The Security Manufacturers Coalition (SMC), the unified voice of companies that manufacture security screening technology, announced that homeland security expert Kevin Schmidt, Vice President of Government Relations for Smiths Group, has been re-elected Chair of the organization for 2021. LeeAnn Levesque, Vice President, Business Development, Security Products with Analogic was elected as Vice-Chair.
“We are pleased to announce Kevin Schmidt has been re-elected for a third term as Chair of the SMC. His experience working for complex public and private sector entities will help to inform his leadership of the SMC in 2021,” said T.J. Schulz, President of the Airports Consultants Council (ACC), the host organization for the SMC. The SMC is focused on advocacy priorities that impact the transportation security industry and the traveling public.
Schmidt is currently Vice President, Government Relations for Smiths Group and brings unique experience to the position having also served as a House Intelligence Committee staffer and a Department of Homeland Security senior official in the George W. Bush administration.
“The SMC membership is proud to advance and deploy security technology for protecting the American people,” said Chairman Schmidt. “We will continue to reinforce the long-term funding challenges for our government customers as they work to secure the free flow of commerce and Americans travel. The safety of the American people is even more critical to our economy as we begin to recover from the pandemic.”
SMC Vice Chair LeeAnn Levesque joined Analogic in 2020. LeeAnn has over 25 years of domestic and international business development and executive management experience in diverse industries such as telecommunications, homeland security, defense, and aerospace. Prior to joining the company, she was Vice President, Business Development, Defense/Aerospace/Space/Security at Sanmina Corporation, a global manufacturing organization. Before Sanmina, LeeAnn held the position of President & CEO of SureScan Corporation for more than a decade, a company that developed and certified a stationary gantry, multi-energy explosive detection system (EDS) for hold baggage.