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CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez
AAEI is honored to announce that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez will be the Premier Keynote speaker at the 98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo in Washington, DC this June. Deputy Commissioner Perez works to secure and facilitate legitimate global trade and travel, and protect the food supply and agriculture industry from pests and disease.
Mr. Perez was recently selected as the Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support (OS) and has been acting in this capacity since February 27, 2017. Within OS, Mr. Perez provides oversight and executive direction to experts, analysts, and innovators who enable front line operators and strengthen mission execution of CBP.
Prior to coming to OS, Mr. Perez served as the Director of Field Operations (DFO) for CBP’s New York Field Office, where he oversaw the arrival of more than $240 billion in imported goods.
Mr. Perez also works closely with CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan, who was named by President Trump in April to serve as acting Homeland Security Secretary, on advancing the development of CBP’s trade transformation agenda, designed to help America compete in the global economy. The agency currently is overseeing development of its proposed 21st Century Customs Framework.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Senior Manager, Global Trade Compliance, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
Karen Kelly recently joined Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. as the Senior Manager, Global Trade Compliance. In her previous role as Global Trade Compliance Manager at Becton, Dickinson and Company Karen partnered with her global stakeholders on trade requirements and infrastructure, including but not limited to acquisitions, divestitures, valuation, and classification. Her scope includes Asia Pacific, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Her ongoing responsibilities include developing pro-active import-export compliance programs and structures in the U.S., Asia and Latin America. She serves as a mentor to multiple associates globally. She facilitated international, cross-functional compliance networks to provide on-going two-way communication among the BD sites to address compliance matters such as new legislation, and to share best practices across the firm. Karen taught International Management Operations at the University of Maryland Graduate School. She serves as AAEI’s Vice Chair of Membership and Communication and participates in several committees. She facilitated development of the new AAEI website and brand refresh. As a member of TSN, she serves on the ITDS, PIC and Account Management committees. Prior to BD, Karen served as a seminar instructor on import compliance, established a New Jersey office for a Midwest forwarder, and established an in-house brokerage and compliance competency for a major liquor importer.
Karen is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. She was one of the first importers to earn a customs broker’s license. She holds an M.S. in International Management and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She graduated cum laude with undergraduate degrees in Political Science and French. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, certified logistics practitioner (CLP), notary public and has taken APICS training. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Honor Society and serves on her church leadership council.
Jennifer E. McCadney
Special Counsel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
For more than fifteen years, Jennifer McCadney’s practice has included a mix of law and policy. As both a lawyer and government relations and policy strategist, Jennifer helps companies and organizations identify, advance and/or defend their interests in the legal, political and regulatory arenas. Jennifer’s approach to problem-solving is drawn from her experience as a Congressional staffer and private sector advocate, and emphasizes a deep policy understanding that is supported by her relationship-building and management skills. Jennifer works with businesses from a variety of industries including manufacturing, infrastructure, agriculture, services (telecommunications) and consumer products, representing both individual companies and trade associations. She also advises on coalition building and collaboration with civil society organizations.
Jennifer advises on general trade issues including, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, market access, forced-labor-made import prohibitions, tariff preferences and reductions, and enforcement of the customs and trade remedy laws. She is also involved in country of origin marking; domestic preference initiatives such as “Buy America” procurement and “Made in USA” labeling; tax credits and extenders; federally subsidized telecommunications programs such as Lifeline; and telecommunication consumer protection legislation, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Truth-in-Caller-ID.
In addition to her busy career, Jennifer volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Voices for Children Montgomery County. In that capacity, she represents children in need who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court and guardianship of Child Welfare Services.
Leila Aridi Afas
Director, International Public Policy, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
As the Director of International Public Policy, Leila collaborates with Toyota’s external affairs and corporate strategy teams to develop and advocate positions on global issues, as well as provide insight and guidance on geopolitical trends and market developments.
Leila most recently served as the head of export promotion at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). In that role, she promoted global sales of U.S. equipment and technology through market development, client advocacy and interagency coordination.
Previously, Leila served as USTDA’s country manager for the Middle East and North Africa, managing a multimillion-dollar portfolio of grant funds for infrastructure projects. She also served as a manager in Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector practice, helping clients around the world improve efficiency, increase foreign direct investment and advance economic growth.
Ms. Afas began her career at the U.S. Trust Company in New York, where she executed trades and managed overdrafts for asset management accounts in excess of $3.1 billion. She has also advised the World Economic Forum during their Annual Meetings in Davos, Switzerland.
