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Our Team

Andrew Goldsmith


Andrew Goldsmith is managing partner and Chief Marketing Officer with Secure Nexus Consulting, as well as CEO of AGX Marketing, a boutique strategic marketing firm.  He is a senior level homeland security technology executive with experience in strategic planning, strategic marketing, marketing communications and business development.

His work has focused on helping CBRNE security technology firms commercialize and promote new products and services, expand their presence within US DHS and US DOD entities, and find strategic investors and distribution partners. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Goldsmith with Vice President of Global Marketing at Rapiscan Systems, a leading provider of non-intrusive security screening solutions.  In that role he helped Rapiscan launch cargo inspection systems, airport baggage scanners, radiation detection portals and explosive trace detection systems.    Prior to Rapiscan, Mr. Goldsmith was a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ telecom consulting practice, where he led M&A support and marketing strategy engagements for AT&T, Verizon and other leading telecom carriers.  A contributor to Forbes.com, Mr. Goldsmith is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Columbia University.

Michael Higdon


Michael Higdon co-founded Secure Nexus Consulting and brings more than 17 years of congressional and federal lobbying experience to each Secure Nexus Consulting engagement. As a former senior staffer to key congressional leaders, he specializes in defense and homeland security appropriations and budget policy while closely monitoring aviation, border and maritime security, AI policy, CBRNE detection, and screening technology innovation. Michael is intimately familiar with Capitol Hill’s tight-knit network, hard deadlines, arcane procedures, and blurred jurisdictional boundaries that define the authorization and appropriations process. Michael served former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers for over ten years, completing his assignment as Chief of Staff. 

Since leaving the Hill, Michael has worked with dozens of clients to advance congressional objectives from conception to federal law.  He excels at collaborating with clients to craft winning narratives, build momentum, remain ahead of intelligence, counter negative storylines, and identify and influence key stakeholders to achieve measurable public policy and procurement outcomes. Key to this process is his emphasis on relationship mapping and cultivating advocates through strategic message formulation, exposure, and execution.  In addition to his leadership role within Secure Nexus Consulting, he is also CEO of A1.9 Strategies, LLC.

Kelly Hoggan


Kelly Hoggan is a co-founder of Secure Nexus Consulting and offers its clients the indispensable operational and technical expertise that comes from having held multiple leadership positions within US TSA, most recently serving as Assistant Administrator for Screening Operations.   

During his tenure, he was the chief management official responsible for TSA’s security operations—a $4.1 billion annual effort overseeing 55,000 TSA employees screening over 1.8 million passengers at 450 U.S. airports daily. Mr. Hoggan managed all security programs related to these airports and served as TSA’s chief technical expert on airport operations, programs, activities, and screening technologies. Under his leadership, TSA further enhanced its security measures to ensure passenger security and safety. This included implementing TSA Pre✓® at over 142 locations, increasing access to expedited screening and adopting new technologies to enhance checkpoint and baggage screening operations.

Mr. Hoggan also served as the head of TSA’s Office of Global Strategies (OGS), Assistant Administrator for the Office of Security Capabilities (OSC), and Senior US Aviation Security Expert at ICAO. When he joined TSA in 2004, Mr. Hoggan brought to the young organization over 18 years of industry experience including senior management positions in airport operations, planning, and process improvement at Air Canada—the ninth largest airline in the world. At its Toronto Hub, he directed all customer service operations and led initiatives to fully integrate the frontline workforce. Mr. Hoggan earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Strayer University, is a six sigma blackbelt, and holds certificates from the Federal Executive Institute, Senior Executive Service, UVA’s Darden School of Business, and USC’s Center for Organizational Effectiveness.

Mark Laustra


A leader of the aviation security industry and a co-founder of Secure Nexus Consulting, Mark Laustra offers our clients more than 25 years of experience successfully bringing innovative security technologies to market and managing complex technology-based programs for aviation security, cargo inspection, and critical infrastructure protection. A frequent contributor to U.S. Congressional hearings, industry forums and media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, and CNBC, Mark is also recognized as a leading expert on policy and regulatory matters related to aviation security technology.

Mark has particular expertise in the use of non-intrusive inspection and threat detection technologies to mitigate threats posed to aviation and other high-value assets by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) agents. Mark recently completed his third term as Chair of the Security Manufacturers Coalition, the unified voice to the Federal Government of companies that manufacture security screening technology. As chair, Mark testified before the U.S. Senate on the state of U.S. aviation security and made specific recommendations on how to improve the business ecosystem.

Mark’s leadership experience includes business strategy development for leading companies like Smiths Detection, Astrophysics, and most recently Analogic where Mark was instrumental in building a U.S. domestic and international market for checkpoint CT technology. Mark’s business development efforts led to a strategic partnership with the world’s largest passenger air carrier who became a launch customer for Analogic’s checkpoint CT screening solution. Prior to joining Analogic, Mark was in a leadership position at Smiths Detection, where he worked with the US Department of Homeland Security to successfully deploy the first walk through people screening portal, the first Multiview checkpoint X-Ray system, and automated screening lane solution.

Mark is also currently serving on the board of Karsa Oy, a startup involved in the commercialization of chemical ionization (CI) technology originally developed at the University of Helsinki for security applications.