CBP Day 2016

GTSC hosted CBP Day 2016 in July 2016 taking the most comprehensive look to date at the components mission, divisions, and responsibilities. Special thanks to our supporters and event chairs: Sharie Bourbeau, WBB and Dennis Murphy, ASM Concepts.


Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO, GTSC
  • Sharie Bourbeau, Principal, WBB
  • Dennis Murphy, President, ASM Concepts


  • Randolph D. “Tex” Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine Operations
  • Woody Lee, Principal Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support

The State of Trade Facilitation

  • Brenda Brockman- Smith Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade

Inside CBP

  • Charles Armstrong, Strategic Advisor, GTSC and former CIO and Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology, CBP

Luncheon Keynote

  • RADM John C. Acton (ret.), Special Advisor to the Presidential Transition and Strategic Advisor to GTSC
  • Tina Sung Vice President, Government Transformation, Partnership for Public Service

Budget Outlook

  • Michelle Mrdeza, Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Government Affairs & Strategic Advisor, GTSC; former Majority Staff Director of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security

Facilitating Travel: Mission, Operations & Challenges

  • Moderator: David Aguilar, Partner, GSIS and Strategic Advisor, GTSC; Former Chief, Border Patrol, CBP
  • Colleen Manaher, Executive Director Planning, Program Analysis and Evaluation DHS/CBP/OFO
  • Valerie Isbell, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, CBP
  • Chief Benjamin Huffman, Acting Chief, Law Enforcement Operations, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Supporting the Mission

  • Eugene Scheid, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Administration

Capstone Keynote

  • Linda Jacksta, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Human Resources Management