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  • 15 Mar 2019 by LACBFFA


    Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association Elects 2019 Officers

    During its annual retreat on February 2, 2019, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association Board of Directors installed its newest members and elected its 2019 officers as follows:


    President: Karen Quintana, Yusen Logistics America

    Vice President: Maurine Cecil, Western Overseas Corporation

    Treasurer: Dan Monnier, Empire World Wide Logistics

    Secretary: Pat Vangtan, DB Schenker

    Chairman: Wayne Wagner, FedEx Trade Networks



    Mari Bermejo, Geodis USA

    Barbie Clarke, Williams Clarke Company - (Newly Installed)

    Robin Grove, Cars USA

    Vincent Iacopella, Alba Wheels Up

    Sun Kim, Flexport - (Newly Installed)

    Patty Tschaepe, J&K Fresh 

    Additionally, the Board appointed the following individuals as committee chairs:

    Committee Chairs 

    Airport Customs Mari Bermejo (Chair), Sandra Langford-Coty (Co-Chair)

    Emerging Technology Vincent Iacopella (Chair), Sandra Langford-Coty (Co-Chair)

    Forwarding/NVOCC Robin Grove (Chair)

    Legislative Vincent Iacopella (Chair), Patty Tschaepe (Co-Chair)

    Logistics Dan Monnier (Chair)

    Marketing & Communications Maurine Cecil (Chair)

    Membership Sun Kim (Chair), Mike Choi (Co-Chair)

    PGA Barbie Clarke (Chair)

    Programs & Education Pat Vangtan (Chair) 

    Seaport Customs Dan Meylor (Chair), Patty Tschaepe (Co-Chair)

    Incorporated in 1949, the Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association (LACBFFA) represents licensed U.S. customs brokers, freight forwarders, non-vessel operating common carriers, and firms facilitating international trade. The LACBFFA is the premier organization in Southern California for international trade and U.S. Customs issues, and its more than 300 members employ over 6,000 individuals and file more than 95% of all import entries in the Los Angeles Customs District.

    LACBFFA members are the “boots-on-the-ground” in the international supply chain, working with the international trade community in expediting export and import shipments worldwide. They are specialists in proactively identifying potential challenges and developing contingency plans to minimize costs while increasing transit time predictability.

    LACBFFA aims to achieve standardization in the industry and promotes a high degree of professional conduct among its members, including high standards of ethics and financial viability. LACBFFA provides leadership to its members in dealing with city, state, and federal agencies, as well as offering a forum for the exchange of ideas. LACBFFA acts as an authoritative voice for the industry at official and government levels.