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AAEI is honored to announce that Under Secretary for International Trade, Gilbert B. Kaplan will be the Strategic Keynote speaker at the 98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo in Washington, DC.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kaplan was a partner at King & Spalding, where his practice focused on international trade cases and trade policy issues. He represented U.S. companies and workers in a wide range of cases on dumping subsidies, and intellectual property infringement. and advised clients on trade policy matters, as well as trade negotiations such as those involving the WTO and international anti-subsidy agreements.
In 2007, he filed and prosecuted the first successful countervailing duty (anti-subsidy) case ever against China.
He is the founder of The Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing and the co-founder of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative (MPI) at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), the first and only university program in the country focusing on what public policy steps should be taken to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.
From 2010-2012, Under Secretary Kaplan served as the first President of the Committee to Support U. S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL) an organization of companies, workers, farmers, and ranchers dedicated to preserving and enhancing the U.S. trade remedy laws.
From 1983 to 1988, Mr. Kaplan served in several senior positions at the Department of Commerce including Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration and supervised over 500 trade remedy cases.
Executive Assistant Commissioner Brenda B. Smith
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
AAEI is honored to announce that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Executive Assistant Brenda B. Smith will be the Premier Keynote speaker at the 98th Annual AAEI Conference and Expo in Washington, DC.
Since 2014, Ms. Smith has overseen a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation matters to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety. Her work ranges from enforcing over 500 U.S. trade laws, to overseeing 14 trade agreements with 20 countries, to directing CBP’s seven Priority Trade Issues. She oversees national compliance audits and the management of trade data, along with CBP’s regulatory process for administering trade and border operations. She is also responsible for implementation of many components of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2015.
Notably, under Ms. Smith’s leadership, CBP has automated and modernized trade processes through the completion of the U.S. Single Window via the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Through ACE, the private sector transmits import-export data to 47 partner government agencies, eliminating over 250 paper forms and streamlining trade processes. CBP now has 100 percent of the scheduled core trade processing capabilities in ACE.
Ms. Smith was also honored with a 2017 Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, the highest award in civil service. Only one percent of government executives receive this rank. The award recognizes her achievements in enhancing CBP’s enforcement to protect American consumers.
Since joining the U.S. Customs Service in 1994, Ms. Smith has served in a variety of roles overseeing trade and border enforcement issues. Most recently the Executive Director for the ACE Business Office, she has also served as Executive Director for Trade Policy and Programs, the Director of Policy and Programs in the Office of International Affairs and Trade Relations, and led the Commissioner’s Strategic Planning and Performance Division. Prior to joining Customs, Ms. Smith worked at the Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Senior Manager of 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.
Minister-Counsellor for Trade and Economic Policy
Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C.
Colin Bird is the Minister-Counsellor for Trade and Economic Policy at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Prior to his current posting, Mr. Bird was a divisional director in the Trade Negotiations Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in Ottawa (North America Bureau). He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has practiced primarily in the area of international trade. Within government, he has served as counsel to the NAFTA Secretariat and in Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, where he focused on trade remedies, aerospace and softwood lumber trade issues. He has represented Canada before dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Prior to government service, Mr. Bird spent more than 15 years working with human rights and international development NGOs. Mr. Bird received his law degree from the University of Ottawa and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
José Raúl Perales
Deputy Director of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
José Raúl Perales is Deputy Director of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a public-private partnership for trade-led growth and reform launched in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum, and supported internationally by both public and private sector stakeholders. In his role as Deputy Director, Perales oversees a team of experts involved in the design and implementation of all in-country projects and serves on the management team of the Alliance.
Prior to joining CIPE, Perales served as the Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this role, Perales advised the Secretary on the impact of the Department’s policies, regulations, and processes on private sector companies, universities, and not-for-profit institutions and enhanced strategic communications in order to help the public and private sectors jointly meet their shared responsibility for homeland security. Perales has also served as the Director for the Americas at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as Executive Director and Vice-President of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) where he developed key Chamber policy initiatives in the Americas, especially on trade facilitation and Cuban affairs, and oversaw AACCLA’s operations and several policy programs. Previously, Perales was the Senior Associate at the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Perales also served as trade policy adviser to the government of Puerto Rico, where he successfully created a strategy for advancing the island’s foreign trade interests, mediated government-private sector interaction on commercial affairs, and participated in trade negotiations at the regional (Caribbean) and multilateral (World Trade Organization) levels.
