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Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
In addition to serving as IEM Vice President, Koon also serves as Chair of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council. The Council is comprised of leading experts in mitigation and serves as an independent, non-governmental, non-profit entity that advocates for smart mitigation practices nationwide.
Prior to working for Florida, Koon was the Operations Manager and Director of Emergency Management for Wal-Mart. There, he was responsible for emergency management operations for 8,500 facilities and 2.2 million employees worldwide during disasters. Managing such a range of locations, each facing different emergencies and disasters, helped to hone Koon’s abilities to be responsive and flexible, a core value at IEM. Koon worked as a White House contractor with SRA International, building off his work as Training Officer for Presidential Contingency Programs under the U.S. Navy. While on active duty with the Navy, Koon worked at the White House Military Office in the President’s Emergency Operations Center.
Koon was a Commissioner of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). He was also Vice Chairman of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, sat on the Board of Directors of the National Information Sharing Consortium, and was formerly President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). He has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University (GWU), and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Crisis Management from GWU. A Florida native, Koon will serve the company from Tallahassee, Florida, where Koon currently resides with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons.