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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.
Ricardo Treviño Chapa
Ricardo Treviño Chapa, the current Administrator General of Mexico Customs, was elected Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) on 14 December 2017. He will take up his post at the Secretariat on 1 January 2018.
Before taking the lead at Mexico Customs in April 2015, Ricardo Treviño Chapa worked as the General Administrator of the Evaluation and Internal Affairs Department of the Tax Administration Service, the parent organization of Mexico Customs, where he was responsible for developing actions to prevent and combat corruption, as well as strengthening transparency.
During his 15-year career in the public sector, he served as the General Director for Revenue Collection in the State of Mexico’s Government, as the General Director of the Social Security Institute of the State of Mexico, and at the Institute for Protection of Bank Savings.
Alan Wolff began his four-year term as Deputy Director-General on 1 October 2017.
Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff, formerly Senior Counsel at the global law firm Dentons, is one of the world’s leading international trade lawyers. He has been engaged to resolve some of the largest international trade disputes on record. For the last six years he has served as the Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) which was called into being by President Wilson in 1914 to support open international trade and which today represents hundreds of American companies who employ millions of workers. He is Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy (ITCD).
Ambassador Wolff served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Carter Administration and was General Counsel of the Office in the Ford Administration. He was acting Head of the U.S. Delegation for the Tokyo Round, and a principal draftsman of the basic U.S. law creating a mandate for trade negotiations. As Deputy USTR he was a founder of the OECD Steel Committee and its first chairman. He has served as a senior trade negotiator in, and advisor to, both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Prior to his service at USTR, he served in the U.S. Treasury as staff attorney for the National Advisory Committee on International Monetary and Financial Policy, participating in the work of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, reviewing lending policies in the IMF and the World Bank, and participating in the drafting of the Articles of Agreement of the African Development Fund. He was director of the Treasury’s Office of Multilateral Trade Negotiations.
He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), is a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies, having served several terms on the Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board of the Academies and chairing its Committee on Comparative Innovation Policies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the E15 Initiative’s Experts Group (Innovation).
He has lectured and written extensively on trade topics including the need for a strong, open rules-based multilateral trading system.
He holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University and an A.B. degree from Harvard College. He is married to the Rev. Helene N. Wolff, and has three children and six grandchildren.
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.
Julie Hoeniges is the Senior Trade Compliance Manager for Rivian Automotive, an electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever! In her role, Julie is responsible for trade strategy development, trade operations, supply chain security and FTZ. Prior to joining Rivian, Julie spent more than 20 years building a depth and breadth of trade knowledge on a global scale at a Fortune 100 manufacturer operating in North and South America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Her experience includes company policy development and program management, global oversight of import and export compliance operations, analyzing corporate enterprise risk, GTM system implementation, business tool and training development and deployment, and government and business advocacy efforts.
Julie is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, serves as a Board Member of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) and is a past co-chair of the Trade Policy Committee.
Virginia Thompson is a Senior Product Manager at Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of global trade management solutions. For five years, Ms. Thompson has been responsible for advancing Import/Export solutions globally to ensure market and regulatory needs are met. Prior to joining the software industry, Ms. Thompson had over 20 years of experience managing the global transportation and trade compliance operations of a major U.S. retailer. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed identifying and implementing profitable ways to solve supply chain challenges while also maintaining the highest standards of customer service and compliance. She brings this experience to Thomson Reuters in order to ensure that solutions remain focused around bringing value to the importer/exporter.
Kyle Griffin serves as a Program Manager in the Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As part of the Business Transformation & Innovation Division (BTID) he evaluates and develops proof of concepts for emerging technologies including blockchain, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. His portfolio includes Oil Pipeline and Natural Gas blockchain initiatives. Additionally, Mr. Griffin serves as Product Owner for CBP’s first operational chat bot, which leverages natural language processing to answer questions related to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on the CBP Trade website.
Previous to joining CBP in 2018, he worked for a large insurance company, holding roles in cyber security, digital strategy, and program management. As a Lean Six Sigma green belt he led process improvement initiatives. As a Senior IT Security Specialist, he attained the designation of Associate of ISC2 – Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Mr. Griffin serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for The Boren Forum, the alumni network of the National Security Education Program. He received bachelor’s degrees in international studies and business administration from American University in Washington, DC and studied Arabic in Egypt as a Boren Scholar.
Mary Jo Muoio
Mary Jo Muoio is Senior Vice President, Trade Services and Government Relations, of GEODIS USA. Before assuming leadership of the consulting division, Ms. Muoio was a Senior Vice-President of Barthco International, Inc., a leading customs broker and forwarder acquired by GEODIS. Ms. Muoio has been with the company for over 30 years. She is a licensed customs broker, having passed the exam with the highest score in the nation.
