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International Propeller Club Panels

Offshore Wind Energy

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 2:20 - 4:00 PM

Moderator

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Charlie Papavizas

Constantine (Charlie) Papavizas is a partner in the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, resident in Washington, D.C., and chair of its maritime practice group. Mr. Papavizas is listed as a leading shipping lawyer in several legal guides, including Chambers USA. Mr. Papavizas represents ship owners, operators and managers, shipyards, energy companies, marine construction companies, financial institutions, and other interests in the maritime and energy industries worldwide. Mr. Papavizas has authored several articles on various topics, including offshore wind development and the Jones Act. Mr. Papavizas is also the co-author of the Practising Law Institute’s Maritime Law Answer Book and has been quoted in several publications on various shipping topics.

Partner Chair, Maritime Practice, Winston & Strawn LLP

cpapaviz@winston.com

R. Christian Johnsen

Partner, Jones Walker LLP

Email: cjohnsen@joneswalker.com

Chris Johnsen is a partner in the Government Relations Practice Group and a board of directors member.  He leads an effective government relations professional team advising clients across numerous industries.

Since opening the firm's Washington, DC office in 1990 and being admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1991, Chris has built a strong team of government relations professionals who represent clients in the maritime, energy, and defense industries; numerous institutions of higher learning; and several state and local government entities.  He provides his clients with a broad range of government relations assistance, including advice on various legislative and regulatory matters facing the maritime industry and other business interests.

 

Chris has developed strong relationships with the key committees on Capitol Hill with general jurisdiction over transportation and maritime issues, including the Senate Commerce Committee, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as tax-writing committees with jurisdiction over maritime tax and trade matters, including the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

Over the years, Chris has been deeply involved in numerous legislative matters affecting the maritime industry, including the Maritime Security Acts of 1996 and 2003, multiple Coast Guard Authorization Acts, the landmark tonnage tax legislation, the repeal of Subpart F shipping income provisions, the Jones Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Water Resources Development Acts of 2007, 2014, 2016 and 2018 and legislation to implement numerous Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).  In addition to his work on Capitol Hill, Chris has developed close ties with the principal federal agencies involved with the promotion and regulation of the US maritime industry: the Department of Transportation, the Maritime Administration (MarAd), the United States Coast Guard, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the US Department of Agriculture, the United States Trade Representative, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Chris is currently the Chair of USA Maritime, the leading coalition of US flag carriers and maritime unions committed to promoting the US maritime industry.  He is the past president of the Propeller Club of Washington and is vice-chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation.  Chris also served for many years as vice-chairman of the board of directors of the American Maritime Congress, a research and educational organization dedicated to informing the public, the media, and legislators in Washington, DC, on the issues and policies affecting the US flag merchant marine and maritime industry.  Additionally, he sits on the McIntire School of Commerce advisory board at the University of Virginia.  In 2010 and again in 2017, he received the prestigious President's Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) for his efforts to secure funding in Congress for legal representation of underserved communities in Louisiana.

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Meredyth Crichton

Executive Director, Dominion Energy Innovation Center

Clemson University

Email:  meredyc@clemson.edu

Meredyth joined Clemson in 2021 as Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Innovation Center at the Clemson University Restoration Institute campus in North Charleston. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Akron in Ohio. Meredyth has 10 years of experience in the automotive industry at The Timken Company and 14 years of experience in the Wind Energy Industry at General Electric.  During her time with GE Wind, Meredyth served as a Lead Bearing Engineer and then Global Technical Leader for Wind Bearings followed by Manager of Rotating Parts within the wind turbine design teams. For the last three years, she led the mechanical and electrical test labs for GE Onshore Wind.

 

Located at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center houses the Duke Energy eGRID, an electrical grid simulator, and the world’s most advanced wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility capable of full-scale, highly accelerated mechanical and electrical testing of advanced drivetrain systems for wind turbines. The two labs are linked and allow researchers to work on some of the technical challenges that need to be overcome to widen the use of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power.

