Member Spotlight

Linda He

Member Spotlight: Linda He
August 2017

Linda He has more than 20 years of import/export and trade compliance experience with U.S multinational companies as a China and Asia Pacific regional leader role, Linda has  worked in telecommunication, high tech and pharmaceutical industries and has expert knowledge of export control, valuation, classification issues.

She joined AT&T/Lucent Technologies in 1994 in Shanghai China as a logistics specialist. After that she further developed her career with Agilent Technologies and Merck as country trade operation lead and Asia Pacific trade compliance lead respectively. With Lucent, she was one of the key members for Lucent to set up and run operation in Shanghai Free Trade Zone and is very experienced in import and export regulations and processes. 

Further on, she supported Agilent Technologies to set up their Asia Pacific distribution center in Shanghai Free Trade Zone. While working with Merck, she successfully initiated and established a process for a bonded logistics park which is still operating as market lead.

Recently, Linda relocated to San Francisco Bay Area with her family. She is a volunteer with the WIT-NC Events committee. Linda has just started her first job here with Future Mobility Corporation as a Global Trade Leader.


Sumika Kawamura

Member Spotlight: Sumika Kawamura
July 2017

Sumika Kawamura is the WIT-NC Volunteer Director for 2017. Sumika’s career began when she assisted handling disputes between the governments and the importers at SGS, a Swiss company in Japan that practiced pre-shipment inspections. After completing her degree in International Relations, she worked at FedExWorldTariff in San Francisco as a Customs Tariff Data Manager, closely monitoring up-to-date duties, taxes and compliance data for multiple countries in Asia. Most recently at TradeBeam-Aptean, she had various roles, such as project management for an automotive manufacturer, sanctions and denied parties screening, and content update for a trade automation software. She believes that learning global trade is learning life. By studying global trade, she has learned so much about what’s happening around the world - politics, economies, cultures, people, food, anything.

Sumika holds Japanese Customs Brokers’ license. She continues to thrive in her second year as WIT-NC's Volunteer Director. She is certain that she can further explore the world of international trade. WIT is a community where she has enjoyed meeting many well educated people with various backgrounds and learned trade compliance in wide range of subjects.


Jenna Glass

Member Spotlight: Jenna Glass
June 2017

Jenna Glass has been a key part of the Global Trade Compliance team at Xilinx, Inc. since August 2012. In her role she manages Xilinx’s Customs Compliance Program, which includes: C-TPAT Tier III status, ISA membership, a robust audit program, broker management, evaluating risk on a global scale as well as various export compliance related responsibilities.

Prior to Xilinx, Jenna worked for Williams-Sonoma, Inc. as a Customs Analyst where she oversaw audit, preferential trade, C-TPAT and duty drawback programs. Jenna’s expertise is rooted in her deep logistics experience acquired while managing Latin trade lanes for a major shipping company.

Jenna is an active member of CompTia, co-chairing the Best Practices subcommittee, as well as participating in other area compliance associations. She has been a licensed Customs Broker since 2010 and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law.


Gary Cooper

Member Spotlight: Gary Cooper
May 2017

Gary is a local attorney who has practiced import law for over 35 years. Areas of expertise include Customs, International Trade, Trademarks, FDA, USDA and laws affecting similar agencies. During his time in private practice, he has gained broad experience in all U.S. import matters, has successfully litigated before the Court of International Trade, and has frequently lectured before Broker and trade groups. He regularly advises the Oriental Food Association of Northern California on import and FDA matters.

Gary and his wife travel extensively in Asia for pleasure and on buying trips for their Japanese antique store in Berkeley. When not working or traveling, he can usually be found walking up and down the East Bay hills or following Giants baseball.

Gary graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Bob Neumann

Member Spotlight: Robert Neumann
April 2017

Bob Neumann teaches international business, global marketing, and ethics at the California Maritime Academy, the hidden gem of the CSU system.

He is also the faculty contact for internships, and leads groups of students on international research trips, usually through Korea and Japan, but also through Vietnam and once to Tahiti, Tonga and New Caledonia on our training ship, the Golden Bear.

CMA cadets are regular attendees at WITNC meetings, often recognizable by their crisp uniforms and bright smiles at having the opportunity to attend events so directly relevant to their studies in International Business and Logistics.


Judit Tanai-LoCascio

Member Spotlight: Judit Tanai-LoCascio
March 2017

Judit is the Trade Access Controls Program Manager at Lam Research Corporation (Lam) where she has worked for 7 years. At Lam, she currently manages company-wide Technology and Trade Restricted Individual (TRI) Access Controls, as well as the FCPA screening and deemed export licensing programs. She is also involved in a number of other projects including Restricted Party List screening, Internal Audits, and Foreign Trade Awareness Training and Employee Education. Judit’s professional experience includes 7 years in the marine fuel supply chain business where she successfully marketed residual fuel oil to owners and operators of ocean-going vessels.

Judit is fluent in German and Hungarian and has earned both her BS and MBA degrees in International Business Management from San Francisco State University. She is also a licensed U.S. Customer Broker and Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer.

An active WIT-NC member since 2009, Judit has held various board positions including Vice President and Membership Director. When not working on the latest trade related issues, she enjoys travel, good movies, and creating delicious experimental dinners with friends.


Chester Chu

Member Spotlight: Chester Chu
February 2017

Chester Chu is a Principal Trade Compliance Analyst at Veritas Technology LLC, and held a similar role at Symantec Corporation for the three years prior; where he has been responsible for export compliance operations and trade compliance requirements for third party fulfillment vendors.

Chester has extended experience and knowledge in logistics and international trade for over 10 years. Prior to involving in trade compliance, Chester was an Export Manager specializing in ocean freight.

Chester is a graduate of San Jose State University in Computer Science. He recently passed the U.S. Customs Broker license examination in October 2016. Outside of work, he is a big fan of Golden States Warriors and started volunteering for WIT-NC events since January 2017.


Martina de la Torre

Member Spotlight: Martina de la Torre
January 2017

Martina is the Senior Manager, Global Trade Compliance at Symantec Corporation. She manages (Americas) Trade Compliance Operations and global export compliance screening solutions for Symantec. In both capacities Martina supports Enterprise, SMB and Consumer business units.

Prior to joining Symantec, Martina worked for Silicon Graphics, mycustoms.com, 3Com and ATMEL Corporation in export /trade compliance management roles.

Martina holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies and Translation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a Customs Brokers License.

Martina has been a long term WIT-NC and PAEI member and has held various board positions within PAEI including, Secretary, VP and President and is currently serving as PAEI’s Membership Chair.


Deep SenGupta

Member Spotlight: Deep SenGupta
December 2016

Deep SenGupta is the Founder & CEO of DSG Global, LLC , where his mission is to provide international trade compliance & training solutions to San Francisco Bay Area companies.

Prior to DSG Global, Deep started his career with KPMG and most recently was the head of FedEx's international trade consulting group for over a decade.

Deep obtained his initial legal education in India, his Masters in Law-Taxation (LL.M) from the University of Washington and received executive education on International Trade from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Deep was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to the District Export Council of Northern California, where he serves as the current Chair.

When Deep is not wearing his “trade compliance” hat or running after his 5-year old daughter, he is a news-buff, lives for travel, enjoys theatre, plays tennis every chance he gets and longingly looks at his guitars that are gathering dust!


Lucina Lara

Member Spotlight: Lucina Lara
November 2016

Lucina is an international trade compliance professional and licensed customs broker at Lumentum with expertise in diverse areas of import and export compliance. She leads the development, management and oversight activities related to Lumentum’s global trade compliance for commercial and controlled products to include: export/import compliance and licensing, integrating international regulatory requirements to operational business processes, and implementation of effective assessment methods to assure compliance in executing global business activities. Lucina also manages the company’s Supply Chain Security programs in Canada and the U.S.

She has been an active member of WIT since 2002 and has served as a Board member for the WIT-OC chapter in 2007 to 2009. Currently she serves as Programs Director for WIT-NC. Actively participating in WIT has expanded her professional knowledge and most importantly meets many talented and interesting peers.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, international travel, experiencing other cultures, people, food and wine. She also likes learning about other topics such as: programming, history and foreign languages.


Ava Zhou

Member Spotlight: Ava Zhou
October 2016

Ava has been working as an international Trade professional for 11 years, specialized in internal trade compliance audit and management, process optimization, training and automation tools development.

With over 9 years of working in China and 2 years in the U.S., Ava has been involved in numerous of internal audits, several trade automation tools development and implementation, e.g. China customs platform, global classification systems, screening tools, etc. Ava also developed several online trade trainings and a Flex Global Trade web portal, which enables the Flex trade organization and compliance requirements be aware within the company.

Ava holds a bachelor’s degree and is a certified member of PMI (Project Management Institute).

Ava supported CompTIA on hosting the 2015 Export and Custom's committee meeting, organized the 2015 Flex Global Trade Conference, and she has been active as a volunteer of WIT-NC Programs Committee.

Ava enjoys traveling, exploring cities, food, coffee and cocktails. She likes best staying with her baby girl now.


Sisifo Tuiloma

Member Spotlight: Sisifo Tuilomo
September 2016

Sisifo has been involved in global trade compliance since 1998 where she was import coordinator for Orchard Supply Hardware. Since that time she has held numerous roles managing import and export functions for companies such as GE, IBM, Trimble Navigation and Verizon. Since 2012, Sisifo has been Global Trade Compliance/Classification Analyst for Flextronics (FLEX) where she is responsible for U.S. and Canadian classifications ensuring legal compliance within government rules and regulations pertaining to classification.


Shay O'Reilly

Member Spotlight: Alicia Chen
August 2016

Alicia Chen is a Senior Consultant in the Global Trade practice at Ernest & Young (EY) in San Francisco. Alicia has been in the Import/Export field for close to 8 years with the first 3 years at PwC’s Worldtrade Management services in Taipei, Taiwan.

Through out her career, she has experiences in various departments from valuation and classifications in Taiwan and recently in the US. She has also gained experience with data analytics, restricted party screening and Global risk assessments projects.

Alicia is currently the Secretary of WIT-NC, which she started attending events in the Bay area in 2012 and enjoys meeting new members as well as working with fellow board members at WIT-NC monthly events.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys hiking in the redwood forests, trying new recipes like Paella and vegetarian lasagna. She also enjoys spending time with her two rambunctious nephews.


Shay O'Reilly

Member Spotlight: Shay O'Reilly
July 2016

Shay O’Reilly is a Global Trade Compliance Analyst at Anritsu where he has been for 3 years.  In his position, Shay is revamping the Company’s Import program to streamline US, European, and Asian processes and procedures.  Concurrently, Shay is teaming up with various groups launching global compliance initiatives.  For example, he just finished as project manager, co-leading a team to upgrade Anritsu’s US export compliance platform, also used by several Anritsu global offices. Shay supports these offices with one on one training, desk level work instructions and a shoulder to cry on...

An Aptos native, Shay enjoys construction projects on his rural property. He has become adept at navigating Santa Cruz County building code, no small feat.

Shay also enjoys volunteering for WIT-NC. He currently works with the Events team on special events such as WIT-NC’s Summer Networking Extravaganza!


Sean Barni

Member Spotlight: Sean Barni
June 2016

Sean is a Global Trade Compliance Program Manager at Tesla Motors.  He has been with Tesla for just over 2 years, and has already worked in a large variety of roles including management of the U.S. import clearance process, duty optimization, U.S. export compliance, and HS classification. His current role includes development and enhancement of Tesla’s global export compliance program and continued support of new market entry.

Sean enjoys travelling, be it for work or pleasure. His current career goals align with such interest and involve continuing to learn to navigate import and export complexities on a global scale and learning the Spanish language. So next time you see him, feel free to say “Hola!”


Lisa Perez

Member Spotlight: Lisa Perez
May 2016

Lisa Perez is a Global Trade Compliance Program Manager at NetApp, Inc.  Lisa has been with NetApp over 8 years.  In this position, Lisa has developed many Trade Compliance programs to comply with US, European, and Asian export and import regulations.  She has also worked with various groups within NetApp to automate many of these compliance programs.  She spearheaded a team to create company wide training as well as automated mini training modules that can be taken by employees at will.

Lisa enjoys travelling and has been to all 7 continents and over 35 countries.  She also volunteers at church and taught Religious Education for 10 years. 

Lisa enjoys photography and recently began to take pictures during WIT events.  So next time you see her say "Cheese"!


Melissa Ponce

Member Spotlight: Melissa Ponce
March 2016

Melissa Ponce is a new Account Coordinator with Ebates. Prior to her current role, Melissa was an Account Manager with Otis Elevator Company. She cultivated and managed client relationships, served as personal liaison to multinational clients, and conducted quantitative analyses to drive capital planning for quarterly business reviews. She joined Otis Elevator in 2012.

Melissa learned of the internship opportunities through her involvement with the INROADS organization from 2012 to 2014.

She is a graduate from San Francisco State University and is pursuing her MBA next year. She is interested in working with global corporations and learning more about different aspects of trade and trade policy.

Outside of work, Melissa likes to hike, travel, play volleyball, and she is passionate about finding and making exquisite food.


Dylan Parker

Member Spotlight: Dylan Parker
February 2016

Dylan Parker is the Manager of Export Controls at Facebook. He joined in early 2015 and has been a primary driver in developing Facebook’s global Export Management and Compliance Program (“EMCP”) and Technology Control Plan (“TCP”). Prior to his current role, Dylan was a project manager and automation specialist in Apple’s trade compliance team. There he analyzed and lead global trade compliance automation needs and projects, with a focus on SAP GTS and ECC solutions. Before joining Apple, Dylan was a consultant with Deloitte for 5 years, where he advised various industries on import and export topics. He started his career at the US Department of Commerce.

Dylan is a graduate of Clemson University (B.A. International Economics) and obtained his U.S. Customs Broker license in 2008. Outside of work, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys skiing, skydiving, and surfing.


Dayton Hughes

Member Spotlight: Dayton Hughes
January 2016

Dayton Hughes is the Founder and President of Developing Human Capacity (DHC), a leadership coaching and consulting company based in Carmel, California. He joins the 88th voyage team of Peace Boat educators with a wealth of international experience in leadership coaching and higher education career advising. Dayton’s professional background includes eight years of management training with a consulting firm in Tokyo, Japan called AMTGroup, serving a wide variety of clients there including Fuji-Xerox, JCB, and Japanese global trading giant, Itochu. Dayton’s enthusiasm for global experiential learning and emerging leadership development has led him to serve universities and institutes with international relations, sustainable business, and global peace studies programs such as Miami University, Wittenberg University, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.


