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Spotlight on Alumni

At Triton, we seek to celebrate the success of our students and graduates! The Alumni Relations Office stays connected for life through recognition of the achievements of our alumni after leaving our gates. Each month, the success stories of our alumni will be featured in our Spotlight on Alumni series.

Tony Quintana

 Tony Quintana

Investigator Turned Business Owner Credits Triton for Helping Achieve Career Goals

Tony Quintana has 10-plus years of experience as an investigator working for the Cook County Sherriff’s Department and now thrives in the private sector with his own business, OnQ Protection and Investigation Services. Quintana served as a Department of Homeland Security-ICE Investigator where he won the DHS-ICE Career Connection Mentoring Award. He is a licensed private detective and security contractor by the State of Illinois and is affiliated with the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS), the Chicago Forensic Group (Chi4n6) and the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), among others.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Quintana volunteers his time with Cornerstone Community Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the homeless, and also serves on the Triton College Alumni Council.

Quintana is a 2004 graduate of Triton College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

What have been some obstacles you’ve had to overcome in pursuit of your educational and career goals?
I have been fortunate in that I have not experienced many obstacles in pursuit of my educational and career goals.

What have been some sources of inspiration both in your career and in your life?
My sources of inspiration to be a better man are two people: my father and grandfather.

What would you consider your strong suit to be – whether skills or qualities?
My strong suit is that I am goal driven and I am also a people person.

How has Triton College impacted your life?
Triton has given me the tools to accomplish my goals and continue to help others.

What advice would you give someone who would like to pursue a career in your field?
My advice to individuals interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice administration is to believe and you will succeed.

What are your words of wisdom for current Triton students?
My words of wisdom for current Triton students are to exercise the following: Wisdom – Obedience – Nobility – Gratitude.

What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to continue to grow my business in helping others.

For more information about Tony Quintana’s business, OnQ Protection and Investigation Services, visit


Spotlight Archive

 Peter Wozniczka  Ched Pagtakhan  Denise Smith-Gaborit  Jerome Drosos
 David King  Maryann Johnson  Triton Alumni Choir  Monique Hickman
 Janet Hernandez  Pete DiCianni  Robert Ares  Sam Pulia
 Kennedi Strickland-Dixon  Marge Stabile  Renee Wright  Antigone Sharris
 Lorette Dodt  Deborah Winkleblack  James Gray  Caira Family
 Elijah Jamal  Brian Sode  Geoffrey Obrzut  Barrett Pedersen
 Tim McKinney  Madeline Kochman  Bruce Lanzerotti  Shawn Tyrrell
 Pamela Polvere  Kevin Kraujalis  Tony Valente  John Millner
 Cristian Barrero  Fred Gardaphe  Jeffrey Sherwin  Gregory Jackson
 Tyara Simpson  Glenn Brooks  Alesha Young  Sam Pitassi
 Jesse Rosas  Zee Bhimani  Joe Kraft  Carmen Kosicek
 Janet Kaiser  Jose Torres  Gabriela Munoz de Tavares  Linal Harris
 Tom Moskos  Rebecca Sajdak  Loster Family  Kim Leali
 Mario Lamar  Joseph R. Kozenczak  Robert Teinowitz  Lisa Brennan
 Robert Rail  Tony Quintana