Saint Paul, MN 55108
• Fortune 500 managerial experience
• Strong critical thinking and organizational skills
• Brings energy and creativity to every endeavor
• Anticipates issues before they arise
• Streamlines business processes
• Capable of planning and executing multiple high-profile projects simultaneously
• Has outstanding written and verbal communication skills
• Experience implementing and conducting training programs
• Well connected to leaders within the customs and international trade community
• Possesses highest ethical standards
International Trade Counsellors, Westport, CT and St Paul, MN
(May 1994 April 1996) (January 2003 – current)
Customs and Trade Advisor
Member of a customs law firm and consulting practice which advises a roster of foreign and domestic companies. Matters include: compliance reviews and filing of prior disclosure of importer errors on origin, classification, and declared value; NAFTA certification; protests on classification and valuation; FOIA requests; construction of classification databases and drafting of ruling requests; trademarks and trade names recorded with Customs and Border Protection; First Sale for Export Valuation Structures and other valuation strategies; filed petition with CBP for the return of currency seized at airport; have also reviewed corporate internal EAR program and provided advice on EAR.
Self-Employed (August 1996 Present)
Own and manage several heritage rental properties, including ones in Berkeley, CA and Port Townsend, WA. Provide prompt responses to all inquiries regarding rentals, coordinate repairs with tenants and service providers.
Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA (June 1998 February 2000)
Customs Program Manager, assigned to Tax Department
Established corporate import policies and guidelines (and drafted manual) for Silicon Valley high tech leader. Conducted internal audits to ensure compliance. Provided classification and valuation advice on US and foreign imports. Implemented due diligence audits for newly acquired companies. Identified products in development where transaction could not be used to determine entry value and an alternate means of appraisement was used to clear goods. Worked as part of a team to troubleshoot shipments where entry was withheld by US Customs pending presentation of additional information.
PriceWaterhouse Coopers, San Jose, CA (March 1998 May 1998)
Advised Silicon Valley clients on US and foreign valuation and classification issues.
3Com Corporation, San Jose, CA (May 1995 November 1997)
Customs Manager, reporting to Director of Tax
Reported to the Director of Tax. Built customs compliance unit (assigned to Tax Department). Performed internal audit. Created process and controls to bring company to compliance with governing regulations. Led staff of four for fast growing manufacturer of computer networking products. Managed relationship with customhouse brokers as well as US Customs, which undertook an exhaustive CAT Audit. Developed and implemented compliance training programs for internal stakeholders. Implemented CF 7501 fix for single product sourced from dual foreign country. Created order from chaotic systems of records.
United States Navy, Pensacola, FL (August 1987 December 1991)
Lieutenant, Lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Corps
Served as Defense Counsel, Claims Lawyer, and Family Lawyer in tour of duty.
Specialized in preparing litigation reports assessing liability for torts claims. Received officer and military law training in Newport, Rhode Island in fall 1986 and summer 1987. Served as law clerk assigned to Naval Legal Service Office, Treasure Island.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, CA
SAINT MARYS COLLEGE, Moraga, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Cum Laude, 1983
Member, California and Pennsylvania Bars
U.S. Taxation of Foreign Controlled Businesses, published 1994. Ed. Marc M. Levey, proofread Chapter 8 on customs valuation.