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2009 AAPA Port Security Seminar & Exhibition

July 22, 2009
Houston, TX

Seven years after 9/11, continually strengthening port security to thwart terrorism remains a top priority among public seaports. The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 12th Port Security Seminar and Exhibition, to be held in Houston, Tex., July 16-18, will address these concerns, focusing on the security and safety challenges confronting public seaport agencies and marine terminal operators throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Kurt J. Nagle, President, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Joseph M. Lawless, Director of Maritime & Bridge Security, Massachusetts Port Authority, Chairman, AAPA Security Committee
  • Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, Harris County Precinct Two
  • James T. Edmonds, Port Commission Chairman, Port of Houston Authority
  • Judge Ed Emmett, County Judge
  • Jeffrey O. Baldwin, Sr., Director, Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Keynote Address

  • Juliette Kayyem, Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Houston Ship Channel Security District - Update

  • Patrick Bellamy, Chairman, Houston Ship Channel Security Council (HSC-SC), University of Houston

DHS Seaport Security Training Program

  • Capt. Fred Wilder, Researcher, Florida State University Center for National Security Training & Research
  • Judd Butler, Project Manager, Florida State University, Learning Systems Institute, Center for National Security Training & Research

DHS Advisory Committee Perspectives on Port Security

  • Wade Battles, Acting Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority

Port Security Project Integrators – Guiding Points for Vendor Participants

  • Misty Stine, Sr. Director, Business Development, Adesta LLC
  • Paul H. Chang, Senior Vice President Division Manager, Surveillance and Security, SAIC
  • Mike Lester, Technology Director, CIBER, Inc.
  • Frank Varona, Director of Critical Infrastructure, Ross & Baruzzini

Security Round Table on FEMA Grant Program

  • Ross Ashley, Assistant Administrator of the Grant Programs Directorate, DHS
  • Randall C. Barr, Branch Chief, Port Security Grants Program, U.S. Coast Guard

Federal Round Table on Port Security

  • Todd Owen, Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Huban Gowadia, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Assessments, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Organization (DNDO)
  • Rear Admiral Kevin Cook, USCG, Director, Prevention Policy, United States Coast Guard

Port Security Focus Groups

  • Breakbulk/Dry Bulk
    Harold E. Hudgins, Vice President, Planning & Security, Alabama State Port Authority
  • Container
    Arif Ghouse, Director of Seaport Security, Port of Seattle
  • Cruise
    Sidonie Sansom, Director, Homeland Security, Port of San Francisco
  • Liquid Bulk
    George Gavito, Chief of Police and Security, Brownsville Navigation District – Port of Brownsville

Emerging Security Technologies

Emergency Operation Centers

  • Pat Wade, Marine Superintendent, Freeport LNG Development L.P.
  • Hampton Dowling, PMP, Director, Global Security & Engineering Solutions, L-3 Communications

Port Security – Legal Challenges

  • Brian E. Finch, Counsel/Head Homeland Security Practice, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

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