John McPeak

Member Spotlight: John McPeak
November 2015

John McPeak joined the Logistics Management team as Senior Manager, Trade Compliance at Genentech in 2014 and is accountable for US import/export compliance activities. This includes establishing and maintaining trade compliance procedures in cooperation with corporate and external counsel and various government agencies. He is responsible for managing Genentech's relationships with Customs & Border Protection, government programs including C-TPAT, ISA and TSA Cargo Screening and audits of shipping areas to ensure compliance. John also leads the US Trade Steering Committee.

John has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of international trade and strong leadership skills. John has led positions in both Logistics and Compliance, most recently he was the North American Import-Export Manager at Schlumberger in Houston, TX. In this role he was responsible for combining the company’s import and export teams across its various subsidiaries.

John’s background experience includes working and managing all links in successful international supply chains, either as an importer, exporter, or 3rd party provider; overseeing customs brokerage, freight forwarding, distribution, and carrier management. He is a licensed customhouse broker with over 19 years' experience and has served as an expert witness in this capacity. John has petitioned both the U.S. International Trade Commission and Foreign-Trade Zones Board to advance the business interests of his industry & community. John earned his MBA at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business and holds an undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in NY.

John is an avid skier who enjoys vacationing in Tahoe and his wife, Allie, a Southern California native, is an accomplished editor enthusiastic about writing children’s books.


Brian Schibley

Member Spotlight: Brian Schibly
October 2015

Brian Schibly is a currently a Logistics Analyst at Tesla Motors. Brian is responsible for developing and executing processes that deploy trade compliance requirements to the Ad/Hoc Logistics Team. In this capacity Brian and his team are responsible for logistics execution around non-production materials, capex, engineering parts, and supporting new project introduction. His contributions allow Tesla to be fast and flexible, while mitigating risk and driving efficiencies. Most currently, Brian has been hard at work on the development of the just announced Model X as well as Tesla Energy products.

Brian has held a variety of roles at Tesla, which is very typical in startup environments. Prior to his current role, some of Brian’s projects included implementing import/export policies and procedures. He also worked tactically in an activation role of a Foreign Trade Zone Subzone at multiple locations. In 2009 Brian joined Tesla to handle finished vehicle logistics for Tesla’s first vehicle, and car that started it all; the Roadster.

Brian graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance. This is Brian’s second term year as the Assistant Treasurer for WIT-NC. In his free time Brian and enjoys writing, reading, and video production.


Shelley McIlwain

Member Spotlight: Shelley McIlwain
September 2015

Shelley is the Senior Manager of Tradewin’s US Trade Advisory Services. Shelley is a Licensed Customs professional, with 15 10 years of experience in US import/export compliance complemented by a tax accounting background. Shelley’s experience includes both consulting and in-house Compliance Department management. Shelley specializes in the development of processes, procedures and tools to support import and export compliance, Special Trade Program verifications, C-TPAT validations, Focused Assessments, Binding Ruling requests, Post Entry audits and Information Systems development and integration. Shelley is a US Licensed Customs Broker and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Oregon.


Ellen Schloegel

Member Spotlight: Ellen Schloegel
August 2015

Ellen Schloegel, Sales Director at Amber Road, has over 15 years of experience in the Global Trade Management (GTM) software market. At Amber Road, she helps customers find the solutions that fit their needs, enabling them to reduce total landed costs; optimize their supply base; accelerate cash-to-cash cycles; and trade legally and efficiently across the world market. Working closely with customer accounts, Ellen takes the time to understand the customer's requirements and evolving needs to build lasting relationships.

Prior to joining Amber Road, Ellen started in the GTM space in 2000 with Capstan, which was later acquired by Qiva and Tradebeam. She was accountable for the cultivation and development of new accounts and responsible for uncovering business requirements, participating in return-on-investment analysis, and presenting proposed solutions and value propositions to her customer’s executive team.

Ellen holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.


Megan Olsen

Member Spotlight: Megan Olsen
July 2015

Megan is an Associate in the Trade & Customs practice at KPMG in San Francisco, CA where she supports clients with import and export compliance as well as cost-savings opportunities. Since joining the team, Megan has worked on a number of diverse projects with an emphasis on expanding into an export specialization. Megan is currently working on classes for the Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer® (CUSECO) designation and plans to sit for the exam soon. She is new to the Bay Area, having worked for KPMG in their Chicago and New York City offices as well. Prior to joining the International Trade field, Megan worked as an Urban Planner where she wrote and interpreted regulations as well as managed federal grant funding for various community development endeavors. Megan has been active in a number of non-profit organizations over the years and she is looking forward to contributing to WIT-NC.


Jessica Latham

Member Spotlight: Jessica Latham
June 2015

Jessica is the Compliance Counsel for Global4PL, an international trade and logistics consultancy where she provides counsel on a wide range of trade and import/export compliance matters. Jessica received her juris doctorate from UCLA School of Law and is admitted to practice in California. Jessica consults for a wide range of companies in the areas of import classifications, export classifications, and development of corporate import and export policies and guidelines. She works with clients to submit export license applications, develop deemed export policies and provides training for operations personnel. She also serves as in-house counsel for Global4PL, reviewing contracts and advising on other business matters.


Ann McGrath

Member Spotlight: Ann McGrath
May 2015

Ann is currently a Senior Trade Compliance Specialist at NetApp in Sunnyvale where she works on both import and export compliance matters.

A native of New York, she previously worked at Globalfoundries (a semiconductor manufacturer) where she was a trade compliance site lead at their New York Fab. While in NY, she was active in the international trade community, serving as a Steering Committee Member of the Tech Valley Global Business Network, as well as participating in OWIT­-NY and the International Compliance Professionals Association. Ann received her Juris Doctorate degree in International Law from Albany Law School and is admitted to practice in New York. She is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Customs Law and Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committees and co­authored the 2012 and 2013 ABA Customs Law Year in Review Articles. This is Ann’s second year as a member of the WIT-NC Board. She currently serves as Events Director along with Lubna Daimee-Subedar.


Lubna Daimee-Subedar

Member Spotlight: Lubna Daimee-Subedar
April 2015

Lubna Daimee-Subedar is a Sr. Sales Manager at Krypt, Inc (leading SAP partner). Her focus is on solving problems in helping automate and improve processes for Global Trade and Supply Chain groups within corporations for SAP GTS and related SAP Supply Chain solutions. Lubna has been with Krypt, Inc. for about a year now and prior has held Sales and Account Management roles in various software companies. Lubna brings a lot of energy and perseverance to the WIT-NC chapter and is looking forward to much learning, success and building her network within the Trade industry.


Lucina Lara

Member Spotlight: Lucina Lara
March 2015

Lucina is a Trade Manager and Empowered Official in the Legal department, Global Trade division at JDSU. Lucina leads the development, management and oversight activities related to a variety of global trade controls for commercial and unclassified defense programs to include: export compliance programs and licensing, integrating international regulatory requirements to operational business process and internal audits, technology control plans, EAR/ITAR classification determination for hardware and software; including encryption. Lucina also manages the company’s C-TPAT and PIP supply chain security programs. Prior to joining JDSU, Lucina was the Sr. Trade Compliance Specialist at Meggitt Sensing Systems. Her primary areas of concentration were classification of ITAR defense articles and preparation of TAAs, MLAs, and export licenses. She has also experienced working in Japan for the Export-Import Bank of Japan and the Mexican Embassy. Lucina obtained her Customs Broker License in 2005.

She has been an active member of WIT since 2002 and has served as a Board member for the WIT-OC chapter in 2007 to 2009. Currently she serves as Programs Director for WIT-NC. Actively participating in WIT has expanded her professional knowledge and most importantly meets many talented and interesting peers.

In her spare time, she enjoys international travel, experiencing other cultures, people, food and wine. She also likes learning about other topics such as: databases and programming.

Feel free to connect with Lucina at WIT-NC events.


Heidi Mustonen

Member Spotlight: Heidi Mustonen
February 2015

Heidi Mustonen is currently a Managing Director within KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice who has recently relocated to the Bay area from Chicago. She has been with KPMG for 10 years, which included a 3 year rotation with the firms London, UK Trade & Customs team. Prior to KPMG, Heidi was part of the in-house trade and customs team at Honeywell.

With KPMG, Heidi has worked on a variety of engagements in nearly every industry assisting client’s to strengthen their internal compliance programs and to optimize cost saving opportunities. She has also been published numerous times, mostly with regards to export controls.

Heidi has been an active OWIT member since her days at Honeywell in Phoenix to Chicago and now Northern California. She was formerly the co-President of OWIT-Chicago, and is currently the co-VP of Programming for OWIT-International, as well as our very own Marketing Director for WIT-NC.


Michelle Welsh

Member Spotlight: Michelle Welsh
January 2015

Michelle Welsh is currently Senior Counsel within Google's Global Trade Compliance group. She is responsible for ensuring that Google's shipments are able to cross international borders efficiently and compliantly, and that no one goes to jail.

Prior to joining Google, Michelle worked in private practice in Chicago advising clients on various customs and international trade regulatory issues, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin determinations and markings, admissibility of merchandise, C-TPAT, penalty and liquidated damages enforcement, seizures and forfeitures. She has also represented clients in litigation at the U.S. Court of International Trade. She was an active member of both the CBA and OWIT-Chicago, and previously held a board position in the latter.

When not putting out fires at Google, Michelle can be found spending time with both her one-year-old daughter and husband, exploring the world, cooking and drinking wine.


Karmi Leiman

Member Spotlight: Karmi Leiman
November 2014

Karmi Leiman is the Director of Global Trade Compliance at NetApp, a Fortune 500 computer storage and data management company, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, directing staff in Singapore, the Netherlands and the United States. Prior to NetApp, he served in similar roles at GlobalFoundries and Teleflex, managing business risk while maintaining corporate compliance.

He began his career at the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce, and then worked at the Washington, DC law firm of Steptoe & Johnson as an in-house compliance consultant. Expanding his work at Steptoe, he co-founded an international trade law and consulting practice, Davis & Leiman PC where he served a diverse client base for over 12 years, including the New Zealand Kiwifruit Marketing Board and British Steel (now part of Tata Steel). Mr. Leiman obtained a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Georgetown University.


Diana Scholtens

Member Spotlight: Diana Scholtens
October 2014

This month, we sadly honor long time WIT-NC member and volunteer Diana Scholtens, a long time Anritsu Company employee on the Global Corporate Compliance team.

Diana was one of our most loyal and supportive members and volunteers. She distributed monthly meeting speaker materials and, during Jane Solomon’s board tenure, served as “WIT-NC Chief of Staff to the Office of the President and Chairman”. On top of that, she rarely missed a WIT-NC event.

Diana’s keen eye for detail, good sense of humor, serene smile, calming influence, warmth, perseverance and dedication to teamwork made her a valued member of WIT-NC. Diana was remembered at the September 2014 WIT-NC meeting with a moment of silence. Her memory will live on in our hearts forever.


Lydia McCure

Member Spotlight: Lydia McClure
September 2014

Lydia McClure, recognized thought leader in global trade compliance in partnership with International Trade Strategies. She assists companies in identifying and addressing gaps in their trade programs and establishing robust, compliant, cross functionally integrated business processes.

Lydia has in depth knowledge and extensive experience in defining requirements and developing control programs with U.S. and equivalent international regimes for export controls, customs and supply chain security programs.

Lydia has held senior trade management roles at Applied Materials, JDSU, 3Com, Microsoft, AST Computer and Siemens. Lydia is currently serving as interim VP of WIT-NC and is a past president and chairman of both Women in International Trade-Northern California, and Orange County, California. She is a licensed customs broker.

An active member of a WIT chapter since the founding of Women In International Trade. I have served in many capacities in the organization including Advisor to OWIT and recognized by WIT-NC in 2005 for 20 years of service to WIT. The mission of the organization and the benefits of being an active member have not changed in my 29 years of membership. WIT-NC continues as a viable resource for education, mentorship, teamwork, professional and personal development today as it did at conception. I encourage you to leverage this community of trade practitioners for knowledge transfer and professional growth, you will not regret it!


Christine Domingo

Member Spotlight: Christine Domingo
August 2014

Hi, my name is Christine Domingo and I am currently Professional Services/Global Trade Content Manager for Aptean, formerly TradeBeam. I’ve been with the company for the past 9 years and have worked in various areas. Currently I’m responsible for customer integrations, sales support and global trade content including export and import compliance. Aptean is a SAAS (Software as a Service) provider with various solutions designed to streamline the global trade process. I’ve got over 20+ years experience in international trade, compliance and freight forwarding. I’ve been a member of WIT on and off for many of those 20 years. I find the topics timely and informative.

I’m a bay area native and live in Redwood Shores with my husband and three spoiled cats. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, cooking, photography and jewelry design.


Trudi West

Member Spotlight: Trudi West
July 2014

Trudi West is currently Director of Global Trade Compliance at Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara, CA. In this capacity she is responsible for the U.S. subsidiaries global trade compliance program including order review, training, audit and implementation of the company’s Internal Control Program.

Trudi has 25+ years experience as a trade professional having worked for a number of high technology companies in the Silicon Valley, including Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, Next Computer and Federal Express.


Scott Baker

Member Spotlight: Scott Baker
June 2014

Steve Baker is an AV - Preeminent rated attorney engaged in the practice of Customs and International Trade Law in the San Francisco Bay Area. His clients range from multi-nationals to both foreign and domestic companies beginning import and export operations to start-ups and small businesses. Industries represented include electronics, video games, industrial equipment, steel, textiles, apparel and footwear, sporting goods, medical devices, consumer goods and even a Chinese herbalist. Steve is a past Chair of the Customs Committee of the American Bar Association, and active in multiple bar associations and professional organizations including the American Association of Importers and Exporters and the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California, in addition to WIT. He is a regular written contributor to and speaker for these and other organizations.

Steve has been on the Roster of Panelists for Chapter 19 (AD and CVD cases) actions from the beginning of the US- Canada and NAFTA trade agreements and serves on the board of Directors and as customs counsel to the American Institute for International Steel. His law degree was earned at UC- Hastings College of the Law. More information is available at www.swbakerlaw.com.


Paul Pessutti

Member Spotlight: Paul Pessutti
May 2014

Paul Pessutti is National Vice President and Head of Analytics of SAP America. Paul has over twenty years of sales, marketing, operations and management experience in the Finance, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Risk Management, Compliance, Global Trade, Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain industries. He is responsible for the revenue, go to market strategy and field execution of SAP’s Analytics business for the US. Prior to this role, Paul was Vice President of LOB Finance Sales, VP of Analytics for Public Sector and VP/Head of the Finance Center of Excellence.

