JACK T. AMPUJA
President – Supply Chain Optimizers,
Buffalo N.Y. & Toronto, Canada
Executive Director – Niagara University Center
for Supply Chain Excellence at Lewiston N.Y.
A citizen of the U.S.A., Canada and Finland,
Jack has over 35 years of supply chain management experience
with five Fortune 500 firms. His career has included
stints in consulting, manufacturing and third party logistics;
jobs have ranged from direct supervision of Teamsters
and Longshoremen at 23 years of age to Senior Vice President
of Operations at a multi-billion dollar international
company heading up a $200 million division with 800 employees.
Jack has extensive knowledge of the food industry working
25 consecutive years for member firms of the Grocery
Manufacturers Association. He spent most of the
90’s as Vice President of Purchasing & Logistics
for Rich Products in Buffalo.
Jack writes articles for
trade journals and is a regular speaker on supply chain
issues and trends making over 50 hours of presentations
annually to management groups. He has spoken in Canada,
Belgium and on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International
Development at the first logistics conference ever held
in Ghana, Africa.
Jack is President of the
Western New York Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain
Management Professionals and co-chairs the Logistics Council
for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership [Chamber of Commerce].
He serves on the board of directors for Continental 1 [Toronto
to Miami Trade Corridor] and the advisory board of TSE
Global Logistics of Atlanta and Kong & Allan Consulting
of Shanghai. He is a member of the editorial advisory board
for Supply Chain Management Review. In conjunction
with his consulting and educational efforts Jack serves
on the Business School Dean’s Advisory Council at
the University of Massachusetts.
Jack has a B.S. degree in
business administration from the University of Massachusetts,
a year of post graduate study in transportation at Northeastern
University (Boston), and an M.B.A. degree from the University
MR. BASHAM has one of the most distinguished
and diverse backgrounds in law enforcement and homeland security
in the world today. Over the course of his 38 year career
in federal law enforcement, he served in senior leadership
positions at four of the eight operational components in
what is now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
and did so as a Senior Executive Presidential appointee
in the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations.
recently, Mr. Basham led an agency of over 53,000 employees
as Commissioner of U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s
largest law enforcement agency and the largest operational
component of DHS with overall responsibility for the border
security of the United States. During his tenure as Commissioner,
CBP embarked on an ambitious initiative to secure the border
using state of the art technology such as ground based
radar systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and an
increased intelligence infrastructure. Mr. Basham led the
agency’s successful effort to double the size of
the Border Patrol and modernized the way in which law enforcement
agencies and the intelligence community work together in
their efforts to screen passengers and cargo entering the
United States. Mr. Basham led CBP through a period of unprecedented
growth and intense public scrutiny on issues like immigration
and border security, and managed the challenges of securing
the global supply chain and enforcing trade laws while
facilitating legitimate commerce. He also oversaw the rapid
deployment of billions of dollars worth of assets and tactical
infrastructure along the nation’s borders.
Prior to becoming Commissioner of CBP,
Mr. Basham served as the Director of the United States
Secret Service (USSS), where he had overall responsibility
for the security of the President, Vice President, all
living former Presidents and their families.
Specialist Tom Bechard, Customs and Border Protection,
Tom Bechard graduated Saint Michael’s
College with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Tom began his customs career as a customs inspector in
1987. He has served as an instructor at the Customs
Service Academy and as a Senior Inspector and training
officer at the Port of Champlain. He was responsible for
teaching customs’ policies and procedures to new
customs officers and military customs procedures to the
Security Police at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Tom became an import specialist
in 1999. His commodity assignments have included; plants,
animals, food, plastics, rubber, explosives, machinery,
electronics, telecommunication equipment, motor vehicles,
trains, aircraft, musical instruments, firearms, ammunition,
toys, games, and sports equipment. Tom supervises
the commodity team responsible for administering the importation
of plants, animals, food, plastics, rubber, explosives,
firearms and ammunition, serves as the Customs-Trade Partnership
Against Terrorism point of contact at the port, and manages
the port’s commercial outreach program.
For the past decade, Mr. Thad Bingel has served in positions
of responsibility in both the Executive Branch and Congress.
During this period Mr. Bingel has developed key relationships
with high level officials, attained an intimate understanding
of the political process in Washington, D.C., and amassed
a wealth of knowledge, both administrative and operational,
in the field of border protection and homeland security.
