The Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association Announces Keynote Speaker for October 11, 2018 Annual Member Meeting

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The Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association Announces Keynote Speaker for October 11, 2018 Meeting 

We are delighted to announce, David W. Cooper of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will discuss bus security and ways that operators can enhance their security assessments and planning, training and exercises, and information sharing.  

The TSA's Highway and Motor Carrier Section is responsible for security in the over-the-road bus community working directly with associations and operators to reduce the likely hood of terrorist attacks against the industry.  

As the Industry Engagement Manager for Highway and Motor Carrier within TSA's Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Mr. Cooper has responsibility for coordination and collaboration with public and private stakeholders on behalf of TSA.  This topic is not only timely, but educational in nature so you can be aware and implement measure to ensure safety for you, your employees and passengers.

Mr. Cooper's area of focus is to develop intelligence driven and risk-based security policies to address potential threats to highway modes of transportation in partnership with other government agencies and private sector industries. These modes include trucking, over-the-road bus, school bus, and highway transportation infrastructure. He recently served as the Branch Chief for Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Consequences within the Highway and Motor Carrier Division. In this capacity, he had responsibility for analyzing daily intelligence reporting, coordinating efforts with public and private stakeholders to identify security gaps, assessing impact to the global supply chain, and providing recommendations and solutions to address the overall risks associated to the transportation sector. 

Mr. Cooper has also recently worked with the European Union and Asia Pacific Economies to share critical mitigation strategies and assist in developing strategies and priorities to be used by partner governments and private industry to enhance their overall security planning efforts. 

Prior to joining TSA in 2004, Mr. Cooper spent ten years in the private sector as an Operations Manager for a large manufacturing and shipping company in Virginia. His responsibilities included company freight rail, air cargo, and trucking operations, logistics, shipping/receiving, material handling, and small packaging departments as well as managing the company consolidation and distribution centers. He also served honorably on active duty in the U.S. Army as a combat medic with various roles including instructor of emergency and battlefield medicine, flight medic, and special operations in light infantry and armored cavalry units. Mr. Cooper completed his Master's Degree in Intelligence and Terrorism Studies at American Military University and a Master's program in Leadership at American University as well as holding undergraduate degrees in Management and Chemistry.

The Annual Member Meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2018 at Bally's in Atlantic City.  Please click here to link to our event overview page for more information and registration for the meeting and related events.  If questions, please contact Patricia Cowley, Executive Director of the GNJMA via telephone 908-835-0935 extension 105 or email pcowley@gnjma.com.


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