From 2009-2014 Perales was an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has published articles and edited volumes on economic regionalism, trade policy, international relations, and Latin American politics and development, in English and Spanish, both languages in which he is fluent. He has also been a visiting researcher at academic institutions in Argentina, Chile, France, and Uruguay.
Jennifer E. McCadney
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 of 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
George Tuttle, III
George R. Tuttle Law Offices
George Tuttle, III, is an attorney with the law firm of George R Tuttle Law Offices located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been in practice for over 30 years. George’s practice emphasis is on Customs, international trade regulation, and export compliance. He assists companies with compliance audits and how to develop effective compliance programs; determine correct customs duties, values, tariff classifications, and duty preference eligibility; obtain rulings, file protests; and resolve penalty, seizure and enforcement cases.
Mr. Tuttle has been a contributing author for the American Bar Association’s Section on International Law for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Year in Review, which summarizes important developments in customs law for the year. He is also a contributing author for the ABA/Section on International Law publication: U.S. Customs: A Practitioner’s Guide to Principles, Processes, and Procedures, 2nd Ed (2016), Chapter 2 (Clearing Customs: importation, entry, and liquidation) and Chapter 9 (Customs Audits); and the publication: United States Export Controls, 7th Ed., (Law Journal Press), Chapter 11, Foreign Trade Regulations and the Automated Export System (AES).
Regulatory Technical Advisor
Fred Klemashevich is Regulatory Technical Advisor at FedEx Logistics. He is responsible for compliance for all Information Technology (IT) brokerage initiatives for the United States and working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on automation.
Klemashevich joined FedEx (formerly Tower Group) in 1990, as a program analyst and later promoted to Managing Director of Information Systems.
In 2018, he took on the role of Regulatory Technical Advisor, and has coordinated the compliance of the automated clearance systems used across all of FedEx Logistics business units. Fred also participates in many trade organization working groups and automation committees.
A native of Buffalo New York, he earned his degree in Computer Science from SUNY at Buffalo.
Acting Director, Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Daniel Randall is a seventeen year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Mr. Randall started his career with the U.S. Customs Service in Jackman, Maine. From there he transitioned to work at the National Targeting Center, where he served as a Chief Watch Commander. He is currently an Acting Director within the Office of Field Operations in Washington D.C. He supervises the Manifest and Conveyance Security Division, and has direct oversight of the International Mail and Express Consignment Facilities.
IPR & E-Commerce Division Director, Office of Trade
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Laurie Dempsey is the director of the IPR and e-Commerce Division in the Office of Trade, leading efforts to develop innovative approaches to enforce IPR law at ports of entry and educate and engage stakeholders to deter the importation of illicit goods.
Ms. Dempsey has over 25 years of international trade experience, including guiding the Client Representatives through multiple ACE deployments, developing trade policy, serving as a subject matter expert for the Automated Commercial Environment, managing quotas and trade agreements, and training foreign governments on CBP regulations and processes. She began her career as an import specialist in the Los Angeles seaport.
Vice President, East Coast
Spark Compliance Consulting
Ramsey Kazem is Vice President, East Coast for Spark Compliance Consulting. With a focus on anti-bribery & corruption, human trafficking and data privacy, 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, implementing due diligence 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, federal government contracts, and commercial litigation.
Kevin J. Wolf
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.
House Appropriations Committee Minority Staff
United States House of Representatives
Jamie McCormick currently serves on the House Committee on Appropriations Minority staff, working primarily with Defense/State Department, and Foreign Operations. From 2007-2018, Jamie served as Senior Counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. His portfolio included arms transfers, security assistance policy, and export controls.
Previously, Jamie was Subcommittee Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of House Foreign Affairs (2000-2006), and Subcommittee Staff Director for Domestic and International Monetary Policy (1995-2000), House Banking Committee. From 1989-1994, he was on the Minority Staff for Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific (1989-1994).
Jamie holds a JD and BA from the University of Iowa.
Senior Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security
Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce
Adrienne Frazier is a Senior Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security, which represents the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Her responsibilities include representing BIS in administrative enforcement cases and advising BIS on amendments to the Export Administration Regulations. Before joining the Chief Counsel’s Office, Adrienne worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. Adrienne is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and Hendrix College.
Project Leader – Project Management Office, Trade Compliance
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.
David R. Hanke
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
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.
Mario R. Palacios
Sr. Director, Global Import and Export Policy
Mario R. Palacios is Sr. Director, Global Import and Export Policy for Intel Corporation, the world’s largest producer of semiconductors and a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Based in Washington, D.C., he is responsible for Intel’s policy and advocacy related to legislative, regulatory and administrative developments in areas ranging from worldwide export controls, customs, trade facilitation, and international trade. In this role, Mario is also responsible for managing a global team responsible for coordinating global advocacy efforts focused on reducing policy and regulatory barriers that may impact Intel’s global supply chain.
