Beth Peterson is the President of BPE. Prior to founding BPE, Beth was vice president of Marketing for Open Harbor where she was charged with leading the company’s marketing and solutions initiatives. Prior to Open Harbor, Beth served as the vice president of product strategy for Qiva, Inc. in San Francisco, CA, where she was responsible for the design and development of Qiva’s suite of supply chain execution and international trade solutions targeted to the logistics market. Beth joined Qiva via the acquisition of Capstan, where she led the development of an international trade logistics solution founded on Internet technology. Prior to this, Peterson managed Hewlett Packard’s $7.5 billion / year U.S. import operations and CAT audit. Peterson joined HP from DHL Airways, Inc. where she was a logistics services manager.
Beth has over 21 years experience in the logistics and international transportation business. She offers additional domain expertise as a licensed customs broker. Beth is a CBP Trade Ambassador for the redesign of the Automated Commercial Environment. Beth is a Western Regional Committee member for the America’s Association of Exporters and Importers. Beth is the President of Women in International Trade – Northern California. Beth was awarded the Organization of Women in International Trade Member of the Year for 2006.
Marian E. Ladner is a member of the firm in the International Trade Practice of Epstein Becker Green Wickliff & Hall in the firm's Houston office, primarily centering her practice on Regulatory Compliance with import and export requirements.
Ms. Ladner helps companies create and streamline strategic sourcing and supply-chain operations, with an emphasis towards minimizing duties through participation in government preference programs, such as NAFTA, FTZs, CBI, GSP, and AGOA.
Throughout her career, Ms. Ladner has provided legal interpretations and advice throughout the nation to leading members of the trade community, including multinational importers and exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, shippers, and to Customs employees, such as auditors, import specialist; fines, penalties, and forfeitures officers; agents; and inspectors.
• Advises clients on the development and implementation of internal compliance programs addressing export controls, “deemed” exports, economic sanctions, Anti-boycott issues, Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and has provided training on same
• Assists clients in navigating the myriad of complex regulatory trade compliance requirements, while maximizing transfer pricing strategies and resulting client profits.
Ms. Ladner has spoken extensively on issues related to Customs compliance and trading internationally, and on such topics as import and export, foreign trade zones, free trade, NAFTA, speaking to such groups as the American Association of Exporters and Importers, Direct Seller’s Association, National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, National Bonded Warehouse and Cargo Association, National Association of Importers and Exporters, Women in International Trade, and the Southern California Importers and Exporters Association.
In 2002, Ms. Ladner was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill, to serve on the Treasury Depa
|Regional Vice President|
Ms. Adamson has dedicated a career span of some 33 years in international transportation and trade. Currently, she is Regional Vice President of Roanoke Trade Services, Inc., an International Insurance Broker. Her responsibility includes providing marine cargo insurance and Customs Bonds to their International Shipping clientele in the southeastern territory of the United States. She is a licensed insurance agent also holding underwriting authority for Lloyd’s of London.
Prior to joining Roanoke Trade Services, Inc., she served as vice-president of an International Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker for over 22 years. She became a licensed Customs Brokers in 1987. Her professional profile includes a two-year term as President of the Women’s Transportation Club of Charleston, SC, and President of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity. She was awarded the “Career Woman of the Year” by the Charleston Business & Professional Women’s Club. She served as President for a two-year term, of the Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of Charleston, SC, while holding various committee chairs throughout her twenty plus year’s membership in that organization.
She served on the board of directors of the S. C. International Trade Conference. Additionally, she is currently on the Executive Committee of the S. C. World Trade Center and serves as a director of the South Carolina World Trade Center Education Foundation. Having served on the board of the Maritime Association of the Port of Charleston, she was chairperson of their Government Affairs Committee. In 2006, she received their “Beacon Award” for her distinguished service to the maritime industry in the Port of Charleston.
As the first women elected to the board of directors of the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America, Inc., she represented Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers and logistic providers throughout the southeastern portion of the United States and Pu
|Andrea M. Ewart|
Andrea Ewart is a trade attorney with her own law firm, Andrea M. Ewart, P.C., which works with companies to minimize the costs and delays associated with importing products into the United States and to navigate the controls the U.S. Government imposes over the export from the United States of computer-related products and services.
Ms. Ewart also consults for businesses and governments in developing countries, particularly in the Caribbean. Her clients have included the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), members of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), and the governments of Algeria, Dominica, Grenada, and Guyana. In June, 2004 Ms. Ewart was the guest presenter at the JEA’s Export Week where she presented seminars on “US Customs & Market Access.” Ms. Ewart has also presented and written several articles about the impact of trade policy and trade agreements on developing countries and their implications for businesses.
