Timothy P. Sutton CPP, PSP, PCI, CHPA

Senior Security Consultant

Timothy Sutton has more than 30 years of security experience. His expertise includes operational security management and program development, loss prevention, physical security and risk assessments, and technical security systems design and implementation. He has worked with clients in diverse sectors including medicinal and adult-use cannabis, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing, and multi-use properties.

Prior to joining Guidepost Solutions as a Senior Security Consultant, Mr. Sutton worked as a director of security for Greenhouse Group and its Grassroots and Herbology banners, responsible for enterprise security risk management in all markets. He authored Security, Emergency Action and Fleet Safety Plans along with security training and operations manuals. He also conducted new hire background investigations and security advances at dispensaries. Prior to Greenhouse, he worked as the director of security for Revolution Enterprises with similar security responsibilities.

Mr. Sutton is a highly sought-after security subject matter expert within the cannabis industry and speaks at security and cannabis seminars and conventions across the country addressing security planning, management, operations, and technology. He first entered the cannabis industry as a security consultant when he authored security content for the extremely competitive Illinois medical cannabis permit application process for two cultivation and three dispensary permits. After winning all five permits, Mr. Sutton has continued to provide security consulting services and authored security content for winning applications and operations in multiple states.

In addition to operational roles within vertically integrated multi-state  cannabis organizations, Mr. Sutton has worked as a hospital security director, manufacturing facility coordinator, and retail director of loss prevention. He also has held several positions within a security integration company including account executive, senior systems engineer, and licensee in charge.

Did You Know?

Tim is an accomplished harmonica player; his stage name is HARPDOG. He started playing after high school in 1985, has played with blues legends such as Eddie Snow, Junior Wells, and Charlie Musselwhite, and has contributed to two movie soundtracks.


  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, summa cum laude, American Intercontinental University


  • Licensed Private Detective, Illinois
  • Licensed Private Security Contractor, Illinois
  • Licensed Private Alarm Contractor, Illinois
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP), ASIS International
  • Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA), IAHSS
  • Physical Security Professional (PSP), ASIS International
  • Certified in Reid Advanced Interview and Interrogation Techniques
  • Certified Firearms Instructor (USCCA)
  • Certified Concealed Carry License Instructor (IL)
  • Concealed Carry License [CCL (IL)]


  • ASIS Professional Standards Board (PSB), Vice Chair, 2024-2025
  • ASIS International
  • ASIS International Professional Standards Board (PSB)
  • ASIS International ARVP Region 2C
  • ASTM International Committee D37 on Cannabis
  • FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association
  • InfraGard
  • International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety
  • MoCannTrade Advisory Board’s Security and Transportation Committee

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