12:00 PM To 1:00 PM
Lunch and Keynote
Former FBI Agent
Gregory M. Vecchi, Ph.D., retired from the FBI in February 2014 after 29 years of combined service in the military and as a federal agent. During his career, Dr. Vecchi investigated Russian organized crime, international drug trafficking, international and domestic terrorism, and violent crime. Dr. Vecchi was formerly the Chief of the FBI’s legendary Behavioral Science Unit and an FBI crisis and hostage negotiator.
Dr. Vecchi is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Missouri Western State University (MWSU), where he teaches law enforcement topics in criminal justice at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Vecchi is an instructor at the MWSU Law Enforcement Academy, where he teaches Tactical Communication, Dealing with Aggressive Behavior, Communication Obstacles and Dealing with Death. Dr. Vecchi has been designated by the Missouri Police officer Standards and Training (POST) office as the sole subject matter expert (SME) in these topics for all law enforcement academies in the State of Missouri. Dr. Vecchi also conducts behavior-based research, training, and consultation in behavioral analysis, crisis communication, conflict resolution, interviewing, and threat assessment, via his company, Vecchi Group International, LLC. Dr. Vecchi is published in many of these areas and he travels around the world to deliver consultation and training solutions.
Dr. Vecchi has special expertise in organizational behavior as it relates to deconfliction, leadership, and team-building. Dr. Vecchi currently assists leaders at IBM and Johnson Controls with threat assessments of employees and outsiders with regard to workplace violence issues. Dr. Vecchi has trained numerous Chinese business executives in Beijing, Nanjing, and Shanghai in high-stakes business negotiation and persuasion techniques in furtherance of acquisitions of other organizations. He was recently appointed as an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the Hong Kong Police College, where he trains officers in conflict resolution, hostage negotiation, and behavioral analysis. Dr. Vecchi has consulted with the Toronto Raptors NBA Team where he led the development of strategies for reducing costs associated with multimillion-dollar contracts for recruiting and trading talent. Dr. Vecchi is currently an active law enforcement negotiator with the Clinton County, Missouri Sheriff’s Office, where he recently provided the strategy that led to the resolution of a prison riot at a maximum-security prison, as well as personally negotiating the successful resolution of two barricaded suicide incidents.