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Mark DuPont


Executive Director


Mark DuPont has provided expert consultation, assessments, intelligence, predictive analysis, training, exercises and evaluation for the port security, maritime law enforcement and emergency responder community. With over 35 years of organizational and entrepreneurial leadership, as a maritime law enforcement/military/port security specialist, he provides a unique blend of federal, state, local, private, and non-profit sector perspective and knowledge.


As a Master Training, facilitator, and instructional designer with the motto of "Praeparo Custodis" (Ready the Guardians,) Mark DuPont contributes to the enhancement of the response, prevention and protection capabilities of maritime public safety professionals throughout the world, having developed and implemented a national standard of training and certification recognized by all 50 United States and six US territories, and the United States Coast Guard.


Mark’s positions and achievements as the Chief Intelligence Office for the State of Florida’s FWC (the largest conservation law enforcement agency in the world), and as a Homeland Security and Intelligence Officer for the United States Coast Guard, give him a wealth of experience to share.



Greg Kester


Director, International Port Liaison Office


Mr. Kester served in civilian law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff for the Boulder County Colorado Sheriff’s Office for 28 years retiring in 2008.  In addition to his civilian occupation, he served 23 years in the United States Coast Guard Reserves.  His assignments there include instructor in LORAN station security, drug interdiction task force at NORAD and with Port Security Unit 303B during Desert Storm.

After 9/11 he became part of the original Sea Marshall teams and later worked with several major Northern California ports to ensure they met the requirements of the new Maritime Transportation Security Act.  He continued to work in the Port Safety and Security area ensuring compliance with both safety and security requirements until his retirement from the Coast Guard Reserves as a Marine Science Technician Chief in October 2010.  Mr. Kester also works with the Coast Guard’s volunteer organization, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and is currently assigned as the Director of Training and is responsible for all of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary CORE TRAININGBasic Qual II CourseOnline Learning/TestingC-School Courses and Leadership Development Program.


Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Prevention responsible for developing and implementing the Auxiliary's participation in programs related to the Coast Guard's legacy Marine Safety, Security and Environmental protection programs.



Joe Bartko


Associate Director, International Port Liaison Office


In order to stay competitive in today’s market and business environment, companies need strong and aggressive business leaders who can meet corporate objectives and exceed goals on an annual basis.  Joe’s background has been built around a business-centric and results-oriented approach that has contributed to the success of many of the companies Joe has developed and/or worked with.

After completing his education in Business Administration at CCD in Denver, Colorado, with an emphasis in Marketing, Joe immediately put that knowledge and training to work.  While in school, he worked two years as a Communications Specialist and 911 Dispatcher for the City of Broomfield.  Afterwards, he worked as a mortgage broker, with over 15 years of experience in the commercial & residential mortgage lending industry.  Joe also holds current State of Colorado life, health & accident, and annuity licenses.  He has a strong background in management organization, logistics and project planning.

During that time, Joe became a Senior Partner and Vice President of Sky Peak Partners, Inc., a real estate planning, development, and investment firm that has been in operation since 1999.  After the economic downturn in the mortgage industry, Joe and a former mortgage partner created a company that worked with a private equity group handling “accredited investors” for investments, trades and the facilitation of major project funding.   He also served as an Account Professional with a Foreign Exchange Investment Firm in Denver, Colorado.


Joe has served on several Boards including 14 years on the Board of Directors for the Longmont Emergency Unit, and two years with the Longmont Small Business Association.  He also served as the Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association, a 501(c)(3) youth-arts organization.  Joe is currently the Team Coordinator for the City of Longmont Office of Emergency Managment's Damage Assessment & Response Team program.


Woodrow F. Clookie


Senior Advisor


A graduate of the FBI National Academy and with his 45-years in local, state, and federal law enforcement, Mr. Clookie offers a unique perspective from both the military as well as the civilian side of law enforcement and counterterrorism.  Retired from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) as an Intelligence Specialist, he served as the NCIS liaison to both the U.S. Department of State and its Office of Foreign Missions and the National Security Agency.  Mr. Clookie served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Port Security Committee the Pentagon’s Overflight Security Committee.  Prior to NCIS, Mr. Clookie retired from a 25-year service in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Senior Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service. During his tenure with the Coast Guard, he performed extensive port security duties while assigned to shore and afloat units.  Mr. Clookie is the recipient of two Coast Guard Achievement Medals and two Coast Guard Commendation Medals.



Gary Silversmith


Chief Legal Counsel

Mr. Silversmith's areas of expertise lie in federal contracting, environmental litigation, financial advisory engagements, workouts, dispositions, valuations, and preservation of national historic landmarks. Mr. Silversmith assists the NMLEA in a variety of areas, from consulting on financial matters to contract review. In addition, Mr. Silversmith has afforded the Academy the use of the historic Presidential Yacht, Sequoia, for special events and meetings.

Since 1991, Mr. Silversmith has served as President and owner of P&L Investments, an asset management, investment, and advisory company that has acquired over $100 million in distressed assets.  P&L Investments and its affiliates have served as financial advisors on the sale of loans, for example, in 1999 an affiliate of P&L Investments served with KPMG as the financial advisor to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the SBA's first sale of loans ($400 million) and again for the SBA's third and fifth sales of loans.  As President and owner of two Brownsfield's investment and remediation companies, Mr. Silversmith recently received significant positive publicity for the successful remediation and rejuvenation of a 22-acre PCB-contaminated Brownsfield site in suburban Philadelphia. The site is reportedly the first Superfund site in the country to receive State and EPA approval for conversion to a residential usage.

Prior to starting the aforementioned entities, Mr. Silversmith served for three years as a Senior Asset Marketing Specialist selling loans and real estate for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC). He holds a BS in Accounting, a JD, and an MLT.



Brian Kim


Lead Counsel

Mr. Brian Kim, Director of Consulting Resources at Washington, DC-based iDiscovery Solutions, Inc (“iDS”), brings over 14 years of experience in project and engagement management and business development experience from discovery services providers and law firms. Mr. Kim’s expertise spans all phases of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) life cycle with a broad range of skills in client infrastructure and e-Discovery practices. Mr. Kim’s portfolio includes advice to clients on best practices in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure including legal hold, data collection, data preservation, review, and production. Prior to joining iDiscovery Solutions, Mr. Kim served as a Senior Consultant for Clearwell Systems/Symantec, a Director at FTI Consulting, and an attorney at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel – all located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kim is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.

Michael Klein


Advisor Board Legal Counsel

After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Emory University, Michael earned his Law Degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.  He clerked for The Hon. George H. Revercomb in the U.S. District Court for D.C.  Awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research international legal issues, Michael attended the Institute of International and Development Studies (IUHEI) in Geneva, Switzerland. He received a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration and International Trade Law, while focusing on coursework including Law of the Sea.

As Program Director for the International Law Institute, Michael directed legal and economic training seminars for senior officials of foreign governments.  This work included World Bank and USAID-funded training for law enforcement divisions throughout Russia and Central Asia.  Michael’s law practice includes work at law firms in Europe and the U.S., primarily focusing on legal issues for international transportation companies.

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