Gary Pastor
Founder & President

Licensed Private Investigator (LPI) NCPPSB No. 2664 and (Armed) Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) – Greenville Corporate Division

Gary serves as the Founder & President of the NC Protection Group (d.b.a. Private Eyes, Inc.) since 1999 and is a seasoned security professional with over 35 years of expertise across various domains, including Criminal Investigations, Executive Protection, and the Security Field. He served as a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer for the Greenville (NC) Police Department and is a proud Marine Corps Veteran he serves as an expert witness, consultant, and strategist. Gary is a fully licensed Private Investigator and both his personal and business licenses were issued by the Private Protective Services Board (NCPPSB). He also serves as an armed Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) possessing his North Carolina Concealed Carry Permit and completing the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board (NCPPSB) Armed Certification Course.

Gary takes pride in providing seamless protection and logistical support while continually mitigating risk to clients, their companies, and assets. He stresses the importance to treat everyone with dignity and respect, ensuring trust is built and maintained while providing exceptional investigative and protective services. His diverse background provides for the opportunity to work with all demographic backgrounds, something he emphasizes to his employees, who abide by the companies “Investigations and Protection Guiding Principles”.

Additional Training:

  • Protective Firearms Training Course – LaSorsa & Associates
  • Executive Protection Agent Training Course – LaSorsa & Associates
  • Protective Medical Training Course – LaSorsa & Associates
  • Defensive & Evasive Driving Course – LaSorsa & Associates
  • Security Consulting Training Course – LaSorsa & Associates
  • Active Shooter: What you can do – FEMA Emergency Management Institution
  • Workplace Violence Awareness Training – FEMA Emergency Management Institution
  • NC Basic Law Enforcement Training – Over 640 hours of classroom and practical training – Carteret Community College
  • UNLV Frontline Responder Training Course – Charlotte, NC
  • Homeland Security / Critical Infrastructure Protection Class – GF Bryant, Jr. Executive Director for World Institute of Security Enhancement
  • Counter-Intelligence Agent Training – GF Bryant, Jr. Executive Director for World Institute of Security Enhancement
  • Fenix Law Enforcement Training Group – Solo Practitioner / Executive Protection
  • Virginia Unarmed Security Officer Course – Elite Investigations & Protection
  • Virginia Arrest Authority Course – Elite Investigations & Protection
  • Virginia Security Officer’s Handgun Course – Elite Investigations & Protection


  • Organized and directed Executive Protection details OCONUS (Outside Continental United States) / CONUS (The 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia) for sports commentators, news crews, talk show hosts, athletes, and multiple high net-worth clients
  • Decades of experience providing Executive Protection and Private Investigations
  • Martial Arts Instructor, Charles June Karate, Gama Go Ju, Greenville, NC (3rd degree)
  • Part-time instructor at LaSorsa & Associates Executive Protection Training School located in Miami, FL
  • United States Marine Corps Security Forces Desert Storm Veteran
  • North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Graduate / Former Sworn Law Enforcement Officer
  • Over 500 hours of continuing education in the Investigative and Protection disciplines
  • Instrumental in securing legislation protecting GPS rights for North Carolina Private Investigators
  • Conducted over 3,000 Investigative Operations Worldwide
  • Board member of the North Carolina Association of Private Investigators, VP Training and Education (2010), Elected President (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), Past President (2013)

Licenses – Certifications – Affiliations:

  • NC Private Investigator License #2664. Reciprocal with California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia (Issued by NCPPSB and NCDPS).
  • Armed Registration for Private Investigator. Issued by NC PPSB and NCDPS
  • NC Concealed Weapons Permit for over 20 years
  • American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED, and Auto Injector
  • US Passport
  • NC Notary Public
  • Member of USCCA – United States Concealed Carry Association
  • SCALI – South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators
  • COAL – Coalition of Association Leaders
  • ASIS – Member of American Society for Industrial Security
  • USCCA – Member of United States Concealed Carry Association
  • DAV – Member of the Disabled American Veterans