The Shine’s on Summit Exercises & Training

Posted On 08/17/2020 by St. Pete Chamber

Summit Exercises & Training, AKA SummitET, develops tailored preparedness solution, hand-in-hand, with public and private organizations to build resiliency and mitigate risk before, during and after crises.

Their mission is to provide proven full spectrum preparedness solutions to threats through industry-leading experts and impeccable customer service.

They specialize in program development and facilitation of emergency preparedness within CBRNE, WMD, Terrorism, Workplace Violence, Active Shooter, Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure, Strategic Communications and Business Development.

SummitET has recently made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies.
They were selected to receive a 2020 Gold Medallion Award from later in the year.

When founded in 2012, their team sought to develop a more flexible model that could be adapted to serve the needs of any organization – large or small. Drawing on the diversity of experience in emergency management and response, communications, military, government, and the private sector, the team brings a comprehensive perspective to managing and mitigating risk.

“Unlike other emergency training and exercises, our team works very closely with the client to create a custom tailored experience to ensure the greatest possible outcome. We integrate new and innovative methods to keep attendees interacting and participating in order to foster retention of the material,” said Valerie Potucek, Creative & Marketing Specialist at SummitET.

“Currently, we are offering Florida-based companies and organizations free strategic communications consulting if they have experienced any setbacks due to COVID-19. Our consultation is meant to guide organizations to solutions that can provide organizations with the best opportunity to maximize and execute emergency preparedness.”

Business Owners & Employees

John Duda, CEO, co-authored a research study involving defense-based sensor technology and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and as a Business Continuity Professional.

Prior to forming SummitET, John has served organizations such as the US Department of Energy/NNSA, Publix Super Markets, and the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). John is also a member of the Advisory Board for the University of North Florida’s School for International Business, as well as, TAG Alliances.

We are also members of the TAG Alliances, a global leading professional alliance group headquartered in downtown St. Pete. In general, although we conduct our trainings on a global scale, we want to make sure we are connected to our home city of St.Pete FL.

Other leadership includes: Chuck Marrone, COO, and Todd Cannan, CPO.

Currently, 33 employees and growing. Approximately one-third of our employees are veterans.

Learn more about Summit Exercises & Traning (SummitET) at