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Full Program

Saturday, September 17, 2022

 

1:00 - 4:30PM
Regency B

NEI Committee Meeting

4:30 - 5:30PM
Regency B

Legislative Committee Meeting (Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)

5:30 - 8:00PM
Regency CD

APN Committee Meeting (Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)

Sunday, September 18, 2022

 

9:00 - 11:30AM
Regency B

Transportation Committee Meeting (Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)

11:30AM - 2:00PM
Regency B

Customs Committee Meeting (Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)

2:00 - 5:00PM
Regency CD

Board of Directors Meeting (Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)

3:00 - 5:30PM
Hall of Battles

NCBFAA Registration Desk Opens

6:00 - 7:00PM
Thorton

Opening Reception (For All Attendees)
Hosted by: Jenette Prince, Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., NCBFAA PAC Chair

Monday, September 19, 2022

 

8:00 - 8:45AMBreakfast on Your Own

8:00AM - 5:00PM
Hall of Battles

NCBFAA Registration Desk Open

8:45 - 9:00AM
Regency CD

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

Presenters:

9:00 - 9:15AM
Regency CD

Preparation for Hill Visits/ Discussion of Issues from Congressional  Meetings

Precis: Whether your Congressional meetings are in-person or virtual, please join us for this important session to discuss NCBFAA's policy priorities. We will review talking points, position papers and answer any questions you may have to ensure that you are prepared to meet with your Congressional representatives.

Panelists:

  • Leah Ellis, NCBFAA Legislative Chair, JAS Forwarding USA Inc.
  • Dave Corn, NCBFAA GAC Co-Chair, Comstock & Theakston, Inc.

Moderator: Nicole Bivens Collinson, NCBFAA Legislative Counsel, Sandler, Travis &  Rosenberg, P.A.

9:15 - 10:00AM
Regency CD

Seafood Supply Chains and SIMP: The Challenges Ahead

Precis: NOAA Fisheries is on the move. From its recent launch of the CALM C’s initiative to reorganizing SIMP and other trade programs to exploring technology solutions, NOAA is making waves. Learn about the challenges and opportunities ahead for seafood supply chains.

Speaker:

  • Rachael ConfairBranch Chief, Trade and Commerce Division, Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, NOAA Fisheries | U.S. Department of Commerce

Moderator: William (Bill) Brauner, Brauner International Corp.

10:00 - 10:15AM
Hall Of Battles

 

 

Break

10:15 - 11:15AM
Regency CD

Trade Title Hangovers - Section 321, MTB, GSP, 301 Legislative Issues

Precis: Hangovers—according to the Mayo Clinic, they are usually self-induced, self-treated, and resolve within days to weeks. We should be so lucky!  In our exploration of trade hangovers—things undone, unresolved, unfinished, or unrealized—that are plaguing or at least frustrating the brokerage community, we find none that are self-induced, self-treated, nor quickly resolved!  So what are our hangovers and what is the ‘hair of the dog’ we can take to get these hangovers to go away?  Join the panel of Nicole Bivens-Collinson, Sandy Coty and Mary Jo Muoio as they outline the unresolved issues and paths towards resolution.  These include legislation, regulations, automation across Congress, USTR, and CBP.

Panelist:

11:15 - 11:45AM
Regency CD

Customs Business Fairness Act (CBFA)

Precis: The CBFA needs to be renewed after sunsetting in 2021. We need your help to make it permanent. The session will discuss the introduction of H.R. 4816, the Customs Business Fairness Act of 2021 in the 117th Congress. We will review how we got here and what we need to do now.

Panelist:

  • Scott Rausch, The Office of Representative Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Deputy Chief of Staff & Legislative Director
  • Leah Ellis, NCBFAA Legislative Chair, JAS Forwarding USA Inc.

Moderator: Nicole Bivens Collinson, NCBFAA Legislative Counsel, Sandler, Travis & Travis

11:45AM - 12:00PM
Regency CD

TSA Roadmap Update

Precis: The TSA will walk us through its recently published Air Cargo Security Road map outlining the strategic vision for modernizing, streamlining, and further securing air cargo transportation operations.

Panelists:

  • Marc Rossi, Industry Engagement Manager Air Cargo Division, TSA
  • Manny Melendez, Deputy Executive Director, Air Cargo Division, TSA

Moderator: Donna Mullins, NCBFAA Air Freight Subcommittee, Mullins International Solutions

12:00 - 1:15PM
Regency B

Lunch with Keynote Speaker

Speaker:

  • John P. Leonard, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Trade Customs and Border Protection

Introduction: Jose D. Gonzalez, NCBFAA President, Jose D. Gonzalez CHB

1:30 - 2:30PM
Regency CD

Examining OSRA 22: Implementation, Observations and Guidance

Precis: Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel B. Maffei, Mohawk Global’s Riche Roche and NCBFAA Transportation Counsel Ashley W. Craig cover the recently enacted Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (“OSRA 22”). The panelists will outline notable provisions of OSRA 22, highlight the Commission’s implementation efforts, discuss the impact on the ocean shipping industry, and provide practical guidance to industry on how to best comply with OSRA 22.

Panelists:

Moderator: Rich Roche, NCBFAA NCOCC, Subcommittee Chair, Mohawk Global  Logistics

2:30 - 3:45PM
Regency CD 

PGA Roundtable

Precis: Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) have never been more important in a customs broker’s life. This Roundtable features three PGAs that will figure prominently in the year to come. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) speaker will take you inside the upcoming Beta pilot for filing the electronic certificate of compliance, where up to 50 importers and brokers will participate in this groundbreaking pilot. APHIS-Lacey will share its plans to roll-out Phase VII of the Lacey Act declaration, a daunting prospect for the trade. And with its final rule mandating an electronic organics certification due by November, USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service will provide a timely update on what to expect.

Panelists:

  • Karen Damon, NCBFAA RAC Vice Chair, Livingston International, Inc.
  • Stacy Swartwood, Program/Systems Analyst, USDA/AMS National Organic Program
  • Erin Otto, National Policy Manager - Lacey Act, Compliance and Environmental Coordination, APHIS, PPQ, PIEP PCC
  • Andrea Rucker-Yarosh, Supervisory Management and Program Analyst, Office of Import Surveillance, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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

3:45 - 4:00PM
Hall of Battles

Break

4:00 - 5:00PM
Regency CD

The Mod Squad - An Update on the 21CCF Legislation

Precis: Nearly one year ago Senator Bill Cassidy issued a discussion draft on the Customs Modernization Act to position government and industry for the future of trade. The proposed statutory changes elicited strong reaction from the trade community questioning the need for what appeared to be heightened enforcement. In this session, officials from Congress and CBP along with NCBFAA’s Customs Counsel discuss the progress thus far to reconcile the initial concerns and the work that lies ahead.

Panelist:

  • Jake Parker, The Office of Senator Bill Cassidy, R-LA, Technology Fellow
  • Victoria Lane, NCBFAA Vice President, Coppersmith Global Logistics
  • Amy Strauss, Senior Director, Private Sector Office, Department of Homeland Security

Moderator: Lenny Feldman, NCBFAA General & Customs Counsel, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

5:00 - 5:15PM
Regency CD

Closing Announcements

Speakers:

5:30 - 7:00PM
Capital A

Drawback Committee Meeting (Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)
5:30PMDinner on Your Own



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

 

7:30 - 9:00AM
Capital

Breakfast Session

Speaker:

  • Pete Flores, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Field Operations Customs and Border Protection

 Introduction: Mary Jo Muoio, NCBFAA Customs Committee Chair, INLT Inc.

9:30AM - 5:00PM
Capital Hill

Congressional Appointments on Capitol Hill

2:30 - 5:15PM
Yosemite

Congressional Appointments Debriefing

5:30 - 7:30PM
Rayburn House Office Building Gold Room 2168

Congressional Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

 

8:00 - 9:30AM
Capital

Regulatory Agencies Committee with US Government Agencies
(Open to NCBFAA Regular Members)

10:00AM - 5:00PM
Capital 

Customs Committee Meeting with CBP (Open to all NCBFAA Regular Members)
12:00 - 12:30PMLunch (for Committee members and CBP only all others on your own)

Speaker/Moderator Bios
 

Eduardo Acosta

Eduardo Acosta is Vice President of R.L. Jones Customhouse Brokers in San Diego, where he has been a partner since 1996. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Eduardo started his brokerage career in San Diego/Otay Mesa in 1990 and received his broker’s license in 1997. R.L. Jones currently has offices in 8 southern border locations and Los Angeles.

He is currently the President of the PCC (Pacific Coast Council), as well as an active member of the SD Brokers Association and Tijuana Development Corporation (DEITAC). He is also a board member of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Smart Border Coalition, and INDEX (Tijuana Maquiladora Association).

