The Speakers

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CHRIS
MAGNUS

Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Keynote Speaker

Chris Magnus is the Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He oversees more than 60,000 employees and ensures the effective operations of CBP’s mission to protect national security while promoting economic prosperity. Commissioner Magnus directs CBP’s three core missions of counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement while facilitating trade and travel through ports of entry. He oversees the largest law enforcement agency and the second-largest revenue-collecting source in the federal government.

Commissioner Magnus started his public safety career in 1979 as a dispatcher with the City of Lansing, Michigan.  After attending the Lansing Community College Police Academy, he became a deputy sheriff at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. In 1985, he became a police officer with the Lansing Police Department where he spent the next 15 years of his law enforcement career.

Commissioner Magnus became the police chief in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1999, and played a key role in implementing the first two-state regional dispatch system in the nation, a forensic children’s interview center, and a refugee liaison program for the area’s many new immigrants and refugees. 

Commissioner Magnus was selected in 2006 as police chief for Richmond, California—a highly diverse, urban community of 115,000 residents in the San Francisco Bay Area where he served as chief for 10 years.

In 2015, Commissioner Magnus testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing on best practice models of community policing. He also served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice, working closely with both the Civil Rights Division and Community Oriented Policing Services Offices on policing issues in various cities around the country.

Commissioner Magnus was appointed to be the police chief for the City of Tucson, Arizona in January of 2016. In this position, he improved police interactions with Tucson’s large immigrant community, implemented a deflection program to take individuals with substance abuse disorders to treatment instead of jail, changed how police respond to people suffering from mental illness, and developed one of the first sentinel event review boards in the policing profession.

Commissioner Magnus has a master’s degree in Labor Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. He also attended the “Senior Executives in State & Local Government” program at the Harvard Kennedy School and the FBI National Executive Institute program.

 
 
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BILL
CASSIDY

U.S. Senator, Louisiana

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bill Cassidy is the United States Senator for Louisiana.

Bill grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for undergraduate and medical school. In 1990, Bill joined LSU Medical School teaching medical students and residents at Earl K. Long Hospital, a hospital for the uninsured. 


During this time, he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free dental and health care to the working uninsured. Bill also created a private-public partnership to vaccinate 36,000 greater Baton Rouge area children against Hepatitis B at no cost to the schools or parents. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.


In 2006, Bill was elected to the Louisiana State Senate.


In 2008, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District.


In 2014, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He serves on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Veterans Affairs committees.

 

Following his successful efforts to lower the cost of health care, secure coastal restoration projects to protect Louisiana families from natural disasters, reform our nation’s mental health system, and secure many other legislative accomplishments, Bill was reelected in 2020 to his second term in the U.S. Senate.

 
 
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JAMES
MIN

Partner, LimNexus

Making the Case for Exports

Biography

James Min has over two decades of extensive and practical experience advising clients on international trade and business law. Prior to LimNexus, Mr. Min served as the global chair of international trade law for Deutsche Post DHL. Previously, he was a senior trade attorney for FedEx Express. He also served as a private sector trade advisor to the U.S. Government during the Bush Administration. Earlier in his career, Mr. Min served as a trade attorney for the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Min specializes in economic sanctions, export controls, customs, import regulations, free trade agreements, CFIUS, internal corporate compliance, internal investigations, and other cross border transactional and regulatory law. As counsel for multinational companies that conduct business around the world, Mr. Min has deep experience in advising clients with a practical and solution-focused approach even in difficult topics such as U.S. secondary sanctions and extraterritorial impact of U.S. export control laws. He also advises foreign investors and U.S. businesses in hi-tech sectors on CFIUS requirements, ICTS, as well as obtaining requisite licenses and approvals from U.S. trade authorities.

In addition, Mr. Min has led large national and international internal investigations for multinational companies dealing with customs, export controls, sanctions, and FCPA violations as well as filing voluntary disclosures and mitigation petitions for clients to reduce potential fines with government agencies. Mr. Min has formulated and developed internal compliance programs for U.S. and foreign companies in the areas of customs, export controls, economic sanctions, and anti-bribery laws as well as managing external government monitors resulting from settlement agreements with U.S. government agencies.