 

The objectives for the facility are to:

  • Accelerate the development and deployment of new wind turbine technology.

  • Reduce the cost of energy delivered which will result in further growth in the market leading to economic development.

  • Support the country’s push towards energy independence.

 

The center houses both a 7.5MW and a 15MW test rig for wind turbine drivetrain testing.  The 7.5 MW was originally designed to support onshore turbine testing and the 15 MW to support offshore turbine testing.  The facility can test gear-driven or direct-drive wind turbine drivetrain configurations, and some component-level testing (like large gearboxes).

 

The Duke Energy eGRID — Electrical Grid Research Innovation and Development — Center is housed in the Dominion Energy Innovation Center. The 15-megawatt hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator supports education, research, and economic development to speed new electrical technologies to market. The eGRID can simulate the electrical grid of any country in the world.

 

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Claire serves as American Clean Power’s Director for Offshore Wind. She focuses on offshore wind supply chains, vessels, fisheries, Coast Guard, maritime and other offshore wind regulatory issues. She manages ACP’s Offshore Maritime Subcommittee and helps manage ACP’s Fisheries Subcommittee to consolidate offshore wind company views into an industry position and socializes those positions with regulatory agencies and Capitol Hill.  Previously, she worked for U.S. Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts for over four years for the focusing on variety of maritime and ocean issues on the Senate Commerce Committee including offshore wind, fisheries, Coast Guard, and the Maritime Administration. Claire received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Analysis and International Relations from Boston University. Outside of work, she enjoys backpacking, rowing, bicycle commuting, speaking French, and baking.

Claire Richer

Director, Offshore Wind

American Clean Power Association

Email: cricher@cleanpower.org

Alternative Fuels for the Maritime Industry

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 9:40 - 10:50 AM

Moderator

Kevin M. Clement

University of Houston

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

Email:  kclement@central.uh.edu

Kevin Clement is the Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships at the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, led by the University of Houston.  In this capacity, he serves as the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Security and Strategic Trade Management Academy, Director of the annual Port of the Future Conference, and the creator of the annual Conference to Combat Human Trafficking: Research and Technology.  While at the University of Houston, he led a four-year initiative to develop and validate a Unified Regional Response to a Complex Coordinated Attack for the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission and Co-Chaired the 2021 Maritime Risk Symposium. 

A Homeland Security and Emergency Management professional, Clement is a retired Army lieutenant colonel with over 23 years of active service.  He has worked extensively in homeland security, emergency management, operations and planning, organizational management, and policy development.  Mr. Clement has significant expertise in strategic and operational planning, anti-terrorism and border security operations, critical infrastructure security and resilience, and continuity of operations.  He was a member of the first Department of Defense Anti-Terrorism Task Force.  

Mr. Clement is the former Director of the Emergency Management Group for Abrams Learning and Information Systems (ALIS).  While at ALIS, he authored the Texas Border Security Operations Plan (Operation Border Star 2010), supporting regional plans, Common Operating Procedures for its Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers, and operational plans for various law enforcement operations and homeland security initiatives under the purview of the Texas Rangers.

Before he arrived at the University of Houston, Clement served in the Texas Office of Homeland Security, where he authored the Texas Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency Plan (TISR), its accompanying Action Plan, and Texas’ Guide to Critical Infrastructure Working Groups.  He led the 2013-2016 Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning and exercise initiative for Texas state agencies.  Clement is the author of Texas’ Cross-Border Mass Migration Response Plan.  He was the driving force behind joint DHS-Texas pilot programs to operationalize the Resilience Implementation Process, develop Critical Supply Chain (Oil and Natural Gas) Workshops, and design a template for Regional Disaster Resilience Action Plans.  He led the Texas initiative to revise and enact the new Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) and the implementation of the Multi-Jurisdiction IED Security Planning Program in Texas municipalities.  He initiated and led the development of the state’s Preventive Radiological and Nuclear Detection Program and facilitated the Texas Nuclear Sector Working Group.