William Brauner

William Brauner is Vice President of Operations at Brauner International Corporation in NJ. William is a Third Generation Licensed Customs Broker working for a family business that was founded in 1931. William studied Liberal Arts at Marietta College in Ohio and Pace University in New York. Beginning work as a messenger in the late 1980’s at JFK Airport, then moving into NY City to learn entry summary work. In July 1988 William received a Certificate from The World Trade Institute of The Port Authority of NY and NJ for Customs Brokerage. Gradually moving out west to Seattle for seven years and during that time obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1996.

 In 1997 re-located to become Branch Manager for Brauner Intl Corp in Miami, FL for the next 23 years.  While in Miami William began working with the FCBF Government Affairs Committee.  Eventually becoming Co-Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and Serving on the Board of Directors at FCBF. During this time William began and has regularly fulfilled the requirements to maintain his Certified Customs Specialist status with NCBFAA. William studied Computer Science and Business Administration at Barry University in Florida. In July 2020 he relocated to NJ and has been working with the NYNJFFF&BA Government Affairs Committee. William is Vice Chair for the NOAA Subcommittee of the NCBFAA Regulatory Affairs Committee. Recently William joined the Trade Support Network and participates in the ACE Bi-Weekly Trade Support call.  

Nicole Bivens Collinson

Nicole Bivens Collinson leads the International Trade and Government relations practice of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and serves as managing principal of the Washington, D.C. office.  She is also a member of the Firm's Operating Committee. Ms. Collinson has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and BBC Worldwide as a subject matter expert and has over 35 years of experience in government, public affairs, and lobbying.  She has drafted and guided the successful implementation of several pieces of key international trade legislation positively affecting the bottom line of many U.S. companies.  She is the lead professional on ST&R's engagement as Legislative Counsel to the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA).

 

Rachael Confair 

Rachael Confair is the Trade Monitoring Branch Chief in the Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, with NOAA Fisheries. As Branch Chief, Rachael helps implement NOAA Fisheries' four seafood trade monitoring programs: the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Program, the Highly Migratory Species International Trade Program, the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), and the Tuna Tracking and Verification Program. Rachael joined NOAA in 2018 supporting SIMP and the MMPA import provisions and has over ten years of experience in the environmental health and conservation sectors, including working with seafood companies on traceability.

David Corn

 Mr. Corn was selected to take an active role for the trade in the Trade Support Network’s Drawback Working Group, leading efforts to write new regulations for drawback through the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 and to support the development and transition of drawback to the Automated Commercial Environment. David currently serves as the co-chair for AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee, as the vice chair for the NCBFAA’s Drawback Subcommittee, and he represents the New York/New Jersey region as a member of the board to the NCBFAA. In January 2022, Mr. Corn was appointed to the 16th term of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC).

David actively discusses drawback with congressional representatives from NJ and NY, and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. Mr. Corn is a frequent speaker on duty drawback in venues across the country each year.

David 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.

Ashley Craig

Ashley Craig is co-chair of Venable’s International Trade Group, where he maintains a diverse practice advising industry clients on domestic and international regulatory compliance concerns. He regularly appears on behalf of clients before executive branch agencies and congressional committees with oversight of global commercial matters, foreign investment, transport/logistics, and economic regulation.

As an attorney, Craig has worked on transportation and logistics regulatory and legislative matters for more than two decades. His legislative experience includes, in part, the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, the Trade Act of 2002, and numerous miscellaneous trade and tariff bills, as well as implementation of regulations before federal agencies.

 

Karen Damon

Karen Damon is Sr. Director, US Brokerage at Livingston International, Inc. As a licensed Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist, Karen has extensive experience and knowledge in customs brokerage and regulatory affairs, providing leadership and guidance to enhance operational compliance.       

She is a board member and Treasurer for the Northern Border Customs Broker’s Association and the Area 1 representative for the NCBFAA board of directors. As an advocate for trade education, she is active with the NEI as the CCS committee chair.

Leah Ellis

Leah Ellis began her carrier 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 former President of the Houston Customhouse Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association since 2014 and she is the Legislative Committee Chair for the NCBFAA. 

