PAT POTTER, CEO & FOUNDER                                                       

Mr. Potter brings over 21 years of company leadership experience to CPS. Together with Mr. Potter’s business savvy, he possesses a highly competent investigative expertise, imparted while working under the supervision of SSA Robert Miller for nearly eight years. Trained as a Supervisory Special Agent, Mr. Potter not only coordinates all field office operations but also supervises the security control of data from public records. Mr. Potter also brings a creative and innovative element to the long-term vision of CPS. Chiefly responsible for case coordination and state-wide operations, Mr. Potter utilizes both his talents for business development and investigative policy making for CPS.

Mr. Potter majored in both business administration and criminology graduating the University of New Mexico and later returned to school in 2007 to earn himself an executive MBA from Xavier University. Mr. Potter also is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Forensic Interviewer and an active member of the American Society of Criminology and an associate member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Potter strives for continued education and growth as a professional and has recently become TRACE Certified in the Anti-Bribery and Foreign Corruption and Practices Act as well as becoming certified in IP Crime, through the International IP Crime Investigators College exclusively operated by INTERPOL.


John Samore III is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of California, and Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr. Samore has both a B.S. in Accounting and MBA from the University of Southern California. Mr. Samore also held various leadership positions with the California Society of CPAs, including President of the Los Angeles Chapter.


Mr. Samore is a former Special Agent with both the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation division, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General. During his time as a Special Agent, John conducted criminal investigations involving tax fraud, financial crimes and investment/Ponzi schemes, Medicare fraud, money laundering, political corruption, and identity theft. John served on the multi-agency Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force consisting of personnel from the FBI, Secret Service, IRS-CI, HSI (Formerly ICE), HHS-OIG, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and the Glendale, Los Angeles, and Burbank police departments.


Mr. Samore also has a vast accounting and consulting background and has spent time within the Forensic and Litigation practice of a “Big 4” firm and various industry positions involving financial reporting, compliance, policies and procedures, and other accounting/ finance roles.

STEPHEN J RYBAR                     


American Security & Protective Services Inc

Lic # 724 / 724A

Stephen Rybar comes to CPS with over 27 years of investigative experience. Prior to starting several of his own concerns, Mr. Rybar served 12 years as a Special Agent of the FBI in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Las Vegas. He received special training in fraud investigation, crisis and stress management and undercover techniques. He consequently specialized in the investigation of bank fraud, advance-fee cases, white-collar crime, bank robbery and theft.

In addition, he served as an FBI relief supervisor and assisted in the creation and organization of surveillance and undercover operations. He has received many letters of commendation for his outstanding FBI achievements.

Mr. Rybar’s previous experience includes two years as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army and production management with the United States Steel Corporation. While serving with military intelligence, he was responsible for all areas of security for highly classified materials, with special emphasis on communications security. Mr. Rybar has a BA in Business Administration from Kent State University.



Mr. Febre comes to CPS with a wealth of practical and time tested investigative methodology. As a felony investigator for the Department of the Navy (DON), Ret. Special Agent Jose Febre had investigative responsibilities within the DON for all crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He also frequently conducted felony investigations under the criminal laws of the United States when DON equities were involved.


Mr. Febre was trained at the NCIS Special Agent Basic Training Program (SABTP) and Criminal Investigators Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA. After gaining field experience with NCIS in basic criminal investigations, Special Agent Febre moved into specialty areas which included investigations into rape, child physical and sexual abuse, burglary and robbery, theft of government and personal property, and homicide.


PI. Lic # 25552

Former Maywood Police Officer Michael Singleton brings over 30 years of combined Military, Law enforcement and Corporate experience to CPS. Serving a wide range of clients, including high profile U.S. and Foreign officials, Professional Athletes, Entertainment community, Legal (Criminal and Civil) and Private Citizen community. He conducts investigations using a combination of old-school techniques and the latest technologies. He specializes in covert investigations, difficult process serves, missing persons and exploited children, Fugitive Recovery. Michael also holds licenses as a commercial helicopter pilot, UAV drone pilot. He also has numerous awards including the U.S. Army Achievement Medal, Commanders Special Recognition Award.


