Thu, Mar 20, 2014
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Real Talk w/CJ is offering a double-header featuring Steven Wood, Senior Manager of Corporate Investigations and Channel Development at Starbucks, and Terry Biehunko, a former U.S. Secret Service Agent.
Terry BiehunkoBiehunko said his criminal justice degree from Sam Houston State University helped open many doors in his career in state and federal agencies and in private security.
As a Secret Service Agent, Biehunko protected the lives of American Presidents and families, such as Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and Lady Bird Johnson, as well as foreign dignitaries, including President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan, President Anastasio Somoza of Nicaragua, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung of China and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon of New Zealand. Biehunko also conducted investigations concerning forgery and counterfeiting and performed intelligence functions with regard to threats against the people he was in charge of protecting.
Biehunko escorts Lady Bird Johnson.After leaving the Secret Service, Biehunko and several colleagues lived and traveled internationally throughout Europe and the Middle East performing private executive protection functions for high profile individuals, including many of the same people he served in his federal position.
Biehunko also served as president of a security company in Dallas. He is currently working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special investigator performing contract investigations for adjudicative review by federal executives who make critical appointment, access and government employment decisions. Bienhunko is required to maintain a top secret security clearance through the FBI in order to perform these investigations.
Steven Wood (BS '90, MS '93)
Steven WoodAfter building a private security career in retail, insurance, cargo shipping, and the oil and gas industry, Wood was recruited by Starbucks® Coffee Company, a $10.7 billion firm with 17,000 locations in more than 50 countries. As head of corporate investigations and analytics, his responsibilities have led him into the world of copyright infringement, cybercrime, embezzlement, and external fraud.
But not all his time is spent with the darker elements of society—he also works to protect employees and customers at Starbucks sites throughout the world at their locations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Germany.
Wood credits his graduate education in criminal justice at SHSU with helping him balance the role between law enforcement and theory, allowing him to identify with corporate America and find success through supporting goals and objectives of the business.