Jose Quinones is a Managing Advisor at ASQ Consulting. He is an attorney and retired United States Coast Guard Commander with top secret security clearance and extensive maritime expertise and experience in the areas of homeland security, energy and environmental issues. His awards include two (2) Defense Meritorious Service Medals, a USCG Meritorious Service Medal, two (2) Joint Service Commendation Medals, two (2) USCG Commendation Medals, USCG achievement Medals, National Defense Medals, and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, along with various meritorious team and unit awards. He is a U.S. NORTHCOM “plank holder.”
Previously, Mr. Quinones held a variety of leadership positions; including, Director of Auxiliary for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Seventh District, Diplomat and USCG Military Attaché to the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean.
As the Chief of Maritime Contingency Planning, Force Readiness and Incident Management Response Team at the USCG San Juan, PR Sector, Commander Quinones was responsible for planning related to maritime security, port security grants, training exercises, mass rescue operations, and response to terrorist attacks, pollution, catastrophic disasters, and HAZMAT releases.
As the Senior Investigating Officer for the USCG Marine Safety Office San Juan, P.R., Commander Quinones conducted numerous high profile maritime casualty (Deaths/Groundings/Collisions) investigations, including personnel actions following white-collar crimes (fraud). Commander Quinones also worked as a Marine Vessel Inspector.
As the Chief of Waterfront Facilities and Waterways Management at the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Miami, FL, Commander Quinones coordinated multi-agency strike force operations and supervised various security and inspection teams dealing with oil, refineries, nuclear waterfront facilities, controlled cargoes and explosives.
Commander Quinones graduated Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, with a B.S. in Biology. He completed a Juris Doctor degree at the Interamerican University School of Law. He holds a Certification in Health Law from the NSU Shepard Broad Law Center and is admitted to practice law before the Puerto Rico District, Appellate and Supreme Courts; the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also has served as pro bono legal counsel with environmental, immigrations and health law matters.
J.D. – Law; B.S. – Biology
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