 

Lenny Feldman

Lenny Feldman, Esq. is a Senior Partner of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., where he serves on the Firm’s Operating Committee. Lenny also currently serves as Customs and General Counsel to the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). He previously served as Co-Chair of the 15th Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and as Co-Chair of the 14th COAC’s Trade Modernization Subcommittee. Lenny innovatively and effectively advises customs brokers, freight forwarders, importers, exporters and carriers to develop and adopt best practices and compliance programs in the import and export context and to efficiently resolve enforcement issues.

Prior to joining the ST&R, Lenny served nine years as a senior attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (formerly the U.S. Customs Service), where he was responsible for issuing national rulings, decisions and directives relating to import and export compliance and enforcement. He then served as the Chief Compliance Officer of a software development company created to automate global import and export regulatory requirements.

 Lenny has been recognized for his efforts by numerous trade publications and associations, such as the Florida Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association and World Trade Center Miami, over the years. By serving on local and national boards and taskforces he passionately advocates for laws, policies, and strategies that increase two-way trade and stimulate international business.

 

Pete Flores

Pete Flores is the Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As part of his responsibilities, EAC Flores leads over 31,000 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel within the offices of Admissibility and Passenger Programs, Agriculture and Trade Liaison, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Mission Support, National Targeting Centers, Operations Directorate, Preclearance Operations, and Planning Program Analysis and Evaluation. He manages an annual budget of $6.5B for operations at CBP’s ports of entry and numerous programs to support national security and the facilitation of lawful trade and travel.

Prior to his new role, EAC Flores served as the Director of Field Operations for the San Diego Field Office where he oversaw 2,488 employees assigned to five land border ports of entry at Andrade, Calexico, Tecate, Otay Mesa, and San Ysidro. The San Diego Field Office also encompasses San Diego’s Lindbergh Field including the San Diego seaport, the Cross Border Xpress and Brown Field.

From August 31, 2020 to May 2021, EAC Flores served as the Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner, Operations Support where he provided leadership and direction across the broad spectrum of capabilities in support of CBP operations and mission execution across eight sub-components: Office of Intelligence, Information and Incident Coordination Center, Laboratories and Scientific Services, Law Enforcement Safety and Compliance, Office of International Affairs, Planning, Analysis, and Requirements Evaluation, Mission Support Division and Office of the Chief Medical Officer.

Additionally, EAC Flores served as the Assistant Director of Trade, overseeing all trade, cargo operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures efforts for CBP Field Operations in Southern California.  His area of responsibility included the ports of Otay Mesa, San Ysidro, Port of San Diego, Tecate, Calexico, and Andrade.

EAC Flores joined the U.S. Customs Service in 1988 where he worked in Calexico as an Inspector until 1996.

A native of California, Mr. Flores was a member of the senior executive fellow at the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the San Diego State University, with a major in Criminal Justice Administration.

Jose D Gonzalez

Jose D. Gonzalez is a licensed U.S. customs broker who has operated a customs house brokerage business under the same name since 1994.   He currently serves as President for NCBFAA representing over 1,100 member firms and previously as Area 8 Rep. He was previously appointed to the 15th term of CBP COAC, and is a senior advisor to the board of the Laredo Licensed brokers (LLUSCBA). Prior to his involvement with these Committees, JD was Executive Chairman of the LLUSCBA, president of the Laredo Customs Brokers Association in 2010-2011 which represents one of the largest concentrations of customs brokers in the nation who works closely with CBP. He was also reappointed for the 16th Term COAC

Mr. Gonzalez has been actively involved in the international trade industry on a consistent basis for 28 years and has held various positions in the import and export operations, consulting, and compliance and continues to be involved in many trade and civic related entities. A few of the organizations he is involved with are the following: Present Committee chair of The Laredo Airport Advisory Board, City of Laredo Port of Entry Committee member, City of Laredo Redistricting Commission member, advisory board member of The Laredo Development Foundation past vice chair of the City of Laredo Blue Ribbon Committee, in addition to being recognized for several accomplishments for Trade related development.

Mr. Gonzalez proudly served in the United States Navy from 1982 until he was honorably discharged in 1992 after being named Sailor of the Year. During his enlistment, he was involved in Mediterranean Peacekeeping operations off the coast of Beirut, operations in the North Atlantic, as well as several Western Pacific operations during the Iran Iraq crises. In addition, during his enlistment he continued his education and graduated in 1992 from National University in San Diego Ca, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting. 

