K2 Security Screening Group includes seasoned, specialized project managers, subject matter experts,logistics professionals, and qualified technicians with a track record of delivering outstanding, on-time, andon-budget project outcomes for clients.
Kathy Yurkunas is President of K2 Security Screening Group. Under her 20-year leadership, the company has become a national leader in the planning, installation, and integration of advanced security screening equipment at airports across the country.
Yurkunas has partnered with hundreds of customers and partners, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airports, airlines, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and port authorities to provide security screening services to every Category X airport and 92% of all TSA-regulated airports in the United States.
Her expertise in project controls, scheduling, and custom software development enables customers to bridge technology gaps, gather information quickly, and successfully execute complex security checkpoint projects. Most recently, Yurkunas led major projects at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).
Yurkunas has teamed with the TSA and the TSA’s Innovation Task Force (ITF) to successfully introduce cutting-edge security equipment in America’s busiest airports. K2 Security Screening Group is the country’s leading Systems Integrator in the installation of Automated Screening Lanes (ASL’s).
Prior to assuming her President position at K2 Security Screening Group, Yurkunas consulted on complex projects at a number of large airports, including Miami International Airport (MIA) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). She is certified as a Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) and has been recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEi).
Steve Karoly is the Executive Vice President of K2 Security Screening Group. He is a nationally-recognized technology integration leader and systems engineer in the aviation security industry. Karoly has distinguished himself in leadership roles in the private, government and military sectors for more than three decades. In his last public servant capacity, he served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis, Deputy Assistant Administrator of Office of Security Capabilities, and led the agency’s Innovation Task Force.
At the TSA, Karoly managed more than 15,000 units of security equipment in 440 airports that annually screened more than 660 million passengers and two billion carry-on and checked bags. He also spearheaded the identification and demonstration of emerging solutions that increased security effectiveness and efficiency and improved the passenger experience.
Karoly has received numerous performance awards from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the US Navy, where he retired as a Captain. He received DoD’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and is a three-time recipient of both the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
At K2 Security Screening Group, Karoly is responsible for achieving overall strategic goals and collaborating with transportation industry leaders on cutting-edge passenger and baggage screening solutions. He also oversees the implementation of critical infrastructure security capabilities at airports and other transportation facilities across the country.
Prior to joining K2 Security Screening Group, Karoly was responsible for identifying and evaluating emerging airport security technologies for Vantage Airport Group, which manages airports around the world. At Vantage, he was instrumental in the planning and execution of the new Terminal B Screening Checkpoint at LaGuardia Airport.
Karoly has a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is a certified DoD/DHS Level 3 Program Manager and a DoD/DHS Systems Level 3 Engineer.
David Borges is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at K2 Security Screening. He is a renowned subject matter expert who has designed and installed security equipment at more than 480 Transportation Security Administration-regulated airports and major government facilities, including the Pentagon.
Borges has more than 20 years of project management experience and has developed new security checkpoint systems and practices for airports and airlines. He oversees design requirements, logistics and budgets and staffing at project sites around the country. He is the direct liaison between the Security Screening Group and agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, TSA, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
Borges is the senior passenger screening expert for the TSA, Delta Airlines, LaGuardia and Los Angeles International Airports. Herunsphysical perimeter security for large-scale events, including the Rose Bowl and the Papal Visit in 2015.
After joining K2 Security Screening Group in 2010, Borges worked closely with Lockheed Martin as an area manager. In this leadership role, he managed hundreds of employees and oversaw the design, relocation and repair of security equipment.
Previously, Borges was a senior program manager at Raytheon for all airport-related Homeland Security projects. At Raytheon, he was responsible for a $125 million budget and won multiple Excellence awards.
Borges is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and was just appointed Vice Chair of the Providence, RI, chapter of ASIS International. ASIS is a global community of security practitioners dedicated to the protection of human, property and information assets. He is a certified asset protection specialist for the organization and has been a key stakeholder on a number of its Homeland Security and security checkpoint design committees.
Tom Merryman is the Program Manager at K2 Security Screening Group. He is an expert in security detection systems, and oversees the company’s extensive international portfolio of airport projects. He has worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for nearly 15 years.
Before joining K2 Security Screening Group last year, Merryman oversaw all field service project and program initiatives in North America for L3Harris Technologies, a global aerospace and defense technology company. He planned and executed the development, testing and integration of advanced security equipment at airports around the world.
Merryman is an experienced Program Manager skilled in Operations Management, Analytics, Government, Operational Planning, and Systems Engineering. He brings a proven track record of innovation in the aviation security industry to the Security Screening Group team.
Earlier in his career, Merryman was responsible for the maintenance and repair of security detection systems and associated network components at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, which handles more than 24 million passengers annually. He served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he received a letter of commendation for his actions in the Second Gulf War.
Merryman is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and has a Masters Certificate in Project Management. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Sullivan University with a concentration in Business Administration and Management.