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April 1-3, 2025
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

Kevin Lopes

Kevin Lopes, PhD

Director of Business Strategy & Marketing

Before assuming his current position Kevin served as ThayerMahan’s Director of Maritime Operations, where he planned operations, assessed risk, executed plans, and produced contract deliverables. He managed autonomous unmanned vehicle tactical operations, supervised 24-7 piloting, acoustic intelligence, and electronic intelligence teams, and delivered tailored analysis and near-real-time customer reporting. Kevin oversaw operational test planning and coordinated logistics including shipboard mobilization, system launch and system recovery.

During his 27-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Kevin held positions, including: command of a USCG cutter; Chief of Planning at Sector New Orleans; Chief of Response at Sector New Orleans; Incident Commander for oil spill and HAZMAT response; Operations Section Chief for the DM-932 barge spill response; and Finance Section Chief for the Deepwater Horizon unified response. His wide-ranging responsibilities have included: port/waterway/coastal security, maritime commerce, incident response, search and rescue, marine environmental response, drug interdiction, law enforcement, living marine resources enforcement, migrant interdiction, defense readiness and hurricane response.

As a Certified Defense Financial Manager, Kevin oversaw the Coast Guard’s enterprise financial policy when the Department of Homeland Security earned its first clean audit opinion. In the academic realm, he was a Professor of Management and lectured on leadership, organizational development, change management, negotiations, and conflict management.


Boston University, Doctor (Business Administration & Management)
Loyola University New Orleans, Master (Business Administration)
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, B.S. (Management)