Prior to his current role, Mario served as Global Technology Compliance Manager in Intel’s Global Trade Group where he managed a team of trade compliance professionals who oversaw all export compliance programs covering a diverse portfolio of products and technology in support of Intel’s international network of research and development, fabrication, manufacturing, and sales locations.
Previously, Mario worked for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in support of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) where he advised on matters of trade facilitation, preferential trade agreements, market accessibility, computerized customs management systems, and supply chain.
Mario graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, with a degree in economics and international relations. He also earned a Master’s Degree, in international economic policy from Columbia University in the City of New York. Mario is also a Licensed Customs Broker.
Mario, his wife Charlene, and their two children reside in Maryland.
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.
Drawback Branch Chief for the Port of New York/New Jersey and Assistant Port Director Trade Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
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.
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
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.
Vice President of Drawback Operations
Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, Inc.
Dawn Olesky serves as Vice President of Drawback Operations. Dawn has 28 years of experience in the customs industry, specializing in drawback since 1991. She is responsible for overseeing drawback operations while striving for continuous improvement. She is also responsible for identifying new drawback opportunities for existing and potential clients.
Dawn is a member of the Trade Support Network Drawback Committee, American Association of Exporters and Importers Drawback Committee, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association and is part of the CBP Drawback Working Group. She is a licensed customs broker, certified customs specialist and a certified project management professional. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Vice President, Drawback Development
JM Rodgers Co., Inc.
David Verkaik is Vice President, Drawback Development for JM Rodgers Co., Inc. He is a licensed broker and has been working in drawback more than 30 years. Mr. Verkaik joined JM Rogers over 20 years ago and has been an intricate part of leading the drawback client acquisition team working with Fortune 10-500 clients.
He has been a member of prominent drawback advisory committees that have been the drivers behind shaping new drawback legislation. Mr. Verkaik is JM Rodgers’ resident expert on the drawback portions of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015.
Mr. Verkaik is a member of the duty drawback committees of the following trade associations: AAEI (American Association of Exporters and Importers), NCBFAA (National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America), TSN (Trade Support Network), and Joint NCBFAA/AAEI Regulations Subcommittee.
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 Manager
Thomson Reuters 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 of the Global Trade Organization
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.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
For over 25 years as an import, export and transport attorney, Lenny has innovatively guided companies before most of the regulatory agencies touching international trade. Lenny started his career with U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) in Washington, D.C., issuing hundreds of national directives and rulings and training customs officials throughout the U.S. and the world. Lenny then served as the Chief Compliance Officer for a trade and logistics software company. He now is a Senior Member on the Operating Committee of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg with nine offices globally. Over the years, Lenny has been recognized for his public and private sector work by the Vice President of the United States; Secretaries of Commerce, Treasury and Homeland Security; World Customs Organization; Florida Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association and World Trade Center Miami. He serves as the Co-Chair of CBP’s 15th Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) providing strategic guidance to top executives in the federal government.
Director of Global Trade Compliance & Policy
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.
John F. Jäger
Vice President, Legal, Regulatory & Trade Compliance
Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.
John Jäger is a Licensed Customs Broker since 1992 and a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) with over 30 years of experience in regulatory and international trade compliance, supply chain logistics and supply chain security. John started working in this industry with UPS and Fritz Companies, and has been with Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. for over 20 years.
John is currently responsible for North American imports, exports, supply chain security, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) product compliance, environmental, HAZCOM GHS SDS management, HAZMAT, Code of Conduct and Ethics, FTZ and IMMEX. The products handled by John’s company have a wide variety of legal requirements covered by multiple Partner Government Agency (PGA), Other Government Department (OGD) and Norma Oficial Mexicana (NOM). These responsibilities also include trade remedies in North America such as Section 201, Section 232, Section 301, AD/CVD, Safeguards, etc.
John has completed training with Federal Bureau of Investigation Office of Integrity and Compliance through a program with the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics in 2012 and 2016.
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Kathleen M. Murphy
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.
Ambassador Rufus H. Yerxa
National Foreign Trade Council
Ambassador Rufus Yerxa became President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) in May 2016. As president, he oversees NFTC’s efforts in favor of a more open, rules-based world economy, focusing on key issues to U.S. competitiveness such as international trade and tax policy, economic sanctions, export finance and human resource management. He has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S. trade negotiator and international official. He has been in key policymaking and management roles in Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), and also spent several years in private law practice and the corporate world.
