Bill Read

Former Director - National Hurricane Center

Conference Master of Ceremonies


Mr. Read served in the United States Navy and the National Weather Service during his career. His weather service career began in 1977, and he has worked in Sterling, Virginia, Fort Worth, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Silver Spring, Maryland, Houston, Texas, and Miami, Florida over the years. Bill was appointed as the Deputy Director of the National Hurricane Center From August 2007 until he was selected for the position of director on January 25, 2008.  Bill received the National Hurricane Conference Public Education Award in Spring 2004 for hurricane preparedness efforts. Under his leadership, the Houston/Galveston forecast office conducted an annual Houston/Galveston Hurricane Workshop, which was considered the largest meeting of its kind in the United States.

Dr. Chuck Doswell

Meteorologist - Consultant


Dr. Charles A. Doswell III was born in 1945, in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois and lived in nearby Villa Park, IL through high school. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, WI, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. He began his graduate work at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Meteorology the following fall, completing his Master of Science degree in January 1969.  After leaving active military service, he returned to his doctoral studies, graduating in the summer of 1976. He spent six years with the Techniques Development Unit at the National Severe Storms Forecast Center, in Kansas City, MO. Then, he moved to Boulder, CO, where he spent four years with the Weather Research Program. Following that, he moved to the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK, in the fall of 1986 and retired from Federal service there in January 2001. Since then, he has been working part-time as a Senior Research Scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, which is affiliated with the University of Oklahoma. He is a certified consulting meteorologist and a semi-professional photographer - videographer, using both his chasing and his scientific knowledge to help develop U.S. national training materials for storm spotters (slides, videos, and guidebooks) and the National Weather Service.

James Spann

Chief Meteorologist

ABC 33


He joined ABC 33/40 one month after the station signed on the air in the fall of 1996. In all, James has been a television weather anchor for 32 years. Along the way he has worked for WCFT in Tuscaloosa, WSFA in Montgomery, KDFW in Dallas and two other stations in Birmingham. In 2001, James received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was recognized for live coverage of the deadly tornado which hit Tuscaloosa on December 16, 2000. His work during that horrible storm also helped ABC 33/40 earn a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow award for spot news coverage.


Tim Marshall

Meteorologist - Engineer


Tim Marshall is a meteorologist and civil engineer who makes his living surveying and assessing damage in the wake of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and hailstorms. He was born and raised in the Chicago, IL area and became interested in tornadoes when his hometown was struck by an F-4 tornado in 1967. Tim began tracking down hurricanes and studying their damage while

schooling at Texas Tech. Tim’s first hurricane chase

was Allen in 1980. After graduating in 1983, Tim went to work for Haag Engineering Company based in Dallas and has surveyed hundreds of natural disasters during the past 30 years. In that time, he also has tracked down hundreds

of tornadoes and dozens of hurricanes. Tim rode out Hurricane Katrina in Slidell, LA in 2005 and Ike on Galveston Island in 2008. He has served on

the Severe Local Storms the Enhanced Fujita scale committees and was a consultant to the Saffir-Simpson scale committee. Tim has written many publications on building damage and has appeared on numerous radio and television







Dr. Ian Giammanco

Lead Research Meteorologist IBHS


Dr. Ian Giammanco is a Lead Research Meteorologist at the IBHS Research Center. His responsibilities include providing leadership in instrumentation design and data collection, wind-flow characterization and multi-hazard testing including hail and wildfire, field programs, and provides guidance on weather and climate issues within the public policy program. He is also serving a 3-year term on the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Weather and Climate Financial Risk Management. Dr. Giammanco has more than a decade of meteorological field research experience, serving as the field coordinator for the IBHS Characteristics of Hail Field Program, which began in 2012


