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.
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
The Post-Covid Trade World: Where Do We Go From Here?
James Min, LimNexus LLP | Chelsea Ellis, LimNexus LLP | Brianna Krominga, LimNexus LLP | Haley Kim, LimNexus LLP
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
21st Century Customs Update
Eugene Laney, AAEI | Sandy Coty, NCBFAA
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
James Min, LimNexus LLP | Chelsea Ellis, LimNexus LLP | Margaret Francisco, Virgin Orbit | Robert Bowen, ServiceNow
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
CBP: Customs Port Operations Update
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch & Port Congestion Panel
Port of Los Angeles | Port of Long Beach | Federal Maritime Administration
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Threats to Trade Operations: Cyber Security, IPR, Terrorism
Amanda Barlow, Roanoke Insurance Group | Department of Homeland Security
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Forced Labor Enforcement: Government
Eric Choy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
3:30PM - 4:00 PM
Forced Labor Compliance: Trade
Phillip Poland, LimNexus LLP | Haley Kim, LimNexus LLP | Jessica Libby, KPMG LLP | Joshua Shrager, Kharon
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Hosted by LimNexus LLP
*Agenda subject to change
Partner LimNexus LLP James Min has over two decades of extensive and practical experience advising clients on international trade and business law. Prior to LimNexus, Mr. Min served as the global chair of international trade law for Deutsche Post DHL that serves every country in the world including North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Syria. Previously, he was a senior trade attorney for FedEx Express where he assisted the company’s entry into markets such as Libya, Vietnam, China, Russia and Kazakhstan by utilizing international trade laws. He also served as a private sector trade advisor to the U.S. Government during the Bush Administration. Earlier in his career, Mr. Min served as a trade attorney for the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Min specializes in economic sanctions, export controls, customs, import regulations, free trade agreements, CFIUS, internal corporate compliance, internal investigations, and other cross border transactional and regulatory law. As counsel for multinational companies that conduct business around the world, Mr. Min has deep experience in advising clients with a practical and solution-focused approach even in difficult topics such as U.S. secondary sanctions and extraterritorial impact of U.S. export control laws. He also advises foreign investors and U.S. businesses in hi-tech sectors on CFIUS requirements, ICTS, as well as obtaining requisite licenses and approvals from U.S. trade authorities. In addition, Mr. Min has led large national and international internal investigations for multinational companies dealing with customs, export controls, sanctions, and FCPA violations as well as filing voluntary disclosures and mitigation petitions for clients to reduce potential fines with government agencies. Mr. Min has formulated and developed internal compliance programs for U.S. and foreign companies in the areas of customs, export controls, economic sanctions, and anti-bribery laws as well as managing external government monitors resulting from settlement agreements with U.S. government agencies. He has also previously advised the U.S., Lebanese, Russian, Ukrainian and Moldovan governments on international trade law as well as at the WCO, the United Nations, EU Commission, BAFA, Saudi Arabia, China, UAE, Russia, Singapore, Morocco, and elsewhere on export control, customs and sanctions law matters.
