2017 GAC Conference Bios
Cynthia Allen has been actively involved in the international trade industry on a consistent basis for almost 30 years and has held various positions in the import and export operations, consulting, compliance, and automation arenas. Currently she is the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at FedEx Trade Networks, based in Memphis, TN and focusing on regulatory issues on a global basis. Previously she served at the Executive Director of the ACE Business Office at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for more than two years and is credited with setting the direction in the turnaround for the troubled ACE program. She 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, Ms. Allen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee in opposition of 100 percent TSA screening requirements. She is a current member of the DHS Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), an active member of the NCBFAA, the International Compliance Professional’s Association (ICPA), and the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI). Ms. Allen 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, she is also an NCBFAA Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) and Certified Export Specialist (CES).
Alexander Amdur is the Director of CBP’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) Policy and Programs Division. The AD/CVD Division is responsible for CBP’s national AD/CVD enforcement policy, serves as CBP’s liaison to the Department of Commerce on AD/CVD issues, and is the subject matter expert within CBP for AD/CVD. He previously was the Chief of the AD/CVD Policy Branch, and also held other positions in CBP’s Office of Trade and Field Operations.
Mr. Amdur has more than years of experience working on international trade issues in the U.S. government. Prior to joining CBP in 2007, he worked with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. As a Foreign Commercial Service Officer, Mr. Amdur coordinated international business development initiatives for U.S. companies, and provided counseling on foreign markets and international risk mitigation.
In addition, at the Import Administration, Mr. Amdur led teams working on AD/CVD import investigations. He also served as a Brookings Fellow with the Trade Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Amdur has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and a Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Since 2014, Deborah Augustin has served as the Executive Director, Trade Transformation Office, overseeing the delivery of ACE as the modernized system for processing international trade. Her leadership has brought CBP, Partner Government Agencies, and the trade community together toward the completion of core ACE as the Single Window, in support of former President Obama's Executive Order for Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America's Businesses.
Ms. Augustin began her career in the Office of Human Resources at legacy U.S. Customs Service and went on to serve in a variety of key management positions in the Offices of Strategic Trade; Field Operations; Finance; Information and Technology; and Trade (formally International Trade.) Throughout her 30-year career, Ms. Augustin has worked on a number of business transformation and national program implementation initiatives focused on enhancing organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability, including the implementation of the agency's first investment management process. Her positions included: Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, promoting process improvement and cross-functional integration; Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Infrastructure Transformation Program, a key initiative to improve the Department's secure information sharing capabilities; and Director of Program Control for the ACE Program.
Ms. Augustin earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, where she also received her MBA in Finance. She is a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow, a graduate of the General Services Administration Strategic and Tactical Advocates for Results (STAR) Program, and a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership. Ms. Augustin is a certified Project Management Professional and received a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
Becnel, Jr., Gerald
Gerald Becnel, Jr., presently serves as President of J.W. Allen & Company located in New Orleans, LA. Founded as an International Freight Forwarder in 1932, today J.W. Allen & Company is a full service Global Logistics Provider.
Mr. Becnel began his career in international transportation with J.W. Allen & Company in April 1995 following his graduation from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. His first experience in international transportation involved overseeing the company’s export break-bulk reefer operations on the docks in Houston, TX. Two years later, he returned home to New Orleans and transitioned to the import department in 2002 ultimately earning his Customs Broker’s License in July 2004 and assuming responsibility for import operations in March 2005.
Committed to industry involvement, Mr. Becnel presently serves as Ex-Officio of the International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans (IFFCBANO) and Chairman of the NCBFAA) 2017 Government Affairs Conference Committee in addition to a variety of personal commitments.
He has been married to his wife Donna for 16 years and is presently working to survive the trials and tribulations of raising two teenage daughters, Samantha and Savannah. An avid animal lover, Jerry also enjoys his extended family of a dog, 2 turtles and parrot. WHO DAT!
Booth, Karyn A.
