Senior Counselors

  Jeff Coppersmith
President
Coppersmith Global Logistics
525 South Douglas Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (310) 607-8000
Fax:(310) 607-8002

Jeff Coppersmith is President of Coppersmith Global Logistics. Jeff has been active in NCBFAA as an area director, Freight Forwarding Chair, Annual Conference Chairman, Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Chairman.  Jeff also served on the Board of the Los Angeles Brokers Association, Chairman of the Los Angeles World Trade Week, and also served as Chairman of the Pacific Coast Council.Coppersmith Inc. is celebrating 60 years in business. 
       

Started by his grandmother Adrienne, Jeff and his brother Bud are the third generation in the family business. Coppersmith has acquired several companies in the last few years and now offers complete Global Logistics.  Coppersmith has 11 offices throughout the United States and prides itself on the ability to give personal service with big time technology. Jeff who received his brokers License in 1985 and has been President of Coppersmith since 2002, is married to Roberta and they have two grown sons.

Mary Jo Muoio

Mary Jo Muoio
Senior Vice President
Geodis USA
9 Farber Hill Road, Suite 300
Boonton, NJ 07005
Phone: (973) 402-8300
Fax: (973) 402-0012

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. 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 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 the Customs Operations Advisory Council (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!

Kiko Zuniga  Kiko Zuniga
Treasurer
F. Zuniga, Inc.
6110 Bob Bullock Loop, P.O. Box 450629
Laredo, TX 78045
Phone: (956) 722-0745
Fax: (956) 722-4928

Federico Carlos (Kiko) Zuniga worked at the Union National Bank of Laredo as a Bank Loan Officer in the International Department from 1979 till 1982. In 1982 he started a Skating rink and Arcade business (Gambit Skate rink and Arcade). In 1983 he joined his father and brother in the family business, F. Zuniga Inc. Customs Brokers and became a Licensed Broker and one-third partner in 1984. Presently, Mr. Zuniga is a 50% owner of F Zuniga Inc. He also started Diamond Distribution in 1997.
       

He is a member of the Laredo Licensed Customs Brokers Association where he was President from 1991 till 1993. He also served three terms as a member of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) Board of Directors until becoming secretary in 1998, Vice President in 2000, President 2002 and finally, his current position, Chairman in 2006. During his affiliaton with the NCBFAA, Mr. Zuniga has also been a member of the NCBFAA Customs Committee member and chair (1998 – 2002), Audit Committee member (1993 – 1996), Conference Committee member and chair (1994), and NCBFAA PAC Chairmen (1996 – 1998)
       

He is also Chairman of the International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA); Past Board Member of the Laredo Development Foundation and Present board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Laredo.
       

Mr. Zuniga graduated in 1979 from Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Finance.

 Peter Powell Peter H. Powell Sr.
CEO
C. H. Powell Co.
75 Shawmut Road
Canton, MA 02021
Phone: (781) 302-7300
Fax: (781) 302-7399

Peter H. Powell Sr. graduated in 1956 from the College of the Holy Cross, where he earned a B.S. degree in business administration. After college, he served for three years in the U.S. Air Force as radar intercept officer. Subsequent to his military service, Powell joined C.H. Powell Company, founded in 1919. Today, he is CEO and has given more than 40 years of service to the company.
       

In March 2002, Powell assumed the NCBFAA Chairmanship after serving two terms as NCBFAA President. He is currently a member of the NCBFAA Security Committee. Before being elected to his first term as president in 1998, Powell served as vice president and chairman of the Forwarding Committee of the association. In those positions, he testified before both houses of Congress on the Shipping Reform Act of 1998. Furthermore, Powell has been directly involved with U.S. Customs as it undertakes to automate the reporting of commodity and transport export data.
       

In addition to his roles with C.H. Powell and NCBFAA, Powell serves as Executive Committee member, TSA Liaison Committee member; member, Foreign Commerce Club; member, Board of Directors of The National Industrial Transportation League; member, Coalition for Airline Security; member, COAC Trade Support Network (TSN) Security Subcommittee; and also serves on the Maritime Committee.
       

