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Border Reception Leaders &  Speakers Biographies

Binational Board of Directors Meeting, Conference & Good Neighbor Awards Gala

May 13-14, 2015

Border Leaders Reception & Conference Speakers Bios


Boarder Leaders Reception


Enrique Serrano Escobar

Enrique Serrano Escobar
Municipal President, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua

Mayor Serrano holds a MBA from Technological Institute of Higher Education of Monterrey, graduated from the Public Administration and Political Science program at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, and also studied Economics at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, 

His professional experience began at the Ministry of Planning and Budget (former Secretaría de Programación y Presupuesto), the Ministry of Commerce, and was appointed delegate at the Industrial Development and the Mexican Institute of Foreign Trade. From 1986 to 1987 he collaborated with the Ciudad Juárez government as private secretary to the mayor and chief clerk.

Mayor Serrano has developed his own business projects in Ciudad Juárez, and has also taught foreign trade and public budget budgeting and finances at the public Universities in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua.

Mayor Serrano served as a Deputy in the LX Legislature of the Mexican Congress, representing the state of Chihuahua and since 2013 he has served as Mayor of Ciudad Juárez.

He has been Rotary Club Partner, member of the League of Revolutionary Party Economists, member of the National Association of Economists, the National Political Institute of Public Administrators, and the Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber of the Transformation Industry and of the National Chamber of Restaurants and Food Industry..



Oscar Leeser

Oscar Leeser
Mayor of the City of El Paso, TX

Oscar Leeser is the 53rd Mayor of the great City of El Paso. He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where later his family relocated to the Sun City when Oscar was nine years old. Since an early age, Oscar realized the importance and value of hard work; his first job came when he was 16 years old. In 1979, Oscar began his career in the auto industry, working with several dealerships in El Paso. His most notable career opportunity came in 2001, when Oscar became president and dealer operator of Hyundai of El Paso. Through his leadership, Oscar turned a store that was only selling 15 cars a month into today’s number one overall dealer in El Paso. His store is also the number one Hyundai dealer in the South Central Region and ninth in the nation for Hyundai dealers. Oscar says his career is the definition of the American dream, "through hard work all is possible."
Oscar currently serves as a member of the UMC El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation Board and also holds several professional positions as well. He is the President of the Hyundai South Central Region, a member of the National Dealer Council, serves on the National Parts and Service Committee, and the Hyundai Advertising Committee. In addition, Oscar actively supports many local charities and youth organizations.
Despite his passion for business and service, Oscar’s most proud of his amazing family. He has been married for over 30 years to his childhood sweetheart, Lisa; they have four children and five beautiful grandchildren.



Kenneth D.  Miyagishima

Kenneth D. Miyagishima
Mayor of the City of Las Cruces, NM

Kenneth Daniel Gallegos Miyagishima was born in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1963. He is of both Japanese and Mexican descent. He has lived in Las Cruces since 1971. He attended public schools and in 1985 graduated from New Mexico State University with degrees in finance and real estate. In 1984 – while still attending NMSU – Ken began his insurance and financial services business, which he still owns today. As mayor, Ken serves on several boards that benefit Las Cruces.



Andy Carey

Andy Carey
Executive Director, U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP)

Andy Carey was named Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP) in September 2008. The BPP is a binational membership organization that supports a network of organizations that build prosperity through leadership, collaboration, and philanthropy in the U.S.-Mexico Border region. Since 2008, the BPP has grown to more than 220 institutional members from across the U.S. and Mexico, training over seven thousand civic leaders and dispersing over $150,000 in technical assistance. Additionally BPP has engaged numerous national and international agencies to educate them about the actual realities and assets of the border region.
Prior to joining the BPP, Andy served for 15 years at Kiwanis International. Andy served as a member of the Executive Management Team, and was responsible for leading volunteer mobilization and fund development initiatives throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific and led Kiwanis’ Worldwide Service Project initiative in Latin America to virtually eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Foreign Language, and his Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies, as well as completed a year of study abroad in Madrid, Spain at the Universidad Complutense. In 2013 he was named to the Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences where he teaches post graduate courses on International nonprofit management. Andy is also actively engaged in his community. In July 2013, he was appointed to the Independent Districting Commission in Escondido, CA. He also serves on the Executive Search Committee and Advisory Board of St. Mary Catholic School in Escondido. Andy and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of four children, Michael, John, Meredith, and Lauren.