He has also previously advised the U.S., Lebanese, Russian, Ukrainian and Moldovan governments on international trade law as well as at the WCO, the United Nations, EU Commission, BAFA, Saudi Arabia, China, UAE, Russia, Singapore, Morocco, and elsewhere on export control, customs and sanctions law matters.

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GISELE
BELOTTO

Principal, KPMG Trade & Customs

2022 HTS Adoption Strategies

Biography

Gisele Belotto joined KPMG in 2005 and since then she has worked with several companies in a vast range of sectors. Gisele assisted her clients in the areas of global customs compliance, classification, customs value reconciliation, post entry reviews, transactional testing, special trade program procedures, importer self-assessment programs (ISA), NAFTA regulations, customs audits, and customs compliance trainings.

Specifically, Gisele has assisted companies in the sporting goods, home furnishings, office supplies, automotive industry, and home appliance sectors to manage their customs planning and trade-related risks through mapping processes, identifying weaknesses, and enhancing procedures related to the company’s customs and trade compliance areas.

Gisele has also assisted companies undergoing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Focused Assessment Audits. Her role in these projects included advice regarding communication and interaction with CBP officials, detailed review and analysis of areas posing penalty risk, and drafting and quantification of prior disclosures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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LENNY
FELDMAN

Member, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg

Biography

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DAVE
CORN

Executive Vice President, Comstock & Holt

Drawback

Biography

David Corn is Executive Vice President of Comstock and Holt, starting his drawback career in 2011. With years of experience in the market research field, he has a successful history with large commodity clients and has created, managed, and presented projects in consumer research, sales and statistical analysis, and marketplace dynamics. Mr. Corn has developed several drawback clients from first contact to final liquidation across a range of industries, including: agriculture, apparel, automotive, chemical, energy, machinery, and sports products.

David was appointed to the co-chair position of AAEI’s Drawback and Duty Deferral Committee in 2015, he is the vice chair for the NCBFAA’s Drawback Subcommittee and he is active as the Treasurer for the NYNJFFF&BA. In 2014, David joined the Trade Support Network’s Drawback Subcommittee to assist Customs and Border Protection with the transition of drawback to the Automated Commercial Environment. In 2016, David was selected to join a small team from the trade to work with CBP in shaping the concepts for new drawback regulations that became necessary with the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. David is a lead member of the Drawback Working Group that has been working closely with CBP on the transition of drawback to ACE that was effective February 24, 2018.  Mr. Corn actively discusses drawback with congressional representatives from NJ and NY, the House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office and the Senate Finance Committee.

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JENNIFER
MCCADNEY

Special Counsel, Kelley Drye

Environmental Sanctions

Biography

For more than fifteen years, Jennifer McCadney’s practice has included a mix of law and policy.  As both a lawyer and government relations and policy strategist, Jennifer helps companies and organizations identify, advance and/or defend their interests in the legal, political and regulatory arenas.  Jennifer’s approach to problem-solving is drawn from her experience as a Congressional staffer and private sector advocate, and emphasizes a deep policy understanding that is supported by her relationship-building and management skills.

Jennifer advises on general trade issues including, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, market access, forced-labor-made import prohibitions,  tariff preferences and reductions, and enforcement of the customs and trade remedy laws.  She is also involved in country of origin marking; domestic preference initiatives such as “Buy America” procurement and “Made in USA” labeling; tax credits and extenders; federally subsidized telecommunications programs such as Lifeline; and telecommunication consumer protection legislation, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Truth-in-Caller-ID.

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HEATHER LITMAN

Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP

Who Is Responsible (For What? (Intermediary vs BCO)

Biography

Heather Litman is resident in the Firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice is focused on helping domestic and foreign-based companies maximize trade benefits, while maintaining compliant international trade programs.  She represents clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a full range of traditional customs matters involving tariff classification, valuation, origin, labeling, intellectual property rights, broker compliance, and other government agency regulatory requirements. Heather also represents companies in administrative enforcement actions. When matters cannot be acceptably resolved at the administrative level, she litigates before the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

 

Heather began her legal career in 1991 and previously served as law clerk to the Hon. Harvey Schneider and the Hon. Stephen O’Neil of the Los Angeles Superior Court. 

