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Laura Hains, CPP

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  • U.S. & International Customs
  • Supply Chain Regulatory Policy & Security Assessments (Particular Expertise in the Cannabis and Pharmaceutical Industries)
  • Import and Export Security & Regulations
  • Disaster Preparedness, Prevention & Response
  • Counterterrorism
  • Investigations
  • Risk Management Consulting

Education & Certificates

  • Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice / Security Management from George Washington University
  • B.A. in History and Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Completed the White-Collar Crime Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Took over one hundred Customs/Immigration-related classes at the FLETC.
  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS. Certified Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO), Company Security Officer (CSO) and Ship Security Officer (SSO) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). NRA-certified pistol instructor. Certified Executive Protection Professional through the state of Florida.
  • Licensed Private Investigator in the state of Florida

Laura Hains, CPP

Director of Supply Chain Security

There are few professionals better equipped to guide clients through the security needs and regulations of transport, supply chain, and import / export security than Ms. Hains. Her 30+- years of federal service – comprised of stints in U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Department of Defense, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – is ample evidence of her veteran status and high esteem in the field. At these federal agencies, Ms. Hains worked extensively and consistently in supply chain and cargo security. She spearheaded several notable projects throughout her federal career, including the design, implementation, and management of the Anti-terrorism Targeting Unit and the Sea Passenger Analysis Unit.

Ms. Hain’s expertise was critical in development of Project Warp Speed, where she navigated a major provider of COVID-critical supplies through the complexities of supply chain rollout.

After retiring from federal security, Ms. Hains worked as the Operations Manager for the Supply Chain Group at Pinkerton. She was Pinkerton’s expert on C-TPAT and supply chain security. She has also served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Supply Chain and Transportation Security Council of ASIS. Most recently, she lent her expertise to the vital public health initiative Project Warp Speed, where she navigated a major provider of COVID-critical supplies through the complexities of supply chain rollout. Her work for this provider included audits of key procedures and protocols, helping to set a foundation for efficient, secure distribution.

Ms. Hains’ role as an industry leader was cemented when she was invited to teach at Keiser University, where she served as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice / Homeland Security Department from January 2011 to March 2015. Her academic career was not limited to the classroom, as Ms. Hains has authored or co-authored several articles on security issues. Appearances as an expert on Anderson Cooper’s 360 and the BBC have also afforded Ms. Hains the opportunity to share her expertise. Ms. Hains often discussed supply chain security, terrorism, maritime security, disaster preparation, and homeland security in these public appearances. She is most proud, however, of a course she taught to foreign customs officers and developed for the Organization of American States (OAS): “Women in Security.”

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