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GERALD S. BLAINE
Jerry Blaine is a former U.S. Secret Service Agent and one of the country’s leading experts in high-level, high profile security. In 1959, Jerry Blaine was hired as a Special Agent of the United States Secret Service, and was handpicked to serve on the elite White House Secret Service Detail, the thirty-four man team responsible for protecting President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
When John F. Kennedy was elected in November 1960, Blaine was immediately transferred to the President-elect detail and, for the next three years, traveled with President Kennedy all over the world—through Europe and Central America, from Hyannis Port to Palm Beach—and the occasional weekend at Bing Crosby’s home in California.
President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963 threw the country and the White House into sudden turmoil and despair. Abruptly, the Kennedy Detail became the Johnson Detail. There was no time to grieve, no time to deal with feelings of anger, frustration and guilt; and Lyndon B. Johnson was no John F. Kennedy. On July 4, 1964, Jerry Blaine resigned from the Secret Service to join the private sector.
From 1964 to 1990, Blaine worked at IBM Corporation, following a career path that combined his unique security knowledge with the burgeoning capabilities of computers. During this time he assisted in the design of the National Crime Information Center (FBI) and “Walnut” the CIA Information Center and helped design the specifications for a mobile terminal and fingerprint scanner. When IBM was faced with trade secret thefts in 1974, Blaine was promoted to Security Director. Other assignments at IBM included Director of Security for Manufacturing and Development; America’s Far East Division; Worldwide Security Operations and IBM United States. Blaine’s last assignment prior to retiring from IBM was at the Government Relations Office in Washington DC where he lobbied for a Federal Trade Secret Law and was on loan to the Overseas Security Advisory Council at the US Department of State during the Gulf War.
In 1990, Jerry Blaine joined ARCO International Oil and Gas in Dallas, Texas as the Director of International Security, Government Relations and Foreign Affairs. He directed security operations in more than forty countries throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America with responsibilities that included personal, physical and intellectual security, country start up planning, personnel protection, investigations, crisis management and establishing liaison with foreign governments.
After retiring from ARCO in 1999 Blaine spent four years with Hill & Associates, an Asian-based consulting company, as a Senior Consultant and finally retired from the corporate world in 2003. He currently lives in Colorado with Joyce, his wife of more than fifty years.