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Dr. TEO A. BABUN, Jr.

CEO, Babun Group Consulting, Inc.

Babun Group Consulting was created in 1992 to identify and develop client’s opportunities for Cuban, and Caribbean commercial projects. The Group is devoted to the reconstruction of a New Cuba (post-transition) by preparing companies that would benefit from expanding business into a New Cuba. Babun Group is regarded as one of America's largest providers of Cuba related strategic business services. 

His experience and involvement as an analyst on Cuban business, economic, and religious issues is extensive.  He is a frequent guest commentator with CBS, CNN, CNBC, CBN, the BBC and the German Television Network.  In addition, he is a guest columnist for a number of publications.  Recently, Mr. Babun was profiled in Time Magazine for his Cuba business efforts following a transition.  His articles on Cuba have appeared in The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Wall Street Journal, The Economists, The Americas Business Journal, and many others. He has published more than 100 manuscripts and reports on Cuban business, political, and economic issues. Teo Babun is the co-author of the popular book The Cuban Revolution: years of promise (University Press of Florida), and is a sought-after speaker.  He has been invited to speak before various U.S. Congressional Committees, and the U.S. Department of State.  He has also participated in more than 50 panels and debates on Cuban issues, and has addressed more than 200 groups throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

Teo Babun was a successful shipping and manufacturing entrepreneur and now dedicates much of his time to various non-profit efforts.   He is the Executive Director of ECHO-Cuba, and organization that provides medicines, food, computers and other aid to the emerging church in Cuba, and of Americas Relief Team, a public-private partnership providing coordinated logistics assistance for humanitarian aid to Caribbean Basin countries.  Teo is an Electrical Engineer, has an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. 

 


Captain Michael J. “Breeze” Barea
USN (retired)

CAPT Mike “Breeze” Barea, USN retired 31 January 2011 and was relieved as Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science at Hampton Roads NROTC, successfully completing over 30 years of honorable commissioned naval service.  CAPT Barea is presently employed with Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC) serving as Staff Principal Engineer working integration solutions in maturing aircraft carrier suitability technologies for unmanned aircraft.  Barea is providing defense contractor support to PMA-268 UCAS-D and UCLASS Programs.  In addition he is supporting PMA-213 Joint Precision Approach Landing System (JPALS) Program.

He was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, Florida and was commissioned an Ensign from the Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.

He was designated a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) in February 1982 and operationally flew in the F-14A and F-14B “TOMCAT” models during numerous Mediterranean deployments. He reported to the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island where he was awarded a Master-of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and graduated in June 1996.

CAPT Barea has extensive major staff experience, both ashore and at sea. He was selected for Command where he served in Tactical Air Control Squadron Twenty One (TACRON 21). He actively participated and contributed in Expeditionary and Amphibious Operations such as ALLIED FORCE, NOBEL ANVIL, SHINING HOPE and JOINT GUARDIAN during the Kosovo crisis. In August 1999 he played a major role in Operation AVID RESPONSE, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief as a result of a massive earthquake in Turkey. In September 2005 he also contributed in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations in Southeastern Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita serving as Regional Rescue Coordination Center Director of Air Operations embarked in USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7).

Following CAPT Barea’s command tour he was assigned to USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) to serve as Air Officer (AIR BOSS) in June 2001. He actively participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM, America’s first AIR STRIKE response to the Global War on Terror as a result of the attacks made on September 11, 2001 from the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea region.

CAPT Barea’s tours included serving as the Future Plans Officer for Commander Expeditionary Strike Group Two (ESG 2) and as USNAVCENT Future Plans Center Director in February 2007. He previously served as Expeditionary Aviation Directorate for Commander Amphibious Group Two (CPG 2) prior to volunteering for a Middle Eastern Deployment. CAPT Barea’s last assignment prior to reporting to Hampton Roads NROTC was as ESG-2 Policy Officer.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign/unit commendations.

 


Captain Tim Cannon

Tim Cannon began his law enforcement career with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Florida in October 1984. He rose to the rank of Captain serving in areas such as Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Staff Inspections, Tourist Policing, Information Management, Watch Commander, Homeland Security and Aviation.

He was a member of the Florida Domestic Security Task Force, Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Area Security Initiative, and the National Domestic Nuclear Detection Working Group. Tim also served as the Coordinator for the Florida Sheriff’s Statewide Task Force. In these capacities he was tasked with developing strategies, protocols, and regional collaboration planning.

In his various positions, his goal was to foster close working relationships with multi jurisdictions and disciplines from city, state and federal levels sharing information and ideas on terrorism, emergency management, and infrastructure protection.

Tim was selected as a Leadership Fellow for the FBI Training Division where he spent six rewarding months working in the Leadership Development Institute at Quantico. During his tenure as a Leadership Fellow, he taught various topics in leadership and ethics at the National Academy, Regional Command Colleges, and the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

Tim holds a B.A. from Columbia College and graduated from the 234th Session of the National Academy, the FBI’s Domestic Security Executive Academy, LEEDS 58, and DEA Drug Unit Commanders Academy. He was selected by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to represent Florida at the; “Countering Terrorism” Homeland Security Summit, in Jerusalem in 2006. He has lectured for both the Florida and National Sheriffs Association and is a graduate of the “Emerging Executive Program” at North Eastern University in Boston.

His goal is to remain forward thinking and to learn and implement the most up to date measures in leadership, law enforcement, and counter terrorism. Information, combined with knowledge and common sense, are the key to defeating crime and keeping our communities safe.

 

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