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2018 GAC Conference Bios


Becnel, Jr., Gerald

Gerald Becnel, Jr., presently serves as President of J.W. Allen & Company located in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Founded as an International Freight Forwarder in 1932, today J.W. Allen & Company operates as a full service Global Logistics Provider.


Jerry began his career in Logistics with J.W. Allen & Company in April 1995, following his graduation from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.  Overseeing the company’s export break-bulk reefer operations on the docks in Houston, Texas marked Jerry’s first experience in the international transportation arena. 


Two years later, Jerry returned home continuing to work in the exports until transitioning to import operations in 2002.  In July 2004, Jerry earned his Customs Broker’s License and assumed responsibility for import operations in March 2005.


In 2008, Jerry accepted the position of President and works to ensure the values and traditions upon which J.W. Allen & Company was founded remains the company’s cornerstone for the future.  Committed to industry involvement, Jerry presently serves as Past President of the International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans (IFFCBANO) and presently serves as NCBFAA Secretary and Co-Chair of the Annual Government Affairs Conference.



Bowes, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Bowes commenced in the position of Minister-Counsellor (Trade) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC in July 2016. Prior to this she was Head of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Taskforce in the Office of Trade Negotiations in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra.


Bowes was previously posted as Counsellor to Australia’s Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva, from 2009 - 2012. Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2006 as a legal specialist, she was a legal officer at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and a legal officer at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg.


Bowes holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia, and Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Oxford, England.



Brzozowski, Christa

Christa Brzozowski currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Transport Policy, within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Policy.  In her position, she is responsible for multiple economic and security policy issues that affect the United States, to include global transportation, trade and travel, and supply chain issues.  Current activities include coordinating the development of the International Trade Data System (a national trade processing “Single Window” that will streamline and modernize the United States’ import and export processes), advancing key components of the DHS trade policy agenda, and engaging with other federal partners, the private sector, and foreign government stakeholders to promote a secure and resilient global supply chain network.


Prior to her current position, she served as Trade Counselor to DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (2014-2016), and as Director for Global Supply Chain Security at the National Security Council (NSC) staff in the White House (2011-2013). The NSC coordinates domestic, foreign, and military activities, to include homeland security-related activities, among executive departments and agencies and works to promote the development and implementation of national-level policies. While at the NSC, she led the development of Executive Order 13659: Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses (February 2014) and the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security (January 2012). 


She started her career in Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Congressional Affairs in 2001.  In this capacity she worked with Congress on the development of legislation such as the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006 and the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act (9/11 Act) of 2007. 


Christa received Masters degrees from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (Liberal Arts/Political Theory) and University of Cambridge, England (History) and is nearing completion of a M.A. in Homeland Defense and Security from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. 



Campbell, Kim

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 28 years of experience from working in executive, managerial and technical leadership positions in both government and the private sector.  She is a current participant in the ICD-Rotman DEP program for corporate directors.


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 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 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.



Cerny, Michael V.

Michael V. Cerny is an attorney, in practice for over 30 years, specializing in customs and international trade matters.  He is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., a law firm focused exclusively on customs and trade law.  Mr. Cerny serves as outside drawback counsel to STTAS, a UPS Company.  Mr. Cerny also is a founding shareholder of duty drawback broker Global Customs & Trade Specialists, Inc.  Mr. Cerny 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 and on its Trade Leadership Council.  He the Chair for the TSN Subcommittee on Drawback, Co-Chair of the TSN Legal Policy Committee, and a member of the TSN Entry Committee.  Mr. Cerny is on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Exporters & Importers, as well as Co-Chair of AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee.  He is also 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 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. 



Corn, David

David Corn is a 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.


He was appointed to the co-chair position of AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee in 2015. He serves on the NCBFAA Drawback Subcommittee and is the Treasurer for the NYNJFFF&BA. In 2014, he joined the Trade Support Network Drawback Subcommittee to assist Customs and Border Protection with the transition of drawback to the Automated Commercial Environment. In 2016, he 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. He is a lead member of the trade team working on the transition of drawback to ACE for the new drawback legislation effective in 2018.  Mr. Corn actively discusses drawback with congressional representatives from NJ and NY, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee.


Mr. Corn has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Consumer Affairs and is both a Licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist.



Dye, Rebecca F.

Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, of North Carolina, was nominated by President George W. Bush on June 13, 2002 and was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002. She was nominated to her second term by President Bush on July 12, 2005 and confirmed by the Senate on July 22, 2005. She was nominated to her third term, which expired on June 30, 2015, by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011. On May 26, 2016, Commissioner Dye was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on June 29, 2016, for a term expiring 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 comes 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.



Ellis, Leah

Leah Ellis began her career 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.



Greenberg, Edward D.

Ed 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 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 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, she spent ten years as an attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Chief Counsel, where she worked in both the Detroit and Washington, D.C. offices.  During her time with CBP, she 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.


Hughes, Julie K.

Julia K. Hughes is President of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which represents brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. She represents the industry in front of the U.S. government as well as international governments and stakeholders, explaining how fashion companies create high quality jobs in the United States and economic opportunities around the world.


An expert on textile and apparel trade issues, Julie has testified before Congress and the Executive Branch. She frequently speaks at international conferences including the China & Asia Textile Forum, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Harvard University’s Bangladesh Development Conference, MAGIC, Prime Source Forum, Vietnam Textile Summit, and others.


Julie served as the first President and is one of the founders of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and is one of the founders of the WIIT Charitable Trust. She also was the first President of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).  In 1992, she received the Outstanding Woman in International Trade award and in 2008, the WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award. She also is a member of the International Women’s Forum.


She has an M.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


Joholske, Jim

Jim Joholske began his career at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2000 in the agency’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations.  While in the Office of Compliance and Field Operations, he primarily focused on enforcement of mandatory regulations governing consumer fireworks and cigarette lighters.    


He joined CPSC’s newly formed Office of Import Surveillance in 2008, and served as the Deputy Director prior to assuming the role of office Director in March 2017.  The Office of Import Surveillance co-locates CPSC investigators at the largest ports of entry across the country.  CPSC staff work side-by-side with U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to identify and examine imported shipments that may contain hazardous merchandise. 


CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.



Jordanek, Anne T.

Anne T. Jordanek entered the field of international trade over 32 years ago and became a licensed U.S. Customs Broker in 1994.  She has held various positions throughout her career, including President of Duty Refund Services, Inc.  When Duty Refund Services merged with A.N. Deringer, she joined the Deringer Trade Advisory Group. In her role as Senior Trade Advisor, she directs the Drawback Department as well as the reconciliation team.  She is a member of the American Association of Exporters and Importers as well as a member of the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America, Inc.  She holds a degree in Business Administration as well as a minor degree in science.  Ms. Jordanek currently is based out of Romulus, Michigan.



Kent, Jonathan H.

Jon 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 fifteen years bears his imprint and that of Kent & O'Connor 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 legislative representative for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, 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 Administration’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. 


Kimble, Tina Potuto

Tina Kimble is the Director of U.S. Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for Tata Steel Europe (TSE).  In this capacity, she advises TSE about the commercial impact of any North American governmental action.  Before joining TSE, Ms. Kimble was the Clerk of the Court for the US Court of International Trade.  Her career performing roles in international trade started as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the US International Trade Commission and continued while she was an associate at a large law firm in Washington, DC.  Ms. Kimble began her career as an Honors Graduate Attorney at the US Department of Justice.


Ms. Kimble received her law degree from American University in Washington, DC.  She also obtained an MBA from Seton Hall University and a Master’s Degree in Law and International Affairs from American University.  Ms. Kimble’s undergraduate degree in economics with an Asian studies minor is from Boston College. 



Lahar, Michael

Michael Lahar began working in the field of international trade and Customs in 1987, after attending the University of New England with a major in Business Administration. He joined a nationally known brokerage and forwarding firm, quickly progressing to earn his individual license as a Customs broker from the U.S. Treasury in 1989. In 1997, he began his career with A.N. Deringer, Inc., as a Post Entry Specialist. Mr. Lahar was instrumental in the formal development of Deringer’s centralized Post Entry Team and was a prominent contributor to Deringer’s imaging technologies. He has also served as a trade consultant focusing upon the government’s Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) initiatives.