Congressional Roundtable


Congressman Pete Sessions

Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-R)
Chairman House Committee on Rules

A conservative community leader, United States Congressman Pete Sessions has combined hard work, innovative thinking, and common-sense principles to successfully represent the 32nd Congressional District of Texas.
Congressman Sessions was born on March 22, 1955 and grew up in Waco, Texas.  He graduated from Churchill High School in San Antonio and went on to graduate from Southwestern University in 1978, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees. He worked for then-Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 16 years, retiring as District Manager for Marketing in Dallas. As a businessman, he served as Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Thanks to this private sector experience, Congressman Sessions understands the need to fight bureaucracy and to utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in our communities and in government.
In 1996, the people of Dallas and the 5th Congressional District sent Congressman Sessions to Washington, DC to represent them in the United States House of Representatives. In 2002, Congressman Sessions began representing the 32nd Congressional District, created from redistricting. In 2014, the people of the 32nd Congressional District called him back to Congress for his tenth term.
Congressman Sessions is a stalwart defender of U.S. homeland and national security interests, as well as the men and women who defend them. As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, he is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Congressman Sessions also believes that taxpayers deserve results from their government, and he has pursued common-sense, market-based reforms to help government operate more efficiently. Congressman Sessions pursues his goals on these and other issues through his work on various Congressional committees and caucuses. He serves as the Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules, which is best known for its role as the legislative gatekeeper. In 2008 and 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and a former Scout Master for 13 Eagle Scouts. He is a recipient of the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and is a member of both the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee and the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Congressman Sessions is married to Karen Sessions.  He is the proud father of two sons, Bill and Alex, and three stepsons, Conor, Liam and Nicholas. Congressman Sessions resides in Dallas, Texas and continues to be active in his community where he is an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake in Dallas and an Advisor to the President of Special Olympics Texas.




Panel I. Immigration & Border Facilitation


Dr. Marc Rosenblum

Dr. Marc Rosenblum
Deputy Director, U.S. Inmigration Program, Migration Policy Institue

Marc R. Rosenblum is Deputy Director of MPI’s U.S. Immigration Policy Program, where he works on U.S. immigration policy, immigration enforcement, and U.S. regional migration relations.
Dr. Rosenblum returned to MPI, where he had been a Senior Policy Analyst, after working as a specialist in immigration policy at the Congressional Research Service. He was a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow detailed to the office of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy during the 2006 Senate immigration debate and was involved in crafting the Senate’s immigration legislation in 2006 and 2007. He also served as a member of President-elect Obama’s Immigration Policy Transition Team in 2009. From 2011-13, he served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Estimating Costs to the Department of Justice of Increased Border Security Enforcement by the Department of Homeland Security.
He has published more than 60 academic journal articles, book chapters, and policy briefs on immigration, immigration policy, and U.S.-Latin American relations. He is the coeditor (with Daniel Tichenor) of The Oxford Handbook of International Migration (Oxford University Press). Dr. Rosenblum earned his B.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans.



David Aguilar

David Aguilar
Partner, Global Security & Intelligence Strategies, and former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Commissioner David V. Aguilar is a Partner at GSIS.  Mr. Aguilar was appointed Acting Commissioner of U. S. Customs and Border Protection on December 30, 2011. As Commissioner Mr. Aguilar led the United States government’s largest law enforcement organization with a workforce of 60,000, including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers. He strategically planned, formulated, and executed a yearly budget of nearly 12 billion dollars and was responsible for the management of the largest civilian Law Enforcement Air Force in the world. Prior to being named Acting Commissioner Aguilar had been CBP Deputy Commissioner since April 11, 2010.
As Acting Commissioner and as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Homeland Security’s agency responsible for leading the world’s only unified integrated border management agency, Aguilar was responsible for securing the over 6,000 miles of land border between the ports of entry against the smuggling of illegal entrants into the United States, illicit goods, narcotics, and weapons for use against the population of the United States.