Principal Global Trade Counsel, Medtronic
Neena Shenai is principal global trade counsel at Medtronic where she leads the company’s global trade legal team. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute where she is working on a joint, bipartisan project on “Reconceptualizing Globalization” with the Brookings Institution.
Shenai formerly served as trade counsel for the Committee on Ways and Means in the US House of Representatives where she advised on global market access, services, investment, and sanctions issues. She was involved in the passage of the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority package as well as 2011 legislation implementing the US-Panama free trade agreement and reauthorizing trade adjustment assistance.
Previously, Shenai served as banking, commerce, transportation, and trade counsel for the US Senate Republican Policy Committee and senior adviser in the Bureau of Industry and Security at the US Department of Commerce. She was an attorney in the international trade group of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, a professional trainee in the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization, and a judicial law clerk with the Hon. Evan J. Wallach, then of the US Court of International Trade.
Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax LLP
Theresa has over 20 years’ experience in relation to international trade policy and regulations. She has extensive global trade industry experience with multinational companies operating in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.
Theresa advises clients on various aspects of international trade compliance including classification and valuation considerations, M&A analysis and integration, divestitures and Authorized Economic Operator program management. She has in-depth experience with audit defense and implementing corrective action plans in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Theresa leverages her unique industry background to advise clients as they build and mature global trade compliance programs. She has experience building and overseeing a global trade team covering trade compliance in 70 countries. Programs emphasized effective import and export processes, third party supplier management, data strategies, technology strategies and knowledge standards to enhance trade flow planning, address risk management goals and keep pace with regulatory changes and country practices.
Prior to joining Deloitte Tax LLP, Theresa spent over 10 years at a large multinational food, agriculture, risk management and industrial products company, most recently as Global Customs Director. She has also served as the Director of International Trade Services for a large multinational law firm in Washington, DC, where she focused on international trade policy with an emphasis on US, Latin America, and World Trade Organization issues.
Theresa is a Board Member of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) and a US licensed Customs Broker.
Founder, Braumiller Law Group PLLC
Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 25 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance.
Adrienne has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and licenses, analyzing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases.
In addition, Adrienne has held numerous leadership roles over the years, including serving as the President of the Organization of Women in International Trade at both the local and national levels. She has also held pivotal roles on various international and Customs law committees within local, state and national bar associations. Currently, she is the firm’s representative to the Association of Trade Compliance Professionals (ATCP), as Braumiller Law Group is one of the only law firms in the country selected to co-sponsor ATCP’s various activities.
Trade Compliance Specialist, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI)
Justin Huguet is a Trade Compliance Specialist at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI). He has over a decade of experience in Customs Compliance including the Foreign-Trade Zones program. Prior to joining MBUSI, Mr. Huguet worked as an Operations Team Lead for a managed services provider and administered Foreign-Trade Zones operations in various industries across the United States. He is a Licensed Customs Broker, Certified Customs Specialist, member of several compliance associations, and is a new member of the AAEI Trade Policy Committee.
Partner, Greenspoon Marder LLP
Jessica Wasserman is a partner in the International, Government Relations and Cannabis Law practice groups at Greenspoon Marder LLP. She has extensive experience in politics, lobbying, regulatory advocacy including Food and Drug Administration regulated products, and law. Ms. Wasserman has held senior positions in the Executive Branch involving international economic and trade policy, at the Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture. Ms. Wasserman also works regularly with the U.S. Congress.
Vice President, East Coast for Spark Compliance Consulting
Ramsey Kazem is Vice President, East Coast for Spark Compliance Consulting. He is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I) and an accomplished attorney. With a focus on anti-bribery & corruption and human trafficking, Ramsey specializes in developing strategies aimed at mitigating an organization’s legal and compliance risks. His expertise includes preparing risk assessments, evaluating and improving compliance programs, investigating claims of misconduct and advising on remediation strategies.
Ramsey is highly experienced in compliance program evaluations against the Department of Justice’s Program Evaluation Guidance, the seven pillars of an effective compliance program under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and against the ISO 37001 and 19600 standards. He’s also created readiness plans and implementation procedures for multi-national companies seeking to comply with European General Data Protection Regulation.
