Nelson Balido 


Border Commerce and Security Council

Nelson Balido drives results in diverse government, politics, private industry, and non-profit arenas. His sought-after multicultural inside-and outside-the-beltway and real-world expertise spans U.S. Border trade and security relations, communications, international public relations, marketing, Fortune 500 business leadership, politics, arts and cultural affairs, entertainment, media, and government.

As Principal, Balido and Associates, Nelson delivers border issues, marketing, public relations, and communications strategic management expertise. Nelson is a as a syndicated columnist for Fox News Latino.

BORDER, TRADE & ENERGY: Nelson chairs the Border Commerce and Security Council and is, and is founder of the Energy Council of the Americas, the nation’s premier organizations for fostering relations which enhance North America’s economic health, cultural understanding and border security.

Recently, Nelson, as non-profit Border Trade Alliance President, represented a 4.3 million person public and private sector network, as the top authority on U.S. Northern and Southern Border issues. He turned around the organization, ensuring long-term viability, by recruiting and retaining Fortune 500 business leadership. Nelson successfully advocated border security and trade issues by establishing effective relationships with diplomats and governmental officials, testifying before Congress, speaking frequently at conferences, and educating the public. He enabled passage of key bills and maintains secretary-level appointment to the U.S. Department of Commerce Industry Trade Advisory Council.

GOVERNMENTAL& EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP: In 2007, Secretary Michael Chertoff appointed Nelson to the Department of Homeland Security Senior Advisory Council. Nelson received the department’s highest civilian award, the Outstanding Public Service Medal. As a Presidential pick, Nelson led the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s private sector division, where he earned the Secretary’s Award for Excellence. Nelson serves as a U.S. Navy Reserve Public Affairs Officer with Top Secret/SCI Clearance.

Nelson served as the Governor of Texas-appointed Commissioner, Texas Commission of the Arts and as the Chairperson, Cultural Arts Board for the City of San Antonio. Nelson bridged the gap with Hispanic voters, leading to successful Presidential and gubernatorial elections.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP: As Director of Multicultural Marketing for SBC Communications / at&t by the company’s former Chairman and CEO, Nelson built and managed a new division targeting multicultural Hispanic and international market segments, growing revenue from $5 billion to $7 billion in one year. As General Manager of Southwest Entertainment, Nelson received Small Business of the Year 1995, along with a Hispanic Business 500 listing. He remains a Lifetime Voting Member for the Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards.

EDUCATION: Nelson, born to Cuban immigrants, learned the value of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and education early in his life. He has earned several degrees and certificates and continues a lifelong interest in learning, including a Masters-Level Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs from Bush School of Government, Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Texas Tech University.

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2015 Speakers


 Michael Fisher 

Chief, U.S. Border Patrol 

Customs and Border Protection

Michael J. Fisher is the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol and a member of the Senior Executive Service. He is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing enforcement efforts designed to secure our Nation's borders. Chief Fisher entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in June 1987 as a member of Class 208. His first duty assignment as a Border Patrol agent was at the Douglas Station in the Tucson Sector. He successfully completed the selection process for the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) in 1990 and was later selected as a Field Operations Supervisor for BORTAC in El Paso, Texas. Over a four-year period, he planned and executed operations throughout the United States and nine foreign countries. Chief Fisher later served as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the Detroit Sector and as an Assistant Chief Patrol Agent in the Tucson Sector.

During the transition to the Department of Homeland Security in March 2003, Chief Fisher was appointed Deputy Director for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Anti- Terrorism in Washington, DC, where he staffed and directed the office during periods of increased threats and served as the CBP liaison to the inter-agency intelligence community for anti-terrorist planning and operational coordination. Chief Fisher later served at Border Patrol Headquarters as an Associate Chief and in 2004 was promoted to Senior Associate Chief. He returned to the field in February 2006 as the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of San Diego Sector. He was promoted to Chief Patrol Agent of San Diego Sector in June 2007. He was named Acting Chief of the Border Patrol on January 3, 2010, and assumed his current position on May 9, 2010.

Chief Fisher earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in business administration. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also completed the CAPSTONE program at the National Defense University in 2009.


