C7 International is a consulting practice and business development partner focused on connecting U.S. businesses to the Middle East. Every activity is driven by relationships and doing things the right way. Every transaction must be a win-win for all involved. Opportunities are given, but trust is earned. This philosophy is ingrained in everything we do.

The Team

Christopher N. Hinn

CEO/Managing Director, C-7 International, LLC

Former Senior Advisor, Middle Eastern Affairs, Department of Homeland Security


Christopher has a strong bond in the Gulf States, especially in the United Arab Emirates, with some of the country’s top decision makers. His network includes a prominent team of attorneys, Governments officials, and business leaders majorities, all local Emirates. Connecting the dots and bridging the west and Middle East, Christopher and his team enable you to bridge and build the right relationship with the right people and industries. Think of C7 International as a true extension of your operation.

Christopher was entrusted to perform the most critical and confidential oversights of a hundreds of million dollars contract involving various Middle Eastern entities. He reviewed the processes in place and made recommendations that yielded generational affects in the Middle East. During 2010, Christopher was contracted to represent a Middle East entity by performing a review of highly confidential contracts performed by foreign contractors. Mr. Hinn’s extensive experience with government contracting operations, combined with his firm grasp on the geopolitical environment and fluent language skills enabled him to perform his duties with exceptional efficiency and effectiveness. Christopher had the operational readiness and gameness to quickly assess the players, evaluate the strategic and program plans, and identify and implement key strategies. Christopher quickly identified areas that were substandard and not transparent to the principals, and his recommendations have made changes in the dynamics of this region that will be beneficial for years to come.

Christopher Hinn boasts almost 40 years of experience in the private sector aviation and transportation industries. He most recently held the federal positions of Senior Middle East Advisor in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Deputy Assistant Administrator International Programs for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component of DHS.

Christopher also held the position of Senior Advisor, Middle Eastern Affairs to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and Ambassador Cresencio Arcos, the former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, DHS. In this capacity, he was the primary DHS point-of-contact for all Middle Eastern countries. He assisted in the development of exchange of letters between the TSA and the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, Department of State (DOS) and administered the agreements that were part of the exchange. He also functioned as an intelligence specialist with Charles Allen, Assistant Secretary for Intelligence, DHS. He worked directly with diplomatic representatives of the Gulf States and developed dialogue and relationships with foreign representatives to assist in the identification of radicalization of United States residents who might threaten the homeland. He also identified local civil agencies that might assist in the development of intelligence leads that would aid the national programs, by coordinating and participating in both formal and informal discussions between the Secretary of DHS and the Ambassadors of the Arab League. This process generated Memorandums of Understanding between local and State agencies; and foreign States to cooperate in intelligence information sharing.

During his tenure as Deputy Assistant Administrator of International Programs at TSA, Christopher was responsible for the coordination of United States TSA Embassy-status Attaches in the Middle East. He provided expert guidance on the relationships and the administration of policies as they related to transportation issues. He developed the foreign dignitary facilitation program by building upon the existing “Escort Screening Courtesies Program,” which is reserved for foreign cabinet-level officials or equivalent and jointly administered by TSA and the Office of Foreign Missions, DOS.

He had direct leadership responsibility in planning the DHS Secretary Chertoff’s meetings and agendas with Middle Eastern Ministers and Ambassadors. International Affairs, in September 2006 after serving as the Deputy Assistant Administrator from December 2005. Christopher proactively works with foreign governments and commercial overseas operations to increase international transportation security. He oversees agency's international industry representatives, aviation security experts and Transportation Security Administration Representatives (known as TSAR’s) ensuring representation at U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. These individuals are TSA representatives with the agency's regulatory and inspection responsibilities overseas.