Prior to his work in compliance, Ramsey was a practicing attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. His legal practice focused on construction law, government contracts, and commercial litigation. During this time, he gained extensive experience assisting businesses with risk management, claims avoidance, and dispute resolution. He served as lead and co-counsel in arbitration and trial court proceedings adjudicating claims on a wide range of issues. Ramsey was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2005-2006 and 2009 through 2014.
Ramsey is originally from Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He received his B.S., magna cum laude, in Finance with a concentration in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After college, he attended law school and business school at Emory University, where he earned his J.D. and M.B.A. In 2015, Ramsey completed a graduate certificate program in Global Compliance and Ethics.
Kevin J. Wolf
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Kevin J. Wolf is a partner in Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s international trade practice and based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Wolf served for seven years (2010-2017) as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce. In this role, his primary responsibility was leading the administration of the export control and licensing functions of BIS. He was also a Commerce Department representative to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Working closely with his colleagues at the departments of Defense and State, and the National Security Council, Mr. Wolf was the primary strategist, negotiator and implementer of President Obama’s Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative. The reform initiative was a massive, seven-year interagency effort to rewrite substantially the defense trade and most dual-use export controls to accomplish various national security and foreign policy objectives. Mr. Wolf’s active participation in the CFIUS decision-making process included reviewing over 1,000 CFIUS filings and being a key participant in the committee’s resolution of national security risks associated with the more complex cases.
Mr. Wolf’s experience and perspective enables him to provide innovative policy and regulatory solutions on export control, sanctions and foreign direct investment issues. He works with a range of companies and sectors, including aerospace and defense, high technology, energy and manufacturing. During his time as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Wolf was a prolific public speaker, giving more than 400 public speeches or presentations in the United States and abroad, and conducting more than 200 public conference calls to answer questions about export controls. He has continued as an active public speaker since leaving government, which has included testimony before three different congressional committees regarding efforts to update the export control and CFIUS laws. Mr. Wolf was named Export Control Practitioner of the Year in the 2017 WorldECR Awards. He has a three-minute, a 30-minute, a three-hour and a three-day version of every export control topic.
Project Leader – Project Management Office, Trade Compliance, 3M
As part of the Project Management Office within 3M Trade Compliance, David Nelson has served as the Trade Compliance Functional Expert on the Corporate M&A team since 2014 and is experienced in the M&A due diligence, integration, and divestiture processes. Along with his M&A role, Mr. Nelson is the corporate point-person for 3M Trade Compliance on the US Trade Wars.
Mr. Nelson began his career working for a forwarder/broker Hancock International Corp. before working at Walmart Corporate and then Target Corporate. He came to 3M in 2012 and was part of the Free Trade Agreements team before working in Project Management for 3M Trade Compliance.
Mr. Nelson has a Bachelor of Anthropology degree from Wheaton College, IL and is both a Licensed Customs Broker and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
David R. Hanke
Partner, Arent Fox LLP
Dave Hanke is a go-to national security lawyer for domestic and foreign companies navigating the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and implementation of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) – the most sweeping overhaul of CFIUS in 40 years. He advises defense contractors and other companies on issues of foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI) in accordance with the government’s National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). Dave has experience advising clients on security clearance issues, and he helps companies ensure they have in place policies, procedures, training, and systems relevant for access to classified information. Dave also provides cyber security advice and representation to companies that contract with federal agencies.
Prior to joining Arent Fox, Dave spent over 12 years on Capitol Hill, serving in a variety of national security staff positions, including as a Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as Counsel for National Security Affairs to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), then-Senate Majority Whip. He was the primary staff architect of Sen. Cornyn’s FIRRMA legislation and the chief strategist behind its 2018 enactment. While in the Senate, Dave served as the lead policy advisor to Sen. Cornyn on all intelligence, CFIUS, and related issues; devising, developing, and drafting FIRMMA, a comprehensive modernization of CFIUS; reviewing all classified CFIUS National Security Threat Assessments written by the Intelligence Community; and identifying emerging issues and formulating policy to maximize security for 5G mobile communications. Dave also held various staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including at the House International Relations Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Committee on House Administration.
Executive Counsel, International Trade Compliance, General Electric
Aaron Gothelf has spent 25 years as a trade compliance professional. Aaron is currently Executive Counsel, International Trade Compliance, for General Electric. He is responsible for international trade compliance (ITC) shared services within GE’s ITC Center of Excellence. His team manages the ITC policy, education, technology & tools, M&A due diligence, internal investigations, denied party screening, contracts, customs legal, and export operations.