As Deputy Director General of the WTO from 2002 to 2013 he helped to broaden its membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade.
Prior to this, from 1989 to 1995, he served as Deputy USTR under both a Republican and a Democratic President, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Washington Deputy. Earlier in his government career (1981 to 1989) he was with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. He began his government career as a legal advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
After leaving government service in 1995 and prior to joining the WTO he spent five years in the private sector, first as the Brussels-based partner with a major U.S. law firm and later as European general counsel for a Fortune 500 company.
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.
David R. Hamill
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.
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
Melanie Weiland works as a Grassroots Manager at the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) in Washington, D.C. At MEMA, Melanie works on grassroots communications to members on the latest policy developments, tracking and commenting on state legislation, and organizing and working with member companies on congressional plant visits.
Before joining MEMA in February 2019, Melanie served as a government affairs and trade analyst in Arconic’s Washington office. There, she developed expertise in both the 232 and 301 tariffs by developing and managing the company’s exclusion process for both tariffs. She now works with the MEMA team to answer questions from 1,000 of their members regarding the filing process. She also collects and communicates information on the impacts these tariffs may have on the auto supplier industry. Her other experience includes think tank and AmeriCorps work. Melanie holds a BA in International Studies from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, PA.
Cora Di Pietro
Vice-President & General Manager, Global Trade Consulting
Livingston International Inc.
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.
Corporate Export-Import Compliance Manager
Antoinette Montoya is the Corporate Export-Import Compliance Manager of Bechtel Corporation. She is responsible for Corporate Oversight of Bechtel’s Export-Import Compliance Program. Antoinette has over 24 years of experience specializing in export and import control programs.
She is responsible for developing procedures, performing process reviews and audits, conducting training, and assisting the global business units with implementation of measures to ensure compliance with all applicable export and import regulations across all functions and global business units. In addition, she maintains contact with applicable government regulatory offices and industry groups.
Prior to joining Bechtel in 2005 as Export-Import Compliance Manager, Antoinette worked for a large Petrochemicals company administering a multifunctional compliance program. In addition, she has several years of experience providing trade consulting services to multinational companies.
Americas Trade Compliance Manager
Richard Kloostra leads the Americas Trade Compliance team for both Hexion Inc. and Momentive Performance Materials Inc. Through a common central structure, the Global Trade Compliance team has the authority and responsibility to mange trade compliance and optimization efforts for both companies.
Richard is responsible for developing and implementing customs regulations, driving compliance with all import/export activities and working with business leaders and other key stakeholders to implement internal policies and processes like tariff classification, export controls, etc.
Prior to joining Hexion in 2016, Richard held management positions in Trade Compliance with Solenis LLC, Ashland Inc. and L-3 Communications from 2009 to 2016. In addition, he has several years of experience providing logistics and trade consulting services as well.
Highly knowledgeable in all areas of US duty drawback, import brokerage, export controls, voluntary self-disclosures and duty preferential programs, Richard has helped navigate key business stakeholders on strategic sourcing strategies while ensuring the highest level of compliance is maintained.
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance
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).
Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Mr. Overacker currently holds the Senior Executive Service position of Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, in Washington, DC.
In this key role, Mr. Overacker provides leadership for all aspects of CBP’s cargo processing and trade operations at Ports of Entry and Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers). He oversees non-intrusive inspection and radiation detection technology for the agency; policies and procedures for cargo verification and cargo control; and for trade compliance. He also directs the Customs – Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT), and the Container Security Initiative (CSI).
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Overacker served as the Assistant Director of the National Targeting Center (NTC) – Cargo Division where he oversaw daily operations for tactical targeting of high-risk cargo. He was responsible for developing and implementing risk assessment methodologies for all cargo related targeting activities, including oversight of the Automated Targeting System cargo modules. He established the Integrated Trade Targeting Network, an operational network between all of CBP’s targeting assets to improve communications, coordinate actions, and standardize procedures for more effective enforcement. He guided the NTC’s international targeting fellowship as well as international and industry engagements, and played a critical role in the Air Cargo Advance Screening pilot and CBP’s collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration.