Mr. Aguilar also served as Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. During that time, he oversaw the largest expansion of the Border Patrol in its 88-year history, doubling its size to over 21,000 Agents. Prior to his becoming Chief of the Border Patrol, Mr. Aguilar was Chief Patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector the largest and most active Border Patrol Sector in the nation. His leadership has earned him numerous awards, including the Presidential Rank Award in 2008, the President’s Meritorious Excellence Award in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement Lifetime Achievement Award. At GSIS, Mr. Aguilar advises clients on a broad range of national homeland and international security matters including border operations, security management, global trade and commerce, supply chain management and security, critical infrastructure protection, risk management, viability assessments and strategic planning and implementation. Aguilar retired from government service on March 31, 2013 after a 35 year career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Mr. Aguilar holds an associate degree in accounting from Laredo Community College and attended Laredo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.



Dr. Carlos De la Parra Rentería

Dr. Carlos De la Parra Rentería
Coordinator, EcoParque, Colegio de la Frontera Norte

Research Professor in the Department of Urban and Enviromental Sudies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, or COLEF, since 1986, currently the Director of Ecoparque, an applied research outreach facility that serves as a model for urban sustainability. Has a Doctoral degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Michigan. He has been SEMARNAT’s Regional Officer or Delegado in Baja California (2002-2004), and Representative in the Mexican Embassy in Washington (2004-2006), and has served as COLEF’s Provost (2007-2008). His research interests include US-Mexico relations, bilateral environmental management and sustainability. 



Jason M-B Wells

Jason M-B Wells
Executive Director, San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce

Jason M-B Wells, 40, is the chief executive of both the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce and the San Ysidro Business Association, where he represents commerce at the World’s busiest land-border crossing. A skilled negotiator and avid consensus-builder, Wells is responsible for building, among other strategic partnerships: the San Ysidro Smart Border Coalition in 2007 – bringing federal attention and change to his tiny, yet powerful border-community, including two new, international pedestrian crossings, giving greater access and ease for international visitors; and the Binational Chamber of Border Commerce – a historic conglomeration of economic development organizations from both sides of the US/ Mexico border.

In addition to representing San Ysidro businesses, Jason was publicly elected in 2010 to the San Ysidro School District Governing Board, where he was voted by his peers as the President of the Board for 2013 and re-elected President in 2014. Proactive and Results-Oriented are two of the most used adjectives in describing San Ysidro’s charismatic executive – resulting in several appointments from both San Diego’s Mayor and recent Mayors of Tijuana. Wells was the 2008 recipient of the South County Economic Development Council’s Annual Award for Bi-National Endeavors; was a recipient of the 2009 San Diego Metropolitan 40 Under 40 award; graduated LEAD San Diego in 2010; and was selected to participate in the 1st Class of the US Department of Homeland Security Citizen’s Academy in 2011; the US FBI Citizen’s Academy in 2012; the San Diego District Attorney’s Academy in 2013 and was made an inaugural member of the San Diego Police Department – Southern Division’s Captain Advisory Board.
Prior to leading the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, Jason successfully performed in management roles with US Bank and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Wells’ two most proud titles have been: “Petty Officer Wells” – during two stints in the United States Navy; and “Dad” – at home to four wonderful children and his beautiful wife and companion of almost 20 years. Wells is bi-lingual and multi-cultural and a 20-year bi-national resident – a border expert by practice. In 2013, he was the founding member of the San Ysidro Community Foundation – an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation dedicated to improving the Community of San Ysidro .


