Mr. Talay is the CEO for 5 Stones intelligence, Inc. As CEO, Mr. Talay oversees the overall direction, culture and performance of the company. He directs the company in keeping with the corporate vision outlined by the Founder and Chairman. He oversees the quality control throughout the company, establishing goals for each department and project and regularly interacting with all Clients. He partners with high-level officers to grow the company, strengthen it and ensure its sustainability. Mr. Talay represents the company as required, including attendance of important functions, industry events and public meetings.
Mr. Talay is a career and recently retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer with 30 years of service. Mr. Talay also possesses over 20 years of executive business experience with a track record of successful leadership in both the commercial and federal markets. As CEO, Mr. Talay assists the Chairman with all facets of managing the daily and long-term operations of the company. Mr. Talay leads the 5 Stones Washington DC office where his focus is 5 Stones’ Federal programs and pursuits to include serving as the Program Manager for several sensitive programs for DoD and the Intelligence Community.
Prior to joining 5 Stones, Mr. Talay led a successful practice for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services specializing in the field of Financial Intelligence, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Fraud, Business Intelligence, and risk mitigation through unique research capabilities and situational customer analysis. Mr. Talay led a multi-disciplinary team in the execution of commercial and financial research and analysis for a variety of public sector clients. Mr. Talay developed and implemented a methodology designed to address challenging operational and intelligence problems through the use of commercial and financial due diligence techniques. Mr. Talay has a deep history of providing these services to DoD, Law Enforcement, and the Intelligence Community.
Mr. Talay is a career Special Operations officer with extensive experience with respect to intelligence collection/exploitation, Counter-Terrorism, irregular warfare, and Counter-Proliferation. Mr. Talay has researched and assessed a wide range of classified and unclassified information and intelligence in support of 5 Stones’ government and commercial Clients. In addition, Mr. Talay has vast investigative experience with respect to the identification, tracking, and disruption of illicit criminal and Terrorist Networks, weapons of mass destruction and weapons trafficking proliferators, and Anti-Money Laundering (AML)activities. Mr. Talay’s previous military deployments include leading sensitive Special Operations elements in Somalia, Bosnia, Turkey and throughout the Middle East.
Mr. Talay holds the rank of Captain in the Navy Reserve and has held a variety of command and non-command positions. This role gives Mr. Talay unique insight into DoD and the Special Operations community.
Mr. Talay’s strong leadership and oversight of 5 Stones’ Global Client Services ensures key brand deliverables, Service Excellence | Extraordinary Capabilities | Client Satisfaction, all of which must exceed our Client’s expectations and experience.
Education and Certifications
- Johns Hopkins University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain – Post Graduate Study
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
- University of Chicago, Master’s Certificate, Business Strategy
- U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Master of Arts in National Security Affairs, emphasis in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation
- University of California at Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
- US Navy SEAL Training, Basic Underwater Demolition School
- US Army Ranger School