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VIENNA (VA) – The Government Business Executive Forum (GBEF) and is pleased to announce an exceptional speaker line up for our 3rd quarterly program of 2019, “Technologies of Border Protection and Secure Ports of Entry” to be held July 25, 2019 at the Tower Club in Vienna, VA.

Our nation can not sustain itself unless it is able to secure its borders and protect its citizens. It takes a coordinated effort at the federal, state and local level to enforce border security laws, obtain funding for security initiatives and work to share vital information.

Top executives in border protection technology and mission management will share important perspectives on the border mission, as well as on the role emerging technologies play in detection, processing, and enforcement of border policies and immigration laws.

In addition, we will also welcome the Attorney General from Arizona, a state that sits center stage in border protection challenges. Growing incidents of smuggling drugs and humans, increased amounts of violence and the continued flow of illegal immigrants continue to challenge the security of the international southern border and the safety of US citizens. The Attorney General works vigorously to enforce border security and will share challenges he continues to face that threaten national security.

The program will be followed by the Annual CES Government Launch Reception where keynotes and other exciting additions to CES Government 2020 will be announced.

Attorney General for the State of Arizona Mark Brnovich

Mark Brnovich currently serves as Arizona’s 26th Attorney General. He was first inaugurated in 2015, and again in 2019 after winning re-election. Mark has spent most of his professional life serving as a prosecutor at the local, state, and federal levels. Mark met his wife Susan while they both worked as prosecutors for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office. Mark worked in the Gang/Repeat Offender Unit and prosecuted many difficult and high profile cases from 1992 to 1998. He then went on to work as an Assistant Attorney General with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office from 1998 to 2003, where he developed an expertise in gambling law. Brnovich later went on to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona where he prosecuted public integrity crimes, as well as crimes occurring in Indian Country.

Brnovich has also been a Judge Pro Tem of Maricopa County Superior Court, a Command Staff Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army National Guard, the Director for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, and the Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, a law enforcement agency that investigates illegal gambling activity, as well as working with tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of tribal gaming.

Brnovich is known for restoring public confidence in the office of “Arizona’s Top Cop” and for assembling some of the nation’s most talented public servants for his administration. Mark argued at the United States Supreme Court in defense of the “one-person, one-vote” principle, was featured on 60 Minutes in defense of capital punishment, and has initiated national public education efforts to combat human sex trafficking.

US Customs and Border Patrol Chief of Strategy and Planning Brian Martin

Brian Martin is the Chief of the Strategic Planning and Analysis Directorate of the U.S. Border Patrol. At Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, DC, he serves as a principal advisor to Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost on enforcement operations and implementation of the agency’s Strategic Plan.

Chief Martin entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol at the Temecula Station in 1992. He was most recently the Chief Patrol Agent of the Blaine Sector; and has served in a variety of leadership positions in the San Diego and Spokane Border Patrol Sectors, as well as at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy CIO Elizabeth Cappello

Beth Cappello is the Deputy Chief Information Officer, performing the duties of Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Office of the CIO (OCIO) provides mission-critical Information Technology (IT) services and products that enable ICE and DHS to meet their respective missions. OCIO has modernized vital IT systems, matured the organization to contemporary IT management disciplines, and significantly enhanced the cyber defense posture of the enterprise.

Ms. Cappello is a veteran senior executive with significant leadership and management expertise from a career spanning 29 years in government service. Prior to joining ICE, Ms. Cappello served as Executive Director, Field Support Directorate within U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Information and Technology. There she led a geographically diverse team of over 750 Program Managers, Information and Telecommunications Technicians, and Mission Support specialists supporting approximately 62,000 CBP personnel. Ms. Cappello was responsible
for a highly complex portfolio of technology including traditional IT systems such as local area networks and desktops, voice, video, and wireless radio communications, as well as law enforcement specific technologies serving both the law enforcement and travel / trade facilitation missions at over 1400 locations worldwide.

Executive Assistant Director, FBI, Cyber Division, Amy Hess

In September 2018, Amy S. Hess was appointed as Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. In this role, she oversees all FBI criminal and cyber investigations worldwide, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance.

Ms. Hess began her career as a Special Agent with the FBI in January 1991. She has served in the Kansas City, Louisville, Phoenix, and Memphis field offices, in addition to a deployment to Afghanistan overseeing the FBI’s counterterrorism operations. Her assignments at FBI Headquarters have included leadership positions in the Inspection Division, International Operations Division, and National Security Branch, as well as the Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia. In 2014, Ms. Hess was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant Director over the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch, composed of the Operational Technology Division, Laboratory, and Criminal Justice Information Services Division. In 2016, she was appointed to serve as the Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville field office, with responsibility for all FBI personnel and operations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A native of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Ms. Hess holds a degree in Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University.

Consumer Technology Association Executive Vice President Karen Chupka

Karen Chupka is executive vice president, CES for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.
She oversees the sales, marketing, production and management of CTA’s events and conferences including its annual tradeshows, CES® and CES Asia™.

At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, more than 4,400 exhibitors filled more than 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space and showcased the latest products and services to more than 182,000 attendees from more than 150 countries. Under her leadership, CES has been named as the largest annual North American tradeshow by Tradeshow Executive magazine and Tradeshow Week since 2001.

Chupka has been with CTA for more than 28 years and has held numerous roles within the organization including vice president of business development, director of industry relations and education, and director of marketing for CES.

Helpful Links:

CES Government 2020


Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich – Border Security

DHS Immigration Data & Statistics

FBI – Cyber Crime Division

US Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Largest Group Ever Encountered

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