From May, 2005 until March,
2009, Mr. Bingel served as a senior leader in U.S. Customs & Border
Protection (CBP), the component of the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for securing the
nation's borders. During his tenure this unified border
agency grew to more than 50,000 employees with an annual
budget of $11 billion. At CBP, Mr. Bingel attained the
position of Chief of Staff for the Commissioner in the
fall of 2007 and served through the transition period into
the Obama Administration. In this capacity, Mr. Bingel
was the second ranking political appointee at the agency
and served as part of the executive leadership team and
as a principal advisor to Commissioner Ralph W. Basham.
He assisted in the day to day operations and management
of the agency as well as overseeing the agency's interactions
with the White House, DHS headquarters, Congress, state
and local governments and the press. Before serving as
Chief of Staff, Mr. Bingel served as Assistant Commissioner
for the Office of Congressional Affairs where he managed
all of CBP’s day to day relations with the United
States Senate and House of Representatives at a time of
unprecedented congressional interest in border security
Prior to his appointment
to CBP, Mr. Bingel served as Majority Counsel for the full
House Judiciary Committee during the 108th and 109th Congresses.
His duties included preparing for Full Committee hearings
and managing a broad spectrum of legislation from subcommittee
through passage into law.
Before joining the House
Judiciary Committee, Mr. Bingel served in the 107th Congress
as counsel and policy analyst for then Majority Leader
Dick Armey (R-TX), where he was responsible for technology,
telecomm, energy, environment, resources, and other issues
for the House Majority Leader's office, including providing
assistance to the special legislative committee headed
by the Majority Leader which created DHS. Previously, Mr.
Bingel served as Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant
to two Members of Congress.
Mr. Bingel received his law
degree from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s
degree from the College of the Holy Cross.
RICK D. BLASGEN
Rick D. Blasgen is the president and chief executive officer
of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
(CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA.
Blasgen began his career with Nabisco,
working in a regional customer service center in Chicago,
Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics
positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management,
customer service, order processing, and transportation
and distribution center operations management. Blasgen
became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June
1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June
2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior
vice president integrated logistics.
Throughout the past 25 years, Blasgen
has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of
chain management programs and initiatives. This experience
has given him a solid foundation for his role in advancing
CSCMP throughout the world.
Blasgen has been a member of CLM’s Executive Committee,
and is a past president of the Warehousing Education and
Research Council (WERC). He was also chair of the Grocery
Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee and is a
member of Northwestern University’s Transportation
Center Business Advisory Committee. Blasgen is a 1983 graduate
of Governor’s State University, earning his degree
in business administration and majoring in finance.
Currently the Manager of the Trade Management Services
group with UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Ottawa, Ontario,
Michelle leads the team that delivers solutions for importers
and exporters who want to be responsible global traders.
Michelle is also an integral member of a project team that
manages the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) initiative in
Canada assisting importers align their internal business
processes to interface with Customs in gaining approval to this innovative and
challenging initiative. Michelle has been successful in assisting five large
Canadian importers gain approval to the CSA part II application process and continues
to work with several other importers to achieve this goal.
Michelle’s 21 years
of experience and acquired knowledge has rendered her a
subject matter expert in a variety of Customs initiatives
including; Customs Self Assessment (CSA), Advance Commercial
Information (ACI), Customs Partnership Against Terrorism
(C-TPAT), Partners in Protection (PIP) and other Customs
regulatory affairs. Her skills have been utilized to complete
process improvement projects for importers/exporters in
order to minimize their risk of customs penalties while
maximizing the use of customs initiatives.
Michelle has been chosen
to speak at many internal/external seminars, providing
training and logistics business expertise. She
also serves as an advisor to many of North America’s
importers and exporters. In addition, she facilitates
online (technical) seminars on Canadian trade. Staying
current on customs new initiatives and changes, Michelle
is a member of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers
(CSCB), Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
(IE Canada), the Canadian Couriers and Logistics Association
(CCLA), the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association
of America (NCBFAA) and the American Association of Importers
and Exporters (AAEI) Michelle is also the Eastern Ontario
Regional Director of the Women in Logistics. She
is increasingly being asked to lecture around North America
and has spoken in several cities including Toronto, Cleveland,
Seattle, San Francisco, Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa.
