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Reflecting her first-hand experience in varied facets of the business, Nancy W. Hiromoto was previously responsible for a broad range of trade-related disciplines at a major manufacturer, including government regulatory compliance, international sales management, global customer and supplier relations, foreign trade zone operations, and inventory control. In addition, she oversaw the import and export operations of its subsidiaries in Canada and the U.K. As the company’s Director, Import/Export and Facilities Management, she also directed the day-to-day facilities operations, including security, purchasing, telecommunications, real estate and property management.
Ms. Hiromoto held various positions within the company for over 25 years. This exposure to a range of corporate experiences provided an extensive view of its business operations from the inside out. Once she was assigned to coordinate all import and export activities, a long-term focus on global commerce, logistics planning and compliance was initiated. Ms. Hiromoto, a licensed customs broker, was responsible for the successful development and implementation of several automated import and export in-house programs, including but not limited to duty drawback, customs clearance, foreign-trade zone operations and the steady development of international operations in the U.S.
As Vice President of N.F. Stroth & Associates, Ms. Hiromoto now offers her expertise as a consultant to small, medium and large-sized corporations in a variety of international trade and business matters. She is a frequent speaker at trade events.
John started his Northrop Grumman career in 2004 at the Aerospace Systems sector in El Segundo, CA. In 2008, John moved to the corporate office and now resides in the Corporate Global Supply Chain organization and is responsible for corporate global import management and the company’s trade security programs.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, John was a manager for KPMG’s Trade and Customs Practice. In this position, John consulted multinational companies for supply chain improvements, built export and import compliance programs, and represented fortune 500 companies in export and import investigations, Customs Focused Assessment, and Bureau of Industry Security audits.
John started his civilian career in 1992 with the US Customs Service and was an Import Specialist Team Leader serving seven years at the port of Los Angeles International Airport. He was responsible for various commodities, participated in overseas verifications, regulatory audits, and free trade agreement verifications.
After over 30 years on the service side of the Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding industry, in November of 2017, Mark pivoted to join American Honda Motor Co., Inc.’s, Trade Services Department in Torrance, CA. In addition to numerous other export projects, Mark manages a team of professionals, who oversee Honda’s compliance with Export Compliance, including denied party screening; Drawback; and Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT).
Mark serves as the Co-Chair of the Western Regional Committee of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) including participation in AAEI’s various committees. Elected to the Board of Directors of the Foreign Trade Association in 2018, Mark currently serves as Second Vice President on the Executive Committee. Mark has also been active in the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)and annually collaborates with a diverse team of international trade professionals active in the Planning Committee of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Week festivities.
Having earned his individual Customs brokerage license in 1989, Mark has held a variety of operational, compliance, and management roles in the Customs brokerage and freight forwarding industry. Throughout his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility within the realm of global trade management and Customs brokerage operations and automation.
Mark is a member of the US Customs Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) subcommittee on Forced Labor, focusing on the implementation of new regulation resulting from the passage of the Trade Enforcement and Trade Facilitation Act of 2015.
David Corn is Executive Vice President of Comstock and Holt, 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, he is the vice chair for the NCBFAA’s Drawback Subcommittee and he is active as the Treasurer for the NYNJFFF&BA. In 2014, David joined the Trade Support Network’s 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 Working Group that has been working closely with CBP on the transition of drawback to ACE that was effective February 24, 2018. 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. David is a frequent speaker on duty drawback in venues across the country each year.
Mr. Cerny is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in customs and international trade, with extensive work in duty drawback law and practice. He practices in the U.S. Court of International Trade and is a member of the Customs & International Trade Bar Association, the American Bar Association Section of International Law & Practice, the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Cerny is a member of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Trade Support Network and was selected by CBP to serve as a TSN Trade Ambassador as well as on its Trade Leadership Council. He is also the Chair for the TSN Drawback Committee. In addition to his TSN roles, Mr. Cerny serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Exporters & Importers and is Co-Chair of AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee. He serves as the Chair of the Drawback Committee for the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America. Mr. Cerny received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany, where he played varsity lacrosse for the Albany Great Danes. He received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School. Mr. Cerny writes and speaks frequently on customs and trade issues, including duty drawback.
John Bassindale is a partner with Millar Kreklewetz LLP practicing Canadian tax and trade law, with experience in various Canadian customs and trade matters including value for duty/tariff classification disputes, voluntary disclosures, anti-dumping and countervail, import/export permits, NAFTA/USMCA rules of origin, etc. John assists a range of clients from large multinationals to owner-managed businesses with both planning and litigation. As an active member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Taxation Law Section John served as Chair of that section in 2019-2020. John is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section, and has been a contributor to the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Canadian Tax Highlights and Tax for the Owner-Manager publications, and the Carswell GST and Commodity Tax Reporter.
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.
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.
Ms. Wasserman has assisted clients with planning foreign investments in the United States, including supply chain sourcing considerations and CFIUS reviews. She has also advised on regulatory and related risk for companies planning investments in a range of particular markets.
She also works with growers, manufacturers and marketers of foods and beverages, dietary supplements/medical foods, and cosmetics on FDA, USDA, and FTC regulatory issues. More recently, she has gained thorough experience working with all aspects of hemp and CBD products. She advises clients at all points in the supply chain: farmers, food manufacturers, distributors of packaged goods, and retailers. Drawing on her years of work at the USDA and with the FDA—on issues including phytosanitary/APHIS, organic regulations, nutritional labeling, BE labeling and food safety, among others—Jessica has you covered from farm to fork.
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 global 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 established to support the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. She is also the incoming Chair 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.
Julie Parks is a trade strategist with over twenty six years’ operations and compliance experience in the areas of import, export, valuation, classification, free trade, drawback, supply chain security, subsidiary integration, divestitures, e-commerce, and audit. She has extensive knowledge of ITAR, EAR, EPA, DOT, ATF and government contracting declaration requirements. Her talent resides in drawing cross-functional teams together to design and implement sustainable solutions that meet both regulatory and speed-of-business needs, whilst coloring inside the corporate lines.
Ms. Parks is involved in the shaping of many legislative, regulatory, and policy issues, including achieving CBP’s automated processing of licenses, and ultimately endeavors to secure streamlined trade for American businesses. She recently completed a 7-year appointment to the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), elected ultimately by the membership as a trade co-chair. Additional COAC roles included the Trade Survey lead, Export Subcommittee co-chair, and One US Government at the Border member. Previously, she also served as the vice-chair of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ Customs Committee. She is the current chair-elect of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI). In this capacity, she is also a member of the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee. Through AAEI, she continues to be instrumental in creating the voice of Aerospace and Defense on Customs matters.
Ms. Parks is the Director of the Global Customs Organization for Raytheon. Prior to this role, she was the Manager of Customs and Trade at Ford Motor Company, and held several positions within the Customs Department at Volkswagen of America, Inc. She served as a Customs broker for WF Whelan & Company and began her career within the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Pontiac, Michigan. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Oakland University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oakland University, and is a Licensed Customs Broker since 1999.