Thursday, June 21, 2012

2013 Conference Advisory Board To Focus On Greatest Challenges and Solutions for Border Security

Press Release from the Border Security Expo:
June 21, 2012

WESTPORT, Conn., Jun 21, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The 7th Annual Border Security Expo conference program will be developed by a group of top experts on the subject. The newly formed 2013 Conference Advisory Board is chaired by Jayson Ahern, currently Principal at The Chertoff Group and the former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He will be joined by:

-- W. Ralph Basham, Partner, Command Consulting Group; former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; former Director, U.S. Secret Service

-- Michael A. Braun, Managing Partner, Spectre Group International; former Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

-- Bobby Brown, Vice President, Homeland Security Solutions, Telephonics Corporation

-- Ronald S. Colburn, Treasurer, The Border Patrol Foundation; former National Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol

-- Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. Director, National Center for Border Security and Immigration at the University of Arizona

-- Chris Marzilli, President, General Dynamics, C4 Systems

-- Ben Reyna, former Director, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Justice; Chief of Police (Retired) Brownsville, Texas

-- Brian Seagrave, Vice President, Raytheon Homeland Security, Raytheon

-- Julie Myers Wood, President, ICS Consulting; former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

"It gives me great pleasure to serve as Chairman of the Border Security Expo Conference Advisory Board, working alongside such esteemed colleagues and industry leaders, including former commissioners, directors, university professors and industry leaders," said Ahern. "We all bring passion and different perspectives to this dynamic Board, and we all understand the challenges and opportunities in an ever-changing and complex landscape."

"This Board represents a distinguished group of the most knowledgeable and dedicated individuals from government to academia to industry, who will direct the development of what is unquestionably the most important conference on the subject of border security and facilitation in the world," said Paul Mackler, President & CEO of Eagle Eye Expositions, LLC, the company that produces Border Security Expo. "The composition of this Board assures that every critical issue from security to international commerce will be discussed and debated by leading experts on these topics."

"The Border Security Expo Conference Advisory Board is committed to developing a content rich conference with a preeminent faculty to address the thousands of local, state, federal and international law enforcers and policy-makers charged with protecting our borders, while keeping the flow of goods and services moving through our ports of entry facilitating international commerce," said John Moriarty, Vice President/Show Director, Border Security Expo.

The 2012 Border Security Expo sold out several months prior to the event, noting a 24 percent increase in exhibit space with a waiting list of more than 70 companies unable to participate. Attendance was up 21 percent with event participants from 40 states and 10 countries. The 2013 exhibit hall has been expanded to accommodate the increased demand for exhibit space. With more than nine months until the 2013 expo, it is already over 60 percent sold.

The Border Security Expo conference and exhibition focuses on issues of terrorism, drug smuggling, human trafficking and a technological and physical infrastructure that must be upgraded, heightened and enhanced. It provides opportunities to listen and learn about today's most complex security challenges and to help identify smart, cost effective security solutions that can combat current and future security threats facing our borders.

Border Security Expo is scheduled for March 12-13, 2013 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona. The National Center for Border Security and Immigration at The University of Arizona will again serve as the Official Academic Organization for Border Security Expo.

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