Ed Farrell Managing Partner

Ed Farrell is the Owner and Managing Partner of Silver Star Protection Group. He is responsible for day-to-day leadership and general management of the company as well as assisting clients implement highly effective security solutions.

Prior to Silver Star Protection Group, Ed was a member of the United States Marshal’s Service for 23 years retiring as a Supervisory Inspector where he managed operations on a Task Force that covered three states.  Ed brings extensive knowledge of safety, security and regulatory compliance.  Ed managed numerous high profile and complex fugitive investigations that spanned multiple jurisdictions, states and counties.  Ed’s career includes experience protecting Supreme Court Justices, the Drug Czar and members of the judiciary who were under credible threats. Ed was a member of the U.S. Marshals Service’s national SWAT team known as Special Operations Group (SOG) for 8 years where he was regularly deployed across the US to respond to national emergencies.  For ten years, Ed managed a state-of-the-art Regional Training Center that provided more than 150 unique trainings to over 1500 students annually. Ed designed the training facility and curriculum and managed a cadre of instructors.  Ed oversaw the design and construction of multiple government facilities including creating comprehensive safety and security plans.  Ed oversaw multiple regulatory and compliance audits and assessments ensuring his organization was compliant with DOJ policies and procedures.  Ed maintains Top-Secret SCI clearance. Ed received his BA from Loras College in 1991.

Silver Star Protection Group has operated in the cannabis industry since 2014.  Ed has authored several high-scoring security plans that enabled clients to win licenses for cultivation and dispensary facilities in multiple states.  Ed continues to assist these organizations with design and construction of the security components and implementing industry best practices in security operations.  SSPG provides regulatory compliance assessments, security officers, cash and cannabis transport services in multiple states.  

Anthony Burns Director of Operations

Anthony is the current Director of Operations for Silver Star Protection Group. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of each facility located in the northern Illinois region and all personnel working under the SSPG employment.

Anthony is a veteran of the United States Air Force, assigned at Andrews AFB, MD as a Security Police officer and frequently assigned to Presidential security for Air Force One during arrival and departures of the U.S President Reagan and President Bush. During his tour at Andrews AFB, he served as a member of the tactical base SWAT team responsible for clearing and securing all possible threat locations prior to any POTUS flights.

He also served 28 years with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department, working as a Correctional Officer for approximately three years before being promoted to Police Officer. As a police officer, Anthony worked as a member of the Sheriff’s Police Tactical Gang & Narcotics Unit for approximately four years before being assigned to the Chicago FBI Task Force Interstate Theft Unit for two years. Upon returning to CCSPD, Anthony worked in the Special Operations Unit conducting high profile investigations not assigned to department Detectives. During Anthony’s assignments from 1998-2008 he served as “Point” on the Sheriff’s Police Hostage Barricade Team conducting hundreds of high target search warrants and barricaded rescues.

Additionally, Anthony served as a Tactical Flight Officer for the Chicago Police Helicopter Unit. Anthony’s daily assignments were flying in high crime areas designated by CPD command staff. His duties included communications with ground units and operating the thermal imaging camera “FLIR” during all calls for assistance.

Anthony has received many distinguished departmental accommodations and from multiple city and suburban agencies. He received his certificate as a detective from the Chicago Police Academy and continues to achieve his degree from Triton College.

Dan Farrell Managing Partner

Daniel Farrell is the Managing Partner of Silver Star Protection Group and is responsible day-to-day leadership and general management of the company as well as designing and implementing business policies that promote the company’s culture and vision.

Dan began his career in the cannabis industry in 2014.  Dan was a core member of the team that developed and executed a strategic plan to secure cultivation licenses in Illinois as well as raising the capital for the “A” share round of investment. When the state of Illinois announced the results of the application process, the group was awarded 2 cultivation licenses.

Dan brings an extensive knowledge of the financial services and banking industry.  Prior to Silver Star Protection Group, Dan was a Managing Director at a Multi Strategy Hedge Fund responsible for the coordination of all marketing efforts, which included business development, investor relations and external communications for the firm.  He was responsible for generation over $500 Million in assets for the firm from high net worth individuals, family offices, fund of funds, and university endowments. He was also responsible for the daily operational management of the firm including compliance, HR, vendor management and development and implementation of company goals.

Dan also worked in the mortgage industry at Decision One Mortgage, a division of HSBC, as well as a strategic account executive at Experian Information Solutions where he managed and maintained a strategic partnership with a top tier bank. Dan began his career as a program manager of a diagnostic home for abused and neglected children at Maryville Academy, the largest child/adolescent care organization in Illinois.


Dan received a BA in Psychology from Loras College, Iowa in 1993.


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