Member Spotlight

Laura Putnam

Member Spotlight: Laura Putnam
November 2017

After obtaining a BA in International Business with a concentration in Japanese, I have worked in the area of international trade compliance for over seventeen years and have leveraged my knowledge and expertise by advocating for trade issues on behalf of the members of the international trade community. My Customs Broker’s License was obtained in 2001. The graduate program at California State University East Bay for an MBA was completed in 2006.

I currently work for Bio-Rad Laboratories, in Hercules, California, where I am the Global Import/Export Compliance Manager. In my role, I supervise a team of Trade Compliance Specialists. My primary focus is developing and designing programs for increased compliance with Customs, BIS, and OFAC regulations along with duty and tax reduction through duty drawback and free trade agreements.

Outside of the office, I enjoy participating and contributing within various trade organizations along with taking part in group activities such as running competitions, hiking abroad, and skiing at the local mountains. I’m also having fun getting a new book club off the ground and cheering on the Oakland Warriors.


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