2015 Conference Outline


7:30am - 5:00pm Registration Open
8:30am - 8:45am Welcome, Opening Remarks
8:45am - 9:15am Opening Keynote Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Commander, Pacific Area, Commander, Defense Force West , U.S. Coast Guard (Confirmed)
9:15am - 9:45am Plenary Keynote Elizabeth A. Michelsen, Executive Director, Field Support, Office of Information Technology,
U.S. Custom and Border Protection (Confirmed)

9:45am - 10:15am Networking Break
10:15am - 11:15am Panel Session
Interagency and Cross-Agency Collaboration:
DHS State Directors/State/Local Law Enforcement
Moderator: David Aguilar, Partner, GSIS, Former Acting Commissioner U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Steve McCraw, Director Public Safety, Texas (Confirmed)
David M. Marwell, , Director, Joint Task Force – Investigations, Southern Border and Approaches,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)

Commander Robert L. Harris, Director, Joint Task Force – West, Southern Border Approaches Campaign Plan, DHS (Confirmed)
Victor Rodriguez, Chief of Police, McAllen, Texas (Confirmed)
11:15am - 12:15pm Panel Session
Port of Entry Technologies Moderator: Nelson Balido, Chairman and CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council, Principal, Balido and Associates, Inc.;
Former Director, Private Sector Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency;
Former Member, DHS, Homeland Security Advisory Council

Anh Duong, DHS Borders and Maritime Division, Science & Technology Directorate (Confirmed)
William K. Brooks, Director, Field Operations, CBP, Tucson, AZ (Confirmed)
Hon. Russell Jones, R.L. Jones Customhouse Brokers Inc. (Confirmed)
LaFonda Sutton-Burke, Director, Non-Intrusive Inspection Division Office of Field Operations,
US Customs and Border Protection Department of Homeland Security (Confirmed)

C-TPAT, CBP (Invited)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Excellence in Border Security Initiatives Award Recipient Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
12:30pm - 4:30pm Exhibit Hall Open
4:30pm - 5:30pm In-Hall Networking Reception


7:30am - 3:30pm Registration Open
8:15am - 8:30am Welcome, Opening Remarks
8:30am - 9:00am Opening Keynote Daniel Ragsdale, Deputy Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
9:00am - 9:30am Plenary Keynote Ronald D. Vitiello, Deputy Chief Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
9:30am - 10:00am Salute to Fallen Heroes Memorial CeremonySalute to Fallen Heroes
10:00am - 10:30am Networking Break
10:30am - 11:30am Panel Session
Optimizing Interagency Operations and Intelligence Moderator: Michael Braun, Managing Partner, SGI Global, LLC; Former Chief of Operations,
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Timothy Jennings, Director, El Paso Intelligence Center (Confirmed)
Elizabeth W. Kempshall, Executive Director, HIDTA, Arizona (Confirmed)
Matthew C. Allen, Special Agent-in-Charge, Homeland Security Investigations (Confirmed)
11:45am - 12:30pm Plenary Keynote Mark S. Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Acquisition Executive,
Office of Technology Innovation & Acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Procurement Panel / Luncheon Moderator:
John P. Torres, President of the Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions, Guidepost Solutions;
Former Deputy Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Mark S. Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner and Chief Acquisition Executive,
Office of Technology Innovation & Acquisition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

Bill Weinberg, Director and Head of Contracting Activity, ICE (Confirmed)
Richard Gunderson, OA, CBP (Accepted)
12:30pm - 4:00pm Exhibit Hall Open

For information on the Law Enforcement Training* program click HERE.
*Restricted to Law Enforcement Personnel - Identification Required