Steve Smith & Taylor Smith / Founders of Guardian Defense
Steven S. Smith is the Co-Founder and President of Guardian Defense. Steve is passionate about making a true change in the way organizations prepare for, and respond to, a threat on site. He authored and developed his first program in 2013 upon noticing an absence of training for teachers to know what to do in the event of a threat on campus. As a current certified law enforcement officer who worked directly with the community and schools, Steve knew he had the tools to develop a program that would make an impact in the community. Since that time, Steve and his team of instructors have taught the Active Threat Response Program (ATRP) to schools, businesses, and places of worship; and tactical response programs to police officers. Guardian Defense has
expanded programs to include casualty and trauma care, reunification planning after a disaster and more. To date, tens of thousands of civilians and police officers have been reached throughout the nation and beyond as a result of his programs. His experience responding as a SWAT Team Leader to two active shooter incidents have led to incomparable insight as an instructor on this topic, and as a police officer.
Taylor L. Smith is the Co-Founder and Vice President at Guardian Defense. She has been a part of the developmental stages of Guardian Defense and continues to work closely with Co-Founder and President, Steven S. Smith, in the growth of the company. Prior to working at Guardian Defense, Taylor was a Team Leader at a non-profit agency in Broward County, Florida. Originally hired as a counselor at a therapeutic program for at-risk and low-income children, Taylor was promoted to the supervisory position for this county-funded program. As Team Leader, Taylor and her colleague were directly responsible for the daily operation of the programs, spread over twelve locations. Taylor then began serving children and young adults with mental health diagnoses and other special needs. She split her duties between the managerial end of operations and providing direct therapeutic sessions with clients. Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She served as board members on numerous academic and leadership honors societies as well as competed as a NCAA student-athlete. In her senior year, Taylor completed an internship at the Davie Police Department where she shadowed a patrol officer during his calls for service .Taylor graduated with a Master of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in 2008 also from NSU.In 2018, Taylor and Steve were honored as “Entrepreneurs of the Year” by the SCORE organization for their work in developing training programs through Guardian Defense.
Jason Hill / Client Focused Advisors
Roland Kidwell / Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU
Steve Smith / Guardian Defense
Taylor Smith / Guardian Defense