thank them for their commitment to excellence.

    • Chairman Mike Peters, Global Security Manager- Lewis Energy Group -  San Antonio, TX 
    • Rob Ream, Director Global Security - Helmerich & Payne Inc., Tulsa, OK
    • Tim Foley, Director of Risk Management Services -  Summit Off Duty Services - Irving, TX
    • Darin Dillon, Sr. Director Energy - LenelS2 - Boulder, CO
    • Chris Combs, Chief Security Officer-Phillips 66, Houston, TX 
    • David Rainwater, Manager of Global Security & Emergency Response - Murphy Exploration & Production Company - Houston, TX
    • Jason Taylor, Chief, Texas Rangers - Austin, TX
    • Thomas Hardin, Assistant Chief, Houston Police Department - Houston, TX
    • Rick Williams, Chief Security Officer -Chevron Phillips Chemical Company - Houston, TX
    • Mark Dawson, Special Agent in Charge - U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations - Houston, TX
    • Robert Browning, Regional Security Manager - Chevron Global Security - Houston, TX
    • Michelle Draxton, Director Corporate Security - Constellation - Kennett Square, PA 
    • Ken Carter, Operations Support Manager, Global Security - ExxonMobil - Spring, TX 
    • Chris Schaffer, Managing Partner, NorthStar Response Group - Texas City, TX 
    • Jim Madia, Manager Operations, Security and Compliance - Los Angeles, CA

     2023 Board of Directors:  Executive Director Dave Leiting, Rick Williams, Rob Ream, Jason Taylor, Mike Peters, David Rainwater, 
Darin Dillon, Thomas Hardin, Chris Schaffer, Mark Dawson, Larry Satterwhite, Bob Browning and Chris Combs.  Not pictured:
Michelle Draxton, Tim Foley, Ken Carter and James Madia.