Executive Director, Trade Policy and Programs
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Mr. Leonard serves as Executive Director, Trade Policy and Programs, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Washington, DC Headquarters. He leads CBP’s strategic efforts to facilitate, enforce and administer priority international trade issues, such as Intellectual Property Rights, Free Trade Agreements, Import Safety, Textiles, and Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (ADCVD). From 2013 to 2017 he served as CBP Attaché, Singapore, covering eight countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Area Port Director of San Francisco, responsible for all CBP operations in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah. As Area Port Director, he oversaw the CBP clearance of five million passengers per year at San Francisco International Airport and over 400,000 cargo containers per year at the Oakland Seaport. Mr. Leonard is a career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).
Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC
Heather C. Sears joined the international trade law and sanctions practice of Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC after twenty years serving as in-house trade and compliance counsel for various defense contractors and manufacturers. She also represented numerous corporate clients through her own firm, Global Compliance Counsel, LLC.
Previously, Heather served as in-house trade or compliance counsel with Johnson Controls, DRS Technologies/Finmeccancia North America, Cobham plc, Smiths Technologies North America, and TRW Aeronautical Systems. Heather lead the trade compliance programs for each of these companies and provided legal guidance to executives and business personnel.
Heather is a recognized leader in the field of trade compliance with more than 20 years’ experience counseling businesses on a wide variety of international issues, including compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), sanctions regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Heather has extensive experience developing and implementing trade compliance programs, conducting audits and internal investigations, preparing voluntary disclosures for submission to the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), preparing commodity jurisdiction determination and commerce classification requests, conducting training, facilitating regulatory change and implementing export control reform. She also represented foreign and domestic clients regarding international transactions involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) and proposed acquisition and mitigation arrangements for non-U.S. owned defense businesses. Heather’s strengths include strategic planning, strong communication, and influencing and building effective relationships. She has extensive public lecturing experience on international trade regulations and corporate compliance programs.
Jessica Blum Sanchez
Trade Compliance Manager
Accenture Federal Services
Jessica Blum Sanchez has over ten years of experience in defense trade compliance working for industry and the U.S. Government. In 2016, Jessica joined Accenture Federal Services (AFS) as the Trade Compliance Manager responsible for its EAR and ITAR licensing and compliance.
Prior to joining AFS, Jessica worked for the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in its compliance and enforcement division, Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC). During her tenure with DDTC, Jessica worked over 200 directed and voluntary disclosures, managed the Esterline Consent Agreement, and participated in U.S. and foreign company outreach initiatives. Jessica started her career at BAE Systems, Inc., where she spent five years conducting internal export compliance audits and investigations. Jessica has expertise in ITAR Cloud compliance, defense services, and Special Security Agreement (SSA) requirements.
Corporate Vice President for Global Trade Compliance
Leonardo DRS, Inc.
Greg is responsible for leading the company-wide trade compliance program. He establishes the policies and procedures the company employs in managing its global export/import operations. Prior to joining DRS in 2008 Greg worked for several defense companies in export, regulatory, international security cooperation, and technology release areas including General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Anteon Corporation. Greg is a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group, a federal advisory committee to the U.S. State Department on export matters, the Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee, advising the U.S. Commerce Department on export matters regarding infrared and laser technology, and is the vice chair of the National Defense Industrial Association’s International Division, helping to identify and resolve defense industry management and business problems associated with government policies and practices related to the international defense community.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Management degree from Troy State University.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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. He is a past chairman and an Honorary Life Member of the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones.
Among Greg’s contributions to the FTZ program are expanding FTZ benefits into several new industry sectors, engaging in the effort to secure language in NAFTA to shield FTZ users from the imposition of “double-tariffs,’” and, of particular note, leading the legislative effort to secure Weekly Entry procedures for FTZ distribution operations.
President and CEO
American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI)
Marianne Rowden is President and CEO of AAEI following years of service as the Association’s General Counsel. Ms. Rowden has testified before Congress on trade legislation because of her extensive background from practicing law over 20 years concentrating in international trade and transportation regulatory compliance. She has also made stakeholder presentations to the negotiators for U.S. free trade agreements, and represents AAEI as a member of the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG) and the Global Shippers Alliance. Ms. Rowden has served for three terms as Co-Chair of the WCO’s Work Group on E-commerce which has produced a Framework of Standards.
Ms. Rowden serves as an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall School of Law and speaks widely to U.S. and international audiences on trade issues, particularly the future of e-commerce at the World Trade Organization, World Customs Organization, UNCTAD, Tunisia E-Commerce High-Level Conference, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment, ieCanada, EFA European Forum for External Trade, Excise and Customs, the Council of Supply Chain Management, the Transportation Law Association, and the Transportation Law Institute.