LENNY FELDMAN is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office and a member of the firm's Operating Committee. He previously co-chaired the twenty-member Customs and Border Protection’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee, providing strategic recommendations directly to CBP, Homeland Security and Treasury executives on issues such as forced labor, intellectual property rights, e-commerce policy, trade partnership programs, enforcement and facilitation mechanisms, and regulatory reform. He currently serves as General Counsel and Customs Counsel to the National Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA).

Mr. Feldman innovatively and resourcefully resolves complex issues pertaining to import classification compliance and tariff engineering; valuation requirements and first sale duty savings; seizure and penalty prior disclosures and mitigation petitions; antidumping and countervailing duty administration and enforcement; trade preference qualification for NAFTA/USMCA, CAFTA-DR, and other programs; intellectual property pre-compliance and forfeiture defense; importer/broker compliance reviews and cost savings analysis; export control reviews and enforcement strategies; and CTPAT/border security certification, validation, and suspension/revocation support. 

Mr. Feldman assists clients with import compliance and enforcement before CBP, DHS, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; export compliance and enforcement before the Census Bureau, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, and the Transportation Security Administration; and product safety and admissibility before the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He is renowned as a leader in educating business officials and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels concerning international trade and business reform. Prior to serving as counsel to the NCBFAA, Lenny served as lead counsel to the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association. He is a former chairman of the board of the World Trade Center of Miami and is currently a committee chair of the Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium, among other positions. 

Prior to joining ST&R, Mr. Feldman was a senior attorney with the U.S. Customs Service (now CBP) in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 2000. While serving in the Penalties, Value, and General Classification branches at CBP headquarters, he issued several hundred national guidelines, directives, and administrative rulings. He was a negotiator of NAFTA and also consulted with foreign customs and trade officials throughout South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The vice president of the United States, the World Customs Organization, and numerous countries recognized him for these efforts. 

After leaving Customs, Mr. Feldman served as the chief compliance officer and vice president, international, for a trade and logistics software development company developing end-to-end e-commerce solutions, where he was responsible for content and automation pertaining to the trade laws of more than 100 countries.

 
 
 
 
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ERIKA VIDAL-FAULKENBERRY

Global Lead of Trade Compliance, Biogen

Harmonizing the Voices of Trade: Meet USG Trade Advisors

Biography

Ms. Erika Vidal-Faulkenberry leads Global Trade Compliance for Biogen, a leader in biotechnology. She is responsible for designing, setting, and implementing strategic direction, policy, and end to end capabilities, such as scalability, human capital, processes, and systems. Additionally, her organization focuses on maximizing international trade opportunities, as well as partnering across business units and markets, utilizing best in class practices, innovation, and continuous improvement to create value, mitigate risks and enable acceleration of global business initiatives for Biogen. 

Erika has over 17 years of experience in global trade and international supply chain, working in a variety of sectors from energy, consumer packaging goods, biotechnology and business consulting.

Prior to joining Biogen, Erika held diverse leadership roles at The Hershey Company, including global trade, international logistics and distribution, and supply chain for strategic markets. 

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MARIA LUSIA BOYCE

Director, Global Public Affairs, UPS

CBP Formers - What I've Learned in the Private Sector

Biography

Maria Luisa Boyce serves as Director for UPS Global Public Affairs, bringing over 20 years of experience and leadership in international trade, customs issues and cross-border trade. In her current role, she advocates for UPS’s priorities on Capitol Hill, supports the company’s government affairs efforts in Latin America, is part of the UPS core team leading our UPS Women Exporter Program and serves as a liaison for UPS to National Hispanic Organizations.

Prior to joining UPS, Mrs. Boyce served as U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Trade and Private Sector Engagement and Director for the Office of Trade Relations. Mrs. Boyce assumed this role after serving as the Assistant Commissioner for CBP's Office of Public Affairs.

As Assistant Commissioner and Director, Mrs. Boyce advised the CBP Commissioner and senior leadership of the impact of the agency's policies and regulations on the private sector.  She was also responsible for the agency’s trade outreach strategy, and her efforts increased the compliance rate and improved communications with the private sector.  Mrs. Boyce managed the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and the User Fee Advisory Committee (UFAC), as well as the relationship between COAC and CPB’s Senior Staff.

Mrs. Boyce was also the Small Business Ombudsman and Regulatory Fairness Representative for CBP, serving as a liaison between the international trading community and senior CBP managers.

