The Business Case for Secure Ports

Friday, October 14, 2011. Featuring Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., Executive Chairman, Lightbridge Corporation; Juval Aviv, Chairman, President and CEO, Interfor; The Honorable Gael Tarleton, Commissioner, Port of Seattle; Eric Holdeman, Director of Security, Port of Tacoma and John Holmes, Senior Manager of Operations, Port of Los Angeles

The Business Case for Secure Ports


Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.
Executive Chairman
Lighbridge Corporation

Juval Aviv
Chairman, President and CEO

The Honorable Gael Tarleton
Port of Seattle

Eric Holdeman
Director of Security
Port of Tacoma

John Holmes
Senior Manager of Operations
Port of Los Angeles

 Friday, October 14, 2011
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street
Downtown Seattle

 $30 admission fee

Register Online


With over 300 sea and river ports handling 20 percent of the world’s maritime trade, the United States’ ports present a potential target for terrorist attacks. More than 15 million cargo containers pass through US ports and only a fraction are inspected by Customs. Terrorists could potentially exploit this port vulnerability, putting cities around the country at risk.

The proximity between the Puget Sound ports and their city centers adds an additional level of threat to our city. Thus, Greater Seattle is a great location to explore port security, learn about steps to ensure regional safety and the impact a disaster would have on our business community. A threat to one of our ports would not only affect national trade but would also have global implications.

Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is currently the Executive Chairman of the Board for Lightbridge Corporation which holds patents on new types of nuclear power fuel with reduced proliferation risk. Ambassador Graham is internationally known as one of the leading authorities in international arms control and non-proliferation agreements designed to limit and combat the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He has served as a senior U.S. Diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement between 1970 and 1997.

Juval Aviv is President and CEO of Interfor, an international corporate intelligence and investigations firm. Founded in 1979, Interfor works with U.S. and foreign law firms, leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, insurers and governmental agencies in conducting investigations throughout the world. Before founding Interfor, Mr. Aviv served as an officer in the Israel Defense Force (Major, retired) leading an elite Commando/Intelligence Unit and was later selected by the Israeli Secret Service (Mossad) to participate in a number of intelligence and special operations in the late 1960s and 1970s. In 1984, a true account of one mission that he led was published in a book entitled Vengence, by George Jonas. The book became a best seller and was later the basis for the HBO film, Sword of Gideon and Steven Spielberg’s Munich recounting the massacre that happened at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Gael Tarleton serves as Port Commissioner for the Port of Seattle. She also serves on the Tri-County Regional Executive Policy Committee to support Puget Sound emergency response and recovery plans, and has been a keynote speaker for Department of Homeland Security. Tarleton also works part-time as a strategic advisor for the Institute for National Security Education and Research at the University of Washington.

Eric Holdeman is the Security Director for the Port of Tacoma. He is responsible for port security and emergency management, overseeing 60 person staff with a $42 million grant budget. He oversees a 60 person staff and administration of $42 million in grants associated with port security. Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma he worked for ICF International, consulting in the areas of emergency management and homeland security. Before ICF he was a local emergency management director for King County Washington and worked to establish the King County Office of Emergency Management.

Capt. John M. Holmes is the deputy executive director of operations at the Port of Los Angeles. In this role he oversees the Port Police, Port Pilots, Emergency Preparedness, Wharfinger and Homeland Security divisions at the number one containerport in the nation.

Capt. Holmes holds the ultimate responsibility for Port-related security and public safety issues. His divisions work cooperatively with associated government and law enforcement agencies to uphold maritime laws, enforce safety and security regulations, and continually test and enhance emergency response and preparedness procedures to ensure the safety of the Port workforce and residents in the surrounding harbor communities.


 Registration: Admission to this program is $30.  Refunds may not be may after Monday, October 10th. To register over the phone or if you have questions please contact Allison Peterson at (206) 389-7227 or [email protected]. 


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