Ms. Muoio is currently serving as Senior Counselor/Board of Director and Chairman of the Customs Committee of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., a post she assumed after serving as Chairman of the Board and two terms as President. Before being elected as the first female president of this association, she served as Vice-President for several terms, Secretary, Board of Director and on key Association committees. Ms. Muoio was recently appointed as a Director to the International Federation of Customs Brokers and represents the US customs brokerage industry under the IFCBA flag at the World Customs Organization. Ms. Muoio served as Vice-President for Imports of the New York New Jersey Forwarders and Brokers Association for many years, resigning to focus her energies on the national level. She continues to serve on the Board of Governors and is honored to be a recipient of their Captain of Industry Award. She is a Past-President of the Philadelphia Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. Ms. Muoio served two terms on COAC, the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection and Related Functions and continues to serve on several working groups. Ms. Muoio serves on the Board of the American Association of Exporters and Importers where she has been a career-long member.
Ms. Muoio was recently appointed as a Trade Ambassador of the Trade Leadership Council and serves on several joint TSN-CBP and COAC working groups.
Before joining GEODIS, Ms. Muoio taught at the college level in Japan. She continues to pursue studies in the Japanese language. Ms. Muoio is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in International Relations. In her spare time, she is active in the lives of her children and husband. Every once in a while she gets the ironing done.
Vincent Iacopella is Executive Vice President Growth and Strategy for Alba Wheels Up International Inc., a freight forwarder and customs broker. Vince’s responsibilities include leading Alba’s expansion into new markets and to increase the portfolio of product offerings with a focus on trade sensitive imports and exports, as well as smart supply chain technology that drives value to importers and exporters. He is responsible for collaboration and development of product and service enhancements aligned with CBP, FDA, and EPA’s Trade Modernization initiatives in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as well as development of freight and supply chain products.
Vince s a licensed Customs Broker and Past President of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association. He is currently the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders (PCC). Vince was appointed to the 13th and 14th Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and was elected by his COAC peers to serve as Trade Co-Chair for the 14th Term COAC. The COAC advises CBP and Treasury on trade commercial policy.
Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA’s resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department’s industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992.
SOS Group Ltd. was founded by Scott Hall in 1999 in Hong Kong China. SOS Group specializes in building, owning, and operating factories primarily in the manufacturing of textiles and PPE, for the US/EU markets. SOS Group currently owns a total of 12 factories across China, Cambodia, and Bangladesh in addition to 8 JV’s in China. SOS is also a major shareholder in Tak Sang Group which owns 6 fabric mills across China providing total vertical factory procurement and supply. SOS Group’s financial office is located in Hong Kong, with operational offices in Shanghai, Ningbo, Dhaka, Chittagong, and Phnom Penh. These offices oversee each of our factories and provide quality control, raw material procurement, and logistical support. SOS Group also operates a chemical division which handles all chemicals, raw material inspections, and QC control of mixtures and content along with international 3rd party lab certifications. This division, along with our mills, is the driving factor of the raw material control, pricing, and structure to ensure our factories receive material on time and correct so they can operate at efficiency. In total, SOS Group employees approx. 20,000 staff in these four countries.
SOS Groups customers are primary US retailers, US brands, and US Govt divisions. SOS deals direct with these customers and thrives on the success of knowing our customers strategy and staying ahead of their busines from a supply and logistical point of view. SOS’s customers include: McKesson, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Home Depot, US Military, FEMA, Walmart, PFG Food Group, ATT&T, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Academy Store, Zara, H&M, Sam’s Club, Gore-Tex with many licenses to support these govt divisions, brands or retailers. SOS Group also works directly with certain govts particularly in the middle east and Africa on their supply needs from our factories.
As it relates to PPE, SOS Groups FDA certified factories FDA certified products are currently producing/monthly capacity of KN95 masks (45 million per month, BFE>95 masks (80 million per month), Medical gowns Level 1 and 2 (75 million per month) , 3, and 4 Sterile (20 million per month), 62%/75% Hand Sanitizers (30 million to 50 million units a month), Chloride and Alcohol wipes (45 million a month), Nitrile Gloves (50 million boxes a month), Vinyl gloves (100 million a month). SOS has very strong partnership with the Beijing govt and China customs so therefore SOS will clear all products through China customs and hand over to forwarder after thus removing what can be problematic for most. For hazardous items like hand sanitizers and wipes, SOS Group has a USA foreign importing license/EN number hence SOS will be the importer of record and will clear USA customs as well as well a direct FDA clearance channel in the LA port to ensure swift importation.
SOS Group, and all its entities, is privately owned and founded by Scott Hall who oversees all aspects of the companies and strategy. Mr. Hall, who is originally from Missouri, has lived in Hong Kong for 23 years. Mr. Hall has recently relocated his family to Dallas TX and travels constantly to Asia. Mr. Hall is also the founder and owner of H&Co Real Estate holdings and BSA Summit Holding Ltd. which own vast amounts of real estate in China and South East Asia.
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.
Neil is the EMEIA Tax Centre leader for Global Trade, Markets and Client Solutions based in Dublin, Ireland and has over 25 years experience in Customs and international trade and indirect taxes.
