The 9th Annual Border Security Expo brings together senior officials and veteran leadership to showcase new technologies Ten top experts in border security make up the 2015 Border Security Expo Advisory Board chaired by Jayson P. Ahern, Principal, The Chertoff Group and former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it was announced recently. The 9th Annual Border Security Expo, April 21-22, 2015, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ, brings together senior officials and veteran leadership every year to showcase new technologies and to hear keynotes and panels on in-roads and policy decisions affecting border security. “This Board represents a unique and distinguished cross-section of knowledgeable and dedicated former government officials and private-industry, to direct the development of what is unquestionably the most important and comprehensive conference on border security in the world”, said Paul Mackler, President & CEO of Eagle Eye Expositions, LLC, producer of the 9th Annual Border Security Expo. “The composition of this Board, including+ experts from the U.S. and Mexico, assures that critical security issues will be discussed by senior government and law enforcement officials responsible for securing our borders”. “It gives me great pleasure to once again serve as Chairman of the 9th Annual Border Security Expo Advisory Board, along such esteemed colleagues and industry leaders”, said Jayson P. Ahern, Principal, The Chertoff Group, and a former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “We all bring passion and different perspectives to this dynamic Board, and we all understand the challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing and complex landscape.” The 2015 Border Security Expo Advisory Board includes: Jayson P. Ahern, Advisory Board Chairman Principal, The Chertoff Group Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection David V. Aguilar Partner, GSIS Former Acting Commissioner U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nelson H. Balido Chairman and CEO, Border Commerce and Security Council Principal, Balido and Associates, Inc. Former President, Border Trade Alliance "The 2015 program will focus on countering transnational organised crime; an important component of counter-terrorism strategy" W. Ralph Basham Partner, Command Consulting Group Former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Former Director, U.S. Secret Service Robert C. Bonner Senior Principal, Sentinel HS Group Former Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Former Administrator, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and Former U.S. District Judge for California's Central District Michael A. Braun Managing Partner, SGI Global, LLC Former Chief of Operations, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Ronald S. Colburn President, The Border Patrol Foundation Former National Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol Chris Marzilli President, General Dynamics C4 Systems Gustavo Mohar Founder and Director General, Grupo Atalaya Former General Secretary of CISEN (Mexico´s national security intelligence agency), Former Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior, and Chief Liaison for Border Security, Drug Trafficking and Immigration, Mexican Embassy in the U.S. Julie Myers Wood Chief Executive Officer, Guidepost Solutions Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “The dynamic on the border is constantly changing. The 2015 program will focus on countering transnational organised crime; an important component of counter-terrorism strategy. Both U.S. and Mexican agency leadership, international law enforcement officials, policy-makers, and other federal, state and local law enforcement, will all have a voice at the conference, to discuss, share, engage, inform and advance the mission”, said Mackler. “The event is also host to the largest exhibition of products, services and technologies anywhere in the world, focused on the tremendous task of securing our borders at and between ports of entry”. Attendees at Border Security Expo 2014 came from over 38 states and 14 countries, and government attendees represented 72 agencies, components and municipalities.