Since the 1990’s, Christopher has been active in law enforcement. After serving as the Liaison to the Chief of Police in Longwood, Florida, he was appointed to the DHS Task Force for Region 5 of the Florida Intelligence Unit in 2003. He utilized his unique network of domestic and international business relationships to facilitate numerous cooperative cross-agency projects with law enforcement and government. His law enforcement background and education has been primarily in the area of domestic terrorism and cultural diversities. He also served on the Attorney General’s “Counterterrorism Advisory Board” in Florida as well as heading the training for law enforcement on “Extremism Identification and Terrorism Prevention”. He continues to teach at different law enforcement personnel agencies, and recently held a weeklong class at Georgetown University.

Christopher’s areas of expertise include conflict resolution, airline security operations, dignitary protection, Middle East cross-cultural interfacing and multi- agency/jurisdiction coordination. He has extensive experience in the logistics, development and facilitation of international forums and conferences. His career- spanning security record is without incident.

Christopher’s carries extensive expertise in large volume group travel, from conceptual design to final conclusion of operations. As the largest tour vendor taking groups to the Middle East in the world, he has created and implemented large capacity groups for many US associations involving massive logistics operations. He also handled over 4,000 CHI distributors in 2006 in Jordan under the blessings of King Abdulla Al Hussein at the Dead Sea.

He served with Orange County Sheriff’s Office, as a Special Agent in Counterterrorism Unit, Office of Intelligence from March 2003 to January 2009, as a volunteer position to give back to his community. He was appointed by Bill McCollum Florida’s the Attorney General on the Counter Terrorism Task Force 2008-2009.

Until October, 2014 he was sworn with the Belle Isle Police Department as a reserve Lieutenant with the Belle Isle Police Department . Also, recently was nominated to serve on the GovSec Advisory board on Counter-Terrorism and the Middle East. He also accepted a nomination on the Central Florida Affiliated of Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer. He speaks fluent French, and Arabic. He was educated in Canada, the Middle East, and the United States.

Throughout his career Christopher has had the opportunity to participate in family gatherings, business meetings and notable audiences with United States and foreign government officials, foreign dignitaries and esteemed royal families. Many of these interactions have matured into long term and continuing personal and business relationships.

Christopher received numerous industry and travel awards in the niche market of high volume tours. This interaction with foreign dignitaries also allowed him to establish international relationships with business groups and governmental agencies that still exist and are active today.


Orange County Sheriff’s Office, on June 5, 1995 – Medal of Merit awarded for saving the life of an elderly woman who was chocking to death by preforming the Heimlich maneuver

Orange County Sheriff’s Office, on December 24, 2008 – Sheriff’s Citation for developing the Extremism Identification and Terrorism Prevention program for first responders and law enforcement, presented by Sheriff Kevin Beary

Department of Homeland Security, on August 2007 – for his dedication and contributions to fighting the war on terrorism

Covington Who’s Who 2014

Christopher has also been a frequent guest on Fox News National and local Fox 35 since 2009, where he lends his expertise on the Middle East, on Homegrown Terrorism in the United States, Aviation Security threats and other government security related issues.

Ambassador Cresencio Arcos

Former Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for International Affairs

Cresencio (Cris) Arcos is Government Affairs Counselor at Kirkpatrick Lockhart and Preston Gates LLP. He was Assistant Secretary and Director of International Affairs at U.S. Department of Homeland Security (2003-2006). Prior to this he was AT&T Corporation’s Vice President and Managing Director for International Public Affairs for Latin America and Canada (1995-2002), where he was responsible for engaging foreign governments and the U.S. government on issues such as market access, regulatory framework, business development and fair competition. He served (1999-2003) as a Member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House.


Relevant Experience and Affiliations:

  • Ambassador from the U.S. Department of State (USIA) after a 25-year career.
  • Former Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, 1993-1995.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, 1989-93. 
  • Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, 1988-89.
  • In 1993, he also served on the Department of State’s North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Task Force.
  • From 1986-1988, Cris served as The White House Coordinator for Public Diplomacy on Central America and was the Deputy Coordinator in the Office of Public Diplomacy for Latin America at the Department of State.
  • From 1985-1986, he served as the State Department’s Deputy Director of the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Assistance Office.
  • His Foreign Service postings abroad included: Belgium, Portugal, Brazil, Soviet Union (Russia) and Honduras.
  • Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and Russian.  He was born in San Antonio, Texas.


