Nelson Balido | Chairman & CEO

Nelson Balido drives results in diverse government, politics, private industry, and non-profit arenas. As one of the leading authorities on the U.S. border for trade, travel, energy and security issues, he leads Balido and Associates, a strategic management consultancy, and is founder of the Border Commerce and Security Council and the Energy Council of the Americas. Prior to assuming his current role he was the President of the Border Trade Alliance; a presidential pick to lead the private sector division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security, where he was awarded the department’s highest civilian award – the Outstanding Public Service Medal.

He has extensive experience in the public and private sectors at the local, state and federal levels. For years, Nelson has worked closely with the governments of U.S., Canada, and Mexico at every level by advocating on behalf of policy initiatives designed to improve cross-border affairs, trade and security relations, energy reform and cultural understanding. In 2014, Nelson was re-appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Industry Trade Advisory Council by United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce.

Governments, companies and media outlets seek his council for his extensive outside-the-beltway relations, real-world international cross-border experience and unique understanding of bi-lateral businesses insights. Nelson was recently credited by the San Antonio Business Journal with orchestrating the largest hydrocarbons deal of 2014 in the Sabinas Basin by taking advantage of Mexico’s new energy reform laws.

His other career stops include respected companies as SBC Communications (at&t), where he served as the company’s director of multicultural marketing, Commissioner of the Texas Commission on the Arts, Member of the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, and various other positions within municipal agencies and non-profit boards. Mr. Balido holds a B.S. in International Economics and a B.A. in Spanish from Texas Tech University, a Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs from the Bush School at Texas A&M University and a Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Land Management from the University of Houston. He is an active U.S. NAVY reserves public affairs officer, a professional speaker for Energy, Trade and Border Security conferences, the ASPEN Institute, the US Department of Commerce, and a FOX NEWS LATINO contributor.

Follow Nelson here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nelsonbalido

John Renison | Regional President

John Renison is Chief Executive Officer at Britton & Company, a Customhouse Brokerage firm established in 1944 along the Southwest Border of the United States. John represents Mexican Manufacturers that have a global presence and are key players within cross border trade operations.

John is also Founder of Piggyback Technologies, a crowd sourced on demand same day delivery start up, currently in app development and investor pitch mode. The idea is to disrupt the shipping industry and make same day shipping a collaborative community effort.

Piggyback’s market niche is just about anything that needs to get delivered within the same day or even within the hour. Whether its in store pick ups from online purchases, trade show and convention deliveries, Piggyback enable users to locate pre screened drivers to get the job done, taking advantage of your daily established transit routes.

Based on his 18+ experience in global logistics, John has gained much exposure to the just in time shipping expectations from consumers.

John attended the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives and holds a Professional Certificate on Innovation and Strategy from the Harvard University DCE.

Sandy Brooks | Board Member

Sandy is widely acclaimed for her achievements as an inspirational leader, and organizational and technological innovator that has positively advanced our national security posture and interests. She is widely recognized and respected for developing highly effective partnerships within DOD, Interagency, coalitions, partner nations, industry, academia and private consortiums.  Ms. Brooks has a long and successful history of leading highly dynamic and innovative technological change and providing the motivational and inspirational leadership that fosters a sense of urgency and passion at every level she engages. She is actively sought out by senior DOD, Intelligence and Interagency leaders for her advice and counsel.

Ms. Brooks has extensive experience in leadership positions to include almost a decade as a DOD senior civilian leader in Intelligence and a 28 year military career as a Naval Cryptologist/Information Warfare Officer that included command at senior levels. She accumulated a record of successes in progressively challenging assignments at the National, strategic, operational, and tactical levels and more recently as a private sector consultant.

Ms. Brooks was recognized nationally for her remarkable achievements as the 2010 recipient of the Service to America “Samuel J Heyman” Homeland Defense Medal. “By providing technical and intelligence support to the military, law enforcement agencies, and partner nations. She was selected from a field of 30 highly qualified candidates for her unprecedented work in enabling National authorities to better combat threats to our National security interests”  In 2016, Ms. Brooks was awarded the Office Director National Intelligence coveted National Intelligence Superior Service Medal for “contributions to the National Intelligence Community; distinguishing herself through meritorious actions to the betterment of national security in the United States of America, through sustained and selfless service of the highest order.”

Her military and civilian accomplishments illustrate highly effective motivational leadership and innovative “thinking” that serve this Nation well in countering the greatest challenges facing our national and global security interests.

Enzo Signore | Board Member

Enzo Signore joined Quanergy as Chief Marketing Officer in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for product management, innovative marketing initiatives and growth strategies for the leading LiDAR company. Enzo brings over 25 years of product management and marketing experience across various industries including integrated photonic systems, artificial intelligence and SaaS. Prior to joining Quanergy, Enzo was the CMO at FixStream, an AI company for IT Operations, where he was responsible for driving the company’s growth through strategic partnerships, channel programs and product and digital marketing. Enzo’s outcome-driven mindset allowed him to grow and establish industry leaders like Cisco, and guide companies from Series A to successful IPO’s. He also worked as the CMO of 8×8, a public SaaS communications company and seven-times Gartner Magic Quadrant leader, where he launched a successful channel strategy program. Earlier in his career, Enzo worked as the global Vice President of Marketing and VP of UC Product Management at Avaya, as well as the Vice President of Marketing at JSDU, the global leader in photonic systems. Enzo is a member of the Board of Advisors for the MS Marketing Program by Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business. Originally from Italy, Enzo currently resides in Saratoga, California.

