Management 2018-05-10T13:55:13+00:00

Monty Helmer


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Monty founded Advanced Ops International (AOI) in 2014 after a distinguished career in law enforcement and global security. As president and chief executive officer, he is responsible for setting the company’s strategic direction, identifying trends, issues and opportunities that affect AOI and its clients, and ensuring that the company remains faithful to its vision and mission.

Before founding AOI, Monty led Business Development-Americas for the early stage North American division of a leading manufacturer/installer of whole-body contraband screening systems. Prior to that, he was Director of Sales and the Southeast Regional Sales Manager for a supplier of less-lethal electronic restraint and control products. He also has in-depth experience with corporate asset protection and anti-terrorism security solutions for multi-national organizations. Early in his career, Monty was an active duty/reserve non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, as well as a police officer.

Serving as a security consultant across a broad range of private and public sector organizations, Monty has built a solid industry network among government agencies, law enforcement, correctional facilities, and transportation providers. He has been an invited speaker at numerous transportation industry conferences and in Homeland Security round table discussions about air cargo security screening best practices.

Monty holds an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice degree and has completed extensive sales and security industry training.

You can reach Monty at or 770.334.8187.

Teresa Helmer

VP of Administration

Teresa serves as the Vice President of Administration and Corporate Secretary for Advanced OPS International. She is responsible for all day-to-day operations that keep the company running smoothly from facilities to human resources, office management, and staff oversight. Teresa also holds the important role of secretary for the corporation. In this position, she is responsible for a wide range of activities, including:

  • Managing all board and committee meeting logistics, attending and recording minutes of all board and committee meetings, and facilitating board communications
  • Advising the board on its roles and responsibilities
  • Maintaining key corporate documents and records

A native of South Dakota, Teresa has nearly 20 years experience in administration. Her drive to learn and apply new ideas and skills, combined with her enthusiasm and creativity have made her a strong addition to the AOI team.

You can reach Teresa at or 770.334.8187.


John R. Stein

Sales Manager

John Stein joined Advanced Ops International in 2017 first in a consulting capacity, bringing with him impressive credentials in not only law enforcement and security services, but sales and business leadership as well. He transitioned to his current full-time position as AOI’s Sales Manager, where he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s global marketing initiatives and managing all sales operations. He is based in the company’s Cartersville, Ga., office.

A Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST)-certified officer, John has been a part-time Deputy for the Bartow County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Department since 2013. This experience, along with more than 700 hours of college credit in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, makes John uniquely qualified to understand AOI’s clients and create sales programs to meet their needs.

In addition, John has in-depth knowledge of construction management, design and general contracting as the founder and owner of two businesses in those industries. He also has several years’ experience in sales management leadership positions for two building system companies. This background further enhances John’s ability to recognize and address the security product and service requirements of AOI’s facilities clients.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., John holds a Bachelor of Science with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, N.Y. He studied Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Calhoun, Ga. In addition to his peace officer certification, John is also a licensed private pilot with land and sea ratings.

Residents of Cartersville, John and his wife Beth have three daughters—Julia, Jill and Bethany. Outside of the office, he and his girls are active in anything involving the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, and pleasure shooting.

You can reach John at or 770-334-8187.