Neil and his team specialise in providing strategic trade solutions to EY’s key Global accounts and advising such clients on their customs affairs on a Global basis. These projects include Global trade compliance, trade automation and cost reduction and strategic planning. Prior to that, Neil spent 6 years in Moscow advising clients on indirect tax issues affecting their business across the emerging markets in EMEIA, before returning to Ireland to establish a truly Global trade practice.
Neil is an Associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland, was previously the Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Tax Committee in Russia, Global Tax Leader for Life Sciences and EMEIA Trade Leader at EY and was previously an Inspector of Taxes with the Irish Revenue service.
Emmanuelle is senior analyst in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) where she leads WTO work on Blockchain. She is the author of a recently published book entitled “Can Blockchain Revolutionize International Trade?” and is a regular speaker at blockchain events. Emmanuelle is a member of the government advisory board of the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA). Ms. Ganne also leads WTO work on micro, small and medium side enterprises. Prior to this, she held various positions at the WTO, including as Counselor to Director-General Pascal Lamy, and in the Accessions Division where she assessed trade policies of governments wishing to join the WTO and advised them on how to improve their business environment. From 2015 to 2017, she held the position of Vice-President and Managing Director for Europe at the Allam Advisory Group (AAG), a team of former C-level executives and senior diplomats that specializes in helping businesses expand their operations globally. Emmanuelle is a 2009 Yale World Fellow.
Andy Aherne has more than 20 years’ experience in customs & international trade primarily in the Technology and Med Device industries. Andy works for Abbott Laboratories as a Senior Manager Customs planning and Strategy for all OUS markets.
Prior to re-joining Abbott, Andy worked in consultancy advising on customs compliance programmes and implementation, EU Dual Use Export Controls and Brexit strategy for clients in Ireland, the UK and Mainland Europe.
Andy holds an honours degree in international business from UCD, and a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law.
Prominent Brexit Advisor Robert Hardy will be providing practical advice and guidance on how Brexit will impact customs and border freight flows. Operations Director with Oakland Invicta, Robert has over 35 years’ experience in Customs, borders and European logistics. He successfully developed the largest 24hour Customs Clearance station in the UK, based at the Port of Dover. He is a registered expert in international trade with the EU Commission, an advisor to Members of Parliament, HM Government and Northern Ireland Government. Robert is the founder of the Customs Clearance Consortium a specialist Customs agency created specifically for Brexit.
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.
Louisa Elder graduated from Indiana University with a BS in vocal performance and Spanish. After studying abroad in Mexico and Spain, Louisa coordinated summer exchange programs for international musicians sponsored by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the US federal government. Louisa left Indiana to pursue her MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. After graduation, Louisa worked as a manager at the National Housewares Manufacturers Association and in the marketing and sales department at Howe Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial refrigeration equipment.
Louisa served as a director of the State of Illinois NAFTA Center and then the International Trade Center at NORBIC from the summer of 1998 through March of 2005, successfully taking member companies through Canadian and U.S. Customs audits with significant financial savings. Additionally, Louisa was a liaison between manufacturing and U.S. Customs and worked closely with the U.S. Commercial Service creating courses and providing training for corporate employees and federal trade specialists on the intricacies of qualification and documentation under NAFTA, U.S. – Chile, U.S. – Singapore and the U.S. – Australia FTA. Louisa was honored to be offered a position with the Foreign Commercial Service, but declined due to personal circumstances.
Louisa joined Abbott Laboratories as a trade specialist in the spring of 2005 and was promoted to Manager of Customs and Trade Compliance for the Global Pharmaceutical Operations division in January 2007. In her role at Abbott, Louisa introduced new savings through U.S. Free Trade Agreement optimization. In 2013 her division at Abbott separated into the new biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie. She managed U.S. exports for three years implementing GTS and began managing origin for the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, also known as Buy America. Noting the need to have a voice as trade agreements were being reviewed or renegotiated, she moved into an advocacy role.
AbbVie recently acquired Allergan and Louisa is working to integrate global origin inclusive of preferential and non-preferential. She works cross functionally within the company and actively reviews global supply chains for optimization and savings opportunities. She enjoys the many facets of dealing with trade compliance in a multinational corporation, keeping abreast of policy changes to advocate for global process improvements internally and externally. Louisa participates in the AAEI HIC and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) trade sub-committee. Additionally, she is an SME with the UK’s Department of International Trade Life Science group for trade agreements.
Kim Campbell is the President of “mkmarin trade services inc.” a customs brokerage, trade consulting and software firm she founded in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and brings to her position 30 years of experience from working in executive, managerial and technical leadership positions in both government and the private sector. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Director and U of T Rotman DEP program for corporate directors including the ICD.D designation.
