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Monday, April 15, 2019


Program Sponsored by:




7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Texas Foyer

4th Floor

NCBFAA Registration Desk/Information Center

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Texas ABC

4th Floor

Exhibitor MarketPlace Reopens

7:30 to 9 a.m.

Texas ABC

4th Floor

Breakfast in the Exhibitor MarketPlace

8:30 to 11 a.m.

Texas DEF

4th Floor

NCBFAA 2019 Annual Meeting

All Regular Members are requested to attend this once-a-year event,
which includes Officer, Counsel and Committee reports.


Presiding: Amy Magnus, A.N. Deringer, Inc. and NCBFAA President

(Regular Members Only, Please)

11 a.m. to noon

Texas DEF

4th Floor

Meet Your Board in the Exhibitor MarketPlace

Join your Board, Officers, and Committee Chairs stationed around the Exhibitor MarketPlace for a lively discussion by asking questions and sharing your thoughts on the future of our industry.

12 to 1:30 p.m.

Texas DEF

4th Floor                       

Erin Ennis

Sponsored by: Affiliated President's Network 

Keynote Speaker: Erin Ennis


Erin Ennis has been Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council since February 2015, after serving as Vice President since 2005. In that position, she directs USCBC’s government affairs and advocacy work for member companies and oversees USCBC’s Business Advisory Services. She also leads a coalition of other trade associations on issues of interest to companies doing business with China. For additional details on Ms. Ennis, please click here.


NCBFAA Scholarship Presentation
Winner: Irmak Sensoz, NIT Logisitics Inc.
Presenter:  Karen Groff, President, Roanoke Insurance Group Inc.
Introduced by: Anne-Marie Bush, 2019  NCBFAA Annual Conference Chair
Sponsored by: Roanoke Trade

NCBFAA CCS Award Presentation
Winner: Ashley Benedict, Mohawk Global
Presenter: Bill  Todd, Business Development Executive, WiseTech Global
Introduced by: Federico, C. Zuniga, NEI Executive Director
Sponsored by: WiseTech Global

NCBFAA CES Award Presentation
Winner: Stephen Murray, FedEx Logistics
Presenter: Lisa Gelsomino, President, Avalon Risk Management, Inc.
Introduced by: Federico, C. Zuniga, NEI Executive Director
Sponsored by: Avalon Risk Management

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Texas ABC
4th Floor

Dessert in Exhibitor MarketPlace

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Texas DEF

4th Floor

A Look at Customs Business, Reasonable Care, and Broker Responsibilities


Precis: Brokers have been facing more and more new challenges. Binding rulings and new processes are chipping away at the definition of Customs Business. TFTEA regulations are being developed that are expected to put more responsibility for brokers knowing their customers. Brokers are seeing more scrutiny not only by CBP, but also by other government agencies. This panel will discuss where the future of brokers and enforcement is going.



  • Alan Klestadt, NCBFAA Customs Counsel; Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt, LLP


Moderator: Darrell Sekin, NCBFAA Senior Counselor; DJS International Services, Inc.


3:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Texas DEF

4th Floor



CASE STUDY: Broker Liabilities in a Litigious World

Precis: Many brokers have heard of the infamous "Nike Case" but how many know the sordid details? This panel will explore the real-world situation that led to a broker being sued by a large manufacturer for a client's actions.

Speaker: Frank Desiderio, Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt, LLP


Introduced by: Karen Damon, NCBFAA Board of Director, Livingston International, Inc.

4:00 to 5 p.m.

Texas DEF

4th Floor


RAC Town Hall

Precis: This panel will provide an industry update on the changes in PGA's from the past year, along with a peek into what we can expect in 2019. Particular attention will be paid to big changes from USDA, FDA and NOAA.




Moderator: Mike Lahar, NCBFAA RAC Chair; A. N. Deringer, Inc.


4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Pool Terrace

5th Floor



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NCBFAA Outdoor Hospitality Gathering


Sponsored by: Roanoke Trade

6:45 to 9:30 p.m.

IBC Bank Plaza


NCBFAA Dinner at the IBC Bank


Sponsored by: International Bank of Commerce


Buses will leave from the Grand Hyatt San Antonio starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting until 7:30 p.m. Please use the entrance near Bar Rojo with the circular driveway.


Buses will depart IBC Bank at 9 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving at 9:45 p.m. or until everyone has returned.


Transportation Sponsored by:

  • Eduardo E. Lozano & Co., Inc. dba. EELCO
  • J.D. Gonzalez L.C.B.


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