Prior to opening her own firm, Andrea Ewart worked with the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, where she counseled and represented clients on U.S. customs law and enforcement, U.S. export control laws, and African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Caribbean Basin Initiatives (CBI) preferential programs. As part of the firm's public law practice, she also closely monitored various legislative and regulatory initiatives, participated in various legislative coalitions, and worked with U.S. legislative personnel.
Andrea Ewart is admitted to the Washington D.C. and the Florida Bars, and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and is an active member of several professional organizations. As Program Chair to the Institute of Caribbean Studies, a non-profit organization dedicated to research, policy analysis, and education on issues that impact the Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora, she advises the Institute on trade issues.
|Melissa A. Miller Proctor|
Melissa Miller Proctor is an associate of the Firm, resident in the Orange County office of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg and Glad & Ferguson, P.C. Ms. Proctor advises both exporters and importers on a wide range of international trade issues. On the import side, she conducts compliance assessment reviews of import operations and drafts customs compliance and procedures manuals; assists with valuation, classification and country of origin/marking issues; provides guidance on preferential trade programs and free trade agreements (e.g., NAFTA, HTSUS 9801, HTSUS 9802, GSP, AGOA, CBTPA, ATPDEA); and conducts anti-transshipment reviews of imported merchandise subject to quantity restrictions. With respect to exports, she provides advice on export regulations and licensing requirements for dual-use commodities, technology and software (including encryption); export commodity jurisdiction and classification determinations; import/export licensing requirements affecting defense articles and services; sanctions regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control; obtaining the release of merchandise seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and responding to penalty notices assessed by CBP for export violations and seeking mitigation of such penalties.
|Mette Nikander Nilsson|
C-cure focuses on IT Security and Anti Malware solutions e.g. encryption, antivirus, content filtering, application security, logmonitoring etc.
Mette has been working within the industry for the past 16 years and knows many of the most interesting people related to IT Security.
Mette speaks on the IT Security threat,-
where are we heading
what threats can be expected in the future
All information explained humorously and in an entertaining way understandable to most anyone.
Sandra Valeria Jiménez Medina is the founder and President of JAG International Consulting, a law firm specialized in foreign trade advise, she is also partner in the accounting Firm Altertax. Prior to founding JAG, Valeria was partner in the Firm Monterrey Business Consultants (MBC), S.C., she was in charged of providing consulting to foreign investors from United States and Canada, in relation to customs law issues and foreign trade. Prior to MBC she was associated in DFK International for four years were she was legal assistance on Customs Law and International Commercial Law, audits on international commercial operations, and administrative proceedings on credits imposed by authorities on customs matters. Prior to this, Valeria was legal assistant of the Regional Director of the National Institute of Migration, cited in Monterrey. She was graduate with honors at the School of Law of the Technological Institute of Professional Studies of Monterrey (ITESM) Campus Monterrey, she also owns a Master degree on International Trade Law by EGADE, a Master degree in International Law by Tulane University at New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently she is a Candidate to a Phd Degree of Law Tulane University. She was awarded with the Libertad Leal Award given by the International Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi, Chapter Manuel García Rendón to the most participant member on 1995. Her languages are Spanish, English and French.
|Margartia Guajardo Fuentes|
|Attorney, Law Professor|
Margarita Guajardo Fuentes
Associated Professor/ Profesor e investigador
1998–2007 ITESM, campus Saltillo, Coahuila
Law professor/ Profesor de planta en profesional, materias impartidas:
Private Law/ Derecho Privado
Public Law/ Derecho Público
Family Law/Derecho de Familia
Law History /Historia del Derecho
Importation Law/Derecho Aduanero
Comparative Law/ Legislación comparada
1999-2007 Speaker / Conferencista de Bancomext y del Centro de Competitividad Internacional del ITESM, campus Saltillo
Exportation price/ EL precio de exportación
Módulos La Transparencia y La Administración Pública Municipal en el diplomado “Formación de Ciudadanos y Servidores Públicos”
Case method/ El método de casos en los negocios.