Before joining SAP in 2005, Paul served in management roles at GT Nexus, Open Harbor, and ClearCross, focusing on supply chain analytics and compliance; all delivered in the Cloud. Paul began his career at Maersk Line in their prestigious executive training program and went on to hold a number of corporate, field, and management positions over a seven-year span. A former President and Chairman of the Pacific Transportation Association, Paul frequently speaks and is consulted on the topics of analytics, risk management, performance management, supply chain automation, ocean transportation and global trade management by organizations such as AAEI, OWIT, ACI, Rutgers Business School, ICPA, American Shipper, and WISPUBS. Paul currently resides in Oakland, CA and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, as well as degrees in Business Administration and Asian Studies from Providence College.


Jordan Marsh

Member Spotlight: Jordan Marsh
April 2014

Jordan Marsh, Senior Account Executive, is a ten year veteran with Trans-Border Global Freight Systems. As new member to the WIT-NC programs committee, Jordan is proud to represent WIT-NC at Bay Area events learning new global trade strategies while networking with trade professionals. Jordan is responsible for sales and new business development by providing global freight management, trade compliance and international banking services.

Starting his career as an intern, Jordan matured into Trans-Border’s shining sales star, winning both Sales Executive of the year and Employee of the year consecutively. With his experience in developing new business throughout the North East, Jordan was primed for the next step. A life-long 49er’s fan, Jordan first came to the Bay Area for a magical night at Candlestick Park, to see Kaepernick and his beloved 49ers beat the Bears on Monday Night Football. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Pleasanton, CA permanently to re-engage in his first professional passion, Logistics.

When Jordan isn't busy developing new business or networking/learning at WIT-NC events, you can find him spending time with his family, playing guitar and exploring the Bay Area. Feel free to connect with Jordan at WIT-NC, as he is always eager to chat about WIT-NC programs and global transportation alike.


Todd Kastan

Member Spotlight: Todd Kastan
March 2014

My name is Todd Kastan and I'm currently a Sr Trade Analyst at Genentech Inc., responsible for import operational activities as well as special projects related to Genentech's participation in CBP's Importer Self Assessment (ISA) program. I have over 30 years of experience in Regulatory Compliance and International Logistics, and have been a licensed customs broker since 1991. I have been employed by several concerns in the Bay Area besides Genentech, including Varian Medical Systems, Nvidia Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Adaptec, Inc. and Fujitsu Microelectronics, as well as working as a licensed customs broker for Radix Group International, MSAS Cargo International and Air Express International.

I have been attending WIT-NC events on and off since the mid-1990's, when the organization held their events in San Francisco, and I've been lucky to see it expand to the South Bay and continue to offer excellent programs since this time. I've been on the WIT Board for 3+ years and consider it an excellent way to network and meet fellow Trade Compliance professionals located here in the Bay Area. if you have a strong interest in the Trade Compliance arena, you cannot go wrong by either attending a WIT-NC event or becoming an active member with WIT-NC. I look forward to seeing you at a future event.


Carole Herron

Member Spotlight: Carole Herron
February 2014

A graduate of the University of Houston my first “real” job was for Smith Air custom brokerage at the new Houston Intercontinental Airport. Being one of the first major custom brokers at the new airport and having offices across the street from Customs, we handled clearances for “everything”. From baby elephants and assorted animals, to oilfield equipment. Trade fairs to stranded tourist…it was an exciting time to enter the world of international trade. Hot humid weather and mosquitos pushed me to San Francisco providing the opportunity to work in ocean transportation. I learned to classify being on the Woolworth Team…..remember Woolworth? My heart was in air transportation and an opportunity opened up at the San Francisco International Airport working for Enterprise Shipping and officially becoming a custom broker aka passing the brokers test.

Silicon Valley was the place to be and I was recruited to open the import department for Alrod International. We had upcoming account called Cisco Systems, Inc. After 18 years with Alrod and working up to V.P. of Imports and serving on the Northern California Custom Broker Association, there was an opportunity to…as we say it….go to the other side, into the world of the importer…Cisco Systems. And what a super world it has been. Fourteen years have flown by here at Cisco and I’ve never felt so fortunate as to have traversed this path.

I want to thank Women in International Trade for the opportunities to participate in their programs and to represent Cisco Systems on various occasions and programs. The value WIT brings to our trade community is never underestimated.

Now is the time to do other things. Of course, keeping the e-mail connection with Laura Lyons will be a must, I can’t let that go.

Thanks go to the Officers and Board of WIT and the wonderful association of trade professionals that now will inspire new members into the fascinating world of international trade.


Julia Barma

Member Spotlight: Julia Barma
January 2014

Hello, my name is Julia Barma, and I am a benefits professional with over twenty years of experience in the administration of health and welfare Plans, COBRA, flexible spending accounts, 401(k), life and disability plans, and leaves of absences. The focus of my background has been in the administration of benefits, which I have enjoyed. However, since high school, I have always been interested in anything international, loved taking foreign language classes, and excelled at them. I am considering transitioning from the human resources field to some area of international business. I discovered WIT-NC online, and wanted to join this organization so that I can learn more about the international business field and network with members within the organization.

I hold an M.B.A. and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from U.C. Berkeley Extension. I plan to pursue an online Graduate Certificate in International Business, and also take German classes at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco.

I live in Fremont, and enjoy visiting the Monterey Peninsula in my spare time.

I can be reached at jabarma@comcast.net


Tina Chao

Member Spotlight: Tina Chao
November 2013

Hello, my name is Tina Chao and I am an Investigative Agent for Union Bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit. The main objective of my job is to look into anti-money laundering activities and terrorist financing, which may hinder the flow of international trade. I have recently joined WIT-NC for the great networking opportunities and knowledgeable guest speakers. I received a Master of Arts from the Monterey Institute of International in International Trade Policy in 2012. In addition, I have worked with the Department of Treasury and KPMG's tax and customs department as a summer intern. I have much to learn in the industry and I hope to meet everyone at WIT-NC.


Karla Haynes

Member Spotlight: Karla Haynes
October 2013

Karla L. Haynes is the Export/Import Compliance Counsel for Chevron Corporation. Ms. Haynes provides legal counsel on all aspects of compliance with U.S. export controls, such as the Export Administration Regulations, Foreign Trade Regulations, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions. In addition, Ms. Haynes regularly counsels clients on U.S. and non-U.S. import controls in the areas of classification, entry requirements, import licensing, free trade agreements, foreign trade zone regulations and enforcement. As a subject matter expert for international trade, Ms. Haynes drafts and negotiates international trade, delivery and title transfer provisions of complex domestic and international commercial agreements including, but not limited to, purchase agreements, sales agreements, engineering and procurement agreements, non-disclosure agreements and software and data licensing agreements. Ms. Haynes also provides counsel for the company’s worldwide export and import compliance programs and initiatives. Prior to working for Chevron, Ms. Haynes was in private practice at Baker Hostetler LLP.

Ms. Haynes is currently serving as the ABA International Section Liaison to the California Bar International Section and as a Steering Committee Member of the ABA International Section Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee. As a member of the Florida Bar Association and Registered In-House Counsel in the California Bar Association, Ms. Haynes is a member of the International Law Section of both bar associations. Ms. Haynes is also a member of Women in International Trade-Northern California

Earlier in her career, Ms. Haynes worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce in several capacities. Ms. Haynes served as an Export Administration Specialist with the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Exporter Services. As an Export Administration Specialist, she provided guidance in English and Spanish, to the international trade community on U.S. and foreign export regulatory requirements. Ms. Haynes also developed, promoted and delivered BIS outreach seminar programs in the western region to educate the exporting community on U.S. economic, national security, proliferation and foreign policy concerns. Ms. Haynes also served as an International Trade Specialist and Program Manager for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US & FCS). While at the US & FCS, Ms. Haynes provided export counseling, wrote market research reports, and conducted end-user export licensing reviews and numerous commercial briefings. Ms. Haynes earned her law degree from the University of Florida and a B.A. in International Studies from Bradford College.


Sara Baker

Member Spotlight: Sara Baker
September 2013

Prior to joining Tyler Search Consultants, Sara held the position of Export Compliance Advisor for Xe Services, LLC (formerly Blackwater Worldwide). Prior to joining Xe, Sara served as Trade Compliance Manager for DRS Technologies, Inc., and prior to that she was a Trade Control Specialist for The Boeing Company.

Sara is currently a member of the Society for International Affairs (SIA), and is proud to be a member of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).

Sara holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University. She has also completed the Global Certificate program from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and has taken independent coursework in: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), customs and import operations; and purchasing and administration.


Symantec

Member Spotlight: Symantec
August 2013

Symantec Global Trade Compliance Department

Symantec Global Trade Compliance Department was established over ten years ago. The Department is divided by regions and functions. We have groups all over the world: Europe, China, Singapore and in the United States. We are proud to be a member of WIT NC for many years now, and happy to become a Silver Sponsor of the organization this month. Symantec Trade Compliance was always an active member of WIT-NC. We had many Symantec volunteers who participated in different committees and active board members fulfilling important roles in the organization.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation was founded in 1982 by Gordon Eubanks. The company has about 6 billion in revenue with a 15.2% year-over-year growth. It specializes in computer security, data protection and remote management software with both consumer and business offerings.

Symantec built a good part of its strength on the 'Norton' name, which refers to Peter Norton, founder of Norton Computing which Symantec bought in 1990. The Norton product line includes famous software titles such as Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security, designed to provide computer protection against a wide array of online threats.

Norton Computing was just one acquisition of Symantec, which developed extensively by acquiring many other companies such as Delrina in in 1995 (Winfax products), Binary Research in 1998 (Ghost) and more recently Veritas in 2005 (Backup Exec). Today, Symantec is represented in more than 40 countries and has a solid reputation: many of its software titles are considered references in their respective areas.


Yvonne Brye-Vela

Member Spotlight: Yvonne Brye-Vela
July 2013

Yvonne Brye-Vela, Project Leader for Global Export and Trade at Cisco via Tata Consultancy. More than 15 years in International Trade compliance in Various industries I started with interning at Department of Commerce and State of Colorado International Trade Office then started my professional career as an international Trade Specialist at Tyco International; Since then I have working as an International Trade Compliance Specialist in the IT, Aerospace ,Telecommunications, and Dual Use (Software/Hardware) sectors.

I love to spend time with my family and doing volunteer work. I served as both International General Manager for Healing Hands for Haiti and Executive Director Harmon Killebrew Foundation for a little over two years. Since go back to private sector, I still try to find time to give back.

Currently, I am seeking opportunities to volunteer and looking forward to getting involved with WIT-NC! I just joined and I’m so excited – I have known about WIT-NC for years!

I joined WIT-NC for its programming and networking.

A. Yvonne Brye-Vela
Project Lead (Global Export and Trade Liaison)
abryevel@cisco.com
Phone: + 858.480.1782


Cora Micsunescu

Member Spotlight: Cora Micsunescu
June 2013

I have been a member of WIT-NC since 2008. In that year, I was a graduate student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies studying International Trade Policy. I initially joined the organization as a way to supplement my education with real world knowledge and experience being presented by WIT-NC’s members and guest speakers. After graduating in 2009, I also found WIT-NC to be an invaluable resource in networking, resulting in my current position as Business Analyst at Cisco. My principal responsibilities there include country of origin determination and verification, country of origin audits and risk assessments, NAFTA eligibility and certification for hardware and software, tariff classification of hardware and software, handling customs escalations that require a quick resolution, and helping Product Managers to determine eligibility of new Cisco products for special trade programs such as the Trade Agreements Act. In addition to these responsibilities I have also used my knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese language to research in-country origin and local content requirements.

Besides attending WIT-NC’s events, I also volunteer on the Membership Committee. My volunteer activities include participating in marketing efforts to recruit new members and outreach efforts to get past members to renew their membership.

In my free time, I spend a lot of time outdoors hiking and backpacking. I like to experience all of the natural beauty California has to offer.

As I am gaining experience in my chosen career path, I welcome any networking opportunities. Best way to contact me is by email: cmicsunescu1@gmail.com.


Fatima Guadamuz-Cabral

Member Spotlight: Fatima Guadamuz-Cabral
May 2013

Hello, my name is Fatima Guadamuz-Cabral and I am the Global Trade Compliance Manager for HGST, a Western Digital company (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc.). I have been a member of WIT-NC for some time. I find the WIT-NC organization to be an excellent organization that offers high-quality and useful industry-related programs and great networking opportunities.

Back to me, I am responsible for insuring that compliance for import and export operations runs smoothly for HGST, Inc. My background has been in trade compliance since the beginning of my career. I have been in this business for 20+ years. I have had great opportunities with great companies in Silicon Valley and I have found my experience quite rewarding. In addition, I am a logistics adjunct faculty at Skyline College. I truly enjoy teaching my trade. I am a Licensed Customs Broker, I have a MBA, and I feel that I will never stop learning.

Feel free to contact me at fcabral@mail2world.com.


Nicole Malcolm

Member Spotlight: Nicole Malcolm
April 2013

Hello to my fellow WIT members!

Many of you have seen me in various forums over the years. During my 30+ year career in Logistics and Trade, I’ve had the fortune to work for many well-known companies – BNAFI, AMD, Amdahl, HDS, NEC, Applied Materials, Novellus Systems, Inc., and now Lam Research.

My career has had many highlights, a few that come to mind include… Managing the BNAFI “National Fashion Account” where I used a 1M rack system to move garments in and out for marking, then to The retail store; relocation of NEC employees and equipment to their New “state of the art” Roseville fab; Rolling the first Amdahl Supercomputer off the manufacture lines in Ireland and negotiating a “no license required” status from the Irish Ministry for future Irish exports; enabling Applied Material’s “anywhere to anywhere” business model, and recommending the single ERP solution for their complex business; obtaining CCAT decontrol for Novellus PECVD and implementation of a robust Country of Manufacture Origin Program, and since 1985 - creating, implementing, and management of global compliance programs, passing every government audit – in or out of the USA.

How did I accomplish this? It took dedication, education, and expansion Of experience and knowledge – going the extra “mile”. Memberships and Especially volunteering in various organizations supported me in this effort, so I’d like to take this opportunity to focus on the value of Volunteerism!

I was very inspired by the people I worked with and for, so I began volunteering in 1985, then furthered my career by Obtaining a Logistics degree in 1988, and later a BA in Business Management in 1995. Every new job had new products or countries.

Volunteering began in 1985 as a board member of Delta Nu Alpha Chapter #145, and in 1992 I spoke for the next 8 years for Santa Clara World Trade Association, teaching Basic Trade Documentation.

Many of you know I’ve also raised my niece, who is disabled. So, I expanded my volunteering to also include 11 years of board work for an Agency in the bay area that provided carehomes for disabled adults.

PAEI membership began in 1986, and WIT membership began in 1992 under company sponsored memberships, but I maintained both personally since 2006 – because I believe these organizations are so important.