Prior to joining General Electric, Aaron worked for other multinationals managing international trade compliance, including Tyco, British Petroleum, and Motorola.
Vice President, C.J. Holt & Co., Inc.
David Corn is a Vice President of C.J. Holt & Co., Inc., starting his drawback career in 2011. With years of experience in the market research field, he has a successful history with large commodity clients and has created, managed, and presented projects in consumer research, sales and statistical analysis, and marketplace dynamics. Mr. Corn has developed several drawback clients from first contact to final liquidation across a range of industries, including: agriculture, apparel, automotive, chemical, energy, machinery, and sports products.
David was appointed to the co-chair position of AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee in 2015 and also serves as the Vice Chair for the NCBFAA Drawback Subcommittee. In 2014, David joined the Trade Support Network Drawback Subcommittee to assist Customs and Border Protection with the transition of drawback to the Automated Commercial Environment. In 2016, David was selected to join a small team from the trade to work with CBP in shaping the concepts for new drawback regulations that became necessary with the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. David is a lead member of the drawback trade team that has been working closely with CBP on the transition of drawback to ACE and to TFTEA. Mr. Corn actively discusses drawback with congressional representatives from NJ and NY, the House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office and the Senate Finance Committee.
Customs & Border Protection, Port of New York/Newark
Maryanne Carney has been directly involved in the National Drawback Program of Customs & Border Protection for over 35 years. Her CBP career began on an import specialist team within NY Seaport; she worked in both the Residual Liquidation & the Drawback Branches; was a Commercial Operations Program Officer in the NY Region and has served on several lengthy details to Headquarters in Washington D.C. and to the New York Field Office. She has made significant contributions to her agency which have resulted in the modernization of a major government program with both new streamlined automation and new operational regulations.
Since the 1989 National Drawback Revitalization Study, Ms. Carney has been the CBP National Field Drawback Specialist whereby she provides operational support to Headquarters and the various Drawback Chiefs/Centers located around the country. She has been directly involved with the National training of both drawback specialists & regulatory auditors, a participant in the Drawback Revitalization Study, part of the Drawback NAFTA implementation meetings with Canada & Mexico, a CBP representative on the re-negotiation team for both the current Part 191 & TFTEA Drawback Regulations, and involved in all drawback automation projects over the years including ACS & the present ACE initiative. Ms. Carney was part of the HQ Drawback Risk Assessment Group, and has been involved with the yearly CBP financial reviews/audits conducted by the GAO & IG Treasury/DHS offices. She is a member of the Trade Support Network Drawback Simplification Project with the trade community and has made drawback presentations to many National Trade Organizations including: NCFBAA, AAEI, API, NFTZA and to local brokers associations around the country.
Over the past several years, Ms. Carney has assisted HQ’s personnel with providing drawback technical briefings to both the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees for the Drawback Simplification Bill which was part of the TFTEA Legislation signed on 2/24/16. For the last four years, Ms. Carney has been serving as the (A) Assistant Port Director, Trade Operations Division for the Port of New York/Newark. She also was, until July 2017, the Chief of Trade Operations Branch IV in NY/Newark and responsible for the NY Drawback Center, Residual Liquidation & Protest Sections, the Entry Division and the Records Section for the entire NY Field Office. During 2008, she served as the Acting Assistant Director, Trade & Cargo Security (ADFO) within the New York Field Office.
Michael V. Cerny
Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A
Michael V. Cerny is a member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. He is an experienced attorney in all aspects of customs and related federal agency compliance.
Prior to joining ST&R, Mr. Cerny practiced international trade and customs law for more than 25 years, including nearly 20 years with Cerny Associates, P.C., a firm specializing in customs compliance for numerous Fortune 500 clients. He also co-founded drawback services provider Global Customs & Trade Specialists Inc.
Mr. Cerny is a trade ambassador for the Trade Support Network and chairs the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and TSN drawback committees. He is on the board of the American Association of Exporters and Importers as well as the co-chair of their Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee. He is also a frequent lecturer on issues such as focused assessments, the Automated Commercial Environment, duty savings opportunities and programs, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, and drawback for the NCBFAA, the Customs Lawyers Association, the American Association of Exporters and Importers, and trade and business/industry associations in numerous states.
Mr. Cerny holds a J.D. from the Albany Law School of Union University and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Customs and International Trade Bar Association.
