Nelson Balido | Chairman & CEO

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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Mexico Arrests Top Gulf Cartel Leader near Texas Border

Mexico Arrests Top Gulf Cartel Leader near Texas Border

Mexican law enforcement sources confirmed the capture to Breitbart Texas of Luis Miguel “Flako Sierra” Mercado by a team of military personnel and state police forces. The capture comes just weeks after the Tamaulipas government kicked off an intelligence sharing partnership and an international crime stoppers program with various U.S. federal agencies, Breitbart Texas reported at the time.

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Agencies Working Together to Fight Criminal Activity on Both Sides of Border

Agencies Working Together to Fight Criminal Activity on Both Sides of Border

WESLACO – Federal and state agencies in Mexico and in the U.S. are coming together to fight against criminal violence.

People are being encouraged to anonymously report criminal activity to an operations center based at the Border Patrol headquarters in Edinburg.

The Campana de Seguridad y Prosperidad, also known as the Security and Prosperity Campaign, looks forward to use intelligence sharing between agencies.

To report anything suspicious, people in the U.S. can call 1-800-863-9382. If you’re dialing from Mexico, dial 001-880-863-9382.

For those with WhatsApp, dial or message the number 1-956-295-0887.

KGRV’s Carolina Cruz has more on their efforts to dismantle criminal organization in both sides of the border.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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Mexico And U.S. Join Forces To Increase Border Security

Mexico And U.S. Join Forces To Increase Border Security

For the first time, Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas are collaborating in a campaign involving community members with the purpose of increasing border security. This campaign is like no other seen before. Residents on both sides of the border will be able to report crimes to authorities on the U.S. side, to improve security and the quality of life of the people who live in both Mexico and the United States. This will have a strong impact on the economic development.
The governor of the Mexican state Tamaulipas, Francisco Javier García Cabeza De Vaca and the South Texas Corridor Commander, Manuel Padilla, inaugurated the campaign “Campana de Seguridad y Prosperidad” or Safety and Prosperity Campaign.
It’s a joint effort to dismantle criminal organizations by providing residents an opportunity to report crimes. A telephone number was established at which residents on both sides of the border can call with any information on criminal activity, they can even do so anonymously.
A joint effort between Mexico and the U.S is nothing new, but it’s the fact that community members are now part of the collaboration picture.

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It’s time to confirm permanent leadership for Customs and Border Patrol

It’s time to confirm permanent leadership for Customs and Border Patrol

Nine months in, the Trump administration remains hobbled by an unprecedented number of vacant positions, with nearly 272 key jobs lacking a nominee and some 180 nominees awaiting Senate confirmation. Some of those delays are costlier than others.

Take Kevin McAleenan, who has been acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since the Obama administration ended on Jan. 20. Trump formally nominated him in March to head the CBP, a crucial role in seeing through the administration’s plans to bolster border security, implement a better NAFTA deal and tighten immigration policies.

Six months later, McAleenan’s nomination is only now being heard by the Senate Finance Committee, a delay that has cast a pall of uncertainty over the CBP’s long-term leadership as well as other key positions, such as border patrol chief.

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US Border Security Begins in Mexico

US Border Security Begins in Mexico

In the 2016 presidential election cycle, illegal immigration was generally attributed to Mexican migrants and a border wall was prescribed to prevent them from entering the United States. While the rhetoric resonated with many voters, it belied the vastly more complex trends in illegal border crossings and what is needed to address them. Most undocumented migrants arriving at the US border today are not Mexican, and a border wall will not affect what happens when they arrive.

Last year, Border Patrol apprehended nearly 409,000 people attempting to illegally cross the southwest border, a dramatic increase from the 331,000 in 2015, though somewhat less than the high mark of 479,000 in 2014. Last year, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Patrol apprehended 59,757 unaccompanied children and 77,857 family units, respectively a 13 percent decline and 12 percent increase from 2014. Border apprehensions are often an indicator of how many people are entering the United States undetected, but the numbers in 2016 do not tell the whole story.

According to the Pew Research Center, there was no statistically significant change in the illegal immigrant population in the United States between 2009 and 2014. But that does not mean illegal entries have stalled. From 2009 to 2014, 13 states saw a change in the size of their unauthorized immigrant populations. In states where illegal populations decreased, it was because illegal Mexican residents left. In states where illegal populations increased, it was due to a growth in the number of residents from countries other than Mexico, which in many cases are those in Central America’s “Northern Triangle” (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras). Last year, the number of apprehensions from Central America exceeded those from Mexico, the second time that trend has been seen, with the previous instance in 2014.

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Confirmation of DHS intelligence head is too important to politicize

Confirmation of DHS intelligence head is too important to politicize

Most Americans have never heard of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Yet, in January, acting Under Secretary for I&A David Glawe found himself on national television attempting to explain in less than two minutes what the office he leads will do in the face of the Trump administration’s much-debated “travel ban.”

For the lay viewer with no awareness of I&A, it suggested political participation where there is none. With Glawe’s nomination to permanently lead I&A, there is more politicking on the horizon, but this is a mistake — one that can be avoided if we put security before partisanship.

I&A is the only member of the intelligence community charged with sharing threat intelligence with state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector partners, as well as receiving information from those partners to share with DHS and the intelligence community. This mission is a direct answer to problems identified in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

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John Renison | Regional President

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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Sandy Brooks | Board Member

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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Patrick Brunett | Board Member

Patrick Brunett | Board Member

Patrick Brunett is Director, Business Development at Quanergy Systems, the leading developer of 3D LiDAR sensors for border and perimeter security, autonomous vehicles, UAVs, industrial automation, and mapping. Brunett manages the company’s Detroit office with a focus on the transportation, industrial and government markets. He has over 20 years in the automotive market with a focus on infotainment systems, power electronics for electric vehicles, and connected and automated vehicle technologies. Prior to joining Quanergy, he held senior and executive level sales, business development and business unit leadership positions at companies such as Sony Electronics, Sirius Satellite Radio, Intelligent Mechatronics Systems, Panasonic, Cohda Wireless and Brunett Consulting. Brunett received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.

 

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Brian J. Conroy | Board Member

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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Maisel N. Klütts | Board Member

Maisel N. Klütts | Board Member

Mr. Maisel N. Klütts has over 30 years of experience leading the research, development and introduction of new products into the telecommunications, defense, and fire suppression industries.  He currently works for Williams RDM, a woman owned small business focused on research, development and manufacturing for the defense, energy, & residential fire suppression markets.

Mr. Klütts is the Director of Engineering, Business Development, and Planning, concentrating on increasing the number and velocity of innovative engineering solutions which are transitioned to commercially viable products.  During  his 10 years at Williams RDM, Mr. Klütts has led the development of the Tibbetts award winning IECS tactically deployable micro power grid, and was responsible for the research, development, and successful commercial product launch of the F-16 SMS MTE and F-22 SWAT flight line testers and STFS Plus, Plus LC, and Plus Sensor residential fire suppression products.  Mr. Klütts is currently responsible for the development and introduction of the STARTTM Sensor Network border security intrusion detection system.  During Mr. Klütts’ 30 year career he has specialized in product and program management of new product development, from conception to successful commercial deployment, focusing on time to market, development cost control, and product profitability.   He holds undergraduate degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

 

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