We all lead busy lives, and often stop ourselves because we are unsure We can make a difference, or we think others can do a better job. I’ve Shared my background, because without the support of these organizations And members, I believe my ability to grow professionally and personally would Have been greatly limited.

Many of my closest friendships grew from my involvement, and I really feel Great – about making a contribution and improving important areas of my life! Go for it, get involved, and enjoy the benefits – the reward is truly wonderful!


Corey McAveeney

Member Spotlight: Corey McAveeney
March 2013

I've been attending WIT-NC programs since 2007 and served on the board from 2010-2012. I continue to volunteer with the Endowment Committee because I value the educational outreach programs we support (i.e. scholarships, mentoring, speaking engagements, etc.). As a volunteer I get to work with students who are interested in pursuing a career in international trade and it has always been rewarding! I'm particularly interested in opportunities for trade promotion, entrepreneurial pursuits and building lasting relationships.


David Feinstein

Member Spotlight:
February 2013

David recently returned to WIT-NC after relocating to London, UK, where he worked for Ciena for 2 years. He is currently building a global trade program at Tesla Motors as Global Trade Manager. David joined Tesla early in 2012, where he is hard at work putting together a compliance program. Some of David’s current projects include: automation, policies and procedures, NAFTA, and the activation of a Foreign Trade Zone Subzone at multiple locations.

David’s trade path began at UC Irvine, where he was preparing to graduate with a degree in International Studies. Prior to graduation, he was an intern for the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Upon graduation, David was brought on board as an International Trade Specialist and posted at the US Export Assistance Center field office in Newport Beach, California. While in Orange County, he was involved with WIT-OC.

In 2007, David returned to the Bay Area, where he joined Deloitte’s Global Trade Solutions practice. He spent the next three years advising multinational clients on implementing processes to manage international trade compliance risk, increase operating margins, and maximize cash flow through customs and trade planning. While on a long term engagement for a client, Ciena decided to bring David’s skill set in-house and relocated him to Europe. Ciena was doubling in size as the result of an acquisition, which brought the need for an expanded global presence. David spent two years designing and implementing a tax-aligned compliance solution for the EMEA and AsiaPac regions.

In his personal time, David enjoys taking walks with his family on the Los Gatos creek trail, playing fetch with his puppy at Esplanade Beach in Pacifica, and fishing where the trout are biting.


Peter Miller

Member Spotlight:
January 2013

I have been a member of WIT-NC since 2006 and find it to be the most active and relevant global trade organization in the Bay Area.  Working in global trade for more than 25 years, I started my career as a Customs broker.  Moving into the client side, I spent several years in the footwear business with Reebok and Converse before experimenting with my own import company bringing goods in from Eastern Europe.  After opening the US division of a Russian beer company, I moved into high tech, working at Applied Biosystems.  Through an introduction at my first WIT meeting I went to work for Urusan Consulting, classifying goods for various clients. Bouncing around high tech companies, I have ended up at C8 MediSensors, Inc.  C8 MediSensors is developing a non-invasive continuous glucose monitor that will initially launch in the European market.  C8 is a startup company and I have built their trade compliance, logistics and European VAT programs from scratch.

My educational background started with an AS in hotel & restaurant operations at City College of San Francisco. Having discovered international travel for myself, I changed to international business with a BS from SFSU in 1985.  In 1996 I received an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston that included a short residency studying in England and researching companies in the Czech Republic.

I love international travel.  Experiencing different cultures is what got me interested in international trade.  Work is something I do in between trips. I have 2 sons in college, am an equestrian and a very amateur oil paint artist.

Always interested in new ventures, I can be contacted at peterjmiller@comcast.net or 408-829-3164.

 


Jennifer Eldefonso

Member Spotlight:
December 2012

Current company - Akon Inc., which is a Military Aerospace manufacturer in San Jose.

Principal responsibilities - Director of Global Trade, import, export, and government contracting compliance and operations. Since our military sector is over 95% of the company product profile, ITAR and government compliance are my primary responsibilities.

Professional Background – LCB & Certified Export Specialist, with over 30 years of logistics, import, export, government contracts compliance and operations experience. I have a varied background working for companies in multiple sectors such as: Varian, AMD, Xilinx, Intel, Applied Materials, UPS Trade Services, Lockheed, and others.

Personal Background – I am recently engaged to another trade industry professional, so we have great dinner conversations! I have two grown adult children, a son and daughter that live in CA and WY, so I get to the Wild West and experience “non-California” weather in my family travel! My hobbies and interests include: Gardening, travel for pleasure, reading historical fiction novels, antique furniture restoration, home improvement projects, culinary passions, and spending time with family and friends.

Years with WIT – I’ve been active with WIT for over 30 years, since it was Delta Nu Alpha and I was nominated as their DNA student of the year! I was also active with the Silicon Valley World Trade Association (SCVWTA) with Alex and Tziana Bozinovich, and previously a Customs Compliance Chairperson for the American Electronics Association, which is now TechMart. I’m really a dinosaur!

Overall, I feel it is important to give back to the community in all ways (personal and professional). I’m big into sharing knowledge, the reason we need to do what we need to do. I like to see the light of interest and connection click on into the other person’s eyes, especially if they choose to make it a career path for themselves. I am excited about what I do and I like others to relate to that.


Member Spotlight:
November 2012

WIT-NC would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers! Through your dedication, WIT-NC has grown as an organization and you have contributed to another year of great programs! We are proud to turn this month's Spotlight on our 2012 volunteers & committee members. Please join the WIT-NC community in thanking:
Mohsen Khayat, Susan Jackson, Aaron Ansel, Alaina Robertson, Meegan Moszynski, Caroline Kiersey, Chelsea Wood, Samantha Tuttle, Gabrielle Griffith, Marina Deykun, Nicole Tran, Sara Rocha, Connie Chang, Cora Micsunescu, Natalia Leary, Melanie Brown, Matsouko DeFourny, Ran Wang, Tania Ortez, Herman Lee, Rama Dasari, Theresa Platzer, Jennifer Younathan, Sarah Dietz, Amy Robinson, and Tina Chao.


Sarah Dietz

Member Spotlight:
October 2012 - Sarah Dietz

I am an account executive for Roanoke Trade Services in the San Francisco area. I have been with Roanoke since May of 2011. My primary responsibility is to present and sell company products to clients in the business of Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders. Logistics Companies and firms who import and export sizeable volumes of product. I previously interned at Rock-It Cargo LLC, in Los Angeles, working in compliance during college. I graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a BA in International Economics with a focus in Latin America and Spanish. I have spent time studying and volunteering in Spain and Peru both during and after college and love traveling above all else. I have only been affiliated with WIT- NC for the past 5 months and look forward to becoming a member in the near future. Being new to the industry and to the bay area, I've joined a few different logistics/ trade groups but I find WIT-NC to be the one that not only incorporates the most eclectic people involved in varying industries, but also has the most interesting discussion topics. I am happy to be volunteering with the fundraising committee and hope to be able to work with other members of the organization.


Natalia Leary

Member Spotlight:
September 2012 - Natalia Neary

Hello! I've been a member of WIT-NC since 2005. I have been volunteering during the past year in the Membership Committee being responsible for the New/Renewal Membership Acknowledgments and WIT-NC LinkedIn Group Management. I encourage anyone who is interested in Trade to get involved with WIT-NC.

As a member of the International Trade Services team at Sun Microsystems, Inc., I was progressively promoted from Administrator to Senior Export Compliance Specialist. I ensured compliance with U.S. export regulations by managing the processing of global export transactions, securing IVLs, interacting effectively with internal and external customers, and freight forwarders, creating and revising department procedures and documents, and delivering export compliance training.

I am married and a proud mother of two, which are currently focused on academic excellence. I volunteer/support other organizations in my local community. Also, I enjoy going on walks in the cool mornings or evenings, cooking (modifying recipes to taste) with my daughter, attending my son's baseball games, listening to music, dancing, as well as spending quality time with my extended family and friends.

I can be reached at nneary@att.net


George Tuttle III

Member Spotlight:
August 2012 - George Tuttle III

George Tuttle III is no stranger to many Bay Area importers, exporters, and members of WIT-NC. The law firm, George Tuttle Law Offices, is located in San Francisco, and has been a Corporate Member of WIT-NC for many years and a part of WIT-NC corporate sponsor program for the past three.

George has been practicing law since 1984 (that's 28 years!), and during that time he has focused on assisting clients with issues and concerns with customs laws, international trade regulation, and export compliance. He assists companies with Customs compliance audits and to develop simple, effective compliance programs; determine correct customs values, product classifications, and duty preference claims; obtain rulings, file protests; and resolve penalty, seizure and enforcement cases. He and the firm also litigate matters before the Court of International Trade and the CAFC. He provides counseling and representation to exporters and freight forwarders on export licensing and enforcement matters related to the EAR, Census reporting (FTR/AES), OFAC (embargoes), and the ITAR. George assists companies, develops effective export compliance programs, determines product and technology classifications, obtain export licenses, and resolve seizure and enforcement cases.

He enjoys sharing his knowledge with Professional Trade Groups and frequently presents seminars and webinars for the trade community on customs, trade, and export issues; and along with other members of the firm, publishes newsletters on import and/or emerging issues.

He is the author of an article on export licenses and internal controls in the Law and Policy of Export Controls, published by the American Bar Association, Section of International Law, and is a contributing Author for the section on the Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Regulations in United States Export Controls, Seventh Edition, which will be released this fall (2012).

George and his wife, Samantha (also a member of WIT-NC) live in San Rafael with their teenager daughter, Kate. They enjoy visiting their first grandchild in Oregon. George also enjoys spending time hiking in Yosemite, fly fishing, gardening and home building projects, including working on a Cobra kit car with his 26yr. old son Cameron and his Father George Sr.

George can be reached at geo@tuttlelaw.com or via phone at 415-288-0428. Please visit the firm website at www.tuttlelaw.com.


Monika Sandman

Member Spotlight:
July 2012 - Monika Sandman

Hi, I am Monika Sandman, one of the "founding mothers" of WIT-NC's rebirth in 2001, and have been deeply involved with the organization at various levels ever since. I have also taken it one step further and volunteered at our worldwide umbrella organization, OWIT International, representing WIT-NC's interests and contributing to the growth and stability of this worthwhile enterprise.

Actively participating in WIT-NC and OWIT expands our horizons not only professionally but also personally, opening doors and enriching our lives. I encourage each of you to volunteer; you will be surprised how satisfying it feels.

My day job (or rather 24/7) is being the president of URUSAN Consulting, which I founded in 1991. I lead a dynamic team of experts that provide consulting services in the areas of Import/Export regulations and design related automation tools, including U-Class, an automated solution to generate HTSUS classifications.

We focus primarily on the high tech and medical instrumentation industry, counting among our clients some of the largest companies in their fields such as Applied Materials, Google, MKS Instruments, KLA-Tenkor, Samsung, ASML, Arthrex, BVI, etc. just to name a few.

My spare time is blessed with six wonderful grandchildren who have completely redefined my husband's and my leisure activities.

My hobby is cooking and entertaining. It is very rewarding when my guests, young and old, enjoy food and conversation around the table. This theme is carried through at WIT-NC, where we foster interesting conversation about international trade, while partaking in a meal that is not your typical "rubber chicken".


Robert Shaw

Member Spotlight:
June 2012 - Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw has been a WIT-NC member since 2010 and is a Research Associate and Export Control Instructor for the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Prior to joining Monterey Institute's CNS in 2010, Robert worked for over a decade in the private sector, most recently as a senior manager with Toshiba America, Inc.'s Procurement & Export Division, where he was responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the division's Export Management Control Program. He has also worked as an International Trade Officer with the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency.

At CNS, Robert has applied his industry experience to the research of illicit WMD-related supply chain networks, and his work has been published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Robert has also written on US export control reform for the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and he develops curriculum for the CNS-supported Asia Export Control Fellows Program, providing instruction on various export control-related topics for visiting officials.

In addition to his research and training responsibilities, Robert serves as an adjunct professor for the Monterey Institute, teaching a graduate-level course on strategic trade controls and nonproliferation (and exhorting his students to consider careers in export compliance!).

Robert has also had experience living and working in Japan, and if the stars are in proper alignment, he is known to speak a word or two of Japanese. His hobbies include collecting Japanese animation DVDs and production cels, all things science-fiction, the occasional game of billiards, and true to his Texas roots, avidly rooting for all Dallas-area professional sports teams (Go Mavericks!)

Robert can be contacted at: by e-mail: robert.shaw@miis.edu, or by phone at 831-647-6576


Beth Peterson

Member Spotlight:
May 2012 - Beth Peterson

I have been a member of WIT-NC since 1999 and I am a huge supporter of WIT-NC because it is a tremendous networking and educational organization. I am the president of BPE Global and I have 25 plus years of operational expertise in global trade and international logistics. BPE Global helps clients develop their global trade strategy and implement a strong global trade posture. I am a global trade evangelist, author of numerous benchmark reports, white papers, articles and BPE Global Hot Topics. I routinely advocate that global trade compliance is an essential component of every company's corporate strategy. I am a committed educator in the field of global trade. I am a licensed customs broker. I am a CBP Trade Ambassador for the redesign of the Automated Commercial Environment and am a Board of Governors member for the America's Association of Exporters and Importers, (AAEI), past-Chair and President of Women in International Trade, Northern California (WIT-NC). And I was awarded the Organization of Women in International Trade Member of the Year in 2006.

I can be reached at beth@bpeglobal.com or called at 415-845-8967.


Jerry Kirkpatrick

Member Spotlights:
April 2012 - Jerry Kirkpatrick

Jerry Kirkpatrick's is SAP's Infrastructure Manager. Jerry has been with SAP for 18 years, and in his current Managerial role, he supports all external and internal events, he takes personal responsibility in checking that audio/video and other equipment needed to support the events are in top shape.

In Jerry's own words…… 'he chose to support WIT-NC as a volunteer from the first time I was introduced at SAP. The group is always very professional and highly informative regarding topics discussed on global trade within the corporate America".

Needless to say, the success of WIT-NC's events rests in Jerry's hands. WIT-NC recognizes Jerry's contribution to the smooth running of the monthly events held at the SAP location, and rest assured that while Jerry is quietly working in the background during any event, nothing could go wrong that Jerry would not be quick and willing to fix. Over the years, Jerry has probably been at more events that qualifies him as an honorary member and Trade Compliance professional.

Jerry has been married for 28 years, has 2 sons, 2 grandsons and 3 granddaughters. His hobbies include, Video post-editing and creation, video photographer and production


Prentice Wells

Prentice Wells

Prentice Wells has been a WIT-NC member since 2004. He is the Director of Industry Business Development for SAP's, Business Analytics and Technology Division. He is responsible for defining global solution requirements and go-to-market strategy by industry for SAP's EPM, GRC and Finance LoB solutions portfolio with a specific focus on aerospace & defense, oil & gas, and utilities industries, as well as, supply chain line of business.