Powell is married, has three adult children and 12 grandchildren, and lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts

 Harold Brauner Harold G. Brauner
President
Brauner Int'l Corp.
66 York St., Ste. 100
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 333-5400
Fax: (201) 333-4030
Celebrating 80 years in business, Mr. Brauner’s company, Brauner International, has been a licensed customs broker and international freight forwarder since 1931. He served as NCBFAA President from 1992-1994 after which he was NCBFAA Chairman until 1998. From 1977-1979, he was an Executive Committee Director, precursor of the current Board of Directors, a 1984 member of the Annual Conference Committee, and he chaired the NCBFAA Budget and Finance Committee for many years. His son, Matthew, following in Dad’s footsteps, was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010 to represent NCBFAA Area 2, the New York/New Jersey region.
 Mike Dugan Michael F. Dugan
President
Western Overseas Corp.
PO Box 90099
Long Beach, CA 90809
Phone: (562) 985-0616
Fax: (562) 986-1367
 
Art Litman Arthur L. Litman
Customs Broker
CustomsAdvice.com
11115 Garfield Ave.
Culver City, CA 90502
Phone: (310) 838-4205
Fax: (310) 251-6150

Arthur Litman is a licensed customs broker. In 1998 Mr. Litman retired from FedEx Trade Networks, where he served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance. He started with Castelazo & Associates in 1964 and rose to become President of the company. Castelazo & Associates was acquired in 1991 by Tower Group and later by FedEx.
      

Active in trade associations. He is a past president of the International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations, the NCBFAA, and the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California. He served on the board of the American Association of Exporters and Importers for 17 years.
      

Appointed to the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) when it was chartered in 1988, Mr. Litman has served six two-year terms. While a member of COAC, Mr. Litman was a leader in efforts to move to a monthly payment process for duties and taxes, and during the 9/11 term was active developing C-TPAT and other security measures.
      

Mr. Litman is an ACE Trade Ambassador and for 10 years was co-chair of the Trade Support Network Entry Committee. Mr. Litman represented FedEx on the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group in Brussels, working on the WCO’s SAFE Framework of Standards.He is a recipient of the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award, the first NCBFAA Centurion Award, the AAEI Trade Warrior Award, CBP’s ACE Award and the Commissioner of Customs Award of Recognition.
      
 

Mr. Litman is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of California. He can be reached at (310) 838-4205 or via e-mail at litman@customsadvice.com Arthur Litman is a licensed customs broker. In 1998 Mr. Litman retired from FedEx Trade Networks, where he served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance. He started with Castelazo & Associates in 1964 and rose to become President of the company. Castelazo & Associates was acquired in 1991 by Tower Group and later by FedEx.Active in trade associations, Mr. Litman is currently a Senior Counselor of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America. He is a past president of the International
      

Federation of Customs Brokers Associations, the NCBFAA, and the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California. He served on the board of the American Association of Exporters and Importers for 17 years.
      

Appointed to the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) when it was chartered in 1988, Mr. Litman has served six two-year terms. While a member of COAC, Mr. Litman was a leader in efforts to move to a monthly payment process for duties and taxes, and during the 9/11 term was active developing C-TPAT and other security measures.
      

Mr. Litman is an ACE Trade Ambassador and for 10 years was co-chair of the Trade Support Network Entry Committee. Mr. Litman represented FedEx on the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group in Brussels, working on the WCO’s SAFE Framework of Standards.
     
 

He is a recipient of the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award, the first NCBFAA Centurion Award, the AAEI Trade Warrior Award, CBP’s ACE Award and the Commissioner of Customs Award of Recognition.
      

Mr. Litman is a licensed customs broker and an attorney admitted to practice in the State of California.

Paul Wegener Paul F. Wegener
Vice President
M. G. Maher & Co., Inc.
365 Canal St., Ste. 1600
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 581-3320
Fax: (504) 529-2611
 William St. John Jr. William St. John, Jr.
President
W. R. Zanes & Co. of La. Inc.
223 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 524-1301
Fax: (504) 524-1309

William J. St. John, Jr. is President of W.R. Zanes & Co. of LA., Inc. a Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding firm which has been active in international trade over 95 years.
       

Mr. St. John has been personally involved in Customs Brokerage and International Freight Forwarding for over 50 years.  He was licensed as a customhouse broker on November 8, 1955 and practices in the New Orleans District.
       

Mr. St. John, a native New Orleanean, attended parochial schools in the City of New Orleans.  His professional and civic achievements are numerous.  Mr. St. John is a past President of the New Orleans Association of Customhouse Brokers, Inc (1973-75) and of the New Orleans Traffic and Transportation Bureau (1979-81).  He also served as the first President of the newly organized Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans, Inc. (1975-77).
       

In addition, Mr. St. John has a long-standing relationship with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., in which he held many prestigious positions, including New Orleans Area Representative on the National Advisory Committee (1962, 1971-77) and Area Vice-President for the Gulf Region (1972-75).  Mr. St. John also served as the Secretary for the Association (1976-78), the Vice-President (1979-1982), President (1982-1986) and Chairman of the Board (1987-1990).  Presently, he is a Senior Counselor on the Board of Directors.

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