Mr. Karl Colder

Mr. Karl ColderMr. Karl Colder of the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration will be offering the keynote address.

Mr. Colder is the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Division. The Washington Division consists of the District of Columbia and the states of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The division is covered by DEA offices in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Salisbury, MD; Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke, Winchester, Bristol, and Hampton, VA; and, Charleston, Wheeling, and Clarksburg, WV. The mission of the Washington Division is to consistently develop a diverse workforce of the highest integrity and ethical standards that proudly represents DEA.

Mr. Colder also served as the Deputy Chief Inspector of Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).  In this position, Mr. Colder was the principal advisor to the chief inspector on all OPR related matters and led one of DEA’s most sensitive and important programs.  Heading that office, Mr. Colder ensured that DEA’s professionalism, credibility, and longstanding reputation for high integrity was maintained with the public and Congress.

Mr. William Smith 

Mr. William SmithMr. William Smith is the Director of the Georgia Institute of Technology Office of Emergency Preparedness.  Mr. Smith worked as the Operations Officer for the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, prior to his current role. In that capacity, he was responsible for the City and County’s Emergency Operations Center and worked through multiple special events and natural disasters, including the Downtown Atlanta Tornado of 2008. A Marine Corps Veteran, William deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working as an Amorer and Mortuary Affairs Specialist.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelors of Science from Georgia Tech (INTA ’01) and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State (’05) with a Certificate in Disaster Management.