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President – Supply Chain Optimizers, Buffalo N.Y. & Toronto, Canada
Executive Director – Niagara University Center for Supply Chain Excellence at Lewiston N.Y.

A citizen of the U.S.A., Canada and Finland, Jack has over 35 years of supply chain management experience with five Fortune 500 firms. His career has included stints in consulting, manufacturing and third party logistics; jobs have ranged from direct supervision of Teamsters and Longshoremen at 23 years of age to Senior Vice President of Operations at a multi-billion dollar international company heading up a $200 million division with 800 employees. Jack has extensive knowledge of the food industry working 25 consecutive years for member firms of the Grocery Manufacturers Association.  He spent most of the 90’s as Vice President of Purchasing & Logistics for Rich Products in Buffalo.

Jack writes articles for trade journals and is a regular speaker on supply chain issues and trends making over 50 hours of presentations annually to management groups. He has spoken in Canada, Belgium and on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development at the first logistics conference ever held in Ghana, Africa.

Jack is President of the Western New York Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and co-chairs the Logistics Council for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership [Chamber of Commerce]. He serves on the board of directors for Continental 1 [Toronto to Miami Trade Corridor] and the advisory board of TSE Global Logistics of Atlanta and Kong & Allan Consulting of Shanghai. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Supply Chain Management Review. In conjunction with his consulting and educational efforts Jack serves on the Business School Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Massachusetts.

Jack has a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, a year of post graduate study in transportation at Northeastern University (Boston), and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Connecticut.

MR. BASHAM has one of the most distinguished and diverse backgrounds in law enforcement and homeland security in the world today. Over the course of his 38 year career in federal law enforcement, he served in senior leadership positions at four of the eight operational components in what is now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and did so as a Senior Executive Presidential appointee in the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

Most recently, Mr. Basham led an agency of over 53,000 employees as Commissioner of U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), the nation’s largest law enforcement agency and the largest operational component of DHS with overall responsibility for the border security of the United States. During his tenure as Commissioner, CBP embarked on an ambitious initiative to secure the border using state of the art technology such as ground based radar systems, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and an increased intelligence infrastructure. Mr. Basham led the agency’s successful effort to double the size of the Border Patrol and modernized the way in which law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community work together in their efforts to screen passengers and cargo entering the United States. Mr. Basham led CBP through a period of unprecedented growth and intense public scrutiny on issues like immigration and border security, and managed the challenges of securing the global supply chain and enforcing trade laws while facilitating legitimate commerce. He also oversaw the rapid deployment of billions of dollars worth of assets and tactical infrastructure along the nation’s borders.

Prior to becoming Commissioner of CBP, Mr. Basham served as the Director of the United States Secret Service (USSS), where he had overall responsibility for the security of the President, Vice President, all living former Presidents and their families.


Supervisory Import Specialist Tom Bechard, Customs and Border Protection, Champlain, N.Y.
Tom Bechard graduated Saint Michael’s College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Tom began his customs career as a customs inspector in 1987.  He has served as an instructor at the Customs Service Academy and as a Senior Inspector and training officer at the Port of Champlain. He was responsible for teaching customs’ policies and procedures to new customs officers and military customs procedures to the Security Police at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

Tom became an import specialist in 1999. His commodity assignments have included; plants, animals, food, plastics, rubber, explosives, machinery, electronics, telecommunication equipment, motor vehicles, trains, aircraft, musical instruments, firearms, ammunition, toys, games, and sports equipment.  Tom supervises the commodity team responsible for administering the importation of plants, animals, food, plastics, rubber, explosives, firearms and ammunition, serves as the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism point of contact at the port, and manages the port’s commercial outreach program.


For the past decade, Mr. Thad Bingel has served in positions of responsibility in both the Executive Branch and Congress. During this period Mr. Bingel has developed key relationships with high level officials, attained an intimate understanding of the political process in Washington, D.C., and amassed a wealth of knowledge, both administrative and operational, in the field of border protection and homeland security.

From May, 2005 until March, 2009, Mr. Bingel served as a senior leader in U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), the component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for securing the nation's borders. During his tenure this unified border agency grew to more than 50,000 employees with an annual budget of $11 billion. At CBP, Mr. Bingel attained the position of Chief of Staff for the Commissioner in the fall of 2007 and served through the transition period into the Obama Administration. In this capacity, Mr. Bingel was the second ranking political appointee at the agency and served as part of the executive leadership team and as a principal advisor to Commissioner Ralph W. Basham. He assisted in the day to day operations and management of the agency as well as overseeing the agency's interactions with the White House, DHS headquarters, Congress, state and local governments and the press. Before serving as Chief of Staff, Mr. Bingel served as Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Congressional Affairs where he managed all of CBP’s day to day relations with the United States Senate and House of Representatives at a time of unprecedented congressional interest in border security and immigration.

