Speaker Date Topic
Capt. Kip Louttit, USCG, Ret. Oct 22, 2021 12:20 PM
Marine Exchange of Southern California
Marine Exchange of Southern California

Captain J. Kipling (Kip) Louttit was appointed as the Executive Director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California in January 2013. A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, he served in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for 30 years prior to retiring with the rank of Captain. Captain Louttit’s experience includes 10 years at sea in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Bering, Mediterranean, and Caribbean Seas. He had six years in command of three different Coast Guard cutters and two years as commanding officer of USCG Integrated Support Command in San Pedro. Following retirement from the Coast Guard, Captain Louttit worked for two consulting firms on Coast Guard and Pentagon work. 

Captain Louttit leads a staff of 20 civilians and a Coast Guard detail of six active duty Operations Specialists with an annual budget of $3.2 million. The Marine Exchange of Southern California, a non-profit organization first established in 1923, is unique among the nation’s Vessel Traffic Services in having a public/private partnership with the Coast Guard. It has evolved into one of the world’s foremost organizations of its kind and uses state-of-the-market electronic and computer technology to provide vessel traffic management and maritime information services for the maritime community within the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor areas and the Southern California region. The Marine Exchange continuously works to promote a safe, secure, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound maritime transportation system. 

Captain Louttit was a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and holds master’s degrees from MIT and Golden Gate University. He is an avid and active sailor with extensive experience in offshore races. He has been a speaker at the U.S. Sailing Safety at Sea Seminar in Annapolis since 2008 and actively crews in racing and cruising sailboats offshore as navigator and bowman. He and his family live in Rancho Palos Verdes where he serves in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, mentor of a FIRST FRC High School Robot Team, and as an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, where he enjoys leading Scouts on outdoor and volunteer community service activities.



Ted Atkatz Oct 29, 2021 12:20 PM
TAPS Music program
TAPS Music program

Ted Atkatz is the founder of and frontman for the Los Angeles-based alternative rock group NYCO.[1] He is a former principal percussionist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

Atkatz left the CSO in 2006 to devote himself full-time to NYCO. The band released its debut album, Two, in 2005. NYCO released its second album, Realize, in June 2008, and its third album, Future Imperfect, in October 2012.

Atkatz grew up in QueensNew York, where he began studying percussion at an early age. He studied at the preparatory division of the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School before moving on to Boston University, where he received a bachelor's degree in percussion performance and music education. He later studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and received a professional studies degree in percussion performance from Temple University. Ted is now the Director of Percussion Studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University at Long Beach. He also is on faculty at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, The Colburn School in Los Angeles, California and, the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara, California.

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