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Keynote Speaker

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, (U.S. Army, Ret.)

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When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, the devastation was more than anyone could have imagined. Images of the city drowning in the waters of the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain and of the dire conditions at the Louisiana Superdome and Convention Center showed the world that the United States was ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with a natural disaster of such epic proportions. In spite of questionable leadership on many levels, one leader undeniably changed the course of the disaster: Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, the commanding general of Joint Task Force Katrina.

A native of Lakeland, Louisiana, Honoré, the "Category 5 General," swept into New Orleans, surveyed the destruction and took charge, bringing the city back under control and starting the long process of putting it back together.

With a trademark swagger and commanding personality, Honoré is a no-nonsense career soldier who always speaks his mind. While in charge of the entire Army east of the Mississippi, he brought leadership to New Orleans, reminding soldiers to lower their weapons and help those in need, creating a more positive atmosphere as rebuilding began.

Since his command of Joint Task Force Katrina, Honoré has brought the lessons of Katrina to organizations around the country. An expert on preparedness and responding to catastrophe, he offers insights into protecting people and organizations, outlining the principles necessary to lead through unexpected and uncontrollable crises.

Honoré's lengthy career has taken him around the world, from Korea to Germany and the entire United States. He has many awards and distinctions, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star, among others. The man that New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin called a "John Wayne dude," Honoré has proven that by taking charge and creating a culture of preparedness, whether as an individual, a group, a city, or an entire country, unexpected crises can be managed and their impacts can be minimized.

Scott Barker

Scott Barker is the Deputy Director of the Rural Law Enforcement Technology Center (RULETC) located in Hazard, Kentucky. RULETC is a part of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System of the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Barker’s responsibilities include the management of RULETC projects some of which include drug identification, firearms simulation, school safety, communications interoperability, tactical operations and numerous others. Before joining RULETC in February 2005, Mr. Barker retired from a twenty four year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, completing his tenure as a Supervisory Special Agent in London, Kentucky. Prior to the FBI, Mr. Barker served in the United States Army as a Captain in the Military Police Corps and began his law enforcement career with the Morehead Police Department, Morehead, Kentucky. He conducted numerous investigations into public corruption, organized crime, drug enterprises and was a member of tactical teams with the FBI for twenty years to include a four year assignment to the Hostage Rescue Team. Mr. Barker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University.

Colonel W. Steven Flaherty

During his 33 years with the Department of State Police, Colonel W. Steven Flaherty has served in many capacities including: Director of the Bureau of Administrative and Support Services (BASS), Deputy Director of the Bureau of Field Operations, Captain and Safety Officer, Lieutenant and Assistant Safety Officer, First Sergeant in the Norton Area Office, Sergeant on the Academy Staff, and as a Trooper stationed in Fredericksburg. He has also received 55 commendations for distinction in public safety.

Prior to his appointment as Superintendent of the Virginia State Police which became effective on October 1, 2003, Colonel Flaherty served as Lieutenant Colonel and Director of the Bureau of Administrative and Support Services (BASS). In this capacity, he was responsible for managing all aspects of State Police administration and support services encompassing: planning and research, property and finance, human resources and training, information technology, criminal justice information services, and communications divisions. He also directed the department’s legislative activities and oversaw fiscal operations.

Prior to his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in BASS in 2002, he served as Major and Deputy Director in the Bureau of Field Operations (BFO). In that capacity, he managed all aspects of statewide traffic and criminal law enforcement, motor vehicle safety inspection, motor carrier safety, drug interdiction operations, and State Police Aviation and Med-Flight operations.

Prior to his promotion to Major in 2000, he served as Captain and Safety Officer from 1994 to 2000, where he supervised over 13,000 safety inspectors and 4,300 businesses statewide in administering Virginia’s Annual Motor Vehicle Inspection and Motor Carrier Safety Compliance/Hazardous Materials Programs.

Colonel Flaherty has a B.S. from Excelsior College in Albany, New York, with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Protective Services. He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute and Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

Eric Kleinsmith

Erik Kleinsmith is currently the program manager for Lockheed Martin's Intelligence Analysis Training Program; a program he created in 2002 in support of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command (USAINSCOM). He specializes in counterterrorism analysis and analysis of other asymmetric threats using data mining software and visualization tools. As an intelligence trainer, Erik has pioneered several analytical techniques such as threat mapping and threat profiling. He is a former US Army armor and intelligence officer with duties that have included tank and scout platoon leader, counterintelligence company commander, and Chief of Intelligence for the US Army's Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA). While at LIWA, Erik was involved in the Able Danger program in support of counterterrorism analysis and planning for US Special Operations Command. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He also has a Masters of Strategic Intelligence from American Military University. Erik and his family live in South Riding, Virginia.

Sergeant Scott Klocker

Sergeant Scott Klocker is a 26 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Through a unique mixture of personal experiences, movie clips, training videos and case photographs, Sgt. Klocker presents a powerful seminar on Crisis Teams: In Pursuit of a Better Tomorrow - A Comprehensive Study and Discussion of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Jim Madden

Jim Madden, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, began his career at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. During his 12 years with PCSO, Jim served as a uniform deputy sheriff, drugs investigator, K-9 handler, uniform sergeant, and lieutenant in charge of the Special Investigations Section. He was also a hostage negotiator and a member of the Emergency Response Team.

In 1990, Jim joined FDLE and was initially assigned to the Fort Myers Field Office. He later served on the Major Drugs, Intelligence and Economic Crime squads at the Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center. In 2003, he was assigned to the Investigations and Forensic Sciences Program where he supervised the Internal Investigative audits and Mutual Aid sections. During the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, he was identified as the Law Enforcement Emergency Coordinating Officer for the State of Florida and coordinated the law enforcement response within the state of Florida during 2004 and the response to Mississippi following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent response to South Florida following the impact of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. In March 2006, Jim was appointed Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Domestic Security and supervised Domestic Security, Seaport Security and Mutual Aid. In May 2007 he was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of the Pensacola Region and in November 2007 he was asked to return to the Tampa Bay Region as the Special Agent in Charge. As SAC of the Tampa Bay Region, SAC Madden oversees Criminal Investigations, Public Assistance Fraud Investigations and Forensic services.

Sheriff Richard Stanek

Sheriff Richard W. Stanek is the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County. He took office on January 1, 2007 to serve as the chief law enforcement officer of Minnesota’s largest county, with 1.3 million residents.

A 25-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Stanek began his career with the Minneapolis Police Department where he rose through the ranks by earning several promotions for his dedication and passion for public safety. While at the Minneapolis Police Department, he worked as Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, overseeing investigations in the areas of Homicide, Robbery, Assault, Family Violence, Organized Crime, Narcotics, Gangs and Sex Crimes.

Concurrent with his law enforcement career, he served five terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives where he chaired the House Crime Policy and Finance Committee. In 2003, he was appointed by the Governor to lead Minnesota’s largest law enforcement agency as Commissioner of Public Safety and Director of Homeland Security.

Sheriff Stanek graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and earned a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University. He has completed executive training at the National Sheriff’s Institute.

Born and raised in northeast Minneapolis, Sheriff Stanek is a lifelong resident of Hennepin County. He lives in Maple Grove with his wife and 2 children.

Rick Ubinas

Mr. Ricardo "Rick" Ubinas currently serves as a law enforcement supervisor with a large (1000+ officer), municipal law enforcement agency located in Central Florida. Mr. Ubinas is a 17-year law enforcement veteran and his current assignment as supervisor of the agency’s Special Incident Management Unit includes the day-to-day management of a squad of special-duty police officers, civilian staff and contract employees. Mr. Ubinas also concurrently serves as the law enforcement covert security team supervisor for a 73,000 seat N.F.L. stadium located in Florida and was a key law enforcement planner and operations manager for Super Bowl 43 in Tampa, Fl in 2009. Mr. Ubinas previously served for 8-years as a team member and CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) protection specialist on the agency’s SWAT team.

Mr. Ubinas holds current instructor certifications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Terrorism Awareness training instructor and as a Law Enforcement Protective Measures training instructor. He also holds a current instructor certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a National Incident management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) instructor.

Mr. Ubinas currently serves as Director of the National Law Enforcement CBRNE Training Center, a multi-disciplinary center dedicated to enabling the First Responder to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the full spectrum of CBRNE threats. These threats include natural disasters, virulent pandemic disease, industrial accidents, and acts of terrorism. The CBRNE Training Center accomplishes its mission through training, research, evaluative services, technical services and equipment sourcing and supply.