International transportation /El Transporte Internacional
1996–1998 Trafic Manager/ Director de Tráfico y Logística Grupo Chen
1994-1996 Practitioner/Consultor Jurídico y Abogado Litigante
1992-1994 Government official/ Jefe del Departamento de Comercio Exterior en SECOFI
1990-1992 Advisor/Consultor y Asesor para el público en la SHCP/IRS
1990 Consultant/Consultor Jurídico En FIDENOR, Monterrey, N.L.
1990 Puente Internacional Colombia
2007 Tulane Univeristy – Nuevo Orleáns, LA. Estados Unidos
Candidato al grado de Doctor en Derecho Internacional
2002 Tulane University – Nuevo Orleáns, LA. Estados Unidos LLM
1999 Facultad de Economía – U.A. de C. Saltillo, Coahuila
Master in Economics and Interantional Commerce/Maestro en Ciencias en Economía Regional y Comercio Exterior
1990 Facultad de Jurisprudencia – U.A. de C. Saltillo, Coahuila
Licenciado en Derecho
SPOKEN LANGUAGES / IDIOMAS
A communications specialist with over 25 years of experience, Susan Baka is a start-up expert, seasoned writer and speaker. She has directed the launch of over 50 business publications and Web sites in the fields of trade, women in business, real estate, law, human resources, workplace health and safety, forensic accounting, tourism, and public policy. Prior to starting Bay Communications in the early 90s, Susan spent 12 years with a large publishing company as an editor, publisher and general manager of its business information services division.
Susan writes and speaks internationally on entrepreneurship, small business, and trade, especially for women, as well as on marketing-related subjects, including:
Expanding Globally: Where to Begin – There is a world of opportunity out there, but many women entrepreneurs think it can be daunting to venture beyond their own borders. In this presentation, Susan presents valuable and practical tips on where to start and outlines the many resources available to help businesses export.
Get Culturally Savvy - Doing business internationally requires a sensitivity to cultural differences that can have a tremendous impact on success. In this session, Susan outlines the cultural differences between Canada, the U.S. and Australia and shares strategies on forming successful partnerships.
Secrets of Women Exporters - Susan has interviewed hundreds of women business owners and reveals the 10 keys to success for expanding globally.
How to Network and Build Strategic Partnerships across Borders. In this practical session, Susan outlines the benefits of being part of an international network, shares the most effective networking techniques for building relationships and demonstrates how to take that networking a step further to establish strategic alliances with others, domestically or beyond borders, to boost business.
Marketing on a Shoestring Budget - Susan outlines sure-fire strategies to help you market with impact w
|Randi Waltuck |
|Director of Trade Compliance|
Ms. Waltuck is a well respect trade compliance professional, serving, among other things, as in-house consultant to ATC Technology Corporation, a provider of forward and reverse logistics (pack to order, test and repair, remanufacturing) in the Consumer Electronics and Automotive industries, including many well-known Fortune 100 companies in its client base. In this capacity, Ms. Waltuck oversees several domestic and international locations, creating and implementing import and export compliance programs for US affiliates, and beyond. Ms. Waltuck has worked in the international trade arena since 1981. Her background includes freight forwarding and export sales and marketing, customs and export compliance. Since 1993, Randi has focused on trade compliance management, global customs and export control compliance, risk mitigation and global trade strategy, free trade agreements, and other trade initiatives most notably for Fortune 100 companies, with emphases on bottom line programs, such as NAFTA, temporary duty suspension (TDS) programs, and C-TPAT. Following on her interests, Randi has publicly commented on the interim final FDA Bioterrorism Act rules, the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in USA” labeling standard, the accession of China to the WTO, and the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), and to the US-China Business Council with respect to national standardization in that Country, among others. Randi has served on various internal and external councils, such as a Free Trade panel of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI), Dallas-Fort Worth Organization of Women in Trade (OWIT) Board, and is a member of the International Professionals Association (ICPA), where she has also been a frequent conference speaker. A recipient of numerous professional awards, Randi graduated with honors from Boston University with a degree in International Business, holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University, and has begun her pursuit of
|Patricia G. Beitler|
When Patricia was deciding on a name for her company in 2002, she wanted something that represented her style of business: fast-paced, efficient and always two steps ahead of the game. Velocitas, a Latin word meaning speed, swiftness and velocity, was the perfect fit.
Throughout her college career, she always had a full time job in various industries. Lucent Technologies hired her right out of school to provide webmaster and management support to all of Latin America.
Patricia acquired her MBA from the University of Miami in 2004, specializing in International Business.
She currently manages her firm’s projects and provides inspiration to clients who consider Velocitas their competitive advantage. Some of her strengths include working with clients on brand development, marketing strategy, interactive and collaborating with designers to produce all types of creative, collateral material and video in addition to collaborating with her team on extensive public relations and social media campaigns.
As an avid supporter of education, Patricia is on the board of ORT America (the largest non-governmental educational organization in the world). She is also on the board of OWIT (Organization of Women in International Trade) a premier global networking organization for professionals in international business.