On the Canadian side of the
border, Michelle has attained the Customs Certified Specialist
designation (CCS) with the Canadian Society of Customs
Brokers (CSCB) and has had her professional status with
the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) since 1992. On
the U.S. side of the border Michelle recently attained
her U.S. Customs Certified Specialist (CCS) designation
in the Inaugural Class of 2006 with the National Customs
Brokers and Forwarders Association of America,(NCBFAA).
Sal is the Supply Chain Manager
of Transportation, Customs Compliance, and Bombardier Training
Centers at Bombardier Aerospace, Headquartered in Montréal,
Canada. Sal also leads the Bombardier Aerospace Transportation
Council which includes members from all of their Aerospace
Mr. Cammisano has been with Bombardier Aerospace for close
to 3 years, and has worked for 20 years in the area of
Transportation and Logistics. Prior to joining Bombardier
Aerospace, Sal held the position of Global Account Manager
for a Global Transportation and Logistics organization
located in Dorval.
In his management position at Bombardier Aerospace, Mr.
Cammisano has been responsible for the Inbound and Outbound
transportation activities for all Canadian sites, as well
as their Mexican sites located in the City of Queretaro.
He also is responsible for the Customs Compliance operations
for their Canadian Inbound shipments destined for Bombardier
Aerospace. His current responsibilities also include Supply
Chain management of their Training Centers.
Sal obtained his P-Log designation in 2007 with the
Logistics Institute and completed a Certificate in Logistics
and Supply Chain Management at the Schulic School of Business
at York University in Ontario. He also completed a Management
Certificate at Concordia University in Montreal in the summer of 2000.
Frank is currently the Logistics Manager for NovaBus’ Plattsburgh
Facility which began Operations in early 2009. In this
role, he is a member of the Plattsburgh Management Steering
Committee, the Volvo Bus Logistics Managers Council, and
leads the local Logistics Team in three main functional
areas: Planning and Scheduling, Inventory Control, and
Warehouse Operations which includes a strategic 3PL Partner.
Prior to joining NovaBus, Frank spent his early career
in Engineering roles for GE and Carrier. Upon obtaining
his M.B.A., roles in Supply Chain and Finance have been
his focus. Frank has experience in Sales Forecasting, Sales & Operations
Planning, Master Scheduling multiple Manufacturing Sites,
Lean Operations, and leading the Financial Management of
a Business Unit for companies such as Pall Corp. and PPC.
Frank has a B.S. Degree from Colorado State University
and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. He has maintained
memberships to many professional organizations and has
acted as Board Member for APICS and SME as both a student
Paul Comey is Vice
President of Environmental Affairs for Green Mountain
Coffee Roasters. His responsibilities
include assuring the company’s sites are in environmental
compliance with all local, state and federal laws, reducing
the environmental impact of the company’s operations,
and contributing to the management of the company’s
environmental, financial and social bottom lines.
Paul has a vision of accelerating
Green Mountain Coffee’s
leadership in the environmental arena by using climate
change as a competitive advantage. His initial efforts
to map the company’s environmental footprint have
resulted in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.He
sees the company’s commitment to GHG reduction
and mitigation as essential to the company’s core
belief that business can be a change agent in the world.
Paul has initiated programs and processes that exhibit
his belief that environmental practices are typically best
business practices. His focus on the four R’s
(reduce, reuse, recycle, recover) through the use of EMS
(Environmental Management System) has diverted much of
the waste stream resulting in a financial revenue stream. Paul
shares the company’s environmental best practices
through public speaking engagements and by testifying before
state and federal agencies to influence environmental policies.
Renowned for his expertise in U.S. Customs regulations
and procedures, Robert (Bob) DeCamp is an active educator
of audiences involved in international trade. With years
of hands-on experience working for nationally known Customs
brokerage and logistics firms, Robert DeCamp offers a refreshingly
straightforward look at the complex labyrinth of Customs
regulations. During the past several years, Bob has had
the opportunity to present topical Customs issues to audiences
in the U.S. and Canada including members of the National
Association of Manufacturers, Quebec Manufacturers & Exporters,
as well as other regional trade groups.
Bob is a frequent lecturer
and has specialized in teaching both publicly and privately
in selected international matters including tariff classification
under the Harmonized Coding System, Customs valuation,
NAFTA and most recently international compliance strategies
including assessments and supply chain security. He has
authored numerous publications including United States
Trade Process and Compliance Initiatives in the 21st Century and A
Manager's Guide to Commercial Goods Certification Under NAFTA, along
with serving as a regular contributing author to the U.S.
