Captain Richard Phillips (Ret.)
Captain Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates , Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, the story of his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was also made into a motion picture by Columbia Pictures, STARRING Tom Hanks.
Captain Phillips is a 1979 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2008. Captain Phillips married Andrea Coggio in 1987. They have two children, Mariah and Danny, and reside in Underhill, Vt.
Corporal Michael Jernigan - USMC (Ret.)
Sheriff Chad Chronister
Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward
Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay
John Esposito - Ports America
David R. Mica - Florida Petroleum Council
Ryan Blair - Ceres Terminals, Inc.
Jeff Patterson - Spcl Operations Chief (Ret.)
Dr. Rachelle Idziak - USF Morsani College of Medicine
Captain John W. Murray - CEO, Port Canaveral
Captain John W. Murray joined the Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) in February 2016. A highly respected maritime executive, Capt. Murray brings a wealth of maritime experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer and Port Director for one of the world's most dynamic ports.
Prior to joining CPA, Capt. Murray was president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA, the U.S.-flag shipping subsidiary of Hapag-Lloyd AG, a leading global liner shipping company. A 40-year maritime industry veteran, Capt. Murray has held numerous positions of responsibility, rising through the management ranks following various mergers and acquisitions at Lykes Lines, CP Ships and finally, Hapag-Lloyd.
A U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain, Capt. Murray earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science from the Maine Maritime Academy.
Capt. Murray is at the helm of Port Canaveral, one of Florida's fastest growing seaports. With a staff of more than 200 Port employees, he manages a world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers, including space.
Capt. Murray has been a member of the National Cargo Bureau since 1997, was elected to the American Bureau of Shipping in 2016, and is appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Transportation Research Board. He served on the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Executive Working Group (EWG) and participated in the biannual Department of Defense forum established to regularly interact with commercial ocean carriers supporting U.S. military sealift requirements. Capt. Murray has testified before the U.S. Congress as a subject matter expert in maritime industry management and vessel operations in a global economy. His additional professional affiliations include a long-standing member of the National Defense Transportation Association, the Navy League of the United States, the Council of American Master Mariners, and the International Propeller Club chapters in Washington, D.C., Tampa and Port Canaveral, Florida.
Ryan English - CEO, FLYMOTION
Ryan English is the CEO and Co-Founder of FLYMOTION, which is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Ryan is responsible for the strategic growth, company direction and implementing business strategy visions.
FLYMOTION was formulated in 2014, and has quickly become an industry leader in providing innovative unmanned system solutions, technology integration and services for clients globally. FLYMOTION works with industries such as Public Safety, Department of Defense, Energy, Education, Security, Media/Broadcast and more.
Ryan draws from his extensive operational experience in the U.S. Coast Guard and public safety working as a firefighter, paramedic and deputy sheriff assigned to the SWAT team. Ryan brings over a decade of successful entrepreneurship to the FLYMOTION team. His forward thinking has, and continues to deliver groundbreaking advancements and innovation in the unmanned system industry.
Ryan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and it was there that he developed the passion for technology and drive for entrepreneurship.
Jessi Neitzel B.S., CWP, Health Promotion Manager, Cigna
Jessi Neitzel joined Cigna in January 2015 as the Health Promotion Manager in the North Florida Sales Market. Jessi’s responsibilities include assisting the sales team with completing an assessment of client’s employee health and wellness culture to design a wellness strategy and program that is customized to their workforce, goals and budget.
Jessi is certified by the National Wellness Institute as a Certified Wellness Practitioner and has tremendous passion for health and wellness with over 10 years of experience in worksite health promotion. She serves on the Board of Directors for Healthy Sarasota County’s Workplace Wellness Collaborative and is on the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay’s Steering Committee.
Prior to joining Cigna, Jessi designed, implemented and managed the WELCOA Gold-Award Winning Well-Workplace Program at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, FL. Over the 4 years Jessi was with Tidewell, she lead the Tidewellness leadership team, managed health management program initiatives, oversaw vendor relationships, and developed, administered, implemented, evaluated, and measured wellness programs for over 800 employees.
Jessi has a robust understanding of comprehensive wellness programs that are both participatory and outcomes based as she strategically designed numerous wellness program by tying in financial wellness incentives to the medical plan benefits structure, which has resulted in up to 95% participation rates. She has experience measuring results including improved health status and ROI associated with health management strategies.
Jessi holds a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She also is a Certified Health Coach throuh Wellcoaches (trademarked), holds WELCOA Faculty Status, and is a Certified Freedom from Smoking Facilitator by the American Heart Association.
Jessi resides in Ellenton, FL with her husband and two sons. She enjoys competitive running and is a snowboard enthusiast.
Scott Loper, Airport Operations Safety & Compliance Manager, Tampa International Airport
Rosa L. Webster, Coordinator of Safety & Industrial Health, Tampa Electric, an Emera Company
Ms. Webster holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Western Carolina University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science Management. She has a mlutifaceted position serving as the Coordinator of Safety & Industrial Health for Engineering and Project Management. Reponsibilities include working on various engineering projects, ineracting with members of the Tampa Electric safety staff, and overseeing contractor safety. Rosa also holds several roles related to Tampa Electric's Emergency Preparedness. In addition to being Corporate Radiation Safety Officer, Rosa serves on the Business Emergency Response Team (B.E.R.T.), Peer Support Team, Pandemic Steering Committee, Bio-Terroism Response Team, and is a 40-hour First Responder.