The Breakfast Lecture Series at the Cincinnati Masonic Center is pleased to welcome Customs and Border Protection Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie as its featured speaker on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Complimentary breakfast starts at 7:45 a.m., discussion with Q&A starts at 8:10 a.m., and the program ends by 9:00 a.m. The Cincinnati Masonic Center is located at 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Mr. Gillespie will provide an overview of CBP processes and procedures, with an emphasis on the CBP mission and how it translates to national and local operations.
Mr. Gillespie began his law-enforcement career with the United States Border Patrol in 1996 in El Paso, Texas. In 2002, he started working for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at the Detroit, Michigan Port of Entry where he served as the team leader for the Detroit Metro Airport Anti-Terrorism and Contraband Enforcement Team. After working for several years in Detroit, he was assigned to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance post in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, and then transferred to the CBP Field Operations Academy in Glynco, Georgia.
Initially, Mr. Gillespie was a Lead Session Supervisor of CBP Basic Training, as well as a National Coordinator for the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team training program. While at Glynco, Mr. Gillespie completed a special detail as a Public Affairs Supervisory CBP Officer, where he served as a liaison to foreign governments and organizations and handled logistics for foreign visitors to the CBP Field Operations Academy. During his time at the Academy he was promoted to the rank of Senior Instructor, where he oversaw the Academy’s rotational instructor cadre and managed practical exercises required by trainees during CBP Officer Basic Training. These practical exercises constitute the largest single segment of the national training offered to all new recruits.
In November 2014, Mr. Gillespie accepted the position as CBP Port Director for the Port of Cincinnati. In this role he is responsible for all CBP operations at the Cincinnati Trade Office, the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati International Airport, and the DHL Express Consignment Operation, the latter of which is one of three worldwide superhubs for DHL Express.