She holds the CCS (Certified Customs Specialist) in both Canada and the United States and is also a CTCS (Certified Trade Compliance Specialist). She was the Chair of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Customs Brokers. She is the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, I.E. Canada. She is a member of Canada Customs Border Agency (CBSA) Revenue Management Advisory Board (ARMAB) and has participated on North American Single Window Working Groups for CBP and CBSA. She represents I.E. Canada at CBSA’s Trade and Recourse consultative committee.
Ms. Campbell is a frequent speaker at industry and government forums in Canada and the United States.
In her role as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Cindy 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 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.
In 2008, Cindy testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee in opposition of 100% TSA screening requirements. 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). Cindy has been a frequent speaker at customs compliance seminars, roundtables and conferences for many associations while in both the private sector and government employment.
A licensed customs broker since 1990, Cindy is also a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) and Certified Export Specialist (CES) through the NCBFAA.
Dale Chrystie is business fellow and blockchain strategist for FedEx, based in the Memphis area. He also serves as chairman of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) Standards Council, and is a member of the Blockchain Research Institute. He was awarded the inaugural Enterprise Blockchain Award in Enterprise & Industry Leadership and speaks globally on the business and strategy aspects of blockchain and emerging technologies. His focus on ‘coopetition’ in the blockchain space continues to challenge conventional wisdom and typical corporate and regulatory culture. Dale’s career in transportation began more than 30 years ago, and in addition to his work leading the first proof of concept at FedEx using blockchain technology, he has extensive experience in strategy, quality, process improvement, portfolio management, human resources, operations, sales, education, risk, and standards development.
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.
Kathleen Lockard Palma is Senior Executive Counsel, ITC with General Electric. She is GE’s lead lawyer for all export control, sanctions and customs matters. Previously she led GE’s legal shared service for international trade compliance supporting all GE businesses on a global basis. Kathleen also led the international trade compliance function for GE Aviation and served as ITC Counsel for GE. Before joining GE, Kathleen was an Associate in the International Trade Practice of Dewey Ballantine LLP (RIP).
She served as Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA) during the Obama Administration. Kathleen also previously served as the chair of the Aerospace Industries Association Export Controls subcommittee and was a member of the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC) at Commerce. Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.
Kathleen lives in Arlington with her husband, Troy, and two sporty boys (baseball and basketball).
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.
Jennelle Cray has worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for over 13 years helping to secure our nation’s borders by facilitating legal trade. Jennelle currently serves as the Branch Chief of the Drawback and Revenue Branch within the Office of Trade. She is responsible for directing the policy and enforcement of numerous trade facilitation programs including, Bond Policy, the Revenue Priority Trade Issue and the Drawback Program. Ms. Cray took on this role in 2018 during a pivotal moment in the Drawback Program, the transition to TFTEA, and has held the role for 2.5 years.
From 2012 to 2018, she served as an International Trade Specialist in the Textile and Apparel Policy and Enforcement Division within the same office. In the textile division, she directed enforcement operations, provided technical advice and trade policy guidance to CBP field personnel, members of the trade community, and foreign customs services. From 2007 to 2012 she served as an Import Specialist in the Port of Chicago, responsible for Textile and Apparel import enforcement.
Ms. Cray has a Bachelor of Science in Textile Technology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Art in History from the University at Buffalo. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children.
Fun Fact: She is from Buffalo, New York and believes hands down they have the best wings and pizza (served with Blue Cheese of course)!
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.
Jessica’s diverse customs, supply chain and legal background gives her valuable insight into the strategic and operational complexities of multinational companies, and the opportunities available to them. She possesses extensive experience with import and export compliance, trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing duty), duty recoveries, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations.
Jessica worked for one of the largest U.S. importers, leading its Importer Self-Assessment initiative, over $18 million First Sale program, and overall trade strategy efforts.
Since joining KPMG, she has led Trade & Customs efforts in support of value management projects, worked with clients to enhance their compliance program, and implement duty savings initiatives. Some of her projects include: implemented a Trade Agreement Act compliance program and origin verification process for a large medical device company, established a duty drawback program for a U.S. importer resulting in annual savings of $8m+, analyzed NAFTA compliance for a large retailer, including enhancements to their processes as well as ongoing verification procedures, and more.
With over 20 years of diverse customs and global trade compliance experience, Greg leads the DHL Global Forwarding Customs Brokerage team. DHL Global Forwarding provides customs brokerage services in over 100 countries. .
Prior to joining DHL in 2019, Greg led Customs and Trade consulting practices at both PwC and Expeditors Tradewin in Singapore and China for over 10 years. He started his career in customs and freight operations management roles with DHL and Expeditors.
In his current role at DHL, Greg is deeply engaged in the digital transformation of customs brokerage and global related trade services.
