USFSM will host Ambassador Eric Rubin on Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m., at the Selby Auditorium.

USF Sarasota-Manatee to host security conference with national experts on Friday

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: November 05, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 05, 2019) – Security Management International (SMI), in conjunction with the University of South Florida’s Office of Veteran Success, will host the CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Convention (CARVERCON 2019) at USF Sarasota-Manatee on Friday.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at USFSM’s Selby Auditorium. It will highlight the latest technologies, case studies and best practices to identify and minimize security threats.

CARVER is a nationally recognized target analysis and vulnerability assessment methodology used extensively by the military, intelligence and law enforcement communities.

The conference will cover topics related to protecting critical infrastructure and key resources based on the CARVER methodology. For more information, visit

Among the conference speakers:

  • Luke Bencie, author and managing director, SMI
  • Jennifer Hesterman, PhD, former vice commander, Andrews Air Force Base
  • Martin Barye-Garcia, security director, the Americas, Mars Global Security
  • Chuck Brooks, principal market growth strategist, cybersecurity and emerging technologies, General Dynamics Mission System
  • Vincent Volpi, chairman and CEO, Guardian Angel by PICA
  • Leo West, former FBI supervisory special agent and forensics examiner
  • Nicholas Waugh, director, security programs division, Intrepid
  • Leo Labaj, former CIA bomb tech and co-founder of the CARVER Methodology   

USFSM Regional Chancellor Karen A. Holbrook, PhD, will open the conference and welcome speakers. Former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion David Baas will serve as master of ceremonies.

To learn more about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit

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