Meet Our Principals
 

Steve Keller, CPP


Steve Keller is the founder of the firm which formerly carried his name (Steve Keller & Associates, Inc.). Steve holds a BA in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC. He is a Certified Protection Professional, certified in security management by exam. After serving as a police officer, police detective then federal agent he moved into security management as Assistant Director of Security for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. From there he became Director of Corporate Security for a major publishing company which also owned and

and operated retail and mail order operations, warehouses, a food company, a jet flight service, and an outdoor attraction. In 1979 he was named Executive Director of Protection Services and Construction Projects Advisor for the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1986 formed Steve Keller and Associates which became the leading security consulting and design firm working exclusively in the field of cultural property protection. He is a well known speaker and lecturer and has taught burglar and fire alarm design at New York University’s seminar program. He is the author of over 35 articles in professional publications and producer of more than 20 videos on security topics. He was a faculty member for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Conference on Cultural Property Protection for seventeen years and has been a member of the ASIS volunteer leadership in various capacities since 1980. He is the recipient of numerous awards from professional associations and in 2006 was named to the “Centennial Honor Roll” of the American Association of Museums. The Centennial Honor Roll identified 100 individuals who were called the most influential people to work in the museum profession in the past 100 years. It is considered to be the museum industry’s highest honor.

Alicia Ramirez-Ricci


Alicia is a native of Venezuela and practiced architecture for several years before becoming involved in the construction trade as a building inspector. She is a proficient AutoCAD operator and serves as our primary liaison with architects. Well versed in all of the equipment and practices in security, she works closely with architects to minimize the visual intrusion of detectors, cameras and other equipment in landmark and historic buildings.  Alicia is in charge of the CAD operation and is also responsible for all of the construction details, elevations, and other drawings required on a project. She designs consoles and control rooms and maximizes the use of space in security closets and equipment racks, a coordination nightmare. Alicia is trained in system design and checks work of others. She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo. She has been with the firm since 2000.

Stephen Swen


Steve Swen is Manager of Advanced Technology who came to us after a career with a major firm. He is a proficient AutoCAD operator and assists with the engineering of systems. He is manufacturer trained as a system engineer on several major access control systems and is an expert on advanced digital CCTV system design. He is responsible for our work flow, project schedules, many aspects of project management, and coordination. Steve is the primary point of contact for RFI’s filed during construction administration and he is the primary liaison

with the electrical engineer and hardware specifier. He is also our resident computer and network expert and is involved in most of our custom high tech projects. Steve is responsible for quality control. A great deal of his time is spent evaluating new technology before we will specify if for client projects. His degree is in architectural drafting and design and low voltage electronics. He shares Steve Keller’s interest in computer network vulnerabilities and the two principals often challenge each other to find flaws in computer hardware and software used in the security industry so they can develop countermeasures. Swen has been with the firm since 2006.