Ms. Pearson is the Vice President & Associate General Counsel – Global Trade for Fortive Corporation. In her role, Ms. Pearson advises Fortive, its OpCos and its Global Trade Compliance organization regarding various U.S. and international trade laws, including export controls, economic sanctions, customs regulations, and antiboycott laws. She provides strategic advice on global business transactions complicated by global trade laws, assisting sales teams in breaking down trade barriers for access to new or challenging markets. Additionally, Ms. Pearson assists engineers in the globalization of new innovations while ensuring the protection of advance technologies in accordance with national security regulations. Serving as a representative and advocate for Fortive and its OpCos in various governmental proceedings, she supports OpCos in various trade disputes, overseeing governmental audits and voluntary self-disclosures.
Prior to joining Fortive, Ms. Pearson was an attorney with Hagen O’Connell, LLP in Portland, Oregon, where she practiced in the international business group focusing on export controls, sanctions, customs law, and intellectual property.
She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, graduating with distinction in Intellectual Property. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she majored in General Science, Biochemistry.
Ted has led the Global Trade Operations team at Medtronic since January 2018. In this role, he is responsible for Enterprise-wide programs such as Export Controls, Country of Origin, Free Trade Agreements, Trade Systems, and Duty Strategy. Ted is the Trade Operations Enterprise Process Owner under Medtronic’s Supply Chain Transformation initiative, a multi-year effort to design and deploy a new operating model for Medtronic’s trade functions globally.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Ted led a team of 100 team members at Target, responsible for all trade operations and compliance activities for the second-largest importer of container freight in the US. He is on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, and is the past chairman of both the Business Alliance for Customs Modernization and the US Department of Homeland of Security’s Commercial Operations Advisory Committee.
Ted received his BA in History and German from the University of Notre Dame, and his MBA from the University of Chicago.
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.
Nasim is a Partner in the International Trade practice group at Holland & Knight in Washington, DC. Before joining Holland & Knight, Nasim served as the Chief International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Chuck Grassley, where she shepherded the United States-Mexica-Canada Agreement through the Senate. She also served as Deputy Chief International Trade Counsel under former Chairman Orrin Hatch. Nasim previously served as Trade Counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means, where she worked under Chairmen Camp, Ryan, and Brady from 2014 to 2016 to advance trade promotion authority (TPA), Customs, duty preference, and miscellaneous tariff bill legislation. She has also held positions in the private sector at Pitney Bowes, General Motors, and the U.S. Council for International Business. Nasim started her career in trade at the Department of Commerce, where she was a law clerk in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration.
Kelly Ann Shaw
Kelly Ann Shaw, former Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, brings to bear a deep knowledge of U.S. international trade, investment, and economic law and policy drawn from her extensive public service at the White House, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. Congress.
In her White House role, serving on both the National Security Council and National Economic Council, Kelly Ann led the Office of International Economic Affairs and played an instrumental role in a wide range of legislation, negotiations, and agreements, including the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the China Phase One agreement. As a senior adviser to the president on matters of international economic policy, including trade, investment, development, global economics, energy, and the environment, she was directly involved in almost every major economic decision made at the Trump White House.
Kelly Ann also as served as lead U.S. negotiator at the G7, G20, and APEC and led the U.S.-UK Economic Working Group. As Republican Trade Counsel for the Committee on Ways and Means, Kelly Ann played an important role in formulating U.S. international trade and investment law, policy, and strategy. In her role as Assistant General Counsel for USTR based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C., she represented the United States in more than 40 World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes and in negotiations. She also served as a lead lawyer, negotiator, and adviser in other important international negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Prior to her distinguished government service, Kelly Ann was in private practice in Washington, D.C.
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 renegotiations. 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.
Before joining Arent Fox, Dave served from 1991-2000 as senior counsel and attorney-advisor at the US Department of the Treasury. During his tenure at the Treasury Department, he served as the chief legal advisor to the US chair of the NAFTA Rules of Origin Working Group, where he represented the United States at the trilateral NAFTA Working Group meetings convened to monitor the implementation and administration of the NAFTA concerning rules of origin, country of origin marking, and customs administration. In addition, he served as a legal advisor to Treasury’s Commercial Operations Advisory Committee of the Customs Service (COAC), where he worked to resolve various issues between the private sector representatives and the government. Dave also represented the Treasury Department at the Negotiating Group on Market Access meetings convened under the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
Tamica C. Solomon
Tamica C. Solomon serves as the Acting Director for the USMCA Center in Trade Policy and Programs at U. S Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Tamica has over 15 years of progressive public service experience to include both Federal and State experience. Tamica join CBP in May 2017 as an Assistant Field Director for Regulatory Audit and Agency Advisory Services in Houston TX. Prior to joining CBP Tamica worked for the Department of Defense National Guard in New Mexico where she successfully led our nation heroes and save government funds.
Tamica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and graduate studies in Public Administration from Southern University Agriculture and Mechanical College in Baton Rouge Louisiana and a Master’s Degree in Governmental Accounting from Rutgers State University Business School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Tamica is a Certified Governmental Audit Professional (CGAP), and a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) Tamica’s expertise in Audit and Risk Management helps advance Office of Trade’s mission to facilitate legitimate trade, enforce US laws, and protect the American economy to ensure consumer safety and to create a level playing field for American business.