Key Memberships:

  • The Council on Foreign Relations, New York
  • Director, Council of the Americas, New York (1995-2002)
  • U.S. Member, U.N. Drug Control Program Advisory Board, Vienna (1994-1997)
  • Board of the Hispanic Council on International Relations, Washington
  • Advisory Commission, Florida International University’s Latin America-Caribbean Center (1996-2002)
  • Diplomatic and Retired Consular Officers Association (DACOR)
  • American Foreign Service Association
  • Board, United Negro College Fund’s Institute of International Public Policy 1995-2003)
  • Board of Visitors, Pan American (Zamorano) Agriculture School, Honduras (1996-2003)
  • Board, Save the Children, Latin America (1997-2000)
  • Board, Foster Care Review, Florida (1998-2002);
  • Pacific Council on International Policy, Los Angeles
  • Board, Pan American Development Foundation, Washington (2000-2003)
  • Member, The Inter-American Dialogue, Washington (1998-2003);  Member, ex officio, Department of Defense Reserved Forces Policy Board (2003-2005)
  • Senior Advisor, The Center for the Study of the Presidency (2006-present)


Honors and Awards:

  • State Department Superior Honor Award 1990
  • Superior Honor Award 1981
  • Meritorious Honor Award 1977, U.S. Information Agency
  • The Honduran Government’s highest award, the Order of Morazan
  • Univ. California (Irvine) Regents’ Fellow (1998-’99)
Law Offices of Daniel N. Vara Jr

Former DHS Chief Counsel, Florida

Mr. Vara is recognized as one of the leading immigration authorities in the United States and served with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as the highest ranking federal immigration attorney in the State of Florida from 1990 until 2006.



Relevant Experience and Affiliations:

  • As the Chief Legal officer for INS operations throughout the State of Florida, managed and oversaw the litigation and legal advice efforts and activities of a staff of approximately 74 federal immigration attorneys
  • Experienced in both the prosecution and defense of federal immigration matters throughout the State of Florida
  • Provided litigation support and assistance to the various offices of the United States Attorneys in the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • Has extensive work experience with such agencies as the FBI and the CIA
  • Was lead legal counsel, litigator, and/or legal advisor on some of the highest profile immigration law cases in the United States. Such cases have involved human rights violations, organized crime, international narcotics trafficking, counterintelligence efforts, and counterterrorism issues, and have included such matters as:
    • the prosecution of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega
    • the Mazen Al Najjar classified evidence litigation
    • the Imran Mandhai and Adham Hassoun counterterrorism investigations and prosecutions
  • Identified, developed, and litigated the novel legal theory on the use of Foreign Agent Registration Act statutes to arrest and remove foreign espionage agents from the United States, a theory that has been used as the basis for many of the successful foreign agent criminal prosecution actions since then
  • INS District Counsel/Chief Legal Officer, Miami, Florida,1990 to 2003
  • ICE Chief Counsel, Orlando, Florida, 2003-2006
  • Legal advisor to high-level INS, ICE, and Chief Border Patrol Agent officials on immigration, asset forfeiture, personnel and criminal law matters
  • Experienced speaker, lecturer, and instructor, having lectured at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) conferences, and National Attorney Training Conferences
  • As a recognized and skilled litigator, has been the primary instructor for National Level Courtroom Litigation Skills Training within INS and ICE, and has conducted national, regional, and local training, for federal, state and local law enforcement personnel on counterintelligence, counterterrorism, case investigation, and prosecution matters
  • Recurring speaker at FBI counterintelligence agent training conferences on the use of the Immigration and Nationality Act in combating foreign espionage activities in the United States
Jonathan J. Fleming

Former Associate Assistant Secretary for TSA

Mr. Fleming founded S2 Global, a services based company focused on the operations, maintenance and training of the use of detection technology for homeland security purposes. S2 Global has signed agreements with major detection system manufacturers and government service providers to provide operations assistance worldwide.

