Chief Operating Officer



Gary J. Yates has over 38 years of professional experience in state and federal law enforcement, emergency management and the information technology industry.  Gary has served as Chief Operating Officer of DSI since 2009 and has participated in many emergency management preparedness, response and recovery projects.  His first disaster deployment was Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  Since 2009, he has served as the company contract manager for all Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Program engagements in Florida and other states.  Since 2009, and under Gary’s leadership, the company has been actively involved in the development, management and closure of FEMA projects totaling in excess of $1 billion.  He has also led our response to four Presidentially declared disasters and worked with clients to maximize recovery funding to all impacted jurisdictions.  At DSI, he also managed the My Safe Florida Home mitigation program for the Florida Department of Financial Services, supervising the statewide wind mitigation quality assurance inspection program as well as performance and compliance review of various entities.  He also providing general oversight to the Florida Weatherization Assistance Program field monitoring efforts, providing quality assurance to this $175 million statewide initiative.  Gary also manages strategic partnerships with other companies and oversees business development and outreach across several market areas.

During his over 23 years at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Mr. Yates served as the agency’s Chief of Staff; Chief of Intelligence and FDLE Inspector General.  He also served as Director of Criminal Justice Research & Planning and supervised the Florida Statistical Analysis Center.  At FDLE, he led the development and implementation of numerous strategic initiatives involving homeland security; mass immigration, mutual aid, disaster response, violent crime (including a major focus on school safety), computer crime, casino gambling, sex offender management, and various information technology initiatives.  Mr. Yates also managed an array of federal and state grants totaling over $150 million annually, serving as liaison with the U.S. Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies statewide.

After departing FDLE in late 2000 (and before joining DSI) Mr. Yates held leadership positions in the information technology industry, specializing in criminal offender electronic monitoring systems and data integration efforts.  His corporate career included four years as Vice President of Development for the General Dynamics Corporation in Washington D.C. and two years as Director of Criminal Justice Programs for Trimble Navigation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.