Karyn A. Booth is a partner and leader of Thompson Hine LLP’s Transportation practice group in Washington, D.C. Based upon interviews with clients and peers, Chambers USA has recognized her as one of the leading lawyers nationwide who represent shippers in rail transportation matters, and she was also identified for her work in road transportation matters.
Ms. Booth represents multinational corporations, trade associations, and transportation intermediaries, such as 3PLs, NVOCCs, freight forwarders and brokers, in domestic and international matters involving multimodal transportation and logistics services. Her practice covers the carriage of goods by rail, motor, vessel and air carriers. She serves as the general counsel to The National Industrial Transportation League, the nation's oldest and largest shipper organization.
Her practice includes a full range of services with a focus on regulatory compliance and counseling; proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), CBP, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); transportation contracting; transportation security; legislation; and litigation/arbitration of transportation-related disputes.
Ms. Booth is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. She is also admitted before the United States Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Eighth Circuit, and the Fourth Circuit; and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Cerny, Michael V.
Michael V. Cerny is the Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Global Customs & Trade Specialists, Inc., a licensed Customs broker specializing in duty drawback services and duty refund programs. Mr. Cerny is also an attorney, in practice now for almost 30 years, and managing principal of Cerny Associates, P.C., a law firm focused exclusively on customs and trade law. He is admitted to the United States 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 Trade Support Network and was selected by CBP to serve as a TSN Trade Ambassador. He is the Chair for the TSN Subcommittee on Drawback, as well as a member of the TSN Legal Policy and Entry Committees.
Mr. Cerny is the Chair of the Drawback Committee for the NCBFAA. He is also Co-Chair of the Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee of the American Association of Exporters & Importers, as well as a member of that organization’s Nominating and Customs Committees.
Mr. Cerny received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany, where he also 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 compliance, valuation and drawback.
Roger Clarke was born in Long Beach, CA and grew up in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. He attended Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Production Management. After pursuing a career in Industrial Engineering in the Chicago, IL area, Mr. Clarke returned to Los Angeles and joined Williams Clarke Company, Inc., a 96-year-old full service family owned customs brokerage business. He has been a licensed Customs Brokers since 1967, is a licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary, and an NCBFAA Certified Customs Specialist. As President of Williams Clarke Company, Inc., he has the opportunity to offer his many years of experience in international trade to the importing and exporting community.
Mr. Clarke is a past President of the Los Angeles Customs Broker and Freight Forwarders Association, Inc., and a past NCBFAA Board of Director member. He currently serves as Chairman of the NCBFAA Regulatory Agencies Committee. He is a member of the National Fisheries Institute, California Fisheries & Seafood Institute, and the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California.
Mr. Clarke has worked many years with both the FDA Headquarters and Los Angeles District Office to foster better understanding and communications between the agency and the many industries it regulates.
de Castilla, Alfonso Rojas Gonzalez
Dye, Rebecca F.
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, of North Carolina, has served on the FMC since her nomination by President George W. Bush on June 13, 2002 and confirmation by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002. Her current term will expire June 30, 2020.
Prior to her appointment to the FMC, Commissioner Dye was Counsel to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. She held that position from 1995 until 2002. As Counsel, she provided advice to Members of Congress on issues pertaining to commercial shipping, international maritime agreements, oil pollution, maritime safety and law enforcement, the Federal budget process and Federal financing.
Commissioner Dye came to the Commission with an extensive background in maritime matters. She began her Federal career as a commissioned officer and attorney in the Coast Guard's Office of the Chief Counsel, then served as a law instructor at the Coast Guard Academy. After two years as an attorney at the U.S. Maritime Administration, she joined the staff of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, and served there as Minority Counsel from 1987 to 1995.
Commissioner Dye graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974, and earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977.
Leah Ellis began her carrier in the forwarding industry in 1990. She has worked for various forwarders and Maersk Line and passed the brokers exam in 2008. Leah joined JAS Forwarding USA Inc in 2008 as the Import Manager. In 2009 she started working part time with the JAS Corporate Compliance team and full time 2011. She also holds the NCBFFA CCS and CES certifications. Leah is the President of the Houston Customhouse Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association since 2014 and she is the Political Action Committee Chairman for NCBFAA.
