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Mackinac Partners Managing Director Kevin Cronin honored by Michigan Council of Professional Investigators (MCPI), Intelligence Analyst Katherine Johnston inducted as MCPI Board Member

November 4, 2016

Managing Director Kevin Cronin

Mackinac Partners Kevin Cronin, a Managing Director in Mackinac’s Business Intelligence Group (BIG), received the 2016 Investigative Excellence award from the Michigan Council of Professional Investigators (MCPI) on November 2, 2016.

The award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism, ethical practice, integrity and tenacity, and who best exemplifies and reflects the highest qualities of an professional investigator in the public or private sector.

Katherine Johnston, an experienced Intelligence Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with Mackinac Partners’ Business Intelligence Group (BIG), was elected to serve on the MCPI’s Board of Directors for a two year term.  Johnston has been an active member with the organization, which was enacted in 1983 to provide a liaison between professional investigators, law enforcement, and state legislators.  As a Board Member she will work closely with MCPI senior leadership to facilitate membership growth and continue cultivating relationships with state legislators to promote positive legislative advancements aimed at protecting the rights for professional investigation agencies like Mackinac Partners’ Business Intelligence Group (BIG).

“We are very pleased that the MCPI has recognized Kevin for his accomplishments across the security and private investigations industries” Mackinac Partners’ Founder and Managing Partner James Weissenborn said. “Our clients face an array of critical security challenges – from facility vulnerabilities, data and cyber security, to fraud, investigations and forensics. Having strong, experienced professionals like Kevin and Katherine really makes all the difference in mitigating business risks and driving value for our clients and equity sponsors.”

Business Intelligence Analyst Katherine Johnston

Business Intelligence Analyst Katherine Johnston

Cronin, a highly credentialed intelligence and security professional with over 23 years of hands-on experience, has served in both the public and private sectors, most recently as a Special Agent with the US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.  Prior to this, Cronin served as a tenured Police Sergeant and the President of private security consulting firm, Executive Security and Protection Inc.

Cronin has managed and directed large scale conspiracy and fraud investigations, government and corporate corruption, fraud, waste and abuse investigations, as well as undercover operations. He has held a top secret security clearance from the United States Government and has worked in an undercover capacity for the FBI, DEA, and federal and state jurisdictions.  He is currently pursuing an MBA from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.


Johnston, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and an Associate Member of the High Technology Crime Investigations Association (HTCIA), has a strong background in open source intelligence (OSINT), investigative research, forensics, business and psychology.  She has performed critical assignments for both government agencies and clients, including intern work for the Coast Guard Investigative Service in Arlington, Virginia. She has conducted many high-profile background investigations, eDiscovery and forensics investigations, and has assisted on complex corporate espionage investigations and security risk assessment assessments.