Panel II. Supply Chain & Infrastructure


Jose M. Garcia

Jose M. Garcia
Representative, Taxation and Customs Affairs, Ministry of Finances, Mexico

José M. García            was appointed Representative of Mexico’s Ministry of Finance to the United States in February, 1996. Prior to his appointment, Mr. García occupied the position of Deputy Representative since July 1992.
In these capacities, Mr. García has been the leading negotiator and the coordinator of the working groups created to develop and implement the customs initiatives under the US-Mexico Customs Bilateral Strategic Plan, which was signed between Mexico´s Ministry of Finance and the US Department of Homeland Security and include, among other initiatives, the cargo pre-inspection pilots, the customs data exchange mechanisms and the single manifest initiative. He also was the coordinator of the customs working groups under the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership, as well as those under the U.S. – Mexico Border Partnership.
Previously, Mr. Garcia was the coordinator of the working groups created for the negotiations of the Uniform Customs Regulations of NAFTA and he is the Mexican Representative to the NAFTA Customs Subgroup. Mr. García was a member of the Mexican negotiating team of the Tax and Customs provisions of NAFTA, as well as those of the US-Mexico Tax Treaty, the US-MX Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement and the US-Mexico Money Laundering Agreement.
Mr. García is also competent authority for the exchange of tax, financial and customs information between Mexico and the United States. Mr. García has represented Mexico Customs in numerous occasions at the World Customs Organization´s Council meetings in Brussels, Belgium, and in multilateral negotiations within the WCO, such as the one on the SAFE Framework of Standards for the Security of the International Trade Supply Chain.
As an accountant, Mr. García has professional experience in tax and financial matters. Before moving to Washington he worked in the private sector for eight years.
Mr. García has also taught macroeconomics and he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in 1984.


Juan Manuel Fernández

Juan Manuel Fernández
Director of International Promotional, State of Guanajuato

Manuel Fernandez has been working for the State of Guanajuato for the last twenty years; in 1992 he was appointed as the first Director General of the Guanajuato World Trade Commission “COFOCE” a state agency responsible to promote trade and investment opportunities.
In 1997 Mr. Fernandez moved to Chicago where he currently runs the Guanajuato Investment Office, a State agency that leads the investment promotion efforts worldwide. With the strong support from the Ministry of Economic Development Mr. Fernandez has played an important role in developing the fastest growing automotive cluster in Mexico by helping dozens of foreign companies to invest more than 20 billion USD in Guanajuato during the last 18 years. He is convinced that foreign trade and investment attraction are an essential driving force for the State growth and development and has actively participated in drafting incentive policies to develop a more competitive business environment in Guanajuato. He studied law at  Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City. He lives in Northfield Il with his wife Lucia and three children.



Jason M-B Wells

John Chrisos
Vice President, The Americas, AS&E

American Science and Engineering develops, manufactures, markets and sells X-Ray inspection and other detection solutions for homeland security and other targeted markets. Prior to joining AS&E, Chrisos served as Vice President of Sales for North America and Europe of Nexx Systems Inc. Chrisos has more than twenty years o experience with semiconductor equipment manufacturers including his role as vice president account management and global operations at PRI automation.



Richard Roche

Richard Roche
ROCHE International LLC/The Supply Chain Blueprint

Richard Roche is a Manufacturing and Supply Chain Executive who is passionate about bringing Cross-Cultural & Cross-Functional leaders together to achieve organizational objectives in a way that has a positive impact in the communities that we live and work.  ROCHE International LLC is a integrated management consulting firm that specializes in helping manufacturers improve existing operations and guides them in starting new international locations.  
Prior to starting ROCHE International LLC, Richard started and led an International Business Services (4PL / Shelter) company, ROCHE Industries LLC, in 2001 helping multinational manufacturing companies operating in the three central Mexico communities of, San Luis Potosi, Saltillo and Guanajuato.  His organization managed up to 9 Mexican legal entities, gross annual sales exceeding $25 million USD and employed over 1200 people.
Clients ranged in size from Fortune 500 to Middle Market companies spanning a broad range of manufacturing types including Automotive Parts, Appliance Parts, Medical Devices, Aerospace Components and Electrical Motors. Core services included, Freight and Logistics, Import / Export, Tax and Accounting and Human Resources.  Richard sold his 4PL business to his Mexican partner, Jesus Aguirre, in December 2013 and Mr. Aguirre continues to operate it today. 

In addition, Richard has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in manufacturing and supply chain directing international multi-plant operations with complex processes including, Distribution, CNC Machining, Injection Molding and Semi-Automated Assembly.  His experience spans a broad range of industries including; Tier 1 Auto Parts, Aerospace Components, Medical Devices, Industrial Controls and Electric Motors.