Fields, Janet B.
Janet B Fields began her career with John S James Co in 1974. She advanced from Export Administrator to Export Manager to Office Manager and now holds the position of corporate director of Human Resources and Risk Manager at John S James Co. Ms. Fields became a licensed Customs Broker in 1988, a Certified Ocean Forwarder in 1997, a Certified Customs Specialist in 2006 and a Certified Export Specialist in 2009. She has served as President of the Savannah Brokers & Forwarders Association as well as the Legislative Chairman within that organization. She was a charter member and first President of the Savannah Women’s Transportation Association and also a former chairperson of the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference.
Ms. Fields currently holds the position of NCBFAA Transportation Committee Chair. She is also the NCBFAA Educational Institute (NEI) Certified Export Specialist Subcommittee Chair.
Jonathan Gold is Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy at the National Retail Federation. In this role, Mr. Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain, international trade, and customs related issues impacting the retail industry. While with NRF, he has been a leading advocate of the value of trade and imports to the U.S. economy.
Prior to joining NRF, he served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for CBP. He joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade-related matters. Mr. Gold also worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform, pandemic flu and trade facilitation.
Before joining CBP, he spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005.
In January 2005, Mr. Gold was appointed to the COAC. He also served on the International Trade Advisory Committee on Distribution Services, which is responsible for advising the U.S. government on trade negotiations.
He graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in international business with a concentration in finance.
Greenberg, Edward D.
Edward D. Greenberg is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of GKG Law, P.C. concentrating on transportation law and international trade. He is also NCBFAA General and Transportation Counsel and represents numerous ocean freight forwarders, NVOCCs, shippers associations and shippers.
Before joining GKG Law, he was Chief Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the proceeding concerning the construction and operation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Before that Mr. Greenberg was Regional Counsel for the Interstate Commerce Commission and generally in charge of enforcement and litigation pertaining to motor carriers, water carriers and freight forwarders. He has written extensively in various legal and trade periodicals on forwarding issues and is past President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Association of Transportation Practitioners.
Mr. Greenberg is also a member of a number of professional associations, including the Maritime Lawyers Association, the Maritime Administrative Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Association of Transportation Law Professionals and the Energy Bar Association.
Harden, Blake K.
As trade counsel on the Committee on Ways and Means, Blake K. Harden advises the Chairman and Republican members on the legal and policy aspects of international trade. She has primary responsibility for covering trade issues in the Latin American region as well as specific issues related to customs law and oversight, trade facilitation, supply chain, and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process.
Prior to joining the Committee staff in November 2016, Ms. Harden spent 10 years as an attorney with CBP’s Office of Chief Counsel, where she worked in both the Detroit and Washington, D.C. offices. During her time with CBP, Ms. Harden was responsible for a wide range of matters involving fiscal and appropriations, customs, immigration, ethics, labor, real property, and tort law.
She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
In his role as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Secretary, Israel Hernandez oversees the management of the Office of the Secretary and proactively works with Under Secretaries to oversee the development, implementation, and communications of all the Secretary’s policy initiatives. Mr. Hernandez is also at this time performing the delegated duties of the Under Secretary for International Trade.
Prior to his current service at Commerce, he served as a Sherpa for Secretary of Commerce Designate Wilbur L. Ross and Deputy Secretary Designate Todd Ricketts on the Presidential Transition Team. In this capacity, Mr. Hernandez managed the nomination processes, including public affairs, visits to Capitol Hill, and preparation for their hearings.
Mr. Hernandez was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 3, 2005, as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, which was created by Congress to assist small and medium-sized American businesses to export and to protect the business interests of American companies overseas. Mr. Hernandez worked to improve the reach and exposure of the Commercial Service throughout the business community at the state and local levels.