César Martinez | Board Member

César is one of the top media advisors in the US and Latin America, with more than 20 years of experience in marketing, political advertising and broadcast news. During the 2008 Presidential Elections, MAS Consulting was the Hispanic advertising agency of record for the McCain-Palin campaign, with César was in charge of production of Hispanic media materials for Senator McCain.

César served as Hispanic Creative Director/Producer for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, and was a member of the Strategy/Media team for Bush-Cheney 2004. He has also served as Hispanic Creative Director for Jeb Bush 2002 and Rick Perry 2002 Texas Governor Election Campaign. César’s experience also includes campaigns in Mexico, Latin America and Spain.

César is the recipient of numerous prestigious advertising awards including Clios, EFFIE, Telly, Mobius as well as Addy awards. Additionally he was named “Creative All Star” by Adweek. César has been a guest speaker in many forums including George Washington University, Harvard University, Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain), Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain) and Tec de Monterrey (Mexico) to name a few.

On the Public Affairs Arena, César has helped many organizations with their Hispanic communication needs like the Foundation for a Better Life and MATT.org (Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together). He is a member of the board of ProLiteracy World Wide, which is the most important Non-Governmental Organization in the world for Adult Literacy. Further, he also helped pass legislation for the anti-littering campaign in the city of Morelia in Michoacán, Mexico. He has also been active in the Water fluoridation campaign for Bexar County in the City of San Antonio, as well as a Plastic Bag Recycling movement/campaign for Bexar County in the city of San Antonio.

Colin Myers | Board Member

Colin Myers is a US Navy veteran and a Manager at Comtech Systems Inc.  In his role at Comtech, Colin advises and supports the US military, allied nations, and US government agencies with risk mitigation strategies to overcome communication challenges for military operations and border security.

Colin served for nine years in the US Navy.   Colin first entered the Navy as a midshipman at the US Naval Academy in 2002, where he graduated and earned his commission as a naval officer in 2006.  Following the academy, Colin was accepted into the submarine service where he managed operations and maintenance of nuclear reactors on the USS WEST VIRGINIA and USS RHODE ISLAND and was certified by the Naval Nuclear Security Administration as a Naval Nuclear Engineer.  After serving as a nuclear supervisor, Colin assumed the role of communications officer and ship driver for his submarine.  As “COMMO” aboard the USS RHODE ISLAND, Colin supervised the receipt, transmission, and decoding of all submarine related messages, led the team of officers responsible for command and control of all nuclear missile launch orders and exercises, and was responsible for all submarine nuclear launch codes and cryptography.  As COMMO, Colin’s crew earned the USSTRATCOM 2010 Omaha Trophy Award as the #1 Strategic Communications Submarine in the US Navy.

Colin resigned from the US Navy in 2011 and settled in Central Florida to spend more time with his family—his wife Merrick, and daughters Peyton and Piper.  In 2013, Colin graduated with his MBA from Rollins College and worked in finance, marketing, and leadership roles at Darden Restaurants, Anthem Wealth Management, and Comtech Systems.  Colin additionally serves as General Manager and Wealth Advisor for a boutique financial firm, Thorium Wealth Management, headquartered in North Carolina.  In his downtime, Colin enjoys adventures with his wife and children, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and playing table tennis.

Jeff McShea | Board Member

Jeff McShea is the Senior Director of Strategic Programs at Tribalco. As a change agent and industry leader, Jeff has over 36 years of organizational experience and expert knowledge providing government with innovative, game-changing technology solutions that enhance mission operations and reduce deployment risk and life cycle sustainment costs. He is a trusted partner to U.S. federal government officials and business stakeholders—building solid relationships and working coalitions that successfully modernized complex enterprise-level projects and programs throughout the government.

He is recognized for providing solutions to some of the world’s most challenging missions, including Presidential protection, and enterprise-wide modernization of mission-critical wireless communications to the White House, U.S. Secret Service, CBP, ICE, FBI and related law enforcement and national security stakeholders.  In this capacity, he led multi-disciplined teams within industry and government to make significant investments to transform communications operability, network connectivity, security, manageable deployment and lifecycle sustainment for mission assignments across the nation and around the world.  He has a working knowledge of broadband wireless, mission critical radio, Information technology, purpose-built transportable technologies, lifecycle sustainment, and technology-as-a-service solutions.

His post graduate education and experience have enabled him to think critically through complex problems and develop strategies to mentor and lead team resolution, new technology development, and business-process change.

Mark Wood | Board Member

Mark is a Business Manager with Utility Corporations and specialises in working with police agencies to solve community relations and transparency issues through the development and implementation of body camera and in-car camera systems. Mark is a life-long police officer and brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to Utility. He began his law enforcement career with the Houston Police Department in 1982 and retired from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in 2016.

Mark has been involved in virtually every aspect of law enforcement including patrol, investigations and administration. His administrative experience includes a heavy emphasis on policy writing, accreditation, crime analysis and IT acquisition projects. These projects include Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS), Automated Mugshot Systems, Crime Analysis Systems, and CAD/RMS systems. Most recently, Mark served as the executive officer to the Deputy Chief of Operations and was the body camera project manager for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Mark is originally from Detroit and has lived in Michigan, Texas, Indiana and Georgia. He is married to Christy and together they have five children ranging in age from 16 to 30. He enjoys music, hiking, camping, travelling and motorcycle riding.