 Wolf Tombe 

Chief Technology Officer and Executive Director Technology Directorate Office of Information and Technology

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Mr. Tombe has more than 25 years of IT management experience in the Federal government serving in a variety of Agencies on both the West and East coast.  Mr. Tombe has served as the Chief Technology Officer of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the country’s largest law enforcement agency since 2005.  Mr. Tombe is leading the formation of cross-cutting integrated technology strategies and architectures, the establishment of CBP’s Strategic Technology Direction and its associated Information Technology Transformation initiatives.

Mr. Tombe provides leadership on technology planning, architecture, standards, and the adoption of industry best practices for technology management.  In December of 2008, Mr. Tombe founded the first US Government “Federal CTO Forum” in recognition of the tremendous benefits to be gained by reusing technology best practices and innovations among Federal Agencies.

Mr. Tombe is the recipient of numerous high profile awards and honors.  In 2013, he was named a Fed 100 Executive of the year and in 2012 he was named a Federal Executive of the Year by FedScoop.  Mr. Tombe is a widely recognized public speaker on topics of innovation in government, open standards, agile methodologies, and strategies that reduce the cost of government.

Mr. Tombe earned a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

VADM Charles

 VADM Charles Michel 

Deputy Commandant for Operations 



 Ron Colburn 


Command Consulting Group


 Thomas Homan 

Executive Associate Director Enforcement and Removal Operations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Thomas D. Homan is the Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.

Mr. Homan started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in New York.   In 1984, he became a United States Border Patrol Agent in Campo, Calif., in the San Diego sector. In 1988, he became a Special Agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Phoenix, Ariz., and climbed through the ranks of Supervisory Special Agent and Deputy Assistant Director for Investigations.

In 1999, Mr. Homan became the Assistant District Director for Investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas. Upon the creation of ICE, Mr. Homan was named as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Dallas, Texas, and later as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge there.

In March of 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of Assistant Director for Enforcement at ICE Headquarters in Washington DC and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Executive Associate Director. In May of 2013, Mr. Homan was promoted to Executive Associate Director for ERO. Mr. Homan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.


 Jon McEntee 

Deputy Director, Borders and Maritime Securoty Division 

Department of Homeland Security


 John Novak 

Deputy Director, International Information Sharing 

Terrorist Screening Center

John Novak is currently detailed to the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) as a Deputy Director and has served over 35 years in federal law enforcement. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Novak was the Executive Advisor to the Director, for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service. He has served as a member of TSA’s Senior Executive Service since 2002.

Prior to accepting a position with the Federal Air Marshal Service, Mr. Novak served as a law enforcement executive with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Novak began his career in law enforcement with the U.S. Secret Service; he held various supervisory positions and retired after over 24 years.


 Gary Ackerman 

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Program 

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Gary Ackerman is the Director of START’s Unconventional Weapons and Technology Research Program, where he manages large research projects, explores new avenues for research and establishes collaborative research relationships. He previously served as Director of the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, Director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Research Program at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and chief of operations of the South Africa-based African-Asian Society. His research encompasses various areas relating to terrorism and counterterrorism, including terrorist threat assessment, motivations for using chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons, radicalization, the relationship between terrorism and technology and the modeling and simulation of terrorist behavior. He is the co-editor of and contributing author to “Jihadists and Weapons of Mass Destruction” (CRC Press, 2009), author of several articles on terrorism-related subjects and has testified on terrorist motivations for using nuclear weapons before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.

 Juan Rivera 

Program Analyst 

Department of Homeland Security


 Brandon Behlendorf 

Senior Researcher 

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Brandon Behlendorf is a senior researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), where he conducts multi-method modeling and analysis focused on terrorist targeting strategies, maritime piracy, nuclear trafficking and transnational criminal activity. He has received funding from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation, and has been published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.  Previously, he was a researcher with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, where he coordinated a multi-agency evaluation of a commercial vehicle diversion program and assisted in the creation of risk management programs and assessments for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

 Joseph Campbell 

Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division 

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Mr. Campbell entered on duty with the FBI in August 1990 and was assigned to the Chicago Field Office. While in Chicago, he investigated white collar crime, public corruption, organized crime, and drug cases.