Panel II – Energy and Transportation


Stephen Molina

Stephen Molina
Counsel, Dentons, and Member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission

With offices in Dallas and Houston, Molina has over 35 years of domestic and international upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas experience. As former lead attorney for ARCOs Producing Property Acquisitions and Divestitures Group and manager of the Litigation Group, Molina has headed several legal teams involved with buying and selling properties and oil and gas companies. His international career includes serving as chief counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company s Latin American Division, as general counsel to The Oman Oil Company, and VP general counsel for Vastar Resources, Inc. Molina is the former chair of the International Affiliate Committee and is a current member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.


Gabriel Heller Green
Director General of Investor Relations and Promotion, Ministry of Energy, Mexico

Responsible for being the primary contact of investors, multinational oil companies as well as other entities such as investment banks and funds, and also the coordination with other public entities in Mexico to streamline any investment plans and efforts from foreign as well as domestic companies in the energy sector

Mr. Heller’s previous experiences include, Holdings North America, Inc., where he was responsible of negotiating supply agreements with major oil companies guaranteeing allocation of our crude exports while maximizing its value considering price dynamics across different regions and crude grades, and the development of new business opportunities to diversify the client portfolio and minimize risks associated to market or region concentration as well as the creation of business synergies with third-party companies for JV projects, which might include blending or swap arrangements.



José Zozaya Delano

José Zozaya Delano
President & Executive Representative
Kansas City Southern de Mexico

José Zozaya was born in Mexico City on May 24th, 1952. He holds dual citizenship, Mexican and American. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana and Postgraduate Studies in Corporate Law and Economic Competition from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM). He has also participated in the Executive Program in International Management at Thunderbird University and Yale University’s Management Program for Lawyers. On 2003 he was Professor of Competition Law in the Graduate Certificate of Corporate Law organized by ITAM.
He was appointed President and Executive Representative for Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM) on April 2006. During his eight years in the railroad sector he has reached significant achievements for the company and for the industry in Mexico. José Zozaya has over 40 years of experience in law and government relations, as well as mergers and acquisitions that have been fundamental for the construction of strategic relations between KCSM and the three levels of Government in the country.
Under his leadership, on February 2010 the trackage rights agreement was achieved after a 12-year process which has brought major integration between the main railroad companies in the country providing benefits to railroad users and consequently to the sector as a whole. Before becoming part of KCSM’s executive team, he served as legal and government relations director for ExxonMobil Mexico for nine years.
He was National President of American Chamber Mexico for 2 terms from 2010 to 2012, becoming the first non-American to hold this important position. Currently, he is Vice President of American Chamber Mexico and of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA). José Zozaya is also a Member of the Board of Afore Siglo XXI and Ferrovalle, SA de CV. In April 2013 he was appointed President of the Mexican Railroad Association (AMF). On November 2014, he is elected President of the Mexican Council of Transport (Consejo Mexicano del Transporte, CMET).
In 2010 he received the Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa awarded by the Mexican Academy of International Law and was granted the Guerrero Aguila 2010 award from the Coalition of Speakers, Poets and Writers United for Mexico and the Chamber of Deputies.



James W. Boone, Ph.D.

James W. Boone, Ph.D.
President, Operation Respond Institute, Inc.