Prentice began his career with the US Air Force in 1987, and has continued to thrive since departing the military in 1997. He has held management positions with GEC Alstom, Unisys, and DHL Express, and has worked in global trade for over 12 years. His experience in global trade began as a senior implementation manager with Capstan Systems in 2000. He also held the same role at TradeBeam Inc., where he later moved into a sales executive role with the company in 2004. Prentice joined SAP in 2008 as North American Solutions Principal for Global Trade Services (GTS). He moved into his current role at SAP in late 2011.

When Prentice isn't working he enjoys traveling to domestic and international destinations, racing exotic sports cars, golfing, playing team sports, shopping, dancing, and hanging out with his wife.

Prentice can be reached at prentice.wells@sap.com or by calling his mobile @ +1 (650) 430-3535.

 

Sabrian Delk

Member Spotlight:
March 2012 - Sabrina Delk

My name is Sabrina Delk, and I'm the Import Coordinator for Canada at West Marine in Watsonville, CA. I was introduced to WIT-NC by several of my co-workers who regularly attend WIT-NC Seminars. I've been a member of WIT-NC for nearly a year and will definitely renew my membership! I have found the seminars to be informative and helpful. I especially enjoy the benefit of networking with other industry professionals.

Primarily, I am responsible for the processing and management of all Canadian Purchase Orders. This means that I work with the buying and trade compliance teams at West Marine, our vendors, and freight forwarders to ensure West Marine's products coming from Canada are shipped in a timely and compliant manner. I have approximately fifteen Canadian vendors that I work with on a regular basis.

West Marine is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has 318 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Through various channels, West Marine offers its customers approximately 75,000 products. Between importing and exporting, there is never a dull moment in our Compliance Department!

My background is in marketing and public relations, but I feel fortunate to enjoy a new career in Transportation and Logistics at West Marine. I've been married twenty-five years; have a fifteen-year old daughter and a seventeen-year old son. I love to travel and my favorite trips have been to Paris and China. As much as I enjoy traveling, I love coming back to my home in Soquel!

I can be reached at Sabrinad@westmarine.com


Joni Seeber

Member Spotlight:
February 2012 - Joni Seeber

My name is Joni Seeber, and I have been a WIT-NC member and volunteer since 2010. I found out about WIT-NC at a brown bag lunch with Beth Peterson the year before at The Monterey Institute of International Studies while studying international trade policy. After graduation, I joined WIT-NC's fundraising committee with Eva Galfi as director and have now stepped into her very big shoes. As such, I have big ambitions for fundraising this year and look forward to liaising with current and prospective sponsors, who help keep event fees down for all members. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or know of someone who might, let's connect!

Please feel free to contact me anytime
Phone: 707-849-1088
Email: joniseeber@gmail.com

Hooking up with WIT-NC as a member and volunteer has been highly rewarding in terms of broadening my professional network and increasing my trade related knowledge. My decision to join WIT was initially based on the possibility of opening up opportunities to work in trade. International issues have always been part of my life, having grown up traveling the world, studying international trade and finance at university, and working on export compliance in the wine industry. These experiences started expanding my mind from an early age. By the age of 9 I was already a fully functioning polyglot, often serving as interpreter and currency conversion calculator to family and friends.

Subsequently, I took a first career as an interpreter and translator before moving into international policy. I am also a certified project manager and am trying out a stint as an entrepreneur. I live in the North Bay with my two children and no dog (yet). I always look forward to my trips to Palo Alto to attend WIT-NC events and feel exceptionally lucky to be a part of such a phenomenal group of trade professionals.

 

Darko Neuschul

Member Spotlight:
January 2012 - Darko Neuschul

Darko Neuschul grew up in former Yugoslavia - Sarajevo, Bosnia to be exact - with a little detour to Germany. He finished his first four years of elementary school in Munich and Frankfurt, and then came back to Sarajevo to finish middle and high school. In high school, he studied to become an aircraft mechanic. That was not a highly successful venture, because Darko can still not repair an airplane. His tenure at the University of Sarajevo was also not long lived, but that was due to the awful war in Bosnia that started in 1992, when he was 21 years old. At 23, he met Vedrana, his wife of 16 years now. Vedrana and Darko decided to leave the war ravaged city of Sarajevo in August of 1995, which brought them to Dallas. Vedrana and Darko have two kids, Stella and Sven, who are 8 and 7 now, and all currently live in Larkspur.

In Dallas, Darko got his associate degree in international business and trade at Richland College, and then moved on to graduate from SMU with his BBA. While still at Richland, Darko got interested in the intricacies of international trade and customs procedures, which led him to become the Import/Export Specialist at Sanden international. During his last semester at SMU in 2000, a well known team of international trade lawyers, Bill Methenitis and Kristine Price, brought Darko into the professional services world at Arthur Andersen. Running up a very steep learning curve, Darko moved with the Andersen trade team to EY, and then changed course to go to Deloitte Sarajevo in 2003. In Sarajevo, Darko established and built the Deloitte tax practice, which he directed for 7 years. He decided to come back to the States in April 2010, joining the Deloitte Customs team for 11 months, before going back to EY's Customs and International Trade practice in April 2011. While in Dallas, Darko became a member of the DFW chapter of OWIT, and is very happy now to be able to participate and attend all the great events organized by WIT-NC.

In Sarajevo, Darko has rediscovered his love for ice hockey, where he served as a board member for the Ice Hockey Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also likes to play veteran's games (a nice name for old-men's hockey) and help coach kids. Both Stella and Sven play ice hockey in San Francisco, where Darko assists the coaches.


Gabrielle Griffith

Member Spotlight:
December 2011 - Gabrielle Griffith

Hello WIT-NC! My name is Gabrielle Griffith and I am a Customs Compliance Analyst at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. I am a Bay Area native and hold dual citizenship in both France and the U.S.; I am fluent in English, French, and Spanish. I have always been passionate about international affairs and knew early on that my career would require the pursuit of this interest. I graduated with a double major in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California at Davis. While at UCD I brought "International Education Week"- a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce to campus- launching what has now become an annual event.

My career in international trade began as an International Trade Specialist for the US Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center in Sacramento, California. The theories and policies learned in school began to take shape as I assisted in organizing Trade Missions and counseled foreign buyers seeking U.S. sources of products and services. I then moved into a position one door down from the USDOC, EAC to the Center for International Trade Department, a State funded program targeted towards assisting business owners, staff, importers, and exporters to expand their international trade knowledge through mentoring, training, and counseling. Eventually it was a combination of my quest to move back to the City by the Bay along with a serendipitous conversation which brought me into the Customs Compliance and Operations department at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

I have had the most incredible time here at WSI integrating my trade industry knowledge with the retail world and our ever-developing products! Wanting to further my knowledge of the importing side of the business, I studied for and passed the April 2011 Customs Brokerage Exam.

I was introduced to WIT-NC by my Director who has always encouraged our team to attend these meetings. After spending time at a few sessions and gaining exposure to the wealth of knowledge offered by such a variety of industry professionals, the decision to become a member was a no-brainer. I am thrilled to join WIT-NC and look forward to meeting you all. Please do not hesitate to contact me at gcjany@gmail.com or 650-245-1661.

 

John Kirk

Member Spotlight:
November 2011 - John Kirk

My name is John Kirk. I live in San Ramon with my wife Janice and daughter Samantha. Janice and I are from Buffalo, New York where we both attended and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo where I earned a BS and an MBA. Sammy was born 3 years ago in California. The three of us are Bills fans (Sammy just doesn't know it yet) which has been tough in recent years, but after several years of disappointment it looks like Buffalo may make the playoffs this season.

I have had a fairly diverse career, having worked in accounting, auditing, purchasing, plant management, supply chain management and sales. We moved to California in 2007 when I was transferred from Toronto, where I ran Chevron Global Lubricant's Canadian supply chain, to San Ramon to work in sales for Chevron Oronite. Prior to Chevron, I worked for Battenfeld Grease and Oil Corporation where I was the Corporate Purchasing Manager and later became General Manager of the Company's Canadian operations. I began my career with the Delaware North Companies, which among other things, runs Yosemite National Park, owns the TD Garden which replaced the venerable Boston Garden, and is the largest concessionaire to major league baseball. At Delaware North I started as an accountant and worked six years as an internal auditor, which gave me the experience I needed to become a CPA.

My interest in International Trade stems from the time I spent living and working in Canada and from a special project I worked on at Delaware North where I spent several months in Kuwait working on the start up of a joint venture whose business was to provide the food service in the camps housing the workers who were rebuilding the oil fields after the first gulf war. To pursue my interest in International Trade, I left Chevron in 2010 (after several months of tough negotiations with Janice) to pursue a Master's degree in International Policy Studies specializing in Trade at the Monterey Institute for International Studies. The Monterey Institute requires students to study a foreign language. My language is French which I started studying in Canada since I had many customers and colleagues in Quebec. My goal is that I will be able to apply my language skills as well as Trade Policy expertise in my career after I graduate in December of this year.

I started attending WIT-NC events early this year at the suggestion of two members who are also Monterey Institute alumni. Shortly thereafter, I became a volunteer serving on the Event Steering Committee. The programs are a great supplement to my Trade Policy studies, providing updates on current trade compliance issues and volunteering is a great way to network with people in the Northern California International Trade community. The time I have spent with WIT-NC has been very rewarding and I would encourage anyone who is interested in Trade to get involved with this very worthwhile organization.

Email: jpkirk99@gmail.com
Phone: (925) 858-0091

 

Mary Palafox

Member Spotlight:
October 2011 - Mary Palafox

I have been attending WITNC sessions since 2008 and have been a member since 2009. Like many others in the trade community I happened into the work purely by accident. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the North Carolina University School of the Arts and spent the first seven years of my working life as an actress performing in repertory theatre and doing a number of voice-overs for radio advertisements. I currently live in Oakland, California with my husband, Mario, a tennis coach at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School, and our dog, Ruby. Outside of work I am involved in hobbies such as tennis, hiking, tap dancing lessons and am learning to play the ukulele (but that's another story….).

I am currently in the process of transitioning from my role as the Director of Customs for Levi Strauss & Company to a promotion as Executive Director of the Red Tab Foundation. The Red Tab Foundation, one of two foundations at LS&Co., devotes its attention solely to helping employees, retirees, and their families through financial hardship as well as providing educational support. I've been with the company for 24 years in various business functions but this will be my first experience in a leadership role immersed in non-profit work. As part of my early training at the company I actually had to learn to sew a pair of 501® jeans. Through this experience I really gained an appreciation for the effort that goes into the garment manufacturing process. I have broad cross-functional experience at the company, having spent time in management positions in Merchandising, Manufacturing Operations, Technical Product Development, Product Management and now Customs.

As for my introduction to WIT here is the story of my engagement with the group and what it's meant to me. I enjoy public speaking (I suppose it comes from my early years as a performer). For example in 2007 I participated in the Women in Leadership Conference at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business as a panelist on the topic of innovation. In June 2007 I represented LS&CO to the International Trade Commission in Washington DC formally testifying on the topic of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act which helped to eliminate a provision to the trade act which would have been prohibitive to our business in Africa. This work led to my being identified for a job directing our Customs group. Through networking contacts I was asked in 2010 to present at the WITNC April gathering on the topic of "Sourcing: Strategies That Work From Textiles to Technology." I have learned a great deal from presentations delivered in the WITNC monthly sessions and wanted to "give back" by speaking on a topic I was most familiar with, sourcing.

In my sourcing and product development work I traveled extensively for LS&CO for about ten years to many countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. I believe my background in product development and sourcing, knowledge of trade and tariff implications of different product development strategies, and strong leadership skills allowed me to integrate quickly onto the Customs team and to enable an even stronger partnership between our Customs and Product Management organizations delivering against compliance programs and key cost savings initiatives for the company. The three and a half years I've spent in the Customs function has provided an amazing education on many levels. Not only have I learned about customs regulations from a tactical point of view, but I also have been involved in communicating to executive levels of the company the nuances of international trade regulations and the importance of strong global compliance programs. Many of the projects I've worked on have had extensive IT systems involvement which has educated me from a technology and systems interface point of view. In addition I've learned the importance of a solid and compelling business case to any project's success. The ability to write a business case and to deliver strong presentations are two key skill sets I would encourage anyone involved in international trade to add to their personal "tool kit." I also would encourage networking -- the networking opportunities provided to me by organizations like WITNC have proven invaluable in my career growth.

I look forward to continuing my trade education and to networking with other professionals at upcoming WITNC programs.

Email Address: Mpalafox@levi.com
Office Phone: 415-501-6154

 

Jessica Hill

Member Spotlight:
September 2011 - Jessica Hill

Hi, I'm Jessica Hill and I'm an Engagement Manager with EntryPoint Consulting. I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Supply Chain Management. After graduation, I worked for Intel Corporation just over 8 years in their eBusiness/IT group, where I spent a lot of time supporting the Global Trade team members with their automation needs. From there, I joined EntryPoint Consulting to focus solely on global trade automation, specifically SAP's Global Trade Services.

I've been a WIT member since 2008 and currently serve on the Endowment Committee, which I really enjoy. I became a member of WIT to expand my network and to broaden my knowledge in the global trade industry. As I consultant, I am continuing to grow in all areas of the business. Through various clients over the past five years, I have supported high-tech, chemical, and aerospace industries. Besides EAR, I've become intimate with ITAR and the AES regulations. And, I've been fortunate for the opportunity to implement SAP GTS in various countries, gaining some familiarity with the local export regimes. My next client will be an Import/Customs project. The learning curve just keeps going!

Outside of work, I serve as Chapter Advisor for Santa Clara University's Alpha Kappa Psi chapter, a professional business organization that focuses on building ethical business leaders. I'm also an Angel Elf for Family Giving Tree, an amazing organization that serves children in need for school supplies and holiday giving. And, for the past nine months, my life has been consumed by training for Ironman Arizona (less than 3 months to go)!

 

Robert Kearsley

Member Spotlight:
August 2011 - Robert Kearsley, Trade and Customs Services, KPMG LLP

My name is Robert Kearsley and I am a Senior Manager in KPMG's Trade and Customs Services practice in our Silicon Valley office. Our practice includes over 300 dedicated trade professionals in over 60 countries. I assist U.S. and foreign clients with international trade and compliance matters, with an emphasis on global export controls. This is my 15th year in trade compliance and my 4th year as a member of WIT-NC.