Mr. Clement served on the Department of Homeland Security’s State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC) (2013-2016), where he served as Chair of the Regional Initiatives Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee.  He represents the Border, Trade, and Immigration Institute on the State of Texas Homeland Security Council.

 

Mr. Clement is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy with Master of Arts degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from the U. S. Naval War College and International Relations at Salve Regina University.  An accomplished trainer and planner, he is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Texas Emergency Manager (TEM), and FEMA Master Continuity Practitioner.

 

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Marc Fetten, M.B.A.

College of Charleston

Adjunct Faculty Management

Marc Fetten started his career with Bayer Corporation, leading Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions activities in Europe and North America. Marc has extensive international business experience having lived and worked in Singapore, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States. Throughout his corporate career, Marc has focused on pharmaceuticals, polymers, and energy development. 

Marc started his investment group in 2009, which focuses on renewable energy and infrastructure projects. He is currently invested in and actively operates a portfolio of companies called GreenGasUSA, that focuses on reducing harmful greenhouse gases by capturing fugitive methane emissions and converting these to usable fuels made available to industrial, commercial, and, ultimately residential customers. 

Marc is passionate about helping students identify viable business models and exploring their realization in an increasingly dynamic and tech-driven marketplace. 

 

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Bill Hurt

Co-Founder

Refining Search Partners LLC

and Compliance Sea Fuels

Bill is the co-founder of the refining consultancy  Refining Search Partners LLC and Compliance Sea Fuels. Bill has 30 years of experience in the oil refining/downstream business, in technical management,refinery operations and project management.  Bill has led and managed several major projects  in the refining sector and recently has led process design efforts on several CO2 recovery and low sulfur marine fuel production projects.

On a technical level, Bill’s field of expertise includes renewable energy conversion and CO2 recovery technology, petroleum hydro processing, bio-desulfurization, hydrocracking, crude-vacuum distillation and FCC/alkylation.

Bill has held various positions in the refining space, including Director, Capital Projects, for Axeon;  Manager, Capital Projects for Hess (Port  Reading Refinery, NJ); Lead Process Design Engineer for Chevron; Technical Manager for Valero (Delaware City Refinery; Manager, Process Engineering for Valero (St. Charles Refinery); Operations Supervisor for Valero (St. Charles Refinery).  Bill has also held positions as a process engineer with Coastal Aruba Refining, and BP.

Bill holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University.


 

 

 

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Dr. Marcel Schaefer

Senior Research Scientist

Fraunhofer USA office in South Carolina

Dr. Marcel Schaefer has been leading the Fraunhofer USA office in South Carolina since March 2021. He is the Senior Program Coordinator for Fraunhofer USA's activities within the South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance, which offers 50% co-funding on all projects with Fraunhofer. Projects so far cover a broad spectrum ranging from smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, digitization to predictive analytics to sustainability, renewable energy, battery, hydrogen, and other innovative and emerging technologies. Typically, those projects have a strong manufacturing focus. 

Dr. Marcel Schaefer has been a Senior Research Scientist for Fraunhofer USA since January 2019. From 2009 to 2018, he was with the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technologies SIT in Darmstadt, Germany. He holds a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Wuppertal, Germany, and a PhD in computer science from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. As PI, Co-PI, and researcher, Dr. Schaefer has led and worked on various projects that discover new challenges and opportunities broadly spread over the fields of cybersecurity and software engineering in both the public and private sectors. 

From his office in South Carolina, Marcel is thriving to expand the Fraunhofer brand in the state and the whole southeast region. His goal is to institutionalize Fraunhofer USA as an established organization in South Carolina and to bring the newest technology "made by Fraunhofer" from the global Fraunhofer network into the South. 

 

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Sara Pendarvis Bazemore

Director,

State Energy Office,

South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff

Sara Pendarvis Bazemore is the Director of the South Carolina Energy Office within the Office of Regulatory Staff. Her team promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation through funding, education, technical assistance, and collaborative outreach efforts while serving as an energy data clearinghouse. The State Energy Office implements strategies that maximize environmental quality, energy conservation, and efficiency and minimize the cost of energy throughout the state.