Before his confirmation, Mr. Hernandez served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Carlos Gutierrez, and to the Acting Under Secretary for International Trade. He assisted and advised Secretary Gutierrez on a wide range of domestic and international issues.
Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. Hernandez served as Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and as a deputy to Senior Advisor Karl Rove. He assisted Rove in overseeing the strategic planning, political affairs, public liaison, and intergovernmental affairs efforts of the White House during the President’s first term.
Mr. Hernandez worked for President Bush in several capacities. Mr. Hernandez was Director of Voter Contact in the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign. He also served as personal aide to then-Governor George W. Bush in Texas during his first term and as personal aide, when George Bush announced his candidacy for Governor of Texas against then-sitting Governor Ann Richards.
Israel Hernandez received a B.A. degree with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.P.A. from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in 1999.
Kent, Jonathan H.
Jonathan H. Kent is an experienced lobbyist before the Congress and the federal regulatory agencies. Specializing in trade, customs, IPR and transportation legislation, much of the legislation in these areas passed in the last 15 years bears his imprint and that of Kent & O'Connor, Incorporated, clients. More recently, client concerns have been focused on the customs provisions in various statutes, notably customs authorization legislation recently passed by the Congress.
Coming from Capitol Hill, where he served as Chief of Staff to one Congressman and Appropriations Committee staff for another, Mr. Kent founded Kent & O'Connor, Incorporated, with Patrick O'Connor in 1979. Since then, he has become the acknowledged private sector spokesperson for several companies and associations in the import-export business. As NCBFAA Legislative Representative, Mr. Kent has been closely involved in CBP’s and TSA’s regulatory and legislative agendas. An area of particular concern has been the evolution of the federal government’s post-9/11 approach to homeland security, where the Association’s efforts have focused on keeping newly emerging policy in harmony with commercial trade. Currently, he is immersed in facilitating the transition to ACE.
Klestadt, Alan R.
Alan R. Klestadt is a partner in the law firm of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP. The firm, with offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong, has more than 40 lawyers on staff, all devoted exclusively to the practice of customs and international trade law.
While attending law school, Mr. Klestadt successfully sat for his Customs Broker's license and received his license in 1981. Mr. Klestadt graduated from law school in 1983 and was elected to the partnership of his firm in 1989.
Mr. Klestadt currently serves as NCBFAA Customs Counsel. As NCBFAA Counsel, Mr. Klestadt provides guidance on regulatory and legislative proposals that impact the customs brokerage industry. He works closely with the executive officers of the Association and advises brokerage clients on a wide variety of compliance issues.
He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Customs and International Trade Bar Association.
As Executive Vice President, and as liaison to AAFA’s Government Contracts Committee, AAFA’s Government Relations Committee, and AAFA’s Brand Protection Council, Stephen E. Lamar is responsible for the design and execution of AAFA lobbying strategies on a series of issues covering government procurement, counterfeiting/intellectual property rights, international trade, market access, customs, labor, environment, and product safety. In these roles, Steve also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries. In addition, Steve serves as the liaison to AAFA’s Legwear Committee. Prior to AAFA, Steve was a trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Commerce Department, Steve served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana. Steve is President of the Washington International Trade Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (with a concentration on African politics and international trade) from George Washington University.
Scott Larson began his career in international logistics in 1987 as an IBM computer mainframe support technician, RPG-II and Cobol programmer. Mr. Larson obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1991 and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and Corporate Compliance Manager for MOL logistics (USA) Inc. He is responsible for all facets of import and export activity for MOL's U.S. and Canadian offices.
He has served the NCBFAA as Area 5 representative, Affiliated President's Network Committee Chairman, and Customs committee representative and Treasurer. He is an NCBFAA CCS, CES, past President of the Chicago Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association; and former director of the International Air Cargo Association of Chicago.
Amy Magnus, Director of Customs Affairs and Compliance for A.N. Deringer, Inc., in Champlain, NY, is a licensed Customs Broker, CCS, and CES. She also serves as NCBFAA Vice President, on COAC’s 14th term, and is the former President of the Northern Border Customs Brokers Association in addition to being an ACE Trade Ambassador working with the Trade Support Network.