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 Toyota Tsusho America, Inc., over 20 years.
John’s current position has responsibility 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.
Michael L. Burton
Michael Burton is a partner at Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC and former Co-chair of AAEI’s Committee on Export Compliance and Facilitation. He has more than 22 years experience representing US and foreign clients on a wide range of issues related to compliance with and enforcement of US export controls (Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations), economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), antiboycott, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering, CFIUS/FIRRMA, and import laws. He counsels clients on complex trade controls issues, designs and audits corporate compliance programs, and has obtained numerous US government licenses authorizing transactions under these controls.
For his clients — ranging from Fortune 500 companies with novel trade controls challenges to smaller corporations without substantial in-house compliance resources — Michael develops compliance systems to identify, avoid, and mitigate international regulatory risks. He also conducts internal investigations, compliance assessments and due diligence, prepares voluntary disclosures, and defends and resolves enforcement actions before the US Departments of Commerce, Treasury, State, and Homeland Security.
MEENA R. SHARMA is Deputy Director in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Investment Security Policy and International Relations. In her current role, Meena is responsible for leading the drafting and finalizing of the regulations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to implement the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), and oversees work on other policy matters.
Prior to joining Treasury, Meena practiced law at Covington & Burling LLP, where she specialized in cross-border trade, investment and national security matters. This included advising clients on the national security reviews conducted by CFIUS as well as various export controls compliance matters.
Meena received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was managing editor of the Law Review. She received her B.A. from Tufts University, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Meena is a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations, and was recognized by Diplomatic Courier as one of the “Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33.
Stephen Heifetz is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he advises clients on laws and policies at the intersection of international business and national security.
Stephen previously served in the U.S. government on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). As a CFIUS practitioner for more than a dozen years, Stephen has been involved in more than 1,000 CFIUS matters and has been recognized as a leading CFIUS and national security expert by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Washingtonian. Stephen serves as CFIUS counsel to the National Venture Capital Association and regularly helps U.S. companies and foreign investors determine whether to make a CFIUS filing, allocate CFIUS risk in transaction documents, navigate the CFIUS process, and negotiate risk mitigation measures if needed to obtain CFIUS clearance.
Stephen also advises clients on other matters of legal compliance and political risk and defends companies facing investigations and government enforcement actions. He represents clients with regard to anti-money laundering laws administered by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and other financial regulators, as well as economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and by the UN Security Council. In addition, he has experience with anti-corruption and export control laws, with security screening rules applicable to visa applicants as well as airlines and other transportation companies, and with codes of conduct applicable to private security providers.
Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini, Stephen was a partner at a multinational law firm based in Washington, D.C., where he co-chaired that firm’s international regulation and compliance group. From 2006 to 2010, he served as a senior official in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Policy Development. In this role, he served as DHS’s daily representative to CFIUS and also worked with DHS’s agencies—including the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—to develop policies on a range of issues.
After finishing law school, Stephen worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and later served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.
Stephen previously was as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and he has published articles in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Law360.
Erik Smithweiss is a partner resident in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Smithweiss represents clients on issues before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Food & Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission and other agencies that regulate the international trade in goods. His practice involves import restrictions, rules of origin, preferential trade agreements, marking and labeling, valuation, tariff classification, antidumping and countervailing duty compliance, trademark and copyright protection, Fish & Wildlife restrictions, and similar matters. Mr. Smithweiss also assists clients with matters pending before customs administrations in other countries and at the World Customs Organization in Brussels.
Mr. Smithweiss’ practice includes export controls and sanction programs administered by various agencies. Mr. Smithweiss represents clients in all areas of customs import/export procedure and administration, such as audits, investigations, penalties, forfeiture proceedings, compliance programs, administrative rulings and litigation.
Mr. Smithweiss is one of several trial attorneys in the firm and appears regularly in matters before the U.S. Court of International Trade, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and federal district courts.
Mr. Smithweiss is an instructor of the customs broker licensing exam preparation course and several other classes conducted by the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California.
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.
Mr. Overacker began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1997 as an Import Specialist in Cleveland. He has held various leadership positions throughout his career. While part of the Office of Trade, Mr. Overacker led the project team that created CBP’s industry-based Centers of Excellence and Expertise that replaced the service port as the organizational structure and operating model for processing trade. He also served as Operations Manager in the Office of Intelligence where he managed programs for security targeting, and laid the groundwork for integrating the latest intelligence information into CBP’s targeting methodologies.
Mr. Overacker graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. He has completed the American University, Key Executive Leadership Program, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers in Government Certificate Program
Douglas R. Hassebrock is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement. In that role, he is the senior career law enforcement official within the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). He is responsible for National Security and the promotion of foreign policy objectives. His law enforcement program is focused on three core areas: Stopping the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and missile delivery systems, diversion of Commerce goods to terrorists or state sponsors of terror, and preventing commodities from being used for unauthorized military end-use.
