There were more than 11 million victims of ID theft in the U.S. last year. That works out to nearly 5 percent of the population.
Former FBI executive Jim Hight, who logged in more than 30 years in law enforcement, is no stranger to ID theft. Prior to his retirement from the FBI, he supervised many well-known cyber crime investigations and was in charge of intelligence gathering involving terrorism subjects from countries designated as sponsors of terror. Hight provides a high-level view of the current state of identity theft, discussing many basic scams.
As supervisor of one of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces he oversaw intelligence- gathering on terrorist threats, hostile intelligence services, and high priority criminal cases. His biggest assignment was in the Oklahoma City Field Office, where he was the case agent for the Oklahoma City bombing through Timothy McVeigh’s trial and conviction. From 2000 until his retirement, Hight was involved in national security and cybercrime cases, overseeing intelligence-gathering on highly classified investigations and becoming an expert on counter-terrorism.
With knowledge and experience as his guide, he is now the head of Hight and Associates, a security, investigative, anti-terrorism, counterintelligence, identity theft, and media relations consulting group. Jim Hight uses his wide range of experience to show audiences the best ways to combat terror and identity theft. A unique voice in the law enforcement community, Hight provides groups around the country with the necessary tools to protect their information, identities, and overall safety.
International Terrorism in the 21st Century
This extremely informative program provides an overview of terrorism in the world today. It includes information on various terrorist groups, their progression, patterns of activity, differences between the Sunni and Shi’a religions and what the ordinary citizen can do to contribute to fighting the global war on terror. It also includes information on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
The Threat of Hostile Intelligence Services to the U.S. Business Community–Here and Abroad
Directed toward both large and small business enterprises with proprietary interests to protect, this program explains the various techniques by which hostile intelligence services attempt to gain information about your business and methods to thwart them. Whether traveling overseas, even to seemingly “friendly” countries, or attending a business conference which includes attendees from foreign countries, business persons must understand that they are TARGETS, and take appropriate steps to protect themselves, their employers and their information.
Communication and Listening–Critical Skills
This fun and informative presentation provides information on how critical communication and listening skills are to the everyday business process and the fatal errors which may be encountered in their absence. The presentation is augmented with demonstrations, simple methods to improve skills, a discussion of “meanings are in people” and humorous videos.
Cyberterrorism: Infrastructure Attacks for Destruction and Disruption in the United States
The combination of cyber and physical attacks as a method of increasing destructive outcomes are becoming of great concern. Cyberterrorism is on the rise as terrorist groups continue their efforts to gain access and knowledge of infrastructure components through the internet and other cyber means. This presentation is designed to alert participants to this increasing threat, provide methods for detecting such attempts and develop safeguards to neutralize them.
Identity Theft and How it Can Screw Up Your Life
Identity theft is explored from basic scams to an in-depth discussion of how to protect yourself. Protection is emphasized as the only preventive method, from safeguarding personal information, checking your credit report and where to get information, to steps victims must take to restore their identities and credit worthiness.
Jim Craig has been called the backbone of a team that accomplished one of the most extraordinary and memorable sports victories of all time. He went on to play professionally and transitioned to tremendous and ongoing success in the business world.
Jim is in demand from coast to coast and internationally as a motivational speaker, spokesperson, marketing and sales strategist and master storyteller. He is president of a promotions and marketing firm that also manages and represents Jim and his appearance business. Over the past 25 years, Jim has inspired, instructed and provided strategic and winning direction for employees and associates from more than 300 organizations, including Allianz, Bayer Corporation, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Dunkin’ Donuts, Evergreen Financial, GE Access, Gore Medical, John Hancock, Next Financial, Time Inc., Walt Disney, Welch’s and other companies that hold some of the world’s most recognized brands.
An All-American goalie at Boston University and standout for the Terriers’ 1978 NCAA championship squad, Jim was selected as the starting goaltender for the U.S. 1980 Olympic hockey team. At the Lake Placid games, his performance was phenomenal. Indispensable to Team U.S.A.’s epic – what some have called miraculous – upset of the Soviet Union was the play of Jim Craig. In the game against the Soviets, the Americans were outshot 42-16, but Jim made 39 saves, many of the spectacular variety, and his teammates scored four times. Two days later, against Finland, Jim was again superb, and the Yanks won 4-2 to take Olympic gold.
How incredible was the victory over the Soviets? Consider that as the 20th century came to a close, most major media sports polls selected what happened two decades prior in Lake Placid as the number one sports episode of the previous 100 years. “It may just be the single most indelible moment in all of U.S. sports history,” said Sports Illustrated of Team USA’s win over the Soviet Union. “One that sent an entire nation into frenzy.”
Following the Olympic Games, Craig played in the NHL where he started for the Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins and Minnesota North Stars. While in the net for the North Stars, Jim sustained an injury that ended his professional hockey career. Jim is enshrined in the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame, the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
When Jim retired from pro hockey, he pursued a marketing and sales career with the same passion, focus, work ethic and dedication that he put forth on the ice. He signed on as marketing and sales consultant for Valassis Inserts, owned by Australian media magnate Kerry Packer’s Consolidated Press Holdings and the largest freestanding newspaper insert company in the U.S. While with Valassis Inserts and later Valassis Communications (also owned by Consolidated Press Holdings), Jim took an operating unit that had $300,000 in annual sales and, over a 10-year period, built it into a unit that did $50 million in annual sales, the top sales-producing division of the corporation. During these years, Jim received “Salesman of the Year” awards from the Marketing Corporation of America and Valassis Communications.
Jim left Valassis in 2005 to become the top salesman of Hat Trick Group, a company that creates and produces promotions, incentive marketing and custom premium programs and products. Under his stewardship and guidance, Hat Trick Group developed new products and services and increased annual dollar sales by 80 percent and its number of clients by 30 percent.
In 2007, Jim directed his competitive zeal and devotion to innovation and teamwork to the launch and operation of Gold Medal Strategies. Still in its infancy, the firm has a growing roster of highly satisfied clients all receiving premium value and competitive advantage.
Jim has volunteered for several years as a youth hockey coach and contributes to and supports many philanthropic organizations and causes, including taking to the ice with the Boston Bruins Alumni to play in benefit games. Jim has also been in discussion with Dr. Oz about featuring Jim and his work for Ultimate SAAAVE in a media segment. During the Winter Olympics themselves, Jim is in major demand for corporations running hospitality events at the games.
Jim and his wife, Sharlene (Charlie), have been married for 20 years. They have a teenage son and daughter, both of whom are talented hockey players, neither of whom play goalie.