Prior to becoming a Customs Broker, Ms. Magnus worked for U.S. Customs Service for 18 years. When she left Customs, she was the Trade Manager in the Champlain, NY Area Service Port. During her career, she worked with various Customs HQ Offices in Washington, DC assisting in drafting policies and procedures as they related to NAFTA, Compliance Measurement, Enforcement and other trade sensitive issues. Ms. Magnus is a former Fines, Penalties, and Forfeiture Officer, and in her early years with U.S. Customs served as an inspector and import specialist.
Ms. Magnus has a BA and an advanced teaching degree from the University of Vermont.
McAleenan, Kevin K.
Kevin K. McAleenan became CBP Acting Commissioner January 20, 2017. As the agency’s chief executive, Mr. McAleenan oversees 60,000 employees, manages a budget of over $13 billion, and ensures the effective operations of CBP’s efforts to protect national security while promoting economic prosperity and security. Mr. McAleenan directs CBP’s three core missions, counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement, while facilitating $4 Trillion in trade and facilitating travel of over 365 million people through ports of entry. He oversees the largest law enforcement agency and the second-largest revenue collecting source in the federal government.
Mr. McAleenan previously served as Deputy Commissioner from November 2, 2014, until his appointment to Acting Commissioner. In this role, he served as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer and senior career official. Under Mr. McAleenan’s leadership, CBP has developed strategies that protect the nation’s borders from terrorism and attack transnational criminal networks. Mr. McAleenan has also implemented innovations that have facilitated the U.S. international arrival and departure process, saving the government and travel industry millions of dollars. He has also advanced the development of CBP’s trade transformation agenda, designed to help America compete in the global economy.
Mr. McAleenan has previously held several leadership positions at CBP and one of its legacy agencies, the U.S. Customs Service. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. McAleenan served as the Area Port Director of Los Angeles International Airport, directing CBP’s border security operations at LAX and 17 other airport facilities in one of CBP’s largest field commands. In December 2011, Mr. McAleenan was named acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations. In this position, he led agency operations to secure the U.S. border while expediting lawful trade and travel at 329 ports of entry in the United States and 70 international locations in more than 40 countries.
Mr. McAleenan received a 2015 Presidential Rank Award, the nation’s highest civil service award. He also received the Service to America Medal, Call to Service Award, in 2005 for spearheading efforts to develop and implement a comprehensive antiterrorism strategy in the border security context after September 11, 2001.
Mr. McAleenan has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service since 2006. Prior to government service, Mr. McAleenan practiced law in California. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.
Daniel Meylor began his career in 1971 as a messenger at the L.A. International Airport. He is joined Carmichael International Service (an APL Logistics Company) in 1996 and is now the Customs Administration Manager for Carmichael.
Mr. Meylor is active in the Trade Community. He is a past President of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assoc. and still chairs the Seaport CBP Committee for the LACBFFA. Mr. Meylor is a member of the NCBFAA Board of Directors, NCBFAA Customs Committee Vice-Chair, and serves on several other NCBFAA Committees. He is an active member of several other trade organizations, both local and national.
In her role as NCBFAA Executive Vice President, Megan Montgomery manages the NCBFAA office and budget, acts as Board and leadership liaison and manages the PAC and public policy issues for the Association. Prior to her current role, she was the Principal Consultant for Washington, DC-based MWM Consultants, and before that served as the Director of Government Affairs at the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) in Washington, DC.
Muoio, Mary Jo
Mary Jo Muoio is Sr. Vice President, Trade Services, Geodis USA. Before assuming leadership of the consulting division, Mary Jo was a Senior Vice-President of Barthco International, Inc., a leading customs broker and forwarder. With more than 30 years’ experience, Ms. Muoio is a licensed customs broker, having passed the exam with the highest score in the nation.
