Recently retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ed’s responsibilities included planning and outreach related to education, training and enforcement of Federal boating laws and best water safety practices, coordinating District Eight's recreational boating and water safety program in the 26 states that make up America’s Heartland. Ed also served as the District’s liaison to local, state, tribal, regional, national, Canadian and Mexican recreational boating safety and enforcement officials, public boating safety related organizations, stakeholders and recreational boating-related media.
Prior to his appointment to the Eighth Coast Guard District’s Headquarters Prevention staff in March 2012, Ed retired from the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Education Branch as an education branch program manager.
Ed holds a MBA degree, is a graduate of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Bob Ramsey Executive Education Certified Public Manager (CPM) program and holds a Certificate from the ASU Management and Leadership Institute.
A past member of a number of boating and water safety related boards and safety organizations, Ed has served as an executive board member of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) and on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrator’s Law Enforcement and Education committees, and was a founding member of the National Boating Education Standards Panel. He also participated on U.S. Sailing’s on-water education standards effort in all three domains of power, human-power, and sail.
An American Sailing Association (ASA) certified instructor, previous American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor, NSBC Instructor-Trainer and Arizona Police Officer Standards Training (POST) specialty instructor, Ed holds a Coast Guard master’s license with sailing and towing endorsements and is a decorated combat veteran of Viet Nam.