Jim Boone is Operation Respond’s co-founder and President. Dr. Boone has nearly 50 years of experience in railroad and intermodal transport economics, operations, service design, heavy lift surface transportation and emergency preparedness.  Previously, Jim was a partner in a private interstate trucking company and an analyst for the Association of American Railroads, before serving for 27 years with the USDOT’s Federal Railroad Administration as Chief Economist and as Emergency Coordinator.
Starting in 1979, Jim led USDOT activities in a joint industry-government task force to help ease rail traffic congestion along the US-Mexico border. He also worked with US railroads in moving relief supplies in response to the tragic 1985 Mexico City earthquake, and in support of US recovery activities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo and Fran, and the Midwest floods of 1993 and 1994.   During his USDOT career, he also served as the Co-Chair of the US-Canada Railway Working Group for Civil Emergencies.  Dr. Boone was twice awarded the USDOT’s Meritorious Achievement Medal (Silver) and received the FRA’s Superior Achievement Medal (Bronze) four times, together with numerous awards and special citations from the Department of Defense, the US Air Force, Amtrak and Transport Canada.
His work in co-founding and directing the Operation Respond program to assist emergency response to hazardous materials and passenger train incidents has been noted in editorials and articles in Traffic World, the National Fire Prevention Association’s NFPA Journal, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ On Scene magazine and Fire Chief magazine.    Dr. Boone holds degrees in economics and business administration and a Ph.D. in business logistics and transportation economics from the Pennsylvania State University. In 2015, he was nominated for the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Mason Lankford Leadership Award for a lifetime of achievements benefitting the Fire Service.  He resides in Fulton, Maryland.


Panel IV. Cybersecurity and IT Innovation


Joseph Grano, Jr.

Joseph Grano, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, root9B Technologies Inc.

J Mr. Grano is Chairman and CEO of root9B Technologies (OTCQB:RTNB), a cybersecurity and regulatory risk mitigation company, and Chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC, a company that advises private and public companies.  From 2001-2004, Mr. Grano was Chairman of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly UBS PaineWebber).  In addition to being one of the financial service industry’s leading executives, Mr. Grano is involved in a wide range of educational and philanthropic endeavors.   In 2002, Mr. Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.  He relinquished his position in August 2005. 
Mr. Grano joined PaineWebber in February 1988 as President of Retail Sales and Marketing, and became President of PaineWebber Group in December 1994.  As President, he oversaw a series of important and dramatic restructurings at the firm, including the acquisition of Kidder, Peabody in 1995 and J.C. Bradford in 2000.  Finally, Mr. Grano was instrumental in helping to bring about the merger of PaineWebber with UBS in 2000, when Mr. Grano was named President & CEO of UBS PaineWebber and the following year was named Chairman & CEO.
Prior to joining PaineWebber, Mr. Grano was with Merrill Lynch for 16 years, holding various senior management positions including Director of National Sales.  In 1987, he was named the industry’s best retail marketing executive in a survey conducted by Investment Dealers’ Digest.  Mr. Grano was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the NASD in 1994 and a member of the NASD’s Executive Committee.
Before joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Grano served in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets).  He became one of the Army’s youngest officers, achieving the rank of Captain. 
Mr. Grano holds Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Pepperdine University and Babson College as well as Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Queens College, City University of New York and Central Connecticut State University.  In addition he holds an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Haven.  Mr. Grano served as Vice Chairman of the Queens College Foundation Board of Trustees, and was on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater New York and on the Board of Lenox Hill Hospital.  He is a member of the Council for the United States and Italy, a member of the City University of New York’s Business Leadership Council and a former member of the National Board of D.A.R.E.
In 2012 Mr. Grano was honored at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation and he also received the Quiet Professional Award from the Green Beret Foundation for his patriotic contributions to our country.  In 2004 Mr. Grano received the Sons of Italy Foundation National Education & Leadership Award.  In October 2002 he received the Corporate Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund for his commitment to education. In 2000, he became the 39th recipient of the USO Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service, and was named Business Leader of the Year by Georgetown University’s School of Business. In 1998 he received the “La Bellissima America” award for his leadership role in preserving the heritage of Italian-Americans, and in 1996, Mr. Grano was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of distinguished contributions to our country.

Mr. Grano is the author of the book “You Can’t Predict A Hero” which was on BusinessWeek’s best seller list in 2009.



John Harbaugh
Chief Operating Officer, root9B, LLC

John Harbaugh has over 25 years of diverse experience within the cryptologic and intelligence community as both a member of the US military and Senior Executive in the federal government. He was one of only a small number of NSA certified Master-level operators with expert skills in cyber and network operations across multiple disciplines. Mr. Harbaugh also lead several “first-ever” events in cyber to include the build out of the US Air Force’s cyber operations capability; development of military and government cyber operations and security training platforms; and developed unique technology solutions to meet critical national security requirements.
His leadership experience has spanned across both technical and operational leadership positions from the director of a small organization focused on critical tactical mission execution to senior executive leadership managing large mission elements across a global enterprise. Mr. Harbaugh is a member of the National Security
Agency Advisory Board (NSAAB) Emerging Technologies Panel, providing advice on matters related to research, development, and the application of existing and emerging science and technology. Mr. Harbaugh holds a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland, University College.



Eduardo Cabrera

Eduardo Cabrera
Acting Chief Information Security Officer
United States Secret Service

Eduardo E. Cabrera is a 20-year veteran of the United States Secret Service, having served in protective and investigative assignments in Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C. Currently, Mr. Cabrera is the (Acting) Chief Information Security Officer responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing information security policies and processes across the Secret Service to reduce information, communication and technology (ICT) risks.

Mr. Cabrera began his career with the Secret Service in 1995 and served as a special agent in the Miami Field Office. Mr. Cabrera then transferred to Washington, D.C. and served on the Presidential Protective Division for President George W. Bush. Upon completing his protective assignment, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division where he led cyber operational programs to develop and implement innovative forensic, investigative, and information sharing programs to combat financially driven data breaches targeting critical infrastructure. Specifically, as the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP) program manager, Mr. Cabrera was responsible for training, equipping and setting policy for over 300 Computer Forensic and Network Intrusion Responder agents within the Secret Service. Most recently, he was detailed to the DHS, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). There he served as an Advisor to the NCCIC where he was responsible for leveraging Secret Service programs to coordinate and collaborate on national level cyber incident response, threat analysis, malware analysis coordination, and cyber threat information sharing across public and private critical infrastructure sectors.



Marcos Jiménez

Marcos Jiménez
CEO, Softtek North America

Beginning 2011 Marcos Jimenez was appointed CEO for Softtek USA and Canada, while continuing as a member of the organization’s Executive Board.
Marcos joined Softtek in 1992, and quickly became a partner of the Banking business unit, to later venture into opening Softtek Peru. This enterprising effort provoked a domino effect in his professional career, and meant his past 19 years have been dedicated to Softtek. During this journey, he faced various challenging roles: a key entrepreneur in Peru, a sales leader in the U.S., and CEO for Softtek Spain and the U.K. Since 2004, he has been responsible for Sales and Marketing of Softtek USA, where he managed to double the company’s profitability within a short time frame.
He holds a B.A. in Electronic Engineering from UAM (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana).



José Zozaya Delano

William P. Crowell
Partner, Alsop Louis Partners

William P. Crowell is a Partner at Alsop Louie Partners, a San Francisco Venture Capital company.  He is also an Independent Consultant specializing in Information Technology, Security and Intelligence Systems.    He is also a director at Device Authority, device authentication; SAP NS2, a subsidiary of SAP; and Toopher, multifactor authentication. He is Chairman of the Board of Centripetal, a startup in the rule-based packet gateway and filter area.
Until its acquisition by Cisco in June 2007, he was Chairman of Broadware Technologies, a video surveillance software company.  He was also a director at ArcSight, Inc. (ARST), which was acquired by HP in October 2010; Narus, Inc. which was acquired by Boeing in July 2010; Six3 Systems which was acquired by CACI in November 2013, Air Patrol, wireless network security company acquired by Sysorex in May 2014, and Fixmo, Inc., a mobile device security company acquired by Good Technologies in June 2014. He was a director at SafeNet, Inc., encryption, data protection and authentication solutions, which was acquired by Gemalto in January 2015.
Crowell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Santa Clara, California-based Cylink Corporation, a public company and leading provider of e-business security solutions from November 1998 to February 2003, when Cylink was acquired by SafeNet, Inc. Crowell came to Cylink from the National Security Agency, where he held a series of senior positions in operations, analysis, strategic planning, research and development, and finance.  He served as Deputy Director of Operations from 1991 to 1994 running its core signals intelligence mission.  In February 1994 he was appointed by President Clinton as the Deputy Director of NSA and served in that post until his retirement in September 1997.  From 1989 to 1990, Crowell served as a vice president at Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corporation, later acquired by Titan Corp, leading business development in space technology, signal processing and intelligence systems. In April 1999, Crowell was appointed to the President’s Export Council (PEC), which advised the administration on trade and export policy
After 9/11 he served on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, which published three landmark studies on Homeland Security and information sharing. He has also served on numerous panels to investigate and improve military command and control, intelligence and security systems and served as Chairman of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Senior Advisory Group from 2007 – 2014.