She currently serves as NCBFAA Customs Committee Chair following her two terms as President and NCBFAA Chair. Before her election as the first female president of this influential Association, she served as Vice President, Secretary, Board of Director member, and on various key Association committees. She was recently appointed as a Director to the International Federation of Customs Brokers. Ms. Muoio served as Vice President for Imports of the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association for many years, recently resigning to focus her energies on the national level. She continues to serve on the Board of Governors. She is a Past President of the Philadelphia Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc. She recently concluded two terms of service on COAC, and continues to serve on the Security Filing subcommittee and she represents the International Federation of Customs Brokers Association Private Sector Consultative Group Working Group on 10 + 2.
She currently serves on the TSN Entry, Legal Policy and International Trade Data Systems committees. She recently concluded two terms on the Board of the Maritime Association of the Port of NY NJ and is on the Board of Directors and Industry Leadership Council for the American Association of Exporters and Importers. She lectures frequently here and abroad on U.S. import requirements.
Before joining Geodis she 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. She serves as Chair of the Education Council at the school her children attend and founded the Facilities Improvement Team, which organizes volunteers and solicits corporate donations to enhance the aesthetics and learning tools for the school. Every once in a while, she gets the ironing done!
Powell, Geoffrey C.
Geoffrey C. Powell is currently President of C.H. Powell Company. C.H. Powell Company was established by Geoffrey’s grandfather, Charles, in 1919. C.H. Powell Company is an International Logistics Provider, Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker that is family owned and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with 18 offices throughout the United States.
After graduating from Georgetown University in 1983 with a B.A. in economics, Mr. Powell went to work in sales for C.H. Powell Company. Mr. Powell received his Customs Brokers license in 1989, shortly after re-locating to Baltimore from the Boston office. In 1997, Mr. Powell became a Certified Ocean Forwarder after passing an eight-hour NCBFAA-proctored examination on all facets of international trade.
In January 2007, Mr. Powell was appointed to serve four years on COAC. In August, 2013, Mr. Powell was appointed to the President’s Export Council, Subcommittee on Export Administration, which advises and reports to the Secretary of Commerce on matters pertinent to the Export Administration Act, the Export Administration Regulations, and related statutes and regulations.
Mr. Powell is a past President of the Baltimore Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. In 2001, he formed and chaired the Affiliated President’s Network, a group that comprises all the presidents of 28 local broker associations throughout the country. After holding various positions in the NCBFAA, Mr. Powell was elected its president in April 2014.
Mr. Powell currently lives in Baltimore with his wife and three sons.
Charles Riley is a Vice President with John A. Steer Co., a customs brokerage and forwarding company founded in 1905. He started at John A. Steer Co. in 2001 and has led John A. Steer’s New York operation since 2002. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Riley obtained his broker’s license in 1989. Mr. Riley has served on the Board of Governors of the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers association since 2005. He was elected as the Treasurer in 2007. He served as the Vice President, Imports from 2009 to 2013. Mr. Riley was elected as the President of the NYNJFFBA in 2013. Mr. Riley served from 2009 to 2012 as the NCBFFA Customs Committee Representative for Area 2. Mr. Riley is currently the NCBFAA Legislative Committee Chairman.
Riley, Troy P.
Executive Director Riley serves in the CBP’s Office of Trade, leading organizational change to establish the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate, and provide strategic leadership and direction for implementing new congressional tools to advance CBP’s trade enforcement efforts.
Before taking on executive challenges, Mr. Riley was the Director, Program Analysis and Measures with the PPAE division of OFO, responsible for developing program analytics, accurate reporting mechanisms and he played an integral role in the refinement and acceptance of the workload staffing model.
Mr. Riley holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Psychology and Human Service Counseling from Wayne State College, NE. In 2012, Mr. Riley earned a Master of Science degree in National-Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.
Mr. Riley’s most important role and privilege is to be Kendra Riley’s husband, and father to Luke (10) and Tylor Joseph (TJ) Riley (8).