Mike Lahar

Michael Lahar is the Corporate Compliance Manager for A.N. Deringer, Inc.  He began working in the field of international trade and Customs in 1987, joining the Deringer family in 1997. Mike has corporate oversight of the Compliance, Post Entry, Reconciliation and Bond departments.   He is a recognized industry leader in matters regarding “Partner Government Agencies” (PGA) and chairs the Regulatory Agencies Committee (RAC) for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA).  He speaks regularly as well as providing training concerning CBP and PGA matters.  

Victoria Lane

Victoria is VP Corporate Compliance for L.E. Coppersmith Inc./Coppersmith Global Logistics and its’ 9 branch offices nationwide. This includes compliance regarding Customs and Border Protection Regulations (import/customs broker) as well as export and corporate.

Victoria Lane has been involved in the International Trade Industry for over 40 years and has been a licensed customs broker since 1996, as well as a Certified Customs Specialist through the NCBFAA/NEI. She has been an advocate for the customs brokerage and freight forwarding industry and striving to keep the industry alive going into the future.

 Victoria is currently the NCBFAA Vice President and the former President of the Columbia River Customs Broker/Forwarder Association in Portland, Oregon. She has previously served as NCBFAA Area 6 Board representative, President and Chairwomen of the Pacific Coast Council.

Sandra Langford-Coty

Sandra (Sandy) Langford-Coty is the Director of Operational Development. In this position, she strengthens Deringer’s operational efficiencies and compliance as well as increasing customer satisfaction. Based in Los Angeles, Sandy also serves Deringer as District Manager with oversight of the Los Angeles customer service center.

Sandy is President of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA).

Additionally, she serves the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association in her role as Vice President. She is active within US Customs and Border Protection’s Trade Support Network and Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) working groups, as well as the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA). She holds much expertise within ACE and partner government agencies (PGA).

Prior to joining Deringer, Sandy held the role of Vice President of Customs Brokerage with a large logistics company. Sandy is a Licensed Customs Broker and a Certified Customs Specialist with a bachelor’s degree in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

John P. Leonard 

Mr. John P. Leonard is the Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) of Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Mr. Leonard oversees a diverse portfolio of trade enforcement, security, and facilitation to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety. His work ranges from enforcing over 500 U.S. trade laws, to overseeing 14 trade agreements, to directing CBP’s seven Priority Trade Issues in collaboration with 49 partner government agencies.

Mr. Leonard previously served as the Executive Director for Trade Policy and Programs, Office of Trade until March 2021, leading CBP's strategic efforts on Intellectual Property Rights, textiles, import safety, and antidumping and countervailing duties, while also responsible for policy guidance on trade agreements, interagency collaboration and public-private partnerships. Mr. Leonard has implemented two revolutionary e-Commerce pilots that allow for instantaneous data collection on low-value shipments, established the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Center and modernized U.S. customs brokers policy.

Mr. Leonard has over 30 years of experience at CBP and the former U.S. Customs Service, first beginning his career as an Import Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1989. Since then, he has worked in various leadership positions at CBP, from 2013 to 2017 as CBP Attaché to Singapore, and prior to this as the Area Port Director of San Francisco. As Area Port Director, he oversaw passenger operations at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and cargo operations at the Oakland Seaport.

Mr. Leonard holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master's degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. He is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellows program and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

Daniel Maffei

Daniel B. Maffei, of New York, was designated by President Biden as Chairman of the Federal Maritime on March 29, 2021. He was first nominated to serve on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on June 29, 2016. He was then nominated by President Trump and confirmed for by the Senate on Jan. 2, 2019.

As a Commissioner, Maffei has shown a particular interest in addressing the vulnerability of the global transportation system to industry-wide financial and security risks. He has spoken at national and international conferences on the changing nature of the economics of international shipping due to technological advances and the pressures that newer and larger carriers have placed on U.S. transportation infrastructure.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Maffei’s career in government spans more than twenty years. He was elected to two terms in the House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015. Immediately prior to his initial appointment to the FMC, Maffei was a Senior Advisor at the Department of Commerce.

 Maffei’s private sector experience includes time as an independent consultant, a Senior Policy Advisor at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips LLP, and an executive at Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC (Syracuse, NY).

Maffei received his bachelor’s degree in History and American Civilization from Brown University and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Manny Melendez

As Deputy Executive Director for the Air Cargo Division, Manny Melendez is responsible for managing and directing all phases of the Air Cargo Division’s program. He provides management direction over all cargo programs and activities of supervisors and staff including developing and monitoring the strategic plans, setting priorities, assigning tasks and responsibilities.

