Arnette F. Heintze

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

As Hillard Heintze’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, Arnette Heintze transformed a small high-performing cadre of senior experts into a globally recognized strategic security and investigations firm. Under his leadership, Hillard Heintze has emerged today as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. For three years in a row, it has been ranked on the annual Inc. 500/5000 list. In 2010, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City’s extended the firm its annual award for the fastest-growing inner city firm in the U.S., naming Hillard Heintze #6 in the nation and #1 in Chicago. Under Arnette’s direction, the expanding Hillard Heintze team is systematically setting new best practices in security and investigations across the board – a track record that has quickly and dramatically expanded the firm’s client list to include a “Who’s Who” of Fortune-ranked corporations with leading positions in their industries – across the country and, in many cases, worldwide.

Based on nearly three decades of experience working at the highest levels of federal, state and local law enforcement, Arnette has an exceptionally strategic perspective on security. As a U.S. Secret Service Special Agent and a senior agency executive, Arnette planned, designed and implemented successful security strategies for U.S. Presidents, world leaders, events of national significance and the protection of the nation’s most critically sensitive assets. In 1990, Arnette was part of the Presidential Protective Division, where he served more than four years on the permanent detail protecting President and Mrs. Bush and President and Mrs. Clinton. In Washington, D.C., Arnette served as the agency’s senior liaison to the 160 foreign embassies in the city and acted as the Secret Service spokesperson and agent in charge of the Public Affairs Office, where he also led the crisis communication team during some of the nation’s most trying times. In April 2000, Arnette’s strategic leadership qualifications led to his appointment as a member of the Senior Executive Service and his selection as the Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Chicago field office.

In 1998, Arnette earned the honor of being chosen as the Treasury Department’s representative to attend the National War College, an elite program for select military officers and ranking federal civilians, where he earned a Master of Science degree in national security strategy. The National War College provides its graduates with the superior training, decision-making skills and strategic capabilities necessary for leadership in national security policy, foreign policy, defense policy, military strategy, force employment and joint operations. Upon his retirement from public service, Arnette served as the CSO for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods.

Arnette has received numerous awards and recognition for superior performance, dedicated service and heroic actions, including the U.S. Secret Service Valor Award — the agency’s highest. This was bestowed on Arnette for courageous action and heroism he exhibited in a 1983 shooting and hostage incident in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Arnette was Board Certified in Security Management in 2001 and attained the coveted Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Designation as awarded by ASIS International. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the National War College Alumni Association, the Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service and the American Society for Industrial Security.

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