Lon Curtis

Former Meteorologist

KWTX TV - Waco, Texas


Although educated as an attorney, and serving 24 years as a Texas prosecutor, Lon Curtis pursued his passion for weather as a serious avocation before realizing his dream of becoming an on-air meteorologist at KWTX-TV (Waco) in 1997. That opportunity came about, in part, because of his role in storm spotting during a tornado outbreak in May of 1997, including the tornado at Jarrell that killed 27 people. Lon is a member of the American Meteorology Society and the National Weather Association, and holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist certification and the NWA Weathercaster Seal of Approval. (Both certifications are on inactive status since his retirement from broadcasting in 2011.) Lon also authored a peer-reviewed research article published in the AMS journal Weather and Forecasting (2004), on the role of mid-level dry air intrusions as a factor in tornado outbreaks associated with landfalling tropical cyclones. Since retiring, he has continued his interest in the field of severe convective storms, and also maintains a personal website on weather conditions and hazards affecting Central Texas.






Rob Galbraith

Director - Property & Casualty



Rob  is a Director in the Property and Casualty (P&C) Property Underwriting area at USAA, where his team is responsible for developing and managing our catastrophe underwriting guidelines for all property lines.  Rob has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in a variety of positions with USAA, Smith Barney, and the Federal Reserve Board.  Rob has earned several industry professional designations and is actively involved as part of multiple industry trade groups.

Greg Carbin

Chief Forecast Operations

Weather Prediction Center


Greg Carbin was selected as Chief of Forecast Operations for the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center (WPC), in College Park, MD, in March 2016. In his new role, Greg supervises the 34-member forecast staff of the center with rainfall, snowfall, and medium range forecast responsibilities for the nation. Prior to returning to the East Coast this year, Mr. Carbin served as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC), in Norman, Oklahoma. He spent nearly 20 years with SPC and performed in a variety of operational forecast capacities. Greg began his career with the NWS in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1993 and also worked in the private sector, in New York and Vermont, after earning a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in 1985. In addition to graduate course work at the University of Oklahoma, Greg is a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Development Program. In September 2016, Greg received the Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association, "For his groundbreaking work on severe weather climatology which has revolutionized the way the meteorological community visualizes and uses severe weather statistics".


Bill Line

Meteorologist -


Bill Line is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service at the Pueblo, CO forecast office, and serves as the office Satellite Focal Point. Prior to joining the National Weather Service in Pueblo, Bill was a Research Associate at the University of Oklahoma Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, where he served as the GOES-R Liaison at the Storm Prediction Center and Hazardous Weather Testbed in Norman, OK. He led GOES-R Proving Ground efforts on satellite-based hazardous weather products, demonstrating the unique and complementary value of satellite information to forecasters and preparing the SPC for the receipt and use of GOES-R data. Bill received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Paul Yura

Warning Coordination Meteorologist

NWS Office - Austin/San Antonio


Paul began his full time career with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, TX as a forecaster and then Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM). In 2008 Paul accepted the Warning Coordination Meteorologist position at the Austin-San Antonio weather office. As WCM, his primary job is to be the liaison between the National Weather Service and local media, citizens, county, state, and federal agencies as well as conduct storm damage surveys and community outreach.

Dr. Greg Forbes

Severe Weather Expert - The Weather Channel


Severe weather expert for The Weather Channel since 1999, Dr. Greg Forbes is a foremost expert on thunderstorms, tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, floods and more. Dr. Forbes studied tornadoes and severe thunderstorms under Dr. Ted Fujita (famous for inventing the F-scale used to rate tornadoes). Dr. Forbes is an AMS fellow, has taught at Penn State, has done extensive research and co-authored books, and has consulted with the national weather services of the United States, South Africa, Spain and the Netherlands.








Logan Scherschel

Texas A&M Forest Service



Logan Scherschel graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making. He worked three seasons as a wildland firefighter for the National Park Service at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore before he started working for Texas A&M Forest Service as a Wildland Urban Interface Specialist out of San Antonio, Texas in 2014. Logan has traveled across the United States assisting several other states with wildfire response including Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, Utah, Oregon, and North Carolina. His current job duties involve working with homeowners, local governments, and fire departments to prepare for and mitigate home loss during large wildfires.






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