Prior to his appointment to CBP, Mr. Bingel served as Majority Counsel for the full House Judiciary Committee during the 108th and 109th Congresses. His duties included preparing for Full Committee hearings and managing a broad spectrum of legislation from subcommittee through passage into law.

Before joining the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Bingel served in the 107th Congress as counsel and policy analyst for then Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), where he was responsible for technology, telecomm, energy, environment, resources, and other issues for the House Majority Leader's office, including providing assistance to the special legislative committee headed by the Majority Leader which created DHS. Previously, Mr. Bingel served as Legislative Director and Legislative Assistant to two Members of Congress.

Mr. Bingel received his law degree from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross.


Rick D. Blasgen is the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA.

Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, customer service, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics. 

Throughout the past 25 years, Blasgen has devoted much of his time to furthering a number of company’s supply chain management programs and initiatives. This experience has given him a solid foundation for his role in advancing CSCMP throughout the world.

Blasgen has been a member of CLM’s Executive Committee, and is a past president of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He was also chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee and is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee. Blasgen is a 1983 graduate of Governor’s State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.

Currently the Manager of the Trade Management Services group with UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Ottawa, Ontario, Michelle leads the team that delivers solutions for importers and exporters who want to be responsible global traders. Michelle is also an integral member of a project team that manages the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) initiative in Canada assisting importers align their internal business processes to interface with Customs in gaining approval to this innovative and challenging initiative. Michelle has been successful in assisting five large Canadian importers gain approval to the CSA part II application process and continues to work with several other importers to achieve this goal.  

Michelle’s 21 years of experience and acquired knowledge has rendered her a subject matter expert in a variety of Customs initiatives including; Customs Self Assessment (CSA), Advance Commercial Information (ACI), Customs Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), Partners in Protection (PIP) and other Customs regulatory affairs. Her skills have been utilized to complete process improvement projects for importers/exporters in order to minimize their risk of customs penalties while maximizing the use of customs initiatives. 

Michelle has been chosen to speak at many internal/external seminars, providing training and logistics business expertise.  She also serves as an advisor to many of North America’s importers and exporters. In addition, she facilitates online (technical) seminars on Canadian trade. Staying current on customs new initiatives and changes, Michelle is a member of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB), Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters (IE Canada), the Canadian Couriers and Logistics Association (CCLA), the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) and the American Association of Importers and Exporters (AAEI) Michelle is also the Eastern Ontario Regional Director of the Women in Logistics.  She is increasingly being asked to lecture around North America and has spoken in several cities including Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco, Calgary, Montreal, and Ottawa.

On the Canadian side of the border, Michelle has attained the Customs Certified Specialist designation (CCS) with the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) and has had her professional status with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) since 1992.  On the U.S. side of the border Michelle recently attained her U.S. Customs Certified Specialist (CCS) designation in the Inaugural Class of 2006 with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America,(NCBFAA).


Sal is the Supply Chain Manager of Transportation, Customs Compliance, and Bombardier Training Centers at Bombardier Aerospace, Headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Sal also leads the Bombardier Aerospace Transportation Council which includes members from all of their Aerospace divisions globally.

Mr. Cammisano has been with Bombardier Aerospace for close to 3 years, and has worked for 20 years in the area of Transportation and Logistics. Prior to joining Bombardier Aerospace, Sal held the position of Global Account Manager for a Global Transportation and Logistics organization located in Dorval.

In his management position at Bombardier Aerospace, Mr. Cammisano has been responsible for the Inbound and Outbound transportation activities for all Canadian sites, as well as their Mexican sites located in the City of Queretaro. He also is responsible for the Customs Compliance operations for their Canadian Inbound shipments destined for Bombardier Aerospace. His current responsibilities also include Supply Chain management of their Training Centers.

Sal obtained his P-Log designation  in 2007 with the Logistics Institute and completed a Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Schulic School of Business at York University in Ontario. He also completed a Management Certificate at Concordia University in Montreal in the summer of 2000.


Frank is currently the Logistics Manager for NovaBus’ Plattsburgh Facility which began Operations in early 2009. In this role, he is a member of the Plattsburgh Management Steering Committee, the Volvo Bus Logistics Managers Council, and leads the local Logistics Team in three main functional areas: Planning and Scheduling, Inventory Control, and Warehouse Operations which includes a strategic 3PL Partner.

Prior to joining NovaBus, Frank spent his early career in Engineering roles for GE and Carrier. Upon obtaining his M.B.A., roles in Supply Chain and Finance have been his focus. Frank has experience in Sales Forecasting, Sales & Operations Planning, Master Scheduling multiple Manufacturing Sites, Lean Operations, and leading the Financial Management of a Business Unit for companies such as Pall Corp. and PPC.

Frank has a B.S. Degree from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. He has maintained memberships to many professional organizations and has acted as Board Member for APICS and SME as both a student and professional.


Paul Comey is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. His responsibilities include assuring the company’s sites are in environmental compliance with all local, state and federal laws, reducing the environmental impact of the company’s operations, and contributing to the management of the company’s environmental, financial and social bottom lines. 

Paul has a vision of accelerating Green Mountain Coffee’s leadership in the environmental arena by using climate change as a competitive advantage. His initial efforts to map the company’s environmental footprint have resulted in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.He sees the company’s commitment to GHG reduction and mitigation as essential to the company’s core belief that business can be a change agent in the world. Paul has initiated programs and processes that exhibit his belief that environmental practices are typically best business practices. His focus on the four R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover) through the use of EMS (Environmental Management System) has diverted much of the waste stream resulting in a financial revenue stream.  Paul shares the company’s environmental best practices through public speaking engagements and by testifying before state and federal agencies to influence environmental policies.

Robert DeCamp BOB DECAMP
Renowned for his expertise in U.S. Customs regulations and procedures, Robert (Bob) DeCamp is an active educator of audiences involved in international trade. With years of hands-on experience working for nationally known Customs brokerage and logistics firms, Robert DeCamp offers a refreshingly straightforward look at the complex labyrinth of Customs regulations. During the past several years, Bob has had the opportunity to present topical Customs issues to audiences in the U.S. and Canada including members of the National Association of Manufacturers, Quebec Manufacturers & Exporters, as well as other regional trade groups.

Bob is a frequent lecturer and has specialized in teaching both publicly and privately in selected international matters including tariff classification under the Harmonized Coding System, Customs valuation, NAFTA and most recently international compliance strategies including assessments and supply chain security. He has authored numerous publications including United States Trade Process and Compliance Initiatives in the 21st Century and A Manager's Guide to Commercial Goods Certification Under NAFTA, along with serving as a regular contributing author to the U.S. Custom House Guide.

Since becoming licensed as a U.S. Customs Broker in 1976, Bob has held a variety of strategic corporate positions including Vice President of Operations, Regulatory Affairs, and also served as President of a trade consulting service. In 1999, Bob joined the A.N. Deringer, Inc. team as Director of Regulatory Affairs and Consulting. In addition to leading the Deringer Logistics Consulting Group, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York.  In December of 2008, Bob was appointed by the secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of the Treasury to sit on the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC). The committee advises the secretaries on the commercial operations of Customs and Border Protection.

Over the past quarter century, Bob has played an active role in numerous trade associations, as well as being a charter member of Customs ACE Committee. He was also a member of the Exporters Certificate of Origin development team under the Canada/U.S. FTA, and a Senior Lobbyist for the de minimis provision under NAFTA. Bob DeCamp earned a B.S. in International Business (Summa cum laude), and an M.A. in Administration from the State University of New York.

Partner, Simon, Gluck and Kane, New York, N.Y. Robert D. DeCamp is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”), where he has successfully handled numerous cases involving both U.S. Customs and anti-dumping-related matters. Prior to his litigation practice before the CIT, Mr. DeCamp graduated with a B.A. from the University of Binghamton, and earned his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Mr. DeCamp joined the firm in 2003, and has since then focused his practice in Customs and International Trade Law on behalf of both importer and exporter clients. Pertinent case matters have included U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) administrative rulings, penalty and seizure actions, trademark and copyright forfeiture proceedings, audit and disclosure, recordkeeping compliance and Trade Adjustment Assistance. He has also counseled clients on multiple CBP-run programs, including Customs’ Focused
Assessment (FA), Importer Self Assessment (ISA) and the Customs- Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program.

Mr. DeCamp has extensive experience with Generalized System of Preferences (“GSP”) qualification and North American Free Trade Program (“NAFTA”) verification, and has participated with investigations regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). In addition, he has been involved in several successful anti-dumping matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce, including antidumping scope requests and changed circumstance reviews.

In addition to his practice before the CIT, CBP, ICE and the Department of Commerce, Mr. DeCamp has counseled clients on regulations involving additional other federal agencies, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”), the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”), the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”). He has also counseled clients on matters involving the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) and the U.S. Department of Defense regarding Acquisition, Technology & Logistics.

Mr. DeCamp has been active in multiple trade-related webinars, and has written articles that have appeared in World Wide Shipping Magazine and the U.S. Customs House Guide, on the subjects of Customs and International Trade Law and European Union expansion, U.S. Court of Appeals classification issues and Sarbanes-Oxley. Mr. DeCamp is resident in the firm’s New York office.


Joe is currently the Manager of Global Purchasing and Logistics for A. Schonbek & Co., Inc., a member of the Swarovski Group. Joe is responsible for coordinating the global procurement, sourcing and logistics activities for the Swarovski Lighting Business, headquartered in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Joe also serves as a member of the Strategic Management Team for Schonbek. 
Joe has 20 years experience in product development and supply chain management, the past 10 of those years having been spent with Schonbek.  Prior to coming to Schonbek, Joe was the Purchasing and Warehouse Manager for the Slipper Division of footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide out of Rockford, Michigan. His formative years following his degree from the University of Maine were spent in product development with the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont allowing for extensive international travel for sourcing. 

A native of Buffalo, Joe currently resides in Plattsburgh, N.Y. and is a member of ISM and APICS.


John Hogg is the owner of Straight-Forward Consulting. John is an expert in supply chain management processes. With over 20 years of increasing responsibilities at Rich Products Corporation, John specializes in Lean Manufacturing, integrated business process redesign, and all aspects of the demand – supply planning continuum. He has held leadership positions in demand planning, supply planning, materials management, ERP implementations, and lean manufacturing. In addition, he has built and implemented new processes in demand planning, sales and operations planning, materials management, vendor managed inventory, redistribution, and continuous improvement. He also has experience in inventory management, benchmarking & best practices, new product development, distribution-recovery pricing models, and network modeling. Systems experience includes separate implementations of demand planning, MRP II, and ERP systems.  

In addition to a BA and an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., he has obtained third-party certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS); Process Mastery Certification from Hammer and Associates; and Certification in Lean and Six Sigma from Villanova University. He serves on the North American Leadership team for the Supply Chain Council, and has spoken at conferences for APICS, the Supply Chain Council, CSCMP, and the Institute for International Research (IIR).


GERALD B. HORN is a member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. and manages its New York office. Mr. Horn specializes in customs, international trade and transportation law, with particular emphasis on cross-border transactions between the United States and Canada. This has included the establishment of numerous related party and three-tiered sales transactions, customs audits, seizure and penalty cases, classification determinations, and NAFTA verifications and origin determinations.

Mr. Horn, an “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, has been widely recognized for his presentations and lectures on textile and apparel issues and international trade matters before the Canadian Apparel Federation, the Apparel Manufacturers Institute of Quebec, The Quebec Apparel Productivity Center, the American Management Association and the Canadian Importers Association. He is also a featured writer for Canadian Apparel magazine.


John Kerr, C.P.M. serves as the purchasing manager at NRG Systems, leading manufacturer of wind measurement equipment, where he manages supplier relations and purchasing operations. He also serves on the company’s department manager’s team, a cross-functional group that oversees day-to-day operations at the company’s Hinesburg, V.T. manufacturing facility.

Prior to joining NRG Systems in 2007, he worked at the Goodrich Corporation acquiring goods and services for many applications. To his current role, he brings 32 years of supply chain management experience with utilities, large construction/engineering firms, and manufacturers. John holds two master’s degrees, one in administrative studies from Boston College and the other in business management from Lesley College, and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth. John is also a Certified Purchasing Manager recognized by the Institute for Supply Management in Tempe Arizona. He lives in Shelburne, V.T. with his wife, Nancy, and their two children, David and Bridget


Ms. Leduc is the Manager of Regulatory Services East of FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage, Inc., a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation based in Memphis, Tenn. This region includes border locations from Alexandria Bay, N.Y. to Calais, Maine, and air and ocean ports from the U.S./Canada border to Florida. Ms. Leduc works in the Champlain, N.Y. office.  FedEx Trade Networks is one of North America’s largest-volume customs entry filers and a leading provider of global cargo distribution, trade advisory services, and value-added logistics solutions.

Ms. Leduc has been with FedEx Trade Networks for 16 years, and she has worked for more than 30 years in the area of customs brokerage on the U.S./Canada border. Prior to joining FedEx, Ms. Leduc held the position of Post Entry Coordinator and Textile Team Lead at another brokerage firm in Champlain, N.Y.

In her management positions at FedEx Trade Networks, Ms. Leduc has been responsible for Technical Services and Entry Services, as well as serving customers in the textile trade and managing specific national accounts in the electronics and steel industries. Her current responsibilities include management of the Regulatory Services department for customs clearance locations in the Eastern United States, ensuring compliance with customs and other government agency regulations, and providing technical advice to internal and external customers.  

Ms. Leduc is past treasurer of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and she is President of the Board of Directors at the Champlain Children’s Learning Center, a United Way Agency and not-for-profit educational and child care center located in Rouses Point, N.Y.

Ms. Leduc obtained a Customs Broker License in 1984, and is currently seeking NCBFAA status as a Certified Export Specialist.

Ms. Leduc and her family reside in Champlain, N.Y.


Scott Loughan has worked for the Food and Drug Administration for 10 years. He started out in FDA’s New York District Import Operations Branch where he worked as a field Investigator for
8 years. He then transferred to FDA’s New England District where he has since worked as a Compliance Officer. Scott has been an instructor at FDA’s ORA University for the past 4 years where he has trained new FDA field Investigators in the areas of Import Operations, Import Entry Review, and Advanced Import Investigations. Scott has been a member of FDA’s Import Operations Strategic Plan design implementation team working specifically in the area of filer evaluations.


Amy Magnus, a licensed Customs Broker, is District Manager for A.N. Deringer in Champlain, NY. Ms. Magnus is the Secretary of the National Customs and Freight Forwards Association, and a member of the Customs Committee for the NCBFAA.  She is the President of the Northern Border Brokers Association and serves on the Northern Border Broker’s Association Customs Committee.

Ms. Magnus is an ACE Trade Ambassador, a member of a special advisory group working directly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Trade Support Network in the development of CBP’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
Formerly, Ms. Magnus was the Vice President of Trans-Border Customs Service, subsequently purchased by UPS. Prior to becoming a broker, Ms. Magnus worked for the United States Customs Service for eighteen years in many senior level positions.

When she left Customs, she was the Trade Compliance Manager in Champlain New York Area Service Port.  Ms. Magnus’ responsibilities included supervision of all trade-related personnel and functions in the Champlain Area Service Port. During her Customs career, Ms. Magnus worked with various Customs Headquarters Offices in Washington, D.C. to draft and implement new policies and procedures as they related to NAFTA, Compliance Measurement, The Customs Modernization Act, Enforcement, and other Trade Sensitive Issues. Prior to her position as Trade Manager, Ms. Magnus was the Fines, Penalties, and Forfeiture Officer for over five years, and in her early years with U.S. Customs, she served as an Inspector and an Import Specialist.

Ms. Magnus is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.A. degree and a professional post graduate teaching degree.


Director, Buffalo C-TPAT Field Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Ronald May is working on his 24th year with U.S. Customs and Border Protection during which time he served in the Ports of Detroit, Houston, Toronto Pre-clearance, Toledo, Washington D.C. and now Buffalo, N.Y.

Career highlights include working on a contraband enforcement team, original Anti-Terrorism Unit, Firearms Training Officer, Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the C-TPAT program for the last 6 plus years. During time with C-TPAT, he was Director of the Washington, D.C. Field Office; Acting Director of the C-TPAT program and eventually went to Buffalo to open the first border Port C-TPAT Field Office in October 2007. 

He was a representative to the World Customs Organization for CBP during the development of the SAFE Framework of Standards and received the Commissioners Award for work on same. Was also lead representative for CBP on C-TPAT negotiations with New Zealand, Jordan, Israel, and currently the European Union.

Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Baldwin-Wallace College and currently is pursuing a Masters of Science in Operations Management Degree from New England College.


Supply Chain Development & Innovation Leader
EI DuPont & Nemours Company (DuPont NYSE DD)

As part of DuPont’s long term supply chain transformation, which has generated over $3 Billion in bottom line results – Peter’s role is to take on whatever is new, different or difficult in a very broad definition of supply chain management. Once possibilities are identified, test with internal and external leading practitioners and thought leaders, team with them to demonstrate the value and gain buy in to implement and pilot amongst DuPont’s 60 global businesses.

Some major focus areas:

  • Commercialization of 2nd Generation (non-food) Biofuels
  • Supply Chain Sustainability / Green Supply Chains
  • Demand Driven Supply Chains – integration of marketing, sales & supply chain management
  • Advanced business management S&OP – Integrated Business Management
  • Demand Management
  • APICS Board of Directors, Leadership Team, Chair Collaboration Committee
  • Supply Chain Council and the SCOR and GreenSCOR models

Peter serves on the APICS Board of Directors is active with the Supply Chain Council and the Institute of Business Forecasting.  He is an Oliver Wight Certified Lead Instructor for Integrated Business Management and Demand Management.  He is one of the original team that developed the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional body of knowledge. He is a frequent speaker and contributor for APICS, IBF, SCChem/Logichem, and other leading conferences.  He collaborates with leading companies on benchmarking practices and developing advanced practices.

Peter has worked for DuPont for over 10 years as a global supply chain leader and with the Supply Chain Center of Competency.  He has been involved in numerous projects and program developments. His prior experience includes supply chain, operations, demand and product management roles with Raytheon, Newell-Rubbermaid, and Kao Infosystems – where he led the world class supply chain for the launch of Windows 98. 

Peter works around the world based out of DuPont’s headquarters in Wilmington, DE and lives in Pennsylvania with his family.


Brian D. Neureuther is a Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management at the State University of New York, College at Plattsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management from Texas Tech University, his M.B.A. degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, with a concentration in management science and his B.A. in mathematics from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. 

His research interests include supply chain management, supply chain disruption, information technology in supply chains, simulation for production planning and control, and quality control. He has published over 30 peer reviewed journal articles and his work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, the International Journal of Production Economics, IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, Production Planning and Control, the International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector, the Quality Management Journal, the International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, and the Journal of Marketing Channels. He has been guest editor of the Journal of Marketing Channels and is on the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Management and the Journal of Marketing Channels. He has presented at over 32 international and national conferences on topic ranging from teaching pedagogy to managing supply chain risk and has consulted with companies such as Rider University, Neoteric Hovercraft, EDI Telecommunications, Southwestern Wire Cloth, and the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce (North Carolina).

He is a member of the Production and Operations Management Society, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, and APICS, the Society of Operations Management (where he has served as Chapter President and has earned the prestigious Certified Supply Chain Professional designation).


James Phillips, distinguished businessman and speaker, holds degrees in Accounting, an MBA in Corporate Management and Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science.

President & CEO, 1992 to present, CAN/AM BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE (Can/Am BTA). The Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance, formed in 1992, is a transcontinental, bi-national, broad based organization with participation from all 27 states (Washington to Maine including Alaska) on or near the U.S./Canada Border and the Canadian Provinces. The combined network involves over 60,000 companies and organizations in their individual memberships. Can/Am BTA participants include members from border trade, border crossing and transportation segments including producers, shippers, brokers, mode transportation providers, bridge and tunnel operators, chambers of commerce, business and trade corridor associations and economic development and government agencies. The CAN/AM BTA’s major focus areas are Trade, Transportation, Border Management and Visitation.

There are a number of effective, cooperative, major multi-jurisdictional trade corridor initiatives connecting U.S./Canada. Can/Am BTA members are key participants in each.

Mr. Phillips is past President of General Abrasive, where he served as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance, and Vice President in charge of Operations of the Canadian Subsidiary, General Abrasive (Canada) Limited. Prior to his employment at General Abrasive, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Pigments Division of the American Cyanamid Company.

He was appointed by the Senate Majority and the Governor to the New York State Superfund Management Board. He was elected to the Marquis “Who’s Who in American Business in the East” ;  “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry”  and  “Who’s Who in America”. He has appeared on television and radio in various formats as a spokesperson for business and community.
Mr. Phillips has received a number of awards in recognition for his successful leadership in business and was awarded the prestigious Dresser Gold Medal for the most innovative and creative contribution to technology for his patented Furnace Plant Design. He was presented with the Business Council of New York State award by the Governor.


