This seminar series provides both novice and experienced export compliance professionals with a comprehensive education on complying with regulations administered by the US Departments of State, Commerce & Treasury, and what the recent and coming changes mean for their compliance programs.
Export Control Reform (ECR) changes have relaxed the controls on some defense-related items and technology, but made complying with the regulations even more complicated. Companies whose items were previously controlled by the ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) will now need to learn the ins and outs of the EAR (Export Administration Regulations) as some items shift from the USML to the CCL.
JOHN R. BLACK is a Principal of BSG Consulting and has been involved in US export and trade control matters since 1984. He advises US and foreign companies, law firms and governments on US export controls and has earned a reputation as one of the leading experts in the field. From 1984–88 he worked for the US Commerce Department, where he wrote the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and interpreted it for government and industry. He uses his comprehensive knowledge of the US rules that impact military and commercial companies to help his clients stay in compliance without missing legitimate business opportunities. He has been a featured speaker at hundreds of conferences around the world and has written numerous articles and several books on the subject.
SCOTT M. GEARITY is a Principal of BSG Consulting, bringing over a decade of consulting, training and corporate export compliance program management experience to bear for his clients. Mr. Gearity has substantial experience in military, dual-use and commercial export controls. His clients have ranged in size from small start-ups to some of the world’s largest companies, with a particular focus on the information technology, telecommunications, networking and software industries. Mr. Gearity joined BSG from Microsoft Corporation, where he was based in Ireland and managed the company’s export compliance program for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from American University. He is a licensed US customs broker.
GREGORY CREESER is a partner with International Trade Compliance Strategies and a consultant to BSG Consulting. Prior to joining ITC Strategies as a compliance consultant, Mr. Creeser held the position of Corporate Director for International Trade Compliance with Goodrich Corporation’s Washington Operations Office. Mr. Creeser began his career in the export arena by serving for 2 years as a licensing officer within the Office of Defense Trade Controls at the Department of State. Mr. Creeser held the position of President of the board of directors of the Society for International Affairs (SIA) from 2004-2006. He also held the positions of Vice President, Communications Director, and Conferences Director for SIA. Mr. Creeser received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics from Texas A&M University in 1987.
STEPHEN WAGNER is a senior attorney with Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL. He practices primarily in the area of international business transactions, representing clients with trade and customs issues as well as corporate law matters. Mr. Wagner applies his proven experience in the international arena to resolve effectively and efficiently his clients’ legal issues with respect to import and export compliance and enforcement matters. He regularly represents clients in administrative and civil matters and proceedings before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the U.S. Government’s export control agencies such as the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC).
JONATHAN POLING is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s International Trade, Compliance and Customs Practice Group with significant experience handling complex export control and trade-related civil and criminal matters. He represents clients nationally and internationally in a variety of matters, including white collar criminal cases, administrative enforcement matters, trade-related due diligence, integration issues in mergers and acquisitions; internal investigations, audits, export control and sanctions cases, and addressing corporate compliance issues. Mr. Poling is a former prosecutor with the US Department of Justice National Security Division, Counterespionage Section. Mr. Poling handled substantial and high profile investigations and prosecutions of non-US companies and financial institutions for trade violations. He is a frequent speaker on international trade compliance matters at seminars, conferences, and company training events.
JOAN KOENIG is counsel in the Customs & Trade team with Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP. She possesses substantial experience in international trade regulations, particularly those relating to U.S. export controls (ITAR, EAR, OFAC, FTR) and customs regulations. She received her J.D. degree from North-western University School of Law in 1994 and her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Ripon College in 1986. Her experience includes assisting clients in obtaining export licenses, manufacturing license and technical assistance agreements, authorizations from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, as well as other types of export approvals from applicable agencies and working to structure transactions to comply with the export control regulations. Prior to joining the firm, Joan acted as manager for the Office of Export Compliance at General Motors Corporation and was a member of GM’s Customs Administration Group where she provided expert advice and counsel to GM’s global business units.
Date: Aug 17, 2016