Andrew Rollo is a CBP detailee to the Senate Finance Committee. Andrew is the primary liaison between CBP and the Committee and serves as the primary policy analyst to the Chairman of the Committee regarding customs matters. Previously, Andrew served as a Senior Economist at CBP conducting cost-benefit analyses for international trade and homeland security regulations.
Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. He was nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 27, 2014, and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014.
As Executive Director, Mr. Seroka is responsible for managing a more than $1 billion budget, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, harbor area residents and business leaders. He has been appointed to the following national committees at the federal level to enhance the speed and efficiency of cargo movement and supply chain optimization: U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness; U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group; U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee; and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team.
He brings more than 28 years of experience in shipping, global logistics, and executive management. After several key overseas positions for American President Lines (APL) Limited, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to become President – Americas for the shipping line in Phoenix where he managed APL’s Liner Shipping business, including 1,000 employees, and was responsible for all commercial, port terminal, intermodal, land transportation and labor activities throughout the region.
Mr. Seroka joined APL in 1988 as a sales support representative in the company’s Cincinnati, OH office after earning an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New Orleans. Over the years, he has held various positions in sales and management with increasing responsibility and high-level assignments all over the world. Throughout his career, he played a key role in global marketing and corporate strategies for APL.
His first overseas posting was in Shanghai where he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for North and Central China from 1999 to 2003. He then moved to Jakarta where he was President Director of PT APL and APL Logistics in Indonesia for two years before relocating to Singapore in 2005 to become Vice President of APL Logistics’ business units in 26 countries in the company’s Asia/Middle East and South Asia regions. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President for APL and APL Logistics Emirates LLC in Dubai where he managed APL’s business in the Middle East and East Africa Region.
Smith, Brenda B.
Brenda Smith serves as CBP’s Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Trade. Selected in 2014, Ms. Smith is responsible for the compliance of millions of cargo shipments that flow in and out of the U.S. each year. As Executive Assistant Commissioner, Ms. Smith oversees a diverse portfolio of trade facilitation and enforcement matters. This work ranges from the direction of Priority Trade Issues such as Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and AD/CVD enforcement, to the oversight of national compliance audits, and the management of trade data—along with CBP’s regulatory process for administering trade and border operations.
Since joining the U.S. Customs Service in 1994, Ms. Smith has served in a variety of leadership roles overseeing trade and border enforcement issues. Most recently, Ms. Smith served as the Executive Director for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Business Office. In this role, she oversaw the development of ACE as the Single Window, the primary system for imports and exports. Ms. Smith also spearheaded the integration of Partner Government Agency requirements through the development of ACE, serving as a “One U.S. Government” approach to border management.
Prior to that post, Ms. Smith served as the Executive Director for Trade Policy and Programs in the Office of International Trade in 2007. In that role, Ms. Smith drove CBP’s Trade Transformation efforts. These initiatives align customs procedures with modern business practices. Through this work, Ms. Smith directed the formulation of CBP's Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs) and she also developed various “Simplified Processes” projects which streamline the importing process. In addition, Ms. Smith served as the Director of Policy and Programs in the Office of International Affairs and Trade relations in 2006, and led the Commissioner’s Strategic Planning and Performance Division in 2004.
Prior to joining Customs, Ms. Smith worked at the Department of the Treasury and on Capitol Hill. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Economics. She is also a graduate of the Customs Leadership Institute and the Federal Executive Institute, and was a Fellow at the Council for Excellence in Government.
Stearn, Douglas W.
Douglas Stearn is currently the director of the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this position, he has responsibility for overseeing the execution of the agency’s import operations and compliance activities that cut across the commodities FDA regulates. The office currently consists of several hundred personnel and eight divisions, including the Division of Southwest Imports, the Division of Southeast Imports, the Division of Northeast Imports, the Division of Northern Border Imports, the Division of West Coast Imports, the Division of Food Defense Targeting, the Division of Enforcement, and the Division of Import Operations. Mr. Stearn began this position in December 2013 after spending almost four years as the assistant director and then the deputy director of the Office of Compliance within FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Prior to joining CDER, Mr. Stearn served as the director of the Division of Compliance Policy in the Office of Regulatory Affairs for almost two years. Mr. Stearn received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1987. He received his law degree in 1991 from Cornell Law School. Immediately before joining FDA, Mr. Stearn worked as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Litigation for over fifteen years. In the course of his work at the Department of Justice, Mr. Stearn litigated numerous civil and criminal cases referred by FDA and other consumer protection agencies.