President, BPE Global
As the president of BPE Global, Beth Pride brings 30+ years of operational expertise in global trade and international logistics to assist BPE Global clients to develop their global trade strategy and implement a strong global trade posture. Beth offers subject matter expertise in brokerage, import operations, export operations and the development and maintenance of global supply chain security programs. Beth has extensive experience in establishing global trade organizations, developing global trade strategy and defining and implementing global trade automation solutions. Beth’s Customs-Trade Partnership (C-TPAT) clients have achieved C-TPAT Tier-3 status. Beth has experience in export licensing applications and management, product control classification, Standard Operations Procedure (SOP) development and the development of policies and procedures, including Export Management and Compliance Program design.
Beth is a global trade evangelist, author of numerous benchmark reports, white papers, articles and BPE Global Hot Topics. Beth is an extremely dynamic speaker who advocates that global trade compliance is an essential component of every company’s corporate strategy. Beth is a committed educator in the field of global trade and guest lectures at local colleges, universities, trade associations and small business organizations including America’s Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), Mission College, National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Educational Institute, Oregon State University, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Rotary International, San Francisco State University and Women in International Trade Northern California.
Customer Insight, ONESOURCE Global Trade Management
Mary Breede is the customer insight manager at Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE Global Trade Management (GTM) and has held a role for 25+ years as a Global Trade Compliance Subject Matter Expert and Leader in many industries, including apparel, high tech and consumer electronics. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Mary managed trade compliance and governance for a chemical company in Texas. Her previous roles include global director of trade compliance at Abercrombie & Fitch and Seagate Technology in California, and head of global trade compliance and supply chain security for Lenovo. Mary is also the owner of a trade compliance consulting company, which allows her to stay abreast of the latest regulations and assess risk and technology needs of large corporations in the areas of trade compliance.
Mary is devoted to helping children in he rcommunity by providing a voice for them in the foster care system as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA).
Julie Ann Parks
Director, The Raytheon Company
Julie Parks is the Director of the Global Trade Organization at Raytheon Company, a newly created shared services group. She is a trade strategist with over seventeen years’ operations and compliance experience in the areas of import, valuation, classification, NAFTA, drawback, supply chain security, subsidiary integration, audit, and export. She has an extensive background translating North American Customs requirements into operational efficiencies within the limits of existing systems, business constraints, and varying regulations.
Ms. Parks is presently an appointed member of the Advisory Committee on the Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC) and is proud to serve the American Association of Exporters and Importers on the board of governors.
Instrumental in creating the voice of Aerospace within the newly created Automotive and Aerospace Customs Center of Excellence and Expertise, she is the chair of the Aerospace Industries Association Customs and Supply Chain Security Workgroup. She is the former vice-chair of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ Customs Committee. Julie is involved in the development of many legislative, regulatory, and policy issues.
Prior to this role, she was the Manager of Customs and Trade at Ford Motor Company, held several positions within the Customs Department at Volkswagen of America, Inc. She also served as a Customs broker for WF Whelan & Company and as an Administrator for the Pontiac Export Assistance Center. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Oakland University and is a Licensed Customs Broker since 1999.
Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
LENNY FELDMAN is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. He currently co-chairs the twenty-member U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee providing strategic recommendations directly to CBP and the departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury on issues such as e-commerce policy, trade partnership programs, enforcement and facilitation mechanisms, and regulatory reform.
Mr. Feldman innovatively and resourcefully resolves complex issues pertaining to import classification compliance and tariff engineering; valuation requirements and first sale duty savings; seizure and penalty prior disclosures and mitigation petitions; antidumping and countervailing duty administration and enforcement; trade preference qualification for NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, and other programs; intellectual property pre-compliance and forfeiture defense; importer/broker compliance reviews and cost savings analysis; export control reviews and enforcement strategies; and CTPAT/border security certification, validation, and suspension/revocation support.
Mr. Feldman assists clients with import compliance and enforcement before CBP, DHS, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; export compliance and enforcement before the Census Bureau, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Transportation Security Administration; and product safety and admissibility before the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Prior to joining ST&R, Mr. Feldman was a senior attorney with the U.S. Customs Service (now CBP) in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 2000. While serving in the Penalties, Value, and General Classification branches at CBP headquarters, he issued several hundred national guidelines, directives, and administrative rulings. He was a negotiator of NAFTA and also consulted with foreign customs and trade officials throughout South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The vice president of the United States, the World Customs Organization, and numerous countries recognized him for these efforts. After leaving Customs, Mr. Feldman served as the chief compliance officer and vice president, international, for a trade and logistics software development company developing end-to-end e-commerce solutions, where he was responsible for content and automation pertaining to the trade laws of more than 100 countries.