Custom House Guide.
Since becoming licensed as
a U.S. Customs Broker in 1976, Bob has held a variety of
strategic corporate positions including Vice President
of Operations, Regulatory Affairs, and also served as President
of a trade consulting service. In 1999, Bob joined the
A.N. Deringer, Inc. team as Director of Regulatory Affairs
and Consulting. In addition to leading the Deringer Logistics
Consulting Group, he is a member of the Advisory Council
of the School of Business and Economics at the State University
of New York. In December of 2008, Bob was appointed
by the secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security
and the Department of the Treasury to sit on the Advisory
Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border
Protection (COAC). The committee advises the secretaries
on the commercial operations of Customs and Border Protection.
Over the past quarter century,
Bob has played an active role in numerous trade associations,
as well as being a charter member of Customs ACE Committee.
He was also a member of the Exporters Certificate of Origin
development team under the Canada/U.S. FTA, and a Senior
Lobbyist for the de minimis provision under NAFTA. Bob
DeCamp earned a B.S. in International Business (Summa cum
laude), and an M.A. in Administration from the State University
of New York.
ROBERT D. DECAMP
Partner, Simon, Gluck and Kane, New
York, N.Y. Robert D.
DeCamp is a member of the New York and Connecticut State
Bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court
of International Trade (“CIT”), where he
has successfully handled numerous cases involving both
U.S. Customs and anti-dumping-related matters. Prior
to his litigation practice before the CIT, Mr. DeCamp
graduated with a B.A. from the University of Binghamton,
and earned his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo
School of Law.
Mr. DeCamp joined the firm in 2003, and
has since then focused his practice in Customs and International
Trade Law on behalf of both importer and exporter clients.
Pertinent case matters have included U.S. Customs and
Border Protection (“CBP”)
administrative rulings, penalty and seizure actions, trademark
and copyright forfeiture proceedings, audit and disclosure,
recordkeeping compliance and Trade Adjustment Assistance.
He has also counseled clients on multiple CBP-run programs,
including Customs’ Focused
Assessment (FA), Importer Self Assessment (ISA) and the
Customs- Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program.
Mr. DeCamp has extensive experience with Generalized System
of Preferences (“GSP”) qualification and North
American Free Trade Program (“NAFTA”) verification,
and has participated with investigations regarding U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).
In addition, he has been involved in several successful
anti-dumping matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce,
including antidumping scope requests and changed circumstance
In addition to his practice before the CIT, CBP,
ICE and the Department of Commerce, Mr. DeCamp has counseled
clients on regulations involving additional other federal
agencies, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”),
the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”),
the U.S. Patent & Trademark
Office (“PTO”), the U.S. Department of Agriculture
and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection
He has also counseled clients on matters involving the
U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”)
and the U.S. Department of Defense regarding Acquisition,
Technology & Logistics.
DeCamp has been active in multiple trade-related webinars,
and has written articles that have appeared in World Wide
Shipping Magazine and the U.S. Customs House Guide, on
the subjects of Customs and International Trade Law and
European Union expansion, U.S. Court of Appeals classification
issues and Sarbanes-Oxley. Mr. DeCamp is resident in the
firm’s New York office.
Joe is currently the Manager
of Global Purchasing and Logistics for A. Schonbek & Co.,
Inc., a member of the Swarovski Group. Joe is responsible
for coordinating the global procurement, sourcing and logistics
activities for the Swarovski Lighting Business, headquartered
in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Joe also serves as a member of
the Strategic Management Team for Schonbek.
Joe has 20 years experience in product development and
supply chain management, the past 10 of those years having
been spent with Schonbek. Prior to coming to Schonbek,
Joe was the Purchasing and Warehouse Manager for the Slipper
Division of footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide
out of Rockford, Michigan. His formative years following
his degree from the University of Maine were spent in product
development with the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont
allowing for extensive international travel for sourcing.
A native of Buffalo,
Joe currently resides in Plattsburgh, N.Y. and is a member
of ISM and APICS.