Manny Melendez began his TSA career in September 2002, in Dallas, Texas. From 2002 to 2004, he served in several management roles within Screening Operations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). In 2004, he was promoted to Aviation Security Inspector within the DFW Regulatory Office. In the middle of 2005, he joined International Operations at the DFW Regional Operations Center (ROC) where he assisted in assessments and inspection in Mexico, Canada and Central America. He then transferred to Germany and joined the Frankfurt ROC where he served as a Transportation Security Specialist (TSS), from 2006 to 2010, becoming well acquainted with airports throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2010, Manny accepted a promotion to Supervisory TSS and returned to the Dallas ROC.

On January 2013, he was promoted to Singapore (SIN) ROC Manager and assumed the role of Acting DHS Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Singapore. As Manager, he managed an office of TSA Inspectors and IIRs while overseeing all airport operations within the Southeast Asia region. During his five and a half years as Manager of the Singapore office, his team was credited in assisting many countries in enhancing their security posture to include Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Maldives.

After five years in Singapore, in June 2018, he returned to the U.S. and assumed the role of International Industry Representative serving as liaison between TSA and 40 air carriers before being promoted to Deputy Executive Director for the Air Cargo Division in 2020.

His credentials and contributions to international security also includes being a certified International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Auditor and Instructor, certified European Commission (EC) Inspector and certified European Civil Aviation Commission (ECAC) Auditor.

Prior to the TSA, Manny served in the United States Army as a Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) Gunner/Instructor for an Air Defense Artillery Unit. After leaving the Army in 1992, he has worked extensively in various security expert positions at American Airlines Corporate Security in Dallas, TX and for ICTS in Frankfurt, Germany.

Manny was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York, and spent his summers in Puerto Rico growing up. He greatly enjoys traveling the world with his wife and three kids.

Donna Mullins

Donna Mullins is President and CEO of Mullins International Solutions, LLC.  We have the vast background required in understanding and implementing the regulations to help our clients move in the changing regulatory maze.

Prior to starting Mullins International Solutions, a compliance training and consulting firm for the international trade industry, in April 2012 Donna served as Branch Manager for the Atlanta office of CV International.  Prior to joining CVI, Donna was President and CEO of Alpha Sun International an independent freight forwarder and customs broker. She had the company for 7 years before merging. In March 2010, Donna merged her company, Alpha Sun International, Inc in with CVI.

While owning Alpha Sun International, Donna led the group through C-TPAT certification and assisted many customers in obtaining C-TPAT certification.

Donna has served in the international transportation community since 1982, where she began as an importer of wholesale merchandise. Upon leaving the import side of the trade, Donna started her career in the brokerage and transportation arena.

Donna’s list of nationally recognized service positions is the leading indicator of why MIS is the choice in operational and compliance training. These affiliations have put her in the position to help set the course of the logistics industry.  Because she is there on a national level communicating the policy changes and working hand in hand with CBP, BIS, FMC, TSA and others, she is well versed in the regulations and the other government agencies that can be involved in what seems like the most straightforward of transactions but in fact is very complicated.

In 1990 she received her US Treasury Customs Brokers License. Donna also holds a Certified Customs Specialist and Certified Export Specialist accreditation from the NCBFAA Educational Institute.

 Mullins has held various volunteer positions including President and Chair of the AIFBA (Atlanta International Forwarders and Brokers Association); President and Chair of the AACA (Atlanta Air Cargo Association); Board of Director for the AMA (Atlanta Maritime Association); NCBFAA Area 4 Director; and currently serves as the Air Freight Subcommittee Committee Chair for the NCBFAA Transportation Committee. Donna was also a board member of the AfA (Airforwarders Association) and the TCA (Transportation Club of Atlanta). 

 Donna has held an Adjunct Professor position with Clayton State University where she was involved in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management and teaches the ABC’s of Customs Brokerage as well as other international classes and courses. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Logistics and Supply Chain Business Unit at Clayton State University.

Mary Jo Muoio

Mary Jo Muoio is Director, Customs and Trade at Amazon. Prior, Ms. Muoio was Senior Vice President of Trade Services and ‘Government Relations with Geodis, Inc.  Before assuming leadership of the consulting division, Ms. Muoio was a Senior Vice-President of Barthco International, Inc., a leading customs broker and forwarder acquired by GEODIS. She is a licensed customs broker, having passed the exam with the highest score in the nation. 