My introduction to trade compliance came when I was looking for a full-time job while attending law school. I landed a position at the Bureau of Export Administration (now Bureau of Industry and Security) as an export specialist following years of service to the U.S. Department of Justice as a management analyst and a Presidential Management Fellow. As a National Practice Leader for KPMG's export control services, I've had the good fortune to work with and visit numerous companies in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, to help these companies navigate the complexities of the various export control laws and regulations and to develop controls consistent with business objectives.

It is a real pleasure being affiliated with WIT-NC and participating in the various events the organization offers. I attribute this to the hard work and dedication by those members that bring us excellent training and networking opportunities.

If you would like to hear more about our services, receive our publications or subscribe to our trade and customs newsflash, or for any other reason, please feel free to reach me at (650) 404-3298 or rkearsley@kpmg.com.

 

Lynette Sequeira

Member Spotlight:
July 2011 - Lynette Sequeira

Namaste, my name is Lynette Sequeira and I am currently the Sales Director for Management Dynamics, a premier provider of Global trade management software and Content services. I've been with the company for the past 11 years. I've been a member of WIT pretty much from its inception. Many in the industry know me from my sales career at Alrod International during the '90's. It's not surprising that I often hear people say 'You have been around a long time or everybody knows you.

I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. I started my career as a management trainee at Lemuir Air Express, one of India's premier freight forwarders. 3 years later, I founded my own freight company. During this time, I was infatuated with moving to the US and as fate would have it, there was a certain VP who often frequented Delhi. As you know, multinationals were not allowed into the country 25 years ago. The end result was they were successful and I convinced them to sponsor me as their US based, India Route Co-coordinator. Circle International was headquartered on 4th and Townsend in downtown San Francisco. I later joined BAX Global and finally Alrod International where 10 years later, I ended my freight sales career. I transitioned to software sales 11 years ago.

I am proud to be a long-standing member and Management Dynamics is proud to be a sponsor of WIT-NC. I have been witness through the years to the untiring efforts of a number of people that have contributed endlessly to this organization and still continue to deliver their best effort. The presentation topics are on mark, the speakers some of the best and the networking opportunities are positively enriching.

Besides work, I live in Menlo Park with my husband, Sridhar, son Nikhil a freshman at Duke and Sabiha a sophomore at MA. Gracie our adorable mutt and Ashes our kitty complete the Viswanathan circle.

Management Dynamics provides global logistics and compliance solutions to manage cross-border trade. In addition we source and maintain our own content for + 123 countries. If interested, please contact me at lynettesequeira@managementdynamics.com

 

Karen Wilder

Member Spotlight:
June 2011 - Karen Wilder

Hello there! I'm Karen Wilder and I work with The Gymboree Corporation as its customs compliance manager, helping execute and oversee the import programs for our retail stores. I was born in San Francisco and was raised in the small town of Ben Lomond, tucked in among the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. When I was four, our family spent almost six months with our mother's family in Sweden and my sisters and I came back only speaking Swedish, having forgotten English, entirely! While English came back to us soon enough, I think that this early immersion into a foreign language and country sparked an enduring interest in me for the world beyond our borders. I received a BA in History at UC Berkeley, where I also studied French and Japanese languages, spent "junior year abroad" in France, and after graduating, I went – like many others at the time - to teach English in Japan.

It was serendipity that led me to trade compliance, getting a job with the newly opened SF office of a NY customs brokerage and having little idea of the nature of brokerage work before I started. The broker's focus was wearing apparel and quota clearances and I found the work challenging and fun, combining the need for technical expertise with the frequent demands for quick thinking and resourcefulness in problem solving, and stressing the importance of cooperative working relations with government agencies, other service providers, and of course, our customers. I stayed in the brokerage industry in San Francisco and Los Angeles for several years, obtaining my broker's license and expanding the types of products I cleared and accounts I handled. Then I made the big change to work for an importer, first working with an importer /exporter of computers and peripherals in the Los Angeles area (and learning about the world of international export controls for 'dual use' products), and then returning to the Bay Area to work with apparel company, Esprit de Corp., where my import compliance work would also involve product safety and social compliance.

I had always heard very positive comments about WIT-NC from colleagues, and after attending a few WIT-NC events, I joined in 2009. I appreciate the relevant trade compliance topics covered at the speaker events and enjoy the "after work" setting that encourages more conversation and getting to know colleagues in the industry. Please feel free to contact me at (415) 278-7103 or wilderKN@gmail.com.

 

 

Syma Kazeminy

Member Spotlight:
May 2011 - Syma Kazeminy

Ekaz Consulting Founder, volunteer for WIT-NC, mother of Cyrus (a rambunctious toddler) and competitive ice hockey player.

Born in Lancashire, England, I was raised in Iran until I turned 8, when my family immigrated to the States, settling in Minnesota. Instilled with a strong work ethic, I've been gainfully employed since age 14. With parents who highly value education, I excelled in my studies, pursuing journalism and Political Science at the University of South Dakota while working as news editor for the University radio station (KAOR), simultaneously hosting a Jazz/R&B radio show every Sunday night. Considering a future in law, I interned with the South Dakota House of Representatives for the Taxation and Education committees. After completing my Bachelors, I returned to Minnesota where I acquired a law degree at William Mitchell College of Law. Shortly after, hungry for a more cosmopolitan lifestyle, I moved to San Francisco where I completed a Master of Laws in Taxation at Golden Gate University's College of Law.

After graduation, I decided to accept an offer from the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, Inc. There I joined the pioneering team in helping 'start up' their California office. I had a 7 year tenure in Software Engineering, as a Quality Assurance Engineer/Tester. It was during this time, I also launched my own consulting company-- Ekaz Consulting, specializing in network security consulting and resale services –a highlight project was setting up systems for the CA Governor's office in 2008. Shortly after, I married and had my first child, all the while working on my consulting firm for the past two years.

Equipped with the confidence and legal skills acquired from my previous work experiences, I have a renewed interest in the field of compliance. This new-found passion is what led me to WIT-NC. I was introduced to Board Member Renee Roe, who suggested some helpful resources, one being a membership with WIT-NC.

I acted on her recommendation and joined WIT-NC in the Fall of 2010, and now volunteer for its Membership and Program committees. Currently studying for the Custom's Broker Exam, I'm ready and eager to move onto a fresh challenge and have been exploring options on how to leverage my tax law masters in seeking a future career in global compliance.

I'm confident that my experience and education, along with my diplomatic persona, will translate seamlessly into a future global compliance position. I welcome any networking opportunities and greatly appreciate the privilege of working with WIT-NC.

My contact information is: 415-368-2010 or syma_kazeminy@yahoo.com.

 

Raff Arando

Member Spotlight:
April 2011 - Raff Arando

I'm Raff Arando, Compliance Officer at National Semiconductor Corporation. My current post exposes me to the daily practice of applying the customs regs, ear, Itar and the best practices which we learn right here at WIT-NC.

I look back at a twenty three year career in the trade compliance industry only to think, where did the time go? Only six years after migrating to the USA from the Philippines, I began my career in a paper filled environment; endless forms and carbon paper was daily routine. Being 18 and working in downtown San Francisco for a customs broker named Arthur J Fritz, I found this new world extremely interesting and full of challenge. My boss had a "do it right the first time" way of thinking, I agreed. On my desk was this book called the TSUSA. Memorizing a string of seven numbers was a game my co workers and I played to hone our product identification skills. Who knew.

I studied International Business at SF State and Administration of Justice at local community colleges which almost swayed my career path towards law enforcement except the constant battery of new customs regulations kept my interest and attention at the trade job at hand. About 10 years ago, I was introduced to WIT-NC while working for Urusan Consulting; I'm thankful for the new networking and learning opportunities this group continues to bring.

When away from the highway of Export & Customs regulations, you'll find me volunteering as a reserve for my local sheriff's office or riding my Harley up and down the coast or taking my beagle for a walk at a local dog park. I also serve on Nationals emergency response team as a medic. I look forward to meeting you at some future WIT-NC meetings!

Please feel free to contact me at (650)504-8098 or via email: sforaff@gmail.com

 

Tony Leto

Member Spotlight:
March 2011 - Tony Leto, Esq.

Tony is currently the Director of Global Logistics and Trade Compliance at Form Factor, Inc., a semi-conductor equipment maker in Livermore, California. Tony is a Licensed US Customs Broker and California attorney. He has been a member of WIT-NC since 2006

Tony's global trade experience started many years ago sourcing goods from Asia for international catalogs. He graduated into international law for a period of time, but found the business side of trade most interesting. Tony owned and operated alternative fuel manufacturing and distribution businesses in Europe, earning two European Patents along the way. For a time, Tony also imported wine and spirits from Europe into the USA, but settled into the high-tech compliance arena, specializing in semi-conductor and encryption trade compliance matters.

Tony joined WIT-NC for the educational and networking opportunities. Tony has commented many times that WIT-NC is the best education and networking organization in the Bay Area for Trade Compliance Professionals. "If you are in Trade Compliance, you better be a WIT-NC member."

Tony Leto І Director, Global Logistics and Trade Compliance І FormFactor, Inc. tleto@formfactor.com І Office: +1.925.290.4182 І Mobile: +1.408.768.9494

 

Aimee Shoemaker

Member Spotlight:
Aimee Shoemaker

Greetings Everyone! My name is Aimee Shoemaker and I've been a WIT-NC member since 2006. My passion for international affairs started right before high school during an exciting trip across Europe with my grandmother. I knew instantly that international travel and studies would become an important part of my life and I proceeded to live, study and work abroad multiple times over the next 15 years. I learned to speak French fluently along the way, earned my MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and my BA in International Affairs and French from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

My career in global trade compliance began after college in the textiles and apparel industry at Gap Inc. After becoming a licensed customs broker in 2004, I took on more responsibility managing and implementing over a dozen complex free trade agreements into the U.S., European Union, Canada and Japan. After leaving Gap Inc to expand my knowledge of other industries, I joined Deloitte Tax LLP as a manager in the Global Trade Solutions practice. I advised clients on a wide range of international trade issues, including valuation, duty reduction strategies, free trade agreements, tariff classification and export controls. I also assisted several companies through compliance assessments, policy and procedure development and other U.S. Customs inquiries. In 2010, I transitioned back to the private sector but in the technology industry as the Global Trade Manager within Hewlett Packard's Palm Business Unit. I help our supply chain operations team navigate complex trade regulations for cutting edge mobile devices and components into the U.S. and our international markets.

Throughout my career I've always looked forward to the WIT-NC speaker events for the content rich presentations and unparalleled networking with Bay Area trade compliance professionals. As a longtime member I've benefited directly from the outstanding work of the WIT-NC Board of Directors so it was an easy decision to take a more active role as the Assistant Director for Membership in 2011. It is my goal to share these benefits with as many prospective members as possible this year and expand the WIT-NC community!

Please feel free to contact me at (408) 617 8901 and awshoemaker@gmail.com

Leslie August

Member Spotlight:
Leslie August

My name is Leslie August and I am a partner and Senior Vice President of Corporation for International Business (CIB), a w/o/s of Kernow Capital Corporation. We are a small, family-owned business with a long history in international trade and customs guarantees. My primary responsibilities are marketing and communications although I am involved in long range planning, strategy, business development and recruitment as well. As in many small businesses I wear more than one hat. In addition to my international trade background, and because CIB is also a surety agent, I am a licensed insurance broker in the state of California.

I have grown up in the world of international trade. My grandfather owned a freight forwarder, J.E. Bernard & Co and founded Roanoke Agency, Inc. in the 1930s which is now known as Roanoke Trade Services. My father took over Roanoke in 1968 and I worked for Roanoke, eventually as the New York Regional Vice President, from 1983 until 1990. I took a digital detour from 1990 to 1995 and co-founded the first digital post production facility in NYC, Digipix Editorial. It was with Digipix that I developed a desire to understand and apply the "new media" to our family business. In 1996 I joined the new family business which had been reborn as Kernow Capital Corporation and specialized in ATA Carnets, U.S. Customs Bonds and marine cargo insurance. Since then we have added direct-filing of customs entries for importers and a trade organization for SMEs to our services as well. Our subsidiaries are: Corporation for International Business (ATA Carnets), Trade Risk Guaranty (US customs bonds), TRG Direct / TBI Brokers (direct-filing), Trade Bridge International (SMEs) and Wyvern International Insurance Brokers (cargo insurance).

I have known about WIT for many years and became interested in the organization and opportunities for professional development when I looked at the membership list and event schedule. I have recently become active with the Norcal District Export Council as well and I hope to create some crossover and mutual benefits between the two organizations. I am currently working on launching the first Export 101 class in Northern California for the DEC.

I live in Menlo Park and I have an 18 year old son. Having grown up in Chicago and then living in New York I firmly believe that the Bay area is paradise!

 

Amy Schwach

Member Spotlight:
Amy Schwach

Hello,

My name is Amy Schwach. I have been a member of WIT-NC since May 2010. I was born in Buffalo, NY and lived there until after college. I am a nurse by trade but spent my summers working for a small minority air freight forwarder - EASCO in the summers here in the bay area. It was during those summers that I fell in love with the demanding, fast-pace environment of world trade. Not to mention the slight improvement in weather. I moved out of NY and took on various roles within that company for the next twelve years. I learned all aspects of the business, wearing many hats..driving forklifts, creating documents, billing, routing, labeling, operations, sales, management, franchise management etc..I can appreciate what it takes to bring the products we enjoy to our homes - from concept to consumption.

I left EASCO to spend time with my ailing father in Buffalo prior to his passing, I joined Pilot Air Freight as their District Manager in Buffalo NY and after a year returned to the bay area, to run sales and operations for the San Francisco/Sacramento offices as their District Manager which evolved to RVP role overseeing sales and operations for the NW Region. It was here that I learned about government contracts and led the charge in our success in serving the warfighter overseas. We were awarded top forwarder during my time spent with Pilot by Defense Depot San Joaquin and I was presented with a prestigious coin for quiet excellence by the Commander in charge.

After giving birth to my daughter, I left Pilot Air Freight during the changing of their guard to join Expeditors and support their growth within the domestic market by taking on the Domestic Manager's role here in the bay area. I have since studied for the brokerage exam and continue to foster ways to increase my knowledge within global trade. Expeditor's has been an integral part of my growth in understanding trade compliance and international trade. I am currently the District Sales Executive for San Jose and South regions, which has allowed me the opportunity to meet more professionals and work closely with them designing custom solutions to meet their supply chain needs.

WIT NC continues to bring timely topics and networking opportunities with a diverse group that enrich my experience as a trade professional. I have been volunteering my time to support the membership committee and am looking forward to chairing the Programs Committee in 2011.

Outside of work, I have a lovely family - I live with my best friend Royal Robinson, my son Daulton-7 and daughter Sydney- 6 who bring much joy to my life. I enjoy golfing, cooking and wine tasting. I recently found a love for theater and have been performing with my children in a musical - "Alice in Wonderland" put on by Bay Area ETC, a nonprofit community theater group."

