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adm thad W. allen, USCG (Ret.), Booz Allen hamilton

ADM Allen served as the 23rd Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. He was the principal federal official for the government’s response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Allen served as the National Incident Commander for the unified response to Deepwater Horizon and led area forces after 9/11. He is currently a Senior Executive Advisor with Booz Allen and HudsonAnalytix.


brandy birtcher, Birtcher Development LLC

Co-owner and CEO of Birtcher Development LLC. Since its inception in 1939, Birtcher Development LLC has acquired, managed or developed over 260 projects valued in excess of $7B. Previously, he served as CEO of Goodman Birtcher North America. Birtcher served as an E-6 Petty Officer First Class in the USCG 1971-1977.


gordy bunch, The Woodlands Financial Group

Founder and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group, ranked the eighth largest privately-owned independent insurance provider in the nation. He is Chairman of The Woodlands Township Board and served as a Petty Officer Third Class in the USCG 1991-1995.


The Honorable Andrew Card, Jr., National Endowment for Democracy

Second-longest tenured White House Chief of Staff, serving for George W. Bush. Served as President of Franklin Pierce University and held multiple roles at Texas A&M University. Card served as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Transportation (1992-1993). He attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1967. Secretary Card currently serves as the Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy.


The Honorable Michael Chertoff, The Chertoff Group

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2005-2009). He is Co-founder and Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group, providing high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues. Previously served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


lucy duncan, safe ports

Founder, President, CEO of Safe Ports which provides strategic support services in supply chain management, logistics and security; and the President and CEO of Diplomatic Resolutions, Inc., which provides advocacy for U.S. businesses in emerging markets. She has dedicated her career to helping make the world safer through integrated logistics solutions worldwide and serves on a variety of boards.


RADM Tom Gilmour, USCG (Ret.), maritime consultant

Maritime Consultant and the former President and COO of ABS Americas. He served as Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard and served for 34 years in the Marine Safety and Security Field. He led the development of port and facility security regulations that were required under the Maritime Transportation Security Act following 9/11.


michael greenwald, Tiedemann Advisors, tiedemann constantia

Senior Vice President of Tiedemann Advisors. Michael has held senior diplomatic roles within the U.S. government, serving as a financial diplomat in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and was the first U.S. Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait. Also served as U.S. Treasury Policy Advisor for Europe and had roles in the U.S. Intelligence Community and U.S. Treasury Office of General Counsel.


The Honorable Michael Jackson, VidSys, Firebreak Partners, LLC

Director, Chairman and CEO of VidSys and Founder of Firebreak Partners, LLC. He served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (2005-2007) and as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (2001-2003). Secretary Jackson has held senior executive positions in the private sector and the federal government, with experience in homeland security, transportation and technology integration and services.


The Honorable Jeh C. Johnson, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017) under President Barack Obama. Currently, a partner with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Secretary Johnson advises clients on crisis management, government and internal investigations, high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters, and legal aspects of cybersecurity and other security matters.


Jeff Kingsley, Schireson Associates

Chief Operating Officer of Schireson Associates, a strategic data science consulting firm that helps global companies decode rapidly shifting marketing forces and market dynamics. Prior to his current role, Kingsley was Vice President at Rothschild and President of Capstone Energy Services. A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Kingsley served as a Lieutenant in the USCG 1993-1998.

RADM Mary Landry, USCG (Ret.), USAA, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd

Independent Corporate Director serving on the boards of USAA, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and is Vice Chair of the Board of SCORE. Landry was the inaugural Director of Incident Management and Preparedness at USCG. She served in the USCG for 31 years before retiring then joined the USCG Senior Executive Service.

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Senior Associate with The Chertoff Group focusing in the firm’s private equity and investment practice. She previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a staff member for former Congressman J. Randy Forbes, a subcommittee chairman for the House Armed Services Committee. She was born with an inherent appreciation for our country’s service members including the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.


Tom Niles, Boston Residential Group, LLC

Senior Advisor, Boston Residential Group, LLC. Mr. Niles has 30 years of experience in acquisition, development and construction of commercial real estate. Tom serves on the board of Nichols College and is a Trustee of the Coast Guard Foundation.


Joe Pyne, Kirby Corporation

Non-Executive Chairman at Kirby Corporation where he has held numerous roles including Executive Chairman, Director and CEO. Kirby is the largest inland and offshore tank barge fleet operator in the United States. Joe has been instrumental in promoting the Museum and contributing early to the fledgling Museum campaign. He served as an Officer in the Navy.


The honorable tom ridge, Ridge Global

Chairman of Ridge Global. First Assistant to the President for Homeland Security following 9/11 (2001-2003) and became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2003-2005). He was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania and is currently Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Security Task Force. Secretary Ridge served in the U.S. Army as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam.


Dave Waldmann, Cypress Partners, LTD

Managing Partner of Cypress Partners, LTD. He was previously Executive Vice President of Parabellum Armament Company, LLC and Partner at Command Strategies, LLC where he managed the Energy, Environment and Facilities practice. Waldmann has worked as a PGA Golf Professional for over 10 years.