Meet Our Principals

Steve Keller

Steve Keller is the founder of the firm and serves as its managing partner. Steve holds a BA in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC. After serving as a police officer, police detective then federal agent he moved into security management as Assistant Director of Security for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. From there he became Director of Corporate Security for a major publishing company which also owned and operated retail and mail order operations, warehouses, a food company, a jet flight service, and an outdoor attraction.

In 1979 he was named Executive Director of Protection Services and Construction Projects Advisor for the Art Institute of Chicago and in 1986 formed Steve Keller and Associates which became the leading security consulting and design firm working exclusively in the field of cultural property protection. He is a well-known speaker and lecturer and has taught burglar and fire alarm design at New York University’s

Alicia Ramirez-Ricci

Alicia is a native of Venezuela and practiced architecture for several years before becoming involved in the construction trade as a building inspector. She is a proficient AutoCAD/REVIT operator and serves as our primary liaison with architects. While she is no longer a licensed architect and does not practice architecture, her past experience is useful as she works with our architect clients. Well versed in all of the equipment and practices in security, she works closely with architects to minimize the visual intrusion of detectors, cameras and other equipment in landmark and historic buildings.  Alicia is in charge of the CAD/REVIT operation and is also responsible for all of the construction details, elevations, and other drawings required on a project. She designs consoles and control rooms and maximizes the use of space in security closets and equipment racks, a coordination nightmare. Alicia is trained in security system design and checks work of others. She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo. She has been with the firm since 2000 and as a Partner since 2009.

seminar program. He is the author of over 35 articles in professional publications and producer of more than 20 videos on security topics. He was a faculty member for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Conference on Cultural Property Protection for seventeen years and has been a member of the ASIS volunteer leadership in various capacities since 1980. In 2018 he lectured at Harvard University. He is the recipient of numerous awards from professional associations and in 2006 was named to the Centennial Honor Roll of the American Association of Museums. The Centennial Honor Roll identified 100 individuals who were called the most influential people to work in the museum profession in the past 100 years. It is considered to be the museum industry’s highest honor. Steve was a Certified Protection Professional for over 30 years.