 

Meri Zavorine

Member Spotlight:
Meri Zavorine

Hello,

My name is Meri Zavorine. I have been a member of WIT-NC since 2005. I was born in Russia and then lived in Latvia, where I graduated from Latvia State University with Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics, and then worked in the Institute of Economics Research. I came to the United States in 1991. My first employer here was National Semiconductor where I had worked for 11 years, holding different positions in the Logistics department.

I started my career in International Trade in 2005 when I joined Advanced Micro Devices as a Senior Customs Specialist, and my manager Jennifer Eldefonso introduced me to WIT-NC. I have been a WIT-NC Board member (Event coordinator) since 2008.

WIT-NC seminars provide me with a great opportunity to expand my knowledge of International Trade, not only by attending numerous presentations covering a wide range of interesting topics, but also by personally interacting with many highly experienced professionals. I also greatly enjoy being a Board member, organizing our seminars, welcoming new members, participating in planning of new events.

Outside of my job I enjoy spending time with my family (I have a daughter and a son and three grandchildren), volunteering at various performances and other events at Villa Montalvo.

Please feel free to contact me at (408) 348-2718 or merizavorine@yahoo.com.

 

Jenna Glass

Member Spotlight:
Jenna Glass

Hello all! My name is Jenna Glass, and I am a new WIT-NC member as of this May. I was introduced to this wonderful group by my director at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. where I just joined the Customs Ops and Compliance team as a Customs Analyst this past February. I graduated cum laude from Colorado State University in 2006 with a major in International Studies; and a focus on Asia. Upon graduation I moved to Portland, Oregon where I began my career in International Trade. I have worked many aspects of business, starting as an Import Specialist on the Nike Team for Eagle Global Logistics, which is now CEVA Freight Management. It was during this employment opportunity that I developed a fascination for the industry and set my sights on becoming a licensed Customs Broker.

From there, I moved towards the Logistics side of the industry as a Trade Manager and Analyst for MOL (America), Inc. I passed the Customs Brokers License Examination in April of 2009 and since then, have been quite eager to put my education and knowledge to use. When I saw an opportunity to work for WSI, I considered it to be the perfect avenue for my budding career, to delve deeper into this industry of which I've developed such a passion for.

By joining WIT-NC, I hope to continue to challenge myself both professionally and personally by learning from each and every one of you. What an amazing resource it is to have so many individuals come together from such diverse backgrounds to explore the endless nuances within and throughout the business of International Trade.

As a Chicago native and new to the Bay Area, my dog and I look forward to the endless outdoor adventure that awaits in the Golden State. Please feel free to contact me at (970) 215 9909 and jennaleighglass@gmail.com.

 

Agnes Torteli

Member Spotlight:
Agnes Torteli

My Name is Agnes Torteli. I am a Customs Regulatory Analyst for Urusan Consulting. I have been working in Trade Compliance for a little bit over 2 years. In the last two years, I worked for Symantec as a Trade Analyst where I was part of an amazing team of people and had the opportunity to be exposed to Trade Compliance for the first time in my life. I recently joined Urusan Consulting where my career took a new turn.

A couple of months ago, I started to volunteer for WIT-NC, helping out with membership duties. Previously, I was an active member and volunteer for the Symantec Women's Action Network (SWAN) and the Symantec Green Team. I am also an active member for SD Forum, which is a non-profit organization devoted to informing, educating and connecting entrepreneurs and business professionals, especially women, in the field of technology.

I feel lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer for WIT-NC and to be part of this great organization of business professionals. I always look forward to meeting new people and extending my personal and professional network.

Please feel free to contact me at (408) 887 1925 or agnes.torteli@gmail.com.

 

Stephen Rudman

Member Spotlight:
Stephen Rudman

Stephen Rudman is an assistant professor in the International Business department of San Francisco State University. His teaching and research focus is on international management, with emphasis on Chinese-speaking Asia, global logistics, and legal environment of international business. He received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from Washington University in Saint Louis and his M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York City. He is admitted to practice law before a number of U.S. courts.

Stephen received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 2003, following a business career in which he served in senior legal and management positions in international ocean shipping, inter-modal transportation, manufacturing and international banking.

His book The Multinational Corporation in China: Controlling Interests was published by Wiley in 2006. The book was nominated for the George R. Terry Book Award of the Academy of Management.

Stephen has taught at business schools in the USA and South Africa and has lectured extensively before professional audiences and in management training programs in the U.S.A., China and South Africa.

Stephen has high praise for WIT-NC: " I really enjoy my membership. It is important for teachers to interact with and learn from professionals and WIT-NC is the ideal opportunity to do this. The people and events are great, and I encourage my students who are interested in careers in international trade to join and attend programs.

Phone: 415-338-1806
EMail: strudman@sfsu.edu

 

Barbara Flatt

Member Spotlight:
Barbara Flatt

My Name is Barbara Flatt. I've been working as an insurance adjuster for Farmers Insurance for the past two years, but recently I've rekindled my passion for International Business. I obtained a BS degree in International Business and Finance from Cal State Long Beach. I was a founding member of my International Business Association at Cal State Long Beach and held multiple officer positions. I'm excited to reconnect with others whom are an inspiration to many women who want to pursue this field. I look forward to the friendships I will make, which I'm sure will help me grow not only as a business woman, but as a person.

I can be reached at basiaflatt@yahoo.com or (408) 464-2106.

 

Scott Lane

Member Spotlight:
Scott A Lane

Scott Lane, The Red Flag Group

My name is Scott Lane, and I am a Principal at The Red Flag Group. We are an independent corporate governance and compliance firm providing thought leadership around compliance for companies around the World.

Having worked with so many of the community's members over the years, we were naturally quite excited when it was suggested we join. With offices in some of the most challenging places in the World for compliance, our firm deals with a range of export control compliance issues across different jurisdictions and cultures.

I look forward to the chance to meet my fellow members and sharing with them mutual insights as they relate to the international trade community.

Scott A Lane | Director & Principal
The Red Flag Group
Suite 2204-2206 Bonham Trade Centre
50 Bonham Strand Sheung Wan
Hong Kong

w: www.redflaggroup.com
e: scott.lane@redflaggroup.com
p: +852 9665 4881

 

Jane Solomon

Member Spotlight:
Jane Solomon

My name is Jane Solomon and I work for Anritsu Company in Morgan Hill, CA, a leading provider of Test and Measurement Solutions. I am the Corporate Trade Compliance Manager and oversee the America's region. I am responsible for all export, import and customs compliance processes for all offices in the United States, Canada, Latin and South America. In addition to this, on a Global basis, I created and work with the worldwide global Anritsu organization that develops and is responsible for internal policy and procedures that assures global company adherence to multi country export regulations. I have twenty years of experience in International Trade.

I have always been interested and involved in community organizations, public and private. In addition to WITNC, I also serve on the Executive Board of Community Solutions, a counseling service organization that provides a comprehensive spectrum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and residential services to the communities of South Santa Clara County, South San Jose and San Benito County.

My involvement with WITNC began as an attendee at the monthly events. Eventually I was asked to advise on the planning of the events programs for several years. I became the Secretary to the Board in 2008 and served in this capacity for two years, as well as being a member of the Executive Team. In January 2010, I accepted the position of President. Working with WITNC board members and members at large has been a great and rewarding experience. Not only are they a very professional and talented group of people who give back a great deal to their peers, but they have become great friends. WITNC has been and is a very well organized, professional, provider of current, relevant, educational programs related to global trade to local trade professionals. My goal is to continue that mission and strive to continuously improve the professional quality of the programs and expand the audience that we serve. Again this year we have a strong and exciting Board of Directors that will join me in attaining that goal.

 

Sanjana Khoobchandani

Sanjana Khoobchandani

My name is Sanjana Khoobchandani and I am a Manager in Deloitte's Global Trade Services practice. My work in the GTS practice involves advising clients on a wide variety of international trade issues for both import and export compliance. Our expertise ranges from complex regulatory issues to global trade automation system implementations.

I have always been interested in international trade, and I previously worked as an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) Office of NAFTA and Inter-American Affairs. While at Commerce I was the lead DOC services, telecommunications, and e-commerce negotiator in regional and bilateral free trade agreements with Latin America and the Caribbean. That was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about U.S. trade policy, and provided me with a great perspective now that I am advising clients on their global trade activities.

I am very involved in community organizations focused on global economic development and education such as Room to Read and the American India Foundation. In addition, I am on the Columbia University Alumni Club of Northern California Executive Board where I plan social and community service events around the Bay Area.

I have been on WIT-NC's Endowment Committee for two years, and I was the Endowment Director in 2009. Being involved with this committee has been really fulfilling since our work focuses on giving back to the community, both globally and at the local level. I look forward to my new responsibilities as WIT-NC Secretary in 2010!

Our Deloitte GTS team values our corporate WIT-NC membership. We appreciate the opportunity to meet with WIT-NC members and discuss issues impacting the trade community. Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to learn more about Deloitte's GTS practice. I can be reached at skhoobchandani@deloitte.com or 415-783-6635.

 

Suzanne Castle

Suzanne Castle

Dear friends! This is hail and farewell. I have been a member of WIT-NC for quite a few years and witnessed all of the hard-won progress since the chapter came back to life and seen it grow and prosper in that period until now into an important world trade voice and training platform for a critical part of US industry.

I started as a volunteer on an ad hoc basis, though generally dealing with organization of events. I operate on the Kaiser Cement slogan "Find a need and fill it". Three years ago I became Volunteer Director, and I have very much enjoyed service on the board who are a dynamic group of women.

A great deal of hard work goes into an organization such was WIT and the more hands that volunteer to help the lighter the load. There is no doubt in my mind that the more you give the more you get. That maxim has served me well in every sphere of life.

Now it is time to say goodbye. I am going to be 70 next year and retired for 4 years and the new blood is taking over. Good luck and God speed!

 

Christine Deihl

Christine Deihl, Marketing Communications Manager,
CargoSmart Limited

I am the marketing communications manager at CargoSmart. CargoSmart is a leading global shipping and logistics software-as-a-service solutions provider. We specialize in providing advanced visibility and exception management solutions to help companies lower transportation management costs, streamline operations, and reduce the risk of late shipments. Before I entered the global trade industry with CargoSmart in 2001, I was a marketing manager at Oracle and received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, focusing on high tech marketing.

2009 has been an exciting year at CargoSmart. We launched two new trade compliance solutions: CargoSmart's ISF (10+2) filing solution and CargoSmart's EEI (AES) filing solution. The ISF solution lets U.S. importers save on filing costs, streamline data collection, and comply with filing requirements. The EEI solution is integrated with CargoSmart's supply chain execution features and makes it easier for U.S. exporters to submit accurate export documentation.

Volunteering for WIT-NC has been truly valuable. I was the vice president in 2008 and the program director in 2005-2007. Participating on the board and planning WIT events has enriched my knowledge about the many different roles in global trade, kept me up to date on our industry's latest regulations and trends, and allowed me to meet leading experts in our field.

You are welcome to contact me at christine.deihl@cargosmart.com or (408) 325-7651.

 

Renee Roe

Renee Roe, Fortinet Inc.

Hello WIT-Membership ~

My name is Renee Roe, and I am the Global Trade and Compliance Officer for Fortinet Inc., a pre-IPO leading provider of network security appliances, and the leader of the unified threat management (UTM) market worldwide.

You are probably noticing the picture of me smiling and are wondering why. (Not your typical professional picture, huh?) Well, I believe that anything I spend my precious time on needs to have some aspect of fun, or it's not worth doing. That includes the job I go into every day…a job which can be quite serious, with pretty big responsibilities.

I am writing this at 10:45 pm, having put in about 60 hours this week, and it's only Thursday - but it's quarter-end, and my responsibilities are global. C'est la vie, eh?

Us international trade types – those that are in logistics, consulting, trade compliance and supporting industries, are a pretty unique breed. The kind of fun we have, well most in our companies, think we have a strange idea of what is fun…but sometimes, yes, we get too serious, and need to remember how to keep the fun in our careers.

WIT-NC is a place to go for our unique brand of fun. Meeting others like us, sharing experiences, giving each other support, well it's a special place. My personal experience with WIT-NC has been amazing. During my time as a member of WIT-NC, I have been promoted multiple times at my job, recruited away, changed from a logistics focus to a compliance focus, and became a WIT-NC Membership Committee volunteer, and ultimately Co-Director of Membership.

My current employer is amazed by my moxie - one way I tackle issues in unpaved territories is by just picking up the phone and calling another trade professional for advice. Often it may even be a competitor (gasp!). Starting with that intro, "My name is Renee Roe, I'm a member of WIT-NC…."

So during WIT-NC's Membership Drive think of who you know who may enjoy our special brand of fun, and invite them to join. Also, think how you can support one of the best run organizations I've ever been involved in. Volunteer for a position. Volunteer to speak at an event. Volunteer for a short term project. Mentor someone new to the industry. Get involved.

If anyone of you want to start building your international trade network now, feel free to start with me: rroe@fortinet.com

Life is too short…get involved, have fun.

 

Vicki Wilkerson

Vicki Wilkerson, SAP

Greetings!

I joined SAP as International Trade Compliance Officer when the Company acquired Business Objects in January 2008, but my involvement in international trade compliance dates back to 1994. During that time, many companies still manufactured most of their products in the Valley or its neighboring communities and even weak encryption software was very strictly licensed under laws that governed "munitions". Export management systems were manual, if existent at all and recordkeeping consisted of vaults of fading carbon-copy records.

Today, global manufacturing, product development and supply chain management requires the trade compliance industry to be diligent and adhere to laws and regulations of many countries and the industry continues to evolve with the emergence of new technology that revolutionizes the way we do business. I am still fascinated with how those innovations can be leveraged to support compliance with global regulations.

Over the years, I have managed trade compliance programs for a number of companies, both large and small, internally as well as an external consultant. I love designing compliance programs from the ground up and particularly enjoy managing export controls for encryption technology.

The depth and breadth of the talent represented by the membership of WIT-NC is phenomenal and I currently assist in the volunteer activities for the organization.

Cheers!

 

Eva Galfi

Eva Galfi,  Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu's Global Trade Solutions

Always looking for the next opportunity to grow personally and professionally, I decided to move to Australia last year, where I took a position with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu's Global Trade Solutions practice.

Working in Sydney has been a great experience. Learning new trade legislation is both interesting and a challenge and I'm enjoying the novelty of clients answering the phone with "G'day" and thanking me for a job well done with "cheers, mate". Trade consulting is somewhat different on this side of the Pacific as the broker shares the responsibility for compliance with the importer. My focus is on assisting Australian and AsiaPac companies identify ways to reduce their trade related costs through various duty concessions and duty refund entitlement programs. I also provide advice on valuation issues, classification and the applicability of free trade agreements.