S2 Global is a spin off from Contemporary Services Corporation. Mr. Fleming is responsible for leading Rapiscan’s efforts to provide turnkey screening solutions for airports, seaports, border crossings, and critical infrastructure for governments and private industry worldwide. In order to penetrate this market of public and private partnerships affectively, Rapiscan acquired S2 Global Inc., a company founded, developed and managed by Mr. Fleming since 2006. Rapiscan Systems has installed over 70,000 products in more than 100 countries. Rapiscan provides a wide range of detection technologies and services, from baggage and parcel inspection systems and metal detectors, to automated explosive detection systems, air cargo screening solutions and container inspection systems. Their systems are in use at airports, government and corporate buildings, correctional and prison facilities, postal facilities, military zones, sea ports and border crossings. Rapiscan technologies utilized in the systems range from X-ray and Gamma-ray imaging to advanced threat identification techniques such as neutron and diffraction analysis.

Rapiscan Systems partners with international governments and security agencies to design, deploy, and operate, customized solutions for securing facilities.


Since 2005, Mr. Fleming has been the Chief Operating Officer for Contemporary Services Corporation -an $80 million dollar firm that virtually created the large scale security event industry and has been the market leader in the Untied States over the past four decades. Today, CSC provides event support and security to the worlds most high profile sporting and entertainment events such as the World Cup, the Olympic Games and the Superbowl. CSC is an international corporation with offices in 35 cities in the US as well as an international operating division. Mr. Fleming joined CSC from the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration-the government agency tasked to protect the Nation’s transportation systems and to ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce.


Relevant Experience and Affiliations:

  • Transportation Security Administration as the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O), responsible for strategic planning, implementation and oversight of all facets of the operation for an agency that employs 52,000 staff with an operational budget of 5.7 Billion dollars Directed all modes of transportation security for the agency to include intelligence, international affairs, regulatory affairs, and law enforcement, as well as the interaction with other federal agencies
  • Served as Deputy Assistant Administrator, Aviation Operations, as well as Assistant Federal Security Director for Screening (AFSD) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Former Chief of Security for the Los Angeles County Performing Art Center
  • Former Manager of Security Operations for the J. Paul Getty Trust
  • Former Special Investigator for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Former Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigation
Maritime International Security & Training (MIST)

MIST is a compact, veteran-owned corporation specializing in providing practical support, and conducting exercises and training, for our clients. MIST has practical experience in the design, development, management, and execution of the most complex, challenging exercises conducted by the United States.

Butch Colvin, President of MIST, brings a broad range of practical and theoretical expertise. He is the former Director, Exercises for the United States Department of Homeland Security, and a former U.S. Naval Officer.

Mr. Colvin has lived, and worked, extensively overseas. Of particular note, he led a team of instructors and evaluators in direct support of the Royal Saudi Naval Program during the years of 1992-2000. During this time, he lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, dividing his time between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces bases in Jeddah and Jubail.

MIST currently supports project ranging from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to the Government of the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI).

Team Solutions USA Inc.

Team Solutions USA Inc. (TS) specializes in private sector consulting and resource mobilization & management. TS team members have provided support services to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), Department of Defense (DOD), US Agency for International Aid's (USAID) Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and US and international for-profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of incident response and civil support operations.

Our institutional networks touch tens of thousands of local communities, corporations, NGOs, and civic and faith-based groups. These networks comprise multiple millions of participants and provide TS with a robust capacity to mobilize and manage private sector resource capacity across all societal sectors and within any geographic region of the United States.

The TS team brings proven business practices and combines extensive experience in the following fields to enable us to respond quickly to customer needs with innovative and transformational solutions.

