Today was the first day of the Seebald and Associates Symposium.  Edward Seebald, the founder and CEO of Seebald and Associates, opened the Symposium and introduced Captain Kristi Luttrell, Deputy Commander of Sector New Orleans, who welcomed everyone to New Orleans.

The Symposium began with two extremely illuminating panels of industry professionals. The first panel was comprised of Facility Security Officers (FSO) who provided a fascinating look at their roles and responsibilities.  The FSO panel included Erica Acosta - Saint Bernard Port, Brian Shajari – Lucite, and Matthew Marlow and John Goebel both of Cheniere Energy. These FSOs answered the attendees’ questions with real-life relevant examples from their world of work.  

The day finished with the Captain of the Port (COTP) panel. This panel was made up of Captain Kristi Luttrell, USCG Sector New Orleans Deputy Commander (prospective Sector New Orleans Commander in 10 days) and Captain Kevin Oditt, USCG Sector Houston/Galveston Commander. The Captains shared their experiences with Hurricane Harvey, spoke about the relationship between their facility inspectors and FSO’s, and contributed updates on the TWIC reader final rule. Both Captains presented a unique insight into their roles overseeing the security for some extremely complex facilities.

The response to both panels from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive; the insight provided by the panels was invaluable. The knowledge shared this afternoon just cannot be found in any other venue!