Before joining the federal government, Mrs. Boyce served as President of the Border Trade Alliance, a non-profit organization that represents 2 million stakeholders involved in border and trade issues in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

At the Border Trade Alliance, Mrs. Boyce helped develop and advocate for key border policy topics impacting the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. Policy topics included trade, travel, infrastructure, border security and quality of life issues for border communities.

 
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SOFIA 
BERGER

Senior Vice President and the National Business Line Leader for Transportation, WSP

Biography

Sofia Berger is a Senior Vice President and the National Business Line Leader for Transportation at WSP. In this role she oversees the strategic direction, business development performance, client management, and knowledge management of the U.S. transportation market, including highways, bridges, transit and rail, tunnels, and aviation, as well as ports and marine. Previously, Sofia served as Deputy National Business Line Leader in the Advisory group with a range of responsibilities from strategic planning, operational management, and complex project management across all types of infrastructure. Sofia was Deputy Business Development Leader for U.S. Transportation as well as Managing Director for the Latin American and the Caribbean Division at Louis Berger, an international consulting engineering organization, which was acquired by WSP in 2018. She was particularly focused on rail and transit and public-private partnerships, as well as overseeing the strategic direction of the regional operations as well as all client management, project delivery and business development activities. As a third-generation engineer, Sofia has a unique background that informs her approach to leadership and delivering for clients. She has 20 years of infrastructure experience spanning project management of construction projects in the field and management consulting for private sector clients and governmental transportation agencies around the world. Sofia holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and economics-operations research from Columbia University.

Erika has over 17 years of experience in global trade and international supply chain, working in a variety of sectors from energy, consumer packaging goods, biotechnology and business consulting.

Prior to joining Biogen, Erika held diverse leadership roles at The Hershey Company, including global trade, international logistics and distribution, and supply chain for strategic markets. 

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ANJA 
ELVERDING

US Representative, Port of Rotterdam.

Biography

Growing up in a military family it’s no wonder Anja Elverding joined the Dutch Army in 1988 and studied(military) logistics & business economics.


After her position as member of the staff at the Logistics training center she decided to broaden her horizon and pursued her career in Logistics Management for Dutch Industries.


With more than 30 years of professional logistics and sales experience she worked for various companies such as DSV, Dachser, Geodis and Raben and gained experience in Air & Sea freight, Groupage, FTL’s/LTL’s, Food Logistics, and Contract Logistics.
She worked and lived in the Benelux as well from 2002until 2008 in Germany and from 2018 she is working and living in Washington DC. 


Currently she is Sr. Supply Chain Manager for the Holland International Distribution Council (HIDC) and is the US representative for the Port of Rotterdam. 


As such she promotes these entities and the Netherlands by helping US, Canadian and South American companies to establish or expand their business in Europe using the Netherlands as the gateway and broaden the US-Dutch network, to create stronger bonds with logistics partners and build industry connections.

 
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PETER
QUINTER

Shareholder, Gunster

Biography

​Globally ranked U.S. Customs and international trade law counselor and advocate, Peter Quinter, represents individuals and companies involved in the wide variety of legal issues associated with international trade and transportation, including litigation before federal courts across Florida and before the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. Peter is a Florida Bar Board Certified international law attorney.

Peter represents importers, exporters, customs brokers, international freight forwarders and other companies involved in a myriad of industry sectors and international supply chain matters, such as regulatory compliance and enforcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, Peter’s practice includes skill in advising on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-regulated products, such as food, dietary supplements and cosmetics, and involving detained or refused merchandise. He also advises on the submission of petitions for removal of FDA Import Alerts.

Moreover, Peter advises on legal issues involving licensing, investigations and penalties issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). He advises clients on reducing penalties by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for hazardous materials or dangerous goods transported by air.

Peter is passionate about solving the difficult problems his clients face. A people person at heart, Peter personally cares about establishing and maintaining productive relationships of trust – some of which include decades-long relationships with clients, colleagues and federal representatives – and offering the potential to realize efficient resolution to even the most challenging trade conditions.