President and CEO American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) Eugene Laney Jr. currently serves as AAEI’s President & CEO. He has over 25 years of experience in public and governmental affairs. Eugene previously served as the Head of International Government Affairs for DHL Express USA. He represented DHL before the U.S. Congress and government agencies and foreign embassies and served as DHL Express’ media spokesperson on international trade issues. Eugene’s recent work included contributing to congressional passage of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015, which seeks to help U.S. businesses grow globally by improving the transparency and predictably of trade and customs laws. Prior to joining DHL, Eugene served on the leadership team for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the largest trade association dedicated to the interests of business travel professionals and suppliers. At GBTA, Eugene worked on transportation, homeland security and economic issues with Fortune 500 travel departments and airlines, hotels, and travel agencies, including following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Eugene worked with the Federal Aviation Administration, the White House, and the newly formed Transportation Security Administration to create a pathway to improve the nation’s airport security. Eugene received his Ph.D. in American Government at Howard University and his B.A. and Master of Public Administration from Florida A&M University. He has an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Principal, Trade and Customs KPMG LLP Jessica has over 15 years of experience in International Trade. Shes has held various senior level global trade compliance and supply chain roles in private industry for a Fortune 500 retailer. She worked as an international trade consultant for a customs and trade law firm, and was an attorney with the International Trade Administration in Washington, D.C. Jessica’s diverse customs, supply chain and legal background gives her valuable insight into the strategic and operational complexities of multinational companies, and the opportunities available to them. She possesses extensive experience with import and export compliance, trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing duty), duty recoveries, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations. Jessica worked for one of the largest U.S. importers, leading its Importer Self-Assessment initiative, over $18 million First Sale program, and overall trade strategy efforts. Since joining KPMG, she has led Trade & Customs efforts in support of value management projects, worked with clients to enhance their compliance program, and implement duty savings initiatives.
Of Counsel LimNexus LLP Phillip Poland has two decades of experience in international trade and business law. Prior to joining LimNexus, Mr. Poland worked at DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding where he oversaw export control compliance, import compliance, dangerous goods compliance, and regulatory affairs for North America and the Caribbean. Mr. Poland was a member of the DPDHL Global Trade Law Practice Group which provided guidance to all Deutsche Post DHL business units globally on trade law issues. He oversaw internal auditing and investigated non-compliance matters, submitted disclosures, and mitigated penalties issued by U.S. and foreign government agencies. He also advised senior management on changes to relevant regulations and their impact to the business. Earlier in his career Mr. Poland handled international contracts and trade law for two major U.S. defense contractors. Mr. Poland is admitted to practice law in Missouri and is pending admission to the DC Bar. He practices under the direct supervision of a DC Bar member.
Senior Vice President Kharon Josh works with Kharon’s key clients - including top tier financial institutions and global corporations - on strategic initiatives, while also overseeing Kharon’s thought leadership and training programs. Prior to Kharon, Josh was a director at the artificial intelligence data analytics firm Quid. Previously, Josh served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury as the Deputy Financial Attaché to Saudi Arabia, the director of the Iraq Threat Finance Cell in Baghdad, as well as various roles in Washington, DC. He also was a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer, with postings in Mexico and The Gambia. Josh also is an adjunct professor at American University's School of International Service. Josh speaks regularly at sanctions, technology, and law enforcement conferences throughout the world. He has lived in, worked, and traveled to over 70 countries.
Executive Vice President Alba Wheels Up International Inc. Vincent has been in the Los Angeles market and western US market for 30 years and is a licensed customs broker. Vince has lead and aligned automation initiatives with Customs and Border Protection's Trade Modernization initiatives and industry transition to ACE. Vincent Iacopella's responsibilities include leading Alba Wheels Up International's expansion into new markets and to increase the portfolio of product offerings with a focus on trade sensitive imports and exports, as well as smart supply chain technology that drives value to importers and exporters with trade sensitive shipments. Vincent Iacopella is responsible for leading efforts in sustainable topline growth and development and implementation of an integrated approach to sales and business development. Vincent supports strategic development and execution as part of the senior management team as well as driving sales performance and new net revenue dollars through Alba Wheels Up International's business development team. Vincent is also responsible for driving creation and development of product and service enhancements aligned with CBP, FDA, and EPA’s Trade Modernization initiatives in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as well as development of freight and supply chain products. Vince is a licensed Customs Broker and served as a past president of the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association and current president of the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders. In March 2013, Vincent Iacopella was appointed to the 13th Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, better known as COAC. This 20 member council advises the secretaries of the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security on the commercial operations of CBP and related DHS and Treasury functions. Vincent Iacopella currently serves on the COAC and serves as Trade Co-Chair. Vince serves as Chair of the District Export Council of Southern Council, serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI).