International Port Liaison Office

International Port Liaison Office

 


 

THE I.P.L.O. IS RESPONSIBLE IN PART FOR THE MARKETING, PROMOTION, DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PORT SECURITY, COUNTER PIRACY AND COUNTER TERRORISM TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR THE NMLEA AND PROVIDES SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THOSE PROGRAMS AND OPERATIONS.

 


 

 Kester, MSTC Greg B., USCGR Ret
Director, International Port Liaison Office

Mr. Kester served in civilian law enforcement as a deputy Sheriff for the Boulder County Colorado Sheriff's Office for 28 years retiring in 2008.  His assignments included patrol officer, mountain officer, detective, court and corrections officer.  Mr. Kester's qualifications include State Certified Peace Officer, Field Training Officer, Level II Firefighter, State Certified Hazardous Materials Technician and Colorado POST Certified Instructor "Patrol Procedures."  Additional traininng included wildfire management, mountain search & rescue and he also served as a firearms instructor, crime prevention officer and Law Enforcement Explorer Scout advisor.

In addition to his civilian occupation, he served 23 years in the United States Coast Guard Reserves.  His assignments include instructor in LORAN station security, drug interdiction task force at NORAD and with Port Security Unit 303B during Desert Storm.

After 9/11 he became part of the original Coast Guard's Sea Marshall teams and later worked with five major Northern California ports to ensure they met the requirements of the new Maritime Transportation Security Act.  He continued to work in the Port Safety and Security area ensuring compliance with both safety and security requirements, until his retirement from the Coast Guard Reserves, as a Marine Science Technician Chief in October 2010.

Mr. Kester also works with the Coast Guard's volunteer organization, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, developing and implementing the Auxiliary's participation in programs related to the Coast Guard's legacy Marine Safety, Security and Environmental protection programs.  He is currently the Director of Prevention for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and is responsible for writing and implementation of the 27 Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS's) allowing the Auxiliary to work side by side with their Active and Reserve counterparts.

 

 Joe Bartko
Associate Director, International Port Liaison Office

In order to stay competitive in today’s market and business environment, companies need strong and aggressive business leaders who can meet corporate objectives and exceed goals on an annual basis.  Joe’s background has been built around a business-centric and results-oriented approach that has contributed to the success of many of the companies Joe has developed and/or worked with.

After completing his education in Business Administration at CCD in Denver, Colorado, with an emphasis in Marketing, Joe immediately put that knowledge and training to work.  While in school, he worked two years as a Communications Specialist and 911 Dispatcher for the City of Broomfield.  Afterwards, he worked as a mortgage broker, with over 15 years of experience in the commercial & residential mortgage lending industry.  Joe also holds current State of Colorado life, health & accident, and annuity licenses.  He has a strong background in management organization, logistics and project planning.

During that time, Joe became a Senior Partner and Vice President of Sky Peak Partners, Inc., a real estate planning, development and investment firm that has been in operation since 1999.  After the economic downturn in the mortgage industry, Joe and a former mortgage partner created a company that worked with a private equity group handling “accredited investors” for investments, trades and the facilitation of major project funding.   He also served as an Account Professional with a Foreign Exchange Investment Firm in Denver, Colorado.

Joe has served on several Boards including 14 years on the Board of Directors for the Longmont Emergency Unit, and two years with the Longmont Small Business Association.  He also served as the Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association, a 501(c)(3) youth-arts organization.  Joe is currently the Team Coordinator for the City of Longmont Office of Emergency Managment's Damage Assessment & Response Team program.