John Hogg is the
owner of Straight-Forward Consulting. John is an expert
in supply chain management processes. With
over 20 years of increasing responsibilities at Rich Products
Corporation, John specializes in Lean Manufacturing, integrated
business process redesign, and all aspects of the demand – supply
planning continuum. He has held leadership positions
in demand planning, supply planning, materials management,
ERP implementations, and lean manufacturing. In addition,
he has built and implemented new processes in demand planning,
sales and operations planning, materials management, vendor
managed inventory, redistribution, and continuous improvement.
He also has experience in inventory management, benchmarking & best
practices, new product development, distribution-recovery
pricing models, and network modeling. Systems experience
includes separate implementations of demand planning, MRP
II, and ERP systems.
In addition to a BA and an
MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., he has obtained
third-party certification in Production and Inventory Management
(CPIM) from the American Production and Inventory Control
Society (APICS); Process Mastery Certification from Hammer
and Associates; and Certification in Lean and Six Sigma
from Villanova University. He serves on the North
American Leadership team for the Supply Chain Council,
and has spoken at conferences for APICS, the Supply Chain
Council, CSCMP, and the Institute for International Research
B. HORN is a member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg,
P.A. and manages its New York office. Mr. Horn specializes
in customs, international trade and transportation
law, with particular emphasis on cross-border transactions
between the United States and Canada. This has included
the establishment of numerous related party and three-tiered
sales transactions, customs audits, seizure and penalty
cases, classification determinations, and NAFTA verifications
and origin determinations.
Mr. Horn, an “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell,
has been widely recognized for his presentations and
lectures on textile and apparel issues and international
trade matters before the Canadian Apparel Federation,
the Apparel Manufacturers Institute of Quebec, The Quebec
Apparel Productivity Center, the American Management
Association and the Canadian Importers Association. He
is also a featured writer for Canadian Apparel magazine.
John Kerr, C.P.M. serves as the purchasing manager at
NRG Systems, leading manufacturer of wind measurement equipment,
where he manages supplier relations and purchasing operations.
He also serves on the company’s department manager’s
team, a cross-functional group that oversees day-to-day
operations at the company’s Hinesburg, V.T. manufacturing
Prior to joining NRG Systems
in 2007, he worked at the Goodrich Corporation acquiring
goods and services for many applications. To his current
role, he brings 32 years of supply chain management experience
with utilities, large construction/engineering firms, and
manufacturers. John holds two master’s degrees, one
in administrative studies from Boston College and the other
in business management from Lesley College, and a bachelor
of science degree in civil engineering from the University
of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth. John is also a Certified
Purchasing Manager recognized by the Institute for Supply
Management in Tempe Arizona. He lives in Shelburne, V.T.
wife, Nancy, and their two children, David and Bridget
Leduc is the Manager of Regulatory Services East of FedEx
Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage,
Inc., a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation based in Memphis,
Tenn. This region includes border locations from Alexandria
Bay, N.Y. to Calais, Maine, and air and ocean ports from
the U.S./Canada border to Florida. Ms. Leduc works
in the Champlain, N.Y. office. FedEx Trade Networks
is one of North America’s largest-volume customs
entry filers and a leading provider of global cargo distribution,
trade advisory services, and value-added logistics solutions.
Ms. Leduc has been with FedEx Trade Networks for 16 years,
and she has worked for more than 30 years in the area of
customs brokerage on the U.S./Canada border. Prior to joining
FedEx, Ms. Leduc held the position of Post Entry Coordinator
and Textile Team Lead at another brokerage firm in Champlain,
In her management positions at FedEx Trade Networks, Ms.
Leduc has been responsible for Technical Services and Entry
Services, as well as serving customers in the textile trade
and managing specific national accounts in the electronics
and steel industries. Her current responsibilities include
management of the Regulatory Services department for customs
clearance locations in the Eastern United States, ensuring
compliance with customs and other government agency regulations,
and providing technical advice to internal and external
Ms. Leduc is past treasurer of the
North Country Chamber of Commerce, and she is President
of the Board of Directors at the Champlain Children’s
Learning Center, a United Way Agency and not-for-profit
educational and child care center located in Rouses Point,
Ms. Leduc obtained a Customs Broker License in 1984, and
is currently seeking NCBFAA status as a Certified Export
Ms. Leduc and her family reside in Champlain, N.Y.
Scott Loughan has worked for the Food and Drug Administration
for 10 years. He started out in FDA’s New York
District Import Operations Branch where he worked as
a field Investigator for
8 years. He then transferred to FDA’s New England
District where he has since worked as a Compliance Officer.