Jim Swanson is currently the Director of the Cargo and Security Controls Division, for Cargo and Conveyance Security, CBP Office of Field Operations. In that role he has oversight over cargo release issues, export and bonded facility programs. This is his second time with these programs as after 9 years as an Inspector with the former U.S. Customs Service he spent 8 years as a program manager/Branch Chief overseeing a number of different cargo programs including cargo release and truck manifest. He then served as the Area Port Director of Baltimore, Maryland and followed that with four years assigned to the ACE project as the lead for Ocean/Rail manifest development and deployment and the Operational Test Agent for all ACE projects currently under way.
In 2015, Michael Walsh began serving as the Director, IPR and E-Commerce Division for the Office of International Trade. In this role he is responsible for the national coordination of CBP’s efforts to address counterfeit goods entering into the United States and in 2016 was successful in seizing over 32,000 counterfeit items with a value of more than $1.2 billion. His staff includes International Trade Specialists located in Washington DC as well as overseeing the National Targeting and Analysis Group for IPR located in Los Angeles.
Mr. Walsh began his federal career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1991 and has held increasing levels of responsibility at port operations, regional field offices and at Headquarters. He has overseen CBP commercial operations in five states; all passenger, cargo and agriculture policy and procedures among 24 ports of entry as well as the five National Targeting and Analysis Group offices and created the Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center. His program areas have included Intellectual Property Rights, Textiles, Revenue, Agriculture, Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Import Safety. He has led international efforts to develop the Kimberly Process governing the international restrictions against the importation of conflict diamonds.
In 2010, Mr. Walsh was appointed as the Director, AD/CVD Policy and Programs for CBP. In this capacity he had oversight of one of the most complex of the national CBP Priority Trade Issues. He was responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 300 AD/CVD cases nationally with import values of more than $8 billion. In 2007, Mr. Walsh was appointed as the Director of Commercial Targeting for the Office of International Trade with responsibility for the national oversight and policy creation related to the selection of cargo and entry summaries for exam or document review. He directed and supervised a staff of over 40 International Trade Specialists located in many cities around the United States.
In 2004, Mr. Walsh began serving as the Assistant Director Trade Operations of the Office of Field Operation for the Baltimore Field Office, which included CBP operations at the ports of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington (Dulles) and Pittsburgh. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Walsh served as the first Customs detailee to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee during the formation of the new Department of Homeland Security and the transition of the Customs Service to CBP.
Melzie Wilson is Vice President of Compliance for Mallory Alexander International Logistics. Mallory Alexander is a complete logistics company offering services in customs brokerage, domestic and international freight forwarding, NVOCC, warehousing, FTZ operations and consulting. She is a Licensed Customs Broker, a CCS, and a CES. Melzie is an active member of the NCBFAA, the Customs and Border Protection Trade Support Network, CESAC, and the Memphis World Trade Club. As a member of the NCBFAA, she is Co-Chair of the Ocean Carriers Best Practices Committee and CESAC Representative under the Customs Committee. With the Transportation Committee, she is Vice Chair of that Committee and is Chair of the Logistics sub-committee. She represents Area 7 on the NCBFAA Board of Directors. An avid fan of University of Memphis Basketball and the New Orleans Saints, Melzie still finds time to volunteer with the Hogs for the Cause Organization out of New Orleans. It is a unique barbeque competition where money is raised to assist families with children who have brain cancer. She is also a contest representative of the barbecue sanctioned organization, Memphis Barbecue Network.