eVOLVE 2017 - Speakers
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic
Joseph P. Mohorovic serves as the Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Mohorovic on October 13, 2013, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2014, to a term that expires in October 2019.
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Mohorovic was Senior Vice President of Intertek, a global leader in product testing, where he was responsible for all aspects of performance, growth and strategic management in the North American region. Before joining Intertek, Mohorovic’s public service included two terms as State Representative for New Mexico’s 28th District before resigning elected office to serve in the CPSC administration of former Chairman Hal Stratton from 2002 through 2007.
Mr. Mohorovic graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and he holds an M.B.A from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife, Royelle, have three daughters.
Alec Streeter, Director of Global Trade Compliance, Oshkosh Corporation
Alec Streeter is a Director of Global Trade Compliance at Oshkosh Corporation. He has overseen Oshkosh Corporation’s global import operations for over 10 years. Previously he worked in similar capacities at JPMorgan Chase Vastera and Arctic Cat Inc. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at East Tennessee State University and has been licensed as a US Customs Broker since 2002.
Over his 15 year career he has developed and implemented import programs for the United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, India, many EU and Asia Pacific countries not only as it relates to Free Trade Agreement use, but the complete customs and logistics value streams. Alec has also navigated through Customs audits in the United States, Canada and Mexico. As Oshkosh Corporation is a Defense contractor, Alec also has extensive experience in the United States Munitions Import List as it relates to the importation of ITAR-controlled items for both the US military and our allies.
Kathleen Neal, Global Trade Director, Regal Beloit
Kathy is the Global Trade Director at Regal Beloit Corporation, responsible for managing trade compliance worldwide. Her experience includes leadership positions in trade and logistics at A.O. Smith, Breed Technologies, Scientific Atlanta, and Baxter Healthcare. She is a licensed customs broker with many years of experience in customs and supply chain logistics.
Kathy was instrumental in establishing the first FAST lane on the southern border in 2002. She worked with the trade community, Mexican Customs officials, and U.S. CBP officials to negotiate the security requirements for participation as well as operational guidelines. Kathy is active within the trade community. She has held board or officer positions in various organizations including the El Paso Foreign Trade Association, Border Trade Alliance and the West Texas New Mexico Customs Brokers Association. Kathy served on COAC from 2011 through 2015 and was the Trade Co-Chair for the 13th term.
Phyllis Van Gilst, Senior Manager, International Trade Compliance Emerson
Phyllis Van Gilst is a Senior Manager of Trade Compliance for Emerson’s Automation Solutions group. She leads her team with global responsibility for implementing standards and automation for the company’s Trade Compliance Program. With offices around the world, her responsibility spans over 260 locations. Phyllis is a Licensed U.S. Customs Broker with over 25 years in international business with a focus on trade compliance.
Her background in the import/export process coupled with lean concepts helps reduce cost and complexity in the supply chain by integrating global standards and harmonized business practices through automated process while responsibly managing trade compliance risk.
Liza Soubel, Senior IT Business Manager, Oshkosh Corporation
Liza Soubel is a Senior IT Business Manager in Corporate IT at Oshkosh Corporation. Liza is the IT application owner for several Corporate Supply Chain Systems. In this role, Liza partners with business leaders to implement and support IT applications for Global Trade Management, Logistics, Materials, and Supplier Quality. Liza was an active leader in the implementation of Amber Road's Export and Trade Agreements modules and the implementation of distribution and trade compliance systems for the Mexico manufacturing operations at Oshkosh Corporation.
Liza has an extensive background in leading complex, cross-functional system implementations. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Western Michigan University and she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Jeffrey Kuhn, Vice President, Supply Chain Planning & Operations, Caleres
Jeff is currently responsible for enterprise supply chain operations, process/systems governance and continuous improvement, sourcing financial planning & analysis, and quality claims and social compliance administration at Caleres, a $2.5B footwear company.
Jeff earned a Masters of Accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is a certified public accountant and has held a variety of leadership roles in both finance and operations. He is a regular speaker at industry and supply chain events, and currently serves as Finance Committee Chair on the Board of Directors for Circus Flora.