Scott has been an instructor at FDA’s ORA University
for the past 4 years where he has trained new FDA field
Investigators in the areas of Import Operations, Import
Entry Review, and Advanced Import Investigations. Scott
has been a member of FDA’s
Import Operations Strategic Plan design implementation
team working specifically in the area of filer evaluations.
Amy Magnus, a licensed Customs Broker, is District Manager
for A.N. Deringer in Champlain, NY. Ms. Magnus is the Secretary
of the National Customs and Freight Forwards Association,
and a member of the Customs Committee for the NCBFAA. She
is the President of the Northern Border Brokers Association
and serves on the Northern Border Broker’s Association
Ms. Magnus is an ACE Trade
Ambassador, a member of a special advisory group working
directly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
and the Trade Support Network in the development of CBP’s
Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
Formerly, Ms. Magnus was the Vice President of Trans-Border
Customs Service, subsequently purchased by UPS. Prior to
becoming a broker, Ms. Magnus worked for the United States
Customs Service for eighteen years in many senior level
When she left Customs, she
was the Trade Compliance Manager in Champlain New York
Area Service Port. Ms. Magnus’ responsibilities
included supervision of all trade-related personnel and
functions in the Champlain Area Service Port. During her
Customs career, Ms. Magnus worked with various Customs
Headquarters Offices in Washington, D.C. to draft and implement
new policies and procedures as they related to NAFTA, Compliance
Measurement, The Customs Modernization Act, Enforcement,
and other Trade Sensitive Issues. Prior to her position
as Trade Manager, Ms. Magnus was the Fines, Penalties,
and Forfeiture Officer for over five years, and in her
early years with U.S. Customs, she served as an Inspector
and an Import Specialist.
Ms. Magnus is a graduate
of the University of Vermont with a B.A. degree and a professional
post graduate teaching degree.
Director, Buffalo C-TPAT Field Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Ronald May is working on his 24th year
with U.S. Customs and Border Protection during which time
he served in the Ports of Detroit, Houston, Toronto Pre-clearance,
Toledo, Washington D.C. and now Buffalo, N.Y.
Career highlights include working on a
contraband enforcement team, original Anti-Terrorism Unit,
Firearms Training Officer, Instructor at the Federal Law
Enforcement Training Center and the C-TPAT program for
the last 6 plus years. During time with C-TPAT, he was
Director of the Washington, D.C. Field Office; Acting Director
of the C-TPAT program and eventually went to Buffalo to
open the first border Port C-TPAT Field Office in October
He was a representative to the World
Customs Organization for CBP during the development of
the SAFE Framework of Standards and received the Commissioners
Award for work on same. Was
also lead representative for CBP on C-TPAT negotiations
with New Zealand, Jordan, Israel, and currently the European
Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
from Baldwin-Wallace College and currently is pursuing
a Masters of Science in Operations Management Degree from
New England College.
Supply Chain Development & Innovation
EI DuPont & Nemours Company (DuPont NYSE DD)
of DuPont’s long term supply chain transformation,
which has generated over $3 Billion in bottom line results – Peter’s
role is to take on whatever is new, different or difficult
in a very broad definition of supply chain management.
Once possibilities are identified, test with internal and
external leading practitioners and thought leaders, team
with them to demonstrate the value and gain buy in to implement
and pilot amongst DuPont’s 60 global businesses.
Some major focus areas:
- Commercialization of 2nd Generation (non-food) Biofuels
- Supply Chain Sustainability / Green Supply Chains
- Demand Driven Supply Chains – integration of
marketing, sales & supply chain management
- Advanced business management S&OP – Integrated
- Demand Management
- APICS Board of Directors, Leadership Team, Chair Collaboration
- Supply Chain Council and the SCOR and GreenSCOR models
Peter serves on the
APICS Board of Directors is active with the Supply Chain
Council and the Institute of Business Forecasting. He
is an Oliver Wight Certified Lead Instructor for Integrated
Business Management and Demand Management. He is
one of the original team that developed the APICS Certified
Supply Chain Professional body of knowledge. He is a
frequent speaker and contributor for APICS, IBF, SCChem/Logichem,
and other leading conferences. He collaborates with
leading companies on benchmarking practices and developing
has worked for DuPont for over 10 years as a global supply
chain leader and with the Supply Chain Center of Competency. He
has been involved in numerous projects and program developments.
His prior experience includes supply chain, operations,
demand and product management roles with Raytheon, Newell-Rubbermaid,
and Kao Infosystems – where he led the world class
supply chain for the launch of Windows 98.
Peter works around
the world based out of DuPont’s
headquarters in Wilmington, DE and lives in Pennsylvania
with his family.
Brian D. Neureuther
is a Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management
at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh.
He received his Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management
from Texas Tech University, his M.B.A. degree from Wright
State University in Dayton, Ohio, with a concentration
in management science and his B.A. in mathematics from
the State University of New York, College at Geneseo.
His research interests
include supply chain management, supply chain disruption,
information technology in supply chains, simulation for
production planning and control, and quality control.
He has published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles
and his work has appeared in journals such as the Journal
of Integrated Design and Process Science, the
International Journal of Production Economics, IEEE
Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, Production
Planning and Control, the International
Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector, the Quality
Management Journal, the International
Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, and
the Journal of Marketing Channels. He has been guest editor of the Journal
of Marketing Channels and is on the editorial advisory
board of the International Journal of Information
Systems and Supply Management and the Journal of Marketing
Channels. He has presented at over 32 international and national
conferences on topic ranging from teaching pedagogy to
managing supply chain risk and has consulted with companies
such as Rider University, Neoteric Hovercraft, EDI Telecommunications,
Southwestern Wire Cloth, and the Cleveland County Chamber
of Commerce (North Carolina).
He is a member of the Production
and Operations Management Society, the Institute for
Operations Research and Management Science, and APICS,
the Society of Operations Management (where he has served
as Chapter President and has earned the prestigious Certified
Supply Chain Professional designation).
James Phillips, distinguished businessman and speaker, holds degrees in Accounting,
an MBA in Corporate Management and Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science.
President & CEO, 1992
to present, CAN/AM BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE (Can/Am BTA).
The Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance, formed in
1992, is a transcontinental, bi-national, broad based organization
with participation from all 27 states (Washington to Maine
including Alaska) on or near the U.S./Canada Border and
the Canadian Provinces. The combined network involves over
60,000 companies and organizations in their individual
memberships. Can/Am BTA participants include members from
border trade, border crossing and transportation segments
including producers, shippers, brokers, mode transportation
providers, bridge and tunnel operators, chambers of commerce,
business and trade corridor associations and economic development
and government agencies. The CAN/AM BTA’s major focus
areas are Trade, Transportation, Border Management and
There are a number of effective,
cooperative, major multi-jurisdictional trade corridor
initiatives connecting U.S./Canada. Can/Am BTA members
are key participants in each.
Mr. Phillips is past President
of General Abrasive, where he served as Chief Executive
Officer, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance,
and Vice President in charge of Operations of the Canadian
Subsidiary, General Abrasive (Canada) Limited. Prior to
his employment at General Abrasive, he was Chief Financial
Officer of the Pigments Division of the American Cyanamid
He was appointed by the Senate
Majority and the Governor to the New York State Superfund
Management Board. He was elected to the Marquis “Who’s
Who in American Business in the East” ; “Who’s
Who in Finance and Industry” and “Who’s
Who in America”. He has appeared on television and
radio in various formats as a spokesperson for business
Mr. Phillips has received a number of awards in recognition
for his successful leadership in business and was awarded
the prestigious Dresser Gold Medal for the most innovative
and creative contribution to technology for his patented
Furnace Plant Design. He was presented with the Business
Council of New York State award by the Governor.
Ms. Piller’s practice focuses on cross-border matters
including business entities and multinational funding as
well as general corporate and business matters. Ms.
Piller has been a presenter at many North County Chamber
of Commerce Canadian Business Seminars held both in Canada
and New York.
Practive Areas: Business; Commercial
Transactions/Real Estate and Health Law.
Admitted to Bar: 1993, New York; 1994
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
Education: JD, 1992, Washington & Lee
University Law School. BA, 1988, College of William & Mary.
Professional Activities: Ms. Piller is a member of the Clinton
County and New York State Bar Associations and a member of the Real Property
and Health Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association.
Ms. Piller has been a member
and past President of the Board of Directors of Champlain
Valley Physicians Hospital Foundation, Inc.; Plattsburgh
State University Business School Advisory Council (2008
to present); Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce
Board Member (2001-2005) and has served as a presenter
at the North Country Chamber of Commercial-Canadian Business
Seminars held in Canada.
