Nelson Balido | Chairman & CEO

July 3, 2015
Nelson Balido | Chairman & CEO

Nelson Balido drives results in diverse government, politics, private industry, and non-profit arenas. As one of the leading authorities on the U.S. border for trade, travel, energy and security issues, he leads Balido and Associates, a strategic management consultancy, and is founder of the Border Commerce and Security Council and the Energy Council of the Americas. Prior to assuming his current role he was the President of the Border Trade Alliance; a presidential pick to lead the private sector division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security, where he was awarded the department’s highest civilian award – the Outstanding Public Service Medal.

He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors at the local, state and federal levels. For years, Nelson has worked closely with the governments of U.S., Canada, and Mexico at every level by advocating on behalf of policy initiatives designed to improve cross-border affairs, trade and security relations, energy reform and cultural understanding. In 2014, Nelson was re-appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Industry Trade Advisory Council by United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce.

Governments, companies and media outlets seek his council for his extensive outside-the-beltway relations, real-world international cross-border experience and unique understanding of bi-lateral businesses insights. Nelson was recently credited by the San Antonio Business Journal with orchestrating the largest hydrocarbons deal of 2014 in the Sabinas Basin by taking advantage of Mexico’s new energy reform laws.

His other career stops include respected companies as SBC Communications (at&t), where he served as the company’s director of multicultural marketing, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on the Arts, Member of the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, and various other positions within municipal agencies and non-profit boards. Mr. Balido holds a B.S. in International Economics and a B.A. in Spanish from Texas Tech University, a Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs from the Bush School at Texas A&M University and a Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Houston. He is an active U.S. NAVY reserves public affairs officer, a professional speaker for Energy, Trade and Border Security conferences, the ASPEN Institute, the US Department of Commerce, and a FOX NEWS LATINO contributor.

Follow Nelson here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nelsonbalido

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John Renison | Regional President

July 1, 2015
John Renison | Regional President

John Renison is Chief Executive Officer at Britton & Company, a Customhouse Brokerage firm established in 1944 along the Southwest Border of the United States. John represents Mexican Manufacturers that have a global presence and are key players within cross border trade operations.

John is also Founder of Piggyback Technologies, a crowd sourced on demand same day delivery start up, currently in app development and investor pitch mode. The idea is to disrupt the shipping industry and make same day shipping a collaborative community effort.

Piggyback’s market niche is just about anything that needs to get delivered within the same day or even within the hour. Whether its in store pick ups from online purchases, trade show and convention deliveries, Piggyback enable users to locate pre screened drivers to get the job done, taking advantage of your daily established transit routes.

Based on his 18+ experience in global logistics, John has gained much exposure to the just in time shipping expectations from consumers.

John attended the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives and holds a Professional Certificate on Innovation and Strategy from the Harvard University DCE.

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César Martinez | Board Member

June 12, 2015
César Martinez | Board Member

César is one of the top media advisors in the US and Latin America, with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, political advertising and broadcast news. During the 2008 Presidential Elections, MAS Consulting was the Hispanic advertising agency of record for the McCain-Palin campaign, with César was in charge of production of Hispanic media materials for Senator McCain.

César served as Hispanic Creative Director/Producer for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, and was a member of the Strategy/Media team for Bush-Cheney 2004. He has also served as Hispanic Creative Director for Jeb Bush 2002 and Rick Perry 2002 Texas Governor Election Campaign. César’s experience also includes campaigns in Mexico, Latin America and Spain.

César is the recipient of numerous prestigious advertising awards including Clios, EFFIE, Telly, Mobius as well as Addy awards. Additionally he was named “Creative All Star” by Adweek. César has been a guest speaker in many forums including George Washington University, Harvard University, Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain), Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain) and Tec de Monterrey (Mexico) to name a few.

On the Public Affairs Arena, César has helped many organizations with their Hispanic communication needs like the Foundation for a Better Life and MATT.org (Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together). He is a member of the board of ProLiteracy World Wide, which is the most important Non-Governmental Organization in the world for Adult Literacy. Further, he also helped pass legislation for the anti-littering campaign in the city of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico. He has also been active in the Water fluoridation campaign for Bexar County in the City of San Antonio, as well as a Plastic Bag Recycling movement/campaign for Bexar County in the city of San Antonio.

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Brian J. Conroy | Board Member

June 12, 2015
Brian J. Conroy | Board Member

Brian Conroy has over 30 years of experience as a senior technology leader in Life Cycle Systems Engineering, Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Operations, and Engineering Program/Project Management. He is currently working for NOVA Corporation, a tribally owned company established by the Dine’ Development Corporation by the Navajo Nation Tribal Council. He has had a very successful and diverse career within the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His career started as a Submarine Engineer and progressed to numerous Project Engineering challenges to include submarine maintenance and modernization, establishing forward deployed bases and IT Network Design and Development. He was awarded the Navy’s Meritorious Commendation and numerous Engineering Awards.

His career advanced to that of a Naval Sea System Command Information Technology Division Director. In 2008, he took a position with DHS as the Enterprise Operations Director and then to a Deputy Executive Director within Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In this position his responsibilities included the deployment and sustainment of IT and Law Enforcement Technology.

Mr. Conroy holds undergraduate Engineering Degrees in Civil and Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, is certified as a DoD Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, DHS Program Manager Level 3, and DHS Contracting Officer Level 3. He is also a DHS First Responder, DHS Surge Capacity Force Member (Tier 3) and a Doctoral Candidate in Information Assurance.

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Daniel G. Hammons | Board Member

April 2, 2015
Daniel G. Hammons | Board Member

Unified Municipal Networks, Inc.
Hammons Construction, Inc.

Daniel Hammons has been in the communications, network and Fiber Optic field for over 20 years. He has businesses geared specifically for the Fiber Optic Networking industry. His extensive experience as a General Contractor / Designer and Manufacturer has put him in the unique position to identify and solve systemic shortcomings in the commercially provided communications arena. He currently holds 2 US Patents in the complex Fiber Optic field, specifically targeting cost effective communications systems. Mr. Hammons has a unique ability to recognize potential and talent, in both industry and individuals. His ability to choose and bring together highly qualified and motivated people led to the creation of Hammons Technology, LLC. This uniquely qualified team has unparalleled experience in meeting the security and communications needs on the U.S. border.

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Mark Wood | Board Member

January 10, 2015
Mark Wood | Board Member

Mark is a Business Manager with Utility Corporations and specializes in working with police agencies to solve community relations and transparency issues through the development and implementation of body camera and in-car camera systems. Mark is a life-long police officer and brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to Utility. He began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department in 1982 and retired from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in 2016. Mark has been involved in virtually every aspect of law enforcement including patrol, investigations and administration. His administrative experience includes a heavy emphasis on policy writing, accreditation, crime analysis and IT acquisition projects. These projects include Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS), Automated Mugshot Systems, Crime Analysis Systems, and CAD/RMS systems. Most recently, Mark served as the executive officer to the Deputy Chief of Operations and was the body camera project manager for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Mark is originally from Detroit and has lived in Michigan, Texas, Indiana and Georgia. He is married to Christy and together have five children ranging in age from 16 to 30. He enjoys music, hiking, camping, traveling and motorcycle riding.

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Rick “Ozzie” Nelson | Board Member

December 30, 2014
Rick “Ozzie” Nelson | Board Member

“Rick “Ozzie” Nelson is Vice President for Federal at Crossmatch, a leading identity management and biometric technology company, where he leads the company’s sales and business development efforts across the US federal government and well as the company’s foreign military sales (FMS) program. He is a recognized counterterrorism and homeland security expert with over 20 years of military and intelligence experience, including assignments at the National Security Council (NSC) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Prior to joining Crossmatch he led the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program, and currently serves as a nonresident senior associate at CSIS.

In 2009 Nelson retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served as helicopter pilot and in a variety of senior policy and operational positions. His last military assignment was with the Joint Special Operations Command. In 2005, he was selected to serve as an inaugural member in the NCTC Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning. Prior to his assignment at NCTC, Nelson served as associate director for maritime security in the Office of Combating Terrorism on the NSC staff at the White House, where he led the development of the National Strategy for Maritime Security. Other career assignments have included counterterrorism team leader in Deep Blue, the navy’s operational think tank created after September 11; navy legislative fellow for Senator Edward M. Kennedy; assistant aviation officer community manager; and flag aide in Okinawa, Japan, to the commander of naval amphibious forces in the Western Pacific. He is operationally trained in naval helicopter strike warfare in the SH-60B Seahawk and SH-2F Seasprite helicopters, and he has deployed around the world and flown in support of numerous operations. Nelson graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in political science, holds an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the Naval War College. He is an adjunct lecturer at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses on homeland security and counterterrorism. He is also a frequent contributor to media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, CBS, CNN, and ABC, among others.”

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Sandy Brooks | Board Member

July 12, 2014
Sandy Brooks | Board Member

Sandy is widely acclaimed for her achievements as an inspirational leader, and organizational and technological innovator that has positively advanced our national security posture and interests. She is widely recognized and respected for developing highly effective partnerships within DOD, Interagency, coalitions, partner nations, industry, academia and private consortiums.  Ms. Brooks has a long and successful history of leading highly dynamic and innovative technological change and providing the motivational and inspirational leadership that fosters a sense of urgency and passion at every level she engages. She is actively sought out by senior DOD, Intelligence and Interagency leaders for her advice and counsel.

 

Ms. Brooks has extensive experience in leadership positions to include almost a decade as a DOD senior civilian leader in Intelligence and a 28 year military career as a Naval Cryptologist/Information Warfare Officer that included command at senior levels. She accumulated a record of successes in progressively challenging assignments at the National, strategic, operational, and tactical levels and more recently as a private sector consultant.

Ms. Brooks was recognized nationally for her remarkable achievements as the 2010 recipient of the Service to AmericaSamuel J HeymanHomeland Defense Medal. “By providing technical and intelligence support to the military, law enforcement agencies, and partner nations. She was selected from a field of 30 highly qualified candidates for her unprecedented work in enabling National authorities to better combat threats to our National security interests”  In 2016, Ms. Brooks was awarded the Office Director National Intelligence coveted National Intelligence Superior Service Medal for “contributions to the National Intelligence Community; distinguishing herself through meritorious actions to the betterment of national security in the United States of America, through sustained and selfless service of the highest order.”

Her military and civilian accomplishments illustrate highly effective motivational leadership and innovative “thinking” that serve this Nation well in countering the greatest challenges facing our national and global security interests.

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