Join AAEI as we travel in-person to 5 different cities! Learn from the industry experts and government representatives. Unlock best practices and boost trade compliance.
Each in-person event will cover AAEI’s big trade issues, including Forced Labor Compliance, 21st Century Customs Framework (21CCF), Export Sanctions involving Russia and China, Threats to Operations and Trade Functions: Cyber Security, IPR, Terrorism, and a Strategic Planning session. Refreshments and lunch are included.
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Enforcement Case - Don't Let This Happen to You
Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law | Olga Torres, Torres Trade Law | Richard Modesette, Braumiller Law
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
21st Century Customs Update
Marcela Vallejos, Johnson & Johnson | Kathleen Neal, Regal Rexnord | Kiko Zuniga, NCBFAA
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Export Sanctions, Ukraine/Russia/China
Derrick Kyle, Torres Trade Law | Dr. Stephen Gardner, Baylor University | Donald Pearce, Torres Trade Advisory
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Customs Port Operations Update
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
12:15PM - 1:15 PM
John Pickel, Department of Homeland Security
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Threats to Trade Operations: Cyber Security, IPR, Terrorism
Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law | Mike Morin, Department of Homeland Security
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Forced Labor Enforcement: Government
John Pickel, Department of Homeland Security
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Forced Labor Compliance
Julie Parks, Raytheon | Adrienne Braumiller, Braumiller Law Group
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Strategic Planning Session: How Can AAEI Help You?
*Agenda subject to change
Founder Braumiller Law Group Adrienne Braumiller is the founder of Braumiller Law Group PLLC and an innovative force in the international trade law arena. With more than 30 years of experience, she is widely recognized as a leading authority in Customs, import, export, foreign-trade zones, free trade agreements and ITAR compliance. Adrienne has been involved in every aspect of import and export compliance, from developing compliance programs to conducting audits and assessments, representing clients who are under investigation, preparing and submitting voluntary disclosures, preparing and filing classification requests and licenses, analyzing whether specific transactions should be pursued, providing tailored training on specific import/export topics, addressing penalty assessments, and serving as an expert witness in a number of trade cases. Adrienne has held numerous leadership roles over the years, including serving as the President of the Organization of Women in International Trade at both the local and national levels. She has also held pivotal roles on various international and Customs law committees within local, state and national bar associations. She is also a member of the following organizations: the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA), Certified Sanctions Specialists, American Association of Importers and Exporters (AAEI), American Bar Association (ABA), Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA), the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ), the Society of International Affairs (SIA), the Customs Lawyer’s Association and the Ohio Aerospace Institute. Adrienne received her L.L.M. in International Business Transactions from McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, California) and earned her J.D. at St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, Texas). She studied international law at the University of Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria) and at the University of Oxford, Queen’s College (Oxford, England). She is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas; the United States District Court of Texas for the Northern District; the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia; and the United States Court of International Trade.
Chair American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) Julie Parks is a trade strategist with over twenty six years’ operations and compliance experience in the areas of import, export, valuation,classification, free trade, drawback, supply chain security, subsidiary integration, divestitures, ecommerce, and audit. She has extensive knowledge of ITAR, EAR, EPA, DOT, ATF and government contracting declaration requirements. Her talent resides in drawing cross-functional teams together to design and implement sustainable solutions that meet both regulatory and speed-of-business needs, whilst coloring inside the corporate lines. Ms. Parks is involved in the shaping of many legislative, regulatory, and policy issues, including achieving CBP’s automated processing of licenses, and ultimately endeavors to secure streamlined trade for American businesses. She is the current chair of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI). In this capacity, she is also a member of the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee. Through AAEI, she continues to be instrumental in creating the voice of Aerospace and Defense on Customs matters. Ms. Parks recently completed a 7-year appointment to the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), elected ultimately by the membership as a trade co-chair. Additional COAC roles included the Trade Survey lead, Export Subcommittee co-chair, and One US Government at the Border member. Previously, she also served as the vice-chair of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ Customs Committee. Ms. Parks is the Director of the Global Customs Organization for Raytheon. Prior to this role, she was the Manager of Customs and Trade at Ford Motor Company, and held several positions within the Customs Department at Volkswagen of America, Inc. She served as a Customs broker for WF Whelan & Company and began her career within the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Pontiac, Michigan.
Founder and Managing Member Torres Trade Law Olga Torres is the Founder and Managing Member of Torres Trade Law and its affiliate advisory firm Torres Trade Advisory, LLC. A dynamic and experienced attorney, she regularly guides clients – businesses in the hi-tech, defense contracting, telecommunications, aerospace, semiconductor, and satellite industries as well as highly regulated technology start-ups, blue-chip investment funds, and private equity groups – through a broad range of complex strategic and regulatory trade controls and national security matters, including developing effective strategies and conducting negotiations with U.S. regulatory agencies and, when needed, other regulators around the world. Ms. Torres works with clients to identify and respond to a variety of supply-chain risks and issues related to due diligence, foreign investment, sustainability and ESG, export control, and national security. She has particular strengths helping them create operational efficiencies, develop strategy, and keep their companies compliant and prosperous. Clients with operations around the globe turn to Ms. Torres for assistance in ascertaining legal risks and improving legal compliance, and to manage complex investigative and administrative enforcement cases involving U.S. federal agencies. They also seek out her experience and guidance to obtain clearance of transactions that are subject to review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and to identify and negotiate measures to mitigate Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI). In addition to her representation of private and public companies based throughout the world, Ms. Torres also advises the U.S. Department of State on defense trade matters as part of her appointment, by the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, to the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG). Ms. Torres regularly counsels clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws, and has broad experience developing compliance programs, providing training, and conducting sensitive internal FCPA compliance investigations in English and Spanish for companies large and small. Ms. Torres is a widely recognized attorney, public speaker, writer, and subject-matter expert on strategic trade risks. She brings a diverse perspective to both domestic and international companies in sensitive and hi-tech industries on highly regulated, technical, and complex areas of the law. She regularly represents companies before, and coordinates on behalf of her clients with, multiple federal agencies, including U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, to name a few. Ms. Torres frequently lectures on export controls and international trade for organizations, universities, and government agencies in different countries, including in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand, France, Canada, and the United States. She is the author of several chapters on international trade in the WorldECR's Export Compliance Manager's Handbook, the Society of International Affairs Export Voluntary Disclosure Handbook, and other global publications. Throughout her career, Ms. Torres has been selected for recognition in multiple attorney ranking guides and publications including in Chambers and Partners USA (2018, 2019, and 2021), Who’s Who Legal (2017-2021), and SuperLawyers Rising Stars (2015-2018). Prior to founding Torres Trade Law, she was an attorney in the International & Cross Border Transactions group at an Am 100 Law Firm in Washington, D.C.