Ms. Muoio is currently serving as Senior Counselor/Board of Director and Chairman of the Customs Committee of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, Inc., a post she assumed after serving as Chairman of the Board and two terms as President. Before being elected as the first female president of this association, she served as Vice-President for several terms, Secretary, Board of Director and on key Association committees. Ms. Muoio was appointed as a Director to the International Federation of Customs Brokers and represents the US customs brokerage industry under the IFCBA flag at the World Customs Organization. Ms. Muoio served as Vice-President for Imports of the New York New Jersey 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 and is honored to be a recipient of their Captain of Industry Award. She is a Past-President of the Philadelphia Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association. Ms. Muoio served two terms on COAC, the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection and Related Functions and continues to serve on several working groups. Ms. Muoio serves on the Board of the American Association of Exporters and Importers where she has been a career-long member. 

Ms. Muoio was appointed as a Trade Ambassador of the Trade Leadership Council and sits on the Trade Support Network Entry, Legal Policy and International Trade Data Systems committees and several joint TSN-CBP working groups.

 At the start of her career, Ms. Muoio 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. Every once in a while, she gets the ironing done.

Jake Parker

Jake Parker currently serves as policy advisor for Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA). In this position Jake oversees a portfolio that includes customs, data privacy, Social Security, and federal IT modernization issues.

Before assuming the role in the Senate, Jake spent a decade in China analyzing Chinese government data localization, cross-border data flow, and critical information infrastructure policies with the US-China Business Council (USCBC). He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

 Before joining USCBC, Jake was as a program manager at Philips Healthcare where he oversaw implementation of government loan projects for developing medical infrastructure in China.

 Jake also serves as a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer.

Erin Otto

Erin Otto is the National Policy Manager for the Lacey Act Program for USDA-APHIS-Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) in Riverdale, MD. She is responsible for providing internal and external leadership to ensure that the programmatic actions and activities of the Lacey Act program are continually monitored, harmonized, and improved to achieve program goals. Ms. Otto leads strategic program planning, establishes national program objectives and performances measures, and adjusts policy based on program information. Ms. Otto coordinates the response to issues such as congressional inquiries and environmental concerns and seeks to manage opportunities for internal and external partnerships, alliances, coalitions to support the goals of the Lacey Act Program.

 In 2005, Ms. Otto started her APHIS career as a Training Technician at APHIS-PPQ’s Professional Development Center (PDC).  In 2007, she became a PPQ Officer/Instructor at the PDC and transitioned to a Training Specialist.  Ms. Otto has taught and created training for several major PDC curricula including the Customs and Border Protection Agricultural Specialist (CBPAS) Academy and PPQ technical training. In 2017, she became a National Policy Manager with Emergency and Domestic Programs focusing on new pest evaluation, the Federally Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary (FRSMP) Program, and the Deregulation Evaluation of Established Pests (DEEP) process.  Most recently, she served as National Policy Manager for the Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 emergency response  in 2020 and for the Spotted Lanternfly Program from 2020 until 2022.  For the Ralstonia response, the subsequent eradication efforts covered over 650 facilities in 44 states and maintained the $3.17 billion potato market.  Her achievements have merited many awards over the years, including the APHIS Administrator’s Award, the PPQ Safeguarding Award, and the USDA Under Secretary’s Award. Erin graduated with a B.S in Forestry from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Jenette Prince

Jenette Prince, Director of US Trade Control – Imports for Kuehne + Nagel, Inc. is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker and Master Customs Specialist. Jenette’s career began in San Francisco in 1993 at Expeditors as an entry writer where she quickly became a supervisor. In 1998, she joined Kuehne + Nagel Inc. where she has held a variety of position throughout the U.S. positions. In San Francisco she held the positions of Customs Brokerage Supervisor, Manager, West Coast Regional Customs Brokerage Manager and Import Manager for the local branch.  In 2007, she was promoted to the corporate office located in Jersey City, NJ where she held the positions of East Coast Regional Customs Brokerage Manager, Strategic Accounts Manager and was responsible for ACE Implementation and Training.   In 2015, after assuming her current role as Director of U.S. Trade Control – Import, she relocated to Tampa, FL where she leads Kuehne + Nagel Inc.’s U.S. Trade Control - Import Team.  She also served as the lead on the Automated Invoice Interface Working Group with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Trade Support Network.  She is actively involved with the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association serving on the Legislative Committee, Transportation – Air Freight Subcommittee and is the Chair for both the Political Action Committee and the NEI’s Content Committee. 

