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 became NCBFAA Chairman of the Board after expiration of his term as NCBFAA President in May 2018.
Mr. Powell currently lives in Baltimore with his wife and three sons.