Director of Global Trade Compliance & Policy, Abbott Laboratories
Susie Hoeger leads the global trade compliance function for Abbott’s diversified healthcare businesses, including diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals, and pharmaceuticals. Her primary responsibilities include strategic customs planning and the development and oversight of corporate policy, internal controls, audit programs, and training programs addressing compliance with import/export regulations, foreign trade controls, and supply chain security. Abbott’s global program covers more than 120 facilities serving markets in 150 countries worldwide. Susie served on the 13th and 14th terms of COAC, where she co-chaired the One US Government at the Border Subcommittee. She is a member of the private sector working group of the Global Trade Facilitation Alliance, a public-private partnership formed to support the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. She is also Chair-Elect and a current Board and Executive Committee Member of AAEI, as well as past co-chair of the AAEI Healthcare Industries Committee, working actively on a variety of trade facilitation initiatives. She holds a MBA with distinction from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS with high honors from the University of Illinois.
Friday, June 28, 2019
Kathleen M. Murphy
Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Kathleen M. Murphy counsels clients on maximizing trade benefits, making informed global procurement decisions and developing domestic and international trade compliance programs. She represents clients in duty-recovery initiatives and customs challenges concerning tariff classification, valuation, Free Trade Agreements and country of origin determinations, among other areas. She guides clients through compliance audits and validations, as well as penalty investigations conducted by U.S. or foreign customs authorities. She also represents clients in deliberations with the Centers of Excellence and Expertise and with Customs Headquarters personnel.
In addition, Kathleen conducts internal trade compliance reviews and training, and helps clients develop audit processes and internal controls for risk management and mitigation purposes. She also advises companies on corrective measures and risk avoidance strategies, including prior disclosures and reconciliation filings. She has considerable experience with customs valuation methodologies, customs transfer pricing reviews, the First Sale Rule, and WCO and OECD valuation pronouncements.
Kathleen is ranked internationally in Chambers Global and nationally in Chambers USA and received Lexology’s Client Choice Award for International Trade in 2016.
Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG)
Doug Grob is a Senior Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), where he advises clients on strategy and operational initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to joining ASG, Mr. Grob served as head of the Asia Section of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a U.S. government agency that provides non-partisan policy research and analytical support to the committees and Members of the U.S. Congress. At CRS, he led a team of senior analysts and researchers developing analytical products that assessed political, security, economic, and social issues in the sub-regions and countries of South, Southeast, and East Asia, and the Pacific.
Previously, Mr. Grob served at the U.S. Department of State where he was a senior advisor on East Asia to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. He also served as Staff Director of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, established by statute in 2000 as the United States and China normalized trade relations prior to China’s accession to the WTO.
Prior to entering public service, Mr. Grob was on the faculty at the University of Maryland, a senior research scholar at the School of Law of Peking University, and a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center of Stanford University. He also served as an outside Member of the Board of Directors of Chindex International, Inc., where earlier in his career he had worked as the company’s Director of Business Development. He also previously was an analyst and Assistant Treasurer in the global banking division of Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.
Mr. Grob received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, and M.A. and B.A. degrees in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is fluent in Chinese. Mr. Grob is based in Washington, D.C.
David R. Hamill
Partner, Arent Fox LLP
Dave represents US and foreign companies, including manufacturers, importers, exporters, distributors, and trade associations on trade matters before the US Department of Treasury, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Alcohol and Tobacco Tariff and Trade Bureau (TTB). On customs issues, Dave specializes in duty preference programs, such as NAFTA; duty deferral
programs, including drawback and FTZs; customs valuation and transfer pricing; country of origin marking; and intellectual property rights enforcement. Dave has represented importers in defending against customs civil and criminal penalties, including seizures and forfeitures, conducting and managed internal investigations, and preparing customs prior disclosures.
Dave’s portfolio also includes assisting companies with customs audits (known as focused assessments) and importer self-assessments. He has developed tailored customs risk management strategies, import compliance procedures, and special duty and free trade qualification programs for clients.