He joined the Deringer Logistics Consulting Group in 2001 as a specialist in the laws and regulations related to liquidated damages and penalty cases. While recognized as an expert in this area, he also holds expertise in special entry programs including Temporary Importation Bonds (TIBs), contracts and government entries. In 2002, Mr. Lahar became involved with the implementation of Deringer’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration program, which is a key component of the federal Bio-terrorism Act of 2002. He returned to Deringer operations in Champlain, NY as the FDA Team Leader in 2005, became involved with Deringer’s training programs, and earned the title of National Post-Entry Supervisor. Currently, Mr. Lahar serves as the corporate Compliance Manager with oversight of post entry and regulatory issues. He also continues his work as a trainer providing guidance and speaking on various government agency agendas concerning trade.



Leonard, John

John Leonard serves as Executive Director, Trade Policy and Programs, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Washington, DC Headquarters. He leads CBP’s strategic efforts to facilitate, enforce and administer priority international trade issues, such as Intellectual Property Rights, Free Trade Agreements, Import Safety, Textiles, and Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (ADCVD). From 2013 to 2017 he served as CBP Attaché, Singapore, covering eight countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. From 2008 to 2011 he served as Area Port Director of San Francisco, responsible for all CBP operations in Northern California, Nevada, and Utah. As Area Port Director, he oversaw the CBP clearance of five million passengers per year at San Francisco International Airport and over 400,000 cargo containers per year at the Oakland Seaport. Mr. Leonard is a career member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).



Magnus, Amy

Amy Magnus, Director of Customs Affairs and Compliance for A.N. Deringer, Inc., in Champlain, NY, is a licensed Customs Broker, Certified Customs Specialist, and Certified Export Specialist. She is the current President, and recent Vice President for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., on Customs Operations Advisory Council (COAC)’s 15th 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.



Meylor, Daniel

Daniel Meylor began his career in 1971 as a messenger at the L.A. International Airport. He joined Carmichael International Service (an APL Logistics Company) in 1996 and is now the Customs Administration Manager for Carmichael.


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. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the NCBFAA and is also the Vice-Chair of the NCBFAA Customs Committee, and serves on several other NCBFAA Committees. He is an active member of several other trade organizations, both local and national.



Montgomery, Megan

Megan Montgomery is the Executive Vice President for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America.  In her role she 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, she was a Senior Vice-President of Barthco International, Inc., a leading customs broker and forwarder. Ms. Muoio has been with Geodis for more than 30 years. She 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 being elected as the first female president of this influential association, she served as Vice President, Secretary and on the Board of Directors and various key Association committees. She served 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, 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 concluded two terms of service on the Customs Operations Advisory Council (COAC), and continues to serve on the 321 Subcommittee of the eCommerce working group. 


She currently serves on the TSN Entry, Legal Policy and International Trade Data Systems committees. She 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.



Owen, Todd C.

Todd C. Owen became the Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, on February 8, 2015. Mr. Owen oversees more than 29,000 employees, including more than 24,000 CBP Officers and CBP Agriculture Specialists. He manages an annual budget of $5.2 billion for operations at CBP's ports of entry and numerous programs that support national security and the facilitation of lawful travel and trade.


Mr. Owen was previously the Director, Field Operations (DFO), for the Los Angeles Field Office. As the DFO, he had responsibility and oversight for all CBP operations in the greater Los Angeles area, including the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the twin Los Angeles/Long Beach seaports, and the Las Vegas International Airport.


Prior to arriving in Los Angeles in July 2011, Mr. Owen served as the Executive Director of Cargo and Conveyance Security in Washington D.C., a position he held for six years beginning in 2005. He was responsible for all cargo security programs and policies for CBP, including the Container Security Initiative (CSI), the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Program (C-TPAT) office, and all non-intrusive inspection technology and radiation portal monitor deployments.


Mr. Owen served as the Director of C-TPAT from January 2005 until May 2006. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., he was the Area Port Director in New Orleans, where he was directly responsible for all CBP operations throughout Louisiana. Before being selected as Area Port Director, Mr. Owen spent eight years in South Florida where he held various trade related positions within OFO and the Office of Strategic Trade.


A graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Owen began his career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1990 as an Import Specialist in Cleveland. He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, was a senior executive fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. Mr. Owen is married and has two sons.



Peisch, Greta

Greta Peisch is International Trade Counsel for the minority staff of the Senate Finance Committee where her primary responsibilities include oversight of Customs and Border Protection, as well as trade relations in the Western Hemisphere and Europe, intellectual property, services and government procurement.  Before joining the Committee, she served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and worked in private practice in a Washington, DC law firm.  She also clerked for a U.S. District Court judge in the District of Massachusetts.



