New Hanover County Commissioner Rob Zapple Deb Westphal Wilmington NC Sustainability

Blue Economy Convergence Conversation: Rob Zapple, New Hanover County Commissioner

In 1997, Rob Zapple and his wife could have lived almost anywhere in the United States. Seeking opportunities for quality of life and a good education for their children, they decided on Wilmington, North Carolina, Neither Rob nor his wife had lived in North Carolina. They had no connections, jobs, real friends, or bank accounts…

Blue Economy Convergence Conversation NC Ports Authority Brian Clark Deborah Westphal

Blue Economy Convergence Conversation: Brian Clark, NC State Ports Authority

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Brian Clark has spent his professional life in the maritime industry. His purview of how the shipping industry works is vast, having spent time working in ports in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Alabama. For 22 years, Brian was with AP Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping…

Glenn Anderson Deborah Westphal Blue Economy All Blue Week UNCW Wilmington Conversation

Blue Economy Convergence Conversation: Glenn Anderson, Cape Fear Ocean Labs

Glenn Anderson’s friends describe him as someone who grew up as an irredeemably curious child. Even today, he wants to know why things work, how they work, and if you break it, what happens? He was born in Alabama and raised in Tennessee by parents who valued education.  After getting his formal education, he wound…

Jake Sotiriadis Deborah Westphal Convergence Foresight Intelligence

Convergence Conversation: Strategic Foresight and the Intelligence Community with Jake Sotiriadis

Lt. Col. Jake Sotiriadis is the Director of Operations and Engagement for National Intelligence University’s Intel, Research, Education, and Solutions (IRES) Laboratory.  He is also a member of the University’s research faculty. And his career as an Air Force intelligence officer spans nearly twenty years. During that time, Jake has created opportunities for senior leaders…

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