Mr. Rico began his 31 year career in Law Enforcement, in 1982 with the Los Angeles Police Department. Mr. Rico systematically advanced through the department from a field officer to qualifying for the LAPD’s highly regarded Metro Division S.W.A.T. Team. As a SWAT Operator Mr. Rico was exposed to advanced training which included crime suppression, hostage situations, dignitary protection, special operations and rapid deployment. After several years as a SWAT operator, Mr. Rico was promoted to Detective I, and assigned to Northeast Area Detectives Division where he specialized in Burglary. This brief assignment earned him a position with the LAPD Major Crimes Division. Mr. Rico began using his specialized training in surveillance and intelligence gathering and in a very short instance, Mr. Rico was advanced to Detective II of the Robbery / Homicide Division and assigned to SIS (Special Investigation Section.) Mr. Rico has spent over the last 10 years using his skills in this highly specialized and coveted tactical surveillance and apprehension unit upon his retirement in 2013.


Mr. Padin joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1995 and was assigned to patrol functions right out of the academy patrolling the greater south central Los Angeles area.  In 1997 Mr. Padin was assigned to Narcotics Division Section as an undercover field officer putting him in direct contact with drug dealers and gang members who were engaged in distributing and transportation of narcotics.  His assignments allowed him to conduct undercover controlled narcotic buys, surveillance of suspects and ultimately to author and serve narcotics search and arrest warrants.


On September 11, 2001 after the World Trade Center attacks Mr. Padin was transferred to Anti Terrorist Division Surveillance Section. His duties were to work with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security gathering intelligence, utilizing surveillances techniques on potential terrorist suspects and their associates.  In January of 2007 Mr. Padin was promoted to Detective and assigned to robbery and burglary investigation division. His job not only allowed him to investigate said crimes but also prepare the cases for the District Attorneys Office for filing considerations.


In May of 2009 Mr. Padin was assigned to the Eurasian Organized Crime Task as a cross-designated federal task force officer working with the FBI, Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service. He received (TS/SCI) top-secret security clearance from the FBI, which allowed him to work closely with FBI counter parts in dealing with classified information. His duties were to gather intelligence on organized crime groups’ criminal street gangs and prison gangs. During his tenure with the task force as an Investigator his duties also included providing surveillance training to all the members assigned to the task forces. 


On February 2011 Mr. Padin returned to LAPD's Major Crimes Division Organized Crime Section assigned to investigations of organized crime groups. Where he currently continues to provide surveillance training to LAPD, FBI, and other local police departments.



Mr Hart began his Law Enforcement Career in 1983 with the Monrovia Police Department in Los Angeles County for 2 1/2 years working patrol division. In 1985 he joined the Los Angeles Police Department working numerous divisions such as West LA, 77th Street, Operations South Bureau Crash targeting hardcore gang members in South Los Angeles and Newton Div. In 1991 Mr. Hart was selected for the highly regarded Metropolitan Division where he was assigned to C Platoon and did crime suppression, dignitary protection including POTUS and heads of state, handled civil unrest, crowd control, training the department in (IARD) Immediate Action Rapid Deployment when encountering an active shooter, and officer down & citizen down rescue.


In 1993 Mr. Hart was selected for the coveted position of SWAT Team Member where he is still active, he developed the Defensive Tactics Unit, a skilled group of operators who deal with aggressive combative suspects who refuse arrest, he is also trained in (HRT) hostage rescue, high risk search warrants services, crisis negotiations, suicide intervention, narcotics security (large seizures, transportation/ close proximity security), destruction of evidence (large quantities of narcotics/ weapons), foreign site surveys, site surveys (high risk locations), and training department entities. He has been a sniper and is currently rear guard (first operator in) for his platoon, D Squad. Mr Hart is an Martial Artist and is an Inductee into the Masters Hall of Fame 2004, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2010, and Instructor of the year US Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2012