An avid runner, Jeff lives in St. Louis with his wife Cindy and children Bea and Ben.
Patrick Xiao, Senior Manager of Value Chain Systems of New Balance
Patrick Xio has 20+ years of experience in supply chain management and business solutions, especially in footwear and apparel industry. He has profound experience in PO Collaboration, Vendor Relationship Management, Lean Manufacturing, Demand and Fulfillment Planning, Product Lifecycle Management and Global procurement System. In his current role, he works across the entire supply chain to initiate projects to meet business strategy in an innovative manner and ensures coordination, integration and priority settings on system and business activities.
Joe Hoffacker , US Global Trade Team Leader, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Joe Hoffacker is the US Global Trade Team leader at W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., located in Elkton, MD. Joe has been with Gore for over 8 years and leads a team of 16 associates. The team is responsible for import/export operations and compliance for Gore’s four divisions.
Previously, he spent 11 years at a Customs broker in Philadelphia, PA. During this time, Joe became a licensed US Customs Broker and specialized in tariff classification. Joe graduated from Penn State University and lives with his wife and 9-year old son in Glen Mills, PA.
Kuan Yin Knoll, Director, Business Solutions for Global Merchandising and Product Development, Coach
With over 17 years at Coach Inc., Kuan Yin engages the unique value of business and IT experience. She works with leadership to influence, plan, develop and execute large-scale strategic initiatives. Kuan Yin was intimately involved in Coach’s multi-year project to roll out a broad scope of Supply Chain Collaboration modules with Amber Road (formally ecVision) to the Coach Inc. global offices, raw material suppliers and factory users around the world.
Sandra Abbott, Director, Division of Compliance Systems, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Sandra Abbott serves as the Director of the Division of Compliance Systems and is currently the project manager for the ACE ITDS system. Ms. Abbott began working at the FDA in February of 2011 after spending 25 years at the Health Resources and Services Administration where she developed and implemented an enterprise wide project management system for HRSA, worked on the Affordable Care Act and served as the operations Director for the Division of Workforce and Performance Management within HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions. She received her Baccalaureate Degree in Economics at the University of Maryland where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.ined Allied in February of 2013 where he is responsible for all aspects of the company quality program, regulatory trade compliance.
Megan Coale, Business Solutions Lead, Vera Bradley
Megan Coale manages and supports the software process landscape for the Planning, Product Development and Supply Chain teams at Vera Bradley. She has been with the company for almost three years and prior to Vera Bradley was a consultant for FlexPLM at PTC. She oversaw the implementation of the ecVision Amber Road Suite at Vera Bradley and continues to manage ongoing enhancements of the Suite and other related systems today. Megan relocated from their New York Office to their headquarters in Fort Wayne Indiana earlier this year to provide more hands on support and project innovation., supply chain security, and customer contract review and compliance. David also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Electrocomponents’ Compliance Committee tasked with establishing corporate policies and best practices focused on business ethics, compliance, and anti-corruption.
Josh Skeen, Senior Director Global Logistics, NCR
Josh joined NCR in 2011 to take over responsibility for the transportation procurement and logistics network optimization. As a global provider of consumer transaction technologies, NCR’s network includes inbound to manufacturing, outbound to customers and service parts networks for 160+ countries. Prior to his current role, Josh held similar positions of global logistics procurement with Lenovo and Flextronics. Josh has an MBA in Supply Chain from the University of Tennessee.
Marc Desaulniers, Director Supply Chain Operations, Caleres
An accomplished Supply Chain executive with diverse Performance Improvement experience. Extensive successful Industrial Engineering and Quality Control / Assurance experience. Implemented many innovative projects which generated substantial financial benefits. Excels at identifying key major improvement opportunities and then building cost effective process control. Major positions:
- Director Supply Chain Operations at Caleres Inc. - current
- Assistant Vice President - Director Quality Assurance at Edison Brothers
- Director Quality Assurance at Collective Brands / Payless ShoeSource
- Industrial Engineering Manager at Unilever / Chesebrough Pond’s Inc.
- Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Haven, CT
- Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, MA
Charlie Jenkinson, Vice President, Operational Excellence, Electrocomponents
Charlie has over 30 years’ experience of driving change within in the Retail and Distribution industry. As Vice President of Operational Excellence, he is responsible for Compliance, Continuous Improvement, Operational performance and Data governance. Charlie has a wide range of experience having worked for WHSmith, Office Depot and more latterly Electrocomponents Plc (RS Components and Allied Electronics). He is a member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing (CIPS) and the Institute of Logistics (MILT) and as such is keen to support compliant purchasing and drives for cost efficiency.
Jennifer Bruner, Manager Global Supply Chain IT, PVH
Jennifer has been an IT Manager at PVH for 3 and ½ years. She oversees all development and integration in and out of XPC as well as the Vendor Portal where PVH uses WIP and CCP. In her few years at PVH, she has implemented CCP on the Portal, managed many releases of enhancements to XPC, rolled out XPC to new brands from PVH acquisitions as well as work with the business on prioritization and feasibility of new functionality in these systems at PVH.
Calum Renton, Senior Business Analyst, PVH
Cal has spent many years in the PLM realm, wearing many hats. During 8 years as a Senior Business Analyst at PVH, he has been a key player in the development and deployment of XPC based systems for FLM (Fashion Lifecycle Management), Change Management, Salesman Samples, Costing and “Global Tech Pack” (Alternate-Market iterations of the same style point to one tech pack). Cal supports integration both in and out of XPC and has guided PVH through many XPC upgrades.
Bridget Lied, Manager, Product Development Systems, DICK’s Sporting Goods
Bridget is currently the Manager of Product Development Systems for Dick's Sporting Goods. Bridget has over 20 years of experience in retail, holding positions such as Merchandise Manager in eCommerce, Buyer, Project Manager in Distribution, and Sr. Systems Analyst in IT before taking on her current role in Product Development. In her current role, Bridget has implemented Product Testing for Apparel and Hardlines Category Lines and has just begun to roll out WIP, Packing List, and ASN modules within the Amber Road platform.
Lindsay Turpin-Howard, Global Customs IT Functional Project Manager, General Electric
Lindsay is currently the Customs IT Functional Project Manager at General Electric. Lindsay has been working in Supply Chain for over 8 years, primarily in Healthcare providers prior to joining GE. In her current role, Lindsay is leading the Global Implementation of Import Transactions across all of GE’s tier one businesses.
David King, Director of Quality & Trade Compliance, Allied Electronics
David King joined Allied in February 2013 and is currently the Director of Quality & Trade Compliance at Allied Electronics, Inc. He is responsible for all aspects of the company quality program, regulatory trade compliance, supply chain security, and customer contract review and compliance. David also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Electrocomponents’ Compliance Committee tasked with establishing corporate policies and best practices focused on business ethics, compliance, and anti-corruption.
Prior to joining Allied Electronics, David was with DRS Technologies as a Trade Compliance Manager and before that with Bell Helicopter as a Global Trade Compliance Manger. During his twenty-two plus years of military service as a Major in the U.S. Army, David served as an Agreements Officer at the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); an Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency; and with Army special operations and airborne units.
Amie Anderson, Global Trade Export Manager, Monsanto
Amie is the Export Manager for Monsanto Company, based in St. Louis, MO. She oversees a team of 11 people who manage all exports from 80+ sites in the US and Canada to over 50 countries for Monsanto's Row Crop and Crop Protection divisions. She has over 12 years of diverse experience working in Global Trade, ranging from GT Logistics Coordinator to GT Systems Analyst and now Export Manager.
Prior to joining the NA Export team, Amie spent 6 years working to implement Amber Road's Trade Automation module (v14 and v15) across all divisions in 40 exporting countries. During this time, she held various project roles from Subject Matter Expert to Project Manager. Amie was a key to the successful global adoption of TA, working to standardize GT processes and Trade Documents.