Terry is a partner in Thompson Coburn LLP’s Transportation
and International Commerce group. Her practice focuses
on import compliance, the various import preference programs,
valuation issues, country of origin marking and labeling
issues, and supply chain security requirements. She works
with clients ranging from small producers to large multinationals
regarding the import requirements of both the United States
and other countries.
Terry represents U.S. producers and importers, as well
as foreign manufacturers and exporters, before various
regulatory agencies and committees, including Customs and
Border Protection (CBP), the Federal Trade Commission,
Fish and Wildlife, and the Committee for the Implementation
of the Textile Agreements, on both administrative and enforcement
matters; before the International Trade Commission and
the U.S. Department of Commerce in unfair trade actions,
such as countervailing and antidumping duty cases; and
before the Court of International Trade and the Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit in both customs and unfair
Earlier in her career, Terry served as senior attorney
in the General Counsel's Office at the U.S. Department
of the Treasury where she concentrated on customs and international
trade matters. She began her career in the Office
of Regulations and Rulings of the U.S. Customs Service
(CBP's predecessor agency) and also served as an attorney-advisor
in the Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service.
Terry obtained her B.A. in
Economics from S.U.N.Y. at Plattsburgh, N.Y. and her J.D.
from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She
is active in a number of international trade associations,
including the American Association of Exporters and Importers
(currently serving on its Leadership Council and as co-chair
of its Membership Committee) and the International Compliance
Professionals Association. She has served on the
Board of Directors of the Customs and International Trade
Bar Association and is currently a co-vice chair of the
Customs Committee of the American Bar Association.
Jacques Roy is a professor of Logistics and Operations
Management at HEC Montreal where he is also Director of
the Carrefour logistique, a university-industry forum on
Supply Chain Management and Director of the research group
Chaîne that is conducting research activities in
the field of Supply Chain Management. He was also Director,
Research and Publication and Director, Training, at the
Montreal based International Aviation Management Training
Professor Roy graduated with a B.Sc. from the
Royal Military College in Saint-Jean and completed his
education with an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Business Administration
at HEC Montréal.
Prior to his teaching career, Dr. Roy was employed as an
aerospace engineering officer with the Canadian Armed Forces.
He also possesses many years of experience as a management
consultant with several large Canadian corporations and
governmental organizations. His expertise lies in the areas
of logistics and transportation management. Dr. Roy has
authored several articles and publications in this subject
area, and has participated in many conferences at both
national and international levels.
ADAM W. SALERNO
Adam W. Salerno
is director for the National Security and Emergency Preparedness
Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible
for the Chamber’s initiatives regarding security,
customs, transportation and trade issues related to the
global supply chain. Salerno also oversees the Chamber’s
Global Supply Chain Security Working Group. The group works
with the administration, Congress, and the international
community to strengthen businesses by eliminating barriers
that hurt global commerce and slow the movement of goods
in the domestic and global supply chain.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Salerno was a business liaison
in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s)
Private Sector Office. There, he focused on policy related
to travel and tourism, immigration, Customs and Border
Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration.
He was both an advisor to DHS leadership and an advocate
for the private sector inside of DHS. Salerno also oversaw
the department’s activities pertaining to the Secure
Border Open Doors Advisory Council, as well as many other
Previously, Salerno spent four years working for Babson
Capital Management LLC, a subsidiary
of MassMutual Financial
Group, where he was an analyst to the trading desk and
portfolio managers in the fixed income and equity markets.
A native of Massachusetts, Salerno graduated from Western
New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, with
a double major in political science and economics. He earned
his Masters of Business Administration from the University
of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management in Amherst,
Salerno lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Andrea.
L. John Shearer is a Senior Account Executive with FedEx
Trade Networks based in Champlain, N.Y. He is a 19 year
veteran of various FedEx operating companies. His career
path started in domestic small package operations
but ultimately led to international trade. John is a
licensed customs broker and has been working at the Trade
Networks division for nearly ten years.
responsibilities include calling on clients in New York,
Northern New England and Eastern Ontario. His focus is
on cross-border brokerage and air/ocean transportation.
John holds degrees in Humanities and Social Science,
Business Administration and Communication and is a graduate
of SUNY Plattsburgh.
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