About Us

Butchko, Inc. designs converged physical and cyber security solutions that safeguard your assets, mitigate your risks, and deliver sustainable business value. We drive client success by integrating technology, information, processes, and people to create a comprehensive solution your organization needs.

Our keystone approach bridges planning and system operation with a detailed engineering design process. We combine expertise with our rigorous methodology allowing us to quickly identify the resources necessary to execute a project.

The diverse combination of engineering, program management, business operations, and risk assessment skills within Butchko offers our clients innovative solutions to challenging security requirements. With no manufacturer or vendor affiliation, we provide independent and unbiased solution recommendations to meet unique client needs.

Our team and our extended global network provide the foundation for managing a broad range of projects as well as enhancing or directing existing programs. We have extensive experience both domestically and abroad and can work confidently in a range of international regulatory environments.


    • Benjamin M. Butchko, PMP, CPP
      Founder / CEO, Butchko, Inc.

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    Benjamin is an accomplished senior security engineer and project manager in the field of operations risk analysis, threat assessments, security consulting, system design, and project planning for national and international building projects. Primary efforts involve enterprise projects in critical infrastructure, petrochemical, industrial, medical, corporate, and science research industries. He is a regular presenter on security assessment, strategic planning, design, and deployment.

    Mr. Butchko’s professional experience includes leading security engineering for ExxonMobil, Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, and running an international risk and security consulting company since 2004. Mr. Butchko has developed and executed numerous security strategies, master plans, risk assessments, designs, system commissioning, and operations integrations.

    • Pierre Bourgeix, MA, MS, MBA, CPP
      Founder / CTO, ESI Convergent

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    Pierre has spent 30 years as a global security consultant and innovator. His primary expertise is Physical and Cyber Security Governance, including experience working with the US Secret Service, the NSA and the CIA.

    He is presently involved in creating security standards for the testing of products, systems, and solutions. Mr. Bourgeix holds master’s degrees in both Behavioral Education and International Business Management, with bachelor’s in History and Political Science. He is a member of the US Naval Institute and is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

    Mr. Bourgeix’s primary expertise is Physical and Cyber Security Governance and has had years of experience within the physical security arena, including experience working with the US Secret Service, the NSA and the CIA. From a strong foundation in the physical security, barrier, gate control industry, his path has grown to include electronic security, managed services security, and the IT / cyber security arena as well.

  • Walter ‘Cal’ Smith
    Senior Consultant

    Cal has over two decades of experience in tactical security operations and advanced systems design. He has fielded, analyzed, optimized, and utilized advanced sensors, weapons systems, and tactics. His specialized knowledge includes the protection of nuclear weapons systems and national critical infrastructure.

    He maximizes value to clients by developing solutions that maximize mission success. His unique experience as an integrated electronic systems engineer, risk analyst, special weapons and tactics responder, Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer for the US Army National Guard, and Opposition Force (OPFOR)/Adversary Force team member bring significant insight and value to clients.

    His experience allows him to select targets and plan attacks from a credible adversary perspective, then switch to protection perspective to determine optimal strategy, tactics, and upgrades to mitigate credible threats. Specializing in high-value operations in high-threat situations, clients seek out Mr. Smith for his depth of knowledge, attention to detail, ability to understand business processes, and ability to impact organizations in deeply meaningful ways.

  • Mark is CEO of ESI Convergent, focusing on business expansion, increasing the security posture of clients, and secure communications. Mark has worked for Litton Industries, Stanley, and Boon Edam Inc. as an Entry Expert. In between he has engaged in multiple start-ups, including a construction partnership; children’s furniture manufacturing company; a vehicle crash barrier company; and a Frac Tank / Vacuum Trailer manufacturing company.

    Mr. Perkins continues to be a leader within the areas of Security, IT infrastructure, Project Management and Application Development, leveraging his experience with domestic and offshore teams on multimillion-dollar engagements.

  • Michael Newsome, CISSP
    Associate Consultant

    Michael Newsome, CISSP, provides physical security consulting services for design projects, assessments, regulatory compliance, and corporate documentation.

    His design experience includes managing large projects serving critical infrastructure, commercial facilities, and healthcare. He specializes in integrated technology solutions that meet challenging expectations.

    Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston.


  • ESI Convergent

    ESI Convergent is a management consulting firm focused on helping companies assess and define the use of people, process, and technology within the physical and cyber security arena. ESI Convergent was formed to assist end users with their security and compliance needs and assist manufacturers in defining the proper strategy to drive products successfully into the marketplace.

  • SecurePCN

    SecurePCN is an innovative infrastructure of commercially available and open source technologies that offers the customer last mile connectivity to an encrypted, segmented and monitored Private Cellular Network.

  • Visual Plan

    Visual Plan is a 3D software and visualization services company with a global distribution and service partner network. They train, sell and support their software applications and customers with field capture, CAD/BIM and consulting services. Their solution leverages off the shelf 360° camera hardware with a near zero capX model and easy to use, do it yourself software to rapidly capture 360° video and images to process measurable as-built models called “digital twins”.


Butchko Inc sources multiple agents of information, market intelligence, and best-in-class technology. We take on the task of vetting their information/services/technology, how they deliver it, and, ultimately, how it serves you in your market, your unique needs and your unique mission.

The following have been selected as leading agents of change in their chosen fields. Their services and products can be leveraged as we engage you in your security planning and project execution.

  • Project Management Institute

    Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession.

  • Security Industry Association

    The Security Industry Association (SIA) is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, with over 1,000 innovative member companies representing thousands of security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry.

  • Security Specifiers

    SecuritySpecifiers was established in 2010 by Ray Coulombe to address the need for the physical security industry to more effectively engage with the specifier community.

  • Security Executive Council

    The SEC is the leading research and advisory firm focused on corporate security. The SEC’s Security Leader & Program Success approach contains the universe of possible elements for security practitioners to consider.

  • ASIS International

    The world’s largest association for security professionals, ASIS International has 243 chapters around the globe. Wherever you are in your career, whether just getting started or a seasoned security professional, ASIS International has the tools, information, and global network you need to achieve your goals.