I'm fortunate to be able to stay involved with WIT-NC while living in Sydney. WIT has been an important part of my personal and professional life for the past 10 years. Before taking on the role of Fundraising Chair at WIT-NC, I served as Programs, Chair and as a volunteer for the Endowment committee. A few years back, I also served as President of the WIT- San Diego Chapter and as a Vice President of Chapter Support on the OWIT International board, which is the parent organization that all WIT chapters belong to. I've made a number of good friends and formed close relationships with people I consider to be my mentors. I would recommend volunteering for WIT to anyone seeking the same opportunities to connect with others in the trade compliance field.

Prior to moving to Sydney, I worked for another 'big 4' in Silicon Valley. I serviced clients in both the import and export sector on issues including export compliance, ITAR, C-TPAT, classification of goods, valuation, first sale and origin. Over the past decade I've earned my BA, Broker's license, MBA in International Business from MIIS and Certified US Export Compliance Officer (CUSECO) certification. I've travelled to over 40 countries on 7 continents, have learned two new languages and am now living on my fourth continent. All this arguably pales in comparison to my latest accomplishment: mastering driving on the 'wrong' side of the road… while sitting on the 'wrong' side of the car.

I enjoy keeping in touch with everyone in the valley so please feel free to email or call me. I can be reached at egalfi@deloitte.com.au or 0011 61 2 9322 3326.

 

Applied Materials

Corporate Member Spotlight:
Applied Materials, Inc.

Applied Materials is the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology solutions with a broad portfolio of equipment service and software products for the fabrication of: semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells and modules, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley and has over 14,000 worldwide employees in 21 countries. Applied manufactures in Europe, Israel, Asia and the United States.

The Corporate Trade team has been designated a center of excellence within the company to develop and maintain a framework of controls which ensures all company cross border transactions comply with requirements of U.S. and local country import and export laws, regulations and requirements. This Center of Excellence is responsible for all export license determination and tariff classification, export license management, customs compliance and other trade activities. The Applied Materials trade team consists of regional direct, regional designees, a group in Santa Clara and in Austin, Texas.

Our team in Austin is primarily responsible for determining which commodities and technologies are "naughty or nice" by day and one of the team members is an authentic Santa Claus delivering presents for good girls and boys in the Austin area.

The company's trade internal control programs mandate a minimum of 40 hours annually of training on trade related topics. OWIT-NC's focus on being an educational resource for the Northern California trade community has helped our employees and contractors meet this requirement. The monthly meetings with a variety of speakers and leaders in the field of international trade have provided timely information and insight into new and changing regulations as well as a valuable tool for benchmarking and best practices in an accessible and affordable venue.

Members of our trade team are past and present board members, volunteers, as well as speakers, for OWIT-NC programs. OWIT-NC provides an excellent opportunity for professional networking as well as a forum for personal and professional development for our team.

Applied Materials values our corporate membership in OWIT-NC and thanks the volunteer Board of OWIT-NC for their time and efforts to be a valued resource to the Northern California trade community!

 

Tara Bingel

Tara Bingel, International Trade Policy Honor Student

I'm Tara Bingel, an International Trade Policy honor student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). I'm looking to join a firm in California who is seeking a trade / compliance analyst.

My studies at MIIS have been more exciting and involved than I could have imagined when I filled out the school's application from my home in Alaska. My academic focus is on international trade compliance. This has provided opportunities and exposure to topics ranging from trade agreements to anti-money laundering. My most recent studies abroad were in Colombia, South America (Spring 2009) where I did in-depth research and interviews for a detailed report done in Spanish on US-Colombian Anti-Money Laundering. I also spent summer 2008 in Colombia, assessing the benefits, detriments and public opinion of the proposed changes in the US-Colombian Free Trade Agreement.

My occupational background is in sales and contract negotiation. In 2007 I became one of the top-tier sales agents in Southeast Alaska through diligence and effective management of clients' expectations, despite a difficult housing market.

Having lived in Alaska and quite a few countries, including Argentina,France and the United Kingdom, I got to try out a whole lot of climates before II decided I'm not crazy about rain and snow. I'm incredibly grateful to be living in the warm sunshine of California!

 

Ngoc Nguyen

Ngoc Nguyen, Global Trade Manager, TradeBeam, Inc.

My name is Ngoc Nguyen and I am the Global Trade Manager at TradeBeam, Inc. a Global Trade Management software and services company. My company specializes in streamlining global trading processes for enterprises and their partners. The solution, delivered via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, requires no upfront hardware or software investments, leading to significantly faster ROI.

In my current role, I proactively manage, train, and support trade analysts in our China, India, and US offices. This requires me to travel throughout Asia and North America, meeting with local businesses and customs officials. I ensure proper procedures are followed for locating, collecting, and synthesizing customs trade regulations from government and trade sources. Further, I am responsible for performing quality control for the Global Trade Content Department, and also serve as liaison between marketing and development to ensure that trade content is accurately depicted in our software product.

Through WIT-NC's seminars and its Annual OWIT World Conference, I have learned about the trade issues that are most important to our members, increase my own knowledge, and extend my professional relationships with trade compliance professionals, global trade service providers and government representatives.

Please drop me a line if you would be interested in receiving a free subscription. You can reach me at
650-653-7261 or ngoc.nguyen@tradebeam.com.

 

Dylan Parker

Dylan Parker, Global Trade Solutions, Deloitte Tax LLP

I am a consultant in Deloitte Tax LLP's Global Trade Solutions (GTS) practice based in San Francisco. In the current economy, my work primarily focuses on working with clients to reduce the costs associated with compliant importing and exporting, as well as identifying immediate global trade savings to create new sources of liquidity.

As part of the Deloitte GTS team, I've advised clients on a variety of international trade issues, including tariff classification, valuation, customs audits, cost savings, and export compliance. Through Deloitte GTS's strategic partnership with leading software vendors, including SAP and Oracle, as well as with Deloitte Consulting – the foremost systems integrator for governance, risk, and compliance – I also have experience with the design and implementation of trade management systems and advising on the re-design and automation of global import and export processes.

Being a WIT-NC member provides me and the GTS practice an excellent opportunity to interact with import and export processionals, and more importantly, stay current on issues impacting the trade community. Outside of WIT-NC and Deloitte, I'm an avid backpacker and alpine skier and am currently learning the basics of surfing and mountain climbing. I also enjoy cooking, reading, video games, and training my dog. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area is wonderful, as I can explore my professional and personal interests to their fullest.

The Deloitte GTS practice also releases a monthly publication, Global Indirect Tax News, which covers current trade and VAT matters compiled from our international network of over 300 global trade professionals. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in a free subscription.

I can be reached at dparker@deloitte.com or via phone at 415 783 6328. Please visit our website at www.deloitte.com. I look forward to seeing you at the next WIT-NC meeting!

 

Diana Schultens

Diana Scholtens

I've been working at Anritsu for 14 years, and in the Trade Compliance Department as an Export/Import Analyst for approximately 5 years. I have learned more in this position than most of my prior positions, and I have certainly come to appreciate what WIT-NC has provided for the trade industry in our corner of the world. There are so many changes, and WIT-NC is right there educating us and keeping us out of trouble. I really enjoy the warmth of this group, and I'm more than glad to help by providing copies as needed for our meetings. Volunteering for WIT-NC makes me feel part of a team, a winning team.

 

Marcia Davis

Marcia L. Davis,

MBA, CUSECO

I have been in the export compliance field for approximately six plus years. For the first two and half years, I was a Shipping Manager for a Defense contractor in Central West Florida, following that I was Senior Technical Assistant in a large R&D organization also located in Florida classifying new products and obtaining licenses as needed for the R&D team, and now I am currently a Senior Member of the Global Trade team for JDSU.

In September 2005 I became Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer (CUSECO) and I have continued my education in this field by attending as many conferences and seminars as possible and by also obtaining 30 CEU's over the last three years from the International Import Export Institute. In addition, I obtained my MBA in July 2006 with the desire to work within an organization that recognizes the strategic advantage of applying Trade Compliance with a Corporate Business Plan and I feel that I have found that organization with JDSU in San Jose, California.

I became a member of WIT-NC earlier this year and have really enjoyed all the dinners/seminars I have attended. The networking opportunities are wonderful! I was approached by Eva Galfi, Program Director, in June for an opportunity to volunteer for the Continuing Education committee. The support has been phenomenal from the board, the Program committee and other volunteers. WIT-NC is very organized and processes are established; therefore, helping is really easy and fun!

I have spoken at several events on current trade issues and I am currently scheduled to speak at two conferences sponsored by Mondial Trade Compliance Services and Solutions Inc. The first conference is being held in Memphis, TN on December 2nd & 3rd and in Singapore, January 12th & 13th, 2009.

Other interests: I am an avid reader usually reading several books at a time – yes it can be done! My favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Kootz, Nicholas Sparks, and Debbie Maccomber, so my interests run from scaring myself to death to laughing heartily over a joyful and funny romance.

I love to sew, crochet and make jewelry or combined all three to create a soft sculpture doll. I am a semi-professional artist -in saying that I mean that I create and sale artwork either on commission or completely independent of a client. I paint in oils, draw in pencil, pen, and pastels. I sculpt in wood and clay. I also have a few bronze sculptures. My hope and dream is to become a full-time professional artist. Currently, I am seeking out local galleries in the Bay area to display my work and I am setting up a website.

 

Marina  Deykun

Marina Deykun

Hi, my name is Marina Deykun. I obtained a BA degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis on Foreign Trade from the Academy of Customs Service of Ukraine, and further relevant experience working at the Customs Office and Cargill, the US export-import company. I extended my knowledge of specifics in the industry by completing the International Trade and Commerce Program at UCLA Extension, in Los Angeles last summer with 3.9 GPA. Currently, I am seeking a position in international business, trade, freight forwarding or logistics and looking for an opportunity to utilize my previous experience, to grow and advance my skills.

For the last several years of my education and working experience I am trying to become a valuable participant in world trade. My membership in WIT-NC is a logical continuation of my desire to make the difference in international trade and all derivative industries. I am also glad to have an opportunity to become a part of the professional and friendly WIT-NC team, by volunteering and assisting at events as well as membership.

I would like to encourage all of you to give this chance to your colleagues and friends who might also be interested in sharing, learning, analyzing and solving International trade and business issues, by joining and volunteering with WIT-NC.

I would also like to invite you to link with me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/deymar

 

 Matt Nakachi

Matt Nakachi,

Sandler Travis & Rosenberg and Glad & Ferguson, P.C.

I am an import/export, international trade law attorney based in San Francisco.

The first reason I love my work is that my day-to-day always involves a wide variety of legal issues. Examples would include the structuring of duty or cost-savings programs (first-sale programs, FTA eligibility, valuation projects (such as transfer pricing issues) or other similar projects. I provide counsel during audits. I provide legal advice and defense in situations where import/export violations have occurred. We advocate and lobby for regulatory change. Of late, I have been active with first-sale issues, and our efforts in the Asia-Pacific trade practice. I've been co-chair of the American Bar Association's Customs Law Committee since 2006. However, when my current term expires at the end of the summer, and I plan to spend more time helping out closer to home here at WIT.

The second reason I love my work is that I enjoy the many wonderful people in our trade community. I try to make myself available at trade events to discuss current issues and I am generally available directly at 415-377-2128, or via email at mnakachi@strtrade.com.

My Firm also publishes a daily news service, called Word Trade Interactive, which highlights the latest trade issues in the US (as well as other e-publications on Latin American Trade and Asia Trade, and etc.).

Please drop me a line if you would be interested in receiving a free subscription.

 

 Stephanie Lieggi

Stephanie Lieggi,

Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, FedEx Trade Networks/World Tariff

I'm Stephanie Lieggi and I'm a researcher and analyst at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (www.cns.miis.edu), a think-tank attached to the Monterey Institute. Although I began my current position primarily researching and writing on general nonproliferation and disarmament issues in East Asia, in the last five years I've focused more of my time to the analysis of nonproliferation-related export controls both in Asia (particularly China and Japan) and in the United States. Aside from my research work, I am also currently one of the primary instructors at the Center for export control-related training and an adjunct professor teaching a class on strategic trade control issues at the Monterey Institute.

Being a member of WIT-NC has given me an ideal opportunity to interact with industry and experience all sides of the export control and trade compliance issue. This interaction helps me relate my academic research to practical real-world problems. The topics at the WIT-NC monthly meetings often have direct relation to the research that I'm doing and having an opportunity to hear from industry practitioners—particularly in the field of export compliance-has been a great benefit to me.

I think the work of WIT-NC is important and productive and believe it is up to members to keep this organization vibrant by volunteering. I've enjoyed helping out in the last few years by updating and maintaining WIT-NC postings to the OWIT job bank. The job bank is a valuable resource and I'm happy that my efforts can assist the organization with providing this benefit to members.

I can be reached at stephanie.lieggi@miis.edu or at 831-647-6697.

 

Janet Pak

Janet Pak,

FedEx Trade Networks/World Tariff

My name is Janet Pak and I work at FedEx Trade Networks/World Tariff. I enjoy the challenges of working in the trade compliance field and am looking forward to a long career in it. I recently sat for the Customs Brokers License examination and am continuously learning more about the challenges of our industry and how I can play a part in helping bring solutions to compliance managers.

At Fed Ex, I am responsible for ensuring accurate global trade data and content such as classification information for various countries including Harmonized Schedule (HS) codes, Export Control Number (ECN/ECCN) and Schedule B numbers.

I currently volunteer for WIT-NC as a programs organizer, working with the Board, Program Director and committee team members to ensure each event is a success. I enjoy my work with WIT-NC because it allows me to interact with an amazing group of people who are passionate about trade. This year, I hope to organize an Import Best Practices workshop, Technology Transfer program and a wine tour.

Please check out my site at www.janetpak.com for relevant trade news and more information about my work. I look forward to meeting all of you soon!

 

 Jennifer Kessinger

Jennifer Kessinger,

Global Trade Expertise

Hi, I'm Jennifer Kessinger and I am the co-founder of Global Trade Expertise, an international trade law and consulting practice. Prior to founding Global Trade Expertise, I worked in the international trade practices of a Big 4 accounting firm and a law firm in Chicago. I started my career as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of International Trade.

I love being involved with WIT-NC because I'm passionate about international trade and helping women succeed in the field.

You can reach me at 925-876-1381 or jk@globaltradeexpertise.com. Please check out www.globaltradeexpertise.com for the latest in international trade news, trade job opportunities, a calendar of events and trainings, and (soon) free training modules via video podcasts!