Our executive team brings a combined 200+ years in local government and public safety as well as
software technology and services development
Chief Executive Officer
Richard DeFrancisco heads Lexipol as Chief Executive Officer. Starting his career in IT, he has over 30 years of experience and has held leadership positions in software-as-a-service (SaaS), artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security companies.
Prior to joining Lexipol, Richard served as head of sales for Ping, an enterprise SaaS startup that provides data and analytics for law firms. Richard also held positions of chief revenue officer and president for McCarthyFinch, an artificial intelligence platform for lawyers, and chief revenue officer for CUJO AI, an AI portfolio product company creating safer smart-living experiences. Earlier in his career, he spent 10 years at PwC as the western US sales leader.
Richard has a Bachelor degree in Advertising/Marketing from Penn State University. He is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoys spending time with his family.
Chief Revenue Officer
Chuck Corbin serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Lexipol and is responsible for all customer-facing aspects of the business, including sales, marketing, market development, implementation services, customer support and account management.
Chuck’s entire career has been in the software technology and services industry, where he has served in leadership roles including senior vice president of North America at RMG Networks, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at BancTec, general manager of U.S., Latin America and Asia Pacific at BancTec, vice president of Sales at Spectrum Contact Services and vice president and general manager at Siemens Business Services. Early in his career, Chuck held sales and sales management roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, a large computer and software manufacturer. Chuck began his career in sales at IBM.
A graduate of the University of Tulsa college of business, Chuck is a dedicated family man who loves travel, sports and music. Chuck is also honored to serve as a mentor to several young professionals and small business owners.
Chief Financial Officer
As Lexipol’s CFO since 2012, Van’s passion for strategic growth has helped propel Lexipol into new products, services and markets, expanding our ability to serve clients. Van’s focus on geographic expansion, via its employee base and market growth, contributed to Lexipol’s evolution from a primarily western U.S. client base to a national market leader.
Van has spent over 30 years with high-growth technology companies in publicly held, private equity and venture-backed businesses. Prior to Lexipol, he served as CFO for Luxtera, Inc., recently acquired by Cisco. As CFO at Wyle Electronics, Van helped grow the business from $100M to $1.5B in revenues, leading to a successful sale of the company. He also served as CFO for Cherokee International and Telmar Network Technology, playing an instrumental role in executing strategic growth initiatives and acquisitions.
Van is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management executive program and enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Chief Technology Officer
Dave Long leads Lexipol’s software development and technical services teams. His areas of leadership include the enterprise SaaS platform, driving innovation initiatives and ongoing improvement of business systems and infrastructure.
Dave has over 25 years of experience leading research and development teams. Most recently, Dave held the position of Chief Product Officer at FirstAware, developing an IoT SaaS platform for building safety. Previously, Dave held the position of VP of Engineering at Mutualink, developing SaaS communications and interoperability solutions for public safety. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Product Development at Taqua, VP of Engineering at Tekelec, and in leadership and software development positions at Lucent Technologies, Cadre Technologies and AT&T Bell Labs. He is an alumni of the Richardson (Texas) Citizen’s Fire Academy and the McKinney (Texas) Citizen’s Police Academy.
Dave brings a wealth of experience and expertise in software design and development methodologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas.
Gordon Graham is a 33-year law enforcement veteran, risk management expert, practicing attorney and public speaker. In 2002, along with Bruce Praet, Gordon founded Lexipol to standardize policy, procedure and training in public safety operations. He remains on the Lexipol Board of Directors following the company’s merger with Praetorian Digital in 2019.
During his time with the California Highway Patrol, Gordon served as a motorcycle officer and sergeant. He helped design the first DUI task force, assisted in the development of the drug recognition program, and introduced a revolutionary training program called SROVT: Solid, Realistic, Ongoing, Verifiable Training. He has also been an advocate for the fire service, helping to develop the websites FireFighterCloseCalls.com and FirefighterNearMiss.com.
Gordon has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Lifetime Achievement Award from California POST. He holds a master’s degree in Safety and Systems Management from University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University.
Gordon lives in Southern California with his wife of more than 35 years, Reneé. Together, they enjoy “cruising the coast” in their vintage wooden boat or their weekender car. Gordon and “Mrs. G” are the proud parents of two adult children.
Bruce Praet is a partner with Ferguson, Praet & Sherman, a law firm that specializes in defending police civil matters such as shootings, dog bites and pursuits, while representing management in personnel matters. In 2002, along with Gordon Graham, Bruce founded Lexipol to standardize policy, procedure and training in public safety operations. He remains on the Lexipol Board of Directors following the company’s merger with Praetorian Digital in 2019
Bruce started his law enforcement career in 1973 as a police officer in Laguna Beach, California. In 1974, he moved to the Orange Police Department where he worked Patrol, Detectives, SWAT and K-9. After finishing law school, he went to work as an Assistant General Counsel to the Los Angeles Police Protective League and later served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Orange, exclusively handling police litigation.
Bruce has been heavily involved with POST committees and curriculum and is a guest speaker for numerous statewide police associations, the FBI Academy, the CHP Academy, and national peace officer associations.
Alex Ford is an accomplished entrepreneur, angel investor, public speaker and executive. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Lexipol in 2019 and 2020 following the merger of Lexipol and Praetorian Digital, which he founded in 1998.
Alex led the company to become the leading learning and content platform for first responders and local government leaders, driving 10+ years of profitability and more than 15% growth per year. Under his direction, Praetorian launched more than 30 websites, five online learning platforms and multiple workflow and data products that help municipalities better serve and protect our communities.
A graduate of Dartmouth College with a major in Economics and French, Alex lives in Dallas and spends time in San Francisco. He serves as an adviser for multiple start-ups and is a strong supporter of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Senior Advisor – Fire
A nationally recognized advocate for firefighter safety and survival, Billy Goldfeder has been a firefighter since 1973 and a chief officer since 1982. He became involved with Lexipol in 2006, championing the development of a Fire Policies and Training solution to complement the company’s law enforcement offering.
Currently serving as deputy fire chief of the Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department, Billy is a board member for the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the September 11th Families Association. His passion for firefighter safety and survival is reflected in regular contributions to national fire service media, frequent presentations at fire service conferences, and his email newsletter, “The Secret List,” which reaches hundreds of thousands of firefighters. With Lexipol co-founder Gordon Graham, he founded and hosts the website FireFighterCloseCalls.com. Billy has received the Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award, Firefighter Cancer Support Network Dallas Jones Memorial Award, and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors Fire Instructor of the Year Award. He was also named an Honorary Battalion Chief of FDNY.
Billy is a proud husband, father and “poppie” to six beautiful grandchildren—the best “lifetime achievement” award you could ask for!