12/03/19 CTPAT - The Path Forward Workshop

03 Dec 2019
8:00am - 11:30am PST
Event Details

2 CCS/MES/CCS Credits will be accredited

CTPAT - The Path Forward

This workshop is open to everyone. It will provide information and updates on the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program. 
Learn the overview & State of the program, revised CTPAT Minimum security criteria, seaport examination process & CTPAT benefits including current threats to supply chain security directly from CBP Los Angeles Field office. 

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

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Long Beach, CA 90802

Questions? Contact the LACBFFA office at info@lacbffa.org or call (714) 316-5270.

Cancellations must be received in writing by November 26, 2019 to receive a refund or to avoid being billed.

Your payment for this event is not deductible as a contribution or gift under Federal Income Tax Laws, but is most likely deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.


  • Bryant Van Buskirk,  Director, Los Angeles CTPAT Field Office U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • Adam Gunion, Supervisory Supply Chain Security Specialist, Los Angeles CTPAT Field Office U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • Ms. Carmen Perez, Branch Chief, CTPAT Trade Compliance, CBP Headquarters, Office of Field Operations
  • Ms. Laura Tapia, Section Chief, Tactical, CBP Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport

Bryant Van Buskirk currently serves as the Director of the Los Angeles CTPAT Field office.  He is responsible for oversight and administration of all activities within the assigned LA CTPAT area of operations, which encompasses Baja and Central Mexico, British Colombia, Canada, the majority of Pacific-Asia Region countries and a diverse area of domestic locations, primarily within the Western United States.  

In this capacity, he works directly with members of the Trade (Importers, Exporters, Foreign Manufacturers, Carriers, Brokers, Consolidators, Port/Terminal Operators) towards improving international supply chain security, compliance with the 2006 Safe Port Act and overall furtherance of Customs & Border Protection’s Anti-Terrorism Goals.  

Mr. Van Buskirk joined the former U.S. Customs Service (now Customs & Border Protection) as an Inspector at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport in 1992.  Mr. Van Buskirk has been with the CTPAT program since 2005.  

Prior to this assignment, he served as a Chief CBP Officer, assigned to oversee enforcement and cargo processing activities relative to Anti-Terrorism and Contraband Enforcement within the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport area of operations.

Mr. Van Buskirk is a recipient of the Certificate of Merit, Secretary General, World Customs Organization for exceptional service to the international Customs community (2018), Commissioner of Customs Award of Valor, National Partnership for Reinventing Government Award, Co-recipient of National Review Board’s Hammer Award, Commissioner of Customs Strategic Problem Solving Award and Commissioner of Customs Award for Innovation.

Adam Gunion (phonetically pronounced Gun-yen) is a Supervisory Supply Chain Security Specialist assigned to the Los Angeles CTPAT Field Office.  He has been with program since 2008, serving eight years as a Supply Chain Security Specialist and conducting hundreds of CTPAT validations throughout the world prior to being promoted to the supervisory position in 2016.  

During his time with CTPAT, Adam has developed and presented a variety of workshops for CTPAT seminars and various supply chain security events, including the World Customs Organization’s Global AEO Conference and the Australian Trusted Trader Symposium.  He has participated in the Mutual Recognition activities with customs officials from New Zealand, Finland, South Korea, Italy, Malta, Romania, Lithuania, and Hungary, and is currently leading the Joint Work Plan negotiations with Australia.

Adam has been involved in developing program-wide procedures and led a variety of workgroups to improve CTPAT processes, including a Post Incident Analysis workgroup that reviewed previous security breaches involving CTPAT partners to look for common smuggling trends, supply chain vulnerabilities, and security breakdowns.

Prior to joining the CTPAT program, Adam was a CBP Officer at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport.  His experience as an officer included physical and non-intrusive inspections, cargo targeting and vessel threat analysis.  In addition to the seaport, he also worked for one year at the port of International Falls, Minnesota.

Adam received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Evansville.

Ms. Carmen E. Perez started her career with Customs and Border Protection in 2007. Currently she serves in the role of Branch Chief, Trade Compliance with the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) division in the Office of Field Operations (OFO). As Branch Chief, she is lead in the development and transition of the ISA program (Importer Self-Assessment) into CTPAT Trade Compliance as well as the development of standards and requirements for social compliance in regards to forced labor into CTPAT program. During her time at CBP she has held several positions in several offices such as the Office of the Commissioner where she served as a Special Advisor to the Commissioner as well as a trade consular. Prior to she served as the Program Manager for Outreach in the Office of Trade Relations where her primary focus was to serve as the liaison between industry and the Office of the Commissioner and other interagency offices. In 2014, Ms. Perez did an eleven-month detail to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as the Special Advisor to the Director where she assisted in the response to the unaccompanied minor (UAC) crisis and the developmental plans for women and children centers.

Ms. Laura Tapia is a Section Chief assigned to the Tactical Branch at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport.  She has direct oversight of the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team, Advance Targeting Unit (ATU), Outbound Enforcement Team (OET), Passenger Analysis Unit (ATU) and the Special Enforcement Group (SEG).  Her teams are responsible for the targeting and examination of prohibited merchandise arriving and departing the United States.

Ms. Tapia has an extensive cargo background and works directly with members of the Trade Community (Importers, Exporters, Carriers, Brokers Consolidators, and Port/Terminal Operators) to facilitate legitimate cargo while ensuring compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.  

Ms. Tapia began her career with the U.S. Customs Service in 1988 as a Customs Inspector at the LA/LB Seaport.  In 1993, she became a Supervisory Customs Inspector at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) where she was actively involved with the trade community overseeing Trade-related issues.  She was also involved with the implementation and national training of the National Compliance Inbond Program (Tin Man) and Air Automated Manifest System (AAMS) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).  In addition, she was actively involved with the transition to electronic release for AMS participants at LAX, which involved troubleshooting problems, providing guidance and hosting monthly Air AMS meetings for AMS participants.    

Ms. Tapia is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. 


Thank you to our Gold Sponsor

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsor

$500 Gold Sponsor

  • Company name and/or logo to be used in news releases, advertising, signage, and website
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Three tickets to the event
  • One table-top for display purposes
  • Logo on LACBFFA website
  • Link to sponsor’s website


$300 Silver Sponsor

  • Company name and/or logo included in news releases and advertising
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • Two tickets to the event
  • One table-top for display purposes
  • Link to sponsor’s website


$200 Bronze Sponsor

  • Company name included in news releases and advertising
  • Verbal recognition at the event
  • One ticket to the event
  • One table-top for display purposes
Ticket Name Sale Ends Price Quantity
28 Nov 2019
Members Only
04 Dec 2019
Sale Opens 29 Nov 2019
General Admission 28 Nov 2019 $70.00
General Admission
04 Dec 2019
Sale Opens 29 Nov 2019
Gold Sponsor 04 Dec 2019 $500.00
Silver Sponsor 04 Dec 2019 $300.00
Bronze Sponsor 04 Dec 2019 $200.00

03 Dec 2019
8:00am - 11:30am PST

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