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2019 Speaker: Paul R. Nielsen 

The TSA and CBP – What’s Next?

Concurrent B
Thursday, June 13 — 9:45 a.m.





Paul R. Nielsen 

Chief CBP Officer 

Area Port of Charlotte 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 


Paul Nielsen is a Chief Customs and Border Protection officer in Charlotte, where he is responsible for managing passenger operations at one of the top 20 international airports in the United States. He is responsible for detecting and preventing threats from entering the U.S., while facilitating legitimate trade and travel. 

Paul began his career as an immigration inspector with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Honolulu in 2002. He later spent six years in Toronto, where his duties focused on counter terrorism, and served as the American Immigration Lawyers Association liaison for the port. 

Since arriving in Charlotte in 2012, Paul has been involved in day-to-day operations at the airport and has participated in CBP hurricane response efforts during Matthew and Florence in 2016 and 2018. In addition, he also served as the acting deputy port director for the Port of Washington, D.C., which is a proving ground for much of CBP’s newest technology.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Hawaii.