SecureSystem Adds Department of Agriculture Veteran to its Global Advisory Board

Today, SecureSystem announced that Max Holtzman, Principal at Pontos Aqua Advisory, Vice Chairman of Capitol Peak Asset Management, and former Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture, has joined our Global Advisory Board.

Each year, the global shipping industry transports 90% of the world’s food, products and energy. SecureSystem enables cost-effective regulatory compliance and enhanced supply chain visibility, bringing internet-of-things functionality to one of the world’s largest and most essential industries.

“Max adds seasoned leadership and experience – with special focus on the agriculture industry – to our team. I’m pleased to have Max’s keen understanding to rely on as we move forward,” said Tom Ziemba, U.S. CEO.

Previously announced Global Advisory Board members from aspects of industry and government central to SecureSystem’s growth strategy include:

  • Dave Abel, Co-Founder of Prime Vector, Inc, an automation and artificial intelligence operations company, former general manager of IBM Global Business Services, former Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Marco Lopez, senior advisor to Grupo Carso, Latin American trade and security executive and former chief of staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • General Douglas Lute (Ret.), CEO of Cambridge Global Advisors, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Assistant to Presidents Bush and Obama
  • Tom Winkowski, former Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE)



Max Holtzman is a principal at Pontos Aqua Advisory, part of the Pontos Aqua platform, a unique financing and de-risking ecosystem for the global aquaculture industry. He is also a founding officer of Stronger America through Seafood, which focuses on the increased U.S. production of healthy, sustainable and affordable seafood. In addition to his work with Pontos, Mr. Holtzman is the Vice Chairman of Capitol Peak Asset Management, where he joined in November, 2014. Capitol Peak provides capital, advice and solutions to companies and projects that spur economic growth and job creation with a focus on Rural America.

Prior to joining Capitol Peak, for six years, Mr. Holtzman was the Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. Mr. Holtzman advised the Secretary on the development of new public-private partnerships, aquaculture, trade, biotechnology and international food security. He also served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Holtzman, an attorney for over 20 years, provided strategic consulting to multi-national companies related to transportation infrastructure, project finance, public-private partnerships, health care and government procurement. He also served as a City Attorney and Special Counsel to several municipalities.

Mr. Holtzman is a Board member of K Street Capital, the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and is the Founding Chairman of Adopt-A-Classroom. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and his law degree from the University of Miami.



Erica De Vos

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