SOURCE: Homeland Security & Defense Business Council

Homeland Security and  Defense Business Council

December 12, 2014 16:34 ET

Admiral James Loy Honored at Homeland Security & Defense Business Council's 10th Anniversary Annual Dinner

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - December 12, 2014) - The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (Council) presented its Lifetime Distinguished Service Award to Admiral James Loy at its 10th Anniversary Annual Dinner last night at the Willard InterContinental. Admiral Loy spent 45 years in the public sector and served as the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Administrator of TSA, and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. 

"As we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our founding, our Board of Directors wanted to present the award to an individual who has not only dedicated himself to the security of our nation, but whose values and contributions have had a lasting impact across multiple parts of the enterprise. There is no one more worthy than Admiral James Loy," said Pat Schambach, Chairman of the Council's Board of Directors and a former CIO of TSA during Loy's tenure. "His leadership in homeland security across the public sector, even before there was a DHS, was so impactful and I know the enterprise is still reaping the benefits of the foundation he put in place." 

Admiral Loy delivered the evening's keynote address, reflecting on the first responders and specifically the U.S. Coast Guard's response on 9/11 when he was Commandant. He described how the government sought out leaders from the private sector to help in the creation of the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, and on the challenges -- past, present and future -- that face the department's leadership. He thanked the Council for being a champion in bringing together the collective wisdom of the private sector and government to work together to address our nation's toughest homeland security challenges. The Admiral also shared his vision for the future and offered insight into four key elements of change that need to be identified so that our leaders can continue to evolve the appropriate responses to the homeland security environment: structure, process, ideas and people. 

The Council's Annual Dinner brings together senior executives from the public and private sectors that work together in the pursuit of a safer and more secure nation. Council member companies Deloitte, Grant Thornton LLP and Intel Federal LLC sponsored the event. 

The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council is the leading not-for-profit, non-partisan organization of the most well respected, world-class small, mid-tier, and large companies that provide homeland security technology, product, and service solutions to our nation and around the world. It works to ensure that the perspective, innovation, expertise, and capabilities of the private sector are recognized, respected, and integrated with the public sector. For more information, please visit www.homelandcouncil.org.

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