Prior to private practice, Peter served as legal counsel at the Southeast Regional Headquarters of the U.S. Customs Service (now known as U.S. Customs and Border Protection) in Miami, Florida. His responsibilities included providing legal advice and representation to management of customs on all matters involving the administration and enforcement of the customs and international trade laws. He advised on virtually all U.S. Customs activities undertaken by its enforcement, commercial operations, fines, penalties and forfeitures, and regulatory audit personnel. Peter also assisted the U.S. Department of Justice in civil and criminal prosecutions on various customs violations, including commercial fraud, trade embargoes and export controls.

Prior to joining Gunster, Peter was a partner in a major commercial law firm, and head of its U.S. Customs and International Trade Law practice.

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MARK 
HIGGINS

Direcotr of Motor Carrier Experience, Port of Virginia

Biography

Mark Higgins is the Director of Motor Carrier Experience at The Port of Virginia.  Mark began his career in the Port of Virginia as an assistant operations manager for APM Terminals in 2005.  Mark joined the APM Terminals Virginia Project team in 2006 where he developed the Semi-Autonomous Remote Operator Program which transitioned traditional RTG operators to a semi-automated operating environment.  Mark was a key contributor to the original VIG project where he held numerous roles related to automation and the implementation of high technology into terminal gate operations. In 2011, Mark went on to implement a new high technology gate at NIT while maintaining high levels of functionality to motor carriers using the site. In 2016, he became the project manager for the new $42 million NIT North Gate project, which opened in late June 2017. Mark has been a major contributor to the development of the truck reservation platform that was first developed in New York and that has since been deployed at VIG and NIT. Mark is a recognized leader in gate technology and truck reservation systems. Mark is a 2003 graduate of Louisiana State University where he studied Information Systems and Decision Sciences.

 
 
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JERRY
COOK

VP Government and Trade Relations, Hanesbrands, Inc.

Communicating with CBP - Building Your Relationship

Biography

Jerry Cook is vice president of Government and Trade Relations for Hanesbrands Inc. Hanesbrands Inc.’s leading brands include Hanes, Hanes Her Way, Bali, Champion, L’eggs, Playtex, Maidenform, Bonds and Gear For Sport with sales of +$7 billion annually. Cook joined Hanesbrands Inc. in 1987 and managed various engineering functions and strategic planning roles. In his current strategic role as VP of Government and Trade Relations, Cook overseas the various trade, government, global connectivity and DHS/Customs programs.

 

Cook is the Hanesbrands customs account manager and oversees the Hanesbrands DHS and CBP related programs including the Center of Excellences and CTPAT.

 

Cook has served as an Advisor and Board member in several key areas: Department of Commerce ITAC-13 Advisor for textile and apparel related products as well as ITAC-14 Customs, USDA Cotton Board, US Treasury Advisory Committee for Customs Commercial Operations (COAC) and a member and founding/charter member with CTPAT. Cook is a licensed US Customs Broker.

 

Cook is intimately involved in the trade related agreements, Customs facilitation/operations and the development of key strategic relations with the US Administration, US Congress, WCO (World Customs Organization), WTO (World Trade Organization) and Foreign Market Place opportunities for US exports.

 

Cook is a Board member to key trade, business, and economic groups. He is a Board member of the USCIB (US Chamber of International Business), NFTC (National Foreign Trade Council), ASEAN President’s Council, NC Chamber of Commerce, TRIP, and currently serves a Chair of the Customs Committee for USCIB-the US National Committee to the International Chamber of Commerce. Cook is a Board Member of the NC Port Authority. Through Cook’s various roles, Cook provides key strategic guidance to facilitate the growth of commerce, rule of law and better international relations that create better opportunities for Hanes and others to exceed in multiple markets.

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EVELYN SUAREZ

Principal, The Suarez Firm

Designing the Model Port

Biography

Evelyn Suarez advises companies engaged in international trade, transportation and logistics on customs, anti-corruption and trade policy matters. Ms. Suarez represents clients before all trade agencies, in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court and on legislative matters. 

Ms. Suarez spent her early professional career at the U.S. International Trade Commission where she worked on antidumping and countervailing duty as well as Section 337 investigations and at U.S. Customs. After many years as a partner in large law firms, she founded her own law firm in 2014 to provide more personalized services and flexibility to her clients.

