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NCBFAA: Mark Johnson @ 360-332-4552

Roanoke Trade Services, Inc.: Karen Groff @ 847-969-8216


NCBFAA Awards Michigan High School Senior $5,000 Scholarship



Washington DC: The National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 $5,000 Annual Scholarship is Lauren Trulik. A high school senior, Lauren will be attending college this fall to concentrate in international business. Lauren’s father, Joe, is a General Manager with FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage in Romulus, MI and is actively involved in both the national and local brokers Associations. To qualify for the award, Ms. Trulik submitted an essay on “How Do U.S. Companies Benefit From Trade?” that was judged by an NCBFAA panel of experts to be the winner.

“I was very excited when I learned that I had won the scholarship because it really proves that hard work pays off and it will be a big help to my family,” she said. “I am truly grateful to Roanoke Trade Services, Inc. and the NCBFAA for the wonderful and generous opportunity they have provided me through their Scholarship Program.”

As the scholarship winner, Lauren is invited to join the NCBFAA members at their Annual Conference at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, FL, where a representative of Scholarship sponsor Roanoke Trade Services, Inc., will present her with the award during the Conference Opening Breakfast on April 23.

This is the 19th year that the NCBFAA has promoted this scholarship competition as a way to further education in our industry. By helping students defray the cost of learning about the customs broker and forwarder businesses, the NCBFAA scholarship program contributes to the increasing professionalism of our industry and encourages those seeking a career in international trade and commerce.

Roanoke Trade was established in 1935 and became an affiliate of Munich Re Group and Watkins Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London in 2008. Insurance, surety and risk management solutions for supply chain and transportation intermediaries are Roanoke Trade’s focus. Its primary client base is in North America, but since it specializes in providing a seamless integration of coverage for organizations that transport goods globally, its clients are located all over the world. Roanoke Trade has offices in 12 cities throughout the United States and a worldwide network of resources. Its insurance and surety offerings include Marine Cargo; Marine & Transport Liability; Professional and Legal Liability; Property & General Liability; Contract Liability; NVOCC/OTI Bonds; U.S. Customs Bonds; ATA Carnets. Roanoke Trade is a preferred provider of the NCBFAA and is an advocate in setting quality insurance standards in the industry for its members.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NCBFAA represents nearly 866 member companies with 100,000 employees in international trade - the nation's leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Established in 1897 in New York, NCBFAA is the effective national voice of the industry. Through its various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members. It keeps them informed of these and other related issues through its weekly Monday Morning eBriefing and various meetings as well as conferences throughout the year.


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