Dave also leads a service team at Arent Fox that advises companies on the NAFTA automotive rules, including changes proposed by the NAFTA re-negotiations. Dave has represented US, Canadian, and Mexican importers, manufacturers and exporters during NAFTA verifications conducted by US, Canadian, and Mexican Customs officials. In addition to automotive, other industries represented in these matters, include companies in the food and alcohol beverage, agricultural, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics, specialty metals, oilfield equipment, and petroleum sectors.
Dave’s practice also includes advising alcohol beverage companies on import and regulatory requirements administered and enforced by CBP and TTB. Dave advises companies on export controls and economic sanctions issues. His work in this area has included performing internal investigations, drafting voluntary disclosures, responding to administrative subpoenas, developing and implementing export compliance programs, and providing ongoing export compliance advice.
Dave’s recent practice also includes representation of clients in other international trade areas, such as the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs under section 232 of the Tract Act of 1962 and the proposed tariffs on Chinese imports under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.
Cora Di Pietro
Vice-President & General Manager, Livingston International Consulting
Cora Di Pietro joined Livingston International in 1999 as Director of Ontario Consulting and was promoted in 2004 to head up the entire Eastern Region. In January 2006, Cora was, once again promoted to Vice-President and General Manager, Global Trade Consulting, specializing in all aspects of International Trade.
Prior to joining Livingston, Cora held progressively more senior positions in the Commodity Tax Group with two major accounting firms in Toronto, Ontario, and has over 24 years of experience providing advice to clients in a variety of industries and sectors including manufacturing and retail. She specializes in providing planning, interpretation of legislative and interpretative practices, along with day-to-day compliance for businesses dealing in International Trade. Her qualifications extend to all areas of commodity taxes, including valuation, tariff classification, free trade agreements, security regulations, marking rules and export controls.
With a B.A. from York University in Toronto, Cora lectures at the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), as well as conducts seminars on NAFTA and other free trade agreements at the International Small Business Development Center for the Greater Texas area. Cora has written numerous articles and papers for a number of technical publications. She sits on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, and is a member of Importer/Exporter Canada National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, Automotive Industry Action Group, National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones and the International Compliance Professionals Association.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, FedEx Logistics
In her role as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Cindy Allen is responsible for ensuring that FedEx Logistics remains compliant with all current laws and regulations that govern the business on a global basis. She and her team work with the various operational entities within the company to ensure that policies, practices and training reflect the highest standards. Cindy is also responsible for representing and advocating FedEx Logistics interests to governmental agencies and authorities around the world.
Cindy has been actively involved in the international trade industry on a consistent basis for 30 years and has held various positions in the import and export operations, consulting, compliance and automation arenas. Previously she served at the Executive Director of the ACE Business Office at Customs and Border Protection. She has also served as the Vice President at several private sector firms before venturing out to start Trade Force Multiplier, a consulting firm focusing on international trade before taking her current position.
Cindy is a current member of the DHS Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), an active member of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), the International Compliance Professional’s Association (ICPA), and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), and the Express Association of America (EAA).
Senior Manager, The Boeing Company
Norma Rein is a senior manager in The Boeing Company Global Trade Controls (GTC) organization, part of the Corporate Office of Internal Governance (OIG) which is also responsible for the oversight and monitoring of ethics, audit and compliance activities. Norma’s portfolio is U.S. and non-U.S. export and import regulations, legislation and policy, a focus of her career at Boeing for the last 22 years. She became her organization’s focal person for the U.S. export control reform initiative when it was launched in April of 2010, helping coordinate and formulate one-company positions on proposed rulings and other regulatory policy developments, and she is currently spearheading efforts by her organization expand its engagement in non-U.S. environments. Norma chairs the Global Committee for Trade Controls Policy, a group of representatives from stakeholder functions within the company dedicated to efforts to shape the regulatory policy environment, in the U.S. and outside of the U.S., in support of the company’s international business objectives. Norma is a member of the Boeing Management Association and past president of the Boeing Women in Leadership Association.
Norma represents the company to USG government agencies responsible for administering trade controls for the purpose of advancing company and aerospace industry interests. She also represents the company before a number of trade associations engaged in export and import control advocacy efforts. She is a former Board member and past president of the Washington Export Council (WEC), as well as former Board member of the Society for International Affairs (SIA). She has participated in export control-related U.S. Government delegations to Russia and the Ukraine and participated in an industry panel at the first and only Wassenaar Arrangement Members Conference at the invitation of the State and Commerce Departments.
