Appointed to the Eighth Coast Guard District's prevention division staff in March 2012 after retiring from the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s education branch where Ed served as the conservation education program manager. In that capacity, he was responsible for the hunter education and gun safety, archery, sports fishing, boating safety and off highway vehicle safety education programs. He also served as the department’s only non-commissioned Police Officer Standards Training (POST) state certified specialty instructor for operational marine enforcement training on the water.
In his current position, Ed provides recreational boating safety expertise to the District’s leadership and is responsible for coordinating the Eighth Coast Guard District's recreational boating safety program with district stakeholders. Working with the BLAs and education staffs of the 26 states that make up America’s Heartland, his primary responsibility includes policy planning and outreach related to enforcement of Federal laws and Coast Guard regulations for recreational boating safety. Ed serves as the primary liaison to local, state, tribal, regional, national, Canadian and Mexican recreational boating safety and enforcement officials, public boating safety and related organizations and recreational boating-related media. He is a regular contributor to a number of regional and national print and electronic magazines.
A previous board member of various regional and national water safety, boating safety, and conservation education related organizations, he currently serves on NASBLA’s Law Enforcement, and Education committees. A founding member of NASBLA’s Education Standards Panel and a participant on-water education standards and training efforts, he continues to deliver classroom and on-water courses, presentations to industry professionals, volunteers and the general public.
A Coast Guard credentialed master mariner, Ed holds a MBA, is a graduate of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Bob Ramsey Executive Education Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, holds a certificate from ASU’s Management and Leadership Institute and is a decorated Viet Nam combat veteran.