Anthony “Tony” Harris is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO). As a child growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Harris enjoyed playing basketball and listening to music as well as drawing comic books. Through the advice of his high school drafting teacher, Harris turned his dreams of becoming an architect into a distinguished career in mechanical engineering.
Harris received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1975 from Purdue University. He also has an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business which he earned in 1979 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering during the recent Commencement Ceremony in May, 2013.
He founded the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as a student at Purdue University over 32 years ago. Today NSBE has more than 29,000 members and is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the United States. The organization has more than 394 chapters. Besides training young engineers, Harris also enjoys contemporary art and jazz. In fact, Harris serves on the Board of Directors for the SFJAZZ Center Foundation,
As President of CSECO, the company is at the forefront of the war on illegal drugs and contraband in the United States and abroad. The company manufactures contraband, explosive and “dirty bomb” detection equipment. Customers of CSECO include the U.S. State Department, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Domestic and international law enforcement agencies also use the equipment CSECO manufactures including the K910B Buster, the gold standard for contraband detection.