Prior his current position at BIS, he served as the Assistant Director, Investigations, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board where he led the oversight of over $787 Billion in economic stimulus spending. He also served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Eastern Region, US Department of the Interior – Office of Inspector General, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Technology Crimes Section, US Department of Energy – Office of Inspector General.
Mr. Hassebrock started his career in law enforcement with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) where he worked in many different areas including special access programs, counterintelligence, white collar crime, crimes against persons, and environmental crime. He remains a Special Agent with OSI in a reserve military officer capacity in the rank of Colonel. In that role he is the senior reserve officer for the agency serving as the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, OSI.
Mr. Hassebrock has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Campbell University, NC, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Finance from Old Dominion University, VA. He is also a graduate of the USAF Air War College and the USAF Air Command and Staff College.
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. He is renowned as a leader in educating business officials and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels concerning international trade and business reform. He served as chairman of the board of the World Trade Center of Miami and is currently legal counsel to the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association as well as committee chair of the Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium, among other positions.
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.
Robert E. Perez
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez serves as the agencyâ€™s senior career official, with a primary focus of working closely with the Commissioner to ensure that CBPâ€™s mission of protecting our Nationâ€™s borders from terrorists and terrorist weapons is carried out effectively in partnership with other Federal, state, local, and foreign entities. Other top CBP priorities include securing and facilitating legitimate global trade and travel, keeping illegal drugs and illegal aliens from crossing our borders, and protecting our Nationâ€™s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and disease.
Mr. Perez also provides executive leadership in planning short and long-range strategies, activities, and projects. He analyzes project proposals and develops recommendations for implementation and action, including proposals for assignment of resources necessary for completion of projects having national and international impact.
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. Prior to coming to OS, Mr. Perez served as the Director of Field Operations (DFO) for CBP’s New York Field Office.
As chair of Polsinelli’s International Trade and Customs practice, Michelle Schulz advises clients on a multitude of international trade and customs audits, government investigations and public policy matters. Michelle is a nationally recognized leader in her field, serving as a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative on the Industry Trade advisory for Aerospace. She routinely advocates for exporters and importers in federal investigations, fines and penalties, audits, disclosures, export licensing and international trade.
Michelle regularly represents Fortune 500 manufacturers, distributors and defense contractors in a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, aerospace, electronics, and automotive. Her broad experience includes defense exports and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), dual-use exports and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), import duties and tariff reduction, Section 301 and 232 exclusions, e-commerce, exports in service, anti-boycott, anti-bribery, Buy America, Customs clearance, foreign investments and Committee on Foreign Trade Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), establishing and auditing Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZs), free trade agreements, international contracts, sanctions and embargoes and trade data reporting to the U.S. Census Bureau (Census).
Michelle also guides clients in complex international business transactions and advises them on compliance and enforcement matters under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). She is experienced in negotiations with enforcement officers and avidly works to limit risks and improve client compliance.
Michelle served on the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration (PECSEA) under the last administration, serving six full years in this appointed position. She worked closely with the US Department of Commerce to reform the export laws and regulations to relax requirements for US companies that export. She is also the Past Chair of the International Law Section for the Texas State Bar (2017-18). Michelle is frequently called upon to present on international trade topics at professional conferences worldwide.
John Pettibone, works as the Director, Trade Compliance North America for Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions. Based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, the Trade Compliance team is responsible for developing and maintaining the North American trade policy and trade compliance programs. This includes advising on the EAR, ITAR, OFAC and anti-boycott rules as well as duty mitigation, tariff classification, AD/CVD, export control classifications, bonds and C-TPAT. Assesses export and import compliance processes, procedures and resources. He has in-depth experience in navigating the relationships between various government agencies responsible for export control laws and import regulations. He is the ITAR Empowered Official for Saint-Gobain North America and is eligible to receive federal security clearance. He conducts in person export and import training which includes global sanctions. He also participates in industry groups and corresponds with government regulatory offices in Washington, DC.
A 20-year veteran of the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Richard brings extensive investigative experience on complex export compliance matters to Braumiller Consulting’s clients.
Richard’s BIS roles include Special Agent, Senior Special Agent and Resident Special Agent in Charge (SAC) gave him significant insight into both administrative and criminal violations of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).
Richard’s work also included writing investigative reports, administrative warning letters, administrative case reports, criminal case reports, search warrant affidavits and among other government reports. He participated in and supervised the detention and seizure of outbound air and ocean cargo.
Richard is considered an expert in advanced investigative techniques and extensive training experience on these techniques. His education experience include training other OEE special agents, ICE and FBI special agents and presenting these techniques to the Directorate of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency personnel. He taught officials of the Government of Albania regarding export compliance issues under a Department of State contract with Raytheon in conjunction with the Potomac River Group LLC., Leesburg, Virginia.
