Conference Agenda

At Border Security Expo, you can get big-picture insights and critical details on the latest challenges and issues impacting border security in the U.S. and abroad. Led by industry experts and leaders in the field, you’ll walk away with invaluable insights and solutions that you can start implementing immediately.


Note: keynotes, plenary panels, and luncheons are open to conference attendees only.

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Opening Keynote Panel Discussion
Led by Chief Carla Provost

  • Raul Ortiz, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol (Confirmed)

  • Clint McDonald, Executive Director of the Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition/Texas Sheriffs Coalition (Confirmed)

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Panel: How to Address the Increase in Mass Migration


Moderator: Ron Colburn, The Border Patrol Foundation Board of Directors; Former National Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol

10:30 am –11:30 am

Panel: New Threats, New Approaches: Law Enforcement’s Evolving Tactics to Combat Our Nation’s Latest Era of Drug Abuse


Law enforcement plays an important role in our multi-faceted National Drug Control Strategy. There have been many destructive eras of drug abuse in our nation dating as far back as the Civil War, but we have never experienced a more deadly period than the current one. The panel will focus on innovative law enforcement investigative techniques and approaches to help turn the tide in our latest era of drug abuse. This will include an emphasis on increasing international partnerships and law enforcement collaboration and the expanded use of technology to combat this deadly threat.


Moderator: Mike Braun, President SAVA Workforce Solutions; Former Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Panel: The Escalation of Chinese Organized Crime Operations in North America

Chinese organized crime has long relied on extensive networks of national and international criminal associates that are fluid and extremely mobile. They adapt easily to the changes around them, have multilingual abilities, are highly sophisticated in their criminal operations that employ the latest technologies, and possess extensive financial capabilities. These criminal enterprises are now heavily involved in North America. They supply money laundering services to Mexico-based drug trafficking organizations (DTOs); are involved in the clandestine manufacture, shipment, and distribution of fentanyl to the U.S. and Canada; are supplying precursor chemicals to Mexico-based DTOs used in the production of fentanyl and methamphetamine on industrial levels; and are managing and directing human trafficking and other complex organized crime schemes. This panel will focus on the pervasive and all-encompassing nature of Chinese organized crime’s growing influence in North America and the steps law enforcement is taking to counter this present-day threat.



Dave Fluty, Executive Director of USCBP Laboratories and Scientific Services (Invited)

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting & Exhibit Hall Open


11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: LMI


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


NEW: Roundtable Discussion


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Opening Night Networking In-Hall Reception


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Border Patrol Foundation’s Annual Night at the Alamo

Tuesday, March 29
Wednesday, March 30

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Panel: CIO Panel: Leading the Digital Transformation at the Border


CIOs to discuss the tools that are constantly evolving in IT and how Cloud, 5G, AI, machine learning and biometrics go from concept to reality and how do they enable the mission.


Moderator: Charles Armstrong, Former Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology; Former Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection



  • Sonny Bhagowalia, Assistant Commissioner, OIT, and CIO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Invited)

  • Rachel Henderson, CIO, ICE (Invited)

  • Beth Cappello, OCIO, DHS (Invited)

  • Bill McElhaney from CIO, USCIS (Invited)

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Panel: Acquisition and Finance: Understanding Appropriations and Procurement to Operationalize a Capability


There are many avenues and intersections between program requirements and capabilities deployment. This panel will help unravel the mystery behind the connections between appropriations, conference reports and budgets, and how that impacts requirements development, acquisition strategy and actual RFP issuance.

Moderators: Heather Molino, Cornerstone; Patty Todaro Bolin, Managing Partner, ICS Advisory



  • Jeff Caine, CFO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

  • Thomas “Tommy” Thompson, Acquisition Industry Liaison, DHS – ICE (Confirmed)

  • Stephen Roncone, CFO, ICE

  • Diane Sahakian, HCA for CBP (Confirmed)

11:30 am –12:30 am

Plenary Panel: Employee Resilience, Integrity and Morale: A Call to Action


What is resilience? What do employees need in terms of resilience in Law Enforcement? This panel will address what the data shows are the problems related to employee morale and resiliency, what has DHS and CBP done recently and what does it have planned to address the underlying problems. How does DHS and CBP define resiliency and how will that inform its workforce management. 


Moderator: Elaine Duke, Federal Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting, LLP



  • Chief Benjamine “Carry” Huffman, Acting Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Confirmed)

  • Angela Bailey, Chief Human Capital Officer, DHS (Confirmed)


12:30 pm


Networking Lunch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm


 Exhibit Hall Open

Honoring the Memory Ceremony
Wednesday, March 30

Border Security Expo honors and recognizes law enforcement personnel, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This ceremony, inaugurated at Border Security Expo 2012, continues to honor our fallen heroes each year at a special ceremony in the conference hall. Open to all attendees and exhibitors.