Prior to joining the Energy Office in 2021, Sara practiced environmental and regulatory law for over 15 years, both in the private and public sectors. She spent much of her career in the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of General Counsel (DHEC-OGC). She prepared, negotiated, and litigated environmental matters before South Carolina’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and other judicial and quasi-judicial forums, including appeals involving the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, coastal law, CERCLA, and more. Additionally, Sara served as the Deputy Director of the SC Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management (DHEC-OCRM). In between her terms within the DHEC-OGC, Sara gained valuable insight and experience as an attorney in the private sector with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and, most recently, with D’Alberto Graham & Grimsley.

As a native Charlestonian, Sara developed a passion for the environment and public policy. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, where she was awarded the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. She earned a Certificate of Biblical Studies from Columbia International University (Seminary). Later, Sara earned her MEERM/JD dual degree (Master of Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the USC School of the Environment, along with a Juris Doctor from the USC School of Law). Sara is also an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Law, where she teaches Energy Law and Environmental Law in SC.

 

 

 

Women in Transportation

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 1:35 - 3:00 PM

Moderator

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Jennifer Hedrick

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women In Trucking

Jennifer Hedrick, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT). Her responsibilities are to work closely with WIT’s board of directors and staff to oversee initiatives that support WIT’s mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by them. 

Hedrick has 17 years of association leadership experience and is an accredited executive by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). For five years, she led the National Industrial Transportation League (NIT League), focusing on issues across highway, rail, and ocean freight transportation. In that role, she advocated on behalf of members to create efficiencies throughout the commercial freight transportation network.

In addition, she previously served as Vice President, Association Solutions for MCI USA, where she served as Executive Director and Strategy Manager for several associations, providing full-scale management of operations, staff teams, and outside contractors. In these capacities, she also served as spokesperson for associations on Capitol Hill, before federal regulators, in trade and national press, and at conferences and other engagements. 


Hedrick holds a Master of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bridgewater College.

 

Melissa Atkins

Vice President of Linehaul for one of the nation’s Top 10

LTL Freight Companies,

Southeastern Freight Lines

Melissa Atkins is the Vice President of Linehaul for one of the nation’s Top 10 LTL Freight Companies, Southeastern Freight Lines. Atkins is the first female officer in their Operations Department since their inception in 1950, making her responsible for one of the most significant cost buckets of the 1.7-billion-dollar company. Atkins’ strong work ethic, sharp intellect, and servant leadership led her to where she is today. 

Before joining the Southeastern team in 2004, Melissa served ten years in the Air Force as a Maintenance Data Systems Analyst globally, from Saudi Arabia to Iceland, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Park University while enlisted. Despite the obstacles, she graduated Sum Cum Laude. Atkins’ talent and expertise put her on an inspiring career path with Southeastern Freight Lines.

Her chronological roles include Outbound Support Clerk, Management Trainee, 1st Regional Process Improvement Specialist, 1st Regional Process Improvement Analyst, Manager of Operations Development, Director of Operations Development, Assistant Vice President of Linehaul, and Vice President of Linehaul. A proud Women in Trucking Association member, Atkins has excelled in a male-populated industry and continues to make a massive positive impact as the Vice President of Linehaul at Southeastern Freight Lines.

 

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Lori Fellmer

An accomplished professional in the international transportation industry with broad experience in various disciplines of global shipping.  Tenure with primary ocean carrier includes staff and line roles, and postings in corporate and regional offices in the USA and abroad.  Subsequent experience has been in senior management roles with air and sea freight forwarders.  Currently managing international logistics for a specialty chemical company.

Leadership roles have included interdepartmental and global project management and managing various customer service, clerical and warehouse organizations.  Proven ability to define and implement "best practice" solutions that bring cost savings, efficiencies, and customer delight.  Adept at cost control and managing to bottom-line budget.