Jessica Wasserman is an international trade attorney and founder of WassermanRowe LLC, a Washington-DC based trade law and consulting firm. Jessica’s practice focuses on trade in regulated products and she works closely with agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture, on behalf of clients to facilitate trade in products regulated by these agencies. Currently, the firm is busy working on Covid-19 related approvals and trade in products including tests and therapeutics. Jessica and her team are also fully engaged with the many trade and regulatory issues facing the food industry including food safety/FSVP, 301 tariff retaliation impact, international standards for organic, plant based, BE labeling compliance, etc. Jessica has worked at federal regulatory agencies, including USDA and DOC, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
In August of 2020, Ms. Cave became the Deputy Associate Commissioner for the Office of Regulatory Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration. Previously she was the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations and has the responsibility for providing direction and oversight of the Food and Drug Administration’s field import operations. This includes reviewing prior notice and intelligence data on human and animal food and leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of laws, regulations and policies as they relate to broad global and national programs at ports of entry.
Prior to this position, she served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Compliance and Field Operations at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) where she worked with other federal government agencies through the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC) to identify unique approaches and solutions for identification of defective consumer products. Ms. Cave had an extensive career with the CPSC having served as the first Director of the Office of Import Surveillance. She held numerous leadership roles including the Director of Field Investigations and the Director of State and Local Programs.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association’s efforts on international trade and customs issues. Beth oversees AAFA’s Trade Policy Committee, as well as AAFA’s Customs Group. Before joining AAFA, Beth served for six years as senior director, international affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association. Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at George Washington University and received a Master of Arts in international affairs from Florida State University.
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.
Attorney and policy-maker with over a decade of experience from both the public and private sectors, with a focus in the Asia Pacific region. Expert in digital trade, e-commerce, cross-border data flows, sharing economy, and TradeTech. Former positions include Senior Legal Counsel, Airbnb; Assistant General Counsel, US Trade and Development Agency; and Corporate Associate, law firm of Shearman & Sterling. Currently runs the Digital Trade programme at the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. Undergraduate degree, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Juris Doctor degree, George Washington University Law School. Speaks fluent Chinese.
José Raúl Perales
José Raúl Perales is Deputy Director of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. He 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.
Perales graduated summa cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico (B.A.) and completed doctoral studies in political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Senior economist and Adjunct Professor Jerry Nickelsburg joined the venerable UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2006. He is responsible for analyzing and forecasting the California economy, not only for use by others for budgetary purposes, but also to bring independent policy issues to the fore.
Nickelsburg has conducted special studies into the future of manufacturing in Los Angeles, the distribution of income, the economic impact of the writers’ strike, the aerospace industry, the undocumented construction and manufacturing labor force, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the garment industry, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to sector-specific issues. In his role as senior economist, he is a regular presenter at economic conferences and is regularly cited in international media such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Reuters.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Forecast, Nickelsburg teaches a variety of core economic courses as well as international business classes focused on Asia. He frequently travels internationally with Anderson students participating in the school’s various global immersion programs. “Asia is the most dynamic region in the world,” says Nickelsburg. “What’s exciting is that it changes every year and provides content to apply our intuition and feeling to ascertain risks and opportunities.”
Nickelsburg’s current areas of independent research include transportation and environmental economics and the relationships between highly skilled persons and their demand for social insurance. For the former, his work seeks to uncover how transportation infrastructure and prices affect the geographical and environmental landscape of the economy. As to the latter, Nickelsburg says, “We’ve been looking at declining industries like coal and whether economics or philosophical factors dominate one’s preference for government programs.”
He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1980, specializing in monetary economics and econometrics, and was a professor of economics at the University of Southern California. He has held executive positions with McDonnell Douglas, Flight Safety International and Flight Safety Boeing during a 15-year span in the aviation business. He also held a position with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors developing forecasting tools and has advised banks, investors and financial institutions.
From 2000 to 2006, Nickelsburg was the managing principal of Deep Blue Economics, a consulting firm he founded. He has been the recipient of the Korda Fellowship, was a USC Outstanding Teacher and India Chamber of Commerce Jubilee Lecturer, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has published over 100 articles on monetary economics, economic forecasts and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization and he is the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.
Ms. Neal is the Global Trade Compliance Director at Regal Beloit Corporation, responsible for managing trade compliance and global anti-corruption worldwide. Her experience includes leadership positions in trade and logistics at A.O. Smith, Breed Technologies, Scientific Atlanta, and Baxter Healthcare. She is a licensed customs broker with many years’ experience in trade and supply chain logistics.
Kathy is active within the trade community. She has held board and officer positions in various organizations including the El Paso Foreign Trade Association and the West Texas New Mexico Customs Brokers Association. She currently serves as the Policy Committee Chair for the Border Trade Alliance and the Export Compliance and Facilitation Committee Co-Chair for AAEI. Kathy served on COAC from 2011 through 2015 and was the Trade Co-Chair for the 13th term.