She is a past President of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and serves on the District Export Council for D.C./ VA as well as on the Advisory Councils to George Washington University Center for International Business Education & Research and Georgetown University Law Center International Trade Update.  

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MYLES GETLAN

Partner, Cassidy Levy Kent

Trade Remedies - Why Are They Working?

Biography

Myles Getlan’s practice focuses on international trade and investment disputes and import/export compliance and enforcement matters. Mr. Getlan has significant experience litigating antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard disputes before US and foreign administrative agencies, US courts, and dispute settlement panels convened under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other trade agreements. In both trade regulation and litigation, Mr. Getlan has represented foreign governments, trade associations, and multinational corporations in a variety of industries, including agriculture, consumer products, metals, energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and wood products.

Mr. Getlan also advises clients in customs, export controls and economic sanctions matters. Mr. Getlan assists clients with the development and implementation of compliance programs, import and export audits, disclosures, and government investigations.

Mr. Getlan has been named to the U.S. roster of panelists for U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) disputes and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law teaching International Trade Law & Regulation.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Getlan was an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the US Department of Commerce where he defended the agency’s determinations in unfair trade investigations before U.S. courts and WTO and NAFTA dispute panels, and directed the implementation of WTO decisions in the United States. Mr. Getlan also has experience working at the Office of the US Trade Representative and the Trade Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, US House of Representatives.

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NASIM
FUSSELL

Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Biography

Nasim D. Fussell is a trade attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office, where she is a member of the Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. Fussell has a wealth of trade legislation and negotiation experience, having served in numerous trade-related roles in the public and private sectors.

Ms. Fussell advises clients on trade legislation, negotiations and regulatory issues. She provides legal and policy counsel pertaining to forced labor, customs and trade compliance, supply chains, investment, exports, enforcement of trade agreements and market access issues, among others.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Fussell was the chief international trade counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, serving under Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). She also served as deputy chief international trade counsel under former Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Ms. Fussell worked on several significant trade negotiations, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). As the lead trade lawyer for Senate Republicans, Ms. Fussell led Senate negotiations with the administration and U.S. House of Representatives on the USMCA Implementation Act.

In addition, Ms. Fussell served as trade counsel for the House Committee on Ways and Means, where she served under Chairmen Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), and Dave Camp (D-Mich.). She worked on significant legislative achievements, including the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015, Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016.

Prior to joining government, Ms. Fussell served in a variety of trade and public policy roles in the private sector for a major automobile manufacturer, a cross-sectoral trade association and a global technology company. She started her legal career as a law clerk in the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration.

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JULIE 
PARKS

Executive Director, Corporate Global Customs, Raytheon Technologies

Biography

Julie Parks is a trade strategist with over twenty-three years’ operations and compliance experience in the areas of import, export, valuation, classification, free trade, drawback, supply chain security, subsidiary integration, divestitures, ecommerce, and audit.  She has extensive knowledge of embedding other government requirements into the declaration process such as export controls, transportation, environmental, explosives, and government contracting.  Her talent resides in drawing cross-functional teams together to design and implement sustainable solutions that meet both regulatory and speed-of-business needs, whilst modernizing government trade.   

 

Ms. Parks is involved in the shaping of many legislative, regulatory, and policy issues, including achieving U.S. automated processing of licenses, and ultimately endeavors to secure streamlined trade for American businesses.

 

Ms. Parks is the current Executive Director of Corporate Global Customs for Raytheon Technologies, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies with 181,000 employees and $64.6B in annual sales made up of Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, and Raytheon Missiles & Defense.  Prior to this role, she was the Director of Customs for Raytheon Company’s Global Customs Organization, creating customs as a shared services group. 

 

Previously, she was the Manager of Customs and Trade at Ford Motor Company, and held several positions within the Customs Department at Volkswagen of America, Inc. She served as a Customs broker for WF Whelan & Company and began her career within the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Pontiac, Michigan. 

 

She is the current chair of the board of governors of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI).  Through AAEI, she continues to be instrumental in creating the voice of Aerospace and Defense on Customs matters. 

 

She recently completed a 7-year appointment to the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), elected by the membership as a trade co-chair.  Additional COAC roles included the Export Subcommittee co-chair, a One US Government at the Border Subcommittee member, and the Trade Survey chair.  Previously, she also served as the vice-chair of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ Customs Committee.