Crowell is an expert on network and information security issues.  In December 2008 Security Magazine selected him as one of the 25 most influential people in the security industry.   In May 2007 he co-authored the book, “Physical and Logical Security Convergence,” published by Elsevier.  He has been quoted in many trade and business publications including the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Information Week, Network World, Computer World, Federal Computer Week, CIO Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News.  Crowell has also appeared on CBS MarketWatch, CNET News, CNBC, and The Charlie Rose Show.  He was the technical advisor to the TV series, “Threat Matrix” during its run on ABC in the 2003 season.



Luc Ringuette

Luc Ringuette
UMEXX – Connect Mexico

Focusing on bi-national relations to advance commerce, and the development of infrastructure, technology and logistics projects, Mr. Ringuette serves as Chairman and CEO for many public and private companies including Iggnition, E*Fill America, and Somerset Automation. In 2012, Luc capitalized Iggnition, a cloud-based enterprise software company with suites of products and services for e-Commerce, logistics and fulfillment. Ringuette cofounded E*Fill America, a leader in distribution services with over 175 locations throughout North America. Mr. Ringuette focuses his efforts on the warehouse management and transportation software industry, which led to the creation of Somerset Automation in 1989 which was acquired by Somerset in 1997.



Hon. William S. Greenberg

Hon. William S. Greenberg
United States Judge
United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Judge William S. Greenberg was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims by President Barack Obama on November 15, 2012, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 21, 2012, appointed by the President on December 27, 2012, and took the judicial oath on December 28, 2012, for a term of fifteen years.
Judge Greenberg was a partner of McCarter & English, LLP. He initially joined the firm as an associate following a judicial clerkship in 1968, then returned as a partner in 1993. The majority of his career has involved litigation in federal and state courts.
Judge Greenberg had been a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey since 1983. He served as Chairman of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He was President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, New Jersey, (The New Jersey Association for Justice) and has served as Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. He also served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Admission of Foreign Attorneys. He established and chaired the New Jersey State Bar Association (public service/pro bono) program of military legal assistance for members of the Reserve Components called to active duty after September 11, 2001. He was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. With the approval of the Secretary of Defense, on the recommendation of The White House, Judge Greenberg became Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board in 2009, a Board established by the Secretary of Defense in 1951 and by Act of Congress in 1952. On July 26, 2011, Judge Greenberg was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the second highest civilian award in the Defense Department, at a public ceremony in the Pentagon, and completed his term in August 2011.
A retired Brigadier General, he served as a member of the New Jersey World War II Memorial Commission. In June 2009 he received the highest honor granted by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, its medal of honor for his work in establishing the military legal assistance program, and especially in his public service representation of soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during their Physician Disability Hearings. His article in the June 2007 issue of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine describes the program in detail. He has served as special litigation counsel to The Adjutants General Association of the United States and was special litigation counsel pro bono to the National Guard Association of the United States.
Judge Greenberg was a Commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation. He also served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey and as Commissioner of the New Jersey State Scholarship Commission.
Professor Greenberg served as the first Adjunct Professor of Military Law at the Seton Hall University School of Law.  He was chosen the New Jersey Lawyer Of The Year for 2009 by The New Jersey Law Journal. He received The Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Johns Hopkins University in 2010, and the Rutgers Law School Public Service Award in 2010 for his work in developing and leading the efforts to represent wounded and injured soldiers at Walter Reed.
Judge Greenberg is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University (AB, 1964) and Rutgers University Law School (JD, 1967). He is married to the former Betty Kaufmann Wolf of Pittsburgh. They have three children, Katherine of New York, Anthony of Baltimore, and Elizabeth of New York.