Perez, Robert E.

Robert E. Perez was named as the Acting Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In this role, he serves as the agency’s senior career official, with a primary focus of working closely with the Commissioner to ensure that CBP’s mission of protecting our Nation’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 for which Mr. Perez is responsible include securing and facilitating legitimate global trade and travel, keeping illegal drugs and illegal aliens from crossing our borders, and protecting our Nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and disease. 



Powell, Geoffrey C.

Geoffrey 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 8 hour examination given by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America on all facets of international trade.


In January 2007, Mr. Powell was appointed to serve four years on the Departmental Advisory Committee on the Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection and Related Functions (COAC).  Committee members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Homeland Security. 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 is the previous Chairman of the Affiliated President’s Network, a group that comprises all the presidents of 31 local Broker Associations throughout the country.  After holding various positions in the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Mr. Powell was elected its president in April 2014. After completing two terms as President, he now serves as Chairman of the Board for the NCBFAA.


Mr. Powell currently lives in Baltimore with his wife and three sons.



Riley, Charles

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.


A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, he obtained his broker’s license in 1989.


He has served on the Board of Governors of the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association (NYNJFFFBA) since 2005.  He was elected as the Treasurer in 2007. He served as the Vice President, Imports from 2009 to 2013. Charles was the President of the NYNJFFFBA from 2013 to 2017 and is currently the Chairman of the Board.


From 2009 to 2012, he served as the NCBFAA Customs Committee Representative for Area 2. He has represented the NCBFAA with the FIATA;  has been Chair of the Legislative Committee since 2014; and represented Area 2 on the NCBFAA's Nominating Committee in 2015 and 2017.


Reynolds, Myra K.

Myra K. Reynolds is the Director of Corporate Import Compliance for the John S. James Co. in Savannah, GA. She joined the company in 1977, and has maintained responsibility for the company’s import operations and compliance for more than 30 years. Her primary responsibility include monitoring and ensuring the proper compliance of the import operations of the John S. James Co. She is a licensed customs broker, and the Area 4 Representative of the NCBFAA Customs Committee. In addition, she serves as the southeastern representative on the Regulatory Agency Committee (RAC), which meets monthly with the Participating Government Agencies on current issues affecting imports.


She also serves as the Chairman of the ADD/CVD Subcommittee for the NCBFAA and works directly with the ADD/CVD Revenue Branch of CBP in hopes of streamlining the dumping and countervailing process.


In April 2007, the NCBFAA received approval from CBP to present an overview of the Customs Brokerage industry to Import Specialists during their 12-week training course at their Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  She established the curriculum and became a guest instructor for this program. Since its inception, Ms. Reynolds has instructed over 1000 Import Specialists at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Brunswick, GA and Charleston, SC, as to our industry processes and the overall value that Customs Brokers add to international trade and compliance.



Schmidt, Stuart

Stuart Schmidt is a Manager, Trade Services for UPS Supply Chain Solutions and possesses 13 years of industry experience. In this role he is responsible for operations compliance, customer consulting, and is a government agency liaison.


Mr. Schmidt has been a member of the TSN since 2002. He is currently a member of the accounts, legal and ITDS committees. He also participates as an inaugural member in the Trade Ambassador program. He is also a member of the NCBFAA Subcommittee on Automation.



Verbeten, John E.

John Verbeten has been with FDA since 1990; 14 years in FDA Field Investigations in Dallas District and Chicago District, and the last 10+ years in FDA Headquarters at the Division of Import Operations. He has been heavily involved in issues related to imported pharmaceuticals and on issues specifically dealing with US Customs and Border Protection laws, regulations, and procedures. He is a member of the national instructor cadre responsible for training employees on import law and FDA import procedures.


In January 2008, he was selected as the Branch Director for DIOP's Operations and Policy Branch. The Operations and Policy Branch is now 2 branches, and he is currently Branch Chief for Program Development and Implementation. Among other responsibilities, their portfolio includes issuance and maintenance of instruction to the field including Regulatory Procedures and Investigations Operations; development of Import procedures for our field offices and for headquarters; and development of new regulatory/statutory programs.



Wilson, Melzie

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 Certified Customs Specialist, and a Certified Export Specialist.   She is an active member of the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, 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

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