After graduating from the College of William & Mary MBA program in 2000 and with 16 years of Coast Guard experience, Vince Weber was named Chief Financial Officer for the Coast Guard Reserve. During this time, he created extensive budget models and worked with senior leadership to document the costs associated with legislative proposals and to aggressively manage each year’s funds.
Weber was then promoted to Pay Master of the Coast Guard as Commanding Officer, Personnel Support Command (PSC) in Topeka, KS. He led a 300-person unit in completing an annual payroll of $4.5 billion and annual travel claims of $100 million for all the Coast Guard (100,000 customers). He also implemented new emergency response procedures and conducted emergency response exercises, thus ensuring the safety and security of the payroll system.
Based upon his reputation as a successful financial and project manager, the Coast Guard sent Weber to New Orleans to rebuild the Gulf Coast facilities, improve personnel policies and assist in the revamping of emergency procedures to respond to future hurricanes. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans region, Coast Guard units in the area needed to be rebuilt and upgraded. Weber, as Resource Director, Eighth Coast Guard District, documented and oversaw the $300 million renovation of Coast Guard units damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. While updating emergency response procedures from the lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina, Weber coordinated the evacuation of Coast Guard personnel around New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX in response to Hurricanes Ike and Gustov.
From there, Weber was Coast Guard Liaison to the Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), Scott AFB in Illinois. He was responsible for coordinating logistical support for six Coast Guard Patrol boats in Bahrain and Coast Guard personnel in the Middle East. He also attained a priority shipment of critical pollution response equipment from Valdez, AK to New Orleans, LA for the prompt response to the oil platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico (Deepwater Horizon). While Weber conducted detailed logistical and cost/benefit analysis to determine options associated with returning the six Coast Guard patrol boats from Bahrain back to the East Coast of the United States, he maintained a Top Secret Security Clearance.