Jennifer Wade, President, Embrava Group
As President at Embrava Group, Jennifer has over 17 years of experience navigating the complex waters of international trade. Beginning in U.S. import operations, Jennifer grew her knowledge and experience in import and export controls beyond U.S. borders. She was responsible for compliance metrics and performance within the Americas, and has run automation-related projects and programs globally. She has a strong operational background in strategic and functional design of both import and export programs, as well as experience designing and implementing global standardized policies and procedures. In addition, Jennifer has also served on Department of Justice mandated monitorships for her expertise in sanctions and compliance program management.
Prior to forming Embrava in 2014, Jennifer was a Director with BPE Global, a Manager with Deloitte’s Global Trade Solutions practice, and also consulted with PwC. Her achievements included establishing and implementing a global corporate-standard trade compliance program, including the establishment of a license management program and a global valuation standard process. Jennifer earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, and is a licensed customs broker.
Nancy Olson, Senior Manager, Global Compliance & Logistics, Cascade Microtech
Nancy has over 20 years of operational experience and has been at Cascade Microtech for 16 years. Over the past 7 years, Nancy has managed Logistics, import/export operations in the US and Germany, and has also served in an advisory capacity to sales and service centers across the globe. By coupling Trade Compliance and Logistics management responsibilities, she and her team focus on optimizing trade processes while minimizing risk.
Kevin Snelling, EDI and Transload Operations, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Kevin Snelling is a Senior Transportation Analyst that is responsible for Abercrombie’s EDI and Transload Operations. He started working in the Abercrombie & Fitch distribution center in 2004 while attending college and apart from one year, has been with Abercrombie since. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 and has been overseeing the EDI team since 2010 and the transload team since 2016. The EDI team is responsible for providing timely visibility for the Inbound Transportation team across all shipment modes and destinations. The Transload team is responsible for all ocean freight moving to Abercrombie’s New Albany, Ohio distribution center after a vessels arrival into port and maintaining its customs requirements for receipt into their FTZ facility.
Peter Shea, Senior Manager, Customs and Export/Import Compliance, Benjamin Moore
Peter started with Benjamin Moore & Co in 2016 as a consultant and now has joined the company and leads a team of three professional trade experts covering all aspects of importation and export for the company globally. With the assistance of Amber Road, Peter has entirely modernized and automated all aspects of the related processes especially through NAFTA with Canada.
In a previous role Peter served as the Global Head of Export Control within the New York City based corporate office of the Thomson Reuters Corporation. He reported to the company’s Global General Counsel. This role involved evaluating the extent and complexity of the Company’s heavy involvement in the trade of EAR related classifications over ‘dual use’ software and encryption technology and related technical hardware products. Prior to Peter’s tenure as an export executive he enjoyed a 25 year career as a leading finance executive with that Thomson Reuters as well as the for the former ICI Chemicals company in Delaware and Deloitte and Touche Chartered Accountants in Canada.
Jessica Aranda, Division of Compliance Systems, Food & Drug Administration Office of Regulatory Affairs
As a key team member in the agency's transition to the Automated Commercial Environment/International Trade Data System, Ms. Aranda serves as the lead for stakeholder engagement for initiatives that streamline the import process. She is also the FDA Business Process Manager for ACE, focusing on improving processes and efficiency. Previously, Ms. Aranda served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a photojournalist and media relations coordinator. She earned a M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University and a B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from San Diego State University. In her free time, Jessica enjoys the challenge of Bikram yoga.
Eric Johnson, Director, IT Editor and Research, American Shipper
Eric Johnson began his reporting career in 1998. He received his Masters from the Leeds University Business School in 2003. He became a reporter for the Long Beach Press-Telegram in October 2003 and joined American Shipper as associate editor in August 2005, first heading Asia logistics coverage, and then liner carrier coverage, before being named IT editor and research director in 2012. From 2007-2012, he was based New Delhi, India, before moving to Washington, DC in 2012. In 2017, he took on the additional role as editor of the Adam Smith Project.
Pete Mento, Principal, Ryan
As a Principal at Ryan, Pete specializes in providing duty minimization, elimination and recovery services, global trade management, trade compliance assistance, trade audit defense, and transportation cost recovery. Additionally, Pete is responsible for the development of Ryan’s Customs and Foreign Trade practice.
Pete is one of the most sought after speakers on topics of international trade in the world. A former professional standup comedian, his ability to mix humor with economics, history, and regulatory insight have resulted in lectures to sold out crowds in 30 countries in six continents. He received his Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Government Trade Theory at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation and Technology at the Maine Maritime Academy.
Andrew Perrone, Director, Global Trade Compliance, Cobham
Andrew Perrone is the Director, Global Trade Compliance, within the Office of General Counsel at Cobham North America. Mr. Perrone also serves as the Technology Control Officer under the Cobham Government Security Committee. Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator, respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems, from deep space to the depths of the ocean, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defense electronics; air-to-air refueling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.
As the Director, Global Trade Compliance, and Technology Control Officer, Mr. Perrone is responsible for ensuring the Company is compliant with the many regulatory requirements that control its business. He serves as advisor to the Chairman of the Cobham Government Security Committee, as well as managing other internal functions that impact the overall compliance posture of Cobham. Prior to his current position, Mr. Perrone was the Corporate Director, Global Trade Compliance for Aeroflex Incorporated where he also served as the Internal Special Compliance Official (ISCO) under the Consent Agreement between Aeroflex Incorporated and the U.S. Department of State, DDTC. Cobham Acquired Aeroflex in 2015.
Nicolette Gordon, Trade Compliance Systems & Project Manager, Johnson Controls Inc. (Formerly Tyco International)
Nicolette Gordon is a 19-year IT professional who was hired by Johnson Controls (formerly Tyco International) Trade Compliance department to handle its automation needs. Over the last four years she has managed the Amber Road products used by the corporation worldwide. She is responsible for managing contracts, integration projects, maintenance, reporting processes, data integrity as well as user and organizational management within the software.
Nicolette has a comprehensive background in database management, software development, and training. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Boston University where she received her Master of Science Degree in Computer and Information Systems with an emphasis in Project Management and Web Application Development.
Brett Lipman, Senior Associate, Trade & Customs Practice, KPMG LLC
Brett Lipman is a Senior Associate in KPMG’s U.S. Trade & Customs practice in New York City. Brett uses his legal and regulatory background and technical expertise to provide support and assistance to a diverse range of clients, which includes companies operating in food and beverage, apparel, retail, pharmaceuticals, construction, and insurance. In addition to helping clients with import savings and compliance opportunities, Brett has experience implementing, testing, and configuring global trade management software and solutions.
Amie Ahanchian, Managing Director, KPMG LLC
Amie Ahanchian is a Managing Director with KPMG LLP's Trade and Customs Practice. Amie is a licensed U.S. Customs broker with a legal background and more than 15 years of experience advising multinational companies on global import and export compliance matters. Amie acquired her customs and trade experience through assisting clients in diverse industries with developing strategy-based approaches in the following key areas: Trade Compliance and Internal Controls, Customs Duty Planning and Implementation of Savings Strategies, and Trade Automation and Global Trade Technology Solutions.
Amie regularly speaks on trade matters\ at KPMG and external events. Amie has published numerous articles on trade and customs matters in KPMG publications as well as in: Bloomberg BNA International- Indirect Taxes; Thomson Reuters Checkpoint- Practical Trade & Customs Strategies; the ABA Customs and International Trade Bar Newsletter; the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) “Zones Report”; American Shipper; and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) magazine.
Adam Dambrov, Senior Manager, Trade & Customs Practice, KPMG LLC
Adam is a Senior Manager with KPMG’s U.S. Trade and Customs Practice. Throughout his 20+ years as an international trade professional, Adam has advised domestic and foreign multinationals on a broad spectrum of trade and customs issues. He consults with clients on all aspects of importing and exporting merchandise throughout the world, including implementing trade related technology solutions and has extensive experience assisting clients with antidumping and countervailing duty matters.
Adam applies his extensive experience to help clients manage risk, increase effectiveness and reduce operational costs by conducting global compliance reviews, implementing internal compliance programs and addressing regulatory, procedural, and logistical issues. Adam has experience assisting companies with global trade management system implementations and other technology implementations relating to international trade.