Jenette is currently the President for the Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association (FCBF), a leading trade association for industry professionals in the import and export community.   She has previously served as the 2nd Vice President – Customs, Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and general board member for FCBF through the years.  In the early years of her career, she also served as the Chair of the Customs Committee and Vice President of the Customs Broker and Forwarder Association of Northern California (CBFANC). In her spare time, she also attends school full time where she is the V.P. of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, and Treasurer for the Student Justice Association.

Scott Rausch          

Scott's career in public service has spanned nearly 20 years at the local, state, and federal levels. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman Andrew Garbarino, a Republican representing New York’s 2nd Congressional District. Before joining the Congressman’s staff, Scott was Deputy Director of Congressional Relations for the Peace Corps. Rausch began his career in politics as an aide to former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. A native of Wisconsin, Scott now resides in northern Virginia with his wife and their miniature schnauzer, Pepper - and yes, he is a part owner of the Green Bay Packers.


Rich Roche

Rich Roche has worked in the NVOCC field for the last 28 years in Syracuse NY where he is currently Vice President at Mohawk Global Logistics.  He also supports the forwarding industry nationally through NCBFAA where he is Chairman of the NVOCC sub-committee. He served on three of the FMC’s Innovation Teams covering supply chain and detention & demurrage issues. He previously worked at Hapag-Lloyd, and as a licensed marine cargo insurance broker in Manhattan. Rich is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY where he received a bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science & Marine Transportation and was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve.  During his seagoing career, Rich sailed as deck officer aboard breakbulk ships, oil tankers, ro/ro’s and containerships, upgrading his license to Chief Mate of vessels any gross tons upon oceans and First Class Pilot on the Upper Bay of NY Harbor. Rich regularly appears as an expert witness in maritime related cases that include cargo claims, documentation, and contract disputes. Rich is currently serving a three-year term on the National Shippers Advisory Committee to the FMC.

Marc Rossi

Marc Rossi is currently the Industry Engagement Manager for the TSA Air Cargo Division, responsible for representing TSA to trade associations and industry regarding air cargo aviation regulatory policy.

Marc joined the TSA in June 2008, bringing with him domestic and international industry experience in relation to the air cargo supply chain.  Prior to joining the TSA, he held multiple management positions over 15 years at DHL Airways - DHL Express.  He led multiple aviation and parcel express business units, prior to moving into his role of oversight of Federal regulatory affairs and security for the Western U.S. operations.  During his tenure with DHL, he was fortunate to work with and establish relationships with commercial passenger airlines, full all-cargo airlines, surface transportation companies, third party logistic shippers, airport authorities, trade associations, indirect air carriers, high profile retail companies and government officials throughout the US and the world.

 When Marc began with the TSA as Air Cargo Manager, his mission was to create, stand up and launch the Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) within 2 years to meet the Congressional mandate requiring 100% screening of all cargo destined for uplift on passenger aircraft.  He and his team accomplished the goal and were recognized positively both by industry and TSA for their efforts.  He then held oversight of all TSA vetting programs as Programs Division, Deputy Director and prior to his current role was Deputy Director of the TSA Aviation Division, responsible for the oversight of all regulatory policy development and industry engagement related to all regulated aviation sectors.

Marc was born and raised in Northern California Bay Area and is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara. 

Andrea Rucker-Yarosh

Andrea Rucker-Yarosh is a Supervisory Management and Program Analyst in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In this role, she manages the Targeting and Analytical Team of the Office of Import Surveillance. She leads a team that provides data-driven evidence to inform decisions on CPSC’s import mission and conducts national-level targeting efforts in support of the Compliance Investigators located across the country. Prior to this role, Andrea served as the Acting Director and Deputy Director for Trade Policy in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She has also served in multiple capacities at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and DHS, focusing on both trade and international affairs. Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. 

Amy Strauss

Amy Strauss is a Senior Director within the Private Sector Office (PSO) at the Department of Homeland Security, managing the trade and economic security portfolio.

 Amy graduated from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2005. She joined U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2007, working appropriations on behalf of the agency, and later working in trade policy at the Office of International Trade. Amy joined DHS in 2017 as the Director of Trade Policy, and most recently served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Economic Security.

 A recipient of the Commissioner’s Award, Amy is a consensus builder with expertise working across industry associations, corporations, and other external stakeholders to grow DHS’s public/private partnerships.