Biography

Michael A. Yorio

Senior Vice President, Security

Michael A. Yorio is a former defense industry executive who is credited with founding SSI Guardian, the nation’s leading school safety and security provider and wholly owned subsidiary of School Specialty Inc. He has led the 21st Century Safe School initiative addressing institutional safety from an evidence based best practice approach combining mental health and physical security strategies that contribute to social and emotional learning outcomes and student achievement. Mr. Yorio also leads corporate legislative affairs, advising multiple state and federal officials and agencies such the U.S. Department of education on school safety and security best practices. In collaboration with College Football Playoff Foundation, he created the 21st Century Safe Classroom and STEM Media Center Makeover Project, an initiative that promotes early literacy. Michael is a nationally recognized media contributor. He has appeared as an expert guest on Fox News Channel News at Night, Neil Cavuto, Shepard Smith and Dana Perino, Good Morning Washington, Univision, News Max, ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates in markets throughout the United States providing commentary following major mass shootings including MSD, Parkland, Florida, Santa Fe, Texas, Las Vegas, YouTube HQ and EAS Sports Contest. He serves as National Security Contributor on Living Well with Dr. Peg radio show on KLZ in Denver and has been a guest on radio networks throughout the United States. He has been published in USA Today, Campus Safety Magazine, American School and selected as a contributing consultant on a five-year school security technology research project led by Department of Justice and Johns Hopkins University. He has presented at The National Press Club and has been a guest presenter at National School Board Association national conference, CUBE, EdSpaces, A4LE and Campus Safety Conferences. He is co-author of STOP The Threat Advanced Active Shooter Training curriculum, which became the first and only training program of its kind to receive professional development CEU accreditation from North Carolina State University. The program combines mental health and physical security best practices that support social and emotional learning. STOP The Threat is also offered by NC State McKimmon Center for Continuing Education and is currently taught as part of an Emergency Management course at Methodist University. Prior to launching SSI Guardian, Mr. Yorio was an senior executive with a company that trained law enforcement on how to respond to mass shootings, this is when he recognized the need for a different type of training for education professionals that focused on prevention and preparation. Mr. Yorio has trained and advised in markets across five continents.