She was approved by Federal Maritime Commission to serve as Freight Forwarder/NVOCC "Qualifying Individual."  Experience serving as Transportation Security Administration Indirect Air Carrier Security Co-Ordinator.  Lori was the Director of the Board of the National Industrial Transportation League (NHIL) and Chair of the Ocean Committee.  She is a senior executive for Bass Tech in the State of New York.

 

Specialties:

  • Process Improvement

  • Transportation Vendor Selection and Negotiation

  • Agency Development

  • Extensive International Experience

  • Regulatory Compliance, including FMC, TSA, EAR

 

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Dorothea Ioannou

Chief Executive Officer at Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers of The American P&I Club

Dorothea Ioannou is the Chief Executive Officer of the Managers of the American P&I Club, the only marine liability not-for-profit mutual domiciled in the United States. The Club being one of only 12 of its kind in the world, making up the International Group of P&I Clubs; she is the first female CEO to lead an International Group club in the Group industry’s 168-year history. Holding a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law and a B.A. from CUNY, her career spans over 30 years, almost all of it in Marine Insurance. After joining the American Club in 2005 as a Claims Executive, she swiftly rose to Claims Manager, Regional Business Development Director, Global Business Development Director, Chief Commercial Officer, and then Deputy Chief Operating Officer in 2020, when she was also appointed Secretary of the Club’s Board of Directors. Winner of the 2017 Lloyd’s List Global Next Generation Shipping Award, the 2022 Seatrade Maritime Diversity & Inclusion Award, and International Personality of the Year at the 2022 Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards, Dorothea is active in the maritime industry and has held positions such as VP of WISTA Hellas, Chair of WISTA International Nominations Committee, served on the Piraeus Marine Club Board and the Board of Governors of the International Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Piraeus and a member of the Propeller Club Port of NY/NJ.

 

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Vice Admiral Joanna Nunan

14th Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy

Email:  ExternalAffairs@usmma.edu

Vice Admiral Joanna Nunan assumed command of the United States Merchant Marine Academy on December 8, 2022. She is the first woman in Academy history to hold this role.

Nunan, who spent more than three decades in the U.S. Coast Guard, has commanded units at multiple levels, both afloat and ashore. Before her retirement, she was the Coast Guard’s Deputy for Personnel Readiness. In that role, she oversaw the Coast Guard’s entire personnel enterprise, including the recruitment, training, support, and retention of all active duty, reserve, and civilian personnel. She also supervised the Coast Guard Academy and served on its Board of Trustees.  

She also served as the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources. In that role, among her many responsibilities, she helped spearhead efforts to expand diversity and inclusion in the Coast Guard, including formulating policy changes focused on increasing the retention of women in the service. She also served as a member of the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention, Response, and Recovery Committee.

Earlier in her career, she served as the Military Advisor to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and John Kelly, as well as the Military Assistant to Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. She also served more than nine years at sea—including commanding two buoy tenders—and previously served as the Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District and as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. 

A Bridgeport, Connecticut native, Nunan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1987 and received her Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic. She also holds several Coast Guard merchant marine licenses, including Master of vessels of not more than 1,600 gross tons and 3rd Mate on vessels of unlimited tonnage upon oceans. 

Source: https://www.usmma.edu/leadership/superintendent/superintendent

 

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Joan graduated from The University of Toledo with a BA in Business.  Then, in 1994, Benore Logistic Systems, Inc. was founded in Erie, Michigan, and continues to be led by Jeffery Benore, CEO and President, and Joan Benore, Vice President.   

Almost three decades later, Joan and Jeffery's devotion to quality and attention to service has allowed them to grow into a full-service supply chain management provider with operations throughout the United States.   

The Company's motto – A Partnership in Performance – speaks to our world-class service delivering to world-class customers. 

 

Joan Benore

V. P. of Administration at

Benore Logistic Systems, Inc.

Navigating the Waters of Maritime Cyber Security

 

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 10:00 - 11:40 AM

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Mark Lester is the head of cybersecurity at the South Carolina Ports Authority, a 1982 graduate of The Citadel, and a former US Air Force Maintenance Officer. He is a member of the FBI InfraGard program and a Cyber Liaison Officer for SLED. He serves on several boards and committees for cybersecurity, higher education, and workforce development. He is an Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity at The Citadel and, for fun, has played bagpipes since his Citadel years.