Matthew S. Borman
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
Matthew S. Borman currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. In this position‚ Mr. Borman is responsible for implementing the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) controls on the export of dual-use and military items for national security‚ foreign policy‚ nonproliferation‚ and short supply reasons. In addition‚ he oversees BIS’s programs to ensure that industrial resources are available to meet national and economic security requirements‚ BIS’s implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention‚ and BIS’s implementation of the Additional Protocol to the US-IAEA Agreement. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary‚ Mr. Borman served as Acting Chief of the Enforcement and Litigation Division of the Office of Chief Counsel for Export Administration.
As division chief‚ he was responsible for providing legal advice to the Export Enforcement unit of BIS‚ including the adjudication of administrative enforcement actions. Mr. Borman entered the Commerce Department in 1992 as an attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for Export Administration. As an attorney in that office‚ Mr. Borman was responsible for a variety of matters‚ including attempts to revise the Export Administration Act‚ Congressional‚ General Accounting Office and Office of Inspector General investigations and studies‚ Freedom of Information Act requests‚ and export control cooperation with other countries. Mr. Borman received his B.A. in History from Northwestern University‚ his M.A. from Northeastern University‚ and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Trade Services Manager, American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
Chris Floersch has over thirty years’ experience in international trade that includes managing customs brokerage and freight forwarding operations before joining the American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (AHM) in 2003. As AHM Trade Services Manager at Honda in Torrance, CA, his group supports Honda’s import and export compliance efforts that facilitate formal customs entries of automobiles, motorcycles, power equipment and service parts to, from and throughout North America.
He holds a BS in Aeronautics from Arizona State University, an MBA from Cal State Northridge, is a licensed Customs Broker, a Certified Customs Specialist, and enjoys life in beautiful sunny Southern California together with his lovely wife and daughter.
Director, Ventura and Santa Barbara County Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Ray Bowman, M.S., CGBP, is the director of the Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. He’s a business veteran with more than 30 years’ experience. He started three businesses, including an international trade consulting firm, and has worked as a consultant, trainer, and manager for several SBDC offices. Ray is a specialized consultant in international trade logistics, trade finance, vendor compliance, import and export compliance management, and overseas vendor and buyer issues. He has been an international and national keynote speaker and presenter in logistics infrastructure, international marketing, import and export, non-tariff trade barriers, and international export economy. Ray has taught classes at several colleges and universities and is adjunct at Babson in Executive Education.
Ray has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is the program chair for the District Export Council of Southern California.
Robert M. Tobiassen
President, National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI)
Robert M. Tobiassen is the President of the National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI), Washington, DC, commencing this position on October 1, 2018. Prior to that appointment, he was the Principal at Tobiassen Consulting Plus Solutions LLC after a 34-year Federal service career with regulatory, taxation, and administrative and judicial enforcement experience with the domestic and global alcohol industry and served in the career Senior Executive Service (SES).
As Chief Counsel at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), U.S. Treasury Department, from 2003 to 2012, he was responsible for the drafting and reviewing of regulations, administrative rulings, and legislation; developing and reviewing trade agreements; and evaluating enforcement actions under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. He served as the legal liaison with state alcohol regulators, trade associations, public advocacy groups, other federal agencies, and Members of Congress and their staff, including the Joint Committee on Taxation, and foreign governments and international organizations. He is a frequent speaker at alcohol law seminars and a published expert on legal issues concerning alcohol.
President, Fresh Produce Association of the Americas
Lance Jungmeyer is President of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA), an industry association representing importers and distributors of Mexican produce, based in Nogales, Arizona. In addition to his role at FPAA, Jungmeyer is on the Board of Directors of the Border Trade Alliance, and he is active on the United Fresh Produce Association’s Government Relations Council, as well as the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s North America Trade Task Force.
Before joining the association in 2010, Jungmeyer spent 13 years at the produce industry’s leading newspaper, The Packer, most recently as Editor.
Vice President and Co-Founder of Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation (FTZC)
Greg Jones is the Vice President and co-founder of FTZC (Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation).
Greg has over 30 years of FTZ experience. Greg is a past chairman and an Honorary Life Member of the NAFTZ.
In addition to Greg’s many successes in the industry, including taking the NAFTZ to self-management and negotiating NAFTA language to protect FTZ’s, Greg led the effort to secure Weekly Entry procedures for distribution companies.