SecureSystem, the leader in supply chain technology to create “smart” shipping containers, today announced the addition of Tom Winkowski and Marco Lopez to its global advisory board.
Tom is a career veteran of the U.S. Customs Service, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with deep experience in policy, technology and commercial issues around shipping container security.
Marco served at U.S. Customs and Border Protection as chief of staff and is a recognized expert in U.S. – Mexico cross border commerce and security issues.
“SecureSystem’s mission is to improve the security, transparency and efficiency of the global supply chain through our patented “smart” container solutions. The addition of Tom Winkowski and Marco Lopez to our team gives the company unmatched insight into the U.S. government’s container security efforts and opens opportunities for us to help secure valuable shipments from Mexico to the U.S. This is a huge step forward for SecureSystem and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said Tom Ziemba, CEO of SecureSystem, U.S.
Tom’s unparalleled experience, relationships and knowledge of the global shipping industry make him an invaluable member of the SecureSystem advisory board. Tom will focus on helping the company shape and execute its strategy to work with the U.S. government and industry to improve security and transparency of the global supply chain.
Tom’s career in the customs world took him from starting as a Customs Inspector in Los Angeles in 1978, to port director in Los Angeles and Miami, Director of Field Operations south Florida, assistant commissioner for Field Operations, Deputy Commissioner, and ultimately culminated with Tom serving as acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, overseeing the 60,000 person, $11.5 billion agency.
Throughout his service in customs Tom has been a champion for innovation and technology, including inspection imaging systems, radiation portal monitors, biometrics and establishment of the renowned National Targeting Centers for passengers and cargo. Among his responsibilities overseeing Field Operations, Tom was responsible for the operation at 331 Ports of Entry, including 58 Container Security Initiative ports.
Tom Winkowski is the only person to have served in the top leadership role in both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.
Tom was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award by President Bush and the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award by President Obama.
Marco has been working on cross-border commerce and security issues since 2001 when he was elected as mayor of Nogales, Arizona at the age of 22, shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Marco is uniquely suited to help guide SecureSystem’s growth strategy in Mexico and Latin America.
He currently serves as president and CEO of Intermestic Partners, an international business advisory firm, where he guides U.S. outreach efforts for Latin America’s most important philanthropic organization, the Carlos Slim Foundation. Marco has served as a U.S. advisor to successful presidential campaigns in Mexico on topics of border security and cross-border trade and safety.
Prior to founding Intermestic Partners, Marco served as chief of staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the largest agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Marco has also served as director of the Arizona Department of Commerce and vice-chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.