 

Mark Lester

Mark Lester MBA, CISSP
Manager Information Security
SOUTH CAROLINA PORTS AUTHORITY

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Bryan Johnson

Maritime Transportation System Specialist – Cybersecurity at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston

Email: bryan.d.johnson@uscg.mil

Bryan Johnson currently serves as the Maritime Transportation System Specialist – Cybersecurity at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston.  He is one of 41 newly appointed personnel allocated to each U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port in response to the growing cybersecurity threat to the marine transportation system.  The mission of the MTS Specialist – Cybersecurity is to provide technical and policy expertise to Coast Guard operational commanders and MTS stakeholders for risk-based decision-making to ensure ports, facilities, and vessels are safe and secure and remain in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Bryan served 28 years with both the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard, retiring with the rank of Commander.  During his Coast Guard career, he specialized in marine safety roles earning multiple qualifications and expertise in vessel inspections and marine investigations.

Formal education includes a BS from the University of West Georgia and an MBA from the University of Hawaii. 

 

Bryan resides in the Charleston area with his wife and two children.

 

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Warren Parker

Chairman of South Coast Cyber Center

Email:  warren.parker@ymail.com

Warren Parker is currently the Chairman of the South Coast Cyber Center in Beaufort, SC. The South Coast Cyber Center is an initiative to develop a cybersecurity ecosystem in the Beaufort region based on education, economic development, research, and entrepreneurship. The Cyber Center is a collaborative organization of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, The Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation, and the Beaufort Digital Corridor.

Warren served 30 years in the US Marine Corps, retiring as a Colonel. He was an infantry officer and served in both command and staff billets at all levels, including the Joint Staff J3 Operations Directorate, 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1st Marine Brigade, 2d and 3d Marine Divisions, and Headquarters Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs, where he was the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for M&RA.

He earned his BS at the University of Maryland and ALM at Harvard University. Both degrees were in government. In addition, he graduated from the National War College, the National Security Studies Program at Syracuse University, and earned a Certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management from Harvard.

He resides in Beaufort with his wife, Debbie. They have one son – a Commander in the US Navy and two granddaughters.

 

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Michael Melore

CISSP - IBM Security

IBM Public Sector Security Ambassador, Sr Cyber Security Advisor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Author, frequent National public speaker and moderator, FBI InfraGard committeeman, and recognized subject matter expert in Security and Threat Intelligence, Identity Access Governance, and Authorization. Pioneer in Identity and Access Management, Access Governance, and Authentication. Past Consulting roles include: Lead architect for many of the world’s largest authentication and authorization infrastructures. This includes two of the 1st individual Billion user authentication infrastructures.


Founder/Moderator for 21 Nationwide (1500+ Security Executive Members) CISO/Security Leader Round Table Chapters across the US (aka SecRT).  


Champion, host and evangelist of regularly scheduled cyber range threat simulation exercises, cyber training and education.   
 

 

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Jacob Dustan

EY - Cybersecurity Consultant

Jacob Dustan is a cybersecurity consultant with EY and Global Business Leader for the firm’s Cyber Incident Resilience & Response solution. He helps clients prepare for, respond to, and recover from cyber-attacks, advising leadership on cyber program transformation, threat resilience, and incident management strategies. Jacob has served Fortune 500 companies spanning multiple industries and continents, primarily focusing on Financial Services clients. Before joining EY, he built specialized cybersecurity programs at one of the nation’s Top 10 banks during large-scale merger activities.

 

Jacob is a Charleston native and grew up on Johns Island, interned with PeopleMatter.  At the same time, a student at Academic Magnet High School and graduated from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. He is an avid traveler, resides in the Daniel Island area, and prefers his martinis extra dry with an expression of citrus – lemon for vodka, grapefruit for gin.

 

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