  • Resource network mobilization and management
  • Strategic planning and operational implementation
  • Large scale culture transformation and cross-cultural interfacing
  • Private sector critical infrastructure (CI) emergency response operations
  • Private sector volunteer/donations management (VDM) emergency response operations
  • Federal, State, and Local (FSL) emergency response management and integration
  • Civil-military operations
  • Physical and Cyber vulnerability and red team assessments
  • Counter terrorism training for corporate and non profit entities

Team Solutions USA provides institutional private sector connectivity for increased situational awareness, coordinated and robust private sector response, and an established transition plan for recovery and restoration operations.

S.K. Chauhan

Venture Partner, Chairman and CEO of UAI

Founder S.K. Chauhan has served as Chairman and CEO of UAI since 1998.  His entrepreneurial vision to create a paperless work environment through automation of business work processes resulted in the founding of UAI and development of solutions for local government, state agencies and the Federal government as well as utilities.

Mr. Chauhan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has more than 25 years experience as a consulting engineer and chief engineer.

As chairman and CEO, Mr. Chauhan provides UAI’s overall strategic direction for corporate development, technology and business development.

Mr. Chauhan is involved in the development, implementation, and management of all UAI projects. He has designed, managed and implemented over 100 projects providing software solution to local, state and federal government. Recent projects include the implementation of UAI’s single largest installation in the entire State of Puerto Rico (English/ Spanish Language) integrating the following: DHS: FusionCenter; EMA: 11 regional and 78 local offices; State Police: 13 Zones; Fire: 13 regional offices; City: 52 mayors, police and EMS; and Public Health: 8 zones and 67 hospitals to be cascading to CDC, harbor, airports, police, fire, and EMS for emergency coordination.


As a former Chief Engineer/Technical Manager, Mr. Chauhan developed, implemented, and maintained a fully integrated AM/FM/GIS. He also served as System Administrator for LAN and WAN having more than 100 PC’s with Windows NT, Oracle, SUN UNIX, DEC Alpha open VMS, ATT Unix, Novell NetWare. In this capacity, Mr. Chauhan was responsible for SCADA system, as well as for total utility’s technical system.


Mr. Chauhan also designed and developed an integrated utility solution including Work Order System, Electronic Desktop mapping, Electronic Truck Mapping Automatic call handling system, planning system, and Customer Information System Interface. He also helped other organizations such as Department of Environmental Health, E911, and County Commission with GIS needs. Other experience includes the design and development of mapping systems for several cities.

Shaquille O’Neal

Venture Partner

Shaquille O'Neal, frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the National Basketball Association's most dominant basketball players. O'Neal first played for the Orlando Magic, then later signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and now plays for the Phoenix Suns. Heralded since he entered the league at 20 years of age, his 14-year career has been one of the most impressive stints of any player in NBA history and this holds true to an even greater extent for centers.



O'Neal left LSU for the NBA after three years. However, he promised his mother he would eventually return to his studies and complete his bachelor's degree. He fulfilled that promise in 2000, earning his degree in business.

Subsequently, O'Neal earned an MBA in 2005, and began work on his doctoral degree in Human Resource Development in 2006.


Police aspirations

Off court, O'Neal has maintained a high level of interest in the workings of the police department, and has become personally involved in law enforcement. O'Neal went through the police academy in Los Angeles, and became a reserve officer with the L.A. Port Police.


In March 2005 he was given an honorary U.S. Deputy Marshal title and named the spokesman for the Safe Surfin' foundation. He will serve an honorary role on the task force of the same name, which tracks down sexual predators who target children on the Internet.


Upon his trade to Miami, O'Neal began training to become a Miami Beach reserve officer. On December 8, 2005, he was sworn in as a reserve officer.

O'Neal has expressed an interest in working with the special victims detective unit, to stop crimes against children; he stated that he does not simply want to be involved in "photo ops" but wants to "get down and dirty" and make arrests.

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