Ms. Piller’s practice focuses on cross-border matters including business entities and multinational funding as well as general corporate and business matters. Ms. Piller has been a presenter at many North County Chamber of Commerce Canadian Business Seminars held both in Canada and New York.

Practive Areas: Business; Commercial Transactions/Real Estate and Health Law.
Admitted to Bar: 1993, New York; 1994 U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
Education: JD, 1992, Washington & Lee University Law School. BA, 1988, College of William & Mary.
Professional Activities: Ms. Piller is a member of the Clinton County and New York State Bar Associations and a member of the Real Property and Health Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association.

Ms. Piller has been a member and past President of the Board of Directors of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Foundation, Inc.; Plattsburgh State University Business School Advisory Council (2008 to present); Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce Board Member (2001-2005) and has served as a presenter at the North Country Chamber of Commercial-Canadian Business Seminars held in Canada.


Terry is a partner in Thompson Coburn LLP’s  Transportation and International Commerce group.  Her practice focuses on import compliance, the various import preference programs, valuation issues, country of origin marking and labeling issues, and supply chain security requirements. She works with clients ranging from small producers to large multinationals regarding the import requirements of both the United States and other countries.

Terry represents U.S. producers and importers, as well as foreign manufacturers and exporters, before various regulatory agencies and committees, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Federal Trade Commission, Fish and Wildlife, and the Committee for the Implementation of the Textile Agreements, on both administrative and enforcement matters; before the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce in unfair trade actions, such as countervailing and antidumping duty cases; and before the Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in both customs and unfair trade matters.

Earlier in her career, Terry served as senior attorney in the General Counsel's Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she concentrated on customs and international trade matters. She began her career in the Office of Regulations and Rulings of the U.S. Customs Service (CBP's predecessor agency) and also served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs Service.

Terry obtained her B.A. in Economics from S.U.N.Y. at Plattsburgh, N.Y. and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  She is active in a number of international trade associations, including the American Association of Exporters and Importers (currently serving on its Leadership Council and as co-chair of its Membership Committee) and the International Compliance Professionals Association.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and is currently a co-vice chair of the Customs Committee of the American Bar Association.


Jacques Roy is a professor of Logistics and Operations Management at HEC Montreal where he is also Director of the Carrefour logistique, a university-industry forum on Supply Chain Management and Director of the research group Chaîne that is conducting research activities in the field of Supply Chain Management. He was also Director, Research and Publication and Director, Training, at the Montreal based International Aviation Management Training

Professor Roy graduated with a B.Sc. from the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean and completed his education with an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Business Administration at HEC Montréal. Prior to his teaching career, Dr. Roy was employed as an aerospace engineering officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. He also possesses many years of experience as a management consultant with several large Canadian corporations and governmental organizations. His expertise lies in the areas of logistics and transportation management. Dr. Roy has authored several articles and publications in this subject area, and has participated in many conferences at both national and international levels.


Adam W. Salerno is director for the National Security and Emergency Preparedness Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for the Chamber’s initiatives regarding security, customs, transportation and trade issues related to the global supply chain. Salerno also oversees the Chamber’s Global Supply Chain Security Working Group. The group works with the administration, Congress, and the international community to strengthen businesses by eliminating barriers that hurt global commerce and slow the movement of goods in the domestic and global supply chain.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Salerno was a business liaison in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Private Sector Office. There, he focused on policy related to travel and tourism, immigration, Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration. He was both an advisor to DHS leadership and an advocate for the private sector inside of DHS. Salerno also oversaw the department’s activities pertaining to the Secure Border Open Doors Advisory Council, as well as many other pro-business initiatives.

Previously, Salerno spent four years working for Babson Capital Management LLC, a subsidiary
of MassMutual Financial Group, where he was an analyst to the trading desk and portfolio managers in the fixed income and equity markets.

A native of Massachusetts, Salerno graduated from Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, with a double major in political science and economics. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Salerno lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Andrea.


L. John Shearer is a Senior Account Executive with FedEx Trade Networks based in Champlain, N.Y. He is a 19 year veteran of various FedEx operating companies. His career path started in domestic small package operations
but ultimately led to international trade. John is a licensed customs broker and has been working at the Trade Networks division for nearly ten years.

Currently, his responsibilities include calling on clients in New York, Northern New England and Eastern Ontario. His focus is on cross-border brokerage and air/ocean transportation.

John holds degrees in Humanities and Social Science, Business Administration and Communication and is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh.



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