In November 1998, Mr. Campbell was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Counterrorism Division, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations Unit at FBIHQ, where he oversaw national WMD threat responses and investigations. In February 2001, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Denver Field Office. While in this position, he directed intelligence collection and the investigation of terrorism activity.

In September 2004, Mr. Campbell was assigned as an Assistant Inspector in the Inspection Division at FBIHQ. He returned to the Denver Field Office in December 2005 as Assistant Special Agent in Charge, overseeing the intelligence, WMD, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber programs.

In March 2008, Mr. Campbell returned to FBIHQ as Section Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. As Section Chief, he directed national and international WMD training and exercises. Additionally, he oversaw the development and implementation of WMD countermeasures.

In November 2009, Mr. Campbell served as an Inspector in the Inspection Division at FBIHQ, where he led teams responsible for sensitive investigations and the assessment of FBI operations and performance at FBIHQ and in field offices.

In September 2011, Mr. Campbell was selected to serve as Special Agent in Charge of the San Juan Field Office. In that position he led all FBI criminal and national security investigations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In September 2012, Mr. Campbell was designated Deputy Assistant Director in the Criminal Investigative Division Branch II. He was responsible for national level leadership of complex financial crime, public corruption, civil rights, and other sensitive criminal investigations.

In May 2014, Mr. Campbell was selected by the Director to serve as Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division, with oversight of all FBI criminal matters.

Mr. Campbell earned a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1990, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1986.
Mark J.

 Mark J. Dannels 


Cochise County

Cochise County Sheriff, Mark J. Dannels, is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement.  Prior to law enforcement, he served in the U.S. Army. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Aspen University and is a Certified Public Manager from Arizona State University.  He attended Disney’s Leadership and Executive Training programs and is a graduate of the Rural Executive Management Institute.  Sheriff Dannels also is a long time member of several law enforcement associations and councils, serves on several community service groups, and instructs at Wayland Baptist University.

Sheriff Dannels received numerous awards to include the Medal of Valor, Sheriff’s Medal, Deputy of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Unit Citation Award, National Police Hall of Fame, Lifesaving Award, an appointment by the Governor for his efforts in highway and community safety, and dozens of community-service awards.

Sheriff Dannels has 3 primary objectives:  Organizational Development, Border Security, and Community Outreach.  


 Paul Hubbard 

Portfolio Manager, Border and Transportation Security 

Defence R&D Canada Centre for Security Science

Dr. Paul Hubbard is the portfolio manager for border and transportation security at Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) in Ottawa. He guides a portfolio of scientific projects in biometrics, cargo screening, maritime and land domain awareness and geo-spatial intelligence, to support partners from Canadian federal government departments and agencies including the RCMP, CBSA, DND, CCG, and TC.  Prior to his current position, he led a research group at DRDC in Ottawa developing synthetic environments for military experimentation and training, as well as autonomy of computer-generated forces and unmanned systems.  He has worked previously with Lockheed-Martin Canada on electronic counter-measures, with BBN Technologies on DARPA projects in command and control and at Carnegie Mellon University.  He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, and B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, both in Mathematics and Engineering, from Queen's University, Kingston.

Defence Research and Development Canada – Centre for Security Science (CSS) was established in 2006, through a signed agreement between the Department of National Defence and Public Safety Canada. CSS’s primary responsibility is to lead the Canadian Safety and Security Program, a horizontal effort to strengthen Canada’s ability to cope with disasters, whether they are natural, caused by human error or by malicious intent


 Janice Kephart 


Secure Identity & Biometrics Association

Janice Kephart is a subject matter expert in identity and border security and CEO of SIBA, the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association. She is a former 9/11 Commission counsel where she drafted much of the Commission’s Terrorist Travel monograph and Commission's Final Report border recommendations. Ms. Kephart has testified before Congress 16 times on ID and border issues. Her work with Congress is bookended by two job stints as counsel, then recently, Special Counsel, to the Senate Judiciary Committee which include two bills that passed by unanimous consent and signed by President Clinton. She's had 100s of media appearances, her own homeland security radio show, and been a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Kephart also is the ghost author of a book on the extent of foreign terrorist activity in the US after 9/11 and led national security at a DC think tank for five years.

 Sylvia Longmire 


Longmire Consulting

Sylvia Longmire is a former Air Force officer and Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where she specialized in counterintelligence, counterespionage, and force protection analysis. After being medically retired in 2005, Ms. Longmire worked for four years as a Senior Intelligence Analyst for the California State Terrorism Threat Assessment Center, providing daily situational awareness to senior state government officials on southwest border violence and significant events related to the drug war in Mexico.  She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with a focus on the Cuban and Guatemalan revolutions. She is an award-winning columnist for Homeland Security Today magazine, contributing editor for Breitbart Texas, was a guest expert on The History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, and has consulted for the producers of National Geographic Channel’s Border Wars and Drugs, Inc. series. Ms. Longmire is regularly interviewed by national, international, and local media outlets, including FOX News, CNN, PBS, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Fusion (NBC/Univision), and Telemundo for her knowledge and expertise on border violence issues. Her first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars, was published in September 2011, was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and she has written for numerous peer-reviewed journals and online publications. Her second book, Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren’t Making Us Safer, was published in April 2014. Ms. Longmire is currently a consultant and freelance writer, and serves as an expert witness in US immigration cases.


 Nadav Morag 

Dean & Faculty Member, Center for Homeland Defense and Security 

Naval Postgraduate School

Nadav Morag is University Dean of Security Studies at Colorado Technical University and, in that capacity, overseas all curriculum in the areas of homeland security and criminal justice.

He also serves as a faculty member at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), United States Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He teaches senior federal, State and local homeland security officials selected and funded by the Department of Homeland Security within the context of the center’s MA in Homeland Security and its Executive Leadership program- this is the only program in the country under the auspices of DHS. 

Nadav is also a senior fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at The George Washington University.

He previously served as Senior Director for Domestic Policy and subsequently as Senior Director for Foreign Policy, at Israel’s National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office.

At the Israeli NSC, Nadav worked with a team of ten other senior officials from the Israeli Military, Domestic Security Service, Mossad, Foreign Ministry and Police developing policy recommendations based on intelligence and other sources for then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on matters of national security including counterterrorism policy, bilateral security relations with a number of regional countries and Europe and the development of a national security policy for the Israeli national police.

He is the author of Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons (Wiley and Sons, 2011) and has authored articles and book chapters on terrorism, strategy and the Middle East including: “Foreign Intelligence and Counterterrorism: An Israeli Perspective,” in Intelligence and Homeland Security, Keith G. Logan (ed.), Boulder, Colorado: Praeger Security International, 2010. “The Economic and Social Effects of Intensive Terrorism: Israel 2000-2004” (Middle East Review of International Affairs), “Measuring Success in Coping with Terrorism: The Israeli Case” (Studies in Conflict and Terrorism), “The National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism: An Assessment,” (Homeland Security Affairs), “Unambiguous Ambiguity: The Opacity of the Oslo Peace Process” (in Israel: The First Hundred Years, Volume II: From War to Peace?, Frank Cass, 2000),”Foreign Intelligence and Counterterrorism: An Israeli Perspective,” Praeger, 2010.


 Christopher Piehota 


Terrorist Screening Center

Christopher M. Piehota currently serves as the Director of the Terrorist Screening Center, and provides executive leadership for the United States Government’s consolidated terrorist watchlisting and encounter management enterprise called for by Homeland Presidential Directive Six. In this capacity, Mr. Piehota also leads the center’s inter-agency staff in providing counterterrorism support to the law enforcement and intelligence communities. Immediately prior to his current assignment, Mr. Piehota served as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Buffalo, New York, Field Office from 2011-2013. As the Buffalo Division Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Piehota has provided executive field leadership for all National Security, Criminal, and Intelligence operations.  Mr. Piehota has previously served as the Terrorist Screening Center’s Deputy Director for Operations, Intelligence, and Administration; as Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office (WFO); and in various assignments in the FBI’s Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Intelligence programs.

 Hady Salloum 

Associate Dean for Research 

Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Hady Salloum is the Associate Dean of Research and Outreach in the School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology.  He is responsible for leading all research and outreach initiatives that span various engineering and science disciplines.  Prior to this appointment, he was responsible for maritime security initiatives, which include the DHS S&T Center of Excellence for port security, underwater and above water acoustic research, and other related sensing technologies (radar, IR, video, etc.).  As a faculty member, he has been teaching topics in Maritime Safety and Security, Resilience, Electrical Engineering, Architecture Design, and Systems Engineering.

Prior to Stevens, Hady spent 20 years working in the Bell Telephone System, where he had many positions ranging from Member of the Technical Staff to Vice President.  Early in his career at Bell, he developed Systems Requirements and Architecture for Broadband Access Technologies, including Fiber to the Home, DSL, and Wi-Max and published over 100 papers in this area, mainly on fiber-to-the-home. 

He holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science, and PhD in Electrical Engineering.  He is a senior member of the IEEE and has served as technical editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine as well as many other leadership roles.  He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi.


 Thomas McDaniels 

Chief of Staff 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration

Thomas C. McDaniels, Jr. was appointed TSA’s Chief of Staff in
December 2012.
As Chief of Staff, McDaniels serves as a liaison with Administration
and Department of Homeland Security officials and advises the TSA Administrator and other members of TSA’s senior leadership on
matters related to public and legislative affairs, policy, and strategic planning. Additionally, McDaniels serves as the Senior Accountability Official for Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits and manages the Audit Liaison and Executive Secretariat functions for TSA. Through the management of these functions, McDaniels is responsible for coordinating TSA actions in responding to audits performed by GAO and OIG and for driving the coordination and sharing of decision-making information necessary to accomplish the TSA mission.
Prior to joining TSA, McDaniels was Chief of Staff for the Honorable Frederica Wilson, United States House of Representatives, serving as Chief Policy Advisor and Staff Director. From 2008-2011, McDaniels was Staff Director for the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this role, he was the senior policy advisor for aviation security issues and a principal author
of the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act of 2009. As the Federal and State Legislative Coordinator for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department from 2003-2008, he organized Federal and State legislative and policy efforts for Miami International Airport and several general aviation airports. McDaniels was also Washington Chief of Staff for the Honorable Barbara Lee and Legislative Director for the Honorable Corrine
Brown, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, McDaniels was a staff member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses during the Clinton Administration. McDaniels is a U.S. Navy veteran who served as Navigator and Communications Officer aboard the USS Pyro (AE 24) which was stationed in the San Francisco Bay Area
before its decommissioning in 1994.

McDaniels holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of  Pennsylvania. He received a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Miami in 2007.

 Doyel Shamley 


Veritas Research Consulting

Decorated Combat Veteran of the U.S. Army.  CEO, Veritas Research Consulting. Vice-Chairman Arizona Prescriptive Fire Council and seated member of BLM inter-disciplinary team on pipeline proposals in Arizoan.  Has provided key testimony for U.S. Congressional Committees, data analysis to U.S. Senate and House members, Key and Lead presenter to multiple western states’ legislatures on issues of economic security, natural resource utilization and the associated socio-economic impacts.  Special research assignment for AZ Senate Study on Resource Utilization and impacts to local governments ability to successfully foster said operations, along with the existing inter-governmental jurisdictional boundaries.  Integrated data and testimony provided for the Horseshoe II and Monument Wildfires, directly tied to illegal immigration elements.

 Michael Whiting 

County Attorney 

Apache County, Arizona

 Lothar Eckardt 

Executive Director 

National Air Security Operations

Executive Director for NASO, Lothar Eckardt, is responsible for the operational activities, long-range planning and project oversight for the P-3 aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems programs

 Darren Stelle 

GXP Army Account Manager 

BAE Systems


 Howard Buffett 


Cochise County

 Leon Wilmont 


Cochise County

 Thad Smith 

Chief Deputy 

Cochise County