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Protective Products of America, Inc. (“PPA”), formerly known as Ceramic Protection Corporation, is headquartered in Sunrise, Florida, with manufacturing facilities in Sunrise, Florida and Granite Falls, North Carolina.






 The Company, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of advanced products used to provide ballistic protection for personnel and vehicles in the military and law enforcement markets. The Company's product portfolio includes concealable soft body armor products for law enforcement and the Modular Tactical Vest (“MTV”), a ballistic system for military personnel. Visit  for more company information.

Management is of the opinion that the Company is a leader in the design and manufacture of high performance and high quality products used for ballistic protection. Protective Products International Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of PPA, is an ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer. Furthermore, PPA is capable of providing customers with an integrated personnel armoring system of soft ballistic material, vests and plates for law enforcement and the military.



Gen. H. Hugh Shelton served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group of the US Army Special Operations Command, followed by a series of command and staff assignments. Following the Gulf War, Shelton commanded the 82nd Airborne Division in his home state of North Carolina. In 1993, he was given command of XVIII Airborne Corps. Shelton led the Joint Task Force responsible for Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994. In 1996, Shelton, a Special Forces soldier, was promoted to the rank of General and the position of Commander in Chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

Upon the retirement of John M. Shalikashvili, Shelton was appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on October 1, 1997.

Born in Tarboro, North Carolina, he attended North Carolina State University and was a member of Pershing Rifles. He earned a degree in textiles while earning his Army commission through ROTC training. Shelton's further education includes a master's degree from Auburn University in 1973 as well as studies at the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College.  He married Carolyn L. Johnson in 1963



Brian L. Stafford was the 20th Director of the United States Secret Service. He succeeded Lewis C. Merletti, and was sworn in on March 4, 1999 by the then Secretary of the Treasury, Robert E. Rubin. He was succeeded by W. Ralph Basham.

Stafford was born in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania in 1948. He attended Mount Union College, in Alliance, Ohio, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, and an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Prior to his induction into the Secret Service, Stafford served in the United States Army. He completed a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star. He has been bestowed with numerous other awards including the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, 1999 Presidential Rank Award, and the Adam Walsh Rainbow Award.

Stafford joined the Secret Service in 1971. His first occupation in the Secret Service was a special agent assigned to the Cleveland Field Office. He was later employed in various other positions such as the Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations and the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Protective Operations. Stafford protected Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He was also responsible for supervising several National Special Security Events including the 2002 Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl XXXVI. He retired in January 2003, after serving more than 30 years for the Secret Service.
Stafford currently serves as a Director of McKinley Capital Management, and Vice Chairman of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


General Henry H. Shelton, U.S. Army (ret.).
Brian L. Stafford
Hon. Dennis W. DeConcini
Keith Engel.
Frank E. Jaumot
Larry Moeller
Charles E. Peters, Jr.
Richard P. Torykian, Sr







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