GERARD (“JERRY”) T. DELUCA
Jerry has over 30 years of investigative, law enforcement, and tactical management experience, including 23 years with the FBI, where he investigated a range of crimes and had extensive experience conducting background investigations. While in the FBI, Jerry also worked in a variety of tactical and crisis management positions, and served as a firearms instructor and with the FBI SWAT team. At Gryphon, Jerry has been able to utilize his significant experience to assist in quality control and case management with key clients and on major cases.
Jerry has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and continues to teach investigative classes at Monroe College and State University of New York (SUNY) Duchess County Community College.
Jerry received his Bachelor’s Degree from Mercy College and Master’s Degree from Long Island University.
JOHN POLIZZI, CFE
John has served as an integral part of the Gryphon team since 2010 and currently manages the firm’s due diligence processes. During his tenure, John has carried out a variety of enhanced investigations for anti-money laundering and pre-investment purposes. He has also developed Gryphon’s international investigative procedures and coordinates due diligence projects in Europe, Asia, and other regions around the globe. John is a vital source of investigative knowledge for the firm and regularly works to implement the use of new research techniques and resources throughout the organization.
John holds a Master of Arts from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University. He speaks Italian and German, and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
DESIREE TORRES, MBA, PHD
Desiree has more than 10 years of experience in research and investigations. Her career achievements include leading complex civil litigation investigations that resulted in favorable outcomes for law firms and their clients, and developing key witnesses to serve various stages of litigation. During her time at Gryphon, Desiree has specialized in due diligence and mentored new investigators, leading small business lending due diligence teams and helping to solidify Gryphon’s private equity customer base.
Desiree has taught various courses in management, strategy, communications, and technology integration at National University in the U.S. and Wollongong University in Australia. She has an undergraduate degree in accounting and Master of Business Administration. She also studied overseas, completing a doctorate degree in management from the University of Wollongong in Australia.